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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, May 15, 2015

King of the Blues...Remembered


(CNN) Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night. He was 89. Read MORE...

Around the end of the 19th century, a musical form known as the 'Blues' originated in the African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States. At the heart of documenting the essence of the blues is a recording artist who has been at the top for decades. Even the mention of R&B brings his name immediately to mind. 

Remembering the King of the Blues...

If you ask anyone to name a blues man, chances are the first name that will come to mind will be B.B. King, aka “The King of the Blues”. It’s been said of him that he “arguably did more for bringing blues to white America than any other musician”. Read MORE...
Riley B. King: one of the most influential blues musicians of all time known for a unique style that mixes blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump

Riley B. King is none other than the legendary B.B. King who began as a disc jockey in Memphis before finding fame as a blues and R&B guitarist. His reign as "King of the Blues" has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. The world just can't seem to get enough of his music. B.B. King started recording in the 1940s and had his first national hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," in 1949. His many hits include "Let The Good Times Roll", "Thrill is Gone", & "Rock me Baby". He played over 300 concerts a year until he was in his 70s.

 

The Legend of Lucille...
In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.’s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille. [Source: BBKing.com Official Website]
The thrill (of live performances) may be gone but the legend lives on and on and on...


“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing it.”
~B. B. King

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Blessings


Easter is so much, much more 
Than what any Easter bunny brings
Chocolate or decorated eggs
 Marshmallows or candy rings

A day of Christian celebration
Flowing with the spirit of love
Comfort in the fulfilled promise
 All by the hands of Heaven above
 
In all her colorfulness
Mother Nature doth intervene
Adding splendor to the day
Dawn 'til dusk, all hours in between
 
Stop! Step outside, look up to the sky
Delight in marvels on wings of a dove
Strengthen the awareness of your belief
All by the hands of Heaven above

Awaken with the sunrise
On this blessed resurrection day
With refreshed, renewed spirit
Each hour, minute, ready to replay

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What's Happenin' in April...

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/04/april-is.html

Click the image above for what's happenin' in the month of April! Same celebrations as last year with just the days the dates fall on being a bit different. Discover the reasoning behind a familiar nursery rhyme...April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Get ready for some crazy weird celebrations, along with the greats!

No Housework & Beer - April 7

Remember the milkman? - April 8

Lend a Hand to Save a Paw - April 10

Brothers and Sisters - April 10

Harmony in a Barbershop - April 11

These are but a few so start here and click your way through the rest! Just click Newer Post at the bottom of each page.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

March is...

Within the month of March comes the first official day of Spring! Celebration after celebration abounds before during and after the famous St. Patrick's Day. Of course, signs are already in the picture as Mother Nature's Delights bring forth sunshine inside and out on the last of the cold wintry days. First buds in some regions of the nation have already begun to appear with speck after speck of green peeping out from the cold, cold ground.
We are moving into a new month and March is...

Irish-American Heritage Month

Image Source: Irish-American Flags Poster
Irish-American Heritage Month* is a special proclamation issued yearly since 1991 by the United States President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. This heritage month coincides with the Irish national holiday on March 17, Saint Patrick's Day, which celebrates all things Irish. 
[*Heritage Months are usually proclaimed to celebrate centuries of contributions by a group to a country. Check out A Bit of the Irish!]
March is also...
http://alicefest.org/womens-history-month/Women have struggled throughout history to become recognized for their talents, contributions, courage, and equal rights outside the confines of the everyday household. Many accomplishments would not have ever come to fruition had it not been for the perseverance of women. They have earned their place in history books, curriculum, museums, projects, and so much more. March is designated as Women's history month to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.
 
And... 

http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/
While we all know we should eat right every day and hound our children to eat balanced meals, we do not always practice what we preach. With this month being recognized as National Nutrition Month, perhaps a little more effort could be put forth toward balanced nutrition for both body and mind. "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" is the theme for National Nutrition Month® 2015.
Here are a few GREAT ways to begin...

5 ways to dive into National Nutrition Month

8 ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month

Seven Simple Ways to Eat Healthier

That's just a start...take a look at all of these other reasons to celebrate:

  • National Noodle Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Sauce Month
  • National Caffeine Awareness Month
  • National Celery Month
  • National Flour Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
    PLUS...Chocolate Chip Cookie Week is the second week of the month, American Chocolate Week is the third week.

Aren't you  READY for March?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Back Online Part Time...

Br-er Groundhog gave us six more weeks of winter so Winter Break isn't over altogether but with February being a short month, Spring is already in sight! Just the thought of Spring is enough to bring sunshine on a cold wintry day, at least inside if not out...that is, within the heart and mind! So, bring the sunshine that is on the inside outside with some really big smiles and focus on the days ahead. If you are as impatient as I am, you cannot wait for those first buds to appear or specks of green to peek out from beneath the cold, cold ground. Each region of the nation will begin experiencing its own unique signs of Spring dear to the heart with both plants and animals sending forth harbingers that signal the annual demise of Ol' Man Winter!
 Mother Nature's Delights


Snowdrops from Winter sleep
Bring life to land that is dreary
  Mother Nature's paintbrush
Delightful sights for the winter-weary



Glory-of-the-Snow in the snow
Burst forth blue, white, even pink
Mother Nature's honor guard
Delightful indelible ink


Witch Hazel 'promise' shrubs
Bear warm, spicy scent
Mother Nature's wild catkins
Delightful descent


Not just the blossoms
Harmonize amongst greening trees
Mother Nature's balance
Delightful birds, butterflies and bees


High-lonesome pitch of spring
Emerge from wet patches of ground
Mother Nature's evening chorus
Delightful spring peepers' sound

 

Ladybugs under the leaves
Awaken to a taste of aphids
Mother Nature's tiny dots
Delightful as hungry little kids

 

Songs of an American Robin
Blend with a Woodpecker's drumming
Mother Nature's melodies
Delightful singing and humming



Deeper the Winter cold
Later these signs appear
Mother Nature's springtime
Delightful visions all clear

©2015 Sharla Lee Shults
 

Plan ahead while looking back...

Keep your eyes on What's Happenin'? in March coming soon to Awakenings' Pinterest board.