Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Fun Facts

Happy Thursday!  I'm excited to have next Monday off school (two and a half weeks left this year).  Memorial Day isn't just about white sales, mattress sales, and discounts!  Here are some fun facts about Memorial Day.

1.  We (the United States) observe Memorial Day to remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

2.  The holiday was originally called Decoration Day.

3.  Decoration Day was a day to decorate or take care of the final resting places of loved ones who had passed on.
4.  Honoring the dead from the Civil War was the original purpose of Decoration Day.

5.  General consensus is that May of 1968 was the first Memorial Day.

6.  General James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington Cemetery that year.

7.  New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as a holiday.

8.  Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May.

9.  Waterloo, NY claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but so do about two dozen other cities.

10.  Ulysses S. Grant was President when Memorial Day began.
11.  Red poppies are often worn on Memorial Day.  This is in reference to a poem written in 1915 by Moina Michael.
We cherish, too the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

12.  Memorial Day is a Federal (not national) holiday created by Congress.  This applies to Federal employees and the District of Columbia.

13.  States that observe Memorial Day do so by enactment of their state's Congress.

Information about Memorial Day can be found here and here. Memorial Day is also a time of accidents:  cars, boats, swimming.  Be careful and enjoy a safe Memorial Day weekend!  You can link up with Thursday Thirteen here!

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekly Roundup

Just a few posts to share this week.

I read a post on Mother Mag about relationships.  The number 1 problem between couples is.... not money... not sex... communication!  This post discusses a few areas that couples can identify in their own relationships to make communication less an issue.  I definitely recognize myself in some of these, and I need to work on them.

Another great read this week was from Becoming Minimalist.  Since we are moving out of the dorm and de-cluttering the home during our spring cleaning, I thought this post was interesting.  21 Surprising Statistics That Reveal How Much Stuff We Own.  If I didn't already want to do some spring cleaning, I do now!

“Pentecost” by Jean Restout II, 1732. Public domain. 
Last, not least, is a post about Pentecost.  I've heard the word all my life. I grew up in a Methodist church, and while we didn't celebrate Pentecost, necessarily, as a holy day, it was mentioned. One of my best friends growing up was Pentecostal, and my uncle was an Assemblies of God preacher, which is a Pentecostal church.  Next week is Pentecost Sunday, but I admit I never really knew what that meant.  I read an article at Patheos titled What is Pentecost?  Why Does it Matter?  It explained so well and makes so much sense now. Whether you are a Christian or not, this post is enlightening and sheds some light on the early history of the Church.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's Just My Opinion

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a must-read for those that enjoy psychological thrillers! Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) shines in her first novel. I'm surprised it wasn't more popular.

Who should read it? Anyone who...
likes a good mystery,
likes an intense story,
appreciates an edge-of-your-seat read,
loves twists and turns.

Just when you think you have a piece of the puzzle, it's two steps forward, one step back. Then, there are two twists that turn the puzzle completely upside down!

Who shouldn't read it? Anyone who...
doesn't have an open mind,
is squeamish (I'm used to reading about murder, autopsies, forensics),
wants to figure things out before the end of the book.

Libby Day is the sister who survived. Her mother and two sisters are dead, and her brother is in prison for committing the murders in what some think was a Satanic sacrifice. Libby's testimony put him away for life.

Twenty-five years later and in need of money, she meets with the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with the murders who insist, among other things, that her brother is innocent. She begins to uncover what really happened that night, and the reader will not guess where it takes her.

Flynn alternates from different characters' points-of-view and from present time to the day of the murders and back again. This is not just a story of murder. It is about farming, poverty, the Satanic cults of the 80's, drugs, alcoholism, betrayal, abuse, and abandonment. Hold on tight: it's a wild ride!

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Sunday, May 10, 2015


Another typical, busy day,
          imprisoned in illusions,
Get the kids to school on time,
          locked behind the bars of my brain,
Make appointments with the dentist,
          imagining gray walls closing in
Sweep and mop the floor and scrub the tubs,
          feeling damp and groggy,
Meet Alice at the deli for ham and Swiss on rye,
          I hear them-committing their crimes, reading my mind,
Swing by the library to get Rob's books,
          bombarded with needles in my brain.
Home by 2 to meet the plumber,
          they get to me,
Pick the kids up from school,
          They warn me,
Home again to cook dinner, but what?
          They betray me,
Help with homework and projects,
          staring at the defective shapes in my head,
Baths, bedtime stories, and prayers,
          they control my bloody thoughts!4
Just another day.


The topic for Sunday Scribblings was "prison.
i'm curious to see who "gets it."  I welcome your comments.
I've been reminded lately of the difficulty there is in getting adequate mental care for people in our country, and it saddens me.  Jolene, this is for you!


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