In America we fly our stars and stripes with pride. Indeed over many years, and many styles have come to be the “Stars and Bars” we see today. This symbol of our country is a lot more than a mere piece of cloth. This flag has consistently stood for freedom both here at home and around the world.
-Affiliate links are on this page. I do not recommend any thing I don’t use and love. If you use my link I get the credit which allows me to bring you more great content. I’m not going to get rich but every little bit helps.-
This flag has seen us from the times of the American Revelution, and Civil War, through the times of today in places like Syria, Libya, Afganastan, Iraq, Suadia Arabia, Korea, France, Germany, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, and many others. It has been welcomed around the globe by people liberated from oppression, persecution, tyranny and any other entity that holds peoples inaliable rights hostage. I am saddened by the events I see in the news today. As June 6th was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day its difficult to understand how we have come to this state of affairs. From D-Day our troops joined forces with many nations and were welcomed with great celebration in cities and villages across France, Poland, Russia, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg and so many others. After liberating North Africa from the invasion force of the Axis powers.
Throughout our long history the men and women of our armed forces have sacrificed and died for the ideals in America and the freedoms we enjoy. Indeed those freedoms are so precious that we have people coming to our shores for the last 527 years. If you were lucky enough to be born here we should remember how hard won some of our freedoms are. Even in todays modern world people are still yearning for some of the basics we take for granted.
Since some of the etiquette has been forgotten over time here is the etiquette for the American Flag.
The standards below are from USflag.org I am simply publishing to my readership to remind them why our flag is both important and the proper way to care for and handle one. Anyone who has been given a folded flag fully understands the price of it and knows the value of which they hold.
STANDARDS of RESPECTThe Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyardThe flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.
Displaying the Flag OutdoorsWhen the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the FlagThe flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag IndoorsWhen on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.
Parading and Saluting the FlagWhen carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
The SaluteTo salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
The Pledge of Allegiance and National AnthemThe pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
The Flag in MourningTo place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
This page is maintained by Duane Streufert, Contact Us.
Questions or comments welcome!
This Site Established on 20 November 1994.
Last Updated 10 February 2005.
Web Design and Development by Visionary Enterprises
Wether its the Emerald isles or the Emerald Coast, they both get their names from May’s beautiful birthstone….you guessed it Emeralds. These precious stones have been coveted by humanity throughout history and its easy to see why. If you have a May birthday this is your stone. If not the allure and beauty of the stones gives all the reason needed to add these to your wardrobe.
Colors range from light Columbian to deep Emerald. Most are determined by mine location. The fewer inclusions the more valuable the stone. In times gone by these stones were thought to have powers beyond matching a gown. Some are rumored to be cursed, while some held curative powers if ingested. Emeralds are so coveted they even have a shape of diamonds and gems named after them.
A symbol of unending love and honesty have encouraged favoritism as wedding stones of choice. The Regency era in particular Irish and English girls received many. Long seen as a symbol of hope and prophecy made them very popular. Unlike the red ruby, a statement of passionate love, an emerald conveys a complex symbolism and emotions. Cleopatra draped herself in Emerards. Rich luscious green color beautifully played off the violet of Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes in the 1960’s
While being most calming color green it reflexes growth, peace,balance, and reflection. Healing and fertility are also attributed to these very rare gemstone. Verdant tones and inside are tempered by cool blue within the stone symbolize a steadfast bond.
Giving an emerald, you showing a dash of humanity. You’re considered “green” or a bit naive when you don’t have everything figured out in life. This should be seen as a positive when you consider your new life as a couple is defined by many unforseen obstacles to confront and solve together and learn lessons from.
Emeralds are often associated with strong sexuality and fertility, it was historically believed to help with difficult births or the problems bearing children. Linked to healing and balance within the nervous, respiratory and even aid digestion. Ancient Romans, for example, felt that the very soul of an individual was restored when they wore emerald jewelry.
So whether they are for your Birthday, or you just love the color I wish you any luck they may contain.
Don’t forget to show all the moms out there lots of love. Its one of the hardest jobs out there and there are no days off. So make sure you show them some special love.
I made it !! I just had my 36th Birthday! Anyone who is close to me knows that not too long ago the goal was to reach this age. I’m not going to say its been easy… I would like to think i’ve weathered the last few years withpoise and grace. Overall I believe i’ve done rather well, even when thoroughly aggravated or hit a low spot along the way . What started as a stroke via a burst vessel in my brain, is now a long recovery where we didn’t know how much damage there would be to regaining normal vision and balance. I had to have specialized therapy to drink normal beverages and to walk again. All the therapy and another brain surgery to remove some of the things that initially saved my life. Turns out the tube had been giving me aweful dizziness and vertigo symptoms sometime just sitting up in bed. That is how i spent my birthday one year later. Last year my Christmas was spent clearing more complications this time in the form of a cyst from the original bleed that as it grew unoticed pressed on my spinal cord cutting off the messages my brain sent to my legs. I was so excited when post surgery and enough drugs to stand sitting up i could wiggle my toes. I had read of people s o happy they cried but this was my first experience with that kind of joy. Why am i telling you all this? I implore people to stop living with regrets and procrastinación about your feelings. Embrace how you feel and live the gift of life you’ve been given . Smile, laugh, cry, express your feelings , don’t wait to say i love you, do not hesitate to clear the air with those closest to you. Start with the general stuff as we focus on giving thanks, endevore to make it a habit to look at all we have to be thankful for the whole year long. Moms and dad’s, granparents, aunts and uncles, friends and coworkers, and most of all everyday you wake up to the prescious gift of children. I have a new niece and nephew to spoil and my brothers oldest daughter who will start school soon. I am so blessed that i get to meet them and watch them grow. So as the hustle of the holidays begins, remember to take time to appreciate all the blessings you already have . Siblings, parents, friends, aunts, and uncles, never miss the chance to tell them how special they are to you.
New years resolutions sound easy with weigh loss being #1, quitting smoking, these are the most popular ones and ironically the hardest to keep.
I know people who have made awesome changes in their lives. The rest of us keep making the same ones. Year after year then promptly fall off the wagon. Not all of us, who loose our way do so because we’re weak , lacking in will power, or just do not care. I am a great example. All my regular readers know I had a stroke, burst anursym 4 years ago this April 22nd. I was truly blessed to not only survive , but only have minimum damage as a result. I still face challenges that keep me from a regular job, but I have my whits about me as they say.
A special thank you to family and friends who have journeyed with us. It has been a long, winding road. After the initial injury I’ve had followup brain surgery, to remove a shunt and tube that were making me so sick. Then after learning to walk again my physicality started to decline, with no answers I ended up back in hospital.
According to the experts a spinal cyst is quite common. With no other options available through traditional health care I was forced to wait for Medicare. Government healthcare does not check for these common effects, they did not MRI my spine till our insistence in the emergency room. One MRI and 9 hours of spinal cord surgery by my wonderful neurosurgeon, I emerged into pain and the ability to wiggle my toes again. Why am I telling all this? I want people to know that even with healthcare if you can find it… Patients need an advocate!
My new years resolution for the past several years has been too regain my mobility. Bless my hubby who helps me with all this stuff and is there every step of the way, including when my sunshine dims. I started outpatient physical therapy and was making good progress. Now I’m waiting to go back. It’s like starting over from scratch every time this happens. I’m fighting to get equipment in my home, but until such time I am trying to loose extra weight and move as much as possible to keep loosing. The co-founded care comes from the red tape between Dr. Rx and pre-approval from government run care, then back to my Dr. Then finally Therapy can be scheduled. This wonderful policy cannot be done ahead of time and the average wait I’m getting is 4-6weeks.
Are you still on track to eat right, drink more water, exercise more, and loose some weight. My “nutritional” advisor wants me to add 400 calories a day and eat every three hours. Does this work for anyone? I was keeping my diet under 1500-1800 with no snacks. I just cannot believe adding 400 more calories will help if I cannot stand to do exesice. I’m willing to give any non – extreme tips. If anyone has an idea I’d love to hear it. Do you have a diet that you have used? I would like to both, pass on knowledge from this experience so women in particular know both the odds and warning signs.
The medical text says 1 in 4 women will suffer a brain aneurysm. In nursing school 9 years ago it was 1 in 10. Did you know that a common symptom of high blood pressure, pulse you can hear in your ear, is a big fat warning of aneurysm? I had scans for migraine headaches, and in all my regular doctors visits I was never warned. I even had an aunt die, and nothing was ever said. I truly hope this will reach women in particular, so they know some of the dangers that silently stalk women. I only learned after how lucky I was despite lots of tries to have children. Something else we’re not told, if it happens in labor the agonizing choice between mother or child has to be made. Overweight, and smoking, are also earmarked for having a stroke.
Ladies I encourage you to ask, both OBGyn, and regular MD about this. Find out you risk. I truly hope my struggles raise awareness for women, and your families. 1 of 20 is the survival rate, most unable to function above severely brain damaged or vegetable. The only requirement that divides is to be a woman, or man. As I read over this post it sounds to me like, I’m whining. If so why does this have to be so hard? That is what I want answered on Presidents Day. I hope one day soon I’ll get an answer. Stay safe, be informed, and hopefully we will getbetter run healthcare system. I got better care with none! Was one of the afore mentioned your resolution? Are you stocking with it? I hope women will add the risk of aneurysm, to the list? I would also say don’t wait, ask your doctor now. How do you keep yourself on track? My best is done with a calendar and a good playlist.
Smooth, creamy, sensuous
Be it dark, milk, white, bittersweet, liquid or solid…Most everyone has their favorite – be it wrapped around a caramel, drizzled over a bowl of ice cream, or in a steamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold wintry night.
Chocolate is a food that elicits an almost visceral response…and it brings back memories… of places and people we love. Brings thoughts of love and romance and desire.
So what is it about chocolate that gives it such mysterious power.
Chocolate contains around 300 chemical compounds that act as a mild stimulant, an anti-depressant, and even an aphrodisiac. The emotional lift, the increase in sexual desire and responsiveness and general “feel good” feeling that eating chocolate causes is a result of the increase in the serotonin levels in the brain.
Although it is not known for certain how long chocolate has been consumed by man, it dates at least as far back as the Mayas (circa 500 A.D) and perhaps back to the Olmec civilization, which preceded the Mayan. Back then, chocolate was far different from what we commonly think of as chocolate… It was a bitter tasting drink made from the ground beans and often containing chili pepper. It wasn’t until around the 17th century when the Spanish brought cacao back to Europe and the chili was replaced by sugar, that chocolate evolved into something similar to what we know as chocolate.
Chocolate comes from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) … a strange looking tree with large football shaped pods growing perpendicular to the trunk and branches.
These pods vary in color from green, to yellow, to red, depending on their maturity. Once you strip off the rippled outer layer of the pod you discover inside there is a white fibrous pulp that has a mild bittersweet chocolate flavor and buried within this pulp are seeds that when processed become what most of us true chocolate addicts know as the “chocolate beans”. Depending on which of the three varieties of cacao tree you are harvesting the pod from, the beans within the pods are purple or white.
Without going too deeply into to the complex process and the many steps to produce what we know as chocolate, suffice it to say that the beans are roasted, the hard shells removed, then the remaining “nibs” are mashed. At this point sugar and vanilla are added to the chocolate liquor. After this the liquor is heated to evenly blend the liquid – then it undergoes the tempering process, and finally the chocolate is molded, cooled and hardened.
Most of us really don’t care about all the finer points of how chocolate is made. We care about TASTE. While there are many fine chocolatiers throughout the world, the most famous for their chocolate are the Swiss. In fact it was Swiss Chemist Henri Nestle, who first mixed powdered milk into chocolate to invent milk chocolate. So, depending on your personal preference be it for Hershey’s, Nestles, Ghiradelli, Godiva, Lindt/Lindor, Mars, Cadbury, etc…. Chocolate is a little bit of heaven.
And with Valentines Day just around the corner, jewelry, flowers, and chocolates are the items most often associated with this holiday that celebrates LOVE. So, whether it is a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates, chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries or plain – chocolate is almost a must for Valentines Day – for both the men and women. Yes, for the men too. In case you missed it, they now make tool boxes, tools, footballs, etc in chocolate for the guys.
I personally like most any kind of chocolate, but that said, I must admit to having a preference for dark chocolate and a special weakness for Frango mints. They are made by a Chicago candy company by the name of Cupid Candies. My sister, who lives in Wisconsin, sends me a box nearly every Christmas and I hoard and ration them to make my meager supply last as long as possible. Originally, they were sold nearly exclusively by Marshall Field’s. In 2005, Marshall Field’s was purchased by Macy’s, and Frango mints may be purchased at Macy’s and they can also be found on Amazon. Thank the Lord !!! I don’t have a Macy’s locally, but with the internet, Macy’s and Amazon are as near as my computer and I can get my fix of Frango mints when I inevitably run out.
National Chocolate Day does in fact exist, while not the day after Valentine’s, Easter, or Holloween, please enjoy the great markdowns on chocolate. The official Chocolate Day is October 27, 2017. I also heard a news story on a major network report that scientists have determine that women require chocolate in our diets to level our hormones. If it fits in my calorie count, I refuse to feel guilty!
2017 is officially here, as is one of the biggest holidays we celebrate. I know the stores started stocking everything Valentine’s two weeks ago! I’m just getting over January and being sick for about 10 days with just getting it cleared. I can go back to physical therapy now and breathe while doing so. A Greeting Card company is not why we have a love fest in February, but there are a lot of ideas that swirl around this date.
Who’s your Valentine? I am happily married for over a decade, so I have 1 to start. I also try to share the love on days like this. So who are you going to show some love to this holiday? Our children, spouse, good friends, that special someone in your life. Mine includes family, friends, my hubby, and my dark lover, whom crawls in bed with me every chance he gets…Charlie.
. Shame on you if you thought of something else. Co-workers and you child’s class mates. I always feel great when I give. Now you can go crazy but my income is limited but, a little ingenuity easily solves that problem. Catch some great ideas for all in the next post!