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My Presidents Day Confusion

Is it possible to describe a Chrysanthemum? Are yoga pants made for working out or going to Starbucks? I felt that kind of confusion when I decided to write about Presidents Day.

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I thought I would just casually mention this Monday holiday. Then, as I researched it, I realized that it is one of the more curious Federal holidays. That it’s real purpose includes partly to allow Federal employees to be take a long lunch today, because it is meant to truly be their holiday. So maybe they will also be able to enjoy their Tarragon Chicken Salad for lunch at some local restaurant, instead of being at the office.

I am not even sure if it should be written as President’s Day, Presidents’ Day or simply without the possessive apostrophe.

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Are we observing George Washington’s Birthday, which has been legislatively moved to more convenient Mondays as of 1971. You might think we’re celebrating the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Or, are we honoring the memory of all U.S. presidents past and present? Or are you still back on the thought of a Tarragon Chicken Salad?

After reading the Wikipedia page for President’s Day, I realized that I should have really called it Washington’s Birthday. If you click on the attachment, you will see that various states recognize this day by different names. Although, my reading comprehension got a little fuzzy when the descriptions also started using the term colloquially.

Here is the brief highlights of this day. In 1879, by an act of Congress, George Washington’s actual birthday became a Federal holiday. Then, in 1971, the Federal holiday was officially shifted to the third Monday of February. Nixon specifically wanted all Federal employees to have a longer weekend.

Federally, it is still called officially Washington’s Birthday. Which is why there is no right or wrong spelling for Presidents Day.

Of course, advertisements for washers and dryers, or cars, or clothes might still have a talking Thomas Jefferson thrown in there. And, many people believe that this is a day to honor all presidents. History.com gives a great summary of the history of the day.

Most of us who are at work today are getting bombarded with sales emails for Presidents’ Day. But at least it served as a reason to remind kids, in the days leading up to this holiday, to be taught about the accomplishments of Presidents. And especially Washington and Lincoln.

It is going to be a great Monday!

And finally, Our Pic o’day must remain Presidential thematic… right?

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Some Foreseeable “Seeables”

Do you feel relieved or depressed this morning? A mixture of both emotions is settling across the U.S. today. All that buildup of Christmas, and now you either took the tree down or pulled it out the door. Or… it has to be done! The foreseeability of after-Christmas emotion.

Here’s a starter picture for Our Blog on foreseeability:

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If someone runs through the zoo and hollers, “The lions are loose. The lions are loose”. There might be some foreseeable reaction. Sure, it could get a laugh. Or, if the “warning” is believable, it could cause a stampede toward the exits. If it was a joke of a warning and someone trips and hurts themselves… the question of foreseeability probably becomes an issue in a lawsuit. Right?

I find myself already thinking about my goals for 2018. I intend to write a blog on it. I guess that’s what has made me think about foreseeability. Where will I find myself in a year?

Years ago, a well known absent-minded professor was looking for a ride, to take him to his next speaking engagement. He waved down a taxi and jumped in. The driver began hurriedly driving away from the curb. A thought then dawned on the scientist and he leaned forward and asked the driver, “Hey, do you know where I want to go?” “No, Sir” the driver shouted back, “but I’m driving as fast as I can!”.

I pause to realize how easy it is to just be in a hurry. The foreseeable future literally means “the before you are able to see”. So the importance of what I do right now, before I can see what will happen… can impact what will happen. Does that feel like a palindrome? (words or phrases that read forwards and backwards. like radar, kayak. This one really gets me: Madam, I’m Adam. )

What I do know is that Our Blog will continue, and it will continue with me regularly wandering… just like that last paragraph. That’s foreseeable! But I also want goals for the new year, so that I am not just going to see what happens… but that I arrive where I intend.  And so the thinking continues!

And for pic o’ day, how about how a kid might explain being in a hurry?

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Just Rambling and Rumbling

I know that we are on the Thanksgiving countdown. Does that mean I should be writing Our blog on thanks?

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Here’s something unrelated to Thanksgiving. According to Hammurabi’s Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor’s hands. I guess that’s a policy of no mistakes accepted. (See, if I randomly throw in facts in the blog, it qualifies as a blog and still gives me an excuse to post lots of pictures!)

Are you already trying to work on the perfect Christmas gifts. That means you have bypassed Thanksgiving? Come on! Anyway, how about giving someone a suitcase with their picture on the side? Now that is personalized luggage!

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Sometimes I hear a fact… and it makes me wish I had never heard it. How about this one? The reason the coffin was supposedly invented for burial, was to prevent the “dearly departed” from coming back and haunting their survivors. I prefer to not believe that reason for invention. I say “No”.

Let’s move on to something that makes me feel good. I don’t even know why I threw that in there, but stream of consciousness blogging sometimes has its regrets. Better to have blogging without impunity!

Let’s conclude with our pic o’ day because you have “miles to go before you sleep, and miles to go before you sleep”. I have posted this a couple of times, but it’s also my screensaver on one of my computers.  Since we are working our way to Thanksgiving, how can you not be thankful for best day ever!IMG_0782

Bent Letters to the Right?

In 1994, artist Dwight Kalb sent David Letterman a statue of Madonna, made of 180 pounds of ham. Originally, I was going to write a blog with a food theme. As I began writing, I realized it was probably as useful as art made from ham.

So, instead, I have attached an article from didyouknow.com, that provides us with clues on how to read a person’s handwriting. How’s that for Our Thursday blog?

I cannot say that I totally believe this. But again… it is more useful than ham!

 

If letters slant to the left: Indicates introspection and a lot of emotional control.

If letter slant to the right: Reveals a person who’s outgoing, friendly, impulsive, and emotionally open.

If letters are straight up and down: The sign of someone who’s ruled by the head, not the heart.

Letters that slant in more than one direction: Indicates versatility and adaptability.

An erratic slant: Usually means a lack of flexibility.

Heavy pressure writing (like you can feel the rib made on the back of the paper): The writer is agitated.

Moderate pressure (the writing is dark, but you can’t feel the rib on the other side of the paper): Shows ability to deal with stress.

Light pressure: Indicates someone who seems to take life in stride.

Tiny letters: Indicate the writer is has somewhat low self esteem but is intelligent.

Small letters: The hallmark of quiet, introspective types – they’re generally detail-oriented and have good concentration.

Large letters: Sign of a confident, easygoing individual.

Huge letters: Indicate someone who’s theatrical, usually loud, and needs to be the center of attention at all times.

Wide letters (their width and height are about the same): The mark of someone who’s open and friendly.

Narrow letters: Show someone who’s somewhat shy and inhibited but very self-disciplined.

Letters that don’t touch: Indicate an impulsive, artistic, sometimes impractical free thinker.

Some letters connecting: Means the writer’s personality blends logic and intuition.

All letters making contact: The sign of someone who’s highly cautious.

A curved first mark: Shows a person who’s traditional and plays by the rules.

A straight beginning stroke: Reveals someone who’s rigid and doesn’t like being told what to do.

A final stroke straight across: The writer is cautious.

An end mark that curves up: Reveals generosity.

Perfect penmanship: The hallmark of a communicative person.

An indecipherable scrawl: Indicates a person who’s secretive, closed-up and likes to keep his thoughts to himself.

 

So that’s clues in handwriting. Like Colonel Mustard, in the living room, with the wrench.

And for pic o’ day, I figured it was a good time to slip one in for Thanksgiving. It feels like everywhere else we are just sliding right into the holidays and bypassing Thanksgiving.

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It’s Good Friday!

I blog to wish you a special Good Friday and a Happy Easter. One statistical study claims that over 80% in the United States celebrated Easter in 2016, and a similar number are expected to do so this year.

In the U.S., we view Easter differently than some other countries. Here, we attend church and have Easter egg hunts and chew on chocolate rabbits.

In Germany, they view the day solemnly, with strict laws governing such things as no horse racing or dancing. I am not sure whether they have outlawed marshmallow Peeps.

I like the positive thought of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it“.

I hope you have a meaningful and wonderful weekend!

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No Christmas at the Pilgrim’s House

How did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Christmas? Here’s a clue: The Puritans were against the singing of Christmas Carols.

Why? Because the Pilgrims were strict Puritans with religious views against holidays like Christmas and Easter. They found no Biblical justification for celebrating Christmas and associated such celebrations with pagan holidays. In fact, they dubbed Christmas “Foolstide” and went out of their way to work in the fields like any other day.

Here’s an article titled When Americans Banned Christmas, that discusses why they felt that the origin of Christmas was really from the pagan holiday of Mithra, which was an ancient Rome celebration for its sun god. In addition, the Puritans were incensed that some specific date like December 25 was assigned as a celebration of Baby Jesus, when they believed that his birth was probably closer to a September date.

The Puritans continual stand against Christmas never relented (Wikipedia) It is historically noted that Governor William Bradford took the following action:

On the day called Christmas Day, the Governor called [the settlers] out to work as was usual. However, the most of this new company excused themselves and said it went against their consciences to work on that day. So the Governor told them that if they made it [a] matter of conscience, he would spare them till they were better informed; so he led away the rest and left them.

It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Christmas was celebrated. In 1823, Alabama became the first state to declare Christmas a holiday. In 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant declared it a federal holiday. Sometime thereafter, Target and Walmart had their first Christmas sale… Boom!

And for pic o’ day, another that I post each year and I still laugh when I see it:

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Bear and Lion Choices

Who’s to say? I ask myself, “Why is that bear waving?”. It must be holiday cheer. Right?
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But how can you argue with a lion bearing gifts?

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By now, you have gathered that I am a bit holiday distracted. So, I just post holiday pic o’s. Plus, I’ve been told by a few that “we have little time to read the blog right now”, so I give little time for little time reading!

 

But for pic o’ day, I post one of the annual postings by request:

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Thanksgiving “Stuff”ing

I truly enjoy Thanksgiving. All of it! The food, the thanks, the giving! I truly have so many reasons to be thankful. But, I always feel like I need to add some extra workouts!

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I know you have a busy day and weekend so I will just post a few quickies. First, here’s our newsletter for November, in case you didn’t receive it in your email.

And here we go, the first is one that I post every year because it always makes me laugh….

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And some random:

 

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And where else can you find some Noah’s Ark Thanksgiving humor?

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And finally, just some thoughts

 

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I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Meaningful Weekend!

 

 

 

No Jousting on Independence Day?

Won’t it be exciting to attend the jousting this weekend. Wait? What? No Jousting?

On June 30th, 1559, King Henry II of France was celebrating his daughter’s wedding and that they were at peace with the Habsburgs. It was jousting! This would be his final match, as he was struck by a lance fragment to the head, which caused him to die a few days later. The death of a king was part of the motivation that caused jousting to be fazed out.

Today, July 1, is one of Canada’s most important national holidays. It’s called Dominion Day because on July 1, 1967, the Dominion of Canada was formerly created.

I point these out because we feel disassociated from both of these days. Neither effect us. The fact that the Battle of Gettysburg started on July 1, 1863 and became a turning point in the Civil War, doesn’t have much effect on us today.

Admit it, you were not thinking about the Battle of Gettysburg, right? And that had impact on us. You learned Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Right? Or, did you think that he just received mail at that address? See, no Gettysburg holiday.

I write this blog as the last, before July 4. It’s a day that means something to us. Partly because we all have off. But, most importantly, it’s Independence Day. The anniversary of the Second Continental Congress who adopted the Declaration of Independence that declared that the American Colonies were free and Independent states. Clearly, that has impact on us today!

So, there will be no jousting on the 4th, but we have lots to celebrate!

Have a great weekend and a great Independence Day!!!!!! These are the good days and it’s only going to get better!

And a holiday of independence causes me to go a bit pic o’ crazy…

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And finally….

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