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Awakenings: Missing You – Letters from Wartime

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Today we don’t think much about writing or receiving hand-written letters. Each seems to be a framed image of the past stored away in our mental scrapbooks. Nowadays communication comes too easy with the push screens of a cell phone and the strokes of a computer keyboard. The words may be the same, sentiments may still be expressed, but what’s missing is the intimate touch of pen to paper.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Watch the video with thoughts first only of a person sitting in a military camp, dim to no lighting, possibly cold and damp, maybe in a trench, fear and terrors of war as the backdrop with a parchment of paper and meager pen in hand. Listen to the lettered words and the emotion felt upon writing and reading a hand-written letter. It is not until later in the video where the mode of communication shifts from postal letters to video and telephone. Yet the letter is still an intricate, important part.

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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
 
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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: And the music goes on…American Pie

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This Day in History: February 3, 1959

The Day the Music Died” What a fitting phrase to such an American tragedy. Yet, in the aftermath, the music lives on, immortalized in our hearts, in our minds, on the radio, in film, on record, video and CD.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

While their careers were only beginning, their legacy is everlasting in a hall of fame honoring the era of rock and roll.

American Classics! May this music never die! 

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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: Voyage to America

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall (1882)

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This Day in History: September 16, 1620

The spirit of European expansion stirred adventurers to set sail for the New World. Having already been discovered much earlier, the richness of this new land beckoned voyagers to set sail in 1620 for a more profound purpose. Such exploits resulted in surveillance of the terrain and possibilities for settlements.

Go to Awakenings for poetry Voyage to America!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Perhaps some of your ancestors financed or even traveled across the sea to America! How cool is that!

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Short and Sweet: The illustrious history of the short film…

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After sitting through the latest three-hour blockbuster, it’s hard to believe that in the early days of movie making all films were short. Everything from newsreels and comedies to serialised dramas and adventure stories.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

And there’s more: huge shifts in film distribution options have changed how we make and think about short films. Perhaps we should consider going back to more of those short films. With the repetitiveness of sex, violence, and the same story line over and over, one falls asleep or walks out way before the movie is over.

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