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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Garden fresh green beans

serves 2

2 slices bacon, 16gr, .56oz, cooked, drained
1 - 2 shallots, 45gr, 1.6oz
6oz green beans, 170gr, 6oz

Top and tail beans - cut off the ends.  Cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths (4cm).
Chop shallots.
Sauté bacon in small frying pan.  When bacon is crisp remove and crumble.
Drain all but 1 tbs fat from pan.  Add shallots and sauté until transparent.
Add beans, 1/4 cup of water, turn heat to low, cover and simmer until done - about 15 minutes.  If beans dry out add a little more water.
When done transfer to serving bowl (there should be little or no liquid left - if there is just pour it off).  Add crumbled bacon and serve.

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More than a haircut at the Barber Shop

I was blessed to have an English teacher that not only taught me great skills but also introduced me to the world of Barbershop Music. He was a member of a quartet of men that sang together and had formed a Barbershop quartet. Today, July 13th is a day to relax and enjoy a bit of that sweet music.

The Sweet Adelines International group was founded by a group of ladies that loved to sing together. On July 13th one summer night the group came together to sing and decided to form their own group.  Their husbands did as well and often sang as a barbershop quartet. They decided that they too would loved to sing as a quartet and formed the "Sweet Adelines" Those 4 ladies went on to form Sweet Adelines International and hundreds of groups and thousands of members have joined and sing those lovely sounds of barbershop music.

Barbershop singers are traditionally part of a quartet. The quartet wears the same colorful suits and hats. Barbershop vocal harmony began in the 1940's and continues on today. The group sings a cappella. There is no vocal music characterized by consonant four part chords for every melody note in homophonic texture. Each member has their own role with the lead singing the melody, a tenor, bass singing the lowest notes and a baritone that is just normally right below the lead. The tenor nor bass normally sings the melody and normally the tenor harmonizes above the melody.

Barbershop music brings those old favorites of time gone by back. They are songs that are easy to sing along to with understandable lyrics and easy to sing along melodies.

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Christmas in July ---- Celebrate with Cereal Treat Ornaments

Celebrating Christmas in July this week will be lots of fun. From Watermelon Christmas Trees 

to simply mixing a bit of summer theme with Christmas nastalgia. So much fun to be had.

But first lets start with a bit of a snack. All this thinking has left me desiring a Christmas snack

1/4 C. butter + extra for your hands (you’ll need for shaping the Rice Krispy treats into a ball)
1 10-oz. package marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
6 C. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
Holiday-colored sugar sprinkles or jimmies
Rolo candy

In a large saucepan melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly til well combined. Add vanilla and stir again. Add cereal and mix until all of the cereal is coated with the mallow mix.

With buttered hands shape the cereal into six balls. The balls should be packed tightly

Working quickly roll the balls in your choice of decoration. Some ideas include colored sugar, holiday colored jimmies or sprinkles. Coat the balls well.

To make the top of the ornament stick a toothpick into one end of a rolo candy, the other end of the toothpick goes into the cereal ball.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Franks and Beans a thrifty type of meal

One of the easy and frugal meals from my childhood was beans and franks.  Baked beans and hotdogs go together normally. If you do not like the combination you can substitute the hotdogs with ham, sausage or even browned ground beef.

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cans (16 ounces each) baked pork and beans in tomato sauce (about 5 cups)
6 Hot dogs

Mix together onion, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Add beans and stir to blend.
Spoon the seasoned bean mixture into a 2-quart casserole and bake at 300 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Arrange the franks on the beans and bake for 30 minutes longer.

Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped cooked bacon to the beans along with the seasonings.

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Happy Birthday to the Puzzle Man


Happy Birthday to Erno Rubik. If you grew up in the 1970s and '80s then you may know exactly what puzzle he invented.

Erno Rubik was born July 13, 1944 in Hungary. He has wore many hats including inventor, architect and professor of architecture.  His best invention was as many of you may recall the mechanical puzzle known as the Rubik's Cube. He also invented the games Rubik's Magic, Rubik's Magic: Master Edition and Rubik's Snake to name just a few.

When he was not inventing puzzles he was promoting science in education. He is involved in several organizations such as Beyond Rubik's Cute, The Rubik Learning Initiative and the Judit Polgar Foundation. The organizations are created with one goal of getting students in science, math and problem solving involved at a young age.

Rubik was not sure how to do it but he knew he would create a structure that would allow individual pieces to move without all of it falling apart. So using blocks of wood and rubber bands the project began. He worked with his hands cutting wood, boring holes and fastening the contraption together with rubber bands.

When he introduced the project to his class of students they found great interest in it. It was then that Rubik began to think of manufacturing more so that a larger audience could enjoy his puzzle as well. His father, an inventor as well helped to apply for patent for his invention. He manufactured the puzzle being built in plastic and the cube became known as the "magic" cube.

In 1979 the Magic Cube was licensed to Ideal Toys. There it was rebranded and introduced in 1980. It was an instant success that took 6 years to come around. The cube won many awards such as Toy of the Year and by 1980 was part of pop culture. There has been over 350 million rubik's cubes sold making it the best selling toy of all time.

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Enjoy Some Fries

French fries, french fried potatoes, chips, finger chips the name of these tasty potatoes go on and on. They are loved world wide and are celebrated on the date of July 13 during French Fries celebrations. French fries differ from the thinly sliced potato chips of America as fries are potatoes cut to various thicknesses and fried in oil. They go great with many different meals and are often golden in color.

The history of French Fries started in Belgium. Proof of the fact was found in a family manuscript dated 1781 and states that the potatoes were originally cut into the shape of fish and served in place of fish. The story goes the river had frozen over and the fish that they would normally have could not be caught.
Troops during World War I tried some of these belgian fries. The language of the Belgian army was French and the men thought they were in France and called them French Fries. The  fact is that french fries are loved world wide no matter what they are called. But who has the most tastiest?? That is yet another question to be held.

It seems no two restaurants have the same recipe for French fries. So why not take the date to try several different selection of fries to find your favorite. It is estimated that 2 million tons of french fries are consumed each year, that is roughly 20 to 30 lbs per individual. The condiments that can top of fries are just as plentiful.

The top 5 favorite condiments in a recent survey were as listed

#1: Ketchup (55%)
#2: Ranch (15%)
#3: Cheese sauce (8%)
#4: Barbecue sauce (7%)
#5: Mayo (4%)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 lbs ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups beef broth
3 -4 tablespoons masa harina flour
1 (1/2 lb) bag frozen french fries or 1 (1/2 lb) bag waffle-shaped French fries
1⁄2 lb grated cheddar cheese
1⁄2 lb grated monterey jack cheese
1 cup sour cream
1⁄2 cup sliced pickled jalapeno pepper

Season onions with salt and cayenne and saute, stirring, until they begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Add the beef, chili powder, cumin, red pepper, and oregano, season with salt and cayenne, and cook until meat is done (no pink).
Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and 2-1/2 cups beef stock, bring to boil and reduce heat to medium-low.
Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and skimming fat that rises to the surface.
Combine masa harina flour with remaining 1/2 cup stock.
Slowly add to the pot, stirring to blend, which will thicken the mixture.
Cook for 30 minutes and correct seasoning.
From here, Emeril deep fries his own shoestring French fries, but I use frozen French fries or waffle fries to save time (and mess!).
Prepare frozen potatoes as package directs.
Lower oven heat to 400 degrees F, place fries in bottom of a large glass rectangular baking dish.
Sprinkle cheeses over the fries and bake for 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and spoon hot chili over the top of the fries.
Garnish with sour cream and jalapeños and serve immediate

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GIST Cancer Awareness

July 13th is the day set aside to help draw awareness to a type of cancer that affect the GI or digestive tract. Gastrointestinal Stronal Tumor is the complete name of the cancer and it affects the organs of the gastrointestinal tract including:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Small intestine
  • Colon
  • Rectum
  • Anus
  • Lining of the gut
The GI tract plays a central role in digesting food and liquid as well as processing waste. The system begins when food is swallowed and is pushed down a muscular like tube known as the esophagus before it enters the stomach. The stomach muscles mix with the food and release gastric juices that help to break down and digest food. 

The digested food then heads to the small intestine aka the small bowel. It is digested further before it is sent to the large intestine where waste is removed from the body. The first 5 or 6 feet of the large intestine makes up the colon, the rectum is the last 6 inches of the large intestine and finally it all ends at the anus.

Gastrointestinal Stronal Tumor (GIST) begins when healthy cells change and grow out of control. The growing cells accumulate and form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be cancerous or benign.GIST tumors are known as soft tissue sarcomas as they develop in tissues that
support and connect the body. There was a time when GISTs were thought to be muscle or nerve tumors. Research has helped improve knowledge

Symptoms of GIST include:
  • tummy (abdominal) discomfort or pain.
  • blood in the stools (bowel motions) or vomit.
  • anaemia (low level of red blood cells)
  •  painless lump in the abdomen.
  • being sick (vomiting)
  • fatigue (tiredness and a feeling of weakness)
  • a high temperature (fever) and sweating at night.
  • weight loss.
According to those diagnosed with Gastrointestinal cancer between the years of 2003 and 2009 were estimated to be about 76% to live at least 5 years following treatment. If the tumor had not spread the survival rate was 91%

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Peach Pretzel Salad That's Not Really a Salad but there is a recipe

You will find it on supermarket shelves nearly everywhere, in a rainbow of colors and flavors. Jello has been around since 1897. Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York trademarked Jell-O, It would not be Wait but Francis Woodward who would make Jell-O a household name. Today, whether molded, layered, or mixed with fruit or veggies Jell-O makes a wonderful dessert or salad that will neither break the budget or diet.

The recipe I share with you for this Jell-O post is a pretzel salad. Have you been lucky enough to find out what a pretzel salad is?? You may have tasted the strawberry pretzel salad and another semi popular one is the strawberry = banana pretzel salad. 

The pretzel salad desserts were popular during what I refer to the potluck - casserole era of the 1960 and 70's. The truth is it is not a salad at all. It is a dessert that does have pretzels in it. This yummy dessert has a buttery pretzel crust that is topped with a thick layer of cream cheese and jello that has is then topped with the fruit of choice. 

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Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?

There are so many things, one main source is clothes, I have lost a lot of weight and now I can not wear many things that I used to. I need to donate these items. Donating good used clothing helps all I am proud to be doing so helping others and thankful for losing weight and those that are in need are thankful for the items.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

This afternoon, I was in a thought about days gone by at summer camp. When I was young I went to many different camps and all a bit different. From the most rustic and staying in tents to the most comfortable air conditioned hotel rooms.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?

I no longer have  cell phone use one when I need it as all of my kids have them. I simplified my life and have a land line home phone but no phone that travels with me. Apps we use most often here are GPS, google and garage sale finder Never forget the kids app of roadblox

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?

Blueberry muffins are quite yummy but not my favorite that would belong to cinnamon spice muffins

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

Well, my health was a lot better when I was a child. I would say I did not have a job but that would not be completely true. The truth is that while I delivered newspapers, worked on the farm and helped my dad at odd jobs I did not have an every day job that I was responsible for

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The other day I heard a sermon on T.V. The preacher was talking about serving others and knowing who we should serve.

Moses ===== Israelites
Aaron ===== Moses
Benny Hinn ==== the sick
Billy Graham ===== those lost in sin

But who was it we were to serve?? He said we should know as they are the ones that touch our hearts like our family and friends. When they are sick, hurt or terrible things happen we feel for them and may even cry with them. Likewise, those that we are to serve will pull at our heart strings. It took me no time and I realized that the population I was to serve were the youngest and oldest among us. Children and the elderly touch my heart and leave me wanting to do more for them.

Who is it that you are to serve??

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pecan pie a southern favorite

Pecan pie is made up of pecan nuts, eggs, butter, and sugar or corn syrup. Other ingredients may include molasses, maple syrup, or honey. The pie is considered a Southern favorite and is often served topped with whip cream, vanilla ice cream or hard sauce. It would be rude of me after making it sound so tempting not to share a piece with you. Go ahead enjoy yourself.

Pecans are native to the southern part of the U.S. Evidence has been found indicating that Native Americans used pecans in the area now known as Texas more than 8,000 years ago. In fact, the term pecan comes from a mixture of Algonquin and pakani meaning several nuts.

Sugar type pies were made in Medieval Europe and later adapted to North America where different ingredients were available. What resulted was a great variety of pies such as shoofly pie, sugar pie, butter tart and chess pie. My inlaws loved this type of pie and made them often. Pecan pies may be a simple variant of a chess pie.

The French setting in New Orleans have also been given credit for the pecan pie. The Quinipissa and Tangipahos tribes introduced the French tradesmen to the pecans. Others have claimed that pecan pie was in existence in the early 1800s in Alabama but no matter where the dish comes from the firs printed recipe appears to have been in the Harper's Bazaar in 1886.

One of the best known ingredients that helped  bring the pie to popularity was Karo syrup. The syrup company claimed that it was a "new use for corn syrup" This claim is not true as pecan pie was made before the invention of corn syrup as older recipes call for darker sugar based syrup or molasses.

Beneath the shade of a Georgia pine
And that's home you know
Sweet tea, pecan pie and homemade wine
Where the peaches grow

— Zac Brown

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Heterochromia What Is It

Have you ever noticed an individual that has two different colored eyes. One eye may be green and the other brown. This oddity is known as heterochromia. It is a rare event only occurring roughly in an average of 11 out of 1000 individuals. The genes of the individual is often the reason for the phenomenon but it is not the only reason it may happen as disease or injury may cause it as well. Humans can have heterochromia but dogs can as well. Dalmations and Australian sheepdogs are two known breeds to have heterochromia occur.

Heterochromia may occur completely where one iris of an eye is the different color than the iris of the other eye. Heterochromia may occur partly in that one iris is a different color from the rest of the iris or it may occur centrally where as the inner ring of an iris is different color than the rest of the iris. Eye color is greatly determined via concentration and distribution of a pigment called melanin throughout the iris.

Heterochromia comes from the Ancient Greek term "heteros" and means different and "chromas" which means color. It is a simple term that means surplu or lack of melanin in one or more area of the body. The event is not limited to eyes but can occur on skin color, hair, nails, and even teeth.

A few well known individuals with heterochromia include David Bowie, Kate Bosworth, Christopher Walken and Dan Aykroyd. Unless you get a close up view you may never know who does or does not have heterochromia.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Blueberry Muffins

One of America's favorite muffins is the Blueberry Muffin. It all began when European settlers came to America with a recipe for "Bilberry Muffins" It was a favorite recipe but the problem was billberries did not grow in the New World. However, wild blueberries grew everywhere and were delicious. The blueberries would be substituted for the much loved bilberries and thus the blueberry muffin was born.

Blueberries have not always went by that name, Native Americans called these little blue berries "star berries" They are healthy and can help fight or avoid ailments such as cancer, dementia, as well as help promote heart health.

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh preferred
1/4 cup sugar, for topping

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin; or line the tin with papers, and grease the papers.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until well combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl and beating well after each addition.
Beat in the baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
Add the flour alternately with the milk, beating gently just to combine. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
Mash 1/2 cup of the blueberries. Add the mashed and whole berries to the batter, stirring just to combine and distribute.
Scoop the batter by the heaping 1/4-cupful into the prepared muffin pan; a muffin scoop works well here.
Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon granulated sugar atop each muffin, if desired. It's traditional — go for it!
Bake the muffins for about 30 minutes, until they're light golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean.
Remove the muffins from the oven, loosen their edges from the pan, and after about 5 minutes transfer them to a rack to cool.
Yield: 12 muffins.
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The Lonely Among Us Need CHeered Up

July 11th was a great day to cheer up the lonely. While the National day occurs on that date any day is truly a great day to call someone you know is most likely lonely, send some flowers to let some one know you care, give a card to someone that may need to know they are not alone or simply share a snack with that new person at work that really does not know anyone yet. It's never a good thing to feel alone but if you do any of the small task I offered then neither you or the other person will be lonely.

Lonely may appear in many different manners The elderly and those in nursing home or the hospital often occur first to us but lonely can also be the person right next to you. Feeling lonely, unloved and unconnected in a crowd is easier to do than some thing. The young mother who cares for her children all day without any adult friends or social life may be lonely, co-workers that go home to empty homes with no friends or relatives can be lonely and your neighbor may be lonely as well.

Today and any day take time to cheer up someone that may need that boost

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Kids Get Arthritis Too

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month occurs in July. The month is dedicated to bringing awareness to the disease and the kids that have it. Those looking for a treatment for Juvenile Arthritis have been working hard and has made progress in the treatment of the disease. Juvenile Arthritis is painful and debilitating for those that suffer with it. You can help bring awareness to the disorder by helping to share the news that there are 300,000 kids nationwide that suffer from JA.. I have known a few children personally that have fought bravely to live a good life with the daily pain of this disorder.

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The Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month helps bring awareness to the early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis. Juvenile Arthritis is one of the most common childhood diseases in the US. 

WHat is Juvenile Arthritis
Arthritis is a joint inflammation but it may also occur in eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract There are many forms of this disorder that has been classification of juvenile arthritis. 
  • JRA=== Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • JCA---- Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • JIA==== Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Classification is decided depending on symptoms , number of joins involved and presence of antibodies in the blood. JRA is the most common 

There is no known cure for juvenile arthritis. Pain can be controlled, inflammation may be reduced and the individual may be able to possibly maintain ability to move but there is no cure. Most individuals with juvenile arthritis who have it to an extreme must have surgery to prevent more joint damage. 

Most cases of JA are controlled by medication, therapeutically physical activities and healthy eating. 

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What If a Bee Stings Me

June 10th was don't step on a bee day. Hopefully you did not step on a bee but do your know what to do if you do?? First, lets take a look at what the difference between the different flying stinging pests
Bees are fuzzy and love flowers. With thousand of different types of bees all over the world it is a good thing to know a bit about them.

Honey bees build nests out of wax in old trees and man made hives. The man made hives are cared for by beekeepers. Honey bees spend most their time collecting nectar and pollen from flowers. The nectar that is collected is made into honey.

Wasps are closely related to bees but instead of collecting pollen and honey they feed on it. Wasps eat animal food, other insects or spiders. While bees are fuzzy wasps are smooth and shiny with skinner bodies. World wide there are thousands of varieties of wasps with two most common being bald faced hornets and yellowjacket. Bald faced hornets are black with white markings, they build paper like nests shaped like footballs in trees and shrubs.

Yellowjackets are yellow with black stripes and smaller than hornets and honeybees. A yellow jacket nest can be found in the ground or in old tree stumps.

If a honeybee, wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket is upset it will sting. IF you are stung by any one of these stinging insects you most likely feel as if you have had a shot at the doctor office. The place the sting occured will feel hot and may itch, a red bump often develops at the sting site.

While wasps and many other stingers named can sting more than once without injuring themselves, honey bees can not. Honeybees must leave their stinger in the skin after stinging as the stinger is connected to the bee with special hooks. The honeybee will die after stinging an individual.

Some individuals are allergic to bee stings. Allergic reactions can include hives, nausea, dizziness and possibly difficult breathing. Many that know they are allergic to bee stings and the like will carry emergency medication that will help prevent severe reactions. If these appear then the one stung must seek medical attention at once. If these symptoms do not occur then you must:

  • If a stinger is left behind then pull the stinger from the skin. Many say it is important not to squeeze the stinger
  • wash the area with soap and water
  • ice the stung area
  • pain reliever will help with the discomfort
  • if a doctor is contacted he or she may suggest an antihistamine that will help control symptoms that may occur if symptoms of allergic reaction are present the doctor most likely will give a shot to the individual. The shot will help fight the reaction of the sting. 

To avoid stepping on a bee or getting stung by another stinging insect

  • Wear shoes outdoors.
  • Don't disturb hives or insect nests.
  • Don't wear sweet-smelling perfume, lotions, or hair products.
  • Avoid bright-colored or flower-printed clothing.
  • Cover food when eating outdoors.
  • Be careful when outside with open soda cans because yellowjackets like to climb inside for a sip.
  • Watch out for garbage cans because they attract bees and yellowjackets.
  • If a bee or wasp flies around you, stay calm and don't swat at it. If you get stung, tell an adult and go indoors right away.

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Simplicity is the Key

Hopefully, you had a choice to escape from the technology world and take a deep breath to enjoy the world today. If so then you knowingly or unknowingly took part in National Simplicity Day. The day honors Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate of living the simple life. A number of books have been authored by Thoreau on the subject.

Today's world is more complicated than ever before. We are surrounded by mobile phones, laptops, and more gadgets from the tech world than ever before. At times I simply have to unwind and head away from it all. My sanctuary is the river, I love to head down to the banks and sit and watch it peacefully flow.

If you were unable to escape today perhaps tomorrow or truly any day is perfect to find a place to escape. For some it may be rare experience to find some true peace an quiet area perfect for thinking. If you have a simple place to escape where is it??

More about Henry David Thoreau:
An American, essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax register, development critic, surveyor, and historian, those are all those jobs that Thoreau had experience in. The author of the essay "Civil Disobedience" he argued that disobedience to an unjust state. His book "Walden" is a book on the subject of simple living in ones natural surroundings. All together Thoreau penned more than 20 volumes including books, articles, essays, journals and poetry.

Henry David Thoreau was a well known abolitionist. Creating lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law and defending the abolitionist John Brown. Many political figures including Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi have looked back on the lessons and lectures left by Thoreau and found their own person

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Did you Have a Teddy Bear Picnic??===== Where did the Teddy Bear Come From

Hello!!! Welcome to Teddy Bear Picnic Day. I hope that you were able to spend a bit of time under a shade tree with your teddy bear and someone you love very much. Teddy Bear picnics are most popular in United States, Canada, Australia, and in parts of Europe. The day helps creativity and imagination to be built around a whimsical picnic with teddy bears and those that we love the most. .

The holiday owes its name to a song of the same name by American composer John Walter Bratton and Irish lyricist Jimmy Kennedy

The Teddy Bear made his or her very first appearance during the early 1900s. The President of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy as he was fondly called was an avid hunter. On a 1902 hunting trip in Mississippi Roosevelt had a good shot at a small bear and refused to shoot it. It was not long before the story appeared in the Washington Post as a cartoon. The event and cartoon inspired a toy store owner and his wife Morris and Rose Michtom to request from President Roosevelt to name their tiny bear stuffed animals after none other than Teddy himself. The animals would be known as "Teddy Bears" and popularity would grow quickly and the company they owned the "Ideal Toy" company did so as well.

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