Monday, November 30, 2009
for The Blue Enchantress: CherryBlossommj-The Blue Enchantress
And remember to check back this Friday for the first giveaway for The Raven Saint!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I hope you take some moments to ponder these attributes of God and apply them to your own heart, and your own life.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.
False. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939, after a request from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month (and never the occasional fifth, as occurred in 1939) in order to extend the holiday shopping season by a week. The decision sparked great controversy, and was still unresolved two years later, when the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal national holiday. The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday, and the House eventually agreed.
One of America's Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.
True. In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was "a much more respectable Bird," "a true original Native of America," and "though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage."
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving
False. George Washington, John Adams and James Madison all issued proclamations urging Americans to observe days of thanksgiving, both for general good fortune and for particularly momentous events (the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, in Washington's case; the end of the War of 1812, in Madison's).
Macy's was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving
False The Philadelphia department store Gimbel's had sponsored a parade in 1920, but the Macy's parade, launched four years later, soon became a Thanksgiving tradition and the standard kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The parade became ever more well-known after it featured prominently in the hit film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), which shows actual footage of the 1946 parade. In addition to its famous giant balloons and floats, the Macy's parade features live music and other performances, including by the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and cast members of well-known Broadway shows.
Turkeys are slow-moving birds that lack the ability to fly.
False (kind of). Domesticated turkeys (the type eaten on Thanksgiving) cannot fly, and their pace is limited to a slow walk. Female domestic turkeys, which are typically smaller and lighter than males, can move somewhat faster. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, are much smaller and more agile. They can reach speeds of up to 20-25 miles per hour on the ground and fly for short distances at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour. They also have better eyesight and hearing than their domestic counterparts.
Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes
True. According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, one of the country's oldest farmers' organizations, Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, including "pemmican" (a nourishing, high-protein combination of crushed berries, dried deer meat and melted fat). They also used it as a medicine to treat arrow punctures and other wounds and as a dye for fabric. The Pilgrims adopted these uses for the fruit and gave it a name—"craneberry"—because its drooping pink blossoms in the spring reminded them of a crane.
The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.
True. The turkey trot, modeled on that bird's characteristic short, jerky steps, was one of a number of popular dance styles that emerged during the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States. The two-step, a simple dance that required little to no instruction, was quickly followed by such dances as the one-step, the turkey trot, the fox trot and the bunny hug, which could all be performed to the ragtime and jazz music popular at the time. The popularity of such dances spread like wildfire, helped along by the teachings and performances of exhibition dancers like the famous husband-and-wife team Vernon and Irene Castle.
On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.
True. On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a "pardon" to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in the Rose Garden at the White House. The two turkeys were flown to Orlando, Florida, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade. The current tradition of presidential turkey pardons began in 1947, under Harry Truman, but the practice is said to have informally begun with Abraham Lincoln, who granted a pardon to his son Tad's pet turkey.
Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy.
True. Turkey does contain the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do a lot of other foods, including chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. Though many people believe turkey's tryptophan content is what makes many people feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal, it is more likely the combination of fats and carbohydrates most people eat with the turkey, as well as the large amount of food (not to mention alcohol, in some cases) consumed, that makes most people feel like following their meal up with a nap.
How many did you get right????
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.
- One of America's Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.
- In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving
- Macy's was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving.
- Turkeys are slow-moving birds that lack the ability to fly.
- Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes
- The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.
- On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.
- Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy
Monday, November 23, 2009
My husband is a scientist, and I don't understand much of what he says, but he got me interested in the topic of demensions. There are 4 demensions as we know it. Length, Width, Height and Time. But there are therories (string theory among them) that say several more dementions exist beyond our four. As my husband explained it to me, there could be creatures or beings or things in demension 5, 6, or 7 that are as solid and tangible as we are, but we cannot see them. What this means is that our Lord can be standing right beside us. He could be touching us, but we would not be able to see Him or feel Him. This really changed my perspective on things.
Do you know God rejoices over you with singing?? God is with us. He is right beside us. And He cares whether you're stressed or frightened or you have a headache, or your feelings just got hurt. I'm not at all advocating that we walk around absorbed with our own petty problems. But I think it's so important for us to know that God cares about every detail of our lives. There's a scripture that says "He delights in the details of our lives" I couldn't find the reference but I know I've read it multiple times. He wants to be involved in every detail of your life! He wants to help you.
So, when I get stressed about my next deadline or hurt by a bad review! Ugg.. Or a friend ignores me or I burn dinner, I plan on just turning to God (cause He's standing right there) ask for His help and receive from Him a big heavenly hug!
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19
Friday, November 20, 2009
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My nephew standing in the snow at the top of Snowshoe Mountain Ski lodge
Monday, November 9, 2009
But we have to answer His call when He calls. So many people ask me how to discover God's will for your life. It's easy. God wants you to know what He wants you to do. He's not trying to hide it. May I suggest that the problem is on our end? Here's some reasons why we may not know God's will for our lives.
- It's not time yet for you to know. You're not ready to do the task He has for you. (You need more time in God's boot camp!)
- Disobedience - willful sin in your life
- Rebellion - not fully surrendered to God
- Not walking closely with the Lord - You can't hear Him if you don't know Him. You can't hear Him if you don't spend time with Him.
- Faith - You have to believe God will show you when the time comes
- Complaining too much. What was the one thing besides sin that kept the children of Israel out of the promised land?
- You aren't answering the phone! Maybe God has already told you but you don't like what He said. Like Jonah, you're running away.
Six years ago, I felt very strongly that God wanted me to write a story about a Christian Pirate. Lots of people around me thought I was nuts. I had never written a book before. I had no training, no skills, and I didn't know anyone in the publishing industry. But I did it. I answered the call. If I hadn't, I don't know what I'd be doing today.
So, do yourself a favor. Check your heart. Trust God, and answer Him when He calls you!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I'm not taking my laptop, so if any of you write to me, I'm not ignoring you! I'm trying to be obedient to the Lord to truly take a break from my work and all it entails. But it's a short visit and I'll be back online next Wednesday. In the meantime, I have some blog posts already written and scheduled, including a book giveaway tomorrow. So, don't forget to drop by!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I'll see you next Wednesday!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009