The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620. By the fall of 1621 only half of the Plymouth Pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit to join in the feast. The Wampanoag had taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land for local crops.
• President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
• Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
It was a blue day in late summer, you know the kind, where you wish someone would bring you a vanilla latte or flowers, but it doesn’t happen and you cannot get out of your funk. What soothes my soul, and always has, is a new animal. So off I headed to my favorite feed store to look for “leftover” end-of-summer critters.
Being late summer, about the only things left in “the chicken room” were five wild turkeys. These turkeys were no longer at the semi-cute (we’re talking turkeys here) fuzzy stage. These were gangly, teenage turkeys. No longer needing the warmth of their grow lights. I asked feed store owner Raleigh if I could have a discount on them because they were so funny-ugly, but the chuckling owner just said he’d take them home and let them go if I didn’t buy them. Continue reading
The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident occurred on December 20, 1943, when, after a successful bomb run on Bremen, Germany, 2nd Lt Charles “Charlie” Brown’s B-17 Flying Fortress (named “Ye Olde Pub”) was severely damaged by German fighters. Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stigler had the opportunity to shoot down the crippled bomber, but did not. After an extensive search by Brown, the two pilots met each other 40 years later and developed a friendship that lasted until Stigler’s death in March 2008. Continue reading
Once upon a time, before the ribbon was cut on the internet’s information highway, there was this thing called hobbies. Hobbies were activities focused on something an individual enjoyed, and wanted to spend a portion of his or her spare time pursuing. Unlike the cerebral tech knowledge required to engage in web surfing and obsessive social media interaction, hobbies revolved around old school skills like patience (to seek and find that special stamp or coin to complete a themed collection), manual dexterity (the ability to fit that movable wing flap on a model of the plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk), and stamina (a stitch in time saves nine when sewing a scarf for a special gift). Continue reading
“Bein’ Green” (also known as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”) is a popular song written by Joe Raposo, originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.
In the Muppets version, Kermit begins by lamenting his green coloration, expressing that green “blends in with so many ordinary things” and wishing to be some other color. But by the end of the song, Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green, and concludes by accepting and embracing his greenness. Continue reading
The Arlington National Cemetery is truly sacred ground. It is the final resting place for over 400,000 of our nation’s military, some of whom have been buried there since the Civil War.
The grounds were originally the property of the family of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, who was also a granddaughter of George Washington. When the Civil War broke out, the Union took the property; and, almost immediately, the burial of Union soldiers began there.
Every day Arlington National Cemetery sees dozens of new burials and provides each fallen service member or veteran with the pomp and circumstance, the honor and dignity they are due for having honorably served this grateful nation. Continue reading
The hugely popular Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair, arrives Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, from 10am to 5pm, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd., near the community of Odell. It’s an autumn favorite! Admission and parking are free.
Celebrating the people and products of the Columbia River Gorge—and only the Columbia Gorge–the Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair features arts and crafts, gourmet food products, fresh Hood River fruit, flowers, baked goods, local wines, jewelry, furniture, plants and flowers, soft goods, and much more — all grown, made or crafted in four Oregon and Washington counties of the central Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading
Fall has arrived and my gardening focus has shifted to harvesting and preserving the bounty.
Life is an experiment and this year’s experiments included sun-drying tomatoes in my car. I spread brown paper bags in the windshield with tomato slices on them and they dried nicely. I was amazed at how many tomatoes could fit in a small zip lock bag! Continue reading
October comes from the Latin word octo which means “eight.” In ancient Rome, October was the eighth month of the year. However, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII on February 24, 1582, it became the tenth month of the year.
Of course, probably the most well-known holiday of the month is Halloween (October 31st), but October is also National Arts & Humanities Month, Fire Prevention Month, Pizza Month, Popcorn Poppin’ Month, as well as National Dessert Month. Continue reading
In one of my favorite Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot TV productions, “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook,” the little Irish housemaid “Annie” speculates to Poirot that the missing cook has been carried away by “White Slavers.” This is an amusing little scene, intended, no doubt, to inject a bit of humor into the mystery. However, to poor little Annie, this might, indeed, have been a very real peril.
A Belgian, Poirot would have likely known little of Irish history, written and oral. Had he been aware of it, his amusement produced by the Irish housemaid’s speculation that the missing cook was taken by “white slavers” would have made Annie’s anxiety somewhat credible. Continue reading