Thursday, November 26, 2009
More Than A Day
As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.
We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy, when push comes to shove.
So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot,
And you'll make all your cares go away.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Say Thank You
Whatever else you do on Thanksgiving, make it a time to say thank you to the people in your life who matter most. Life is short, it is the moments that count most, and many of the best moments in life are those spent with friends and family.
If distance or circumstances prevent you from spending Thanksgiving with some of the people you love, call, email or write them a letter (on recycled paper) to tell them why they mean so much to you and how they make your world a better place.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag people heard their gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true. Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized the gunshots were harmless and that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast.
They played ball games, sang, and danced. The attendees may have eaten both turkey and pumpkin, but those foods weren't the main part of their meal. Much of what most modern Americans eat on Thanksgiving was not available in 1621.
Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought. It was not until centuries later that the 1621 harvest gathering would be incorrectly referred to as the first Thanksgiving.
The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These ‘separatists’ initially moved to Holland and after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic to settle in a ‘New World.' A ship full of 101 men, women and children spent 66 days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is now located. Due to the windy conditions, the group had to cut their trip short and settle on what is now called Cape Cod.
Settling and Exploring
The Puritans knew that winter was coming and decided to gather provisions. They took anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies. The Wampanoag kept a close watch on them and thought they were a disrespectful bunch for stealing all their goods.
One day, the settlers had a visit from Samoset, a leader from the Abenaki people, who brought Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) with him. Squanto was a Wampanoag man who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the English and the native people and they joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621.
Friday, November 20, 2009
For the Next 5 Days we will be posting daily posts about the history of Thanksgiving along with other postings....
On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving.
Long before settlers came to the east coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Plant A Tree.........
Trees absorb carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming—and give off oxygen in return. Planting one tree may not seem to matter much, but small things do matter. In one year, the average tree absorbs roughly 26 pounds of carbon dioxide and returns enough oxygen to supply a family of four.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Buying locally grown food is one good way to have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving. Locally grown food is good for your table, your health and the environment. Locally grown food tastes better than food that has to be grown and packaged for maximum shelf life, and it requires less fuel to reach store shelves. Locally grown food also contributes more to your local economy, supporting local farmers as well as local merchants.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Make Your Meal Organic........
Using organic food for your feast is another good eco-friendly Thanksgiving strategy. Organic fruits, vegetables and grains are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic farming also produces higher yields, increases soil fertility, prevents erosion, and is more cost-effective for farmers.
Remember every little bit counts.....................
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.
By Joanna Fuchs
God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood - Funny bloopers R us
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Invite the Neighbors
The original Thanksgiving was a neighborly affair. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock having survived their first winter in America through the generosity of the native people, the Pilgrims celebrated a bountiful harvest with a three-day feast to give thanks to God and their Indian neighbors.
Your neighbors probably have done things to make your life easier or more enjoyable and even if they have not this could be the way to start fresh. Invite them to share your Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving............
Friday, November 6, 2009
Celebrate at Home......
Thanksgiving weekend is one of heaviest travel times in the United States. This year, why not reduce global warming and improve air quality by lowering your auto or airplane emissions at the same time that you lower your family’s stress level? Skip the stressful holiday travel and celebrate an Eco-friendly Thanksgiving at home.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday that is loaded with tradition, so why not start a new tradition by making Thanksgiving an Eco-friendly celebration. Remember it is not necessary to make it Eco-friendly from start to finish, all of it does add up.
Here is tip #1 to help you capture the spirit of an Eco-friendly Thanksgiving.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
November is a month to give thanks. This month we will be giving thanks to a variety of different things, people, groups, organizations, and many more. Giving Thanks and Being Thankful are sometime simply overlooked. We want to know to whom or what you are thankful for share your thoughts with us all month long. This month we will have reason we are thankful take the place of the tips and costume section of the page. Some important dates to remember this month.
November 1........Daylight Saving Time Ends
November 11........Veteran's Day
November 19........The Great American Somke Out