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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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Milk Chocolate Day

How could we live without chocolate? Fortunately, for all chocolate lovers, we don't have to. Chocolate variations make choices often difficult but the end result is always the same...sheer delight!

July 28 is...

Milk Chocolate Day 

Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) celebrates everything that’s good about classic milk chocolate – one of the most common forms of chocolate...liquid and solid! Candy bars, truffles, cakes, pies, mousse, cookies, sauces, snacks, even drinks are delectable when infused with smooth, velvety milk chocolate! Ever tried chocolate milk in your coffee?


Save Earth. 
It is the only planet that has chocolate!

Envision a day of chocolate rain
Where puddles fill o’er & o’er again
Waves of silky goodness form with each drop
Wishes are those that the rain doesn’t stop
Sweet-tart berries ripe and ready for pickin’
Become chocolate laced ready for lickin’
Glistening sunbeams quieten the rain
Chocolate covered memories remain


  yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

1950s Car Radio Trivia

Today in Music History: July 27


1958 Rambler Ambassador Custom

1958 Fan's of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making him or her waste fuel.


If the car radio was dubbed an issue, it is no wonder the car record-player was short lived, even if for a different reason.

After the war, as technology and transistors became more commonplace, the physical size (and cost) of a wireless set gradually fell to more reasonable levels, enabling most motorists to buy a radio and whistle while they drove. 

Perhaps the coolest accessory of the 1950s was the in-car record player, a hefty device that mounted beneath the dashboard and meant that any self-respecting Brylcreem'd rocker could tap their finger to the latest vinyl disc from Buddy Holly or Bill Haley. The only slight problem with record playing on the move was that to stop the needle jumping off the records surface while on the move, the stylus had to be a very heavy jobbie, which resulted in vinyl records being scraped away by the downward pressure on the needle. Such impressive audio gadgets were a pricey luxury over a standard radio set, and became a passing fad after a short time only. Source: OldClassicCar

Best Sellers in Stores 1958

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

To All Dads & Moms ...

Without parents none of us would be here. For every newborn, teenager, young adult, adult and senior citizen there is/was a father and a mother. With either title comes a tremendous amount of responsibility accepted forthrightly by some, reluctantly by others. Yet, either is totally unavoidable. Even for those who may not be parents themselves, they had parents who had parents who had parents and so on. Each of us has friends or relatives that are parents. Even though with each subsequent year comes celebration of Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June, the upcoming day of celebration is for parents collectively occurring on the fourth Sunday of July every year. 

July 27, 2014 is...

A bit of Parents' Day History...
In the United States, Parents' Day is held on the fourth Sunday of every July. This was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law (36 U.S.C. § 135) for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. It was supported by members of the Unification Church which also celebrates a holiday called Parents' Day, although on a different date. Parents' Day is celebrated throughout the United States. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said: "Replacing Mother's Day and Father's Day with a Parents' Day should be considered as an observance more consistent with a policy of minimizing traditional sex-based differences in parental roles." Source: en.wikipedia.org
To All Dads & Moms...

Happy Parents' Day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

One of These Nights

Today in Music History: July 26, 1975

The Eagles The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights'. Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song was inspired by the Soul music Frey was listening to when he started writing it on the piano. Artists like B.B. King ("King of the Blues") and Al Green (known for the hit song "Let's Stay Together") were a big influence on many songs on the album.

1975 In a 1975 interview with Phonograph Record, Frey explained: "It's like, puttin' things off... Everybody I'm sure has said, 'One of these nights I'm gonna...' Gonna drive back to that restaurant an' take that waitress in my arms, whatever. Find that girl, make that money, buy that house. Move to that country. Any of that stuff. Everyone's got his ultimate dream, savin' it for 'someday.' And 'someday' is up to you." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages).
Where are The Eagles today?


In today’s faddish, fractured rock landscape, it’s refreshing that classic bands like the Eagles retain an appeal that transcends both generation and genre -- Dad may not know what Spotify is, and Little Johnny may not know what LP stands for, but chances are both know the words to “Hotel California.” As the best-selling American band of the ’70s, and one of the top-selling acts of all time, the Eagles’ relaxed harmonies and California-inspired sound came to define what critics eventually dubbed classic rock, and cemented their role as enduring musical icons. Read MORE...

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

New York: Diversity & Contrast

This Day in History: July 26, 1788

New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State

New York is called "The Empire State" because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, "The Empire State" legend returned to New York license plates. It's nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, "Excelsior." New York's motto means "ever upward." The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. "Knickerbocker" is a German term made up of two words. "Knicker" means box and "bock" is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving's character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in "Knickerbocker History of New York."

Aerial America  
New York's Adirondack Park
Covering 20 percent of New York's total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness
in the continental United States.


Aerial America
New York: Niagara Falls
Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice,
Niagara Falls instills awe through its
natural majesty and its raw power.

In 1624, the first permanent Dutch settlement was established at Fort Orange (now Albany). Forty years later, in 1664, the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (now New York City) was surrendered to the English. Both the state and city were named for the 17th century Duke of York, future King James II of England. After serving as a colony of Great Britain for over a century, New York declared its independence on July 9, 1776, becoming one of the thirteen original colonies. New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. See Timeline of New York History
New York is a state in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

New York State Flag
New York's official flag was adopted in 1901. The flag has a deep blue background. It pictures Liberty (she symbolizes freedom) and Justice (she symbolizes justice before the law). Liberty is holding a pole with a liberty cap, and has a discarded crown at her feet (which represents freedom from Britain after the Revolutionary War). Justice is blindfolded and is holding the scales of justice. A shield between them pictures the sun, hills, and 2 boats sailing on the Hudson River. Over the shield there is a globe and a bald eagle. Under them all is a white, flowing ribbon that reads "EXCELSIOR."
New York State Seal

Beaver photo by Ilyes Laszlo / Wikimedia Commons
New York State Animal: Wild Beaver

The beaver is the state mammal of New York and
whose image adorns the official seal of New York City.
Wild beavers have been absent within the city limits
since colonial times when the species was hunted
to local extinction for its luxurious pelt.

 New York State Insect: Nine-spotted Ladybug

Among several dozen species of ladybugs found in New York state,
the nine-spotted ladybug (coccinella novemnotata) was designated
the official state insect symbol of New York in 1989.

Eastern bluebird photo © God Vivek (Heavenhated) on Flickr -
noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works
New York State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

The lovely red, white, and blue Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)
was designated the State bird of New York in 1970.
The bluebird's song is a rich warbling whistle
broken into short phrases (Tu-wheet-tudu) or a dry chatter.

 New York State Tree: Sugar Maple

The sugar maple (Acer saccharum) was designated
the state tree of New York in 1956.

 New York State Flower: The Rose

The rose was designated official state flower of New York in 1955.
The rose has been around for about 35 million years and
grows naturally throughout North America.
The petals and rose hips are edible and
have been used in medicines since ancient times.

 New York's State Fruit: Apple
New York's State Muffin: Apple Muffin

New York State Song: "I Love New York"

New York: Diversity & Contrast

When you hear New York
First thoughts are likely the city
The state holds so much more
Le' naturale oh-so pretty


Thunderous and spectacular
Roars Niagara Falls
Carved by melting glacial ice
As Mother Nature recalls

Rugged Adirondacks, enchanting Catskills
Span the horizon north and south
Scenic ranges, stunning scenes
Spread far and wide by word of mouth


All the lakes great and small
Call forth spirited viewers and chasers
From sprawling lakes of Ontario and Erie
To giant fingerprints of Ice Age glaciers


The lantern of Fire Island lighthouse
Whose fresnel shone o'er a century ago
Resides in the museum's brick tower
As history revives its past golden glow


 Venues, visitations and vacations
Come together, yield, yet fork
Then, there's the city, the Big Apple
Diversity and contrast, that's New York

©2014 Sharla Lee Shults


New York Facts and Trivia

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