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Awakenings: Happy Halloween

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BOO! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The Witching Hours by Micki Peluso, author of "And the Whippoorwill Sang"

A story of the origins of Halloween from olden times up to the present. . .

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: Colorado: Land That Captivates the Imagination

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This Day in History: August 1, 1876

Colorado, the Centennial State, Colorful Colorado


"Passing through your wonderful mountains and canyons I realize that this state is going to be more and more the playground for the whole republic... You will see this the real Switzerland of America."
~Theodore Roosevelt


On August 1, 1876 (28 days after the Centennial of the United States), U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state and earning it the moniker "Centennial State".

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Colorado acquired the official nickname 'The Centennial State' because it entered the union in 1876, 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Awakenings: When Music Speaks...

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Today in Music History: July 31

 

When music speaks, we listen. In listening, we relate. While relating, we smile, we cry and sometimes simply sigh. The relationship each of us has with music depends upon both the melody, the words and the stories behind the music.

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A Bit of Elvis Trivia to kick off this day followed by Cliff Richard, Tommy Jones and The Shondells, James Taylor, Survivor, the Eurythmics, Bryan Adams, and Christina Aguilera. If you don't recognize the artist names, you surely will remember the music that speaks to each of us.

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Awakenings: A Closer Closer Look

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This Day in History: July 31, 1964

 

When the moon is in view, particularly during its full moon phase, one can 'see' the craters on its surface. Imagination soars as the 'man in the moon' image appears...none more spectacular than the harvest moon. Uneven surfaces reveal shadowy displays of eyes, nose and a mouth. What we are envisioning is being transmitted an average distance from Moon to Earth of 384,403 km (238,857 mi).

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A closer look indeed can be taken through a telescope. But what about a closer closer look, 1,000 times as clear as anything ever seen through earth-bound telescopes? Keep in mind the year is 1964!

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Awakenings: Bit on the Wild Side

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Today in Music History: July 30, 1966

 

Do you feel a bit on the wild side today? If you do, that feeling would be directly in line with a specific music happening on this day in 1966. The song was written by a songwriter named Chip Taylor, who has made tons of money from it because it has been recorded by many artists and is constantly being used in movies and TV shows. For today's trip down memory lane, we begin with...

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Music Trivia includes A Bit of 'Wild Thing' Trivia... and A Bit of Wild Move (Gyrating) Trivia...

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Awakenings: Royal Wedding, Whoops & Trivia

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This Day in History: July 29, 1981

An estimated 750 million television viewers in 74 countries tune in on July 29, 1981 to witness the now-legendary royal wedding of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English schoolteacher. An additional 600,000 lined the streets of London hoping to catch even a mere glimpse of the wedding couple. This was the spectacular extravaganza of the decade setting the bar for royal weddings to come with Princess Diana wearing a silk taffeta and lace gown by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for her walk down the aisle — attached to it, the now-infamous 25-foot-long train.

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Whoops! What endearing mistake did Lady Diana make during her wedding ceremony with Prince Charles? Did the Royal Prince royally goof?

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Awakenings: Music & Such

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Music & Such Today in Music History: July 28


Music brings with it Moments, Memories, Pain & Happiness with Stories Behind the Music often being just as enjoyable as the tunes themselves. There are 'Copycats' & Fun Facts that keep everything interesting creating the desire for more, more, more. Such is on this day in music history with familiar songs of yesteryear and a bit of trivia that just may not be in your memory bank.
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Enjoy the flashback in time...Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Roy Orbison, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, Elton John, Ice T and more... 

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Awakenings: 1950s Car Radio Trivia

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Today in Music History: July 27

 

1958 Fan's of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making him or her waste fuel.

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If the car radio was dubbed an issue, it is no wonder the car record-player was short lived, even if for a different reason.

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Awakenings: One of These Nights

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Today in Music History: July 26, 1975


Spotlight on... The Eagles


The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights'. Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song was inspired by the Soul music Frey was listening to when he started writing it on the piano. Artists like B.B. King ("King of the Blues") and Al Green (known for the hit song "Let's Stay Together") were a big influence on many songs on the album.

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In today’s faddish, fractured rock landscape, it’s refreshing that classic bands like the Eagles retain an appeal that transcends both generation and genre -- Dad may not know what Spotify is, and Little Johnny may not know what LP stands for, but chances are both know the words to “Hotel California.”

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Awakenings: $1 to view a whiskey-soaked severed head...

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Today in the Old West: July 25, 1853


Petty larcenist, horse and cattle thief, bank robber, rapist, murderer, brother of Zorro or Robin Hood of El Dorado? Such is the mystery surrounding frontier bandit Joaquin Murrieta...in life and death. The truth surrounding history is often elusive with facts becoming distorted dependent upon their source.


Joaquin Murrieta legends are shrouded in mystery where Murrieta has become one of America’s most interesting examples of myth creation. Today's date in the old West focuses on the killing of Murrieta and the gory exhibition of his severed head.

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Such was life in the Old West. Can you imagine an exhibition of punishment for crime being of such gory nature today?

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Awakenings: Just Fudge It!

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July 25 is...

Yummy, It Is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Oh, my! Another chocolate celebration and this time it's one of the all-time favorites most often used as a topping for ice cream! Since July is Ice Cream Month it is the perfect dessert (or treat) on a hot summer day or night.

 

 

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For all you lifelong chocoholics and incurable ice cream addicts, this just might be your favorite day of the year. Start with some cold (really cold) tantalizing vanilla ice cream. Pour a generous portion of warm, 'fudgie' goodness all over the top and don't stop there...

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Awakenings: New Vibes & Memories

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Today in Music History: July 24

 

Music, as well as our taste in music, changes over the course of a lifetime. Yet, with the changes, music still remains an integral part of life. We may grow with the changes accepting and moving with the new vibes or we may remain nostalgic reliving the memories of bygone days. Perhaps we even fall somewhere in between joining in the excitement that stirs our hearts and causes our feet to tap with the changes in beat. Enjoy the hits from the mid-60s into the 21st century that occurred on this day in music history...

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

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Awakenings: Day of the Old Joke

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July 23 is... 

Tell an Old Joke Day!


We all know someone for whom every day is Tell An Old Joke Day. In fact, that person is probably known as 'a joke waiting to be told'! Jokes are fun bringing on smiles, especially when smiling is the last thing on a person's list. July 24 is a day to put aside any reticence and let rip your own ‘I say, I say, I say’ and ‘Knock, knock’ chestnuts. If you think back to the first joke you ever learned to tell, there is a huge possibility it was a 'Knock, Knock' joke. What about a Blonde joke or one of the Polack jokes? Which ones do you recall?

 

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There may be a lot of groaning from initiates, but there’s no joke so old that at least one person hasn’t heard it yet. Why should they be allowed to escape the suffering of the rest of us? 

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Awakenings: Ready for a COLD sandwich?

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There are many clever ways to serve ice cream! There are also the basics: cup of scoops, in cones, loaded with goodies as a sundae, in floats, over fruit, even as a sandwich. It is the latter that is the ice cream choice of this day.
 
August 2 is...National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

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Want to try a different kind of ice cream sandwich? Check out the varieties featured @Awakenings!

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Awakenings: August is...

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...the height of summer heat! It is the last month of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. Time to make plans that include family fun outings, enjoying the sunshine when the days aren't too sizzling! Of course, you ca
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Lots of celebration, lots of choices! Just remember to get outdoors. Follow the motto of catnipoflife (Awakenings sister site): Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!

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Awakenings: Treat a mutt!

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Are you a dog lover, dog owner, both? Are you intense on yours being a dog of special 'breed' or do you understand the love of a mutt? The dog mutt is synonymous with the runt of a litter. It is special.


July 31 is...National Mutt's Day!

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Since it is late in the day, spend the evening relaxing and doing all the things you and your dog like to do. Do so with both of your chins held high. For your mutt is worth a million bucks!

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Awakenings: Last of a Classic

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This Day in History: July 30, 2003

The Beetle, not the bug nor the band, but the Volkswagon was founded on This Day in History: May 28, 1937 going on to become a worldwide cultural icon. It remained in production until the last so-called "classic" VW Beetle rolled off the assembly line on this day in history, July 30, 2003. The final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla, Mexico, 65 years after its original launch, ending an unprecedented 58-year production run (this is not to be confused with the redesigned new Beetle that Volkswagen introduced in 1998).

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The VW Beetle was featured prominently in the hit 1969 movie "The Love Bug" (which starred a Beetle named Herbie) and immortalized on the cover of the Beatles album "Abbey Road."

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Awakenings: Blue Suede Shoes

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Today in Music History: July 29, 1956

Many persons of the 60s, then and now, contribute 'Blue Suede Shoes' and its rebellious message with Elvis Presley. True indeed is an Elvis version but that is not the original nor was it ever a chart hit. Yet, in the public eye, Presley has been associated with cultural ownership of the ever classic song. 

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Today's spotlight is on Carl Perkins who actually wrote and originally recorded Blue Suede Shoes. Presley and Perkins faced off in the "Top 100".

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Awakenings: Race in Space Begins

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This Day in History: July 29, 1958

"An Act to provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes."


NASA was established as a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America's activities in space. On July 29, 1958, its creation was secured with the signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. NASA's establishment further equipped the United States for leadership in the space age. 

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We've come a long way since the birth of NASA in 1958 and who knows what is yet to come. . .Check out what is happening today and take a peak at the Launch Schedule of what lies ahead!

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Awakenings: Milk Chocolate Day

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How could we live without chocolate? Fortunately, for all chocolate lovers, we don't have to. Chocolate variations make choices often difficult but the end result is always the same...sheer delight!


July 28 is...Milk Chocolate Day 

 

Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) celebrates everything that’s good about classic milk chocolate – one of the most common forms of chocolate...liquid and solid! Candy bars, truffles, cakes, pies, mousse, cookies, sauces, snacks, even drinks are delectable when infused with smooth, velvety milk chocolate! Ever tried chocolate milk in your coffee?

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Save Earth. It is the only planet that has chocolate! Great recipes: Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Icing, Milk Chocolate-Espresso Truffles, Tim Tam Cake! Check out the poetic nitty, Chocolate Rain!
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Awakenings: To All Dads & Moms ...

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July 27, 2014 is...Happy Parents' Day!


Without parents none of us would be here. For every newborn, teenager, young adult, adult and senior citizen there is/was a father and a mother. With either title comes a tremendous amount of responsibility accepted forthrightly by some, reluctantly by others. Yet, either is totally unavoidable. Even for those who may not be parents themselves, they had parents who had parents who had parents and so on. Each of us has friends or relatives that are parents. Even though with each subsequent year comes celebration of Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June, the upcoming day of celebration is for parents collectively occurring on the fourth Sunday of July every year. 

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To all dads and moms, have a wonderful day!

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Awakenings: New York: Diversity & Contrast

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This Day in History: July 26, 1788

New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State

 

New York is called "The Empire State" because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, "The Empire State" legend returned to New York license plates. It's nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, "Excelsior." New York's motto means "ever upward." The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. "Knickerbocker" is a German term made up of two words. "Knicker" means box and "bock" is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving's character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in "Knickerbocker History of New York."

 

 



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New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. Aerial America features New York's Adirondack Park: Covering 20 percent of New York's total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States and New York: Niagara Falls: Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe through its natural majesty and its raw power.

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Awakenings: Electrifying Dylan!

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Today in Music History: July 25, 1965


On this day in 1965, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan rocks the world of folk music when he performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island and abandons his acoustic guitar for an electric one. By going electric, Dylan eventually moved rock and folk music closer together. He also infused rock and roll, known then for its mostly lightweight lyrics, with a more intellectual, poetic sensibility. Source: History.com

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It is well known regardless of Newport, Dylan's popularity continued to soar as his musical style continued to evolve. Today, he is a music icon whose successful career has endured for over 40 years.

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Awakenings: Eye of the Tiger

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Today in Music History: July 24, 1982


Survivor  started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger'. This hit was written by band members Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik for the second Rocky sequel. Filmmakers often depend upon certain passages of music to produce specific emotional reactions in their audiences. This one was a smash hit, not only from the perspective of the film but also from reviews of music lovers whether they viewed the film or not.

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The tone is raw power, the beat is brute force!

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Awakenings: Musical Acts & Trivia Facts

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Today in Music History: July 23

OOPS! Because of an incorrect date yesterday July 23 music history is being published today. This is preceded by New Vibes and Memories, which actually occurred July 24.

On any given day, music surprises us with new melodies, upcoming recording artists, nostalgic musical acts and interesting trivia facts. Today's journeys span from 1955 to 2013. Some are still going strong today while others have faded into the sunset but the music lives on and on and on...

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Slim Whitman, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Paul Young. Richard Marx, Queen, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, and Beyoncé lead the charts with hits or trivia on this day in music history.

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Awakenings: Guns N' Roses

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Today in Music History: July 23, 1988

 

Guns N' Roses Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin originally formed the band out of the ashes of two other groups—L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. Guns N' Roses played in a style that owed much more to the pure hard rock Stuck in the 70s than to the showy heavy metal of the 80s Music Mania. Guns N' Roses made its big popular breakthrough on July 23, 1988, when their first hit single, "Sweet Child O' Mine" entered the Billboard Top 40.

 

 

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The band played a mixture of hard rock, heavy metal, sleaze rock, blues, and punk rock. This was the era of mainly sex, liquor, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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