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Resolve: January Monthly Post

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Resolve: it means a few different things to each person. Sometimes,

it means what will get you to keep a few of your January “New Year’s

Resolutions.” I also like the meaning of being strong and sticking to

one’s convictions. This definition fits this the best: “Decide firmly on

the best course of action.” Following through is implicit in this one.

Great attributes to pass on to your children, while others around you

may see this outstanding characteristic in yourself. It is not pointless

to set goals, I believe. It means you are going to try something new,

let others know your choices for change and set personal expectations

of your goals.

This ‘resolution’ can be something you have added to your resolutions

annually or can be a brand new one. Life is busy. Never so much so to

not fit one more activity, exercise, habit or ‘tradition’ into your routines.

After all, you may have doctor appointments and job responsibilities, but

you may just open and see your  2015 calendar  as a ‘blank slate,’ ready for

exciting and new possibilities.

 

JANUARY, 2015

Flower: Carnation           Birthstone/Gemstone: Garnet

Already, I like the month’s flower, which has such a great and unique scent.

The color of garnet is red, which is also vibrant and snappy for this colorless

month we are facing in our Midwest. Hope your corner of the world will have

both color and beauty in it.

 

January 1-

Happy New Year!

 

January 2-

Bank Holiday (Scotland, England/UK).

“Statutory Day” or “Stat Day” for New Zealand and possibly Australia.

 

January 5-

Full Wolf Moon.

 

January 6-

“Epiphany” or when the Three Wise Men reached the manger to see

the King of Kings, some who worship Jesus Christ will find this day

a special remembrance. Thanks, Doris, for the important reminder!

Feliz Navidad!

 

January 8-

If Elvis Presley had lived, this would be his 80th birthday. I listened

to several of his Gospel songs, some with Christmas in them, over the

holidays. He was a fantastic singer with a lot of heart. If you happen

to live close to Tupelo, Mississippi, you may go enjoy a piece of

Elvis’ birthday cake, served at 1:00 p.m. This was where Elvis was

born.

If you live closer to Graceland, you may go there almost all day, to

receive a piece of his 80th birthday cake, starting at 9:30 a.m. when

the cake-cutting begins! (You may enjoy this live streaming from

http://graceland.com )

 

January 10-

Celebrate Rod Stewart’s #70 birthday. Happy Birthday, dear Rod!

Last year, 2014, while on his world tour, an interviewer asked him,

“Do you ever tire of singing some of your classic songs?” (I still love

listening to ones like, “Maggie Mae.”)

Rod answered,

“I still love to sing ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ and added: ‘It’s so joyous.'”

 

January 13th-

Last 1/4 Moon.

 

January 16- The Persian Gulf began in 1991.

 

January 17-

Benjamin Franklin’s birthday.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests in celebrating Ben, to purchase a

Benjamin fig plant/tree, which helps to remove toxins from indoor air

spaces. (Ficus benjamina).

 

January 19th-

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Schools, public offices, the Post Office and libraries are usually closed

on this day in U.S. I have attended city and town breakfasts which give

the money for the meal to needy causes, in MLK, Jr.’s honor.

 

January 20-

New Moon.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, (2015) suggests this month to “plant bulbs

and destroy weeds during full moon times,” then during new moon to try

a different kind of house plant during the winter months. This month’s

featured plant, the air plant. This is like Spanish moss in its ability to

survive without much care of nutrients. Plant nurseries and some shops

have glass globes which can be suspended in small offices, along with

homes on clear plastic ‘threads’ of varied lengths. This creates a very

decorative and appealing January sight. Care includes, ‘light misting’

and feeding using a folian fertilizer, along with placing where it will

receive bright, indirect light. (Fluorescent offices are perfect in this

respect, while you may separate ‘offspring’ to create more plastic or

glass globes, helping spread positive oxygen into spaces.)

 

January 21st-

Evil Squirrel reminded me this is Squirrel Appreciation Day,

wherever you live in the world that has squirrels!

 

 

January 27-

Australia Day.

Celebrate with the Aussies you know!

 

January 29-

Celebrate Tom Selleck’s #70th birthday, with a viewing of one of

his older performances in “Magnum P.I.” (television series), one

of his ‘new’ performances in “Blue Bloods,” with a fine and well

rounded cast of policemen role models, along with a character

that plays his father as a past Police Commissioner and his

‘daughter’ is the District Attorney. This television show is one

which has a huge following, among whom are police around the

country. Tom’s fun character in “Magnum” made him a fixture

in our household television shows and now, “Blue Bloods” is part

of my Mom’s (and when I am home on a Friday night) my own

favorite shows. You may have followed Robert Parker’s mini-series,

where Tom played “Jesse Stone,” from R.P.’s past books. Sadly,

the author, Parker, died so the series must end. This can be found

at the library, in individual. Jesse Stone releases. I like the setting

of New England and there are a couple ‘bizarre’ murder mysteries.

In his personal life, you rarely hear anything about his life, since he

married his wife (Jillie Mack) in 1987. He is not known for too many

controversies, although, he has stood up for the N.R.A. which means

he supportsgun rights.

As far as movies with Tom Selleck go, my all time favorite has to

be the fun one he made with two other special men, Steve Guttenberg

and Ted Danson, called, “Three Men and A Baby.” My children and

grandchildren are very amused with this wild and unbelievable plot

line, but it is also heart-warming and sweet. I liked him in the comedy,

“Her Alibi,” while “Lassiter” and “Quigley Down Under” are good

action movies. (This became a rather long monthly tribute to the actor,

Tom Selleck!)

Happy 70th Birthday, dear Tom!

 

As always, you may add some dates that mean something to you or

your country in the comments for the month of January.

Thank you for making this monthly visit a fantastic one. I enjoy

all the additions I received last year to this monthly post.

 

Sir Basil the Great quotation:

“He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship.

He who plants kindness, gathers love.”

(Greek Bishop who lived from 329- 379 A.D.)

 

What challenges will you set out, for you or even your family?

Help get us motivated by sharing this with us, please.

 

I will make a friend out of an ‘enemy’ or one who I have had past

disagreements with.  I will give to a new, special charity, along

with continue to find more positives in my life than negatives.

 

A time of new beginnings, promises and resolutions is emphasized

in this Flavia, (poet and inspirational writer) 2003 quote:

“Our time on earth is woven of infinite moments,

Each holding a promise and its own exquisite beauty.”

 

In honor of the New Year of 2015,

Thanks to T. S. Eliot:

 

“Not fare well,

But fare forward, voyagers.”

 

 

 

No More Milk Mustaches!

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The Dairy Council has decided their advertising

campaign that includes the words, “Got milk?”

and famous persons with white mustaches is going

in a different direction. Those ‘milk mustaches’

were rather clever, I think. It made me have a

bout of nostalgia and got me reminiscing about

different products and their advertisements or

television commercials.

The background information is that the firm of

Goodby Silverstein and Partners came up with this

catchy slogan and advertising campaign for the

California Milk Processor Board in 1993. When Naomi

Campbell wore the first mustache, this was twenty

years ago in 1994.

The “Milk Life” ads were created to promote milk’s

protein power. The ads that have graced many magazines,

billboards and television commercials have come to an

end, yesterday on February 24, 2014.

The famous people have included a diversity of

subjects wearing that iconic white mustache. Here

are a few samples: Sir Elton John, Mariska Hargitay

and her daughters, Katie Couric and Bill Clinton.

This is not a ‘new’ subject for me. I have had

written before about product placement and t.v.

advertising. This includes different subjects and

my focus on cereal makes sense, due to the recent

‘demise’ of the “Got milk?” ads.

When I think back to when we were children, most of

my early childhood was without a color television.

My memory is of watching commercials in black and

white.

Strangely, I remember only a few actual products

that were in the black and white commercials. I can

think of more cleaning products (like Cheer, Tide and

Windex) than any other ones. Does this say something

about my mindset? Hmmm…By the way, Cheer came about

in 1950, Tide has been around since 1946 and Windex

was created in 1933!

But cleaning products don’t ‘go with milk!’

Mostly, my memories come from early Saturday mornings

watching cartoons like “Mr. Magoo” or the “Roadrunner”

(versus Wily Coyote.) We liked “Yogi Bear” and “Bugs

Bunny,” too at our house.

Those Saturday morning commercials were to get kids

to nag their parents for different and “new” brands

of cereal, juices and during holidays: toys!

My favorite black and white commercial had Tony the

Tiger recommending that we try Kellogg’s Frosted

Flakes.

When you look up the details, I think that you may

be surprised as much as I was, that there are many

family members in Tony’s imaginary “family!”

Tony the Tiger appeared as an advertising action

mascot in 1951. He has become known as a ‘cereal icon’

and has lasted past most of other cereal logos. He had

a son, Tony, Jr. in the 1950’s. He did not get a wife

or mother until the 1970’s!

Mama Tony and Mrs. Tony appeared a long time after

we were used to seeing Tony with his boy tiger. I

have never even heard of Antoinette, who was Tony’s

daughter, who became part of the advertising family.

She also did not appear until the other two lady

tigers’ arrival, in the seventies.

Tony’s expression of “It’s Grrrreat!” was also part

of his special signature. I always liked the frosted

sugary flavor of this brand of cereal and enjoyed

the different sports figures that his animated tiger

would interact with in the television commercials.

Another detail that may, or may not, seem familiar is

that there was another cereal that Tony recommended:

Tony’s Cinnamon Krunchers. Have you ever eaten these?

Another commercial, which I liked was for the Kellogg’s

Rice Krispies with the slogan “Snap, Crackle and Pop!”

Of course, that also included three little elves with

the names of Snap, Crackle and Pop. I loaded on brown

sugar or honey on these, (as I did for Cheerios, too.)

My ‘sweet tooth’ has been a lifelong attribute, now

considered dangerous and ‘bad!’

This cereal came about much earlier than Frosted Flakes’

arrival. It was a simpler cereal, rice, malt barley and

they were made into a shape (they called it “berries”)

that crackled, once its hollowness caved in; when milk

was applied.

Rice Krispies was marketed in 1927, then released in

1928. This forecasting a product before its arrival

in the stores, has become a way to ‘tease’ the public

and build anticipation, along with sales.

A fantastic advertising campaign included in 1963,

The Rolling Stones singing and recording a television

advertisement! Wow! I don’t remember being impressed

back then, at age 8 but now I am!

Rice Krispies is known as “Rice Bubbles,” in Australia

and New Zealand.

Here are the rest of the Rice Krispies cereals, along

with some international names that make me chuckle!

Cocoa Krispies is known as “Coco Pops” in the United

Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Italy, Australia and

New Zealand.

Frosted Rice Krispies is our American name for a

sugar coated RK, while in the UK and Ireland, they

call this cereal, “Ricicles.”

Rice Krispies can be found in Canada, “with Vanilla

Flavour.”

Strawberry Rice Krispies can be found in South Africa.

Since 1993, Rice Krispies Treat Cereal has been around

in the United States.

For a period of time starting in 2007, Chocolate and

Vanilla Rice Krispies existed.

General Mills’ Wheaties has the most amount of famous

sports figures featured in their advertising. This is

due to their iconic slogan, “The Breakfast of Champions.”

I like Wheaties but have been adding raisins and extra

sugar to my cereal bowls all of my life. I am so glad

that they came out with Raisin Bran so I could stop my

having to supplement my cereal with all the ‘work’

of getting the sugar bowl and raisins out!

I was fascinated by the Wheaties creation story. Hope

you won’t mind reading about this, too!

This cereal came about due to an accidental spill

of a wheat bran mixture onto a hot stove by a clinician

in 1922. She worked for the Minnesota located Washburn

Crosby Company. Later, General Mills became the name of

the current company.

The final product (cereal) went through a couple of

years in attempting to strengthen the flakes to

endure packaging. Washburn’s head ‘miller,’ George

Cormack labeled the cereal, “Washburn’s Gold Medal

Whole Wheat Flakes,” in 1924. Later, they held an

employee contest where the name, “Wheaties” won.

While advertising on the radio in Minnesota, where

the company was founded, they had a jingle that

went to the popular tune of “She’s a Jazz Baby.”

The beginning line was, “Have you tried Wheaties?”

The advertising through radio and placement on

billboards at ball fields led to the interest of

athletes in being part of the advertising.

I can think of many Olympic athletes, along with

professional athletes that have been the faces

who were promoting Wheaties to young people.

Hope you enjoyed this ‘walk down nostalgia lane,’

and won’t mind discovering the new commercial logo

that the milk processors and dairy farmers choose.

I will miss the “Got milk?” ads. It’s been around

for the majority of my children’s lives, twenty

years.

Feburary Means “Love, love, love”

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Thomas Kinkade paints romantic and beautiful pictures,

which fill me with a deep sense of ‘home’ and ‘comfort.’

I get a true sense of Serenity, when I study his cottages

in quaint settings. One of his ‘artistic signatures’ is

to include warm, golden lights shining out of windows,

like ‘beacons’ leading us home.

In Thomas Kinkade’s autobiography and through personal

interviews, he shares his memories. While other children

were heading home from school in the winter, he would be

trudging home to a dark, empty house. He would look into

windows, along his walk home, to behold ones which held

such warmth and light. He remembers he would have moments

of envy and longing.

Thomas Kinkade wished to be living in those homes. His

mother was a single mom. The tables ‘were turned’ and

she would be the one coming home to a house where Thomas

had turned on all the lights to greet her. Here is a great

quotation for February from this sensitive, creative artist:

“To be romantic is to allow yourself to fall in love

with life. Experience it fully, openly, passionately

and purposefully.”

FEBRUARY

2/1/64- Fifty years ago today, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,”

(sung by the Beatles, or Fab Five) topped the charts!

On January 31st, 2014: the Chinese New Year was celebrated,

making this the Year of the Horse. February starts their

New Year! Happy Lunar New Year, China!

February 2-

Groundhog Day.

“Candlemas,” also called Feast Day.

This day commemorates the Presentation of Jesus Christ

at the Temple (or presentation of our Lord at the Temple.)

Celebrated by Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and

Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches. It is the first

Feast of 12 Great Feasts.

As you know, whether you live in the U.S. or not, we have

had a rather ‘bitterly cold’ beginning to our year! We may

wish that the Groundhog would NOT see his shadow! Cloudy

days mean he would not run and hide. This folklore means

an Early Spring may come! “We love you, (Spring!) Yeah,

yeah, yeah!”

February 2nd is also Super Bowl Sunday!

Feb. 6-

Waitangi Day (New Zealand)-

This date commemorates a founding treaty that was

signed in 1840. It was called the Treaty of Waitangi.

Feb. 7-

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

The Winter Games run until February 23, 2014.

2/9/64- Fifty years ago today, Ed Sullivan Show’s first

appearance of the Beatles. When Ed Sullivan saw them in

Europe, he observed the audiences being huge. (Stockholm

had an amazing turnout for their concert!) Ed Sullivan

compared their popularity to Elvis. He arranged with the

Beatle’s manager, Brian Epstein, for three consecutive

Sunday performances. The arrangement also meant the group

would get Top Billing but ‘bottom dollar.’ They were paid

a very small amount for their performances on this show,

with over 73 million viewers’ watching!

The Beatles’ arrival to the United States on Feb. 7th,

was greeted with a group of (estimated) 4000 fans. This

number seems rather low; by today’s standards of famous

fans and crowds. I remember my adult babysitter, Mrs. Boos’

teenaged daughter, Diana wept when she attended the Beatles

concert and also, when she watched the Ed Sullivan Shows’

four consecutive weeks’ performances. (Mrs. Boos told my

brothers, ages 5 and 7, while I was 8 1/2. Later, when

Diana went to Kent State University, she took me as her

sister for “Siblings’ Weekend.” These few occurrences

were Big Time Events in my growing up years!)

Fifty years ago later, a ” Grammy’s Tribute to the Beatles”

will be aired on CBS network, (Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio).

Julia Roberts made this special announcement at the Grammy’s.

February 11-

Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday.”

February 12-

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday

Ash Wednesday

The Lenten Season begins

February 14-

Valentine’s Day.

Full Snow Moon tonight.

Will this help kindle your romance or turn it wild?

A quotation suitable for Valentine’s Day from Thomas

Kinkade:

“Doing a small, loving thing with beautiful ‘panache’

can be as romantic as committing a heroic deed.”

Do you remember those days when you decorated a shoebox

with colored paper, folded hearts cut out so carefully

and adding doilies or heart stickers, too? Then, you may

have held your breath, when you came home from school,

opening and reading (sometimes) personal messages. Hoping

perhaps for a special hand written note, with ‘love’ in

its meaning…

Cherished thoughts of Valentine’s Days Past sent your way…

February 15-

National Flag Day of Canada.

Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.

February 17-

Presidents Day

(United States’ government holiday,

means no postal service, banks and

the public libraries are closed.)

February 22-

George Washington’s birthday.

“Heritage Day” which is the given name for

celebrating the Founder of the United States.

In folklore, both Abraham Lincoln and George

Washington became known for their honesty.

We have “Honest Abe.”

We have these famous coined words for George,

as a boy, “I cannot tell a lie, Father, I chopped

down the cherry tree!”

Soon, this short month will fly by and we will be

blessed with warmer climates here in the Mid West

U. S. and all those countries even with us on the

globe, who are shivering in the Winter months!

February 24-

Flag Day or “Dia de la Bandera,” is Mexico’s day of

celebrating their flag.