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November 2, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”
★~ All Souls Day
It’s a little confusing. Saturday was All Saints Day. Today is All Souls Day when all the departed — not just saints — are remembered. The Day of the Dead celebration started on November 1st and will typically end on November 3. These days, the Catholics, Episcopalians, and Lutherans (maybe more) usually combine All Saints and All Souls days, into one big service. If you grew up as a Catholic kid, more than likely, you went to two services and the holy ones would dress in the in the big vestments and parade around, with the big banners. It appears that these days that both services are on Sunday and afterward coffee and All Saints Day cake is served while memories of the dearly departed are shared.
The best guess of most religious historians is that all these celebration came from Samhain. A Pagan festival, celebrated from Sunset October 31 through Sunset November 1st and almost halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It’s considered a liminal time, when the veil between life and death grows thin. Food is set aside for ancestors and protective spirits and rituals honoring the dead take place. I always leave a candy bar out for dearly departed Joe.
★~ Cookie Monster Day:
C is for COOKIE! Today we celebrate the birthday of everyone’s favorite blue monster with a voracious appetite. Jim Henson created the original version of Cookie Monster for a General Foods commercial in 1966, and the beloved character appeared in the very first episode of Sesame Street in 1969. Cookie Monster’s googly eyes are never too big for his stomach, and he’s always ready to enjoy MORE cookies!
Cookie’s and lots of them are the best way to celebrate Cookie Monsters Day!
★~ Deviled Egg Day:
A deviled egg by another name is eggs mimosa. This dish is a traditional favorite in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome but the term “deviled” didn’t appear until the 18th century when it was used to describe highly seasoned, fried, or boiled dishes. By the 19th century, the word “deviled” was used to describe hot seasonings in general. Today, not all deviled egg recipes are spicy, but a little cayenne pepper or hot mustard can always give them an extra kick.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1896 – Britain issued the first motor car insurance policy, but damage caused by frightened horses was specifically excluded.
♥~ 1898 – Official birthday of cheerleading, which began in 1898.
♥~ 1947 – The Spruce Goose – The world’s largest and widest plane ever built — with a wingspan of 319 feet, 11 inches — made its only flight on this day in 1947. Its pilot, owner, and designer, Howard Hughes, flew the huge, wooden plane over Long Beach Harbor, California at an altitude of 70 feet. The flight lasted just one minute.
♥~ 2003 – British intelligence finally identified a mysterious transmission that had baffled analysts for days. The nation’s leading communications scientists determined strange high-frequency noises coming from Scarborough signal station in Yorkshire were caused by a goat rubbing its horns against an antenna mast.
♥~ 2006 – Jackson Pollock’s ‘splatter’ painting No. 5 1948 sold for $140 million by entertainment mogul David Geffen to Mexican financier David Martinez. Pollock created the painting by dribbling paint on to a bare board laid on the floor of his studio.
♥~ 1913 – Burt Lancaster Academy Award-winning actor: Elmer Gantry, ; Trapeze, From Here to Eternity, The Bird Man of Alcatraz, The Unforgiven, Atlantic City, Local Hero, Field of Dreams, The Phantom of the Opera, The Rainmaker, The Rose Tattoo, Scorpio, Tough Guys, Airport, Come Back Little Sheba, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Judgment at Nuremberg; circus acrobat;
♥~ 1961 – k.d. (Kathryn Dawn) Lang, singer: In honor of her birthday some people refuse to capitalize the first letters of their name. Songs include: LPs: Angel with a Lariat, Shadowland, Absolute Torch and Twang, Ingenue, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, All You Can Eat, Drag ,Invincible Summer, Live by Request.
I find the quote above very meaningful. Today, Cole and I are heading out for breakfast and then will swing by the cemetery to visit with Joe’s parents and spread a few of Joe’s ashes. The weather is cool, brisk and sunny. Perfect. Hope your Sunday is perfect too. Give my best to your dearly departed love one’s!
Odd Loves Company,
P.S. The picture at the top of the post is from Friday night when Lake Michigan got frisky…