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22 November 2006

GOBBLE, GOBBLE........CHOP


Y

ep, the sound heard 'round the US today in preparation for tomorrows' feast. Tomorrow signals the official start to the 2006 Christmas season... even though some shop owners started back the day after Halloween.

It's funny how time changes some things. In earlier years when I was married, both times, it was always a huge rush... running around getting showered and dressed heading out to some relatives house for turkey dinner... or everyone coming to our house. Now it's simply me and everyone else is still running around. I guess I hated it then but sure miss it all now.

Funny how many people wish they could go back and do it all over again. There's a TV commercial for something and the 65 year old woman proclaims she wouldn't like to be younger because she's loving her life right now. Of course she wouldn't go back... what kinda drugs is she taking? I'd go back in a heartbeat, and do many, MANY things all over again.

I suppose I should be thankful that I am still alive to look back over those years. I'm pretty sure that the biggest thing I should be thankful for is the fact that I am still here after the heart attack and ensuing strokes, to be able and look back and be thankful. God's keeping me here for a reason. I don't think writing a blog counts but you never know with God... He can have a funny sense of humor sometimes.

Observations and Questions
So what's on your drawing board for tomorrow?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1899 Hoagy Carmichael Bloomington IN, actor/songwriter (Stardust). And in the death notices in 1941 1963 John F Kennedy 35th U.S. President, shot dead in Dallas, Texas (by Lee Harvey Oswald ??).

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Guinea : Portugese Aggression Anniversary
Lebanon : Independence Day (1943)
Bern Switzerland : Onion Market Day-Autumn Festival
Arab : Id ai-Adha

Ok, I readily admit I didn't have a clue what Id ai-Ahda was, so I looked it up...

Id al'Adha (or Eid Al-Adha) is the "Feast of the Sacrifice", and is the second main celebration of Islam. It takes place on the tenth day of the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar and celebrates Abraham's (in Arabic, Ibrahim) willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. This is also the time when Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj, to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad called Eid Al-Adha the best day of the year, since it is the last and biggest day of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage, to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Please note correct spelling; older sources may still use "Mecca".)

The Hajj, or Pilgrimage, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and all able believers are expected to perform it at least once in their lifetime. Makkah is the city where the Ka'aba is located. The Ka'aba was built by Abraham as a house of worship and today is best identified as an empty cube-shaped structure draped in black silk. It is the Ka'aba toward which Muslims face and pray five times a day. It stands as a symbol of the unity of mankind and the oneness in God.
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