Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 14 History Worldwide Candle Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 14, 2014:    Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one and that you are bracing for another day of battling the crowds in the malls.   As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and  a new poem from the Alaskanpoet,  with a smile on your face, knowing that this may be the day to have a bowl of bouillabaisse, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.  You need only contact me for details.
         1.  Monkey Day— an observance not created by the musical group the Monkees but rather a whimsical observance crated in 2001 by artist Casey Sorrow to commemorate a day to perform “monkey business” now expanded to issues involving simians like vivisection.        
         2. Worldwide Candle Day—started in the U.S. in 1997 to commiserate a parent’s worst nightmare, the death of a child and marked at 7:00 p.m. around the world of the lighting of a candle, a veritable wave of flickering light to hour by hour slowly circle the globe.
        3. National 44 Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1939 of the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, Ernie Davis, who wore at Syracuse the same number, 44, as Jim Brown and who, although drafted number one in the pro football draft, never played in a single game as he was diagnosed with leukemia and died at the far too early age of 23.  
        4. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1977 and why you should never play with matches You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone.
        5. National Bouillabaisse Day—celebrating one this highly developed omnivore’s favorite dishes, especially when you can find some fresh halibut chunks to put in the pot.
On this day in
      a. 1799 George Washington passed at the age of 67.
      b. 1902 in a farewell to Aloha moment the Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable from San Francisco to Honolulu bringing the stress of the mainland to Hawaii.  
      c. 1963 the Baldwin Hills Dam in Los Angeles burst, killing five people and destroying or damaging hundreds of homes.
      d. 1994 construction on what would prove to be the largest hydroelectric project in the world the Three Gorges Dam in China began.

       e. 2012 in what has to be an unfathomable tragedy 20 elementary students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut were killed by Adam Lanza who then killed himself.  Why did he not after he killed his mother then take his own life instead of snuffing out the lives of 20 truly innocent lives with their futures before them we will sadly never know.
Reflections on lives cut short far too soon:
Adults in the winter of their lives know the time remaining is a day to day lease
Cancellable without notice or warning when the occupancy here will cease
But children should have a ground lease of many, many years
But sadly not guaranteed which is a parent’s greatest fear
Hug your children each day with an outpouring of love
Prayers that they on this day no candles addressed  above
Alaskanpoet © December 14, 2014
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