Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 13, 2015 Worldwide Candle Lighting

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 13, 2015, 404 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your weekend proceeding well; your college football team is off to a decent bowl game; but sadly the SEC once again bamboozled the Heisman voters and once again a Stanford player came in second; as always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s  holidays and observances,  links to the Byrds and Taylor Swift, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Ann Hood looking forward to enjoying a cone, dish or cup of ice cream, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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. Worldwide Candle Lighting—commemorating the remembrance of children who have passed too soon by lighting candles for one hour at 7:00 p.m.                             
        2. World Choral Day—commemorating since 1990 the idea that music is a universal language and solvent to dissolve prejudices and bias and a powerful force to unite people of different races, creeds and ideologies.
              3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a run of three weeks in that position Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Byrds. Here is a link to the Byrds performing Turn! Turn! Turn!:
            4. National Ice Cream Day—celebrating a perfect desert or treat even on a cold winter day.
            5. Swift As A Bullet—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1989 of the youngest singer at the age of 18 to have her song “Our Song” hit number 1 on Hot U.S. Country Songs—Taylor Swift.
On this day in:  
         a. 1636 the Massachusetts Bay Colony organized three militia regiments to battle Pequot Indians; the formations are recognized today as the first creation of the National Guard. 
      b. 1759 the first music store in the American Colonies was opened in Philadelphia, freeing music from the wrath of the Puritans who viewed music as the work of the devil or evidence of witchcraft.
         c. 1903 Italo Marchiony received a U.S. Patent for the ice cream cone to the delight of future generations of ice cream lovers.                                                          
         d. 1928 the clip-on tie was designed to the joy of those men and boys who have great difficulties in forming a proper knot.         
        e. 2007 the Mitchell Report listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players who presumably used anabolic steroids and growth hormones was released. Prominent on the list was Roger Clemens.                                   
Reflections on what to do as a friend or neighbor of someone who lights a candle at 7:00 p.m. today:“ This was how to help a family who has just lost their child. Wash the clothes, make soup. Don't ask them what they need, bring them what they need. Keep them warm. Listen to them rant, and cry, and tell their story over and over.” Ann Hood, The Obituary Writer   
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© December 13, 2015, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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