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Awakenings: Gearing up for Halloween

When one speaks of the month of October, thoughts focus on pumpkins, autumn leaves and Halloween. First, hand-carved pumpkins lend themselves to family time as each member tries to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve and outwit the other with scary designs. Tension mounts as imagination soars with competitions arising to see who is the most creative from spooky to elegant to funny. Get your carving tools ready. Pumpkins, knives, action! Just be careful, those knives are sharp! Don’t need any real blood on the scene.

Then,…

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The Countdown to Halloween has begun! The reminders for this holiday seem to have begun earlier and earlier starting with the arrival of giant bags of candy, pumpkin flavored beer, – um-m-m-m? Is that for real? Totally pumpkin-flavored just about anything you can think of started the countdown right after Labor Day! Even the Halloween costumes greet us upon entering the store and line the store aisles echoing scary sayings and sounds, choice after choice, child to adult.

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Awakenings: Awakenings on Pinterest

Awakenings Blog Postings can be accessed via Pinterest. This is a great location to peruse at your leisure until a special topic, image or event grabs your attention. Perhaps you are interested in a special category. What’s happenin? keeps you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations. yum, yum, yum…yummy captures the Foodie Fun for Everyone featured on What’s happenin’? Music Memories takes you on a walk down music memory lane. Then, at the heart of Awakenings is The United States of America, which features each state by month according to the date it was admitted to the union. Check each category by clicking its image below…

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Awakenings: The ‘SWEETEST’ Day of the Year!

OK, it is NOT the month of February with Valentine’s Day approaching. BUT the ‘SWEETEST’ day of the year is close at hand…a special day for giving!

Saturday, October 18 is …

Sweetest Day 2014

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Make Sweetest Day a special way to give something or do something nice to those less fortunate than yourself. It doesn’t matter who that person is or where they reside. There are ways to enrich the celebration without the expenditures, which so many cannot afford. Little kisses, warm hugs, sweet smiles warm the heart and lift the spirit at no monetary cost.

 

 

 

 

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Awakenings: Going strong, THANKS to YOU!

On October 13, 2012 Awakenings boasted 10,000+ views. A few days over one year later on October 16, 2013 that count reached 86,000+. Today, almost two years later to the day she is @. . .180,000+!

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Thank you! AND more Thanks!

 

There are just not enough words to express my appreciation for all who have visited and/or are following Awakenings!  Stepping back in time allows you to Embrace Your Past, Empower the Present, Enrich Your Future. 

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Awakenings: The Rhythm of Life

The rhythm of life is music in its own right. Different rhythms compose our dance through life. Moody tempos may reflect boogie-woogie, tango or a slow waltz. While we may not be on the dance floor swaying back and forth to the rhythms of a live band, our thoughts and emotions still dance to the music.

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When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousands reasons to smile. Turn the volume up!

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Awakenings: September is…

…the beginning of Autumn, a time of change! A welcomed break from the sweltering temperatures of summer, a look ahead to landscapes erupting in riotous colors—how magnificent! With a new month comes occasions for celebration, so let’s take a peek at what is at the top of the list for the entire month of September. What better start than to begin with music. Not just any music but tunes that date as far back as the 11th century that are still played in the 21st century. Then, make a music connection with each celebration.

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There is indeed a lot to celebrate! Enjoy September!

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Awakenings: Welcome to Labor Day Weekend!

How is Labor Day celebrated?

The Labor Day celebration exploits the backyard barbeque, much like the Fourth of July, with patriotic decorations dominating the scene. Since its inception in the 1880s it celebrates a means of honoring workers for all their efforts. In that spirit, the backyard barbeque is often laden with hammocks, comfortable lounge chairs, lawn blankets and even lots of huge pillows! Tiki torches, twinkle lights and candles in hurricane lamps keep the atmosphere cheery and bright until well into the evening. For some areas of the country, this holiday brings with it a slight chill in the air, which might warrant that first sweater or jacket of the season.  

Whatever you have planned, whether you are traveling, reached your destination, or simply staying at home, have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Remember America’s past and the sacrifices for her freedom. Otherwise, there would be no Labor Day celebration.

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Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer: wearing white will go out, school will be in and a change in season is just around the corner. Do you know how it came about, what it means, its founder, the establishment of the first Labor Day? In other words, what is Labor Day celebrating?

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Awakenings: Memory Lane

Stepping back in time is fun . . . just plain and simple fun! Whether you are a teenager wanting to learn about the eras in which your parents grew up or the adult who wants to relive the memories, the nostalgia is an alluring invitation for a trip down memory lane.

Looking back provides reflections into who we are, how we have evolved and in some instances, where we are going [again]. Making comparisons of how things were ‘back in the day’ to present day is often hilarious. The changes in fashion, cars, appliances, entertainment, even looking back/reflecting upon sayings about the future, which is now the present, can have one doubling over with laughter or simply smiling in amazement.

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No matter how you turn it, the sands of time flow only one way through the hourglass. Look ahead, not backwards, but always keep the memories. Events, encounters, endnotes (sweet or sour) may be gone but certainly not forgotten. They are you, you are them. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness.

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Awakenings: Back to School: Are you ready?

Not only are we awakening to a new day but to a new year! Okay, okay, okay, I know it is not Happy New Year 2015. We still have a few months left in 2014. However, it IS the beginning of a new school year and for many counties, school is already in session while in others the doors do not open until after Labor Day. In either case, preparations are in order with still lots to be done.

It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for summer vacation. Now, summer is rapidly drawing to a close with hints of autumn already in the air…somewhere anyway. Still sweltering temperatures continue to rise throughout many states whose residents wait patiently (hopefully patience is part of the picture) for cooler temps.

Whether parent, student, bus driver, teacher or administrator, the question for all is “Are you ready?”

Reach out today, 
Be a caring friend. 
Know a teacher? 
Lend a helping hand!

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Ever thought about giving a teacher a back-to-school kit? It’s the simple things that are often forgotten!

 

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Awakenings: Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

This Day in History: August 21, 1959

Hawaii, the Aloha State

“For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.”

- Mark Twain, a Biography

 

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Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on August 21, 1959. Hawaii was subject to cultural and societal repression during the territorial period and the first decade of statehood. Along with other self-determination movements worldwide the 1960s Hawaiian Renaissance led to the rebirth of Hawaiian language, culture and identity.

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