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10 Best Countries In Which To Be Born in 2013 (Hint: America Isn't One Of Them)

10 Best Countries In Which To Be Born in 2013 (Hint: America Isn't One Of Them) | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
A new quality-of-life index shows that when it comes to the best place to be born in 2013, the US is way behind.

Via Kenneth Weene
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So, why isn't America in the Top Ten for 2013? Which country do you think is at the top of the list...one that is considered 'boring' or alluring? I wasn't really surprised for the one at the top is actually one I have visited and definitely would go back at the first available opportunity.

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I've been to many of the top ten, and they are wonderful places to live. If I had it to do over, I'd be born in New Zealand.

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Awakenings: Say it for America

Awakenings: Say it for America | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"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: Cherry Reigns Supreme

Awakenings: Cherry Reigns Supreme | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Summer is rapidly coming to a close but temperatures are still sizzlin' HOT! That being the case begs treats and snacks that are a bit on the cool side...icees, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, cones, sodas, floats, banana splits and sundaes, frozen yogurt, creamsicles, etc. Of course, that is just the beginning of a really long list. Let's just stop there and move on to the celebration of the day.

August 26 is...

National Cherry Popsicle® Day
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Kids love ice pops! So do adults because eating them brings out the child in each one. Two billion Popsicle® ice pops are consumed every year. From amusement parks and zoos to the family freezer, cherry reigns supreme as kids' favorite flavor so it is no wonder today's celebration is National Cherry Popsicle® Day. While the creator of this special day is unknown, there is recorded history surrounding the inventor of the first popsicle who just happened to be an 11-year-old boy.
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Awakenings: ♫Burning Bones to Broken Hearts♫

Awakenings: ♫Burning Bones to Broken Hearts♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The scope of music is deep and wide penetrating the innermost depths of both heart and soul. Rhythmic beats burn straight through every bone in the body either with flaming desire or overarching heartbreak dependent upon the memory triggers. Music is a potent imagery stimulator with the power to stir a romantic emotion or heal an emotional sting. Thus, the connection of music and imagery becomes very intimate with different styles of music evoking different threads of imagery...relaxation, stimulation, healing, inspiration. Whether a dreamy waltz, rock 'n' roll, country, blues or jazz, the applause is loud and clear, the imagery surrounds you in song.

Today in Music History: August 25
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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...
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Awakenings: ♫Teen Idol♫

Awakenings: ♫Teen Idol♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The teen idols dominated the scene for the decades 40s, 50s, 60s. Many of today's performers boast of the experience passing through the teen idol phase of success. These are the heartthrobs that mesmerize swooning crowds of young people. To this day, "They are dream mates who fuel romantic daydreams, and provide a safe release for hormonally-charged emotions. (Source: Teen Idols)." In the 60s, during a time when 'screen images' were just as important as musical talent, marketing focused generally on the image. The teen idol was structured to appeal to the pre-teen and young teen female pop audience member and children in general. Their sheer magnetism was a box office draw.

Today in Music History: August 24, 1967
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Today's spotlight is on one of the biggest classic pop performers, Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. Paul Anka recorded his first song at the age of 14. At the young age of 16, Anka had the #1 hit in the world, 'Diana' (No.1 hit on August 25, 1957), which went on to sell 20 million copies. Before his 20th birthday, he was already a world traveler attracting swooning crowds with every performance, that is except one: his own hometown, Ottawa, Canada
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Awakenings: ♫Music in Full Swing♫

Awakenings: ♫Music in Full Swing♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
As we look at yet another day in music history, we should not be surprised to begin our trip down memory lane with The Beatles. After all Beatlemania swept the country! The British Invasion was in full swing - a phenomenon that occurred in the mid-60s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States.

Today in Music History: August 23
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Today's music trip visits the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Enjoy the memories!
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Awakenings: Ready to eat a sponge?

Awakenings: Ready to eat a sponge? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Your first thought surrounding the sponge is probably the scrubbing sponge or bath sponge. Neither of these would be very appetizing. Then, there are the sea sponges from which the idea of scrubbing or bathing with a sponge was popularized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Of course, these sea 'animals' are also not for ingesting. So-o-o-o-o, what is on the menu for celebration that is related to the sponge?

August 23 is...

National Sponge Cake Day
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What is sponge cake? Springy, full of holes? In a sense, yes. Sponge cake has a firm, yet well aerated structure, similar to a sea sponge. It is a cake based on flour, sugar and eggs. There are some occasions when it is leavened with baking powder. Traditionally, there is no addition of cooking oil, shortening or butter.
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Awakenings: Relief for Undue Suffering

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"This Day in History: August 22, 1864

On August 22, 1864, 12 nations met in Geneva, Switzerland. The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick of Armies in the Field was instituted at a critical period in European political and military history. The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant, called for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war and provided for the neutrality of medical personnel.

The movement for an international set of laws governing the treatment and care for the wounded and prisoners of war began when relief activist Henri Dunant witnessed the Battle of Solferino in 1859, fought between French-Piedmontese and Austrian armies in Northern Italy. The subsequent suffering of 40,000 wounded soldiers left on the field due to lack of facilities, personnel, and truces to give them medical aid moved Dunant into action..."

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We are all familiar with the American Red Cross, aka the American National Red Cross, founded in 1881 as a humanitarian organization but the origin of the Red Cross itself goes farther back... internationally.
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Awakenings: Peachy Keen

Awakenings: Peachy Keen | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The benefits of fruit are non-negotiable. They provide nutrients - potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid) - vital for health and maintenance of the body. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Plus, they are oh-so GOOD tasting, especially the peach! So good, it has already been celebrated...twice! Since cream goes well with peaches, Peaches and Cream Day was celebrated on June 21. The Scoop of the Day celebrated the fruitful flavor of peach ice cream on July 17. Let's add one more to make it really peachy keen!

August 22 is...
Eat a Peach Day
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Have you ever picked a fresh peach right off the tree? If you answered yes, then you immediately bit into the succulence and experienced juicy goodness running down your chin as you frantically caught all the drippings in the palm of your hand. Nary a drop of peach nectar to be wasted!
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Awakenings: Dirty Dancing Hits Theaters

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"This Day in History: August 21, 1987

A massive, unexpected box-office hit, one of the greatest movies of all times, Dirty Dancing, opens in theaters across the nation. Originally billed as a low-budget film by a new studio, Great American Films Limited Partnership, its expectations consisted of the film being shown in theaters for one weekend only, then, direct-to-video. To lessen its hopes of success even more was the fact that the cast consisted of no major stars at the time (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role)." 

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Has everyone gone mad? Is the theater jamming as the audience begins a rampage of dirty dancing up and down the aisles? What movie can bring on such excitement that cannot keep people in their seats? Actually, the dirty dancing takes place on the silver screen but the music and the motion makes dancing most enticing...even to present day!
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Awakenings: ♫Best of My Lo♥e♫

Awakenings: ♫Best of My Lo♥e♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"There are love songs and then, there are LO♥E! songs. At the hint of a certain melody, the emotional sting can bring on thoughts of bliss or trigger times poisoned by only painful memories. The 'best' lo♥e of the moment may or may not have been the ever-lasting lo♥e. A step back in time takes us again into the 70s. The music definitely hints of the disco era but comes from "a group whose core values couldn't have been more different from the hedonism that era has since come to symbolize [Source: history.com]."

Today in Music History: August 20, 1977

The Emotions: A family act in the truest sense is a perfect description for The Emotions, who began their singing career as The Heavenly Sunbeams. Three sisters, Sheila, Wanda and Jeanette Hutchinson began performing gospel music publicly while still in grade school (ages 3, 4, and 5) under the guidance of their father, Joseph. It was only a matter of time and meeting the right persons (The Staple Singers) for the group to crossover to secular soul and R&B. Producer/songwriter Isaac Hayes was instrumental in helping The Emotions score several moderate R&B hits over the next seven years. 'So I Can Love You' reached the pop top 40 and another, 'Blind Alley', was later sampled as the basis of Mariah Carey's massive 1993 hit, "Dreamlover."

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1977 The Emotions started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Best Of My Love', it made No.4 in the UK. The song was written by Earth Wind & Fire members Al McKay and Maurice White and was also produced by White. It won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance by a Group.
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Awakenings: Decadently Southern

Awakenings: Decadently Southern | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Everyone knows a Southern favorite is pecan pie. It even has its own day, National Pecan Pie Day, which is celebrated on July 12 of each year. [Check it out for some scrumptious pecan pie dessert ideas, like Crockpot Pecan Pie, Honey Pecan Pie,and Pecan Pie Cheesecake.] This decadent, succulent, rich, delicious pie is already so-o-o-o-o yummy but is about to be taken to an even higher level. When you thought it couldn't get any better someone came along and added chocolate!

August 20 is...

National CHOCOLATE Pecan Pie Day
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If you have a sweet tooth, love nuts and crave chocolate, then Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is the perfect opportunity to fully indulge! You don't even have to feel too guilty about grabbing a piece of pie, because pecans have all kinds of health benefits. They contain more valuable antioxidants than any other type of nut, plus plenty of fibre, minerals and vitamins. Just overlook all the other calorie mongers...on this day anyway.
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Awakenings: Five Contenders, Five Miles

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This day in history is not to be confused with Rev Your Engines on May 30, 1911. That day marked the debut of the Indy 500--a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Two years prior to that date on August 19, 1909, the first five-mile race occurred as 12,000 spectators roared with excitement while watching 29-year old Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win the first race. There were a total of five contenders vying for first place in the five-mile sprint around the freshly oiled macadam track:Two Buicks, two Stoddard-Daytons, and a Velie.

This Day in History: August 19, 1909
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Louis Schwitzer's stripped-down four-cylinder Dayton-Stoddard touring car won the first race in Indy with a speed of 57.4 miles per hour. Schwitzer designed the car’s engine while serving as chief engineer for Atlas Engine Works.
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Awakenings: ♫Good Times = Happy Days♫

Awakenings: ♫Good Times = Happy Days♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Good times are synonymous with happy days. The ever popular tune 'Happy Days are Here Again' dates back to the Roarin' 20s (1929) when the song was copyrighted by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics). It was published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp. Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's successful 1932 presidential campaign.

Today in Music History: August 18, 1979
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One of the most influential recordings of the song was Barbra Streisand's, made 33 years after its first recording. While the song is traditionally sung at a brisk pace, her recording is notable for how slowly and expressively she sings it. As of 2006, 76 commercially released albums include versions of the song. The song has appeared in over 80 films, including many from the 1930s and featured in a television sitcom from 1974 to 1984.
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Awakenings: Sizzlin' ♫Grease♫...NOT the oil!

Awakenings: Sizzlin' ♫Grease♫...NOT the oil! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Today's History Lesson...music & the movies

Through the decade that changed the nation - the 60s, musical hits of Broadway were routinely successful as Hollywood big-budget screen versions. Such films as West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Funny Girl (1968) were among the biggest commercial hits of their era. In the early 70s, successful adaptations of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and Cabaret (1972) proved successful. Out of each of the films evolved some of the most phenomenal soundtracks. However, by the middle of the 70s, Hollywood had all but given up Broadway.

Today in Music History: August 26, 1978

In 1978, Paramount Pictures placed a big bet on a small musical called...
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With its upbeat, catchy tunes, whirlin' 50s dance routines and sizzlin' Summer lovin', Grease's feelgood atmosphere just didn't come any better. Grease premiered in New York on June 13, 1978. The soundtrack album featuring photos from the movie became a best seller with the movie itself becoming one of the most successful musicals ever made.
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Awakenings: Pause in Remembrance of a True American Space Legend

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July 20th marked celebration of Moon Day - remembering the day 47 years ago when upon landing on the moon, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported "The Eagle Has Landed." A few hours later, Armstrong stepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described "nerdy" engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved U.S. pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with the first step on the moon.
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Awakenings: The screaming hasn't stopped!

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"Do you ever get tired of ice cream days? Not me, especially during the summer! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! What is so 'cool' is not only the vast number of ice cream celebrations but also those that claim more that just one day to celebrate. On August 10, Let's Split provided a whole day to enjoy the scrumptious banana split! Did you indulge or miss it? Either way you get a second chance for the screaming hasn't stopped!

August 25 is ...

National Banana Split Day again!"
#NationalBananaSplitDay

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First thought of a banana split brings on visions of the classic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream floating in the banana boat. The term 'banana split' can take on many different variations of the iconic flavors. While you certainly may take advantage of the classic, think outside the box and try something new.
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Awakenings: Peach Rivalry

Awakenings: Peach Rivalry | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"There is rivalry when it comes to sports - football vs. baseball & basketball, beverages - Coke vs. Pepsi, pets - dogs vs. cats, sibling rivalry - brothers vs. sisters, rivalry from state to state - North vs. South, East vs. West and so on. Then, there is peach rivalry - California vs. Georgia vs. South Carolina for starters!

The United States is the world's largest producer of peaches, accounting for about 20% of the total supply with peaches being grown in 28 of the 50 states. The top four peach-producing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey. California produces both fresh and processed peaches, whereas South Carolina and Georgia produce mainly fresh peaches.

With that many peaches being produced, there is no reason at all for anyone missing out on the next celebrated peach day."

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A favorite dessert of the South, second only perhaps to peach cobbler, is fresh peach pie. This succulent pie was invented around the 14th century in Europe. Though it is unknown who actually created the first peach pie, it did appear in print in 1381 by Geoffrey Chaucer in England. The ingredients in this recipe included peaches, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn, a casing of pastry.
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Awakenings: Rolls, Biscuits, Mac 'n' Cheese

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"Today's History Lesson...culinary legend

By 1902, the way Americans prepared food had already changed with the avocation of standard measurements as a result of innovative ideas by pioneer cookbook author, Fannie Farmer. Gone were the days of using a pinch of this, a dab of that, a handful of flour, an ounce of sugar and a tad of butter as the cooking measurements.

This Day in History: August 23, 1902

Fannie Farmer was the first to introduce the use of standardized measuring spoons, cups, and the art of level measurements. On January 7, 1896, she published her first cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which included a wide range of straightforward recipes along with information on cooking and sanitation techniques, household management and nutrition. Farmer's book became a bestseller and revolutionized American cooking through its use of precise measurements, a novel culinary concept at the time."

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When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since she kept the copyright for the enormously popular Boston Cooking-School Cookbook. [Source: New England Historical Society]
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Awakenings: From the Baby Boomers to the Common Era

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"Music through the centuries is ever changing...even within each decade styles and rhythms take on the beats of the times with no two decades being the same! For those growing up in the 50s and 60s Baby Boomer Era, the music of the past is still at the top of music lists. Once in your blood it is hard to shed the tunes of such greats as Elvis, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chubby Checker, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Pat Boone, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and so many more. 

Today in Music History: August 22"

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What is so incredibly sad is many youth of the Common Era have never heard of the truly classic recording artists. Going a thought further means they have possibly never heard any of the truly great music. Let's get a move on starting with the 'oldies but goodies' enjoying the memories and laughing at the unknown tidbits of trivia...unknown until now that is.
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Awakenings: Back to School! Already?

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Not only are we awakening to a new day but to a new year! Okay, okay, okay, I know it is not Happy New Year 2017. We still have months to go in 2016. However, it IS the beginning of a new school year and for many counties, school is already in session while in others the doors do not open until after Labor Day. In either case, preparations are in order with still lots to be done.

It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready for summer vacation. Now, summer is rapidly drawing to a close with hints of autumn already in the air...somewhere anyway. Still sweltering temperatures continue to rise throughout many states whose residents wait patiently (hopefully patience is part of the picture) for cooler temps.
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Has it always been so hectic at the beginning of a school year? With time comes change, with change comes progress, with progress comes innovation! Follow the path of Awakenings - embrace the past, empower the present, enrich the future.
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Awakenings: ♫Sounds & Rhythms of Swing♫

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Today marks celebration of yet another 'king'. Recently Two Kings Remembered reflected upon one of the greatest sports heroes of American culture, Babe Ruth (King of Swing) and Rock 'n' Roll legend Elvis Aaron Presley (King of Rock 'n' Roll) who mesmerized fans of the 50s and 60s with his unconventional musical style. In fact, on this day it is another 'King of Swing' -- this time not in sports -- in music but not rock 'n' roll.

Today in Music History: August 21, 1935
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Swing into the 30s with the performance of Benny Goodman at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, California. Before making his breakthrough at the Palomar, Benny Goodman had already proven himself a successful soloist in various prominent bands.
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Awakenings: Any way you slice it...YUM!

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But, of course, another day to enjoy a special ice cream treat! After all it IS summertime. With this being the month of August amid sweltering temperatures, ice cream is a delight any way, any day, every day! You may think you have tried all kinds and means—gelato, sorbet, low-fat, super-premium, soft serve, frozen yogurt, sherbet, scoops, cones, sundaes, splits, sandwiches—the list goes on and on. This time, however, you don't scoop it, you slice it!

August 21 is...

National Spumoni Day
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Spumoni is a cross between ice cream and Italian Ice. It is typically made with three layers of flavor: chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. Each layer of ice cream is mixed with candied fruits and nuts with its own smattering of whipped cream folded into the ice cream. On Spumoni Day, indeed in general, this Italian delight differs from ice cream in that it should always be shaken, not stirred...OOPS! sliced, never scooped, that is!
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Awakenings: Messages sent 'round the world & outta this world!

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"Today's History Lesson...communications

August 20th is a record day in communications with two important messages being sent 66 years apart! The first message circumnavigated the globe but not by automobile, plane, train or ship, while the second skyrocketed into outer space via spacecraft.

This Day in History: August 20, 1911

Over a century ago, someone with the New York Times decided to find out how long it would take a regular commercial telegram, non-priority status, to circle the globe. An undertaking of a similar nature had already taken place in 1903 but under different circumstances. At that time, celebrations were in order as a result of the completion of the Commercial Pacific Cable. The message was sent by then President Franklin Roosevelt and traveled the globe in only 9 minutes having been given priority status. In 1911, the Times wanted to see how long a regular message would take -- and what route it would follow. Reading simply, “This message sent around the world”, it traveled over 28,000 miles and was relayed by 16 different operators."

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Sixty-six years later to the day eyes were focused on transcending the limits of outer space. And, not with a telegraph message but instead a 12-inch copper phonograph record: recordings of Earth, greetings in 55 languages, music, analog-encoded photographs, and a marvelous etching depicting a man, a woman, and our address in space.
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Awakenings: ♫ Sound of Soul♫

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The 70s. These were some Groovy Times! Remembering the 70s brings on memories of the mads, glads and the fads. Even today many music lovers find themselves Stuck in the 70s. Of course, this decade was the precedence for 80s Music Mania as the 70s ended with the introduction to a new genre of music, hip-hop. For today in music history, it is not hip-hop that is the focus but rather the music considered as soul: "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". [Source: en.wikipedia.org]

Today in Music History: August 19, 1978
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The Commodores started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Three Times A Lady'. This was the biggest UK hit for Motown Records. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother, hence 'Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.'
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Awakenings: Voila! Soft serve!

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We may be nearing the end of August, but the summer isn't over yet. Temperatures are still on the high end and something cool to the tongue is most refreshing! When it comes to a summer treat, at the top of the list is ice cream and at the top of the ice cream list is...well, let's just take a look at today's celebration for a big-g-g-g clue!

August 19 is...

National Soft Ice Cream Day

It's National Soft Ice Cream Day! This swirled delight is served using a distinct machine. Have you ever wondered how it gets its light, smooth texture? Ice cream vendors use a special technique to double the amount of air in soft ice cream. Voila! Soft serve!
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Soft ice cream has been around for about a century. Although its exact origins are unknown, it is known that the first references to soft ice cream appeared in the early 1900s. At that time, only a few types existed. Now, most ice cream shops serve a variety of fun flavors, even combos and often dipped in chocolate.
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Awakenings: Desire to Live a Dream

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“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”
—David C. McCullough (1933–Present)Why try, indeed? 

History is filled with story upon story of adventure, discovery, hardships and happiness. We should all strive to learn who we are...from whence we came. Each of us holds a place in an ancestral chain with relatives from many different walks of life. Within anyone's ancestry lies experience after experience deemed a success, as well as a considerable amount of failure. Every walk of life provides a step forward, often many backwards, encapsulating a certain degree of risk plagued by the overarching question, "Will I make it this time?" Often this is even followed by "Why try?"

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Why try, indeed? Because there is an overwhelming desire, a passion, to live a dream and the unyielding desire, the tenacity, to see it happen. Once the vision is established it takes a combination of passion and tenacity to keep the momentum going.
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