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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.

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!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Music: A Safety Zone

Music takes on many forms offering comfort in different ways to sooth, to brighten, to reminisce, even to heighten. On any given day one can unleash Music Memories, Embrace Music Memories, visit a Dark Day, enjoy the Oldies but Goodies & Then Some. Music goes deep. Tears at the heart, soothes the soul. Becomes a safety zone. Music is the key to creativity and is the language of the universe. Even when performed in a foreign language, the emotions of the melody makes it clearly understood. Feeling bad? Put on the music to change any mood of any moment.
On this day in music history, there's Music in the Air and a trio is Taking the World by Storm. First in the spotlight is a musician primarily known for calypso, but actually has recorded in many genres, such as blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. Next is a trio famous for three part harmonies, collegiate appeal, and trademark candy-striped shirts who single-handedly revolutionized folk music.


 Music in the Air: Harry Belafonte - The King of Calypso


 Taking the World by Storm: The Kingston Trio

With a click of each image below, take a walk down music memory lane. Perhaps you will encounter just the right tune or recording artist that has at one time or another provided you a safety zone where thoughts belong to the music.





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

Monday, November 16, 2015

Third Week of November

Here we are already in the third week of November. With celebrations behind us for the First Week of November and the Second Week of November, let's see what's happened and happen' this week.

Let's Celebrate!

November 15 is time to...

Take stock!

This Day in History: November 15, 1867

Everything has a beginning somewhere, some time by someone. While the invention of the 'ticker tape' may be thought of as Thomas Edison's idea, that is not the case. Edison's first successful invention was an improved stock ticker, the "Universal Stock Printer".
The ubiquitous 'they' say a picture says a thousand words. Take stock of the images HERE that say enough about the ticker tape...

November 16 is ...

 a very American holiday
The U.S. has more than 300 fast food chains, representing 40% of the nation’s total restaurant sales. Americans spend more than $110 billion on fast food annually, on cuisine that ranges from barbecue, fried chicken and pizza to Chinese food and Tex-Mex. Read MORE, learn about what constitutes 'fast' food and discover the Father of Fast Food...
First choice in fast food...

Burger 'n' Fries

Oklahoma Wheat: Fields of Gold

Indians, Cowboys & Oil are up for celebration today: The Indian Territory and the Oklahoma Territory were combined into one state, and Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the union, November 16,1907How much do you know about the state of Oklahoma? 

Oklahoma designated the wild turkey as state game bird in 1990. 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?

Ready to bake some cookies for Thanksgiving? Go visit GRANDma! Um-m-m? Wonder how many will last until Thanksgiving dinner? Not to worry! Bake enough to last from now 'til then! The result will be mouth-watering and delicious while the memories...priceless!

November 17 is ...

A toast to all who bake that yeasty goodness known as homemade bread! YUM! Old-fashioned bread making may be time consuming but oh my goodness! Nothing beats the aroma of fresh bread as the yeast does its work while the dough rises in the warmth of the oven.Click HERE...
November 18 is...


pronounced: vish – e – swaz

Regardless how it is spelled or pronounced, is vichyssoise delicious creamy potato soup? If a chunkyhot soup is desired, do not puree & leave hefty bits of potato, add cream and heat gently. Make it up ahead of time, then, when ready to serve, heat (potato soup) or serve cold (vichyssoise) garnished with a few finely chopped chives.
November 19 believe it or not is...

The modern 'flush' toilet carries with it some stories of its own, especially about the name, not toilet but two of the 101 Names for the ToiletThere are persons who actually existed who were associated with the toilet as we know it today. Click HERE for the stories of Crapper and John!
November 20 is...

There just cannot be enough foodie days! Let's face it...everyday is a foodie day, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Then, to celebrate one of our nation's favorite foods and on our own add chocolate...what can be said? Bring it on!
 November 21 is...

Ever had a bad day where it only took a single word, "hello", "hi", or someone asking "How are you?" to make you feel better? Such a simple gesture showing that someone cares, especially when accompanied by a smile, can do so much! Now, think about the power of communication on a global aspect. Click HERE for more...
Beauty Amplified reflects the state that joined the union on this day, November 21, 1789: North Carolina! "Where soars Mount Mitchell's summit great, In the "Land of the Sky," in the Old North State!" What do you know about North Carolina?
North Carolina is home to mysteries, giant industries, and coastal beauty. It's where gold was first found in America, and where an entire colony of settlers vanished. A state where golf rules the land, NASCAR rules the road, and college basketball holds court over them all. It's where tobacco became king after the cotton industry went up in smoke, and where a 12-second flight sent shockwaves around the world.

Each week we cannot leave without looking ahead to the biggest holiday of November!
How long until Thanksgiving? Click the Turkey . . .
How close are you to being ready?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!