On Ushering in 2014


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Believe it or not, no alcohol is associated with that video!

I recall watching the Mummer’s Day celebration from Philadelphia on New Years’ Day. After all, there’s something about a band of saxophones, banjos, and accordions with extraordinary outfits that capture my fancy. Yes, I am a Mummers-want-to-be from afar. However, nobody does this song better than a Mummers band.

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Once again, nobody in that video was influenced by alcohol. For those wanting more Mummers, here’s a melody of tunes with better sound quality.

How is your final week of 2013?

Following successful handbell ringing on Christmas Eve, we had a low-key Christmas Day afternoon with my father-in-law. A few days later, the three of us traveled cross-state to my sister-in-law’s home for the weekend – thus why you haven’t seen me. Meanwhile, we continue with preparing to sell our home and packing for the whenever-it-will-be move.

Glad to see that readers have been enjoying my Exploring series. Given the mid-week holiday, three more posts will finish the week before I return to my routine.

Given a new month and a new year, your calendars are eagerly anticipating new entries, so enjoy this bountiful list of celebrations!

(2014) Year of Crystallography, Year of Family Farming, Year of the Horse, Year of Small Island Developing Status

Month-long celebration for January include polka, soup, hobbies, eye health, book, hot tea, volunteer blood donor, life, Ok to be different, personal self-defense, wheat bread, candy, swapping soup, reaching your potential, oatmeal, letter writing, bath safety, get over it, bald eagles, mail order gardening, stamp collectors autism awareness, creativity, crime stoppers, bread machine baking,

(Wed) Guapo Surfing Day, Bad Hangover Day, Bowling Day, Copyright Law Day, Commitment Day, Ellis Island Day, Euro Day, First-Foot day, Global Family Day, Polar Bear Plunge Day, Bloody Mary Day, Surnames-Beginning-with-Z Day, Bonza Bottler’s Day

(Thurs) Buffet Day, Swiss Cheese Day, Motivation and Inspiration Day, Personal Trainer Awareness Day, Science Fiction Day, Cream Puff Day

(Fri) Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, Festival of Sleep Day, Drinking Straw Day, Humiliation day

(Sat) Spaghetti Day, Dimpled Chat Day, Tom Thumb Day, Trivia Day, Braille Day, Hypnotism Day, Free Flower Basket Day,

(Sun) Whipped Cream Day, Bean Day, Bird Day, Second-Hand Wardrobe Day

Hope everyone has a safe New Years’ Eve, and cheers to good health and spirits for 2014! Happy New Year!

On Exploring Pollination

Nature is home to countless wonders, there’s time for one more. For all living things, reproduction is about the continuation of the species – and this also true for plants. Enjoy this exploration of the pollination world with fabulous slow-motion photography. Sharing your thoughts after viewing.

On Exploring Nature

This is episode 4 of this holiday’s Exploring series. With yesterday’s focus on light, there is a logical connection between light and nature. After all, light is the foundation for life as we know it on Earth … and nature is the center stage for each of our lives.

Nature is all around us. We interact with it, sense it, we explore it, and even ignore it. Thankfully, not everyone chooses to ignore it. As a matter of fact, they share what they’ve learned with anyone who is willing to learn.

Nature is a fascinating place and even linked to numbers. After watching this video, share your thoughts in the comments. Do you have a favorite pattern in nature?

On Exploring Light

The Exploring series aims at taking a look at a topic through a wonderful video. The previous two posts  examined the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and the inspiring mind … but today is light.

Light is a necessity for biological relationships, yet to humans it’s more than luminescence that stimulates sight. Light is a metaphor for understanding  a problem, a viewpoint, a context, and yes – even an angle. Light is on the outside and the inside … and to some even see it as eternal.

Think about light as you watch this video, and then share your thoughts after watching.

On Exploring an Inspirating Mind

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of my short Exploring series. From Frank Lloyd Wrights FallingWaters, let us now explore inspiration.

All of us get inspired. After all, it is the desire or trigger to get something done. Each of us have different triggers, and react differently to the same stimulus.

Artists, authors, researchers, leaders, composers, explorers, inventors, and problem solvers are a few of the people who use inspiration for achieving at a higher level.

As you watch this video, think of inspiration’s synonyms as creativity, inventiveness, imagination, originality, ingenuity, and innovation.

After watching it, please share your thoughts.