Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 22, 2015 Winter Solstice

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 22, 2015, 395 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as we leave the shortest day of the year behind and head to the Summer Solstice. Trust your Tuesday is off to a great start with time to enjoy a Popeyes two piece chicken special for the cheap price of $1.49; as always, I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to  Charlie Rich, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Gary Zukav, looking forward to enjoying a slice of date nut bread, 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. Abilities Day—observed by wearing a white ribbon to honor those physically and mentally challenged who have challenged their disabilities and their caregivers.                      
     2. Winter Solstice—observing the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the official start of winter.
          3. 1973 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1973 on a run of two weeks in that position The Most Beautiful Girl by Charlie Rich. Here is a link to Charlie Rich  performing The Most Beautiful Girl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzu5T0g9TFI
       4. National Date Nut Bread Day—celebrating what has to be one of the tastier ways to enjoy bread especially when toasted and covered in butter.
         5. Cruising For An Electoral Bruising—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of Senator Ted Cruz who is running for President and currently trails the Donald in most polls.
On this day in:  
         a. 1807 at the urging of President Jefferson, Congress passed the Embargo Act of 1807 outlawing American exports to France and Great Britain in an attempt to force those countries to respect American neutrality in the Napoleonic Wars; it was highly unpopular in the United States and was repealed when Jefferson left office in 1809. 
         b. 1882 the first Christmas Tree with electric lights made its debut marking the beginning of the end of the fire hazards created by candles as a means of decoration.
         c. 1956 Colo the first gorilla bred in captivity was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.                                                           
        d. 1989 the Brandenburg Gate reopened after almost 30 years thereby ending the division between East and West Berlin.   
      e. 2015 SpaceX successfully landed the first stage rocket of its Falcon 9 spacecraft after putting a payload into a low earth orbit.                              
Reflections on the winter solstice:” The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.”Gary Zukav, noted American spiritual teacher and bestselling author
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