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Awakenings: Milk Chocolate Day

How could we live without chocolate? Fortunately, for all chocolate lovers, we don’t have to. Chocolate variations make choices often difficult but the end result is always the same…sheer delight!

July 28 is…Milk Chocolate Day 

 

Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) celebrates everything that’s good about classic milk chocolate – one of the most common forms of chocolate…liquid and solid! Candy bars, truffles, cakes, pies, mousse, cookies, sauces, snacks, even drinks are delectable when infused with smooth, velvety milk chocolate! Ever tried chocolate milk in your coffee?

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Save Earth. It is the only planet that has chocolate! Great recipes: Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Icing, Milk Chocolate-Espresso Truffles, Tim Tam Cake! Check out the poetic nitty, Chocolate Rain!

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Awakenings: New York: Diversity & Contrast

This Day in History: July 26, 1788

New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State

 

New York is called “The Empire State” because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, “The Empire State” legend returned to New York license plates. It’s nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, “Excelsior.” New York’s motto means “ever upward.” The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. “Knickerbocker” is a German term made up of two words. “Knicker” means box and “bock” is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving’s character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in “Knickerbocker History of New York.”

 

 

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New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. Aerial America features New York’s Adirondack Park: Covering 20 percent of New York’s total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States and New York: Niagara Falls: Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe through its natural majesty and its raw power.

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Awakenings: America’s Flag

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On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Flag Day is now observed on June 14 of each year.”

Beginning as the “Grand Union” flag, through the years that followed the American flag became known as “Red, White and Blue,” the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the “Stars and Stripes,” and “Old Glory,” each carrying with it significant meaning. After declaring independence, a new star and a stripe were added to the flag as each territory became a state in the union. However, Congress enacted a law in 1818 restoring the 13 original stripes with only stars to be added as representatives of new states.”

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Whether red and white and blue or blue and red and white, 
the colors are the same, a country of courage and might.

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Awakenings: Friday the 13th

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Today is TGIF! But, that’s not all, and perhaps for some, not a Friday looked forward to in anticipation. Why? Because…

Today is…

Friday the 13th

 

Throughout most of recorded history, it has been common knowledge that the number 13 is associated with bad luck. There is even a name for people who live in fear of the number 13: They suffer from Triskaidekaphobia. Today, the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday with that incident bringing a whole new dimension to the number 13. But why all the hoopla? No one seems to be too concerned with Monday the 13th, Tuesday the 13th, etc. but Friday the 13th is a different story. Then, on this day, June 13, 2014, as luck would have it, full moon falls on Friday the 13th! Adding a full moon to the picture sends us off into the 3rd dimension! The last time this occurred was on Oct. 13, 2000, and it won’t happen again until Aug. 13, 2049.

 

 

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Today is still TGIF any way you look at it! So, it is hard to fathom in today’s world that Friday was ever viewed as an unlucky day of the week. Historically, in days gone by, why Friday the 13th is known as a day of bad luck goes beyond just the number 13.

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Awakenings: From Western Star to Action Hero to American Icon!

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This Day in History: June 11, 1979

Anytime we hear of the passing of a legend, each of us say goodbye in a personal way. If you are of the age to have grown up during the era of the Westerns, you felt like you KNEW every cowboy. Of course, the knowing may not have been personal but simply a matter of heart, mind and soul. You lived each scene imaginatively!

Today we step back in time to saying goodbye to one of, if not the, greatest of all cowboys. On June 11, 1979, Marion Robert Morrison died after battling cancer for over a decade. Who? Marion Morrison? Never heard of him. Sure you have. You just only knew him by his stage name, John Wayne.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

From Western Star to Action Hero to American Icon! That is the legacy of John Wayne, aka The Duke. Wayne possessed a unique American screen persona and loved his country, America, as much if not more than anyone possibly could! Behind the man is a great legend…a legend laced with true grit!

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Awakenings: Eat it like ice cream!

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 Today’s Food Holiday is…

National Frozen Yogurt Day
(On some calendars celebrated February 6th)

Ice cream has been a favorite since… There is no definitive record as to the inventor or exact date of the origin of ice cream but we do know it did not begin with the creamy texture as we know it today. There is also a competitor that has been around for over four millennia, particularly in the Middle East and India. The plain, creamy version was introduced to the United States in the 1900s. A rise in popularity resulted in prepackaged versions becoming available in the 1930s. By the 1970s, with the popularity of ice cream surging, freezing and production technology was transferred to the delightful dandy dairy dish being celebrated on this day.

 

 

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Frozen yogurt, aka "froyo" or "fro-yo", did not become exceedingly popular until the 1980s. Wonder why it could not have been named differently. The sound of it just doesn’t seem appealing. Great taste. Good texture. Go ahead, get past the name and ENJOY! It’s going to be a hot one today in Deep South Georgia!

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Awakenings: From Pie! Pie! Pie! to Cobbler! Cobbler! Cobbler!

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It’s the weekend! It’s Saturday so why not celebrate by baking a scrumptious dessert! Desserts are good any time and what better dessert than cobbler. We celebrated Pie! Pie! Pie! last month with its specialty being Blueberry Pie so this month let’s switch gears from the pie to the cobbler but not just any cobbler.

Today is…

NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Check out the unique twist! This raw delectable delight will keep you from "Falling off the Wagon!" It satisfies literally every craving, and you can eat it all without guilt because it is low in fat!

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Awakenings: A Salute to Military Spouses

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We honor, or SHOULD honor, our military on a daily basis for their service to America – My America, YOUR America, Our America! They lay their lives on the line. We often hear on the news the ultimate sacrifice which soldiers make across the world protecting our nation from those who threaten innocent civilians. But, what about the other half – the support network – wives, husbands, children, loved ones, family members that are left behind all so often!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

America’s voice is your voice
Within a country where there’s choice
‘Tis beauty more than just landscapesIt’s courage amid heartaches
Knowing that freedom is not freeWith a high price paid for liberty

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Awakenings: Woooooooooo Wooooooooooo … Chooooo-chooooo!

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Choo chooooo…chugga chugga chooo choooooo … Ah – that lonesome whistle…. Woooooooooo Wooooooooooo … Chooooo-chooooo! Nostalgia surrounds the sounds of a train. Better still when revolving around music…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

So, what ARE your favorite music memories?

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times…

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Awakenings: May Day

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Today is May 1st and is officially…

May Day

 

May Day has been celebrated for many centuries, and its origins date back to pre-Christian times. Today, May Day is celebrated throughout Europe and North America, and a public holiday often recognizes the day.

Traditional May Day activities include dancing around the maypole and the selection of the Queen of May/May Queen. A crowning will also take place of the Queen of May.

Morris dancing is another May Day tradition, and offers the perfect excuse to dress up in full Morris dancing gear. A sturdy stick will also be required, as Morris dancers striking each other’s sticks is just one aspect of this eccentric British tradition.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Featured article by Micki Peluso, author of …And the Whippoorwill Sang. Learn the origin of the month of May, events surrounding celebrations of May Day, ritualistic and symbolic fetes of olden days, when May Day celebrations flourished and the magical rites of May Day.

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