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Awakenings: Beauty of America: Lighthouses

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Lighthouses have been the sentinels, the protectors, of shoreline after shoreline for centuries upon centuries. In the beginning, these were not 'houses' at all but instead simply bonfires built on hillsides as beacons to guide ships. Many a seafaring vessel would have crashed upon the rocks had it not been for the angel of light shining through the darkest of night or penetrating the thickest fog. Throughout history, the lighthouse has cast mysterious auras, sometimes romantic and often times echoing a ghostly resonance.

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Have you ever vacationed or lived near a lighthouse? If so, did you sense its romanticism or feel a ghostly presence?

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:01 AM

this writer and her subject of lighthouses   is pure poetry to me....thanks Sharla Schultz

Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:19 AM

New England has so many beautiful lighthouses ... all up and down the coast.

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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: Medal of Honor

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This Day in History: July 12, 1862

It is oft not enough to say such-'n'-such happened on this day in history for its impact to be truly felt. Such is the event of today surrounding the Medal of Honor. To understand what led to its creation—the acts, the deeds, the emotion, the sacrifice—takes stepping back in time, back to the American Civil War.

 

There were no military awards or medals at the beginning of the Civil War, except for the Certificate of Merit which was authorized on March 3, 1847 and awarded after the outbreak of the Mexican-American War. The provision for a Medal of Honor had already been approved in December, 1861 for the creation of the US Navy Medal of Honor. This medal was the basis of the Army Medal of Honor created by Congress in July 1862.

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Because of the nature of its criteria, the Medal of Honor is often awarded posthumously.

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Awakenings: Song Snippets Hit-by-Hit

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As the Earth spins, music is in the making! Much like the rotation of the Earth never stops, music resounds every day, every night, naturally and imaginatively. It, too, never stops. Whether captured within the sounds of nature, vocalized, strummed, instrumentalized or hummed in our minds, it is ever present. Its beginning is as old as time itself and its ending will come at the end of time.

 

Journeys through time can be fascinating, especially when it comes to the evolution of music. Diversity, as well as commonality, intrigues us. Take 'beats' for instance, the pulsations which give music its regular rhythmic pattern. Even the banging of pots and pans can be note worthy!

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Have you ever taken the time to listen to musical hits year-by-year with focus on their evolution and the changes, as well as similarities, in rhythmic patterns and beats? Now is your chance. The video provides a journey through time with song snippets hit-by-hit of some of the popular tunes from 1890 to 2009.

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Awakenings: More, more, more...Music!

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Today in Music History: July 10


Do you know what is so good about pizza? CHEESE! More cheese...more, more, more! The same goes for music! You can never have enough music...taking the time to stop and listen to the music opens the door to more, more, more! We have already visited 1950 today with a step back in time to the radio & television show "Your Hit Parade." Each show capitalized on the tobacco auction theme and ended with the signature phrase "Sold, American."

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The music continues into the 60s and 70s...

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Awakenings: Wyoming: Home to Many Firsts

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This Day in History: July 10, 1890


Wyoming, the Equality State, the Cowboy State, Big Wyoming

Land of geysers & hot springs, cowboys, bucking broncos, bison, free-roaming wild horses & some of the most spectacular scenery in the world...Wyoming, part of Awesome America!


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Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. This action lead to the nickname "The Suffrage State" and later to "The Equality State." "Equality" is also the state motto. Wyoming has officially adopted a cowboy on a bucking horse as a symbol of the state. This has lead to the reference of Wyoming as "The Cowboy State." With Wyoming being the 10th largest state in total area in the nation, it has also earned the nickname "Big Wyoming." This connotation pays homage to the rugged natural beauty of Wyoming, a state where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains.

 

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When you hear someone mention Wyoming, what are your first thoughts? I doubt very seriously they focus on the Triceratops. [Yep! Wyoming claims a state dinosaur.] What about buffalo or bronco riding? Now, that's more like it...symbols of the wild, wild West and native to Wyoming.

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Awakenings: Teddy Bear Picnic

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What is more loveable and hugable than the teddy bear? Whether you had one as a favorite childhood 'friend' or perhaps adopted one as an adult, your little bear more than likely became a very special part of your life. The teddy bear has quite a history and even has its own day, American Teddy Bear Day, designated for celebration but we'll discuss that later since it is a few months away. Tomorrow we get to celebrate along with our teddy bears!

Children love teddy bears... inviting friends over, comparing teddy bears, sharing teddy bears, having a teddy bear picnic. What about the adults? Adults love food with a most enjoyable time to 'dine out' being going on a picnic. So...Guess what?

July 10 is...

Teddy Bear Picnic Day
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At the end of the day, be sure everyone receives a teddy bear hug, even the bears themselves!

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Awakenings: Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama

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Life is filled with comic moments that make us burst out, bend over double with laughter while other times overflow with drama that brings on the tears. Which do you prefer, comedy or drama?

 

    Comedy - a good belly laugh is the best remedy for a bad day.

        Drama - I like to feel emotionally charged and weepy.

 

For the rest of today, Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama! Let it go, all hang out, footloose and fancy free. Smile at the little things, laugh when you want to cry.

 

July 8 is SCUD Day!

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 Laugh and someone will surely laugh with you! Bring it on!
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Awakenings: The Stripper

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Today in Music History: July 7, 1962

 Are you familiar with the theme from The Twilight Zone with its spooky tone? What about Jaws? Have you ever hummed or heard someone hum the tune in a sneakily fashion, especially if near or in the water? Without the utterance of a single word, an instant understandable reference to a specific idea or emotion can be triggered through familiar movie themes, such as Psycho or Deliverance.
Any particular theme come to mind when you hear the term burlesque?
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Did you know burlesque caused a sensation because of the outrageous nature and exposure of the showgirls' legs?

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Awakenings: Music is within...

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The message received from music comes from within. What strikes the heartstrings of one may not even emit the tiniest spark for others. So diverse are music styles adopted through the centuries that only by experimenting with different genres can listeners discern for themselves what appeals, or does not appeal, to their particular tastes.


Music in the 21st century is up for grabs. With so many different styles of music beating to the rhythm of the changing times, some are so engrained they will never die while others made their mark only to fade with the passing of time. Not all music born with the times survives. But, with music comes freedom...freedom to enjoy listening to one's preferred choice whether for the energetic vibes, relaxation or healing. What one perceives as music is within...

  
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Perhaps this 'classical' music has just opened a new window to your soul!

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Awakenings: Anything goes...that is, with chocolate!

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July 7 is...

 

Chocolate Day

Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.

 

Whether you say it with two syllables...choc·late or three choc·o·late, indulge in its rich, creamy, smooth texture, melted flowing like flaming lava, cut into chips, chopped into chunks, formed into bars, or any way you like for this is the day anything goes...that is, with chocolate! Eat it as a loner, pair it with whatever you so desire or even schedule a chocolate massage! Why not take some of the cold, left-over fried chicken from Fried Chicken Day and dunk it in piping hot melted chocolate? No kidding! Well, that is not the real intent of ChocoChicken but what the heck!

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Start your day with chocolate covered bacon? Yum!

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Awakenings: Chicken...FRIED Chicken!

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 July 6 is ...National Fried Chicken Day

This is the day when picking up the food with your fingers and gnawing the bones are definitely allowed because we are talking about America's comfort food! The outer crust says 'crunch' with each bite as a succulent mixture of spices roll off your tongue melded with juicy goodness. Is your stomach beginning to rumble? Of course, with each serving of fried chicken comes choices...leg, thigh, wing, back, wishbone, breast. Perhaps you have a fav but it really doesn't matter just so it is FRIED...preferably Southern Fried!


AND, it can be paired with just about anything your taste buds desire. This bird does not demand being eaten alone, although it can without any difficulty at all. What is your fav chicken partner: buttermilk biscuits, waffles, pimiento cheese, sweet potato skins, fried green tomatoes, mac 'n' cheese, corn-on-the-cob...? Endless possibilities!

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Dine out or fry your own at home! Just be sure to make it FRIED!

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Awakenings: Concerts to Picnics & Beyond

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This Day in Country Music History: July 4

 

Happy 4th of July! While in the midst of celebrating America's independence, take a few moments to look at some of the 4th of July special performances through the years.

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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of country time...

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Awakenings: Countdown: 1 Happy 4th of July

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Fourth of July is here! 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 

We have counted down and the celebration is on! Adrenaline is pumping as you seek out the best fireworks to display or watch. Imagination is running wild trying to outdo last year's celebration. Creative juices are flowing as you are knee deep in preparing the best mouth-watering recipes ever. Hot dogs, Star-Spangled Burgers, BBQ, chips & dip, nuts, salads, fruit, desserts, etc. are ready to serve. Right? WHEW! The guest list is complete thus vanquishing all possibilities of chaos and stress. 

BUT, one question remains: Are you truly READY? Have you forgotten anything?

5 - In God We Trust  
4  - Star-Spangled Banner
3 - Pledge of Allegiance2 - Remember Our Troops1 - Happy Independence Day!
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The American Flag: Wave it proudly!


An icon of American freedom, a symbol of liberty, a motif referring to the United States, a banner for independence––all symbolize America and the principles upon which she stands.

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Awakenings: Barbershop Harmony 2

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July 13 is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, which was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International, "a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony." It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. To appreciate barbershop music begins with first understanding its history.
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Men now go to 'salons' much the same as their counterpart, women and women perform barbershop music much the same as their counterpart, men.

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Awakenings: A Nut of a Pie!

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you like pie? How about nuts? What about a sweet pie chocked full of nuts...pecans, none the less? Of course, this delight is known as Pecan Pie so get ready to indulge.

July 12 is...

 NATIONAL Pecan Pie Day

 

That's right! The focus is on National Pecan Pie Day. While pecan pie is considered a specialty of the Southern United States, as are pralines and other pecan infused foods, it has become a holiday tradition nationwide but can be served and enjoyed any time of the year. 

A Bit of Pecan Pie History... Continued @awakenings

 

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There are numerous variations, Pecan Pie Minis, Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites, Pecan Tarts, Vegan Pecan Pie, Rustic Ramekin Pecan Pies, Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie, Pecan Pie Muffins, Pecan Pie Cake but the most unique and simplest is the...

 Crockpot Pecan Pie!
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Awakenings: Blue Orbs

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July is... (along with many other celebrations) National Blueberry Month, so it is of no surprise that today celebrates a top-of-the-morning treat to go along with your morning brew.

 

Whether for breakfast or snack, blueberry muffins are melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness and are honored each year on July 11 on National Blueberry Muffin Day. Blueberries are packed with rich flavor, high in antioxidants, are known to improve memory function, can reduce the effects of aging and are low in calories. Baking the tiny blue orbs in muffins is such an enticing concept that in 1988, Minnesota named blueberry its official state muffin! No kidding! In addition, the state of Maine is the larger producer of blueberries in the world with more than 60,000 acres if blueberry bushes being farmed.

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Should you decide to enjoy them freshly baked, here are a few gr-r-r-reat recipes! If you are not the baker or don't have the time to bake a batch from scratch, just visit your local bakery on the way to work or during break time!

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Awakenings: Sold, American

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Today in Music History: July 10, 1950


Back in the 50s cigarettes were a common sign of the times...cool, cheap and socially accepted. The hazards of cigarette smoking were unknown with no warnings such as the ones widely advertised today. In 50s America, cigarette smoking was the epitome of being cool and hip. Marketing was at its peak so it was not unusual for radio and TV programs to be sponsored by the popular trend.

 

1950 The US music show "Your Hit Parade" premiered on NBC-TV. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on radio since 1935. "Your Hit Parade" was sponsored by American Tobacco's Lucky Strike cigarettes. During a 24-year run, the show had 19 orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups. Each show capitalized on the tobacco auction theme and ended with the signature phrase "Sold, American." "Your Hit Parade" moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock 'n' Roll.


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Your Hit Parade is TV in the "golden age." What was number one? You'll have to watch the video to find out.

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Awakenings: Sugar! Sugar!

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July 9 is...

Sugar Cookie Day

 

If you missed the celebration, any time is a good time to bring out the child in you...the bright-sunshine feel of sunflowers & daisies! Bake and enjoy some sugar cookies!

 

Sugar Cookie Day is about unleashing your inner child and celebrating the simple sugary-goodness of this traditional treat. In the 1700s, a group of German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, and by combining sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and baking soda they created a simple yet delicious food, now known as the Sugar Cookie. Of course, the original recipe never fails to please, but these days it’s easy to give it a modern twist – creating new designs, adding sprinkles, tossing in chocolate chips and glazing the top with creamy frosting! Jazz it up any way you like!

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If you have kids, sugar cookies provide great entertainment; just give them the dough, cookie cutters, an assortment of toppings and let their imaginations run wild!

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Awakenings: A Salute to Our Military Women

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This Day in History: June 19, 1947

 

While we regularly think about our men going into the military, we should never forget the role of a service person is NOT gender specific only to the male. While in today's society, both men and women serve in commissioned and non-commissioned officer status, that has not always been the case. The woman's role was mostly in the form of care and aid when needed with many entering the military as nurses.

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While you salute our nation, I salute you!

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Awakenings: And the Bells Toll!

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And the Bells Toll!

This Day in History: July 8, 1776

On July 4th celebration abounded with all its fanfare in recognition of Independence Day. On that day, America's independence from the British was declared and the Declaration of Independence sent to the printer. Now, four days later, tradition tells of a chime, actually chimes, that changed the world on July 8, 1776. Throughout Philadelphia, bells were rung all day proclaiming celebration. While there is no contemporary account of the Liberty Bell ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung. The atmosphere may have been serene just prior to the ringing but serenity would no longer be part of the picture as the bells summoned the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon outside the State House (now Independence Hall).

 

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All across America & beyond people join together in celebration of the Fourth of July. How many do you suppose know of the importance of the immediate days that followed? Where does the significance lie...the fact that independence was declared or the facts documented as rights in the declaration of independence?

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Awakenings: Just dam it!

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This Day in History: July 7, 1930


It has been called an American pyramid — a sixty-story colossus of concrete, built in the middle of a desert every bit as brutal as in ancient Egypt. ~American Experience

 

How do you harness the raging waters of the Colorado River? Just dam it! Visions as far back as 1902 became reality nearly 30 years later when on July 7, 1930 building of Hoover Dam begins. This monumental task would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest man-made structures in the world. It would take five years to build, more than 200 engineers to design the dam, and 21,000 men working ceaselessly amid blistering heat and inadequate shelter to complete the project. By the time construction ended, somewhere between 107 - 112 deaths were associated with its construction.

 

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The challenge was to harness the country’s wildest river, the mighty Colorado, to bring water, power and people to the Southwest. Now, in a more environmentally-conscious age, many wish Hoover Dam had never been built. Yet it stands as a monument to the ingenuity, and the sheer human will, that forever changed the face of America.
~American Experience
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Awakenings: Anniversary, Trivia & Music

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Before a step back into music of the past, let's begin with the anniversary of the Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night', which premiered at The Pavilion in London on this day in 1964. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group. The British black-and-white comedy film was directed by Richard Lester and starred the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. It was successful both financially and critically; it was rated by Time magazine as one of the all-time great 100 films.

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 Also Remembering "Satchmo":

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)


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Awakenings: Run, Forrest! Run!

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This Day in History: July 6, 1994


Run, Forrest! Run! Forrest Gump, an American epic romantic comedy-drama film opens in US theatres on July 6, 1994. The film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom won Tom Hanks his second Oscar, Best Actor in a leading role. As of July 3, 2014, Forrest Gump ranked 31st in the All-Time Box Office charts.

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Check out the Forrest Gump Trivia and Goofs! Have a nice day! Make someone smile!

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Awakenings: Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weenie...

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TIMEPhotos: The First Bikini Introduced July 5, 1946

Reflecting on the title, Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weenie..., more than likely the little 60s tune immediately came to mind if you grew up in that era of music. It is not the tune that is the focus today but the topic of the tune: the bikini. While the first bikini is not as itsy bitsy as the bikinis of today, one must look at the times in which it was first introduced, then, enjoy the travel through the centuries as you marvel at the evolution of swimwear. Notice the pictures are mostly frontal views but I dare say the 'behinds' were completely covered...at least in the earlier years!


Photo Info: Michelle Bernardini, 19, an exotic dancer is holding a small box into which the entire costume could be packed. Um-m-m? Could the bikinis of today be packed in an even smaller box? Perhaps a thimble!

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Swimsuits haven't always been typically baring. Peruse some of the earlier 'models' that led the way to the bikini. Which ones do you sometimes still see today? Which would you like to be available once again? Think carefully for you just may get your wish. Fashion is always going back in time presenting reflections on yesteryear.

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Awakenings: The Sultan of Smooth Soul

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Today in Music History: July 4, 2003

 

While celebrations abound amid backyard barbeques and picnics in the park, there is a special voice to be remembered who did not make it to the fireworks display of July 4, 2003. At 9:30 am that morning, the Sultan of Smooth Soul, left us but not without first having established a distinguishing legacy: a distinctive bass, sexy voice - an icon of sexy soul - that lives on with love songs still popular to this day.


Spotlight on...

 

Barry White

"The Sultan of Smooth Soul"

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 Happy Fourth of July! What Barry White tracks are on your weekend playlist?
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Awakenings: For the Love of Music

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Energy has been placed on Today in Music History with a focus primarily on rock 'n' roll. Each day's feature ends with "And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...". A link is provided from one post to the next providing a connection from one's day's music highlights to the next.

For the Love of Music is the story of Nashville. Nashville thrives for the love of music! With those thoughts in mind, let's shift gears.

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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of country time...

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