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welcome Baby Nora

I just found out via facebook that I have a niece, Nora Ann Marie Cundiff. Born yesterday to my brother, and his beautiful wife, Melissa. All the best to the family and the youngest member of the Cundiff family! I can’t wait to meet her! Hopefully soon.  Know you’re loved by a lot little one! Mmmm WAAAAH! smoochies from Aunt Chel! 😀

 

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Go give it a looksie and read it. Word of mouth really does help authors. I’m starting my copy soon. And I’ll be sharing the link on other social media too! 😀 least I can do for Sara! 😉

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Thank you to each and every one of you, my follower’s! You are A W E S O M E! 😀

and I’ll be working on a special wallpaper for ya’ll!!

I started this blog to write and get perspective in my life, and to allow family to know what I’m up to, etc. I’m grateful and touched that I’ve made a little bit of difference-hopefully- with some of you that follow. Thank you! xoxo ❤

 

Happy Io Saturnalia

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Calendar day; December 17, 2014

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Wednesday, the 17th of December, 2014 is the 351th day in 2014 and in the 51st calendar week.
Saturnalia: Deceber 17-23, 2014
Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn, held on the 17th of December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to the 23rd of December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves. The poet Catullus called it “the best of days.”
In Roman mythology, Saturn was an agricultural deity who was said to have reigned over the world in the Golden Age, when humans enjoyed the spontaneous bounty of the earth without labor in a state of social egalitarianism. The revelries of Saturnalia were supposed to reflect the conditions of the lost mythical age, not all of them desirable. The Greek equivalent was the Kronia.
Although probably the best-known Roman holiday, Saturnalia as a whole is not described from beginning to end in any single ancient source. Modern understanding of the festival is pieced together from several accounts dealing with various aspects. The Saturnalia was the dramatic setting of the multivolume work of that name by Macrobius, a Latin writer from late antiquity who is the major source for information about the holiday. In one of the interpretations in Macrobius’s work, Saturnalia is a festival of light leading to the winter solstice, with the abundant presence of candles symbolizing the quest for knowledge and truth. The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated in the later Roman Empire at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun,” on December 25.
The popularity of Saturnalia continued into the third and fourth centuries AD, and as the Roman Empire came under Christian rule, some of its customs have influenced the seasonal celebrations surrounding Christmas and the New Year
General Events:
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17, 2014 in the World
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed on December 17, 2014. The day is celebrated by Sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. It takes place annually. First celebrated in 2003, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is the brainchild of Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, an American Sex Worker’s Rights organization.
Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, it has evolved into an annual international event. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by custom and prohibitionist laws that has made violence against sex-workers acceptable. The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17.
A sex worker is a person who works in the sex industry. The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes, escorts, some professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed.
Where is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers?
Worldwide
Pan American Aviation Day
December 17, 2014 in the USA
Pan American Aviation Day takes place on December 17, 2014. Pan American Aviation Day is a United States Federal Observance Day. According to 36 U.S.C. § 134, on Pan American Aviation Day the president calls on “calling on all officials of the United States Government, the chief executive offices of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States, and all citizens to participate in the observance of Pan American Aviation Day to further, and stimulate interest in, aviation in the American countries as an important stimulus to the further development of more rapid communications and a cultural development between the countries of the Western Hemisphere.” The date commemorates the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled heavier-than-air craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, by the Wright brothers near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Where is Pan American Aviation Day?
Nationwide USA
Maple Syrup Day
December 17, 2014 in the USA
National Maple Syrup Day is observed on December 17, 2014. Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.
Maple syrup is often eaten with pancakes, waffles, French toast, or oatmeal and porridge. It is also used as an ingredient in baking, and as a sweetener or flavouring agent. Maple syrup can also be used to flavour a variety of foods, including fritters, ice cream, hot cereal, fresh fruit, and sausages. Culinary experts have praised its unique flavour, although the chemistry responsible is not fully understood.
Maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. The practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods. Technological improvements in the 1970s further refined syrup processing. The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about 5.5 percent of the global supply
Where is National Maple Syrup Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 17th December:
546 – Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
1398 – Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies which include elephants
1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu.
1777 – France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
1790 – Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
1807 – France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
1819 – Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia’s independence from Spain
1845 – German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia’s Northern Territory
1875 – Violent bread riots in Montreal
1900 – 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
1907 – Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
1914 – Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
1920 – British Empire receives League of Nations mandate to Nauru
1920 – Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
1920 – South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
1922 – Last British troops leave Irish Free State
1938 – Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann
1944 – US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released.
1959 – “On The Beach” is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
1969 – USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
1970 – Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
1978 – Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
1986 – Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)
1992 – Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
1999 – The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

 

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