When Does Your Christmas Tree Come Down?
All day I've been reading posts on Facebook from friends so proud that their Christmas decorations and tree are no longer taking up valuable living space in their homes. As devout practicing Catholics, in our home we have only just begun to cele... Read more
Same Old, Same Old
How many times have we -- those of us who are trying to shed weight -- put losing those extra pounds on the top of our New Year's resolutions list? Well, I can't recall a time in my entire life when that one important item HAS NOT been on my lis... Read more
Today is Feast of St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus)
As the story goes, St. Nicholas used to be a wealthy Bishop who surprised the poor children in his village with food to eat on their window sill where their socks were drying over night. If no socks were hung out to dry, he would leave a small s... Read more
Quick & Easy Meatball Recipe
While thumbing through a couple holiday magazines last week, I saw meatballs baked in cupcake pan. Genius idea! So I decided to make this for my family dinner tonight combining a couple recipes I located online. These meatballs were so super eas... Read more
Week 2: Still Meeting the Challenge
A couple weeks ago, BOSS61, one of my very first SparkFriends, sent a blanket challenge in his blog to all Sparkers. He suggested that we stay focused and on target with our new health and fitness routines to continue losing 1 pound over each of... Read more
An American History Lesson on Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks on This Day and Everyday
Many know the legend of the First Thanksgiving. The post-harvest celebration of food, feasting, and praising God held by the American Pilgrims colonists first occurred in October 1621 and was not called Thanksgiving. It was a combined solemn cer... Read more
Tuesday: Universal Children's Day
This day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954. Let's observe a day of understanding between all the world's children and devotion to their needs.
Never forget, kids are kids, no matter where they live.
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Today: I Thank ALL Veterans
Also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, today we observe and honor the more than 24 million military veterans in the United States. This National Holiday was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilso... Read more
It's All Over But the Counting!
I'm not alone in saying that this election year has taken it's toll on my patience. The smear campaigns fueled by negative television and radio ads are now in the scrap pile.
Thank goodness this is all over and we can go on to our regularl... Read more
Say "Bye, Bye" to the Dictionary as We Know It
Today I heard a news story that really saddened me. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary as we know it will no longer be published in printed format. After this run of the 2012 copyright edition, all dictionaries from the No 1 publisher in this arena ... Read more
Today: National Plan Your Epitaph Day
Haven't you ever thought about this? I know I have, though there is nothing concrete, as yet!
Wel... Read more
Tomorrow: Worlwide Howl at the Moon Night
Do I really need to explain this one? Hopefully I will all be able to sleep if our neighbors are all hollowing at the moon. Pleasant dreams!... Read more
Thank You and Keep Those Prayers Comin'
As most of you are aware, a few months ago here in our family we experienced a lay off. My husband lost his job after 6 years with the same firm.
First, I want to say "Thank You" all for your continued prayers, networking referrals, genuine... Read more
Celebrating National Nut Day?
October 22 is National Nut Day. Will you be celebrating?
Not to seem wacky, but if you aren't crazy for cashews, a bit bonkers for brazil nuts, then by George I think you should be relegated to the nut house!
Besides, who can't resist... Read more
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Tomorrow: World Osteoporosis Day
It's great to have a day to remind us to get our share of Vitamin D. That's what we have here today, though we Sparkers should be doing this EVERYDAY!
We all know that Vitamin D is one of the important nutrients that, along with calcium and... Read more