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Awakenings: Titanic – Day 5: Tragedy Strikes

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The unthinkable happened. The unimaginable occurred. At 2:20 am (2 hrs 40 mins after striking the iceberg), the ocean vessel once deemed unsinkable leaves around 1,517 souls in the depths of her final wake. The water in the area in which Titanic sank was lethally cold, a temperature of 28 °F (−2 °C). A human body will perish in fifteen minutes or less in such water, even for people young and physically fit.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Thus, the end of the Titanic but not the end of her story.

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Awakenings: Brothers & Sisters

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Do you have a brother or sister? Are your memories laced with sibling rivalry? Well, today put aside all the times of fussing, fighting, arguing and take time to focus on the extra special bond that is shared between siblings. This bond is even stronger when one has a life-long illness or a disability. Why today? Because…

Today is…

National Sibling Day

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

If you did not know about this celebration until now, it is too late to mail a card or possibly send flowers, but it is never to late to let them know you care. Leave the computer, forget the email. Make it personal. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them, if they live far away.

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Awakenings: For the Love of Animals

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They breathe. They have a heart. They have a soul. They know hunger. They feel pain. They love and know when they are loved. They do have a voice, just not of words. These are our animals. Some provide us with milk, eggs & meat for food, others offer wool & furs for warmth, many give us entertainment. All provide moments of joy. Those we are closest to become our pets…we pamper and adore. But, all are not so lucky…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Within our society live humans who indulge, not in actions of love, but obtain pleasure in inflicting needless cruelty. Animals are starved and beaten with no remorse. Some survive remaining maimed for life. Too many die. Join the fight to end animal cruelty!

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Awakenings: Betcha can’t eat just one!

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Let’s celebrate that munchy, crunchy goodness! Today is…

National Potato Chip Day

One of sandwiches best accompaniments, as well as one of the world’s best-loved snacks, is being celebrated definitely with a grain of salt! More that just a grain is added to make this salty snack more and more desirable. Bet you can’t eat just one! Yep! We are talking about the potato chip, which has been around since the 19th century.  With today being Potato Chip Day, let’s step back in time to the first chip off the ol’ potato.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Check out the recipe of the day: Potato Chip Toffee Cookies!

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Awakenings: ‘Hooping’ Along

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This Day in History: March 05, 1963


The Hula-Hoop, a waist-, limbs-, neck-swiveling toy, became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958. On this day in history, March 05, 1963, the Hula-Hoop is officially patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Ah-h-h! I remember it well. It meant enjoying time outdoors, thus leaving household chores behind either completed or to be tended to later.

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Awakenings: The Brolly, Gamp or Bumbershoot

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What are we celebrating today?


There are many items in existence whose names have changed (not to protect the innocent) from one century to the next. Such is the case for today’s celebration. If you are not familiar with the brolly, gamp or bumbershoot, what about the parapluie, rainshade or umbrolly? Another name is the sunshade (not to be confused with sun glasses), parasol and of course, the giveaway is the fact February 10th is . . .

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Have you ever heard of the Nubrella? Check it out…got my doubts!

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Awakenings: Br’er Groundhog Day 2014

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It’s Groundhog Day! One of the quirky holidays of the year! Not woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land-beaver, but groundhog! Aren’t I a cute little rodent? Wanna’ cracker?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

See Phil live at Gobblers Knob!  This is such a crazy tradition :-) Just hope Spring is on its way early!

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Awakenings: Remembering the Challenger

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Today marks the day of a horrific tragedy for our nation. Like others before this time in different arenas, the atmosphere left many in the wake of death and destruction. Only this time it was not on this earth, but in space. America was in the height of the space age. Having placed man upon the moon decades earlier only set the stage for much more space exploration to come in the future. 


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Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Along with progress comes tragedy but that does not make the loss any easier. We can only learn from our losses in hopes of bettering the future. Today my thoughts and prayers are with the families whose loved ones perished as a result of this event.

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Awakenings: Familiar sounds?…going, going, GONE!

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Sounds of the past are not limited just to music, which allows history to speak to us other than only through the written word. We live in a highly technological age where many items of the past have or will soon become obsolete. Each is identifiable by its unique sound for we live in a world of cacophony. Unless you are in a location to visit a museum many of these will never be ‘heard’ by you or your kids depending upon your age. Enjoy the memories or listen to sounds you have never heard! Better still if you have a child or grandchild at home, invite them in for a history lesson!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

It is very possible these are sounds your kids have never heard and possibly will never hear unless you take the time to introduce them!

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Awakenings: Georgia On My Mind

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State Flag of Georgia

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This Day in History: January 2, 1788

Georgia, the Peach State, aka the Empire State of the South

Georgia was the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. It was established in 1732 and named after King George II of Great Britain. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

When you hear someone speak of Georgia, what comes to your mind? The song or good ol’ Southern Peach Cobbler? Yum on that succulent cobbler!

Read the excerpt from Awakenings, Savannah’s Secrets

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