Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 21 History Winter Solstice

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 21 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 relevant quote from Aberjhani,  with a smile on your face, knowing that this may be the day to splurge on several hamburgers from your favorite restaurant, 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.  Winter Solstice—celebrating the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year.
         2. National Homeless Persons Remembrance Day—observed since 1990 to create awareness of the plight of the homeless and seek solutions to a major problem.
        3.  Flo-Jo Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1959 of Florence Griffith Joyner who was one exceptionally fast sprinter but who could not outrun epileptic seizures and died at the age of 38.  
        4.  1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1963 Dominique by  the Singing Nun.
         5. National Hamburger Day—celebrating that classic American favorite especially one purchased at Hudson’s in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—almost worth the trip.
On this day in
      a. 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
      b. 1913 to the ultimate joy of millions, Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross,” the first crossword puzzle, was published in the New York World.  
     c. 2012 The Walt Disney Company completed its acquisition of Lucasfilms thereby acquiring all rights in Star Wars.
Reflections on the plight of the homeless on the beginning of winter four days from Christmas: “The image titled “The Homeless, Psalm 85:10,” featured on the cover of ELEMENTAL, can evoke multiple levels of response. They may include the spiritual in the form of a studied meditation upon the multidimensional qualities of the painting itself; or an extended contemplation of the scripture in the title, which in the King James Bible reads as follows: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” The painting can also inspire a physical response in the form of tears as it calls to mind its more earth-bound aspects; namely, the very serious plight of those who truly are homeless in this world, whether born into such a condition, or forced into it by poverty or war.” Aberjhani author of Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love and noted black American author, historian and poet
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