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2015 In Review

annualreviewLooking Back

I love the WordPress Jetpack year end in review. It’s interesting to see what’s popular, what we said and did. And how it relates to other things in the world.

Evilwordsmith 2015 In Review

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She’s A Flower

That Can Endure

It’s been a tough few years in our house, thanks to the ‘great’ Recession. Personally I see nothing great about it. But the struggle and endurance prompted Sir Evil to write this about me. For some reason, I felt the need to share today. I guess maybe someone out there who reads his blog, needs to see it.

201408 A Battleship Flower

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We Will Always Remember

9-11 Never Forget by Springwolf

9-11 Never Forget by Springwolf

 

 

We Will Always Remember and Never Forget

Never Forget those we lost, their family and friends.
Never Forget those first responders and their heroic efforts.
Never Forget those who sacrificed their lives in the aftermath.
Never Forget those who volunteered to serve in response.
Never Forget those who didn’t come home from far and near.
We will always remember, with tears, thoughts and prayers.

~ Springwolf

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Thank You For Your Service!

A deep and heart-felt Thank You to all the Men and Women of our Armed Services, living and in spirit! Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Memorial Day

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Thank you to ALL our Animal Veterans

Thank you to ALL our Animal Veterans

This weekend is a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made for freedom. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers. The south too had its day of Decoration, but the date of celebration varied through out each region of the nation.

On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30th date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

From The Beginning
From its origins, Decoration Day expanded with each passing year becoming more nationally recognized for all Veterans of the Armed Forces and from every war the United States has participated in. The practice grew again after World War II when Decoration Day slowly transitioned to Memorial Day and included any family member that had passed. It became a day of remembering relatives and decorating cemeteries, whither or not they were service men and women. Many suggest the sacrifices that all Americans made during WWI and WWII to support our troops deserved recognition as well. Thus the day of honoring those who made sacrifices and lived through the hardships of war were included in Memorial Events.

Today Memorial Day is seen as one of the two biggest Patriotic Days of the year in the United States. Coming second only to the 4th of July. Flags are placed on grave sites for those who paid the greatest price for our freedom and flowers are laid by those we have lost and remember with memories and love.

What ever your method of celebration and honor this weekend, when you see a soldier thank them for their service. Let them know you appreciate their sacrifice and support them here and over there and every where.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone. Please have a safe and relaxing extended weekend! And spend a few moments remembering what this weekend is really all about.

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Celebrating A Milestone..or Two

2001 Ford Mustang

2001 Ford Mustang

Two Great Milestones Happened Today!

The first is a personal milestone..my little Pony Car and I reached it together this morning, 170,000 miles. I love my Pony car! We’ve gone through a lot together.

When I’ve been down, faced emotional brick walls and monumental challenges, I could put the top down, take a drive and things always seemed to get better.

She represents my freedom from an abusive ex-relationship and my independence; realizing I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself. I love my little Pony car. She’s always gotten me home safe and sound.

She hit 170,000 miles today and I had to mark the occasion. She’s been a great little car and at this point, I plan on keeping her for years and years to come.

The second milestone of the day……I received my very FIRST fan letter. All the way from Norway! From a great and talented lady! Thank you Rebecca for kind words and wonderful gift! It made my day!!

At the beginning of 2013 I set my motto for the year:
I attract and acquire more happiness and financial abundance than I know what to do with“.

I got the Happy down….now…the financial abundance can start happening any time now..please. 😉

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What Is That Cartouche?

Our Copyright Seals

At the bottom of our posts you may notice a seal with Japanese characters. Some folks have asked what that is. Well it’s not a cartouche, it’s called a Japanese Hanko and it’s our copyright seal for the articles here on Evil Wordsmith.

These seals are still used in Japan for professional and personal purposes. Most requiring registration with local government offices, much like a trademark is registered in the U.S. today.  Like a signature to a Westerner, they are indispensable tools for Japanese adults in authorizing a myriad of transactions, from automobile registration, to bank activities to setting up house utilities. Nearly any occasion that would call for a Westerner’s signature would call for an impression of a hanko in Japan.

You can learn more about Our Copyright Seal and we can even give you some links to places where you can get your own.
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The History of Samhain and the Evolution of Halloween

Photograph by Mukul Soman
National Geographic
on Springwolf Reflections

The Celtic New Year

It’s the start of the Celtic New Year and honors the year that has passed. It is the time when the veil of forgetfulness is lifted between the physical world and the spiritual world. Where the dead are honored and communication with spirit can take place more than any other time of the year.

An article by the Library of Congress states:
Pagans divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.

With the coming of Christianity in the 800s AD, the early Church in England tried to Christianize the old Celtic festivals. Pope Boniface IV designated the 1st of November as “All Saints Day,” honoring saints and martyrs. He also decreed October 31 as “All Hallows Eve”, that eventually became Hallow’een.

Scholars today widely accept that the Pope was attempting to replace the earlier Celtic pagan festival with a church-sanctioned holiday. As this Christian holiday spread, the name evolved as well. Also called All-hallows Eve or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day).

Visit Springwolf Reflections and learn more about the History of Samhain, a widely celebrated Holiday. Whither you follow the traditions of Samhain or the non-secular celebrations of Halloween; we hope you have a fun and safe night!

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