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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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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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Awakenings: Happy Valentine’s Day, Soldiers!

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To all our soldiers, every branch, near, far and wide
Happy Valentine’s Day sent to you with pride!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Take care, soldiers, while away
With love this Valentine’s Day

More @Awakenings…

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Awakenings: Not just any fish story!

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This Day in History: February 6, 1788

What do a codfish and chocolate chip cookies have in common?

Did you know the turkey was almost our national bird?

While many states have a designated state animal, which state(s) have a state cat?

Where does Arlo Guthrie fit into this picture?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:
Everybody loves
but how many know
where its first cookie was born?
 
All the butter, sugar and chips
point in one direction
t’ward the state of *-*-*-*
for cookie, folks, not corn
 
Do I have your curiosity? Visit Awakenings…

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Awakenings: Seeking a Better Life

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This Day in History: February 5, 1917

A half century ago John F. Kennedy could call America “a nation of immigrants,” and publish a book with that title: We remain a nation of immigrants today. Even if many of us did not have the courage or vision to uproot and move to America, many of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents made that difficult journey. Our diversity is what makes America unique and is a source of our fundamental strength and long term prospects.
Source: The Importance of Immigration

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

If each American were to trace his or her ancestry, there would probably be few who would be far removed from immigrant roots.

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Awakenings: Double Chocolate’s Cookin’!

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Many things are happening on this day in February and two of them tempt the pallet so chocolatey!

February 5th is . . .

Chocolate Fondue Day
and
World Nutella Day
Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Discover the true history and basic recipe for Chocolate Fondue. Learn 8 things you may not know about Nutella.

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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: Today is…

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Starting today you will be enlightened on what is possibly being celebrated on a particular day. You can decide how you want to celebrate if that is indeed your forte. Oh, my, will you be surprised of some crazy things being celebrated. If something exists, I do believe you or I shall find a day during which it is celebrated.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Did you know along with this day being Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, it is also National Baked Alaska Day? That’s one in the picture. Doesn’t it look scrumptuous? Guess what? That is not all being celebrated. It’s Working Naked Day! For real with encouragement to work at home of course. Then, added to the list is Take Your Child to the Library Day and Decorating With Candy Day. Course there is always a quirky one to end the list: Car Insurance Day. Go figure on that one.

Come on over to Awakenings and learn MORE! Scroll through, browse around for you might be surprise what could spark your interest. Have a wonderful day!

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