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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, August 23, 2016

♫Music in Full Swing♫

As we look at yet another day in music history, we should not be surprised to begin our trip down memory lane with The Beatles. After all Beatlemania swept the country! The British Invasion was in full swing - a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-60s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States.

Today in Music History: August 23

1966 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided 'Yellow Submarine - Eleanor Rigby'. The group's eleventh No.1. McCartney said he came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with The Beatles in the film Help!. Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers.

Beatles begin winding down...

In 1966, on their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year's performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earn more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance. 

 Keith Moon...OOPS!
In 1967, while enjoying a wild birthday party, Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool. As the party had become out of control, the police were called to put an end to the festivities. Moon, ever keen to avoid the boys in blue, snuck outside and got into a Lincoln Continental Limousine and attempted to make a getaway. Unfortunately, in his inebriated state he released the handbrake, and began rolling towards the pool. Moon simply sat back and waited, as the car crashed through the fence around the pool and into the water.
Back to the music...

1969 Johnny Cash started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Johnny Cash At San Quentin. The album was a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison and was the follow-up to Cash's previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.
1969 The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women' the group's fifth US No.1. The song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo.
1971 Diana Ross was at No.1 on the UK singles chart 'I'm Still Waiting', the singers first solo UK No.1. The song which spent four weeks at the top of the charts was released after BBC Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn featured it heavily on his morning programme.
1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds' song 'Fallin' In Love' becomes US No.1 on the adult contemporary chart for one week. In addition, the song reached number twenty-four on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart.
1980 David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

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

Rolls, Biscuits, Mac 'n' Cheese

Today's History Lesson...culinary legend

By 1902, the way Americans prepared food had already changed with the avocation of standard measurements as a result of innovative ideas by pioneer cookbook author, Fannie Farmer. Gone were the days of using a pinch of this, a dab of that, a handful of flour, an ounce of sugar and a tad of butter as the cooking measurements.

The first Fannie Farmer
Boston Cooking-School Cookbook
This Day in History: August 23, 1902

Fannie Farmer was the first to introduce the use of standardized measuring spoons, cups, and the art of level measurements. On January 7, 1896, she published her first cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which included a wide range of straightforward recipes along with information on cooking and sanitation techniques, household management and nutrition. Farmer's book became a bestseller and revolutionized American cooking through its use of precise measurements, a novel culinary concept at the time.

When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since she kept the copyright for the enormously popular Boston Cooking-School Cookbook[Source: New England Historical Society]

What inspired Fannie Farmer to not only learn how to cook but write such a 'life'-changing cookbook?

Fannie Farmer suffered a stroke (some sources state polio) at the age of 16. Can you imagine how traumatic for a young teenager attending high school? As a result, she was unable to finish and her hopes of attending college shattered. Being homebound for several years, she was completely under the care of her parents. What did she do? She took up cooking! She was even instrumental in turning her mother's home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals served.

At the age of 30 (now walking but with a substantial limp that never left her), Fannie Farmer enrolled in the Boston Cooking School. She was a star pupil who, after graduation in 1889, went on to become assistant to the director. In 1891, she accepted the position as principal.

http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-169711/Fannie-Farmer-works-with-Martha-Hayes-Ludden-one-of-her With the background being laid, the foundation set, on this day in history, August 23, 1902, Fannie Farmer left the Boston Cooking School and created Miss Farmer's School of Cookery. She not only ran her school but traveled to speaking engagements around the United States while continuing to write cookbooks. In 1904, she published Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent, a complete work of diet and nutrition for the ill.

Today the Fannie Farmer cookbook remains as popular as ever and her reputation is still synonymous with good food, proper preparation in the kitchen and yes, organization! It’s definitely a go-to resource for everything including substitution questions, basic cooking reminders, and scrumptious recipes.




Who doesn't like rolls, biscuits, mac 'n' cheese? 

Is your mouth watering yet?

 yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ready to eat a sponge?

Your first thought surrounding the sponge is probably the scrubbing sponge or bath sponge. Neither of these would be very appetizing. Then, there are the sea sponges from which the idea of scrubbing or bathing with a sponge was popularized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Of course, these sea 'animals' are also not for ingesting. So-o-o-o-o, what is on the menu for celebration that is related to the sponge?

August 23 is...

National Sponge Cake Day
Delicious American Sponge Cake Recipe

What is sponge cake? Springy, full of holes? In a sense, yes. Sponge cake has a firm, yet well aerated structure, similar to a sea sponge. It is a cake based on flour, sugar and eggs. There are some occasions when it is leavened with baking powder. Traditionally, there is no addition of cooking oil, shortening or butter.
Believed to have originated in the Caribbean, the earliest English printed recipe for sponge cake is in the 1615 book of English poet and author Gervase Markham entitled: “The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman”.
~Recipe Time~

Victoria Sponge with Fresh Strawberries Recipe
  Ah, good old Queen Victoria and her penchant for a bit of sponge cake with her afternoon tea! There is nothing quite as classically British, quite as light and summery, quite as ridiculously easy to make than this delicious combination of butter sponge, jam and cream.
 Victoria Sponge Cupcakes Recipe 
Adorable light and airy sponge cupcakes filled with raspberry jam and topped with buttercream frosting.
 Japanese sponge cake is very light and fluffy.  It is a very important component for Japanese Western-style sweets.
The beauty of the sponge cake is the many added variations on the timeless classic. What may begin as basic ends most surprisingly when you dress it up with your passion!
Sponge Cake Genoise Recipe
One type of Italian sponge cake known as genoise is far lighter and more subtly sweet than your average store-bought cake. This delicate, melt-in-your-mouth sponge is a more balanced complement to strawberries and other spring fruits.
A favorite Italian dessert is Tiramisu. Ditch the ladyfingers! Substitute a moist sponge cake roll filled and topped with classic tiramisu filling, made with egg yolks and mascarpone! Plus, decorating tutorial! This simple yet elegant dessert is perfect for a special occasion dinner!
Orange Sponge Cake Recipe
A bit of the citrus adds flair and flavor perfect for a hot summer day. Florida oranges, mandarin oranges, lemon curd, lemon zest, key limes cut through the sweetness of the cake providing a little tanginess and balance to the taste palette.

♫From the Baby Boomers to the Common Era♫

Music through the centuries is ever changing...even within each decade styles and rhythms take on the beats of the times with no two decades being the same! For those growing up in the 50s and 60s Baby Boomer Era, the music of the past is still at the top of music lists. Once in your blood it is hard to shed the tunes of such greats as Elvis, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chubby Checker, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Pat Boone, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and so many more. 

What is so incredibly sad is many youth of the Common Era have never heard of the truly classic recording artists. Going a thought further means they have possibly never heard any of the truly great music. Let's get a move on starting with the 'oldies but goodies' enjoying the memories and laughing at the unknown tidbits of trivia...unknown until now that is.

Today in Music History: August 22


1956 Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender, a 1956 American black-and-white CinemaScope motion picture. In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the 'Love Me Tender' song recorded for the film. When advanced sales of Presley's "Love Me Tender" single passed one million—a first for a single—the film title was changed to match.


http://www.oocities.org/es/melgarbeatles12/badtome.html1963 Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bad To Me'. A song John Lennon wrote for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein. The track later became the first Lennon–McCartney composition to reach the US Top 40 for an artist other than the Beatles. Released with 'I Call Your Name' as the B-side, it was a huge hit, which Kramer followed up with a #1 UK cover of "Do You Want To Know A Secret."


1964 The Supremes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Where Did Our Love Go', the girl group's first No.1 hit. This occurred while the Supremes were on tour as part of Dick Clark's "American Bandstand Caravan of Stars". The song also reached number one on the Cash Box R&B singles chart. Holland–Dozier–Holland had originally composed the song for The Marvelettes to record it who rejected the song, thinking it childish.

A Bit of Beatles Trivia...
1968 Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo's departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3rd. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded 'Back In the USSR', with Paul on drums and John playing bass.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_It_with_You1970 Bread went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Make It With You', the group's only No.1 hit, which was a No.5 in the UK. It was also certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. When the song was released, Gates' mother was asked by a local interviewer how her son's music career was going. Misunderstanding the song's title, Mrs. Gates replied her son, David, and his group had just recorded a song called "Naked With You."

1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album 'Cosmo's Factory'. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed. Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford began referring to the place as "the factory".


http://nnm.me/blogs/moote34/led-zeppelin-studio-discography-remastered-series-2012/1979 In Through the Out Door was released in the US, Led Zeppelin's eight and final studio release before the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. The album went to No. 1 on Billboard's chart in its second week of charting. 'Fool in the Rain' was released as a single in the US. In Through The Out Door has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies.

1987 Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Who's That Girl', her sixth US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. The track was from the soundtrack album of the motion picture of same name in which Madonna starred. The film was a flop, but the soundtrack did well, with this song and "Causing A Commotion" both reaching the US top 10. 'Who's That Girl' was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Song From A Motion Picture" and a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song." The Grammy went to "Somewhere Out There", the Golden Globe to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life.

1999 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell scored her first UK No.1 solo single with 'Mi Chico Latino' ('My Latin Boy') the second single from her debut solo album Schizophonic. The single identifies her maternal Spanish background, as the song has a number of Spanish lyrics. It went on to sell almost 375,967 copies in Britain and was certified Gold. 

Fascination with Elvis... 
2003 Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock 'n' roll legend's hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

2004 Al Dvorin the announcer who popularized the phrase "Elvis has left the building" died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards the multimillion pound Elvis Presley Enterprises. In the early 1970s, Colonel Parker asked Dvorin to inform fans at a gig that Presley would not be appearing for an encore. He took the stage and announced: "Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight."

2004 Natasha Bedingfield started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Words'. The sister of singer and producer Daniel Bedingfield. When this song hit #1 in the UK, Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield became the first brother and sister ever to have separate solo UK #1 hits. Daniel had already hit the top spot three times, first with "Gotta Get Thru This" in 1999. 

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

Relief for Undue Suffering

Today's History Lesson...Red Cross

We are all familiar with the American Red Cross, aka the American National Red Cross, founded in 1881 as a humanitarian organization but the origin of the Red Cross itself goes farther back... internationally. 

International Red Cross

This Day in History: August 22, 1864

On August 22, 1864, 12 nations met in Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick of Armies in the Field was instituted at a critical period in European political and military history. The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant, called for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war and provided for the neutrality of medical personnel.
The movement for an international set of laws governing the treatment and care for the wounded and prisoners of war began when relief activist Henri Dunant witnessed the Battle of Solferino in 1859, fought between French-Piedmontese and Austrian armies in Northern Italy. The subsequent suffering of 40,000 wounded soldiers left on the field due to lack of facilities, personnel, and truces to give them medical aid moved Dunant into action. Upon return to Geneva, Dunant published his account Un Souvenir de Solferino and, through his membership in the Geneva Society for Public Welfare, he urged the calling together of an international conference and soon helped found the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The ICRC's Mission Statement

Why a 'red cross'...

Also being proposed at the convention was use of an international emblem to mark medical personnel and supplies. In honor of Dunant's nationality, a red cross on a white back ground was adopted. This emblem represented the Swiss flag in reverse. As a result of his humanitarian efforts, Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize being recognized as the Founder of the Red Cross. As with so many founders, inventors, etc., financial difficulties led Dunant into poverty and loss of social respect. At least gradual acceptance led to the recognition of his life's work even if it was during his aging years.

On to America...

Clara Barton –
steel engraving by John Sartain
Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the American Red Cross has served exponentially providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. Barton developed the idea for the American Red Cross after learning of the Red Cross in Europe. As a nationwide non-profit organization, it boasts a rich history spanning more than 130 years yet it has not existed without its share of controversy. Being completely non-profit, the Red Cross depends on the generous contributions of time, blood and money from the American public to support its lifesaving services and programs.

 The mission of the American Red Cross is heartfelt!

People count on the American Red Cross to help them through some of the darkest times in their lives. Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. 

Although not a government agency, the American Red Cross also provides emergency and non-emergency services to the United States military. The most notable service is emergency family communications, where families can contact the Red Cross to send important family messages (such as a death in the family, or new birth). It also works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs.