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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.

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.

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. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From Hypnotic Voodoo Rhythm to Physical Graffiti

Not back full swing but will be posting from time to time...

Today in Music History: February 24 

Tidbits of music trivia amid cold wintry winds...
1956: Looking for a legal loophole with which to shut down rock and roll shows, police in Cleveland, OH enforce a 1931 ordinance forbidding minors from dancing without adult supervision. Can you imagine this happening today? Ahem! Probably should!
1988: As a joke, Alice Cooper runs for Governor of his native Arizona, as a member of the "Wild" Party.
Alice Cooper for President
1992: The US Postal Service's infamous "Elvis stamps" are unveiled, with the institution allowing fans to vote for which of two versions -- a young, thin '50s Elvis or a more mature, heavier '70s Elvis -- will make the final cut.   
Americans answered the call and eventually, thin wins by 3 to 1.

The Elvis Stamp:
America elects a King
1998: England's Queen Elizabeth II knights Elton John during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Elton John and the Queen 2000

Sir Elton John is best known for his tribute to Princess Diana and his top single Candle in the Wind, and now, for being a member of the exclusive league of knighted musicians. He was knighted for his services to music and charity.
 Lena Horne: One of Classic Hollywood's Most Beautiful Actresses
2004: Singer Lena Horne threatens to withdraw permission for a TV movie of her life after star Janet Jackson suffers her shocking "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson quits the project.
Nipplegate: Starring Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake (Super Bowl XXXVIII)
I mean, obviously. The craziest Super Bowl moment occurred when Justin (who really doesn’t get enough of the blame in this fiasco) sang “I’m gonna have you naked by the end of this song,” before ripping off a piece of Janet’s wardrobe and revealing her nipple (which was decorated with a large, sun-shaped nipple shield). It was the most rewatched moment TiVo history, and it changed the tone of the Super Bowl Halftime Show forever. Have you ever wondered why the Super Bowl started booking old, conservative acts like the Rolling Stones and The Who? Just ask Janet’s nipple.
Source: 6 Most Shocking Superbowl Moments

Today's Music Release:

1975: Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

Winter Break will just have to halt as I come out of hibernation for the biggest romance day of the year: A day when spirits are lifted in both usual and unusual ways. Some stroke the heartstrings so tenderly tears are gently brushed away with a kiss; others are totally mesmerizing striking deep down into the soul. Then, of course, there are those completely unexpected bringing on smiles and laughter along with tears. 

Guess what? Round 2 of the nation's arctic blast is underway as dangerously low temperatures bring chills to the bone along with inches upon inches of snow. All the more reason to snuggle up close in front of a fire with a mug of hot cocoa or your favorite beverage.   

Like all things there is history behind this day known for its everlasting expressions of love. Its roots date back to ancient times. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th and where the holiday customs come from?  

 Maximize the window in order to read the historical facts. 
It may be necessary to pause periodically since the music 
moves faster than reading capability.

Some say this day is for couples...for lovers to express their sincerest, deepest feelings for one another. Isn't it a day to celebrate love of all ages, whether romantically involved or not? The hearts and minds of children are just as excited on this day as the most romantic of romantics. Valentine's cards, trinkets, candy and small gifts of expression are exchanged amid hugs and smiles of joy.

So, are you ready for Valentine's Day? What thoughts or ideas do you have in mind for this very special day? Chocolates, roses, jewelry, gift basket, stuffed animal for someone special?  Perhaps a surprise getaway, breakfast in bed, champagne brunch? Small, simple Valentine's card for a child or an assortment of cards for a group of children? A visit to a hospital, retirement center or elderly folks home? Hugs and kisses that show you care? Whatever you say or do, just don't forget the Conversation Hearts! Valentine, be mine!

It is not surprising that there are limitless possibilities, especially with the ability to traverse cyberspace over the World Wide Web. Fingers negotiate the keyboard like the hairy legs of the spider spinning its web. BUT, while the e-Valentine may contain the desired message, there is still nothing like that personalized hand-written love note! No comparison!

For whatever reason you will be celebrating Valentine's day, with that one someone special or not, just remember it is a day of love: remembering in ways to show you care.
We can be heroes, just for one day!
Be a hero for someone who simply needs no more than to know you care!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Taking a Break

Well, Br-er Groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter! Time for a little hibernation of my own so leaving for a winter break.

https://www.pinterest.com/sharlashults/whats-happenin-in-february/There is plenty to peruse by just browsing Awakenings. For the February events, remember the festivities are posted on Pinterest for you to begin looking back to plan ahead.

If you enjoy trips down music memory lane, take your pick at Music Memories. Perhaps you will find your favorite recording artist in the Spotlight!

Looking for a special recipe? Visit yum, yum, yum ... yummy! Hundreds of recipes to choose from, after all yummy recipes are good for the heart, mind, body and soul! 

OR just simply check out all the boards!

'See' you later!