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Well, Here We are Again, Right in the Middle of our Yearly Food Fest, Also, Known as Thanksgiving

Well, here we are again, right in the middle of our yearly food fest, also, known as Thanksgiving. What’s your favorite part of this holiday; the time off, the unusual amount and variety of food, or mingling with family and friends you don’t normally see?  I suppose there are as many answers, as there are different types of stuffing.

How about these little tidbits of information:

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag tribe as a fall festival.

  • President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin” – the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution.

  • President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be an official U.S. holiday on November 26, 1863. Thereafter, Thanksgiving was regularly commemorated each year on the last Thursday of November. Lincoln did this expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg. (www.History.com)

  • In 1939, the last Thursday in November fell on the last day of the month. Concerned that the shortened Christmas shopping season might dampen the economic recovery, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a Presidential Proclamation moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November. As a result of the proclamation, 32 states issued similar proclamations while 16 states refused to accept the change and proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday in November.

  • For two years, two days were celebrated as Thanksgiving – the President and part of the nation celebrated it on the second to last Thursday in November, while the rest of the country celebrated it the following week.

  • To end the confusion, Congress decided to set a fixed-date for the holiday. On October 6, 1941, the House passed a joint resolution declaring the last Thursday in November to be the legal Thanksgiving Day. The Senate, however, amended the resolution establishing the holiday as the fourth Thursday, which would take into account those years when November has five Thursdays. The House agreed to the amendment, and President Roosevelt signed the resolution on December 26, 1941, thus establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday. (www.archives.gov)

How about that! You’ve completed your first post on, “Name that holiday.”

Have a wonderful week, and do yourself a favor . . . this Thursday don’t be afraid to eat.

Enjoy God’s blessings and have a bite for me!

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Absolutely Monumental

Washington Monument, Washington D.C., United S...

Washington Monument, Washington D.C., United States as viewed at twilight/dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Washington Monument, a 555’ 5-1/8” tall symbol of man’s ability to push massive stone objects skyward, was suggested in 1783 as a tribute to General George Washington for his service in the American Revolution. This massive obelisk was built totally without modern equipment, an amazing feat in and of itself.

Construction didn’t actually begin until 1848, sixty-one years after Congress originally proposed a statue to honor our first president. Work began to slow in 1854, then came to a halt due to lack of funds, political no, no’s…(Aren’t we all glad that’s a thing of the past? Excuse me a moment while I choke on those words…Hmm…Thank you)…and other minor annoyances such as the Civil War.

Work resumed in 1876 and the project was completed in 1884. If you look at the structure you will notice a difference in color.  This was due to the marble being taken from a different quarry when construction resumed.

The top was capped with a pyramid-shaped piece of aluminum which at the time was a rare metal and very expensive.  (Incidentally, aluminum does not appear naturally. It is refined through a lengthy process from a mineral-rich rock called bauxite.)

The capstone is the main focus in this post. Just as it becomes the “crowning glory,” if you will, signifying a fitting end to a deserving memorial, it is imperative that you give the same attention as you bring your manuscript to completion.

Have you ever read a novel written so well written that you actually felt a part of the story, only to reach the end and wonder if the novelist became lazy or just forgot how to write, the ending being so lack luster?

If you are going to write, pen your absolute best work throughout and raise the bar on the ending. Remember, the first chapter sells the first book and the last chapter sells the next.  I don’t know who first uttered this wise phrase, only that it wasn’t me.

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