Make Sure Your Parents Vote Today


 Today is Election Day in the United States. This is the day we vote for our President and Vice President. Remind your parents to vote. With all the chaos that’s going on right now, voting is really important. Who we pick today to lead us through the next four years is an important decision. All adults need to take their  part in the process.

Election Day  is the day set by law for the elections of public officials. It always comes on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The earliest possible election date is November 2 and the latest possible date is November 8.  For Federal  offices (President, Vice President, and United States Congress.) Election Day occurs only in even-numbered years. Presidential elections  are held every four years, in years divisible by four  (4, 8, 12, 16, etc.).   Terms for those elected begin in January the following year; the President and Vice President are inaugurated (“sworn in”) on Inauguration Day, usually January 20.

To be able to vote is a very special right we have a citizens in the Untied States. Many countries don’t have the privilege to elect their officials. Some are ruled by dictators and have no rights. When you become old enough to vote, use your rights to help make things different. Don’t sit on the sidelines complaining about how things should be. Help make things happen by voting on Election Day.

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Day of Giving


Kids and Parents,

If you can  donate to the people who have lost their homes, please do. Boys and Girls ask your parents to donate even $1 to the Red Cross in your name. Every dollar will help. Today is the day to help. The disaster stricken states need it now.

I live in upstate NY. I battened down the hatches as the saying goes and we were lucky. I never would have been prepared for what happened. No one is. Help if you can. God Bless you and God Bless them.

Disney and ABC is  having a “Day of Giving” today to raise money for the people made homeless during the hurricane. Millions of people have no food, shelter, heat, or light. Help them to feel the love of their countrymen. Hurricane relief efforts start this morning on Good Morning America  and end with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC shows will remind us all day by asking others to help by making a donation to  the American Red Cross.

There are many ways people can donate:

  • TEXT: Text ABC to 90999 to give a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
  • BY PHONE:  Call 1-800-HELP-NOW. This number will bypass all the other menu options and direct your call to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Hurricane Sandy has left millions homeless along the East Coast. It caused huge devastation and destruction. The emergency crews are scrambling to get supplies.  Supplies cost money and so does rebuilding. The relief effort may be the most expensive in U.S. history.

The Wat Disney Company gave a $2 million donation for Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts, including $1 million to the American Red Cross and $1 million to organizations working on rebuilding efforts. Please Give. Show we’re a caring nation.

National Sandwich Day


 

Today is National Sandwich Day. We don’t know who created Sandwich Day, or when it was first celebrated.

However, we know a lot about the sandwich how it was created and who it was named for.  English history says that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich created the sandwich. Even though the fourth Earl was a prominent statesman and served as First Lord of the Admiralty and as Secretary of State for the Northern Department, he was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. Therefore, the sandwich was named after him.

Lord Sandwich is also remembered for sponsoring the voyages of discovery made by Captain James Cook. Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands in the Earl’s honour, and as the namesake of the sandwich.

Millions of mom’s and school kids are certainly grateful for the sandwich, and we can all agree it deserves this special day of recognition! Build your favorite sandwiches today and enjoy. The sandwich is truly a great creation. Celebrate today and eat sandwiches at every meal! Make your favorite sandwich or create a new sandwich!

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Feast of St. Martin de Porres


Juan Martin de Porres was born in the city of Lima, in Peru, on December 9, 1579. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a black former slave who was born in Panama. His mother couldn’t support him and he grew up in poverty. Martin was placed with a surgeon-barber to learn the medical arts. He spent hours in evening prayer. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner. This means he gave alms (money or food) to the poor. Martin did not eat meat. He begged for alms to get the necessities the convent didn’t have. In normal times Martin did well with his alms and made enough to feed 160 poor persons every day, and distributed a remarkable sum of money every week to the needy. Martin spent his whole life as a lay brother at the Dominican Friary.

Along with his daily work in Martin’s life reflected God’s extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and an amazing bond with animals. St. Martin’s showed love equally to humans and animals, including vermin. He excused the raids of mice and rats on the grounds that they were underfed. He kept a cats and dogs hospital at his sister’s house. His spiritual wisdom was demonstrated in his solving his sister’s marriage problems. He raised a dowry for his niece inside of three day’s time and resolved theological problems for his order and bishops.

This holy man died on November 3, 1639 and was canonized on May 6, 1962. His feast day is November 3. Because of his love of all things, Martin is the patron saint of African-Americans, barbers, hairdressers, race relations, and Social justice.

Did You Turn the Clocks Back?


clock  Last night your parents should have turned the clocks back. It will be getting dark around  supper time. Daylight Savings Time is officially over. Daylight Saving Time was started in the United States during World War I. It helped to save energy for war production. It gave more daylight hours between April and October. It also gave farmers more time to work in the fields producing food. During World War II the federal government again suggested the states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.

We use the phrase spring ahead and fall back to which reminds us which way to turn the clocks. We spring forward and enjoy sunny spring and summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward. In the spring Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to have more daylight. With the sunshine and longer days, we are ready for anything and can spend more time outdoors.

During the fall, when we turn the clocks back, we are ready to sit back and rest. We are sometimes couch potatoes. However, we can take advantage of the shortage of light to have more family time at home.

Soul Cakes


Today is all Souls Day. We should pray for departed souls, not just in the month of November, but throughout the year. The practice of remembering the dead is as easy as including a prayer for the dead into our daily prayers. The custom of visiting and praying at the graves another practice. Here’s a short prayer to include in your evening prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

And may perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Did you know that doughnuts were called soul cakes. They were  plain round buns. Boys begged for soul cakes. However they didn’t really pray for the souls. They only thought of their hungry bellies. A clever cook decided to help them remember why they had been given the cake. Instead of making plain round buns, she made buns with a holes in the middle. Back then the circle was common symbol for everlasting life and our passage to it. The result of her cleverness was a doughnut, a reminder of prayer.

Use the receipe below and make some sould cakes for All Souls Day with your family. Have your Mom or Day light a candle, sit and have some hot chocolate. Take the time to remember your family, friends and others who have died. All Souls Day reminds us of our connection with the faithful departed. It’s a connection that isn’t even broken by death.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine
  • 3-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup wheat germ

DIRECTIONS

Add sugar slowly to eggs, beating constantly. Stir in buttermilk and melted butter or margarine. Mix and sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt; stir in wheat germ. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture. Chill dough until easy to handle. Roll out 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on floured pastry board, rolling half the dough at a time. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fat heated to 375°-380°, turning once after doughnuts have risen to surface and are golden brown on the underside. Drain on paper towel. Makes 30 to 36 doughnuts, depending on thickness.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999

Deviled Egg Day


Today is National Deviled Egg Day.  I hope you like deviled eggs. I guess we all need to consume deviled eggs on this very special day. It seems the whole purpose of this day, is to make and eat Deviled Eggs. lIf you don’t have a favorite recipe, I have one  or order some sandwiches  at your favorite restaurant. Get your fill of Deviled Eggs on this  National Deviled Eggs Day!

Here is a good Deviled Eggs recipe

Deviled Eggs Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs, chilled, peeled and cut lengthwise

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon dry ground mustard

salt and pepper to taste

paprika

 

How to make Deviled Eggs:

Carefully scoop yolks out of egg halves.

Set egg white halves aside on a plate or a piece of waxed paper.

In a bowl, mix together with a fork the egg yolks, mayoanaise, mustard, and a dash of salt and pepper.

Fill the empty egg whites with the egg yolk mixture.

Sprinkle a few bacon bits on top of each egg.

Sprinkle a little paprika over the egg for effect.

Set finished eggs onto a serving dish.

Serve chilled.