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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Baseball IS America!

This Day in History: January 29, 1936
1936 (dedicated June 12, 1939)
Cooperstown, New York
Source: en.wikipedia.org

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Ah-h-h...the American Classics. At the top of the list is baseball, the story in the forefront for this day in America's history. After all baseball IS America or is it America IS baseball? Either way you view it, the focal point is the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cooperstown...pure Americana. The spirit of Cooperstown...baseball! It is in Cooperstown, New York where one will find the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It serves as the central location for the history of baseball in the United States and so much more. Surrounding the hall of fame is the motto "Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations." 

It was on this day in history, January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members. Those initially honored in Cooperstown...

Plaques of the "First Class" of inductees":
Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson
Source: en.wikipedia.org
Christy Matthewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925) nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty" had more wins than any pitcher in National League history.
Babe Ruth (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat" was both an ace pitcher and the greatest home-run hitter to play the game.
Ty Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961) nicknamed "The Georgia Peach" was the most productive hitter in history.
Honus Wagner (February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955) nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" was a versatile star shortstop and batting champion.
Walter Johnson (November 6, 1887 – December 10, 1946) nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train" was considered one of the most powerful pitchers to ever have taken the mound.
Bits of Nostalgia: Within its history exists both myth and legend as to who invented the game of baseball. One story places the title on the head of U.S. Civil War hero Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown. The story proved to be phony bologna. However, baseball officials were eager to capitalize on the publicity and marketing of a place of honor for the games greatest players, thus, gave their support. So it was to be...a museum and hall of fame in Cooperstown, New York for the game known as America's favorite pastime. 
Three years later – on June 12, 1939 – the Hall of Fame building officially opened. To mark the occasion, Time magazine wrote:
"The world will little note nor long remember what (Doubleday) did at Gettysburg, but it can never forget what he did at Cooperstown."
The Doubleday Myth has since been declared that which it is, "The Myth." Yet, it has grown so strong the facts will never deter the spirit of Cooperstown. There are references to baseball games in America dating back to the 1700s. Alexander Cartwright has been officially declared the 'Father of Baseball' developing rules in the 1840s that are the basis for the game today.

 Life, hot dogs and baseball
Hot apple pie topped with ice cream
Ah-h-h-h! Those American classics
Sad day had their visions not been seen!

Awakenings ©2012
Sharla Lee Shults

For a bit of baseball humor that demands laughing outloud - Who's on First?

Thanks to the endurance of their most popular and influential routine, "Who's on First?"—whose rapid-fire word play and comprehension confusion set the preponderant framework for most of their best-known routines—the team (Bud Abbot & Lou Costello) is, as a result, featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Source: Abbott & Costello

Related Article:

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chipper Dipper!

NBPD                                                                  Stay Tuned: The Kipfel

What are chips without dip? What is dip without the chips? 
 These two buddies go together like peas & carrots, Jack & Jill, sugar & spice,  
macaroni & cheese...you get the picture!

National Corn Chip Day

 The most recognizable corn chip–The Frito!

In 1932, C.E. Doolin bought a small business that manufactured corn chips and began to sell them from his Model T Ford in Texas. The most recognizable corn chip was born – the Frito. The Frito has become the #1 ever popular corn chip when it comes to snacks, parties and football. Speaking of the latter, coming up in a few days is Superbowl weekend, when the corn chips will rock 'n' roll...dance in, out & around the bowl!

 At a party, do you often wonder how many people take a chip, dip it, bite it, & dip it again?  There is a way around such an uncouth chipper dipper...

 Individual Dip Cups of 7 Layer Dip (Recipe)

With the corn chips must be dip of which there is a variety of combinations.

 Chips & Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip (Recipe)

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip & Chips (Recipe)

How about something really different...beyond the chips & dip routine!



Frito Pie with One Hour Texas Chili (Recipe)

Is your mouth watering yet?

Blues Boom to Pop Rock

Today in Music History: January 28

From blues to pop is not unusual. Transitions include shuffling of band members and experimentation with styles until sound emerges 'just right'. Despite multiple changes, the core is solid with some things remaining constant. The band in today's spotlight encountered three definitive lineups: the blues-oriented music of the late 60s, ethereal pop masterpieces of the mid-70s and a solid rhythm section from mid- to late 70s.

Welcome into the Spotlight...

https://rockhall.com/inductees/fleetwood-mac/bio/Fleetwood Mac: a British blues band formed in '67 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies

Most bands endure numerous changes over the course of their careers but few groups do so with as much radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. In the 60s, the band was conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo. Gradually over the course of a decade, Fleetwood Mac evolved into a polished pop/rock act. 

The many lineup changes eventually narrowed down to only two consistent members, drummer MickFleetwood and bassist John McVie -- the rhythm section that provided the band with its name. In 1975, a newly forged band with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks quickly recorded an eponymous collection that went straight to No. 1 and sold 3 million copies.
"Rumours," the number three most successful album of all time, to date, has sold over 15 million copies. It won the "Album of the Year" at the 20th annual Grammy Awards in 1978. It is considered to be one of the "100 Greatest Albums in the Universe" (Q Magazine," 1998), one of the "Top 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Moments" in history ("ET Weekly," 1999), and put Fleetwood Mac on top of the charts as one of the greatest rock n' roll bands in the millennium. [Source: Rumours Album Interpretation]
1978 The Fleetwood Mac album 'Rumours' went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. The album went on to sell over 15 million copies world- wide and spent over 440 weeks on the UK chart.
"Rumours," the number three most successful album of all time, to date, has sold over 15 million copies. It won the "Album of the Year" at the 20th annual Grammy Awards in 1978. It is considered to be one of the "100 Greatest Albums in the Universe" (Q Magazine," 1998), one of the "Top 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Moments" in history ("ET Weekly," 1999), and put Fleetwood Mac on top of the charts as one of the greatest rock n' roll bands in the millennium. [Source: Rumours Album Interpretation]
No. 1 Singles on this Day...

No. 1 Albums on this Day...

1988 Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols' went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000. 
1990 Paula Abdul started a 10-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Forever Your Girl'. Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.
2007 Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture was at No.1 on the US album chart. The musical based on the history of Diana Ross and the Supremes featured Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.  

1984 Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passed comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motleys manager Doug Thaler later convinced the fan not to press any charges.

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

Love Continues

On this day in 2013, Awakenings featured one of many love stories which have endured the pits of hell as a result of war. It is being posted again two years later as a reminder of the sacrifices being made every day by our military. Such pain is not endured by this one soldier only but by many of our military men and women. As for this story, many hurdles are yet to be crossed but through it all the love continues.
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
There are love stories and there are love stories and then there are TRUE LOVE stories. Many have been passed down through the ages from generation to generation. Some begin and end in bliss, others begin and end with hardships, even tragedy. Often times those encompassing hardships have the strongest bonds securely tied not to broken 'til death. This is one of those times. . .a TRUE LOVE story withstanding an extreme sacrifice!

Why is Awakenings featuring a love story? The answer is clear: wounded warrior. This is not just about a warrior but about what happened when that warrior returned home a different man having lost ALL of his limbs. Can you imagine what that would be like...no hands, partial arms, no legs?
When Taylor Morris, an explosives-detection and disposal expert with the U.S. Navy, stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan on May 3, 2013, his world changed forever.
Here is part of the Taylor Morris story and the link to read more plus a heart-rending video. He may have lost his limbs but not his spirit...

Injured Vet Returns To True Love

This story is about character. It is an untold story in many ways, because it is not just about the wounded warrior, the soldier’s sacrifice for the nation, it’s also about the character of those who our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines come home to. This young sailor, Taylor Morris, lost all of his limbs to an IED in Afghanistan. This kind of injury is devastating enough for the individual wounded serviceman, or woman, but we often don’t consider what that means to the young girlfriends, or wives, boyfriends, or husbands those wounded warriors come home to so physically changed.
Read MORE...and believe me you need to read the entire story!

A Love Story in 22 Pictures


Awakenings is all about America...My America, YOUR America, Our America. The posts and articles featured on this site Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future. Were it not for the personal hardships and sacrifices of the past America would not be defined as we know her today nor would her future be bright. But, the sacrifice has not stopped with the founding of America's freedom. 

Each day somewhere, either in America or on foreign soil, one of our soldiers is defending America...fighting to preserve pride and honor. It takes a vast amount of courage to stand up for America on the battlefields often splattered with blood and bone. Loss of life is the ultimate tragedy and all sacrifices affect family and loved ones for years to come. It is not a one-time event to be quickly forgotten: It is for a lifetime. 

Next time you meet a soldier or a veteran extend a hand in gratitude for the service he or she is giving so YOU can enjoy all the freedoms offered on a daily basis in America.

Salute Our Troops & Our Veterans,
Give them your support, They Support You! 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015


All for the love of CHOCOLATE!                     Stay Tuned: Chipper Dipper! 

Surely you have heard of NYPD but what about NBPD? 
If not, you have now for it is up for celebration and it's not a police department...
National Blueberry Pancake Day

Pancakes are terrific for breakfast...nutritious and you don't have to coax the kids into eating some! The addition of fruit makes them even more scrumptious. And, they are not just a breakfast food...prepare a plateful for brunch or maybe even a surprise 'breakfast supper'. Pancakes even make a great mid-day snack.

Cooking tip...
When making homemade blueberry pancakes, do not stir the blueberries into the batter. Wash and pat dry the berries. Pour a ladle of batter onto the griddle and dot with a handful of berries. This protects the berries from bruising during the cooking process. After all, when done you want every flavor burst to count...in your mouth! Top with blueberry maple syrup and lemon zest for a little extra pizazz. 

A few blueberry pancake variations...

 Blueberry Whole Wheat Pancakes (Recipe)

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes (Recipe)

Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes (Recipe)

Blueberry Cornmeal Pecan Pancakes (Recipe)

Ever thought about having a blueberry pancake for dessert? Dust with powdered sugar and put a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream on top!

 Fruity Pancakes (Recipe)

Is your mouth watering yet?


yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!