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to all the men out there............happy father's day.............

Friday, June 13, 2008

What is the origin of Father's Day?

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Just like Mother's Day, Father's Day is celebrated in every part of the world. In the United
States, Canada and most countries in Asia, Father's Day is the third Sunday in June.
Although Father's Day is not observed on the same day in some countries (like Spain
and Belgium where Father's Day falls on March 19th, Sweden on the second Sunday of
November, and New Zealand on the first Sunday of September), expressing gratitude
and appreciation for dads with a special day seems to be universal. Today, Father's Day
is not only a day to honor fathers, but one to show respect for all father figures. Families
honor grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and other adult male figures that are special to them.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, was 27 when she listened to a Sunday
sermon about Mother's Day in 1909 and wondered why there was no corresponding day for fathers.
(Mother's Day observances began in 1908 in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to Hallmark
Cards in Kansas City.) She was just 16 when her own father, Civil War veteran William Jackson
Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise
the newborn and his five other children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.

Sonora Dodd began her campaign after that sermon. She believed that the nation did not
show enough respect to fathers, citing such popular songs of the day as "Everybody Works
But Father," she promoted Father's Day out of love for her father.

"One group of men conventioneers laughed and said they didn't want a Father's Day," according
to an article in The Spokesman-Review. "A national fishing day would be better, they told
her." She persuaded the Spokane Ministerial Association and local YMCA to pass a resolution
in support of Father's Day, and the first local Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910,
in Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Dodd wanted Father's Day to be celebrated on the first
Sunday in June, her father's birthday. However, the Spokane council could not
get the resolution through the first reading until the third Sunday in June.

States and organizations began lobbying Congress to declare an annual Father's Day.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved of this idea, but it was not until 1924 when
President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to "establish more intimate relations
between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their
obligations." In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation
declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World's Fair in
Spokane in 1974. Mrs. Dodd died in 1978 at age 96.

From ... About.com

to all the men out there.............may your day be as special as you are!!!!

happy father's day........................enjoy you day.....................

blessings and hugs..........lita

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POSITIVEKARMA 6/20/2008 7:12AM

    That is very interesting Lita. My daughter celebrated Father's Day with me since her dad refused to see her for several yrs and when, at school, they where having a small gift sale and card making for Father's Day she asked what she should do, she felt at odds. This was about 3rd grade.I explained that anyone could be a Father, it took someone special to be a Dad. I asked her if I did the manly things for her and the home, fix her bike, fix the car, certain things around the house. So she cleabrate Father's Day w/ me for yrs. She is now a stubborn adult and no longer does this since she was seeing her Father. But she doesn't any longer. They can't make time for each other and he is the best person or Dad.
I posted a couple new blogs. I forgot to write in my new one that the pic is where I'm heading, again.

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JOYLIV 6/17/2008 12:59AM

    Thank you for that information. In Venezuela we celebrate it too!

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hope you don't mind lily....................

Thursday, June 12, 2008

hope you don't mind lily....................

Remember. You deserve the very best that life has to offer. Please accept all your Good. You've already got your discipline, stop resisting All your Good. Just unwrap your Gifts and accept them. You've asked for them. Know they are yours now. Enjoy.


this was sent to me today.................i beleive everything has a reason and not much happens by chance................
these are very strong words that everyone needs to hear..........................so am passing this along to everyone..................

please remenber those in need of prayers who are suffering physical,emotional,finalcial hardships at this time.....................blessings and hugs.........lita

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SAMODER 6/14/2008 10:50PM

    Amen. We need more father figures....


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SAMODER 6/12/2008 11:59PM

    What a powerful message. thanks for sharing.


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well here goes..............

Sunday, June 01, 2008

well here goes
i've been sitting on a 6+month plateau and can't seem to change the numbers except up-down a 1 pound etc

i have knee problems and since my scopes to both knees in august the weight loss has come to a standstill............
i started working out a year ago jan/07 when the knee problems started so that i could be well enough to recover from the surgery ...........the orth dr said for every pound i lost .......it would take 7 pounds of pressure off the knee...........so that was my major source of motivation..........i also explored and had the lap band surgery with high hopes of loosing the weight........i started out slowly working out and built up to 2 hrs/7 days /week
now i do 6 days/week...........3 days in the pool doing 1 hr laps........and 1 hr aqua fit.........
the other 3 days.........i do the recumbent bike 20min
rowing machine..20mim
treadmill 20min.
and another 1hr do circuit training..........am up to 40 pounds.......if the knees become a problem i return to the pool for the 6 days...........i have a personal trainer helping me with the circuit training etc.........
i have taken so much advice over all this time with increase the calories decrease the calories etc.........i have had most tests and all at the moment seems to be ok..........i have been active and healthy all my life.........with no allergies as far as i know.......just saw the dietician today after 3 visits and she is unable to help with the weight loss except to say carry on and maybe you'll lose.........maybe you are meant to be this weight?????...............i just cannot accept this and somehow have to find a way to make this work.............i am writing this in hopes...............the issue of others believing that surgery is a cop out....................there are many reasons for having the surgery as well as for not. The thing that we all have to remember is that no matter what our reasons are, we just want the people around us to be there to support our decision. ......this the most difficult journey in my life so far and i have had many difficult problems in the past but never anything this trying/frustrating etc ..........this has become for me an almost full time job now and i know someday soon the scale will eventually show a move in the right direction.........there have been many positive changes even with this plateau and for that i am ever grateful.............my health and stamina and energy levels have greatly improved..............at the moment i am the best i can be..........and the best i have ever been.................i have travelled many spark pages lately and it have uplifted me to new heights and given me the motivation to go on no matter what life puts on my plate..............in my travels here and there on spark people,i have also noticed many suffering in pain,physically,emotionally and otherwise troubled and for this i ask anyone willing to pray for those in need to please do so as there are many,many in need of some prayers/meditation or whatever you believe in to please pray in your own way for others in a greater need than ourselves..........thankful and grateful for all the support that i have received here on the spark people.....wishing you and yours well.......blessings and hugs.........lita

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AMELDA1 6/10/2008 9:22PM

  Hello Lita, I certainly understand your plateau, I was there myself and getting so discouraged, and then decided I needed to calm down and make some changes, I did and lo and behold I started losing again.
I know all about bad knees, I had full knee replacement a year ago, my other knee has been scoped and had a miniscus repair, it will just be a matter of time before that one has to be done. That's why I'm here at Spark my surgeon asked me to lose weight also, so here I am.
I wish you all the best Lita, and I hope your plateau will break and you start losing again.Take care, and I want to tell you I certainly appreciate all the support you have given me. your Spark friend..Elaine


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CATHM26 6/5/2008 4:32AM

    Hi Lita! I hope you have a good weekend. Keep on keeping on! I just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you, and reading your page is definetly an inspiration to me! Thanks for always leaving a nice message on my page. Good luck and best wishes to you!

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    hi lita, i understand how u feel and thank u for u'r comment on my page. last time i lost weight it took 1 yr and lost apx 140 lbs but i had 2 protein shakes a days and one good dinner and very occ a low calorie snack. i understand the knee thing too well. i have gained 25 lbs since dec. not bad now on couch 8 months being sickly. fired drs and seeing new ones. one is a knee surgeon tomorrow. through much research i found out knee scopes r sooo bad for u and can make the pain worse even if they find nothing wrong. i seeing if time for double knee replacement. i can't use the band, too many gastro issues. i'm not against it and it is safer then the other surgery. i lost my active wii game so bought another, should be here this wk. anyway to move upper body on the couch helps.
let me know when u r going in and how u r doing. still learning aft all these months how to use this program and saw u'r note.
stay strong and good luck, postive karma

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DANALYNV 6/2/2008 11:07PM

    Oh Sweet Lita, I'm sorry for the plateau, but I understand... it's slow moving in my neck of the woods, also.
But, you know what... aside from wanting you happy and healthy, it's not your weight-loss or gain (for that matter) that makes you an inspiration to me... it's YOU... the person. You're beautiful in so many meaningful ways.
I'm here for you... I support you 100% and think of it as an honor. Please, know you'll reach your goals... but these things do take time, especially, when the knees are angry and aching. Nothing is written in stone... you are not meant to be overweight... you just need time to figure out how to deal with a body that seems to have its own mind. Hey, that's the same problem we all have, what a coincidence.

Love you,

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BABBS1972 6/1/2008 7:43PM

    Hello Lita,
you may be at a plateau but take note that you inspire me and have made feel so very welcome!

And quite frankly if anyone thinks Lap Band or any other surgery is a cop out is in for rude awakening - send them my way and I'll set them straight LOL!

Seriously, I think you are an inspiration who has hit a very difficult wall and I will think good thoughts for you and send my prayers your way :) After all you would do the same. emoticon

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SAMODER 6/1/2008 5:54PM

    Hi Lita,

I am amaed that you can stick with the exercise program you are - it is awesome. I don't think I could carve out that amount of time each day.

Have you had any one do a body fat analysis for you? As much as you're exercising I wonder if you're building a lOT of muscle.

I agree CEEBEE200 - you are such a positive and caring person. You're ending commetns show that. Stick with it my friend. You have changed your lifestyle to one that is healthier, you are feeling better, no matter what the scale says!


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GRAMMYSKIDS58 6/1/2008 12:06PM

    I'm sorry to heat that you are on such a long plateau. Have you tried different exersizes or intnsities? How about calorie cycling? I have been on a plateau for 3 months but I must admit my commitment hasn't been very high or consistent. Sometimes a little time off can be helpful, not that you should pig out or become a coach potato, but just to relax a bit. I will pray that you find the strength and the answers to your problems. Thanks for being there for me and all the suport you offer.

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CEEBEE200 6/1/2008 4:39AM

    Lita - you're SUCH a big inspiration and encouragement for us -- time for us to return some of that to help you out of the current slump you've found yourself in.... You're inspirational at the amount you do - both on the site and in the gym/pool, and your determination to get healthy is evident. It doesn't seem fair that someone with your commitment should not be seeing results! But the human body is a mysterious thing.... I wonder if you would be able to take a little vacation anywhere over the summer? Sometimes I have found a change of scenery, pace and routine can be enough not only to refresh me in body and mind, but to kick off a couple of pounds too... You certainly deserve to treat your self after all your hard work. Hang in there, Lita - we really value all you do here, and are rooting for you, even though we're spread out around the world and not there to give you a big hug!!!

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from me to you................

Saturday, May 17, 2008

found this somewhere on sparkpeople and thought i would share it with everyone here ..................

From Me to YOU

There have been many hills that I’ve climbed.
Many mountains that I have stood atop.
I have traveled a valley or two
Walked several roads, veered many highways.
Enough to say I have been there and done that!
But along the way I have discovered that no matter
How many times I fail, He lifts me up.
No matter how weary and drained I feel, He is my Strength.
There have been times that victory seems to elude me and the
Battle seems never ending but I hear him whisper, “Keep standing
You are making it through”.
Wherever you are in your journey.
Whatever you find in your day.
Be encouraged, be lifted, be strengthened, and be blessed.
Keep going because you are making it through and victory is on its way.

my struggles with weight loss seem to be taking the long road.............on this highway of life................non the less there are others here having greater problems to deal with as i travel the many spark pages.........................it has helped me realize even more how blessed i am.................for that am so grateful...........please keep those who are having difficulties in your prayers...........

on a brief note..................would like to memtion that we have lost a good friend here at sparkpeople................her name "JENNA2007CANADA" she touched many of us in a variety of positives ways..............she will live on in my heart and those whose lives she touched..............................
blessings and hugs..................lita

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DANALYNV 5/18/2008 11:40AM

    Lita, I too, have felt the impact of losing Jenna. I think what I loved about her the most was that she made her dreams and goals a reality, and never held back when it came to sharing and motivating. It's pretty hard not to fall in love with a person like that. She was a major inspiration to me, as are you.
You are so special, and I thank God that you're in my life.

I love you, sweet friend.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


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DDOORN 5/17/2008 7:01PM

    I have seen many making mention of the loss of JENNA2007CANADA...I'm so sorry not to have been one to have known her, but have been touched by everyone's remembrance of her. She must have been one very special person.


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SAMODER 5/17/2008 2:51PM

    Lita, you are also one of those special people who touch our lives. From Me to You! Sam

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happy mother's day........... lets' celebrate all women..........

Saturday, May 10, 2008


There's a land where I go, when I need to share,
That's not on a map, yet exists everywhere;
Lots of names without faces, a curious place,
A virtual creation that's called — cyberspace.

There are all sorts of people with cute little handles,
Like Jasmine and Sandman and Rosebud and Jangles;
Some can be snobs, though most are great fun,
And some of them just want to talk with someone.

Both good and bad, they all play a role,
And each one's unique, but part of the whole;
We chat and we laugh and often we sigh,
We flirt and we 'hug' and sometimes we cry.

We can't be heard and we can't be seen,
Still we can 'talk' right there on that screen;
But, all in all, the most curious part
Is the power this has to open our hearts.

We share with a stranger stuff we've concealed
From our closest of friends — things we never reveal!
Our deepest regrets and most troubling fears,
The scars in our life which bring us to tears.

What gives them the power to reach into me
And show me the truths that I never see?
How do they manage to open my eyes
And make me confess the pain and the lies?

This must have been planned by Spirit above,
Few places on earth can bring so much love;
When I need some direction I know I can find
Those angels from heaven just waiting online.

~Author Unknown (Adaptation)

thanks for all the love,friendship and support that i have found in the special place.............
wishing everyone a wonderful mother's day...............a day to celebrate all women....................blessings and hugs...................lita

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PERDITA1 5/16/2008 2:21PM

  What a lovely poem. All so true. Thanks.

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MOVINGUP08 5/13/2008 9:56PM

    Lita - great poem. really appreciate all you do. you are so great, I hope you had a wonderful mother's day. have a wonderful week!

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SPARKLERMOM 5/11/2008 6:02PM

    What a wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it on this special day. Happy Mother's Day!

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LSFBOOK 5/11/2008 7:02AM

    Lita--Thank you. You just seem to post the right things at the right time. Happy Mothers Day.

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DANALYNV 5/10/2008 11:58AM

    I love you, Lita, you are so special to me. You know just what to say to make me feel better.

I'm off to the hospital, again, for a long day of sitting and waiting... I think I'll print this poem and take it for my folks to read.

Happy Mother's Day, my sweet freind!

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SAMODER 5/10/2008 9:35AM

    I have seen this before but not since joining Sparpeople. It speaks to me much more now that I have met so many new supportive . THanks for sharing this.

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