Monday, August 11, 2014

BELATED BDAY -The Wizard of Oz turns 75, August 12


“Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!”
~~ Judy Garland, playing Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz film, 1939, American actress, singer and vaudevillian (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969).

The Wizard of Oz turned 75 years old August 12th. Happy BELATED B-day to you. This 1939 American fantasy adventure film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was first released on August 12, 1939.

To honor the 75th anniversary, a special 3D version was released Nationwide on September 20, 2013 for 1 week only to celebrate this milestone. (See The Wizard of Oz 3D Youtube Trailer.)


Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum the film starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.

Surprisingly, the initial release of The Wizard of Oz was not a box office hit and barely broke even. According to IMDb.com, the film earned roughly 3,000,000 and had a huge budget for that time, estimated at $2,777,000.


What appeared to save this film was, of course, what else – technology – particularly with the use of Technicolor, along with the fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters. Gradually The Wizard of Oz has become one of the most well known films and part of American popular culture.

It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character make ups and special effects in a film up to that time. With this gradual popularly, came huge earnings, adjusted in 2012 to $239,190, 498 (source: IMDb.com).




THE ICONIC RUBY SLIPPERS

According to a Forbes article in 2008, Inside the Search for Dorothy’s Slippers, the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy during The Wizard of OZ are now among the most treasured and valuable of film memorabilia.

Multiple pairs were made for the film, and of them five pairs are known to have survived; one pair was stolen in 2005 and has never been recovered. Interesting to note that in L. Frank Baum's original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy actually wore Silver Shoes however it was changed for the film to ruby to take advantage of the new Technicolor film process.


MUSICAL SELECTIONS AND SOUNDTRACK

Music in The Wizard of Oz was highly acclaimed for musical selections and soundtrack. Music & lyrics were by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who won the Academy Awards for Best Music Song for "Over the Rainbow."

Also, Herbert Stothart, who composed the instrumental underscore, won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.


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Do you plan on seeing the 3-D version to be released on the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz? What was your favorite part of the original film?

RESOURCES:
▲   The Wizard of Oz, Warner Brothers http://www.thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com
▲   The Wizard of Oz on Wikimedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wizard_of_Oz_(1939_film)
▲   The Wizard of Oz on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TheWizardOfOzMovie
▲   The Wizard of Oz on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/channel/HC62C4ngurVs4
▲   The Wizard of Oz photo stream on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TheWizardOfOzMovie/photos_stream Warner Bros. studio screening of The Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary in 3-D!
▲   The Ruby Slippers: Inventing an American Icon, The Lemelson Center, http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/online_articles_detail.aspx?id=593


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

GAO report finds Obama administration to blame for millions of errors on HealthCare.gov


" Yesterday we learned that the price tag for HealthCare.gov is approaching $1 billion. We also learned that the administration’s poor management led to significant cost increases and an exchange that - now ten months after launch - is still not complete. We have held many hearings at this subcommittee and were told on numerous occasions by administration officials that implementation was on track, Americans could keep their health plans, premiums would not skyrocket, access to doctors would be secured, and employees would not suffer. These promises have fallen woefully short…" ~~ Frederick Stephen "Fred" Upton Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Representative for Michigan's 6th congressional district , quote taken from the 1st paragraph from his opening statement Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing on “PPACA Implementation: Updates from CMS and GAO” July 31, 2014. For Upton’s complete opening statement in pdf click here Energy and Commerce Committee web site post (photo above right screen capture of Energy & Commerce Committee web site http://energycommerce.house.gov/)

The Associated Press (AP) reported (July 30) that the official investigation into HealthCare.gov, the portal for millions of uninsured Americans, has determined the Obama administration's mis-management and inadequate planning were the main reasons for millions of errors, including major computer technology glitches and bad data for HealthCare.gov web site which was designed for Obama's health care law.

The non-partisan investigative agency of Congress, GAO (Government Accountability Office) began investigating this past fall and found that inordinate amounts of mis-communication and incessant changing of contractors' orders for the HealthCare.gov web site resulted in tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs. Accordingly, a report is scheduled to release the details of the findings today (July 31) during congressional testimony. The Government Accountability Office has spent months investigating the rollout. GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.

According to an American Thinker blog posted July 31, GAO contracting expert, William Woods, testimony prepared for a hearing today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee stated that the government incurred "significant cost increases, schedule slips and delayed system functionality."

Consequently, Democratic and Republican Congressional aides informed the AP that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, were to blame for the ineffective oversight which included ineffective planning and overall mismanagement.


For instance, IT contractors were not provided with adequate logistics. Instead contractors were confronted by counter-productive requests from government administrators, which ultimately contributed to existing infrastructural issues and resulted in hundreds of millions of additional dollars in contract costs. (photo above left courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)

Although President Obama had regular meetings with HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius and CMS officials, the administration claims the president was mis-informed. Apparently, there were major issues and inconsistencies prior to the HealthCare.gov launch, and the stall was most likely due to things of political nature. Unfortunately, spending for HealthCare.gov has reached $840 million as of March 2014 (source: Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 7/30, post Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds ).


Additionally, the computerized sign-up system for consumers, which launched October 1, 2013, was riddled with glitches on day 1 and dysfunctional through the end of November. As a result, costs skyrocketed a massive 273% (from $56 million to more than $209 million, Sept. 2011 to Feb. 2014) and electronic back-office for verifying applicants' information jumped 183% (from $30 million to nearly $85 million). On top of all this, there was a tertiary contract for website fixes with Accenture, which nearly doubled originally budgeted costs (from $91 million in January to $175 million) as of June 2014 with costs still climbing. (photo above right courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing today (Thursday, July 31st) on GAO's investigation. This article will be updated with meeting results. UPDATE, JUST IN: The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing on “PPACA Implementation: Updates from CMS and GAO” began today (July 31) at 9:15am. Honorable Fred Upton’s opening statement mentions the cost for HealthCare.gov is near $1 billion.


Do you agree with the GAO Report that the HealthCare.org site is dysfunctional and beyond repair?

Additional resources:
♦ Summary list of some of GAO conclusions visit -American Thinker blog , GAO report: Massive waste and incompetence in Obamacare rollout (July 31, 2014) http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/gao_report_massive_waste_and_incompetence_in_obamacare_rollout.html
♦ GAO report http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-694
♦ Fox Business, Investigation faults Obama administration’s oversight of healthcare http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2014/07/31/investigation-faults-obama-administration-oversight-healthcaregov/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxbusiness%2Ftechnology+(Internal+-+Technology+-+Mixed)
♦ American Thinker blog, GAO report: Massive waste and incompetence in Obamacare rollout http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/gao_report_massive_waste_and_incompetence_in_obamacare_rollout.html
www.momanddadday.com
♦ Wall Street Journal, 7/30, post Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds )

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 238th Independence Day America! NYC Fireworks Return to East River.


“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~~ Erma Bombeck, American humorist, reknown suburban home life newapaper columnist chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife(mid-1960s - late 1990s); Publisher of 15 books, most bestsellers; On patriotism and Independence Day.

Visit this link The Macys 38th fireworks is moving back to the East River and will light up NYC's Brooklyn Bridge (one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US)!

The last time Macy’s lit up the Brooklyn Bridge with fireworks was nearly two decades ago (July 4, 1995). And check out Google's wonderful interactive doodle.

Happy 238th Independence Day America! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe one.

However you spend it and whatever you do, please remember to not text while driving or while playing with fireworks.


Although President Adams's Independence Day prediction was July 2, the actual date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress, from the getgo, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, which is the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This year marks the 238th Anniversary.


Remarkable coincidence is that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.




Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

If you happen to be in New York City on July 4th, don't miss Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the East River which begins at 9:00pm. This year marks Macy's 38th year celebrating July 4th with fireworks in NYC. More information visit this link at Macys Fireworks return to East River at Brooklyn Bridge!

Visit this link Where to see Macy's 4th of July Fireworks ! by Stephanie.
Visit this link Best Places to Watch Fireworks in NYC

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators
book review by Gloria Buono-Daly
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“...The freaks already have inherited the earth, my friend. Weirdos and misfits are now the world dominators. It used to be that all the crazy fringe interests of the world were absolutely underground. Now, the underground has become the core of a thriving and somewhat hard-to-track new economy. Trends have a hard time covering this stuff, unless we start squinting…" ~~ Chris Brogan , American author, journalist, marketing consultant, Publisher of Owner Magazine, and speaker; quote taken from preface (pg ix) , The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth   @ChrisBrogan (Photo above left, Chris Brogan from Owner Magazine Web site, courtesy Chris Brogan, Owner/Founder, Owner Magazine)

In a world of mediocre books about entrepreneurship, business and leadership, many researchers, writers, and authors are daunted with the task of digging deep beyond perception and strategy in pursuit of finding passion and purpose, an often absent yet complex element in the many business tomes out there today.

If you desire to be in business but feel like you don't fit in, have no fear, "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominatorss" by Chris Brogan is here!

Brogan's title, an unusual spin on one of the most famous Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew "blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth" is applied to business, entrepreneurship and leadership with a few tweaks, of course.

The book is blessed with "weird-o-dom" and comes with a GBDaly Smile Rating - 5 of 5 smiles Up ))))).
(Photo above left, Rogue Wave, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos)

Brogan explains how that famous saying "old business meets new business" is new again thanks to the world of digital and social technologies.

Besides wonderful helpful tips and examples throughout the book, Brogan describes how the freaks, weirdos, and misfits, are not the powerless but truly the empowered. (Photo right, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos)

“The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators,” author, business leader, and entrepreneur, Chris Brogan, shares his insights on why and how, in our world of digital, the latest innovative and successful business people are weirdoes and freaks -- the brave, special, unique ones who fear nothing and tend to ignore the proverbial status quo. (Photo below right of Joseph Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), severely deformed man from Proteus syndrome, aka "Elephant Man." Later a 1980 film about his life "The Elephant Man" became a critical and commercial success with eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor.)


Brogan stresses the importance of being your unique "freaky self" to realize and recognize success whether as entrepreneur or corporate business. He does this with insight, humor and by sharing his tips on letting go of your comfort zone, letting out your "inner freak," communicationing, word-relevancy, community-building and social networking.

Additionally, it is crucial to understand the latest technologies (e.g., Kickstarter, Square, etc.), what they mean to the future of business, and the how and why many successful freaks, weirdos and misfits use them constantly and with continued successes.

Among the many things "The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" includes are tips for the "inner freak" applicable to so many professionals from business managers and social entrepreneurs to industry leaders and celebrity brands.


FREAKS, WEIRDOS & MISFITS NEED BUSINESS MODELS TOO. WHAT'S YOUR BM?

"The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth" helps readers understand that what makes some "freaks" successful and other freaks struggle is largely due to the inability to define the "how" of their business and what makes their business/product special thus differentiating it from other businesses. (Photo above left business model, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.)

Brogan includes a simple triangle business model -- with the top triangle point "content," the bottom left point "community," and the final third bottom right point "sponsors or advertisers." Brogan also includes a simple "how-to" for creating a successful business model. (Photo below left human head with #socialnetwork symbols, courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.)

Consequently, the freaks method of building a media business is not as simple as it appears.

Freaks must have a strong drive to make money as well as a wild-creative mind and an understanding of how to create a product that consumers would be willing to buy.



ARE YOU IN LOVE WITH NOT KNOWING?

According to Brogan, everything we know how to do begins with not knowing how to do it. And if you're a freak, you need to understand the intrigue of not knowing something so as to become very curious about a particular unknown and the importance of wanting to learn more.

Accomplishing this includes the art of asking good questions and really thinking things through. (Photo right courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.)



THE CORPORATE LADDER IS GONE

Technology and the world of digital has created various opportunities for everyone in the world and gone are the days of climbing every rung for that corner office or cubicle.

It's no surprise that the proverbial "corporate ladder" has become the least interesting objective in a person's (including freak's, weirdo's, misfit's, & world dominator's) life.

This shift is largely due to the fact that being bound to a single way to get there, (e.g., corporate ladder) and/or single organization hinders progress, creativity and momentum.

Brogan explains how this paradigm became realized during the dot-com boom when many top talent left his then employer to join dot-com start-ups. (photo left, corporate ladder, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos)


Those who returned to their employer about 1 year later were all promoted to directors and VPs, jumping over everyone who stayed in place during that same period. (photo right, dot-com 3D rendering, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos)

Consequently, progress is more about understanding obstacles, challenges, solving the maze puzzle, and making your own decisions for success. Significantly more important than having to wait around, being told what to do before climbing the next rung of the corporate ladder. (photo left, maze 3D render, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos)


“The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators" is the perfect business leadership guide for all those people who wouldn’t normally pick up a business book. (photo right courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos)



DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FREAK? I sure do. Jim Carrey.
“...My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that 'safe job.' Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love ..."   ~~ Jim Carrey , Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, where he received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at http://youtu.be/ajMpfPYlHi4)



“The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators," by Chris Brogan would also be a great read for digital analysts, social media managers, and anyone interested in becoming an entrepreneur or "employeepreneur." Gloria Buono-Daly smile rating, 5 smiles up ))))).


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If you want to want to learn and understand how freaks, weirdos and misfits become successful entrepreneurs, you need to read “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators," by Chris Brogan. The book is on sale at bookstores everywhere.
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RESOURCES:
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    ♦  Start Somewhere, Chris Brogan's Blog Post
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    ♦  Own Your Life , Chris Brogan's Blog Post
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    ♦  The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators , Wiley.com site
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    ♦  The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Why Standing Out Might Be the New Fitting in , Goodreads
The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth - Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators
book review by Gloria Buono-Daly
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

CHRIS BROGAN
is Publisher and CEO of Owner Magazine, a business magazine helping you improve your worth by growing your capabilities and connections. He is a sought-after keynote speaker who has addressed crowds of thousands, been on the Dr. Phil show, and once presented to a princess. Chris has consulted with companies you know like Disney, Microsoft, Coke, Titleist, Pepsico, Google, Motorola, and many more.

@ChrisBrogan, chrisbrogan.com,@OwnerMagazine, Photo courtesy of Chris Brogan Human Business Works Web site.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy 105th Father’s Day America! Sunday, June 15, 2014


"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~~ Pope John XXIII
(Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. (photo above right, boy with hand-made gift for his dad, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)

"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job. Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. "   ~~ Jim Carrey , Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at http://youtu.be/ajMpfPYlHi4)

Happy 105th Father’s Day America! The first Father’s Day celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910 (105 events ago and 104 years ago)?

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.

Last year, Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with simple clicks. This year, Google's doodle celebrates Father's Day and World Cup with an adorable doodle moustached dad with the letter O.

While I'm at it, I have to share a photo of my Grandfather (Angelo Buono) circa about 1908 with a similar moustache like Google doodle. Around 7 years later 1915 he would open a fruit and produce business on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy, which stayed in the family for over 80 years (1915 - late 1990's).

Did you know that "Father's Day" was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.




For those of us whose dads are no longer with us, (an estimate of about 100 million folks in the U.S.A.) and for the many more who still have their dad, there are so many things to do to keep his memory in your heart. Do things that your dad loved and things that brought out the best as well as visiting your dad's friends and family.
(photo left courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)

I have so many fond memories as a child with my dad and other family members at the Jersey Shore that I was inspired to write a short story in memory of my dad, “The Painting Ballerina".


The short story (published in 1999) was about a young girl by the sea who with the help of her animal friends, creates a new art form “ paint-dancing.”

WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS FATHER'S DAY?
Help an author reach his Kickstarter quota for his next book about his relationship with his father.

Bestselling author Scott Berkun has a 6th book coming out and has launched a Kickstarter project for the book titled, The Ghost of My Father.

Berkun is taking a big risk with this project as it's a departure from his other books.

More information at his kickstarter project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844947983/the-ghost-of-my-father.

Berkun's blog posting "Why Fathers And Children Don't Get Along is also an interesting post which provides an interesting perspective about Berkun's relationship with his father." Here are additional Berkun posts about The Ghost of My Father.

Berkun is such a brilliant speaker and writer and I felt that his latest work will be a tribute to all children and dads in our world and in spirit. A donation as little as $1.00 helps another great Berkun book get published. Visit at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1844947983/the-ghost-of-my-father

(P.S. I learned about Scott Berkun from his previous business books and previous speaking engagements, including the Web 2.0 convention back in 2009, photos are on my Facebook the very last few are of Berkun speaking; Incidentally, as a social media evangelist I do not get monetary gain for any of my book reviews, pre-release mentions or announcements that I make on any of my blog posts or Examiner.com)

What things does (or did) your dad enjoy? Are you planning anything special this Father's Day?

Lovingly and appropriately, I did things that my dad enjoyed this FD weekend -- dining out at fine restaurants with friends and having lots of laughs throughout the event. Here's a few photos posted on Facebook - Ladies Night Out to celebrate birthdays of Helen and Rosann.



Resources for Father’s Day:
http://www.fatherhood.gov/pledge Take the Fatherhood Pledge

http://parade.condenast.com/303824/leahingram/10-freebies-for-fathers-day-2014/ 10 Freebies for Father's Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father's_Day Father's Day on Wikipedia
http://www.neilchethik.com/writings-fatherloss-fathersday.htm
www.momanddadday.com
http://www.ccrny.com/blog/
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Fathers-Day.shtml
http://fathersday2013.net/
http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/fathers-day-gifts/fathers-day-gifts
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/bill-clinton-father-of-the-year_n_2447453.html

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy 147th Memorial Day America, Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy 147th Memorial Day Weekend America!


“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
~~ Moina Michael (aka Poppy Lady)
U.S. professor and humanitarian who vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war. In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem, We Shall Keep the Faith, November 1918


In Flander's Field by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.




FASHION TRENDS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial day marks the first day of the year for white-wear. The traditional fashion trend, “no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day” gained popularity as the wealthy began wearing white in the summer. Light clothing was the symbol of leisure and black and navy were always the norm for the working class. This fad continued until years later as many began replacing white pants with the likes of bold solids and floral prints, pastel jungle prints, red jumpsuits, neon pink and cobalt sun dresses.


HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY

The first Memorial Day celebration traces back to May 30, 1868 and today marks the 147th Memorial Day celebration in America (146 years ago). Memorial Day honors men and women who fought for our country so that we can all be free.

Originally coined "Decoration Day," Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Memorial Day is less about barbecues and more about celebrating our nation’s veterans. Don't forget -- raise your flag half-staff -- honor more than one million Americans who gave their lives in service of this country for our freedom.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.

The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Other Resources

► Enjoy the Long Weekend with These Memorial Day Fashion Finds http://www.fashiongonerogue.com/memorial-day-long-weekend-style/
► Who, What, Wear blog, Three Outfit Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend http://www.whowhatwear.com/memorial-day-outfit-ideas-shopping-2014
► Do You Have to Wait Until After Memorial Day to Wear White? | http://ksoo.com/do-you-have-to-wait-until-after-memorial-day-to-wear-white/?trackback=tsmclip
Moina Bell Michael: the Idea for the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy
USmemorialday.org
Memorial Day Calendar
Memorial Day History
How to Observe Memorial Day
Buddy Poppy
The Story Behind the Poppy
InflandersFields-YouTube
InflandersFields-YouTube


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