catnipoflife

Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!

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.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

1 Comment »

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.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

There is indeed a lot to celebrate! Enjoy September!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

3 Comments »

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.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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?

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

2 Comments »

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.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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.

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

1 Comment »

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!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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

 

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

3 Comments »

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

 

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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.

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

2 Comments »

Awakenings: The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

History in the Making: August 12, 2014

If Henny Penny, aka Chicken Little were to look upon the night sky at a time when a meteor shower is occurring, he/she would surely declare, “The sky is falling!” Well, Henny Penny is not around but a meteor shower is definitely in the picture!

Grab a lawn chair and set it up for a spectacular starry, starry night show but first check your weather! Hopefully, the weather gods are smiling in your area. The annual Perseids meteor shower is set to peak in the skies over Earth tonight as 30-40 (some sources report 100) shooting stars (meteors) an hour are expected to streak across the night sky, and continue for several days.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Check out the Perseid Visibility Map! The Perseids will be visible any time after dark but peak viewing will be August 13, 3-4 am local time. This will be true any place in the world.

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

3 Comments »

Awakenings: Missouri: Show me…

This Day in History: August 10, 1821

 

Missouri, the Show Me State

 

Welcome to Missouri, a land of fertile plains, rolling hills, well-watered prairies, historic rivers and a state rich in history and culture. Missouri was admitted to the United States as the 24th state on August 10, 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. The most widely recognized nickname for Missouri is The Show Me State.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

 

Be like the Missourian believe what you see hiking along the trails in footsteps of history!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

Leave a comment »

Awakenings: Drupelets ‘n’ Cream

Apples ‘n’ cinnamon, strawberries ‘n’ chocolate, cherries ‘n’ almonds, grapes ‘n’ cheddar cheese, are combinations that satisfy our cravings. The best are those served with cream – ice cream or whipped cream – strawberries ‘n’ cream, peaches ‘n’ cream, and today’s guest of honor drupelets ‘n’ cream, that is, raspberries! The raspberry consists of a cluster of small, juicy, reddish-pink drupelets that makes your mouth water just thinking about them. With that being stated, let’s celebrate!

August 7 is…

National Raspberries ‘n’ Cream Day

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Great recipes today: Raspberries and Cream, Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie, Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake! YUM!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

3 Comments »

Awakenings: Ready for a COLD sandwich?

There are many clever ways to serve ice cream! There are also the basics: cup of scoops, in cones, loaded with goodies as a sundae, in floats, over fruit, even as a sandwich. It is the latter that is the ice cream choice of this day.
 
August 2 is…National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Want to try a different kind of ice cream sandwich? Check out the varieties featured @Awakenings!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

2 Comments »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,508 other followers

%d bloggers like this: