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Study Finds ‘Troubling’ Lack of U.S. History Knowledge | Heartlander Magazine

Study Finds ‘Troubling’ Lack of U.S. History Knowledge | Heartlander Magazine | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

Comedian Jay Leno periodically devotes a few minutes of his TV show to “jaywalking” segments, where he and his camera crew take to the streets and quiz passersby about basic historical facts. Most interviewees embarrass themselves by not knowing, for example, the name of the first U.S. president.

 

Leno’s comical surveys hint at a real problem: The gaping hole in average U.S. history knowledge. The Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank, recently published a paper, “Shortchanging the Future: The Crisis of History and Civics in American Schools,” addressing this issue and where it starts—schools.  

 

 to college.

 

Learn more:
“Shortchanging the Future: The Crisis of History and Civics in American Schools,” Pioneer Institute, April 2013: http://heartland.org/policy-documents/shortchanging-future-crisis-history-and-civics-american-schools. ;

Image by Lee Wright.


Via Marilyn Armstrong
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The knowledge, or lack of I should say, of the average American about America is frightening!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, July 16, 2013 6:22 PM

It's funny. But also, tragic. And dangerous.

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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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Awakenings: Pray-leen, Praw-line or Prah-lean

Awakenings: Pray-leen, Praw-line or Prah-lean | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
The word for today is "praline". No other spelling other than p-r-a-l-i-n-e. How you pronounce it is an entirely different and somewhat debatable subject matter. Pray-leen, praw-line or prah-lean? In the good ol' USA, the most acceptable pronunciation is "pray-leen". You know...just like something you do in church. Along the East Coast of Georgia, it's pronounced "praw-line" if you please. In Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast, the tendency leans more toward the southern “prah-leen” because of the French cultural influence in the area. The candy's namesake after all is du Plessis-Praslin, a 17th century French nobleman. No matter how you pronounce it, praline candy makes for a mighty fine treat.

June 24...
National Pralines Day
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Take a really close look at the image above...a closer look! At first glance you might think you are seeing a chunk of praline candy but it actually more closely resembles a hunk of pecan brittle. Let your eyes scan down pass the glazed pecans on top and focus solely on the bottom upon which the sugary goodness rests. Have you guessed it? Not sure? Go to Awakenings...
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Awakenings: "In the pink"...

Awakenings: "In the pink"... | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"In the pink"...an expression that has been around for centuries. The general usage of the phrase has shifted somewhat since its inception. Most contribute its meaning to feeling good or in the best of health. That, however, is not how it got its start.

The earliest citations of 'in the pink' are from the 16th century and, at that time, the meaning was 'the very pinnacle of something', but not necessarily limited to health. The earliest example that I can find of pink being used with that meaning is from 1597 Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, 1597...
Source: Phrase Dictionary

So, what does this tidbit of information have to do with what's happenin' on this day?

June 23rd is...National Pink Day

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National Pink Day is a pinnacle of a day where everything should be basking in pink splendor! It's especially a day for the ladies, as pink is usually a girl's color, but guys don't have to feel left out. Tough guys wear pink! Did you know 'pink for girls' and 'blue for boys' is NOT how color gender started? In fact, it was just the opposite...
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Awakenings: 'Lightning' Dessert

Awakenings: 'Lightning' Dessert | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
If already the thought of a chocolate éclair is making you crave this mouth-watering delicate pastry, read on for delightful, delicious, decadent recipes that take you beyond just four bites of pâte à choux and crème pâtissière. Um-m-m-m? Sounds a bit Frenchy. That's because the éclair is a French pastry. Knowing the 'make-up' of the éclair with its gleaming glaze, crispy exterior, hollow soft interior and sweet cream center provides easy translation for those who are not fluent in French: light pastry dough filled with thick, creamy custard.

Do you dare indulge in an éclair?
Pastry light as air, cream filling added flair
Naked and bare it does not stay
with chocolate glaze its mainstay

June 22 is...
National Chocolate Éclair Day
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Éclair is the French word for 'lightning'. It is believed that the pastry received its name because it glistens when coated with confectioner's glaze. Not much is known about the origin of the éclair, but it is generally accepted that it originated in France around the turn of the nineteenth century.
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Awakenings: Peaches 'n' Cream

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"The celebration of National Peach Melba Day found a place on the January calendar. Coming in July will be Peach Ice Cream Day, while August boasts being National Peach Month and showcases Eat a Peach Day and National Peach Pie Day. That is a lot of down-to-earth, or more perfectly out-of-the-tree, 'peachy' celebrations! Since the peach is obviously the word of the day, let's celebrate peaches with cream.


June 21 is...Peaches and Cream Day"

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Reuniting peaches 'n' cream feels as good as the popular song of the 70s recorded by none other than Peaches and Herb. Enjoy the music, enjoy the foodie fun!
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Awakenings: The 5¢ Theatre Ticket

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"Today's History Lesson...the movies

A great way to celebrate Father's Day is to gather the family together for movie time. Treat Dad, or perhaps even Granddad, to one of his favorite movies of all time along with the popcorn, beer, wine or whatever beverage of his choice. Before the movie starts, engage everyone in conversation about the early stages of moviedom. It is very possible a "Dad" in your family might have recollections from a granddad, great Uncle, etc. that will whet your historical appetite.

This Day in History: June 19, 1905"

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On June 19, 1905, some 450 people attend the opening day of the world’s first nickelodeon, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and developed by the showman Harry Davis...
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Awakenings: To all Fathers...

Awakenings: To all Fathers... | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Sunday, June 19, 2016 is Father's Day...a day of honor and celebration for our dads and fathers. Not all fathers are dads nor are all dads fathers. Each holds a special place in a child's, teen's or adult's heart. Regardless of the role—dad, father or both—not any one of us could be here without having been fathered. With fatherhood comes a tremendous responsibility encompassing tasks of sharing, caring and preparing for life's journey.

May this Father's Day be filled with wondrous blessings that continue through each day of the year! To each of you...A Father's Day Salute!
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Happy Father's Day to the military dads who will not be with their children today! Blessings to the Fathers of our soldiers and appreciation to the Fathers in uniform!
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Awakenings: "The King" - NO! Not Elvis!

Awakenings: "The King" - NO! Not Elvis! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Move forward 148 years from the War of 1812 to the year 1960.

STOP! Dependent upon the era in which you grew up, you may or may not be familiar with the TV commercial whose opening line was "Don't touch that dial!" Well, similar instructions apply here. Don't touch the link below to this day in history! Test your knowledge first of the person in question and his game from a touch of trivia. Move ahead slowly, don't scroll to the bottom!

This Day in History: June 18, 1960

The person: ? The event: ? The game: ?"

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? Named PGA Player of the Year in 1960, and again in 1962, Awarded "Athlete of the Decade" (1960s) by the Associated Press, Won the Masters four times and the British Open twice
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Awakenings: What's Happenin'? Go Fishin'!

Awakenings: What's Happenin'? Go Fishin'! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Get ready! Get set! Go...Fishin'!

June 18 is...
 Go Fishing Day

Chart a course right to your favorite fishin' hole! Nothing better than a day outdoors, better still a day on or near the water. Fishing can be fun, especially as a family outing plus the catch can be quite enjoyable. Don't have an upscale fishing rod, tackle box or fancy lures? Cool! The most fun is catching catfish with a cane pole and red wigglers!"

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Perhaps you are just not into fishing nor have the equipment nor time nor place to drop a hook and line. There is always the card game "Go Fish" or watch a "fish" movie! Check out the 15 BEST FISHING MOVIES AND 3 THAT STINK!
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Awakenings: From Whence the Days Came...

Awakenings: From Whence the Days Came... | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Have you ever pondered why the days of the week carry their specific names? Of course, the names differ according to the language in which they are being referred but the English translations are still Sunday through Saturday or Monday through Sunday, whichever you prefer. Sunday is often referred to as the first day of the week with Monday being the first day of the workweek.

The English language days of the week are named after angels and mythological figures, the product and confluence of an array of contributing cultures and traditions; while some other contemporary names stem from the same source as those used in English, others do not." [Source: en.wikipedia.org]

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On which day were you born? Do you bear resemblance to your day's name? Check it out @Awakenings...
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Awakenings: ♫Like a Rolling Stone♫

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"The title is not a reference to The Rolling Stones, "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the late '60s. It is taken from the phrase "A rolling stone gathers no moss." While not the only reference to the phrase, Dylan got the idea from the Hank Williams song "Lost Highway," which contains the line, "I'm a rolling stone, all alone and lost."

This Day in Music History: June 16, 1965

Bob Dylan is an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer whose most celebrated works originated in the 60s. Dylan's early songs, such classics as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. On this day June 16, 1965, Dylan left behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival with his six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" that radically altered the parameters of popular music."

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This is not Dylan's first spotlight @Awakenings, so be sure to check out ♫When Walking Out Pays Off♫ and Electrifying Dylan!
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Awakenings: O-o-o-o-oh, MORE Fudgie Madness!

Awakenings: O-o-o-o-oh, MORE Fudgie Madness! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"On May 11, O-o-o-o-oh, Fudge! celebrated National Nutty Fudge Day. Since the nutty fudge requires fudge as its star with nuts as an added attraction one might think the celebration of that 'fudge' would have been just fudge...chocolate in the buff so to speak. That thought begs the question, "What is your first image when someone asks you if you like fudge?" Fudge actually comes in a variety of flavors, with and without nuts, with some of the most popular fudge flavors being chocolate, chocolate nut, peanut butter, maple, and maple nut. Regardless which you prefer, the 'fudge' is always rich, creamy, decadent sweet madness!

June 16 is...
National Fudge Day"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Soon after this day's fudgie celebration (in July actually) will be even more chocolate fudge madness...National Penuche Fudge Day and National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. By that time, the fudge in the fudge celebrations should be perfect-o.
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Awakenings: ♫Begun in '61♫

Awakenings: ♫Begun in '61♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"In the 60s, Music of the United Kingdom developed into one of the most popular forms of modern music in the world. Adapted forms of American music in Beat music and British blues would be re-exported to America by bands such as The Beatles and Rolling Stones. The impact of the songs and recording artists of this era changed music forever!

Today in Music History: June 15...

 
1961 On this weeks UK singles chart: No.5, Clarence Frogman Henry, 'But I Do', No.4, Ricky Nelson, 'Hello Marylou', No.3, The Shadows, 'The Frightened City', No.2, Del Shannon, 'Runaway', No.1, Elvis Presley, 'Surrender'."

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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...
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Awakenings: Color TV & Catfish

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"June 25 is...National Color TV Day


There is an innovation most of us take for granted in the 21st century: Television. From the time of its first introduction, it was a tremendous hit! Radios were already prominent in the home, now to put an image with the audio...well, unbelievable at the time but factual!

June 25 is also...National Catfish Day


Think back to all the fish stories you have heard, the ones where the common line is "I caught one thi-i-i-is BIG!" Of course, you must hold onto the vision of the person relating the fish tale doing so with outstretched arms as far as he (or she) can reach. We are thinking here more on the line of lake fishing, instead of deep-sea fishing where one of the fish species most fun to catch is the catfish. In the United States, National Catfish Day is a national observance each year on June 25 celebrating “the value of farm-raised catfish”."

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Awakenings posts a dual celebration so be sure to scroll & read all the way through. Otherwise you might miss the foodie fun associated with the second celebration of the day.
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Awakenings: Women of the Wild West

Awakenings: Women of the Wild West | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Today's History Lesson...a look into the Women of the American West


"These women of the Wild West shot down the view that life as a female pioneer was about cooking, sewing, cleaning and caring for children." ~Women of the Wild West

When we study or reflect back on historical events, we do not necessarily examine only what happened on that particular day. Everywhere in the history books at some point in time lies a piece of someone's story. In the stories of the wild, wild West lie many phenomenal women...the nonconforming women, those who were mavericks, loners, adventurers, eccentrics with a will to stand on their own and stronger will to survive. It took guts for women to traverse cross country often leaving behind an aristocratic Eastern life of high society settling for a much different way of life in the Western Frontier. At the heart of their adventure was always a true love!"

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For more to their story, check out the links @awakenings!
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Awakenings: ♫The 12 Year Old Genius♫

Awakenings: ♫The 12 Year Old Genius♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

Some of our most awesome bands and musicians began their musical career at early ages. Many accompany their talented parents and/or siblings or have proteges that guide them along the way. Today's spotlight shines on a child prodigy blinded as a result of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby. Raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by the age of 8 years old. His first instrument was a harmonica given to him by his uncle, he would later be given a set of toy drums. Have you seen him play the drums? Amazing, absolutely amazing! Then, he mastered the piano! He was just 11 years old when he was discovered by Ronnie White of the Motown band the Miracles.

Welcome into the Spotlight...

"Little" Stevie Wonder

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Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, he was newly name "Little Stevie Wonder" in 1962. Stevie Wonder's early gift for music shone first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan, where he and his family had settled when he was 4 years old. As mentioned in the beginning, he amazed everyone with a bevy of instruments, including the harmonica, drums, and piano, all of which he taught himself before age 10.
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Awakenings: Trippin' on Music

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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the adage prevalent in the 60s and 70s continues well into the 21st century. The drugs still seem to monopolize the scene with the sex and rock 'n' roll tagging right along.

Musicians face many obstacles and circumstances that demand immediate decisions along with fame, fortune and success: pressure, money and a freestyle life allow access to all manner of chemical substances. The history of popular music is chock full of stories of musicians and singers making questionable decisions in pursuit of misadventure and addiction, and, in some cases, losing everything as a result, leaving cautionary tales in their wake.


Today in Music History: June 21
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Agree or disagree? Rock 'n' Roll is the devil's music? Definitely the feeling of most parents in the 50s and 60s. Yet, it laid the foundation for many genres of music yet to come!
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Awakenings: Daylight, Music & Fun

Awakenings: Daylight, Music & Fun | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"There is always something to celebrate whether delegated by some other source or simply a personal celebration. On any given day are choices. Some are wild and wonderful, others wacky and weird often making us bend over laughing because of their ridiculousness. Here is what's up next for grabs or if none tempt you, just celebrate LIFE! Take time to enjoy the catnipoflife - Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!


June 21 is... Daylight Appreciation Day (Summer Solstice)

June 21 is...Make Music Day

June 21 is...Go Skateboarding Day"

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The Bottom Line: Go skateboarding on Daylight Appreciation Day! Just be sure to wear a helmet with earphones for your favorite music!
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Awakenings: The Coolest 'Cat'

Awakenings: The Coolest 'Cat' | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Garfield is the coolest 'cat' around who...

Says "All I do is eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. There must be more to a cat's life than that. But I hope not."

Believes "I'm not over-weight, I'm under-tall." Is outdoorsy "All right, wise guy, I got another game for ya. It's called the "My Claw In Your Butt" game. Now let me out!"

Enforces "You can scratch my chair, you can insult my mother, you can beat up my dog, and you can play with my rubber mousie...but you don't eat my food and you don't sleep in my bed."

Along with Father's Day 2016, get ready to celebrate the coolest cat around and don't have to stop with just one day. Celebrate Garfield style all week long!

June 19 is...

Garfield The Cat Day"

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Garfield The Cat Day is celebrated annually on 19th June. The day is set aside to honor all things related to the ginger feline. Garfield was famously created by cartoonist Jim Davis and appeared in a cartoon strip on June 19, 1978. Also appearing in the cartoon strip are Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle and his dog friend, Odie.
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Awakenings: Tragedy in Space

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"Today's History Lesson continues with tragedy...

Moving forward from the 60s into the 80s comes tragedy within the age of space technology. Among the recordings of history are accounts of excitement, exploration, invention, monumental undertakings, and innumerable chronological events. Accounts of exorbitant happiness are recorded but not without their share of horrific sadness and tragedy.

This Day in History: June 18, 1983"

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Can you imagine the feeling of being selected to travel into space...outside any of the familiar boundaries of Earth? And, if that's not enough, you are the first American woman! From the onset of the news, think about the sheer excitement as adrenalin pumps energy throughout your entire body you never knew you even had.
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Awakenings: War & a Song

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"Today's History Lesson...19th Century

America's freedom was not free but came at a high price...a price of sacrifice. While America's independence was declared in 1776, this did not put an end to British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory.

This Day in History: June 18, 1812...The War of 1812


It was during this time of war (1812-1815) that Francis Scott Key penned the words to the Star-Spangled Banner. There is an extreme amount of emotion involved in fully understanding the era before the battle, the defense of Fort McHenry, the poem, the tune, as well as the poem and tune becoming our anthem."

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As stated within the Story of the Star-spangled Banner, if anything should be taken as seriously as the American flag, it would be the national anthem. Written during a time of war, it commemorates the waving of our flag following a vicious bombardment of Fort McHenry.
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Awakenings: The Best is Enjoyed Outdoors!

Awakenings: The Best is Enjoyed Outdoors! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

How do you plan a picnic? Is it thoroughly and strategically planned, a potluck affair or completely impromptu? For this picnic, not much time is left for planning unless you already have this day's celebration on your calendar. However, all you need is a blanket, a basket, simple finger foods (leave the utensils at home), fresh fruit, cheeses and of course, cold fried chicken! And, if you like wine, by all means include your favorite bottle along with a loaf of French bread.

June 18 is...
International Picnic Day

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One of the earliest accounts of picnicking comes from tales of Robin Hood. Robin Hood and his Merry Men would informally dine on bread, cheese and ale under the trees.
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Awakenings: Sweet or Sour...Tarts & Strudel

Awakenings: Sweet or Sour...Tarts & Strudel | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"Let's Embrace the Music Memories...From Then 'Til Now of 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White' but in a different context. In fact, let's change the words a bit in celebration of this day's foodie fun because...

June 17 is...

Cherry Tart Day AND Apple Strudel Day"

♫ It's Cherry Tart and Apple Strudel Day
When a sweet craving comes your way
It's Cherry Tart and Apple Strudel Day
The foodies say♫

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Whether you try the old fashioned or simple recipes, enjoy a generous portion dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of rich, thick whipped cream. Comfort food at its finest!
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Awakenings: Enjoy the Thrill of the Ride!

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There was a time when no amusement ride could possibly bring about more screams and excitement than the roller coaster! Of course, with advancements in entertainment backed by ingenious technology, that summation may no longer hold water, or does it? The roller coaster, aka Switchback Railway, is the lead story for this day in history. Do you know how this ride got its start? Do you know the location for the Roller Coaster Capital of the World®?

This Day in History: June 16, 1884
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The roller coaster of yesteryear has evolved into the most insane designs ever imaginable. Roller coasters are categorized as the tallest, fastest, steepest, deadliest, longest, most unique, strangest, and most surprisingly boring amusement ride on the planet.
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Awakenings: Juniper Meets Crustacean

Oh, dear! A dual celebration almost slipped right through my fingertips! Never too late to celebrate and like many birthdays can also be a belated celebration, especially the second of the two since it requires food preparation. Anyway, recipes are offered that can be tried on any day of the week, any month. The foodie fun is simply not limited to just this one day only!

June 15 is... 
World Gin Day
(This is also reported as being June 11 so if you celebrated on that day, guess what? You get to celebrate again! Don't you just love the screw-ups on the Internet!!!)


June 15 is also...

National Lobster Day

Tell hubby or your significant other to take you out for dinner tonight!

Sharla Shults's insight:
There are even some restaurants that celebrate National Lobster Day all week long! Who wants to pass up a special on lobster? Don't forget the gin cocktail before dinner!
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Awakenings: Nature's Wondrous Beauty

Awakenings: Nature's Wondrous Beauty | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
From dewdrops clinging to soft petals of a flower
to a spider spinning its web within the hour
nature's wondrous beauty whether stormy or calm 
emanates poetry in motion like a psalm
 
There is nothing more breathtaking than a sunrise
unless it's the splendor of a sunset's surprise
 the wonders of nature beyond imagination
capture priceless moments in anticipation

The roaring sounds a waterfall creates
draws attention for a magical place awaits
Mother Nature always alluring, never boring
invites you into her world, forever soaring

Wildlife, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
creatures of all kinds bring you to your knees
nature's habitats from forest floor to the skies
woo, amaze and ablaze before your eyes

Birds of all feathers flock together
withstanding ice, snow, stormy weather
Nature! Nature! at its worst or best
Shouts raw imagery...a camera's test

Get the picture? That's the idea since...

June 15 is...
Nature Photography Day
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Nature Photography Day was created by The North American Nature Photography Association in 2006. Its objective centered on promoting the beauty of nature photography and to encourage the conservation and protection of plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide. Since then, people throughout the world have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.
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