Lee Christine Brownlee

What Happened in History in the Month of March

In Observations on August 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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March 1, 1781 – Formal ratification of the Articles of Confederation was announced by Congress. Under the Articles, Congress was the sole governing body of the new American national government, consisting of the 13 original states. The Articles remained in effect through the Revolutionary War until 1789, when the current U.S. Constitution was adopted.

March 1, 1932 – The 20-month-old son of aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Lindberghs then paid a $50,000 ransom. However, on May 12, the boy’s body was found in a wooded area a few miles from the house.

March 1, 1961 – President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, an organization sending young American volunteers to developing countries to assist with health care, education and other basic human needs.

March 1, 1974 – Seven former high-ranking officials of the Nixon White House were indicted for conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the Watergate break-in. Among those indicted; former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, former top aide John Ehrlichman, and former attorney general John Mitchell.

Birthday – American band leader Glenn Miller (1904-1944) was born in Carilinda, Iowa. His music gained enormous popularity during the 1940’s through recordings such as Moonlight Serenade and String of Pearls. On December 15, 1944, his plane disappeared over the English Channel while en route to Paris where he was scheduled to perform.

March 2, 1943 – During World War II in the Pacific, a Japanese convoy was attacked by 137 American bombers as the Battle of Bismarck Sea began. The convoy included eight destroyers and eight transports carrying 7,000 Japanese soldiers heading toward New Guinea. Four destroyers and all eight transports were sunk, resulting in 3,500 Japanese drowned, ending Japanese efforts to send reinforcements to New Guinea.

Birthday – American soldier and politician Sam Houston (1793-1863) was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. As a teenager he ran away and joined the Cherokee Indians who accepted him as a member of their tribe. He later served as a Congressman and Governor of Tennessee. In 1832, he became commander of the Texan army in the War for Texan Independence, defeating the larger Mexican army in 1836 at the Battle of San Jacinto. He then served as Senator and Governor of the new state of Texas but was removed in 1861 after refusing to swear allegiance to the Confederacy.

March 3, 1913 – A women’s suffrage march in Washington D.C. was attacked by angry onlookers while police stood by. The march occurred the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Many of the 5,000 women participating were spat upon and struck in the face as a near riot ensued. Secretary of War Henry Stimson then ordered soldiers from Fort Myer to restore order.

Birthday – Railroad car builder George Pullman (1831-1897) was born in Brocton, New York. He improved railroad sleeping accommodations, developing the folding upper berth and lower berth designs. His company went on to become the biggest railroad car building organization in the world.

Birthday – Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bell and his father were involved in teaching deaf persons to speak. Bell developed an interest in the vibrating membrane as a method of electrically transmitting sounds. His very first sentence spoken on thenewly invented telephone on March 10, 1876, was to his assistant, “Mister Watson, come here, I want you.”

March 4, 1681 – King Charles II of England granted a huge tract of land in the New World to William Penn to settle an outstanding debt. The area later became Pennsylvania.

March 4, 1789 – The first meeting of the new Congress under the new U.S. Constitution took place in New York City.

March 4, 1830 – Former President John Quincy Adams returned to Congress as a representative from Massachusetts. He was the first ex-president ever to return to the House and served eight consecutive terms.

March 4, 1933 – Newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office and delivered his first inaugural address attempting to restore public confidence during the Great Depression, stating, “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” His cabinet appointments included the first woman to a Cabinet post, Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins.

Birthday – Revolutionary war hero Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779) was born in Poland. Before aiding in the American Revolution, he was a military leader in Poland’s struggle against Imperial Russia. He joined the Americans in 1777 and fought alongside General Washington at Brandywine, then served at Germantown and Valley Forge. He was mortally wounded during a heroic charge in the Siege of Savannah, Georgia.

Birthday – American football legend Knute Rockne (1888-1931) was born in Voss, Norway. He coached the Notre Dame Football team for 13 seasons, amassing an overall record of 105 wins, 12 losses and 5 ties. He became famous for his locker room pep talks and the saying, “Win one for the Gipper.” He was killed in an airplane crash on March 31, 1931, in Kansas.

March 5, 1770 – The Boston Massacre occurred as a group of rowdy Americans harassed British soldiers who then opened fire, killing five and injuring six. The first man killed was Crispus Attucks, an African American. British Captain Thomas Preston and eight of his men were arrested and charged with murder. Their trial took place in October, with colonial lawyer John Adams defending the British. Captain Preston and six of his men were acquitted. Two others were found guilty of manslaughter, branded, then released.

March 5, 1868 – The U.S. Senate convened as a court to hear charges against President Andrew Johnson during impeachment proceedings. The House of Representatives had already voted to impeach the President. The vote followed bitter opposition by the Radical Republicans in Congress to Johnson’s reconstruction policies in the South. However, the effort to remove him failed in the Senate by just one vote and he remained in office.

March 5, 1933 – Amid a steadily worsening economic situation, newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed a four-day “Bank Holiday” to stop panic withdrawals by the public and the possible collapse of the American banking system.

March 5, 1946 – The “Iron Curtain” speech was delivered by Winston Churchill at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Churchill used the term to describe the boundary in Europe between free countries of the West and nations of Eastern Europe under Soviet Russia’s control.

March 6, 1836 – Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna. The Mexicans had begun the siege of the Texas fort on February 23rd, ending it with the killing of the last defender. “Remember the Alamo” became a rallying cry for Texans who went on to defeat Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto in April.

Birthday – Renaissance genius Michelangelo (1475-1564) was born in Caprese, Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet and visionary best known for his fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and his sculptures David and The Pieta.

Birthday – Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785) was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the state’s colonial governor and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

March 8, 1863 – During the American Civil War, Confederate Colonel John Mosby, leader of Mosby’s Rangers, captured Union General E.H. Stoughton at his headquarters in Fairfax County Courthouse, Virginia.

March 9, 1864 – Ulysses S. Grant was commissioned as a Lieutenant General and became commander of the Union armies.

Birthday – Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) was born in Florence, Italy. He explored South America and the Amazon River, believing he had discovered a new continent. In 1507, a German mapmaker first referred to the lands discovered in the New World as America.

Birthday – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) was born in Gzhatsk, Russia. On April 12, 1961, he became the first human in space, orbiting in a capsule 187 miles above the Earth’s surface in a flight lasting 108 minutes. His space flight caused a worldwide sensation and marked the beginning of the space race as the U.S. worked to catch up to the Russians and launch an American into space. President John F. Kennedy later asserted the U.S. would land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s.

March 10, 1862 – The first issue of U.S. government paper money occurred as $5, $10 and $20 bills began circulation.

March 10, 1880 – The Salvation Army was founded in the United States. The social service organization was first founded in England by William Booth and operates today in 90 countries.

Birthday – Politician and playwright Claire Boothe Luce (1903-1987) was born in New York City. She served in the House of Representatives from 1943 to 1947 and then became the first woman appointed as U.S. ambassador to a major country (Italy).

March 11, 1918 – The ‘Spanish’ influenza first reached America as 107 soldiers become sick at Fort Riley, Kansas. One quarter of the U.S. population eventually became ill from the deadly virus, resulting in 500,000 deaths. The death toll worldwide approached 22 million by the end of 1920.

March 11, 1941 – During World War II, the Lend-Lease program began allowing Britain to receive American weapons, machines, raw materials, training and repair services. Ships, planes, guns and shells, along with food, clothing and metals went to the embattled British while American warships began patrolling the North Atlantic and U.S troops were stationed in Greenland and Iceland. “We must be the great arsenal of democracy,” President Roosevelt declared concerning the fight against Hitler’s Germany. The initial appropriation was $7 Billion, but by 1946 the figure reached $50 Billion in aid from the U.S. to its Allies.

Birthday – British prime minster and statesman Harold Wilson (1916-1995) was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. As a young boy he once posed for a photo in front of 10 Downing Street, the residence he occupied 40 years later as head of the Labour government.

March 12, 1609 – The island of Bermuda was colonized by the British after a ship on its way to Virginia was wrecked on the reefs.

March 12, 1888 – The Great Blizzard of ’88 struck the northeastern U.S. The storm lasted 36 hours with snowfall totaling over 40 inches in New York City where over 400 persons died from the surprise storm.

March 12, 1938 – Nazis invaded Austria, then absorbed the country into Hitler’s Reich.

March 12, 1994 – The Church of England ordained 32 women as its first female priests. In protest, 700 male clergy members and thousands of church members left the church and joined the Roman Catholic Church which does not allow women priests.

March 12, 1999 – Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic became full-fledged members of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) less than ten years after exchanging communist rule for democracy and ending their Cold War military alliances with Soviet Russia.

Birthday – The founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) was born in Salonika, Greece. Following World War I, he led the Turkish revolution and became Turkey’s first president.

March 13, 1943 – A plot to kill Hitler by German army officers failed as a bomb planted aboard his plane failed to explode due to a faulty detonator.

Birthday – Scientist and clergyman Joseph Priestly (1733-1804) was born in Yorkshire, England. He discovered oxygen and advanced the religious theory of Unitarianism.

Birthday – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was born in Ulm, Germany. His theory of relativity led to new ways of thinking about time, space, matter and energy. He received a Nobel Prize in 1921 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1933 where he was an outspoken critic of Nazi Germany. Believing the Nazis might develop an atomic bomb, he warned President Roosevelt and urged the development of the U.S. Atomic bomb.

Birthday – The first female dentist, Lucy Hobbs (1833-1910) was born in New York state. She received her degree in 1866 from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and was a women’s rights advocate.

March 15, 44 B.C. – Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome by Brutus and fellow conspirators. After first trying to defend himself against the murderous onslaught, Caesar saw Brutus with a knife and asked “Et tu, Brute?” (You too, Brutus?) Caesar then gave up the struggle and was stabbed to death.

Birthday – Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) the 7th U.S. President was born in a log cabin in Waxhaw, South Carolina. As a boy he volunteered to serve in the American Revolution. Captured by the British, he refused an order to clean an officer’s boots and was slashed by his sword. Jackson later gained fame as a hero during the War of 1812. In politics he helped form the new Democratic Party and became the first man from an impoverished background to be elected President, serving from 1829 to 1837.

March 16, 1968 – During the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre occurred as American soldiers of Charlie Company murdered 504 Vietnamese men, women, and children. Twenty-five U.S. Army officers were later charged with complicity in the massacre and subsequent cover-up, but only one was convicted, and later pardoned by President Richard Nixon.

March 16, 1968 – New York Senator Robert Kennedy announced his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Birthday – James Madison (1751-1836) the 4th U.S. President was born in Port Conway, Virginia. He played an important role in the formation of the new U.S. Constitution following the American Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812, President Madison was forced to flee Washington, D.C,. while the British attacked and burned the White House and other important public buildings.

March 17th – Celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Day commemorating the patron saint of Ireland.

March 17, 1776 – Early in the American Revolutionary War the British completed their evacuation of Boston following a successful siege conducted by Patriots. The event is still commemorated in Boston as Evacuation Day.

Birthday – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney (1777-1864) was born in Calvert County, Maryland. He became the 5th Chief Justice in 1836, best known for the Dred Scott decision.

March 18, 1974 – The five-month-old Arab oil embargo against the U.S. was lifted. The embargo was in retaliation for American support of Israel during the Yom Kipper War of 1973 in which Egypt and Syria suffered a crushing defeat. In the U.S., the resulting embargo had caused long lines at gas stations as prices soared 300 percent amid shortages and a government ban on Sunday gas sales.

Birthday – Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) the 22nd and 24th U.S. president was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. He was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms and was also the only president to be married in the White House.

March 19, 2003 – The United States launched an attack against Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from power. The attack commenced with aerial strikes against military sites, followed the next day by an invasion of southern Iraq by U.S. and British ground troops. The troops made rapid progress northward and conquered the country’s capital, Baghdad, just 21 days later, ending the rule of Saddam.

Birthday – William Bradford (1589-1657) was born in Yorkshire, England. He sailed aboard the Mayflower during its 66-day voyage from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts in 1620. The small ship carried over 100 passengers and a crew of 30. It was originally bound for Virginia but landed far north on Cape Cod. The Mayflower Compact was then drawn up as a form of government. Bradford became the first governor of the new Plymouth Colony, serving a total of 30 years, and was largely responsible for its success.

Birthday – Explorer and medical missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873) was born in Blantyre, Scotland. He arrived at Cape Town, Africa, in 1841 and began extensive missionary explorations, often traveling into areas that had never seen a white man. In his later years, he sought the source of the Nile River. He also became the subject of the famous search by news correspondent Henry Stanley who located him in 1871 near Lake Tanganyika in Africa after a difficult search and simply asked, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Birthday – Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) was born in Monmouth, Illinois. He became a legendary figure in the Wild West as a lawman and gunfighter, best known for the shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881, in which the Earp brothers (Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan) fought and defeated the Ike Clanton gang.

Birthday – American politician William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was born in Salem, Illinois. He was defeated three times as a candidate for the presidency. He advocated a “free silver” monetary standard through unlimited coinage of silver rather than the gold standard. During a speech at the 1896 Democratic convention he electrified the delegates, stating, “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!” In 1925, he was the successful prosecutor in the Scopes ‘monkey’ trial in which a teacher was convicted of violating Tennessee’s Anti-Evolution Bill forbidding the teaching of the theory of evolution. However, he died just 5 days after the verdict.

March 20, 1995 – A nerve gas attack occurred on the Tokyo subway system during rush hour resulting in 12 persons killed and 5,000 injured. Japanese authorities later arrest the leader and members of a Japanese religious cult suspected in the attack.

Birthday – American psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He pioneered theories of behaviorism and developed the Skinner box, a controlled environment for studying behavior.

March 21, 1918 – During World War I, the Second Battle of the Somme began as German General Erich von Ludendorff launched an all-out drive to win the war. The battle began with a five-hour artillery barrage followed by a rush of German troops. The offensive lasted until April 6th and resulted in the Germans gaining about 35 miles of territory. Allied and German casualty figures for both battles approached 500,000.

March 21, 1943 – A suicide/assassination plot by German Army officers against Hitler failed as the conspirators were unable to locate a short fuse for the bomb which was to be carried in the coat pocket of General von Gersdorff to ceremonies Hitler was attending.

Birthday – Organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born in Eissenach, Germany. His output included thousands of compositions, many used in churches. Among his best known works; The Brandenburg Concertos for orchestra, The Well-Tempered Clavier for keyboard, the St. John and St. Matthew passions, and the Mass in B Minor.

March 22, 1972 – The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Senate and then sent to the states for ratification. The ERA, as it became known, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender, stating, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” and that “the Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” Although 22 of the required 38 states quickly ratified the Amendment, opposition arose over concerns that women would be subject to the draft and combat duty, along with other legal concerns. The ERA eventually failed (by 3 states) to achieve ratification despite an extension of the deadline to June 1982.

March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia convention in Richmond, stating, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

March 24, 1934 – The Philippine Islands in the South Pacific were granted independence by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after nearly 50 years of American control.

March 24, 1989 – One of the largest oil spills in U.S. history occurred as the oil tanker Exxon Valdezran aground in Prince William Sound off Alaska, resulting in 11 million gallons of oil leaking into the natural habitat over a stretch of 45 miles.

Birthday – Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was born (as Erik Weisz) in Budapest, Hungary. He came to the U.S. with his family as an infant and lived in New York City. He began as a Coney Island magician, then became a world famous escape artist, known for escaping from chains, handcuffs, straightjackets, locked boxes and milk cans filled with water. He died on Halloween 1926 from a burst appendix and was buried in Queens, NY.

March 25, 1807 – The British Parliament abolished the slave trade following a long campaign against it by Quakers and others.

March 25, 1911 – A raging fire erupted inside a garment factory in New York City killing 123 young women employed as low-paid seamstresses, along with 23 men. The fast-spreading flames engulfed the 8th and 9th floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in lower Manhattan in just a few minutes. About 50 of the victims had jumped to their deaths rather than perish from the flames. The sensational tragedy spurred national interest concerning the rights of mostly-immigrant women workers of the New York garment industry who labored long hours six or seven days a week in cramped, dangerous conditions for about $5 weekly pay.

March 26, 1979 – The Camp David Accord ended 30 years of warfare between Israel and Egypt. Prime Minster Menachem Begin of Israel and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the treaty of mutual recognition and peace, fostered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

March 26, 1992 – Soviet Cosmonaut Serge Krikalev returned to a new country (Russia) after spending 313 days on board the Mir Space Station. During his stay in space, the Soviet Union (USSR) collapsed and became the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Birthday – American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. His works featured Southern settings and include; The Glass MenagerieNight of the Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .

March 27, 1977 – The worst accident in the history of civil aviation occurred as two Boeing 747 jets collided on the ground in the Canary Islands, resulting in 570 deaths.

March 28, 1979 – Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurred in which uranium in the reactor core overheated due to the failure of a cooling valve. A pressure relief valve then stuck causing the water level to plummet, threatening a catastrophic nuclear meltdown. The accident resulted in the release of radioactive steam into the atmosphere, and created a storm of controversy over the necessity and safety of nuclear power plants.

March 29, 1979 – In the U.S. Congress, the House Select Committee on Assassinations released its final report regarding the killings of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy.

Birthday – John Tyler (1790-1862) the 10th U.S. President was born in Charles City County, Virginia. He became president upon the death of William H. Harrison and served from 1841 to 1845. In 1861, Tyler was elected to the Confederate Congress, but died before being seated.

March 30, 1981 – Newly elected President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest while walking toward his limousine in Washington, D.C., following a speech inside a hotel. The president was then rushed into surgery to remove a 22-caliber bullet from his left lung. “I should have ducked,” Reagan joked. Three others were also hit including Reagan’s Press Secretary, James Brady, who was shot in the forehead but survived. The president soon recovered from the surgery and returned to his duties.

Birthday – Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Groot Zundert, Holland. He was a Postimpressionist painter, generally considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. During his short (10-year) painting career he produced over 800 oil paintings and 700 drawings, but sold only one during his lifetime. In 1987, the sale of his painting Irises brought $53.9 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art up to that time. During his life, Van Gogh suffered from despair and bouts of mental illness, at one point cutting off part of his own left ear. He committed suicide in 1890 by gunshot.

March 31, 1933 – The Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC, was founded. Unemployed men and youths were organized into quasi-military formations and worked outdoors in national parks and forests.

March 31, 1968 – President Lyndon Johnson made a surprise announcement that he would not seek re-election as a result of the Vietnam conflict.

March 31, 1991 – The Soviet Republic of Georgia, birthplace of Josef Stalin, voted to declare its independence from Soviet Russia, after similar votes by Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Following the vote in Georgia, Russian troops were dispatched from Moscow under a state of emergency.

Birthday – Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was born in Rohrau, Austria. Considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet, his works include 107 symphonies, 50 divertimenti, 84 string quartets, 58 piano sonatas, and 13 masses. Based in Vienna, Mozart was his friend and Beethoven was a pupil.

Birthday – Boxing champion Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was born in Galveston, Texas. He was the first African American to win the heavyweight boxing title.

(Photo and picture credits: Library of Congress and U.S. National Archives)

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WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

One of the most important gifts to give is a pledge to help our those who protect us, the Wounded Warrior Project.  Do the right thing, pledge to the Wounded Warrior Project, and help our soldiers and their families. Go to http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org and pledge your help to those who help and protect us everyday.  It is so little to ask, yet does so much for the protectors of our wonderful country. Show your thanks, and give back TODAY!

Wounded WarriorREMEMBER…When you pass one of our countries military on the street, or at a Metro Center, bus stop, or anywhere; please take the time to say “Thank You For Your Service”.  These are the people putting their lives on the line for us everyday, so we can sleep in peace and live in freedom.  Don’t forget our Police Officers and Fire Fighters who risk their lives for our safety.  We owe these dedicated people a big THANK YOU!  

A thank you for our freedoms protected, a thank you for their dedication, and especially a thank you for putting their lives on the line everyday, every minute and in every way… Delmira

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Mystic Beauty

In Delmira Herself, Delmira's Poetry & Short Stories on February 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm

What brings mystery to our life, and beauty to our eyes?

Could it be the unexpected sweet essence of the unknown?

A moment in time expands to endless passing of time when the moments are filled with unplanned perpetual emotion.

A look, a glance from a stranger can bring excitement and pleasure, as if the solar system has rearranged its cosmic show and exhibited its array of lights for our eyes only.   

Delmira

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Thanks For The Memories

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When we reflect on special memories we have from childhood and adulthood, we think of the scores of memories attached to specific days like birthdays, visiting grandparents, the feeling you got when mom or dad’s car would pull up in the driveway at the end of the day, or that special day just sitting on the beach playing for hours, drifting into your own private world.

Think of how that memory was created. It wasn’t just one person involved in creating that memory, storing the collection of events, and placing each piece as an instant pictorial collection of the event. It took thought from one or more people for the event to take place, it took energy to get the event moving, and it took people in your life to make this event memorable. At the time of the event, no one gave notice to the memorable feelings and thoughts that would resonate. It wasn’t something miraculous that took place, and it wasn’t special effects that made it eventful. It was probably nothing special, just a special day, moment or person that made this event worth depositing in your memory bank for future reference.

I remember as a kid so many special events that took place and still float to the top of my memory bank and they are uneventful but pleasant memories that always bring a smile to my face. One was my dad arriving home after work. Just the view of his truck pulling up in front of the house and him entering the front door was excitement enough. He always had a smile on his face, he always stopped to kiss us, tell us how much he loved us, and ask what we had done all day. Needless to say, mom, the spoil sport, was always there to iterate everything I had done all day that was either wrong, could have been wrong, inconsiderate, or just bad. Who cared as my father would say, each and every night, ‘I don’t want to hear what she did that was bad, that is your problem. I wasn’t here to witness the events of the day. Subject closed.’ Wow, saved again by Dad.

That was a great memory, in part. It didn’t take any planning on anyone’s part, it was a daily event, but such a memorable one, and it certainly didn’t matter if I was good or bad. It mad the end of each day something pleasurable. It erased all unpleasant happenings, and tossed a safety net over me for protection.

Creating memories in our adult life take a little effort on our part, but we are creating memories for others to deposit into their memory bank for future reference. It can be something as simple as a phone call just to say hello, how are you? Or it can be a dinner invitation, birthday celebration, or other memorable event. I could even be a simple invite to lunch, or can I stop by tomorrow and say hello while we have a cup of tea or coffee. Memorable events do not need to be huge, over-planned, exhausting affairs. Just a simple thoughtful call or visit makes each occasion memorable.

The things that detract from the beauty of the memory are thoughtless actions, or someone who constantly feels the need to remind you that “they” did it for you. You can always tell what’s coming when the sentence starts with the word “I”. I did…, I reminded…, I thought…, I…, I…, I…

Memories are fun to create, and everyone is happy and everyone knows who cared enough to make that memory special, and if they don’t, who cares. The person who created the memory should just be happy they had the opportunity to make others happy.

Now that brings me to the other end of the spectrum. Why are there people who create sad and unfortunate memories…on purpose?  WHY?

Why must some people drag unkindness and meanness into the lives of other people?  Why can’t they just be happy for others, and want fond memories to remain.  There will always be those people who can’t stand for others to be happy.  Possibly it is because they are so miserable and they suffer from jealous emotions and without realizing what they are doing they feel a need to spoil happy events by causing trauma and sadness.  Then there are those who fall into the category of narcissists.  They are just spiteful, unkind and mean thinking spoilers. Mainly because it isn’t about them…And we all know that narcissistic people only care about their happiness.  We’ll leave that group of individuals alone today… Not to worry, I have at least one narcissist that will comment on each and every article, but he doesn’t bother me.  I just keep suggesting he seek help, although there is no cure or help for narcissism. He is just upset because I won’t give him the attention he so desperately wants to feed his narcissism.

So aside from the unkind mean people out there, there should be enough of us to go out and create some great memories for so many deserving people we love and even people we haven’t met.

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We’re Very Busy Here!

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What people are saying when they spit out that phrase is ‘We’re very busy here, we don’t have time for you.

Don’t you dislike hearing that phrase, I know I do.  I find that coming from the “ME” generation more than any other age group. Sounds like, Delmira, we are very busy! DUH, oh, and I’m just sitting here counting gravel in the road. This self-centered, selfish attitude is the most annoying excuse for selfishness, and I don’t buy it for one minute. Everyone is busy, it is a matter of prioritizing.

Do you think they are the chosen ones who are ‘very busy’ and everyone else is faking it?  What makes them think they are the busiest folks in town? Do they think that they are that popular and in demand, and no one else holds a candle to them?  Obviously!

Let’s look at several scenarios.

  1. Who sets their schedule? They do.
  2. Who keeps their calendar? They do.
  3. Who sets their priorities? They do.

If they don’t have time for you, it must be because they don’t want to make time for you. You just don’t fit into their busy schedule.  Of course, if they needed something from you… woe, woe… you’d be sliced into their schedule.

The problem, as I see it, is FAMILY.  No family values, or they just don’t like you enough to call you family. They are picking and choosing their family, and the guest list is full…sorry.

There is a rule of thumb… if you have more than seven (7) projects on your schedule, your schedule is full, and you should complete one, drop one, or pass one off to someone else.  This works well on the job, but what about your life?  You have a family, children, etc.  How do you meet all these commitments?  I don’t know, because I don’t know you and your commitments, but couldn’t you work around rescheduling, sharing, passing the responsibility on to someone else, bargain, barter, or just eliminate.  Prioritize, prioritize, and reprioritize.

I’m a firm believer that family comes first, so that’s Priority No. 1. This could encompass many sub priorities under the family umbrella. Work is No. 2, and many times shoved into the No. 1 slot; you do have to feed the No. 1 priorities, so you need the job. Now your life starts getting sticky, and the priority lines start to blur and things start overlapping.  You eventually lose all sense of priorities, responsibilities, and commitments.

STOP and take a step back… revisit your list of responsibilities, commitments, and reprioritize.  Put family on top and everything else should fall into place underneath that slot.  If you have things leftover, look at them again. What are the intentions of those obligations… are they family, work, of just selfish pleasures. I hear the echos of “It’s my life and I should be able to do anything I want with it.” True, but how did you get that life, and to you want to take this journey alone, without family, then fine… moving on.

Remember, you can’t go back and rebuild your family after you have destroyed it.  Memories last a very long time and selfishness is just part of the ME generation, and it creates loneliness at the end of your life, because if you do not have time for the important people in your life now, why should they have time for you in their life later when you may need them.

Let’s look at relatives you say you love. If you love them, why are you having to explain to them you’re just too busy to visit, call, send a card, see how they’re feeling. Obviously you don’t love them that much, or they would fit into your No. 1 priority.  Do you find yourself telling them how busy you are?  Do you think they really care how many things you have time for that take a priority over them?  I don’t think so!  This only hurts more when they evaluate your priorities, and find they fall somewhere after the gym schedule that can’t be broken, your tennis game with your friends, or just an afternoon at the spa to rejuvenate those tired eyes and brighten your skin.

For parents of these spoiled brats, how does it make you feel? Don’t you wish you had been too busy to attend to their menial parent/teacher meetings so you could spend more of your precious time ensuring they were ready to move to the next grade in school. Maybe you would rather have had a manicure or haircut instead of spending your Saturdays at little league games.  That second job you worked instead of sleeping so they could have the clothes for the teen years. The endless evenings you lay awake in bed until you were sure your children arrived home safely that evening. What if you had been too busy?  Funny, they take those things for granted, and now when a little telephone call would make your day… they’re too busy, and they have a very busy schedule, when in fact they are just older spoiled brats still thinking only of themselves.

If you have fond memories of childhood with grandparents or parents, you must create memories for your family now, and yourself.  Fond memories aren’t just things that happened, they are events where someone went out of their way to ensure they happened.  Grandma didn’t just bake that pie you loved. She baked a pie she knew you loved and enjoyed. She created the memory, and the time to be there for the memory. It is now your turn to recreate memories and be there for her, him, or them. Wonderful memories don’t create themselves, they need a loving helping hand.

Fit those family members into your life before it’s too late. Invite them to come over and help you garden or talk to you while you garden.  Invite grandma over to help do something that fits into your busy schedule. Maybe you and grandma should get a manicure together, have lunch after, and just sit and talk.  That wouldn’t throw your whole life off it’s axis, would it. Grandma and Grandpa won’t be around forever, and the kids will have no memories to carry through their lives of the days back then…

Better yet, hang on to all those busy schedules you have written up, so you can review them when you’re older and alone remembering the good ole days when you were very busy.

WOW! Is That My Butt?

In Delmira Herself on February 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Gone are the days when designers and clothing stores dressed you to look good from any angle, except upside down, of course. I hate to keep rolling back to the “good ole days” when life was more pleasant, and a shopping day meant fun and a new outfit that you would not be embarrassed to wear; and the designers and retailers were on your side…they wanted you to look good.  Today, it appears that 85% of the designers are high on coke when their designing skills are at the peak of their designing career.

I have stopped shopping for clothes in some of the better stores because I think that all clothes are made in countries other than the USA, and this is the world’s way of getting even with women of America.  That’s right, get us in the pocketbook, and the closet at the same time; while ruining our social life, and social standing.  We actually believe the designers are out to help us look better.  In the “good ole days”, department stores had several mirrors in the dressing rooms so you could see yourself walking away, as well as walking forward.  Women should always take a friend shopping with them, hand over the cell phone to your friend and say… please take a video of me walking away so that I can see what the world is exposed to, and the unflattering view of my tush. Of course, we’re not even mentioning the limited attention that has been paid to proper walking.

In essence, you’ve taken a tomboy, wrapped her in fake silk, tossed too many sequence on her T-shirt, splashed a rainbow of colors on her, squeezed her feet into shoes that are too high and too small for her gigantic toes that are swollen from tight enclosures, thrown some God awful makeup on her like she was a movie star and said…hit the runway baby, you look marvelous!

Before you look at the photos below, get that flask out of your jumbo jet carryon luggage you call a purse and take a swig from that flask to steady your nerves for the viewing.  OMG! Is THAT me?  No dingbat, it’s you plus your evil twin.

Now to explain to you why you haven’t had a date since Bruce Springsteen turned twenty-two years of age, review that video again and again until you see what the world sees each day you trip down that runway of life. The next time you are at a party, sit back, sober, and take a good look at your friends high on drugs and think of this as a clothing designer meeting…that’s right, your designers are too high from sniffing or toking to care what you look like you’re decked out in their latest fashion.

Take some time to select your wardrobe, video the rear and go for the flattering, conservative style of attire, not the beacon of a lighthouse that guides planes and ships at sea to safety.

Checkout the pictures below for avoiding or solving your shoe dilemma.  Look at your shoes collection, checkout the photos, and visualize your feet in 40 years that will need to carry your aging body up to the altar for the last time… will your feet be able to make the trip with your body on top of them? I think not.

Shoes - 1 Saturday Night Specials

Sorry, these aren’t shoes, their two Saturday Night Specials designed to look like shoes.

Shoe - 2 Pump Bump

Ouch! The Pump Bump… Visualize yourself walking away with Ouchy feet, too high.

Shoe - 3 Handcuffs

These are called handcuffed feet… or ballerina slave shoes.  That poor ‘big’ toe. Hope she’s as light as a feather, cause how much weight can that toe take.

Shoes - 4 Kick Butt

Now she looks comfortable, and could really kick some butt if she had to. Happy Feet!

Shoes - 5 Cast Causing Shoes

Steady now… I believe the cast won’t come off for 6-8 weeks if you keep walking on those spikes.

Shoes - 5 San Quentin Lockdown

This looks like lock-down at San Quentin. At least her ankles are secure.  Have women really looked at themselves, again from the rear, walking down the street in ‘weapons’ of this sort? They can’t straighten their legs and must walk in a bent position.  Now visualize a gust of wind coming up behind this lady; she could be airlifted to the next county and never touch ground for miles.

Shoes - 6 Ballerina

Yeah, right… her/his feet have seen better days, and the ballerina shoes and days are over.  The only people who look good in ballerina shoes are ballerinas!  Don’t shoot the ballerina, just her shoe designer.

Shoes - 7 Flip Flops

Oh Yes, and let us not forget the ‘flip-flop’. Those sequences really dress that puppy up.  What are they thinking… evening wear?  Prom?  Wedding?  I see women in these beach floppies every day dressed in a suit going to work with their beach shoes as the appropriate touch for the board meeting.

Shoes - 7 Petite

Yes, you’re taller alright!  You shoes are taller, but you are still the same petite person, only not as cute.  Again, the cell phone video of you walking away… I’ll shut up!  No, wait a minute…Every petite person wants to be tall, and every tall person would like to be petite; who would have thunk? Let’s deal with reality, please.

Shoes - 8 Sandal Misery

Again, if you think you need to carry your own weapon for protection from your date, just hit him over the head when he picks you up and do him a favor.  Pretty, but too pointy, too high. What was she high on when she purchased these foot killers.

These high heels give you a visual of what your poor little toes have gone through for the pleasure of carrying your body around in high, thin soled, uncomfortable, agonizing, weapons, just once too often.  These feet are supposed to act as freight cars for many, many years to come… I don’t think these have another 20 miles on them before they quit transporting the rest of you… Give to them a break, Hogan!

Shoes - 9 GAGA

Well, unless you’re Lady Gaga, forget it.  Lady Gaga was named after her shoes… gaga gaga.

Only the celebs and trendsetters can get away with this, and imagine what practice went into descending down this staircase… Let the stars have their style; they can afford the foot massage and surgery to repair the damage these shoes would do to their bodies.

The only advice I can give you is ‘Love Your Feet!’ as they have got to last you a lifetime. How you treat your feet when your young will help or hurt you when you’re old.  Go create those Happy Feet.

Rhythmic Circus Promo of

‘FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW’

Now there shoes are comfortable!

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