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Weekly Writing Challenge: Solitary

In the wee morning hours, perch fishing on the lakeshore of Lake Michigan in Chicago can be a solitary pursuit. This jaunt down to the lake did not produce a catch, however the experience for my grandson was memorable.

 

 

Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Quotes from the Masters: Picasso

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The Picasso at the Daley Center in Chicago.

I am taking up the Saturday Challenge that “Bringing Europe Home” has offered.  I will use the quote from a Master, “Everything you can imagine is real.” by Pablo Picasso in a post.

This quote by Picasso resonates in my heart for I truly believe that what you think is what you are.  If you believe that you are successful then you will be, and if you believe the opposite, then you will be.

In his book entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote,Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Therefore, if you do not like what you are or what you believe you are, then simply change your beliefs.

Of course, changing your beliefs is a process that you must work at to achieve.  What is amazing is that if you consciously direct your thoughts toward what you wish to be, suddenly, you will be your thoughts.

Here is an example from my own life:  I went to college to become a teacher, I went through all the classes, completed my student teaching, but still did not believe I was a teacher.  When I secured my first teaching position, I began the year by putting up my bulletin boards, filling in my class list, and making my lesson plans. On the first day of school, when I picked up my class from the playground, a mom pointed at me and said to her son, “See, she is your new teacher.” It, then, hit me.  I am a teacher!

Amazingly, even though I had worked four years to become a teacher, it was not until that moment that I believed.  Unfortunately, we do not always have someone to name what we are, most times, we have to believe it and live it ourselves.

The magic in this thinking is that one must also work towards what you imagine in order to make it real.  There are steps that must be taken before you can make your beliefs a reality.  Hence, if you want a new car, you can imagine all you want, but it will not become yours unless you first work towards your goal and believe you can have it. For most of us, a car will not appear in our driveway just because we imagined it.  We must take the steps to achieve what our minds imagine.  We have to think of our thoughts as a seed that we plant, water, fertilize, and eventually it becomes a beautiful flower. Then, everything we imagine is real.

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Do you know your Memorial Day history?

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It is Memorial Day Eve.  Sgt. York, a great movie about a World War I hero is playing on the TV.  During a commercial break, my grandson asks me what Memorial Day is and why we celebrate the day. This inspired me to do a little research concerning the history of Memorial Day, and how Americans came to celebrate it. I found out some interesting information that I shared with my grandson and I thought my reader’s would also be interested in reading the reasons why Memorial Day is observed.

Sgt. York (1941)

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was a day declared three years after the Civil War to honor the deceased soldier’s graves with flowers. “Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

“Gen. Logan’s order for his posts to decorate graves in 1868 “with the choicest flowers of springtime” urged:

“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

According to an article in Military.com, the crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones.

Memorial Day was officially declared a Federal Holiday in 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

 Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials.

Each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.  Please take the time to remember a soldier.

Here are a few other places to read about Memorial Day happenings:

Memorial Day on Main Streethttp://mommeetsblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/memorial-day-on-main-street/

War Produces Heroshttp://gyatoday.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/war-produces-heros/

 Memorial Day 2012http://airportsmadesimple.com/2012/05/27/memorial-day-2012/

 A Memorial Day Tribute to My Grandfather- http://backseatwriter.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/a-memorial-day-tribute-to-my-grandfather/

Works Cited

Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade . (2012, 5 27). Retrieved from Explore Chicago The City of Chicago’s Official Tourism Site: http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/memorial_day_parade.html

Hawks, H. (1941). Sgt. York. Retrieved 5 27, 2012, from http://www.sgtyork.org/Movie%20Stills/still6large.jpg

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (from Duke University). (2012, May 27). Retrieved from American Memory: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?dukesm:58:./temp/~ammem_7vON::

Memorial Day. (2012, 5 27). Retrieved from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

Memorial Day in New York. (2012, 5 27). Retrieved from About. Com New York City Travel: http://gonyc.about.com/od/springinnewyorkcity/a/memorial_day.htm

Military Advantage. (2012, 5 27). The History of Memorial Day. Retrieved from Military.com: http://www.military.com/memorial-day

National Memorial Day Parade. (2012, 5 27). Retrieved from http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com/

 

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This non-fiction book reads like a great mystery novel. It won me over immediately due to its setting of Chicago in 1893. This was at the time of The World’s Fair (The World’s Columbian Exposition) and the great architect Daniel H. Burnham who created the “Great White City”.

The book revolves around Herman Webster Mudgett (aka Dr. H.H. Holmes) who lured his victims from the fair and murdered them. This serial killer even built his own building, “The World’s Fair Hotel” with a plan to gas the victims in the gas chamber, dissect them at the dissection table, and rid himself of the bodies in the crematorium. Dr. Holmes often removed the skeletons of his victims and sold them for medical and scientific study. Many of those skeletons may have been used in medical colleges and hospitals.

The interesting thing about this book is how the author wove this story of murder and mayhem with the story of the architect Daniel Burnham. The reader is given insight to the character and dream of Burnham and of the politics that went into creating a World’s Fair.

This excellent book leaves the reader hungry for more. Leonardo Di Caprio purchased the film rights to this book in 2010. Word is that a movie starring Di Caprio is in production. No word as to when it might be released. If the movie is half as good as the book, it will be a blockbuster.

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day Twenty-nine:  Adventures.  Life is all about the adventures we take and what we learn from them.  What recent adventure have you been on?  What knowledge did you gain?

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