December 10: International Human Rights Day & Lager Day

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December 10th

★~ Today’s Quote: One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt-

★~ The Long Nights Moon: 

During December the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest which is why December’s moon is often called The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule.  A total eclipse of the moon will be visible in Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean region and North America.

★~ International Human Rights Day:

Following a year of protests in many countries,  Human RIghts day  2011 will recognized the significance of social media  and technology in assisting human rights defenders in new ways.

“Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.” Kofi Annan. Click for More about Human Rights.

★~ National Lager Day:

Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served.

Lager is the dominant beer style throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma of the different styles of beer.

To celebrate National Lager Day, pop open your favorite lager and offer a toast to Human Rights Day.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1915 – The one-millionth Ford automobile rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co.

♥~ 1953 – With an investment of $7,600, Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy magazine. There is no date printed on the first issue — now acollector’s item. The reason, according to Hef, is that he doubted anyone would expect a second issue to be printed. Included in this first issue: A classic, nude, calendar photo of actress Marilyn Monroe.

♥~ 1988 – Chicago’s Look Away was the #1 single in the U.S. It was one of three top-ten hits from the Chicago 19 album (the others were I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love and You’re Not Alone).

♥~ 1994 – Kenny G’s Miracles: The Holiday Album was number one in the U.S. It became the best selling Christmas album in history, selling over 8 million albums as of 2000. The tracks: Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, Greensleeves,Miracles, Little Drummer Boy, The Chanukah Song, Silver Bells, Away in a Manger and Brahms Lullaby.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1838 – Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest poets, was born at Amherst, MA. She was reclusive, mysterious and frail in health. In popular myth, she was a virginal recluse who dressed all in white and wrote passionate poems that were unlike anything being written at the time. Relatively little is known about her life, and biographers often try to use clues in her poems to guess about her habits, personality, and sexuality. Seven of her poems were published during her life, but after her death on May 15, 1886, at Amherst, MA, her sister, Lavinia, discovered almost 2,000 more poems written on the backs of envelopes and other scraps of paper locked in her bureau. They were published gradually, over 50 years, beginning in 1890. The little-known Emily Dickinson who was born, lived and died at Amherst now is recognized as one of the most original poets of the English-speaking world.

♥~ 1903 – Mary Norton author: children’s books: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Borrowers; died Aug 29, 1992

♥~ 1952 – Susan Dey actress: The Partridge Family, L.A. Law, Love and War, Emerald Point N.A.S., Blue River, Sunset Limousine, Comeback Kid, First Love

♥~ 1956  – Rod Blagojevich, Former governor of Illinois

♥~ 1974 – Meg White musician: drums: duo: The White Stripes: Blue Orchid, Jolene Live Under Blackpool Lights, Hardest Button to Button, Hotel Yorba, Fell in Love With a Girl, Seven Nation Army

★~ Did You Know: 

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson


I ran across this video while researching Human Rights Day and found it fascinating. It was produced in 2008 which means of-course the figures are even larger in 2011. So what does it all mean?

Wishing everone a crowd free, line free Saturday–unless of-course you like crowds and lines. Leave El Morno a comment if you have a morno minute. Odd Loves Company.

14 thoughts on “December 10: International Human Rights Day & Lager Day

  1. Can you believe I slept in today? Never happens. Lager Day now you are talking.

    Human Rights seem to be the crust of every conversation which is a good thing but think the the word responsibility needs to be added after rights.

    Have a great day. I am making spaghetti sauce.

  2. Big year for human rights…hope it is not just a phase and some changes are actually made.
    Love Emily Dickinson. Such an odd and amazingly creative person.
    Off to battle the crowds. Have a great day.

  3. Saw the moon last night while out with the dog. It was so bright, shining on the snow that I didn’t need any other light. Was in the wrong part of the world to see the eclipse, I”m sure it was spectacular. Did not know that Rod Blag…was born the same year as me. He seems much younger and foolish…just sayin.

  4. Yum, home made spaghetti sauce. Makes me hungry just thinking aobut it.
    I am so happy I am not one to clog up the text message lines!

  5. I really like the photo at the beginning of this post, Katybeth!

    I loved Mary Norton books as a child, and remember seeing the movie “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.”

    I wanted my hair to be like Susan Dey’s when she was on “The Partridge Family” (it didn’t happen!).


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