celebrate the day: Happy Birthday…Land That I Love - 07/03/22 01:33 PM
Happy Birthday…Land That I Love
When I hear “God Bless America” being sung or played, I get goosebumps and at times, I get a tear in my eye.

It’s like when you realize just how much you love and care for someone… those kinds of goosebumps. 

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

celebrate the day: Celebrate the Day…National Let It Go Day - 06/22/22 02:40 PM
Celebrate the Day…National Let It Go Day
While wandering around cyberville recently I discovered that today is National Let It Go Day. Of course, the little music box in my head began humming “Let It Go” from one of mini-me’s favorite movies…Frozen 
It also reminded me of a good friend who could not bring herself to let go of the many things she was clinging to…things that were preventing her from moving on and living the life she had hoped for. As she said to me “I can’t get out of my own way.”
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling … (25 comments)

celebrate the day: Ole Glory Coast to Coast-June ActiveRain Challenge…Celebrating Flag Day - 06/13/22 05:31 PM
Ole Glory Coast to Coast-June ActiveRain Challenge…Celebrating Flag Day
If you’ve noticed the many posts this month with our beautiful flag flying proudly it is because of the Ole Glory Coast to Coast-June ActiveRain Challenge hosted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, and Endre Barath, Jr. 
                          Some of the flags on our street.
As it happens, today, June 14 is Flag Day. President Woodrow Wilson established this day back in 1916…100 years after the Second Continental Congress while writing the Articles of Confederation, passed a resolution outlining how the Flag of this … (22 comments)

celebrate the day: June 6, D-Day and a Heavenly Birthday Wish - 06/05/22 02:04 PM
June 6, D-Day and a Heavenly Birthday Wish
There are certain days in history that need to be remembered…in fact need to be passed down to those who follow us.
The Allied Invasion of Normandy…D-Day, on June 6, 1944, was the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare.  
If you’ve seen The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan then you have some idea of the enormity of this campaign. This was an effort that had its initial but limited planning after the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
There were more than 2 million troops from over 12 countries in Britain by 1944 in … (35 comments)

celebrate the day: Please Share Yours! - 05/30/22 01:32 PM
Please Share Yours!
Today is National Smile Day so I hope that you’ll celebrate by smiling and sharing yours with people you meet.

Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa

How many times have you had your own frown flipped upside down when a perfect stranger smiled at you?
Something we love to do when we’re out on our walks is to greet people we meet with a “Good morning” and a smile.

There are times when that smile is not returned. Sometimes that person may be lost in their own thoughts. They may not have heard us. Or they may not be in … (32 comments)

celebrate the day: Memorial Day…So Many Sacrifices - 05/29/22 02:36 PM
Memorial Day…So Many Sacrifices
As we enjoy this Memorial Day whether gathering with friends and family or spending it quietly at home, please remember that all we are privileged to do and have come at a cost. 
The patriot’s blood is the 
seed of freedom’s tree.
Thomas Campbell

THIS is the day we pay homage to the many who served in our armed forces and sacrificed their lives for us. 
We honor them. They did not live to marry their sweetheart… to have children or see them grow up. They were denied the many milestones that you and I experience in our lives. 
Heroes never die. They … (26 comments)

celebrate the day: Red Nose Day 2022 - 05/25/22 12:17 PM
Red Nose Day 2022
No child should be deprived of…

… a home where they feel safe
… the kind of education that will prepare them for their life ahead
… quality healthcare and nutrition that allows them to grow
… a community that makes sure that their critical needs are being met 
…and a community that supports and encourages them to reach their full potential. 
The above points are what Red Nose Day is all about.
Red Nose Day’s mission is to end childhood poverty. It is estimated that as of 2021, 1 in 6 children live in poverty. 
"In 8 years more than $275 Million has been … (22 comments)

celebrate the day: This Week…Armed Forces Day - 05/20/22 05:19 PM
This Week…Armed Forces Day
The month of May is an important one because this is when we honor those who have and are serving in the military. Besides Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Memorial Day, today, the third Saturday in May is Armed Forces Day. 

On weekends, we often see these young military trainees at the Preserve where we walk. The walkers often stop to watch and admire the hard work they put into the drills.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles

Yes, I know that you’re thinking that we should honor those in the military every day and I totally agree. 
The … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: This Week…Celebrating Mothers and Mother Influencers - 05/06/22 01:09 PM
This Week…Celebrating Mothers and Mother Influencers
We’ve had a busy few weeks with Easter, Mother’s Day, and soon Memorial Day. 
When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' It is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to do it anyway.  Erma Bombeck

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Flowers will be bought, perhaps candy too. And maybe mom’s favorite meal…preferably one they do not have to cook!
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. Honore de Balzac
I’ve always felt that on this day … (25 comments)

celebrate the day: National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29 - 03/28/22 02:46 PM
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29
If you are privileged to know someone who served during the Vietnam War, I hope you’ll take this day to thank them for their service.
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is bi-partisan (don’t you love that word) legislation that was introduced by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Donnelly on February of 20 17 and signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 28, 2017. 

Who is a Vietnam War Veteran?

They are anyone who was on active duty in the United States Armed Forces from November 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975. There … (28 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy St Patrick’s Day!!! - 03/16/22 02:28 PM
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate and appreciate St. Patrick’s Day. 
When we lived in Delray Beach, we looked forward to the St. Patrick’s Day parades that would take place on Atlantic Avenue. 
One very special parade had as the Grand Marshalls veterans from World War II. The turnout was phenomenal!  
It may not have been as large and grand as the ones held in New York or Boston but the Irish heart was ever-present. 
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet. Oliver Herford
Ireland is where strange tales … (37 comments)

celebrate the day: Random Acts of Kindness Day-ActiveRain Style - 02/16/22 03:43 PM
Random Acts of Kindness Day-ActiveRain Style
Random Acts of Kindness Day is one of my favorite days of the year to celebrate and as I’m sure many will say…it’s a day to be celebrated every day of the year.
This is such a giving community that a list of tips to inspire acts of kindness would be like preaching to the choir. 
However, I did think about some Random Acts of Kindness we could share with our fellow members…
Random Acts of Kindness in our ActiveRain community:

-Leave a comment on a post you see with zero comments

-Call, text, or email a blogger when you … (43 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Valentine’s Day! - 02/13/22 02:17 PM
Happy Valentine’s Day!
There’s still time (depending on when you’re reading this) to get your significant other a special Valentine’s gift!!!
This is a busy celebratory week…Super Bowl Weekend followed by Valentine’s Day! 
Outside of Valentine’s Day cards and chocolates…flowers and jewelry, I’ve never known that much about the history of Valentine’s Day. There seem to be some different theories as to its true origins though.

Larry and I have celebrated 44 Valentine’s Days together so
jewelry, flowers, dinner, chocolates aren’t something I expect anymore. Wellllllll…maybe chocolate!!!
We may head out for some pasta from one of our favorite restaurants. My annual football withdrawal has begun … (34 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Chinese New Year…Happy Year of the Tiger! - 01/31/22 02:37 PM
Happy Chinese New Year…Happy Year of the Tiger!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year…2022…celebrating the Year of the Tiger!
My niece had to remind me that Chinese New Year was this week, so I decided to do a little research. You see, growing up, this holiday meant 9-course Chinese dinners given by several of the main family associations in our area. For example, there was the Gee dinner (my father’s name) and the Chan/Chin Family dinner, as well as the Lim/Lum Family dinner. 
When you’re young, all you care about is 
-when do we eat?
-are we getting red envelopes?
How to say Happy New Year…
Contrary … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: Friday Fun…It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day - 01/20/22 12:50 PM
Friday Fun…It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day
Yes, they’re rodents but they’re so darn cute!!!

When my uncle retired as an architect, he had fun doing two things…growing his roses and feeding his squirrels. 
In Florida, we had squirrels that would come to see us as soon as we opened our garage door, or when Larry was in the driveway working on a car. 
When we drive up after our morning walk, one is usually on the fence waiting for his morning treat.  If we forget about them, they are at the window begging for their peanut.
Some are shy. I can tell that they want to … (29 comments)

celebrate the day: Is Yours Still Up? - 01/05/22 02:22 PM
It’s National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day!
You don’t have to answer that question but I have a feeling I know who few who have already removed any trace of the holidays from their home. 
Once again, I was roaming around Cyberville and learned that this was Take Down the Christmas Tree Day. Who knew?! 
Some choose January 6 because it is the end of the Christmas Season…the twelfth day after Christmas. 
When I worked in an office 5 days a week, I tried taking everything down on January 1 while I still had the time. Now, it comes down when I'm ready for … (37 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy New Year 2022 - 12/31/21 02:18 PM
Happy New Year 2022
The clock strikes midnight and whoosh…it’s a New Year. For some, it’s just another day and for others, it carries with it the opportunity to begin anew.
Wherever you land, I wish you a wonderful 2022.
May you encounter kindness wherever you go. 

May Wisdom and Compassion become your companions. 
Thank you ActiveRain family for making my 2021 amazing. 
Happy New Year!!!

No matter how hard the past, … (23 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy New Year and So Long 2021 - 12/30/21 01:51 PM
Happy New Year and So Long 2021
Last year there were many who could not wait for the door to hit 2020 on the behind! And here we are about to say adios to 2021. 
A Memorable Event…
Valentine’s Day we had snow…and not just snow but a hard freeze that caused many water pipes to burst and a power outage for many of us. 
Houstonians are prepared for hurricanes and floods and the rare light dusting of snow, however, this took all of us by surprise.
We were without power for 3 days but thank goodness no burst water pipes. For those who had … (32 comments)

celebrate the day: Merry Christmas to All - 12/24/21 06:04 PM
Merry Christmas to All
Merry Christmas wishes to all my wonderful ActiveRain friends. 
Our Christmas celebrations with the family will be spread out this year. My cousin is hosting their annual Christmas lunch for my side of the family, and then my sister-in-law's side (which includes us) is Christmas night. We'll have our family (my brother and his family) over Monday night for another gathering.
We have made 4 different kinds of Christmas cookies (over 25 dozen) and 16 small carrot raisin cakes. Now I understand why we only make these cookies once a year!!!
Whether you are spending it with your family or … (30 comments)

celebrate the day: A Christmas Poem... - 12/23/21 01:19 PM
A Christmas Poem...
Eleven years ago, on a whim, I began my “Night Before Selling” poem and have tried each year (although it seems I missed one) to continue it with some small changes to reflect the time.  2020’s Poem reflected that thing that shall go unmentioned. 
Well, it’s 2021 so here’s this year’s Holiday Poem...2021 Style...

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was sleeping, not even a mouse. 

All the closets were empty, the boxes still packed
The movers were gone and not coming back. 

The children were worried…would Santa be able
To find their new home near … (30 comments)





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