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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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fourth Week of November

Here we are past the First Week of November, the Second Week of November, the Third Week of November and moving right along in the Fourth (and final) Week of November! Whew! Time flies oh-so fast it is difficult to keep up with what's happenin'. We have relived history, sang and danced through music history, supported our military, honored America's veterans, enjoyed numerous days of foodie fun both sweet and sour, said 'hello' around the world, even celebrated World Toilet Day while being kind throughout the whole process.

Since we are in the middle of the week let's step back a few days to what happened at the beginning. This week started off with a monumental day in history with the assassination of one of our nation's greatest Presidents. Many conspiracy theories surround this tragic event.

 November 22, 1963

There are many events that altered the course of history. Had they not occurred the world as we know it today might possibly be quite different. There will always be rumors of war, war and assassinations. Freedom is not free but comes at a high price...  
"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
 35th President of the United States

Click HERE for Three Shots Fired... 

November 22, 1975
So often any one of us may be familiar with a band but really don't know the name or the face behind the music. The same is true of individual recording artists. If you were asked whether you like the music of Reginald Kenneth Dwight would you have to stop and think for a moment? Would the reaction be the same if the name Elton John was substituted? What about Chris Gaines? Ever heard of him? Of course you have...he's Garth Brooks' alto ego. Today's spotlight is on a band of world renown but possibly only if the band's name was presented upfront.
The music question for this day is...

Founder of the Dance Revolution
Do you know Harry Wayne Casey? He is founder and leader of ... Click HERE! 

At the end of each music post is the link to the next day's day in music history. Click the link or the music notes.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

November 23 is...

National Espresso Day

Coffeeteahot cocoa - yum-yum, how sweet the brew! This time add espresso to the list. After all, 75% of all caffeine consumed in the United States is coffee. Espresso appears dark and strong with a lot of flavor & complexity in a tiny little cup, but it contains no more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. It is the richness of its aroma and flavor that draws attention toward its desire. Click HERE ...

November 24, 1932

Click HERE...
Today's famed television series BonesCSI and NCIS demonstrate the capabilities of a scientific laboratory. Whether forensic or physical evidence, it always ends up in the lab. For us in the 21st century, the tiniest bit of evidence can make or break a case. Even past evidence can be screened and scrutinized to the point of uncovering critical information. Yet, it has not always been this way.

November 25 is...

The Perfect Snack

This day's glass is not to be filled with a beverage but a foodie considered the perfect snack. Here's a hint: Don't throw away that day old bread...cut into cubes, soak with whisked sugar and rum. Then, celebrate!
Is your mouth watering yet?

Also on this day...

The Biggest Thing Afloat Sinks

This Day in History: November 25, 1990 Today's place in history is held by the collapse of an old bridge along the longestinterstate highway in the United States, I-90. 

Find out HOW this happened and watch the action via video...HERE!

Gobble Gobble Gobble! It's Thanksgiving Day and you get to Have your cake...& eat it too!

November 26 is...

National Cake Day

Dessertssnacks and treats find a place any time on any given day of the week. There is no magic minute or hour. When the craving for something sweet hits, it hits...right then, right NOW! For cake's sake, for the love of cake, on this day you get to have your cake & eat it too! If you haven't already discovered the link, check it out  HERE 

November 27, 2005

Click More Dollar$ than ¢ense

This day marks an occasion that definitely warrants a close look at ¢ents in the sense of spending wisely. The event showcases headline performers Aerosmith and 50 Cent among others.  The case at hand is not so much on the musicians but the party who paid for the performance and the reason. At a cost of $2 million for a 45-min performance, that must have been some kind of party!  
The event marked the ‘bar mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration for the 13-yr old daughter of a multimillionaire, which featured her favorite acts.
Bottom Line: Not sure what kind of example was being set for the young teenager, especially taking into account where the money came from and the devastating results for the child and the family. 

Posts to follow so mark your calendars...

November 27 is...

Total Insanity!

So, on Black Friday, looming in front of us is a question...

To help in answering the question, ponder this...

...then, check out why on the 27th!

AND to END the WEEK but not the month...

'See' you later! Lots to do but not without first wishing everyone...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gobble Gobble Gobble

 Two Sides of Thanksgiving                                       Thanksgiving Day Music  

The grocery stores have been brimming with fresh frozen turkeys awaiting their final presentation at the Thanksgiving table. Whether baked, roasted, broiled, boiled or fried, Mr. Tom more than likely will take center stage where he will not be the one gobbling! Surrounding the main attraction one might find homemade cranberry sauce, dressing or stuffing, giblet gravy, sweet potato souffle, collard greens, field peas, green bean and/or squash casserole, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and of course, sizzlin' fried cornbread...in other words, the best of the best Thanksgiving stars of the show! Of course, this only touches the main course...don't forget the appetizers and oh, my! those luscious desserts! Are you ready to gobble?

Tidbit of Turkey Trivia...
If it had been left up to Benjamin Franklin, the Turkey, not the Bald Eagle would have been designated as our national bird. That would include all the "gobbles," "clucks," "putts," "purrs," "yelps," "cutts," "whines," "cackles," and "kee-kees" that go along with it! Wonder what impact that would have had on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner...Um-m-m?
The First Thanksgiving...

Wild Turkey in Ottawa, Michigan
During the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrim's cooking methods and menus were crude as compared to what most of us have experienced in our lifetime. There were no electric or gas ovens. In fact, no electricity period. Colonial utensils and hardware consisted of frying pans, kettles, iron pots, wooden spoons, and a mortar and pestle. 

On the menu one would more than likely NOT find turkey to be the main meat that filled the Pilgrim's bellies. Nor would fancy dressing or giblet gravy grace the table and any signs of sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie nowhere would be found!

A sneak peak into a Pilgrim kitchen might disclose the following...
Each house had a prominent fire pit and chimney, where the cooking was normally done by the women and girls. Several "recipe books" from the period exist, and provide some interesting insights into cooking at the time. Perhaps the most famous of these is Gervase Markham's The English Housewife, first published in 1615. A recipe for cooking a young turkey or chicken reads: 
http://mayflowerhistory.com/cookingIf you will boil chickens, young turkeys, peahens, or any house fowl daintily, you shall, after you have trimmed them, drawn them, trussed them, and washed them, fill their bellies as full of parsley as they can hold; then boil them with salt and water only till they be enough: then take a dish and put into it verjuice [the juice of sour crab-apples] and butter, and salt, and when the butter is melted, take the parsley out of the chicken's bellies, and mince it very small, and put it to the verjuice and butter, and stir it well together; then lay in the chickens, and trim the dish with sippets [fried or toasted slices of bread], and so serve it forth. [Source: MayflowerHistory.com]

Modern Day Preparation for Traditional Tom Turkey...

Cooking in a kitchen during colonial times...

...as compared to Julia Child in the kitchen!


MORE on Thanksgiving...Thanksgiving Day Music

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Copycatters Revisited

November 19 is a date to remember for sure in the music industry. Once a song is declared a hit, recording artists by the droves try to monopolize on its success, some even hoping to make it better. See what you think about the following copycatters and which version gets your #1 vote or hits a sour note! 

Today in Music History: November 19

Click  'Copycats' & Fun Facts for more!

With a song's success comes covers that are often just as successful, sometimes even more so. The era is different, the genre may vary, the beat possibly is of a quicker or perhaps a slower tempo, even the gender of the artist may change but the lyrics...they remain the same. Comparisons are always interesting as is the perception of the listeners. A version liked by one is not always liked by all.

Who is your favorite?

1955 Carl Perkins recorded 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock 'n' roll classic became a US No.2 & UK No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956.

'Blue Suede Shoes' has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Listen and see if you have a preference. (The Lennon version doesn't begin until about a minute into the video.)

1964 The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when 'Baby Love' went to the top of the charts. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to No.1 in the United States.
In 2002, Emma Bunton performed at Party at the Palace, an event that was held at Buckingham Palace Garden on 3 June 2002 in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Her solo performance at the event was a cover of The Supremes' 1964 hit 'Baby Love'.

1966 The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Keep Me Hangin' On', the group's 7th US No.1. It made No.8 in the UK.
In 1986, Kim Wilde had a UK number two hit with her version of The Supremes' song "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which also went on to be a major US hit, topping the U.S. charts in 1987.

1983 Tina Turner made her first chart appearance in over ten years with her version of the Al Green hit 'Let's Stay Together'.
In 1971, Al Green's release of "Let's Stay Together" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for nine weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 11 song of 1972.

 One Hit Wonder on This Day...

1988 Robin Beck was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'First Time'. The song was from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola which session singer Beck had recorded. It made the American a One hit wonder.

Multi Chart Topper on This Day...
"Can't Fight The Moonlight" reached #1 in Australia, where it was their highest selling single in 2001. It also topped the charts in the UK, The Netherlands and New Zealand. Despite being closer to a dance number, it topped the US Country charts because of Rime's background.
2000 LeAnn Rimes started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can't Fight The Moonlight', the singer's first UK chart topper. Written by Diane Warren and featured on the soundtrack of the film Coyote Ugly.
Albums on This Day... 

  • 1988 Bon Jovi started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with lead single from the band's album New Jersey, 'Bad Medicine', which became the group's third US No.1, and a No.17 hit in the UK.
    • 2000 The Beatles started an eleven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with The Beatles 1. The album features virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world's best-selling album of the 21st century, The Beatles 1 has sold over 31 million copies.
    • 2001 Mick Jagger released his new solo album 'Goddess In The Doorway'. First day sales stood at 954 copies.  
    • 2006 George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Twenty Five' the singers sixth UK No.1 album.

    And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crapper and John!

What do you know about the toilet names Crapper and John? If you missed the posting for the Third Week in November, you probably have not marked your calendars for tomorrow's celebration. Be sure you do not let this one be dismissed right down the toilet! Yes, there is a humorous side but one that is VERY serious also.

Crapper's Crapper

November 19 is..

When you first hear of World Toilet Day, a grin more than likely appears outwardly with thoughts of "you've got to be kidding!" There is a lot of history behind the invention of the toilet which indeed contains many humorous moments. But the truth about this celebration is not something from The Far Side or The Twilight Zone. It is a very serious worldwide issue. Did you know...
For those accustomed to indoor plumbing, the toilet is something taken for granted. While grandpa or grandma may have used the outdoor privy, it is long gone with only stories and possible photographs remaining as reminders.

Since the toilet is considered somewhat commonplace, especially in the U.S., thoughts of its nonexistence don't ever cross the minds of the average person. Whether at home, dining out, shopping, enjoying a concert or sports game, when the urge comes to go, there is usually more often than not a toilet facility close at hand. Not true everywhere!

That's right! 2.5 billion people around the globe do not have access to toilets! You better believe they would like to use one and at least a billion of these people defecate in public. In some parts of the world sad to say where they drop it is where they leave it...literally! Too often deposits land in streams that are the major water supply source. Unfortunately, this escalates disease which increases the death rate, especially among children who rarely pass the age of five.
 Even this is better than the streets!
Next time you need to use the crapper or ask someone where's the john, think about, then do, what you can to spread the message of better sanitation. Do the research and share with others what actions are being taken to raise awareness and contribute toward improving global sanitation.

Next on the Calendar...Peanut Butter...but not alone!