Martin Luther King Jr Day, on the third Monday in January, honors the American clergyman, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.
A gifted and friendly student, King attended Morehouse College, where he earned a BA in sociology. Combining a passion for racial equality with a rediscovered spirituality, King then attended Crozer Theological Seminary following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps earning a Bachelors of Divinity.
Shortly after he completed his Ph.D. in theology at Boston University in 1955, a 42-year-old Rosa Parks (See Rosa Parks Day, which is observed December 1) refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The opportunity for the NAACP to bring their civil rights efforts to the forefront was before them, and they chose King to lead the successful city-wide boycott of the Montgomery transit system.
Young Civil Rights Movement
Just over a year later, King, along with over 60 other ministers and activists, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Together they coordinated non-violent protests and gave a voice to the young civil rights movement.
Through the next twelve years, King would be influential in organizing marches, sit-ins, and political rallies for civil rights. During a 1963 March on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom, King spoke before more than 200,000 regarding the challenges African Americans face. His “I Have a Dream” speech has gone down in many history books as one of the greatest speeches ever given. Brutally honest, a call to action, and a vision of hope, King’s speech resonated throughout the nation.
In early 1964, during a march outside Selma, 1,500 men and women met a wall of state troopers. There, King led the marchers in prayer and successfully avoided any confrontation with authorities. On July 2, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. That same year, King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his unswerving work in the Civil Rights Movement.
In early 1965, Selma, Alabama, became the center of the Civil Rights movement. A new voting rights legislation was introduced in Congress. It proposed banning literacy tests and mandating federal oversight where tests were administered. Additionally, it gave the U.S. attorney general the duty of challenging the use of poll taxes for state and local elections. Televised violence in February of that year resulted in the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson. King’s presence and President Johnson’s support of the marchers helped bring peace. Throughout the next month, marchers continued between Selma and Montgomery. Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in August of that year.
Author, speaker, father, theologian, activist. King died on April 4, 1968, when James Earl Ray assassinated him in Memphis, Tennessee. King arrived in Memphis with other SCLC members in support of a sanitation workers’ strike. They were staying at the Lorraine Motel when Ray’s bullet struck King on the balcony. Riots and violence would follow, and President Johnson would call for peace, referring to King as the “apostle of nonviolence.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #MartinLutherKingJrDay
Many schools, businesses, and government offices are closed during Martin Luther King Jr Day. Schools hold programs or teach curricula engaging students in Civil Rights history and lessons throughout the week. Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch one of the documentaries or read one of the books listed below:
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY HISTORY
While President Ronald Reagan signed the established observance into law in 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.
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On January 18, National Michigan Day recognizes the Great Lake State.
Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has more shoreline than any of the contiguous 48 states. Of the 50 states, only Alaska has more.
First explored by the French, the area became a U.S territory in 1783. Flush with iron and copper, Michigan would become a center of industrial activity.
Lake Michigan separates the upper and lower peninsulas of the 26th state granted statehood, making Michigan unlike any other in design. To move from one peninsula to the other, ferries used to carry travelers back and forth. But in 1957, the Mackinac Bridge connected the two sides making the journey more convenient and safer. At 26,372 feet long, it is the third longest suspension bridge in the world.
Industry and Music
Industry dominated the early 20th century in Michigan. From logging, shipping, rail and automotive, the population grew with an influx of workers during war and peacetime. Influenced by skilled trades, engineering, and manufacturing, employment exploded.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, assembly workers were in high demand all across the country. The Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan built B-24 Bombers. As the epicenter of the automobile industry, Michigan was ripe for the increased production.
One of the Willow Run factory workers became a Rosie the Riveter spokesperson wearing the iconic bandana and flexing her muscle to sell war bonds. Rose Will Monroe’s efforts, as well as thousands of other women in Michigan and across the country, changed the course a war and the image of women for generations.
Known for its Motown sound and legendary music makers, Michigan and Detroit launched some of the most memorable names in jazz and gospel music. From Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross to the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, the birth of Motown was the launching of an era.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMichiganDay
Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Michigan’s industrious spirit and natural beauty. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Michigan’s history, lakes, and peninsulas!
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Isle Royale – Houghton
Motor Cities – Detroit
Pictured Rocks – Grand Marais
Agate Falls Scenic Site – Trout Creek
Bond Falls Scenic Site – Paulding
Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park – Mackinaw City
Hoffmaster State Park – Muskegon
Ionia State Recreation Area – Ionia
Ludington State Park – Ludington
Tahquamenon Falls State Park – Paradise
Grand Rapids Public Museum – Grand Rapids
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Paradise
Hitsville U.S.A. – Detroit
Yankee Air Museum – Belleville
Automotive Hall of Fame – Dearborn
Michigan Science Center – Detroit
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – Kalamazoo
Air Zoo – Kalamazoo
The Henry Ford – Dearborn
Michigan Iron Industry Museum – Negaunee
Notable Auto Industry
While the horseless carriage was invented in Germany and France, Michigan laid claim to production, design, and innovation earning Detroit the Motor City nickname Motown.
Attracted to the machine industry and availability of shipping to large metropolitan areas of Chicago and New York by rail and water, Michigan made an ideal place to set up shop. Businessmen like Henry Ford and Ransom Olds didn’t have far to go; they were born in the great state of Michigan. Others made their way to the Great Lake State from as near as New York and as far as Europe. Those with names we recognize today. Businessman, machinists, inventors, and designers. Horace and Elgin Dodge, Henry M. Leland, Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, David Dunbar Buick.
Pontiac – Ottawa Chief – (1720 – April 20, 1769)
Edna Ferber – Author – ( August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968)
Charles Lindbergh – Aviator – (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)
Alfred Hershey – Geneticist – (December 4, 1908 – May 22, 1997)
Norman Shumway – Surgeon – (February 9, 1923 – February 10, 2006)
Della Reese – Singer/Actress – (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017)
Francis Ford Coppola – Director – (April 7, 1939 -)
Robert G Heft – Educator – (January 19, 1941 – December 12, 2009)
John Hughes – Director – (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)
Alexa Canady – Physician – (November 7, 1950 -)
Earvin Johnson – Basketball Player – (August 14, 1959 – )
Happy New Year! If your bleary eyed and looking for Asprin, that was an energetic whisper instead of a yell…
Well 2020 is officially here. Now if I can just train myself to write that year, on important things like billing, receipts and checks. If you haven’t adjusted your organizer, calendars, and yearly to-do lists, it’s a good day to spend quietly preparing to rejoin the world. (If you’re lucky enough to have time off to do so.)
First make it a point if you’re not totally digital to transfer any dates, notes, or important information to this tears planner. Sync the digital, worlds of desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile so you have your information handy. You should do a complete backup of your contacts, calendars, and any other vital information.
For digital media burn real back up disks. I know, it sounds old fashioned today, but that thumb drive, external hard drive, micro sd card can all be wiped out. The wrong delete command can undo all your hard work. What would you do if you lost all those irreplacable photos?
Ok, like most of us I have cloud storage. So why do I need to do anything physical like a real disk? Cloud storage has gotten better but, experts still agree if you go with this method, you need more than one. A physical disk also lets me keep my private files…Private!
Data breaches happen all the time. Google, Banks, Stores where we shop, they appear in the news all the time. Sensitive information like credit cards, financial records, taxes, contacts, and any photos, you don’t want out there don’t store it anywhere that has network access. Yes, it makes it easier for you to get to your files but internet security is really only good until the next hacker breaks it. Do you really want to learn through social media that “That” photo is out there. With identity theft rates going higher, do not want to take chances with your sensitive information?
Staying on Track
As a blogger, and in charge of the family finances, I safeguard this information. I use a variety of both physical and virtual tools to make my life easier. To keep my days on track and remember appointments I still use a paper planner. Everything from holidays, birthdays, and planning for both my family and my blog go here. I find it easier to stay focused, complete tasks in a timely manner and use things like alarms on my phone for special reminders.
Outside of that and a secret stash of sensitive login information I’m fully digital. We use app named Prism to keep track of paydays, bills, credit cards and so on. It let’s me track and make payments easily with an easy to understand interface that covers everything. It reminds me when the water payment is due. Keeps my bank balance, tells me the car insurance is next week and keeps up with my automatic payments. With bank-level security and automatic locking features even if I lose my phone no one else can get in.
“Peter piper picked a pack of pickled peppers.”. We’ve all heard them but can you day the tongue twisters fast 3 times in a row?
These feats of tongue dexterity often leave us tongue tied. Training with these feats of language and pronunciation skills leave us with better communication skills. So while fun to both say and listen as your friends and family trip over the words keep in mind mastery of these can lead to better speaking habits. Some may even help when learning foreign languages.
These are often used as part of general conversation and speech therapies. There are a variety of reasons for speech therapies. My niece has taken it for several years. When she started getting to age 3 or 4 you could not understand a word she was saying. By the time she was school age, it was greatly improved.
I also had many sessions of speech therapy after a burst aneurysm stroke. They pair it with physical and occupational therapy, to aid in recovery. Now other than on occasion losing a word I am as articulate as ever. As you can see throughout this blog and other instances. Now people like Professor Henry Highins would never know I had a stroke.
My Fair Lady is a rather famous movie that explores the premise of how speaking better can affect your life. They explore it in regards to social status. In today’s world it more directly pertains to career paths.
A tongue twister is a phrase that is very hard for people to articulate, especially when spoken in a sequence really fast.
Most languages, including sign language have their own versions of tongue twisters. In sign language, they are known as finger fumblers. In many cultures, children usually use them as word games.
Tongue twisters tend to rely on using similar sounding words that aliterate. That means that the first letters or sounds in the words are the same.
How to Celebrate?
- Have a tongue twister contest with family, friends and co-workers. Whoever is able to say out a tongue twister without making mistakes wins.
- Make up your own tongue twister.
Did You Know…
…that she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore is a popular tongue twister that comes from a poem written by British songwriter Terry Sullivan and was based on the life of Mary Anning, a British fossil collector who was known to scout the beaches for fossils?
Are you ready for the week ahead? Once upon a time the work week was Monday – Friday 9-5. Now it almost 6 days a week and family life on top of it all. Lunches, laundry, errands, sports, Dr’s appointments, kids school activities, with all this going on what happened to a relaxing weekend. One for the extras to get done the second to take it easy. The crazy school week cluttered with your job, kids homework, getting dinner on the table each night. It can seem like going from 1 disaster or challenge to another. To make it easier to handle some simple organization can make for a lot less stress.
- Plan out your week.
Knowing what is coming for the week ahead let’s you plan for it. Knowing what day you have to work late or make it the same night as say soccer practice.
- Meal prep
Using part of your weekend to meal plan or do prep will save loads of time during the week. I try to keep breakfasts, lunches and dinners ready for the week ahead. I plan a full month menu with some days I can easily change out. Then I make a shopping list. I’m a huge fan of order pickup and delivery. Instacart, Shipt, Aldi, Publix, Amazon Fresh, among others delivered right to your door. The fee is nominal and saves you even more time to spend with your family, or re-charge your own batteries. Once the shopping is done it’s time to prep. We use family favorites and adapt as needed. We love freezer meals that go from freezer to either crockpot or quick cook on the stove. Breakfasts can be multiple choice with the finished product in the freezer.
Lunches can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator so it only takes minutes to pack lunches.
Stores like Walmart deliver in some areas but not mine. I love thier order service. I can pick out what I need, browse, and re-order frequent purchases from the comfort of my home. Simply log in to the app and shop the grocery store. I can get all the groceries including produce, paper goods, household, pet supplies, even deli and bakery. They have also added a liquor store (in some areas), stores so as long as we present ID when we pick up. So a bottle of wine, beer, and some liquors can be added to the order. Schedule a pick-up time, checkout, and you’re done. They give a window to alter the order including something either forgotten or someone just remembered to tell you about for a special day at school. Arrive at pickup time, park in special lane, and checkin from your phone. Walmart will bring and load your groceries in the car for you. It usually takes about 15 minutes from checkin, but can take longer if they are exceedingly busy. Even when I have to wait it saves me the trip through the store with heavy traffic, screaming kids, and the aisle road rage you can experience in the store when you are on a mission.
We do our prep work as a fun way to spend more time together. We joke, laugh, catch up, share stories, experiences. Working together builds the teamwork in families. It also adds to communication and respecting each others contributions. 2 or 3 can get alot done in a few hours. Young children can be included to help fetch and carry ingredients as appropriate. You will see the pride and happiness shine in thier smiles when they bring the right item. They also feel like an important contributer to the project. Older children or adults can cut, chop, measure (little ones like this to with supervision), package, label..and so on. I can even get my kitchen phobic husband to help with easy tasks. Biggest piece of advise I can pass on is never assume children and even some adults know how to do certain things. In my husband’s case you cannot take things for granted. Anyone who cooks alot knows that a cup of something refers to a specific measurement. I have learned I have to explain what kind of cup you need to measure an ingrediant. Children may also not be familiar with what or how. It’s also a great way for them to learn both math, like fractions, history, like where come spices come from, and the science-based principles of things like yeast. Next time someone is doubling a recipe have a child help figure out the measurements needed.
Package prepared foods
Singles work great for a lot of things like a breakfast or snack. Dinner, at least at our house is a family affair. We try to sit down together and eat as a family. This gives us further chance to stay close. We take a break from the electronics in our lives and connect with each other. We keep things family appropriate with very few taboo subjects. Open discussion is encouraged and every one right, wrong or different can weigh in. Whether sharing a personal experience or just a preference, or opinion, it helps all understand the world as it was, is, and possibly will be. Exposure to multiple points of view opens the world and helps all decide which way to handle almost everything life throws at you.
With all the prep done it makes it easier to get everyone where they need to be. Grab breakfast, lunches, and dinner for later. Place dinner in the crockpot, microwave breakfast as needed, and quickly pack lunches so all is ready to go. This reduces the morning rush of trying to get everyone fed, dressed, and out the door. The big plus is of course dinner is ready when you get home that evening.
While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.
While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us. While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries. Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you. Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher. What do you do when it’s empty? If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right? Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply. We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment. Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.
After all the chores are done take, some “me time”. Read a favorite book, watch a movie or simply spend quality time with your children and or significant other. Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest. Try not to rush through the tasks you’re doing. We have enough hustle and bustle. Making these things fun for all nor only makes them a lot less if a chore, it makes them enjoyable too. As you look around savor that special feeling that comes when we do for those we love.
To get the most out of your time focus on what you have to do, need to do and want to do. Get the have to and need to done first. This will let you be more relaxed and concentrate on the things you really enjoy. I hear the expression there’s an app for that and I can say for myself at least it’s partly true. We use things like Google Calendar, Prism bill pay, Keep,and several others to tract our world. The notifications help keep us on track. Google Calendar let’s us track everything from my husband’s work to Dr appointments. I pay all our bills in about 15 hassle free minutes each week with Prism. It keeps track of what’s due when and I can schedule payments ahead of due dates to avoid things like missed payments or late fees. Keep helps us track everything from grocery lists to tasks like cleaning medical equipment, Pet medicines, simple to do lists, and I keep a running list of blog ideas and scheduling here. At the end of my day I can easily cross off what I got done and know what I still need to complete and when.
As we move into the future technology helps us run our world’s. While there is no shame in making things in your life easier, never forget that things like love, family, patience, kindness, understanding, and others still need the old fashioned low tech approach. I use my technology to speed up the have to’s so I can spend more time with those I love and the wants in my life. Between, Spouce, siblings, children, friends and neighbors I keep a busy schedule and get the best out of life by being available to those I love. To me the love I shower on my pets (our children), family incuding my neices and nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors fulfills my life. Take the time to nuture these connections. You never know how precious that is until the prospect of tomorrow never coming makes an entrance in your life.
Today’s generations are some of the most photographed ever. Honor today by snapping some extra pics.
How to Celebrate?
Are you an amateur, a professional, or takes phone pictures and shares on your social media World Photography Day is an easy holiday to celebrate. Here are some ways you can enjoy this day:
- Learn and read more about the history and science behind photography.
- If you have always wanted to learn photography, maybe today is the time to start taking lessons.
- If you are a photographer, why not volunteer your time to teach your craft and trade to others?
Did You Know…
…that some 12 Hasselblad cameras were left on the Moon by various missions? Some suggest that this was done in order to compensate for the weight of rock and soil samples the astronauts brought back to Earth.
Starting Kindergarten, finishing Elementary, heading for Middle School, stepping onto a High School or University campus, it’s that time of year. As summer heads into fall we prepare for the school year ahead.
I know things have changed since I was in school, but the importance of an education was always encouraged in our home. Growing up we were encouraged to shoot for the stars and nothing we wanted to do, be it artist, doctor, nurse, lawyer, astronaught, musician, historian, yoga instructor, writer, or even the next Bill Gates, was always attainable. Now computers take a much more central role in education. Some learn the same curriculum exclusively online in programs like Florida’s K -12 program.
I also have to say if you are homeschooling or considering it, you have my hearty encouragement. My siblings and I started out first in a private school then public. When I was in 3rd grade that changed. My brother was having challenges. (This was before so many things like ADHD, dyslexia, and others became common knowledge.) My mother devoted herself to helping us both with anything we needed. Whether just some homework questions, or entire big concepts that we were not understanding in school. By the end of that year she was spending several hours teaching what they were doing at school. She decided that if she had to spend all that time doing the job, why was she sending us to school?
It was one of the best experiences ever! Not only did we learn at a higher level, we had a rounded curriculum that included, music, socializing with a group of 40 families who were also homeschooling, field trips and things not typically taught now. We went to zoos and museums, wrote book reports, we wrote and published our own newsletter. Birthday parties, libraries, science experiments, and a schedule that still saw us out the door when our friends arrived home thier schools.
When the word homeschooling is mentioned by some, they give a disapproving context. Claims of missing out on the social skills learned in other school settings, is one of the most frequent. I can 100% tell you in my experiences this was absolutely false.
Whatever the case may be the importance of education cannot be denied. Private, Public, Correspondence, Home, or other help prepare you stars to shine brightly in the academic world and later in life.
I’m admitting it, my mother was right! Education helped me become a success later in life. It also taught me to be tenacious while not giving up when life gets challenging. While unforeseen health issues have affected my ability to physically fly to the moon, I have not stopped reaching for the stars.
I hope everyone gets the same encouragement we did. As a help to parents and children everywhere, I’ve compiled 3q33 2esupply lists and provided links to Amazon. Skip the traffic, and the heat while your fingers do the walking. Get it all shipped directly to your door.
More coming soon….
No matter what stage or where life takes you learning is a life long endeavour. In a classroom or the halls of life, experience or research, give the encouragement to help theirs or your own star shine as brightly as possible.