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Awakenings: The 1935 Stout Scarab

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Scarab? I thought that was a beetle...remember, like in The Mummy. Of course, when I was younger, a friend gave me a scarab bracelet but that was way after the year 1935 and this article is not about beetle bugs or special jewelry. It is about an automobile claimed by some to be the precursor to the mini-van: The 1935 Stout Scarab!

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Precursor of the mini-van dates back to 1935.

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Amazing how the automobile actually looks like a scarab.

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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: Expressly Espresso

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Coffee, tea, hot cocoa - yum-yum, how sweet the brew! This time add espresso to the list. After all, 75% of all caffeine consumed in the United States is coffee. Espresso appears dark and strong with a lot of flavor & complexity in a tiny little cup, but it contains no more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. It is the richness of its aroma and flavor that draws attention toward its desire.

November 23 is...

National Espresso Day
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There are many coffee-lovers, but espresso-lovers are a breed unto themselves. That one ounce cup (or a doppio, a double) provides intense aroma and flavor with NO calories.

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Awakenings: Three Shots Fired

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This Day in History: November 22, 1963

There are many events that altered the course of history. Had they not occurred the world as we know it today might possibly be quite different. There will always be rumors of war, war and assassinations. Freedom is not free but comes at a high price...

"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
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Do you recognize the face? You should whether you lived the era of the 60s or studied about its monumental events in a history class. This was the decade that changed a nation. November 22 encompasses a day filled with overwhelming sadness for America. As we embrace the past, one of the most shocking events in our nation's history occurred on his day in 1963.

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Awakenings: Get up & get outside! Ready for a ride?

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Within the 21st century has come more time spent indoors, thus, less time outdoors. Jobs demand longer hours with little time left for anything other than responsibilities once home. Then, unfortunately, what time is left may be spent in front of the television because by that time all energies have been expended. Therefore, a continuation of being indoors! How about a change in scenery?

November 22 is...

National Go For a Ride Day
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The idea is just to get outside...away from the confinement of walls. Get away from it all. Into the fresh air. Under the open skies. Away from the daily stress. Go For A Ride Day encourages you to get out into the world – hop on your bike, into your car, or simply get your walking boots out of storage and go on a hike.

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Awakenings: Hello, World!

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The art of communication in the 21st century is phenomenal. Today it is possible to communicate with someone globally with the click of a button or mouse. Technology has advanced systems via airways that allow for both sound and video correspondence, as well as entertainment. Between 1911 and 1977, the first messages sent around the world and out of this world exemplified technology, science, and inventions progressing at an accelerated rate. It is of no surprise that on this day are two celebrations related not only to corresponding but peaceful communication.

November 21 is...World Hello Day and World Television Day

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On this day, create the domino effect and start a chain of communication. The more you greet peacefully, the more that will be greeted peacefully as each 'hello' is passed along. This celebration is the 42nd Hello World Day. Keep the voice of peace moving along loud and strong! The United Nations (UN) declared each November 21 as World Television Day. Must be serious coming from the UN, which means the UN hasn't established this day to encourage watching more TV or our favorite programs and comedies.


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Awakenings: Peanut Butter...but not alone!

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There just cannot be enough foodie days! Let's face it...everyday is a foodie day, especially if you have a sweet tooth! Then, to celebrate one of our nation's favorite foods and on our own add chocolate...what can be said? Bring it on!

November 20 is...
Peanut Butter Fudge Day
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The love of peanut butter is nationwide. It has been a staple in American kitchens for over a century...peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter ice cream, in combination or alone. It is not surprising for its day of celebration to pop up in the middle of November.

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Awakenings: The Crapper

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When I first started the What's happenin'? contributions in February, you were informed of being enlightened on some weird, bizarre celebrations on a particular day as it approached. As was then and throughout the year, the decision was yours on how to celebrate if that is indeed your forte. Oh, my, we have been surprised at some crazy things being celebrated. Stated then and still true today, if something exists, I do believe you or I shall find a day during which it is celebrated. The upcoming celebration is no exception!

November 19...believe it or not...is...

World Toilet Day
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The modern 'flush' toilet carries with it some stories of its own, especially about the name, not toilet but two of the 101 Names for the Toilet! Crapper and John. There are persons who actually existed who were associated with the toilet as we know it today.

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Awakenings: Vichy what?

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With the weather becoming cooler and cooler, the desire for food that is warmer and warmer begins to grow. That thought brings us to one of autumn's and winter's comfort foods. I'm talking about a one-dish meal simmering on the stovetop or perhaps in a crockpot. Convenient. Delicious. Nutritious. Yep...soup! Um-m-m-m? There is just one problem. It is November and the soup of the day is best when served cold. Perhaps we should continue and investigate whether eating it warm on a cold day is as good as eating it cold on a hot day.

November 18 is...

NATIONAL VICHYSSOISE DAY
pronounced: vish – e – swaz
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Regardless how it is spelled or pronounced, is vichyssoise delicious creamy potato soup? If a chunky, hot soup is desired, do not puree & leave hefty bits of potato, add cream and heat gently. Make it up ahead of time, then, when ready to serve, heat (potato soup) or serve cold (vichyssoise) garnished with a few finely chopped chives.

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Awakenings: A 'Toast' to You

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Bread is a primary food staple. Because of its diversity there is hardly a day that goes by when one does not eat some form of bread. It may be toast in the morning for breakfast, two slices in your favorite lunch sandwich or buttery garlic bread for dinner. Most of the time the bread is store bought from the bread aisle of the grocery store but sometimes it is ordered fresh from a bakery. Then, there are those occasions when it is homemade!

November 17 is...Homemade Bread Day!

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A Bit of Bread Trivia...
Bread was so important to the Egyptian way of life that it was used as a type of currency. Even more interesting is the fact they revered it so much they would often place it in the tombs of their dead. Early Egyptian writings urged mothers to send their children to school with plenty of bread and beer for their lunch.

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Awakenings: Oklahoma: Indians, Cowboys & Oil

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This Day in History: November 16, 1907

Oklahoma, The Sooner State, Boomer's Paradise

Oklahoma State Motto: "Labor Conquers All Things" (Labor omnia vincit)

 

Oklahoma's strangest scenery includes sand dunes, salt plains, toxic soils: the vast deserts of Oklahoma are more than unusual. Oklahoma is home to great tallgrass prairies, where herds of buffalo roam free and oil jacks gush black gold. Where the Trail of Tears ended and a mass exodus began 100 years later, prompted by a wave of dust. Where native cultures have flourished for thousands of years and where countless hopeful settlers arrived for a shot at the American Dream.

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The land that today makes up Oklahoma was added to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and U.S. land acquisitions following the Mexican-American War. The Indian Territory and the Oklahoma Territory were combined into one state, and Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907 to join the union.

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Awakenings: Get it FAST!

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Fast food restaurants have taken over the country! There is hardly a street corner that does not house either a sandwich shoppe, hamburger joint, hot dog stand, chicken shack, pizzeria, taco drive-in or almost any eatery thinkable. That makes this next day of celebration open to a multitude of choices. The day in yours to eat what you want, when you want without the hassle of cooking and clean-up at home (that is, unless you carry out to eat at home). Just remember, in most cases, the calories are HIGH so choose wisely!

November 16 is ... National Fast Food Day - a very American holiday

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The U.S. has more than 300 fast food chains, representing 40% of the nation’s total restaurant sales. Americans spend more than $110 billion on fast food annually, on cuisine that ranges from barbecue, fried chicken and pizza to Chinese food and Tex-Mex.

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Awakenings: Take stock!

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This Day in History: November 15, 1867

Everything has a beginning somewhere, some time by someone. While the invention of the 'ticker tape' may be thought of as Thomas Edison's idea, that is not the case. Edison's first successful invention was an improved stock ticker, the "Universal Stock Printer".

 

On November 15, 1867, the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City. The event was a show stopper which made up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Up until that point information from the New York Stock Exchange, which opened its doors in 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.

The ticker was invented by Edward Calahan, who worked for Gold & Stock Telegraph and configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape. This is the same paper tape used later on in ticker-tape parades.  The ticker, got its name from the sound its type wheel made. Read MORE...

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Awakenings: One Hit Wonders

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Today in Music History: November 14


A one hit wonder is normally a person or act that has achieved one major hit - realized a single success not to be repeated as a Top 40 Phenomenom on the Billboard Hot 100 or for having one signature song that overshadows their other work. The artist, the song or both artist and song can be classified in this category. Each decade has presented its own unique list of such 'wonders'. For this spotlight, the illumination is on one hit wonders from four decades sharing this day in music history.
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One hit wonders in the Spirit of the 60s, from the Groovy Times of the 70s, out of 80s Music Mania, and Into the 90s.

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Awakenings: Fishy Fish

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November 24...National Sardines Day

 

One of best ways to enjoy the outdoors is on the lake fishing. Ironic is one of simplest snacks that accompanies a fisherman on a regular basis is sardines. Each tiny little 'fishie' is packed with protein, vitamins, and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Pretty cool! The art of fishing is not for everyone...some just don't enjoy it (heaven forbid!) while others just don't have the opportunity (how sad!). The fishes on today's menu are those tiny ones prepacked, in fact, in a tin and not for everyone...they are very fishy!

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There IS a day for just about anything. There are a multitude of ways to enjoy the sardines other than simply eating them out of the tin. Maybe this celebration will shed a totally different light on the fishy little fish, the sardine!

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Awakenings: Founder of the Dance Revolution

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Today in Music History: November 22, 1975

So often any one of us may be familiar with a band but really don't know the name or the face behind the music. The same is true of individual recording artists. If you were asked whether you like the music of Reginald Kenneth Dwight would you have to stop and think for a moment? Would the reaction be the same if the name Elton John was substituted? What about Chris Gaines? Ever heard of him? Of course you have...he's Garth Brooks' alto ego. Today's spotlight is on a band of world renown but possibly only if the band's name was presented upfront.
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Back in the day there was no one 'badder' than Harry Wayne Casey. He was leader of a 70s supergroup whose music is still going strong today with songs being covered multiple times by numerous artists.

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Awakenings: Feelin' Nutty

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November 22 is...National Cashew Day

 

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't...but when do you NOT feel like a cashew? Eating cashews is like eating peanuts or potato chips. Eat one and the urge for more has just begun. Add to that desire the fact that cashews are among the world's healthiest foods. All this time you have been staying away for one reason or another, now you can set all that aside and look on the healthy side of the cashew. Feelin' nutty? Grab a bowlful of cashews and snack away or plan a menu item with cashews as a main ingredient!

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Cashew butter, cashew chicken, salad toppers and stir-fry ingredient, this delicately flavored nut is a favorite healthy snack that can be found in your local market year round.  Cashews are great for holiday parties, and now you can also amaze your friends with these fun facts. Enjoy!

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Awakenings: North Carolina: Beauty Amplified

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This Day in History: November 21, 1789

 

One of the thirteen original colonies, North Carolina has a long an interesting history. On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to join the union.

 

North Carolina is home to mysteries, giant industries, and coastal beauty. It's where gold was first found in America, and where an entire colony of settlers vanished. A state where golf rules the land, NASCAR rules the road, and college basketball holds court over them all. It's where tobacco became king after the cotton industry went up in smoke, and where a 12-second flight sent shockwaves around the world. Experience the history of the Tar Heel State.

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Along with Old North State and Land of the Sky, discover why North Carolina is nicknamed The Tar Heel State. Nestled in the Appalachians it is no wonder North Carolina is beauty amplified!

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Awakenings: Songs = Life

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Today in Music History: November 20

 

Of the most often topics for song lyrics, songs about life would be at the top of the list with love not far behind. Who can't relate to a good love song either in dreams or reality? Love comes from the heart extending deep into the soul. Sometimes the song becomes a love letter saying just what is needed to be said at a special time or it can be at the other end of the spectrum declaring what once was is now gone.

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In the spotlight is Barbra Streisand: the highest-selling female recording artist of all time who has won awards and acclaim in every medium that she's worked in

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Awakenings: Copycatters

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Today in Music History: November 19

 

With a song's success comes covers that are often just as successful, sometimes even more so. The era is different, the genre may vary, the beat possibly is of a quicker or perhaps a slower tempo, even the gender of the artist may change but the lyrics...they remain the same. Comparisons are always interesting as is the perception of the listeners. A version liked by one is not always liked by all.

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Check out the One Hit Wonder, the #1 Albums and the Multi Chart Topper on this day...

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Awakenings: Why GRAND is so grand!

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Thanksgiving falls within the autumnal season of the year. Within that time of year are many of our friends and family in their autumnal years to whom we should all remain thankful. Those to whom being specifically referenced are our grandparents. There is no wonder why grandparents begin with the word GRAND! It is really no secret. The ancestral chain continues as sons and daughters beget sons and daughters. The bloodline continues. Responsibility shifts with the wisdom and heritage being continuously tapped. While the word itself reflects the next in line in the order of things, it also reflects awe-inspiring feelings. 
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Whether one is called Gramma, Gamma, G-ma, Gram, Grammy, Grams or Gramps, Grandad, Grandaddy, G-daddy, Grandpappy, Grandpop OR one of 120 top nicknames for grandparents, the meaning is still the same. The emphasis is G.R.A.N.D. regardless if the word is part of the name or if it is not! 

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Awakenings: Music in the Air

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Today in Music History: November 17, 1957

As we approach the holiday season, the music in the air is already transforming to the seasonal tunes of Christmas. What a joyful time of the year filled with thankfulness and blessings. Today's spotlight shines on a performer who sought permission to record a West Indian song written by Jester Hairston, a Julliard-trained songwriter who would later popularize the spiritual "Amen" during the civil rights movement in the United States.
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Harry Belafonte: a multi-talented performer achieving lasting fame for his traditional folk songs, Broadway stage and on-screen performances

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Awakenings: Colorful Songs

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Today in Music History: November 16

Day time, night time, sunrise, sunset have been themes of songs for ages. Songs have been written about love, sorrow, friendship and forgiveness. Then, there are the colorful songs...those that contain the word, color or the word, paint, which is synonymous with color. Many, many songs reflect gold, silver, black, white, yellow, brown, orange, red, pink, blue, blue-green, green and the color for today, purple.

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On this day in 1963, Nino Tempo & April Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Deep Purple', it made No.17 in the UK.The duo had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" in 1963 for the single "Deep Purple".

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Awakenings: Music Echoes

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Today in Music History: November 15

Some great albums found their place on the charts on this day in music history. The year: 1971. Each album is a tribute echoing the music collectively of the recording artist or group. Whereas a single could result as a one hit wonder, a truly great album produces multiple hit singles, as well as the album itself reaching the top.

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In this week's Disc and Music Echo's Progressive album chart: No.5 Cat Stevens - 'Teaser and the Firecat', No.4 Hawkwind - 'In Search Of Space', No.3 Santana - 'III'; No.2 Rod Stewart - 'Every Picture Tells A Story' and No.1 John Lennon - 'Imagine'.

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Awakenings: A Button of a Day

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November 16 is ... Button Day

 

With just about every article of clothing purchased (requiring buttoning, that is), one will always find included an extra button. What does one do with all those buttons, which seldom are necessary as long as the original is kept tacked in place? Are they loose in a drawer, kept in a jar, or simply thrown away with the tags? Wonder no more and don't ever throw them away again! Be sure to also snip off all those buttons before throwing away any worn-out garments. With Christmas in the not so distant future, enjoy a button of a day with ideas that just might answer the question, "What on earth am I going to buy x, y, and z for Christmas?"

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With the holiday season upon us, take a look at some great decorating and gift ideas that only require creativity and a lot of love!

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Awakenings: Stadium-sized Passion

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There is passion when it comes to music. Each artist puts heart and soul into the lyrics, melody and harmony. To produce an album takes ingenuity in order for the songs to maintain cohesiveness with each song never losing its own creativity. Numerous albums have reached the top of the charts. Among the songs, many have become Top 10 singles and even climbed to reach the top of the charts peaking at No. 1. Such is the American rock band in the spotlight on this day who dominated the 80s.
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Bon Jovi: good hooks, pumped-up production and stadium-sized passion forged the pop-metal alloy that made Bon Jovi one of the dominant mainstream rock bands of the Eighties

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Awakenings: TGIF!

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Whew! We missed Friday the 13th by one day! Even if it were the 13th, the day would still be Friday. Let's celebrate and increase our knowledge about the TGIF acronym and the weekend.



Ever wonder where this T.G.I.F. ("Thank God It's Friday") catchphrase originated?
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While TGIF is a most familiar acronym, has this day always represented the "end" of the work week? Check out Awakenings then...HAVE A GR-R-R-REAT weekend!

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