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Could You Survive on $2 a Day?

Could You Survive on $2 a Day? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Nearly 1.4 million American households live on that much per person. Gabriel Thompson reports from one of the nation's poorest areas.

Via Marilyn Armstrong
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If this doesn't open eyes, then nothing will for they are truly blind!

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Sharla Shults's comment, December 15, 2012 8:20 PM
Or you have no soul!
Marilyn Armstrong's comment, December 15, 2012 8:22 PM
None so blind as those who will not see. Most people do not want to see the poverty ... so they don't.
Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, December 16, 2012 3:14 PM

Imagine surviving like this! We need to help our own citizens.

Awakenings: America & Beyond
Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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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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Is it Winter yet?

Is it Winter yet? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
For many parts of the country, it appears Ol' Man Winter and Jack Frost have delayed their normal visits. Warmer temperatures for the season make the winter seem more like an early spring. Of course, some will still experience a white Christmas...somewhere in the nation! 

Regardless of the weather, however, Winter Solstice is here! This is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the least amount of sunlight in declaration of the first day of winter. It marks a pivotal point in the earth's rotation around the sun. The time may vary, the country different and different names...Yule, Midwinter, Jól...but the meaning is still the same.
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Along with the shortest day comes the longest night! Okay, all you nocturnal creatures get ready to romp and play - parta-a-a-ay - a few hours longer while you day dreamers must dream a bit less during the shortest hours of sunlight. Get those bonfires burning in preparation for singing, dancing and feasting to generate new light and merriment in the midst of winter. And, don't forget the 'zoup' for warmth and nourishment! Check out the recipes...
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Being Thankful!

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Elections are over! Whether the results brought about smiles or tears really does not matter at this point. In any kind of competition, one person wins. Another loses. This is the matter of fact way of looking at it only from an individual perspective. What truly matters here is our nation. My America, YOUR America, Our America! A monumental, pivotal point in American history has led us to a new beginning because we live in a country that allows the democratic voting process. Let us stand together as a united nation remaining always thankful for the privileges living in America has to offer...the right to vote being just one!
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Being thankful comes natural in the month of November. With the special day of Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, preparations are already in the making with the best recipes in the country being sought out in order to beat the best of the best set forth last year.Travel plans bring on smiles and laughter in anticipation of the feast of the year. Food, fun, fellowship amid family and friends!
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♫From Dream to Reality...♫

♫From Dream to Reality...♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Out of numerous pop stars who emerged in the 60s, most will contribute their inspiration on becoming acclaimed musicians to seeing Elvis Presley perform on TV in the 50s. After all, Elvis had become the 'King' of rock 'n' roll! The group in today's spotlight had quite a different perspective basing their dream on the music of Benny Goodman, the 'King' of Swing. The vision of the leader of this group shone brightly on having a rock band with a horn section.

Today in Music History: October 23, 1976
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Chicago: One of the most successful rock bands in America!  Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, Chicago is among the Top Ten best-selling US musical groups of all time. The band's name capitalizes on the city of Chicago, which has served as the nurturer of numerous talented musicians, as well as becoming a magnet that continues to draw upon the best musical talent from across the nation. It all started with a dream.
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♫Reality of Music♫

♫Reality of Music♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Every song competes with the music of the past, present and future. Within the world of song is competition that extends itself worldwide. Each country sports its own special events tapping into raw, new talent. Winning entrants, as well as many runner-ups, go on to special contracts, further competitions and/or entertainment positions around the globe. Not all recording artists begin with a competition. Some talented musicians just happen to be at the right place at the right time while others continue to struggle in hopes of reaching the top of the Billboard charts. Or, there just comes along the right song, maybe a new song or one recorded decades earlier to once again soar to the top.

Today in Music History: October 22
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Today's music & trivia from Sandie Shaw, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins, The Beatles, ABBA, Sir Paul McCartney
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"Go Nuts" for NUTS!

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Did you know there is a day when you can 'go nuts' (Complete Madness) and it is acceptable? Ask yourself, "Are you nuts or have you been nuts at some point in time?" Like the old saying, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Of course, the meaning of this statement envelops more than one context. Is it being crazy or experiencing a craving? One thing for sure setting the temporary insanity aside, when are nuts not an appiteaser? No time!

October 22 is...

National Nut Day
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On this day, you can "go nuts" for NUTS! Great way to stack up on proteins and gobble down those crunchy peanuts, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, chestnuts, hazelnuts, hickory, pistachios, cashews and pecans. Whew! That is just the tip of the iceberg since nuts have been part of the human diet dating as far back as 7000 B.C. with more than 50 varieties having been discovered and, for the most part, consumed ever since.
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What IS this...giant upside down cupcake?

What IS this...giant upside down cupcake? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
All across America, the world in fact, is indescribable beauty often referred to as visions of grandeur. Many such wonders occur naturally while others are man-made. Within those made by the hands of man lies the world of architecture, which is fascinating as it features an artistic flair filled with strange, weird, bizarre, wonderful buildings. Like beauty itself, architecture is observed differently through the eyes of each beholder.

This Day in History: October 21, 1959

The building in the photo below to some might resemble a giant upside down cupcake. Unusual? Yes. Artistic? Most definitely. Not only is the building itself seen as an art form but it is home to one of the world's renown collections of art.

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Not a cupcake but just as deliciously enjoyable. This is the Guggenheim Museum. So, what is its connection to this day in history? On October 21, 1959, the home to one of the world's top collections of contemporary art opened to a waiting crowd of thousands of people on New York City's Fifth Avenue.
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♫M&Ms...Music & Monsters♫

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"With Halloween just 11 days away, M&Ms will be among the many, many treats ready for delivery to little and big ghouls. For today, the M&Ms are not the candy but the connection of music and monsters. The song and artist in the spotlight on this day are very apropos. Among the many decorations and costumes of the holiday, one can anticipate the guttural breaths and rattling groans as creatures prepare for night fright. An essential component to Halloween is, of course, the music. Gearing up for Halloween engages finding just the right sound effects and scary music for the spookiest day of the year.

Today in Music History: October 20, 1962"

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Spotlight on Bobby 'Boris' Pickett: As a 9-yr old, 'Boris' watched a lot of horror films. Since his father was a theater manager this gave him an advantage of easy access to many films. In his nightclub routine, Pickett would do an impression of actor Boris Karloff, who played the monster in many Frankenstein movies.
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♫Still Going Strong♫

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First we are going to step back to yesterday's big music news for you do not want to miss out on the 'grits' incident, especially if you are from the South. To a Southerner, eating grits is practically a religion with breakfast without grits being unthinkable. If you are a Southern gal, then you are one of the true GRITS - Girls Raised In The South. Throughout history, the South has relished its grits, making them a symbol of its diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality. They have been epitomized in film, song and catch phrases but one of the most bizarre incidents happened in 1974.

Today in Music History: October 18 Music Incident
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The second spotlight on this day in music history shines on a true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million. Cyndi Lauper is still going strong and continues to reach new heights as a career artist.
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Calling all Crustaceans

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Along with many other happenings, October is... National Seafood Month during which time we celebrate the bounties of the sea. So, it should come as no surprise for a celebration to center around some form of seafood.

October 19 is...
National Seafood Bisque Day
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We are about to celebrate and hopefully enjoy a bisque but what IS bisque anyway? Gather the scoop @Awakenings plus some yummy recipes!
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♫Is the music still 'music'?♫

♫Is the music still 'music'?♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Music Memories @Awakenings help you identify with your own special kind of music as you visit Music Through the Centuries. No.1 hits have been featured with legendary musicians being in the spotlight, especially through the decades of the Spirit of the 60s, Groovy Times Stuck in the 70s, 80s Music Mania and Into the 90s. By some accounts Music into the 21st Century lacks creativity and substance with less emphasis being placed on melody and rhythm; instead, it is all about showmanship. Make your own decision as you listen and remember some of the songs that hit No.1 on October 18, 2000 - 2016. Click the year for a list of all songs that hit No.1 that year.

No.1 Songs On... October 18
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What do you think of the music in the 21st Century? Will any of these join the ranks of the classics, icons of the century? Is the music of the 21st century still 'music'?
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♫The Life of Music♫

♫The Life of Music♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Music is soulfully individual. It can bounce off the walls leaving your head pounding as though you were a rock at the bottom of a waterfall. OR it can touch softly on your heart like butterfly wings leaving you basking in the glow of serenity. Regardless of your music passion, with each year songs come and songs go. Some remain ingrained in your mind to be relived over and over again while others you hope you never hear again. Such is the life of music!
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Relive US hits from 1964 - Manfred Mann, 1970 - The Jackson Five, 1981 - Christopher Cross, 1998 Canadian rock band - The Barenaked Ladies!
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Gearing up for Halloween!

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When one speaks of Outrageous October, thoughts focus on pumpkins, Falling Leaves of Autumn and Halloween. First, hand-carved pumpkins lend themselves to family time as each member tries to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve and outwit the other with scary designs. Tension mounts as imagination soars with competitions arising to see who is the most creative from spooky to elegant to funny. Get your carving tools ready. Pumpkins, knives, action! Just be careful, those knives are sharp! Don't need any real blood on the scene.
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The Countdown to Halloween has begun! The reminders for this holiday seem to have begun earlier and earlier starting with the arrival of giant bags of candy, pumpkin flavored beer, –um-m-m-m? Is that for real? Totally pumpkin-flavored just about anything you can think of started the countdown right after Labor Day! Even the Halloween costumes greet us upon entering the store and line the store aisles echoing scary sayings and sounds, choice after choice, child to adult.
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'Tis the Season to be Jolly

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Awakenings touched on the Sights and Smells of Christmas so it is logical to follow up with the sounds of Christmas. Jolliness naturally accompanies Christmas Time mainly because of the music ever present on the scene...along the sidewalks, down the city streets, ringing from church steeples, within the comfort of our own homes, permeating the air like the aroma of freshly baked bread or cinnamon-laced apple pies.
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As you listen to some of the ageless Christmas songs of the past, see how many you recognize and perhaps include in your own Christmas music collection. Then, compare the classics with the more modern Christmas tunes and decide which of the newer ones you think will be remembered in future decades. Will they last through the century?
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Trivia, Treats & Tradition

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With the coming of Thanksgiving comes a special time to embrace the past. The feast of which we are most familiar took place when the Pilgrims arrived and the Wampanoag Indians gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. This was a time of autumn celebration and that's right, it took place in the 17th century!

Within the history of Thanksgiving lies nuggets of trivia that nudge at the heart and tickle the funny bone. 
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Thanksgiving is loaded with historical trivia, delectable treats and holiday tradition. May this day be filled with fun, food and fellowship overflowing with voices of thankfulness and gratitude.
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That’s “baloney!” Or is it “bologna?”

That’s “baloney!” Or is it “bologna?” | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
More than likely at some point in time you have heard the expression 'Now that's just a bunch of baloney!' Question becomes, is it baloney or bologna? Even though both words are spelled differently, their pronunciation is quite the same. The majority of the time the saying is expressed orally, rather than written, so you may not have ever thought about the difference. Well, let's see what all this has to do with a celebration of the day.

October 24 is...
National Bologna Day
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Bologna has been found in the lunchboxes of American youth for decades. Thinly sliced, it is slapped between two slices of white bread, but never served naked, instead dressed out with yellow mustard. But what does the cold cut, bologna, have to do with baloney, a slang word that implies nonsense?
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Pie or Cake???

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The first question for today's celebration happens to be, "Are we celebrating a pie or a cake?" It's name indicates the foodie of choice is a pie. Yet, its consistency leans more toward a cake. It does have cake layers but also a creamy custard filling most indicative of a pie. One thing for sure...it is scrumptious and what does it really matter, pie or cake?

October 23 is...

National Boston Cream Pie Day
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More a cake than a pie, this Boston creation has become a favorite dessert item in restaurants and households nationwide. With layers of sponge cake and custard topped with chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, it was good enough to be named the official dessert of Massachusetts. [Source: CDKitchen]
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How high is high? Jump!

How high is high? Jump! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"When someone says, "Jump!", the usual response is, "How high?" That is, unless you are jumping off a building or out of an airplane. For both the building and the plane, the height is usually predetermined. In both of these cases, the focus is on base jumpers leaping from the top of famous landmarks or skydiving fully equipped with a parachute. This leads to a question of the day, "Who was the first parachutist?" while another is "When/who was responsible for such a phenomenal design?"

This Day in History: October 22, 1797"

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Notice the date in the image at left: 1485! Hard to imagine the first vision goes back six centuries. Notice the name—Leonardo—none other than Leonardo da Vinci. The visionary who conceived the idea of the parachute in his writings but whether he tested a model is unknown.
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♫To Sir With Love♫

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Lights. Camera. Action! This traditional cue to a film crew can be heard at the beginning of a take throughout the filming of a movie. A number of features accompanying a film make or break the essence of excitement. Movies are especially renowned for the musical accompaniment, with many theme songs reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, some having received Academy Award nominations and even wins. Such is the case for a #1 hit on this day in music history as the spotlight shines on a Scottish singer whose career careened in the 60s.

Today in Music History: October 21, 1967
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Scottish singer Lulu started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film 'To Sir With Love'. The song was also Billboard's single of the year for 1967. Lulu performed this song on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 22, 1967, which was the day after hit #1 in America.
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