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Awakenings: Maine: Beacons by the Sea

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This Day in History: March 15, 1820

Maine (the Pine Tree State, also commonly known as the Lighthouse State) became the 23rd state on this day as part of the Missouri Compromise. This geographically limited the spread of slavery and enabled the admission to statehood of Missouri the following year, keeping a balance between slave and free states. The state motto of Maine is Dirigo (Latin for “I Direct” or “I Lead”).

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Lighthouses, sea coastal living and lobsters are the most common associations with Maine.
Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Maine is one of few states that has a designated cat. Every heard of the Maine Coon Cat? Check it out @Awakenings!

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Awakenings: Barbie’s Debut

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Today in History, March 9, 1959

Today is one of the few days of celebration to which a reason for this particular day actually exists. This Day in History, March 9, 1959, is the date when an 11-inch doll with a waterfall of blond hair made her debut, her name…Barbie!

Do you know Barbie’s REAL story? Have you ever seen the real-life Ken and Barbie who by the way actually do NOT like each other?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Barbie has become a global icon of many faces with some body changes throughout her career. She has even acquired different cultural identities. Barbie remains, however, a fashion doll, unlike her predecessors, the baby dolls.

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Awakenings: Getting Nuttier with Chocolate!

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Today is…Chocolate Peanut Cluster Day

Yep! Another food holiday…not just any food but chocolate…not just chocolate but chocolate swirling over, under, around and through salty peanuts! WOW! With all the chocolate and nutty days already celebrated, what is one more? Right? Dieting went to pot during Thanksgiving and Christmas now the push for chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate is making weight watching almost an impossibility.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Check out the recipes for Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake, Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters, One Perfect Bite: Chocolate Peanut Cluster! Try creating small clusters to use when decorating cupcakes and desserts, especially yummy when sprinkled over vanilla ice cream!

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Awakenings: Vermont: Magical Landscapes of Green

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This Day in History: March 4, 1791

On March 4, 1791 Vermont became the 14th state as the politics of slavery threatened to divide the United States. Vermont’s nickname The Green Mountain State is a direct relationship to the Green Mountains mountain range, which runs south to north specifically within this U.S. state. It is home to many beautiful and natural wonders being truly one of those green magical places. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Find yourself, lose yourself, anything goes
Take off your shoes, exercise your toes
Run the hills, fields, everything in between
Bathe in the magical landscapes of green

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Awakenings: Temporary Insanity Day

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Today isTemporary Insanity Day. NO! I am not kidding! Actually, that’s how the day made the calendar. February 19 is the first day a plea of temporary insanity was accepted as a plea in court.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Watch the video People doing the Most INSANE TRICKS EVER! Plus MORE…

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Awakenings: Presidents’ Day 2014

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What does Presidents’ Day mean to you? Do you have the day off from work? Are you seeking out the best deals and sales? Are you into Clothing and Accessories, Shoes and Purses, Home and Garden, Health and Well Being, Tech/Computers/Accessories? Slow down. . .actually, STOP!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

My contribution is a video poem in honor of seven of Our Founding Fathers, many of whom went on to become President of the United State.

Featured @Awakenings…

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Awakenings: Ever met a grouch?

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Today is…

Do a Grouch a Favor Day!
At one time or another, each of us has experienced moments of grouchiness. We do not want to be bothered by anyone. Just left alone. In a terrible mood! Then, there are those who display the face and attitude of the epitome of grouchiness. Never happy. Everything’s wrong. Leave me alone. Total misery! The latter are the ones we try to avoid the most…the habitual grouches, grumps, scrooges and sourpusses that somehow appear on any given day.
Sharla Shults‘s insight:

You are challenged to make that prickly, stern, cranky individual smile if nothing else…make him or her show the pearly whites! Go for it! You just may make someone’s day or that person will walk away just as grumpy as ever. At least you will know you gave it your best shot and that, my friend, will keep YOU smiling!

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At the Close of Valentine’s Day

Heart-TransparentAs most of you know, catnipoflife has a sister site, Awakenings whose focus is on history and  America – embracing the past, empowering the present, enriching the future. While Valentine’s Day does not have its original roots in American soil, its runners run deep throughout the nation.

Below is an abbreviated closing for this Valentine’s Day from Awakenings. To see the entire post, just click HERE!

A step back in time...

To truly understand Valentine’s, you must step back in time to 278 A.D. during the time of the Roman Empire. There are many legends and myths surrounding this day, some Pagan, others related to Christianity. Each of these legends vary on its connection to romance but several carry the name Valentine with each being martyred. One legend has the origin of Valentine’s day ending in the death and beheading of Valentine, a holy priest in Rome.

Rome was besieged with many unpopular and bloody campaigns. There was a strong attachment of the men to their wives and families thus a strong reluctance in joining the military forces of Claudius the Cruel, 42nd Emperor of the Roman Empire.

To change the situation, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. This was not taken lightly by Valentine, the holy priest. Valentine continued to perform marriages and honor engagements in secret for young lovers until his deeds were discovered. Before going further keep in mind that Emperor Claudius was known as Claudius the Cruel so he did not take lightly the services performed by Valentine behind his back.

The first Valentine’s Day message of love…

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It was upon the orders of Claudius that Valentine was put to death – beaten first, then beheaded. This occurred on February 14 on or about 268-270 A.D. Legendary beliefs show while in jail, Valentine became friends of the jailer’s daughter. He supposedly left a farewell note for her signed “From Your Valentine.” Thus, the first Valentine’s Day message of love.

It was not until after his death when Valentine was named a saint for his many services during his lifetime.

Declaration of February 14 as Valentine’s Day…

At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day, and centuries later romantic authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare helped seal the deal with references to the day in their works. 

At the close of Valentine’s Day…

Thus, we are at the end of yet another Valentine’s Day where its original color ran red with blood instead of roses! In today’s society, this day has been set aside as a loving day with the only blood drawn being that from the prickly stem of the rose.

As you look ahead, don’t leave the loving thoughts of Valentine’s Day behind. Every day can be a Valentine’s Day as long as there is passion in your heart and a loving spirit in your soul!

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Awakenings: Saddle Up!

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This Day in History: February 14, 1912

Saddle Up! This is America, this is Arizona!

Arizona’s state motto is Ditat Deus in Latin, translating as “God Enriches.” Its nickname is The Grand Canyon State named for its unmatched vistas riding along its rim. The grand canyon was formed by the uplifting of the Colorado plateau and erosion caused by the Colorado River over a period of 6 million years. Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s history can be observed in the layers of exposed rock. Prehistoric native Americans built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Watch National Geographic’s breathtaking video, Amazing Flight Over the Grand Canyon. Priceless!

See @Awakenings…

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Awakenings: Land of Many Changes

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This Day in History: February 14, 1859

Two states joined the union on February 14 in different years, of course. First up today is Oregon, The Beaver State.

Oregon Flies With Her Own Wings and is a Land of Many Changes…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:
Land of Many Changes

From the rugged seacoast
Inland to high mountain passes
A swath of forest hills
Gather as though in masses

Continued @Awakenings

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