Ten Things You Should Know About Memorial Day

Saw this and wanted to share with others.

Courtesy of http://www.usmemorialday.org and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

How did Memorial Day get started, and why is it on May 30? Here are some facts about the national day of remembrance for America’s fallen heroes.

  1. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day.
  2. More than two dozen cities lay claim to being the site of the first Memorial Day commemoration.
  3. Gen. John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868.
  4. The first national commemoration took place on May 30, 1868, as flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
  5. In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day, citing a ceremony held on May 5, 1866 to honor Civil War dead.
  6. It is believed that the date was chosen because by May 30, flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
  7. Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field,” Moina Michael wrote a poem of her own, and came up with the idea of wearing red poppies in honor of Memorial Day.
  8. Some Southern states have special observances specifically in honor of fallen Confederate soldiers, including Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
  9. In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to encourage people to give back to the country, as well as promote commemorations of Memorial Day.
  10. The National Moment of Remembrance Act urges all Americans to pause, wherever they may be, at 3 p.m. local time on May 30 for a moment of silence in honor of the country’s fallen heroes.

Sources: www.usmemorialday.org and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“1955 Good Housewife’s Guide”‏… A 2011 Version by Sara35

I wanted to share a comment I got from Sara35 regarding on of my first blog postings I did. I am so surprised how this posting has generated so many comments.

Thanks Sara35

First I want to say it is an individual decision as to the home environment and relationship dynamic any individual chooses for their life as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. With that said my personal opinion is the article is worded badly and even though men and women are not equal in physical strength everyone is equal as human beings. I don’t even mind the word “rules” being used because in truth all relationships have unspoken rules. Had I written this acrticle it would read
The 2011 Guide to a Good Marriage
1. Plan ahead decide the night before who will me making dinner and who will be doing the cleanup. If your spouse has had a particularly rough day show them you care by offering to do both.
2. Both spouses should clean themselves and children up before dinner, change out of work/school clothes so all can look and feel more refreshed.
3. Everyone in the home should be responsible for putting up what they have taken out and each spouse helping with clutter left by small children.
4. The last spouse to leave the home in the morning does a quick run through to make sure all breakfast dishes or any clutter is picked up and everything is turned of, the first to return home should do a run through and wipe off any dust, and help children with homework.
5. Have children pick up all school supplies and any mess they have made (unless to small to do so)
6. Be happy to see each other.
7. Say grace, and have a wonderful meal at the dinner table giving each member of the family a chance to tell about the day they have had. Keep in mind no ones day was any more important than anyone elses, so the first one to speak up has the floor.
8. Never undermine the importance of a daily event had by your spouse or your children.
9. Always nurture each others self esteem.
10. Have family time be it a ball game, board game, some tv on the couch, or reading together.
11. Have everyone help pick up and get there stuff together for the next day.
12. If your spouse has had a rough day make him/her a drink fluff a pillow for them, alert the children to try and keep the noise to a minimum.
13. Never drive each other crazy with talking about work so much, let your home be a place of peace where you don’t have to think of work.
14. If either spouse will be home more than 30 minutes late call the other, it is very rude to make someone worry.
15. If one spouse stays out doing who knows what till very late Without so much as a phone call remind them next time to call, everyone needs a break and some free time, inform them you will be taking yours the next day.
16. Love, honor, and respect each other. Help each other to achieve the goals of the family both inside and outside the home.
17. Never take your spouse or any good deed they do for granted.
18. Anytime one spouse is home alone be it because the other is grocery shopping or it is a day off that’s a great time for laundry, major cleaning, and yard work.
**anyone who believes men are better or more important than women, is a sexist and probably also a racist** also for any man who thinks all women should be home fixing their hair, baking cookies, and having babies I know a great deal of women surgeons, doctors, police officers, emt, and firefighters…at some point you may find yourself very humbled by having to thank them for saving your life or the life of someone you love. Even though lots of men still think a womans place is in the home keep in mind when you need the help of one you will be glad she’s there.

The Mayonnaise Jar

I got this from a friend at work. Yeah, it made me tear up, but I loved it. Thanks Eric, I need to read this and remember what is really important.

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,

When 24 hours in a day is not enough;

Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class

And had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly,

He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar

And start to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured

It into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again

If the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand

And poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded

With an unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table

And poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively

Filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided,

‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things – God, family,

Children, health, friends, and favorite passions

Things that if everything else was lost

And only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car…

The sand is everything else —

The small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued,

‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,

You will never have room for the things that are

Important to you.


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time

To clean the house and fix the dripping tap.

‘Take care of the golf balls first —

The things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand

And inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled.

‘I’m glad you asked.’

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,

there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

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