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I am curious as to what posts everyone has been liking out of what I have been posting lately. As I plan the July content (I’m trying to get back to May’s 3 day a week posting), I would like to take into consideration what my readers think.

The Beatles

June 1st was the anniversary of the the release of Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles are one of my favorite bands.  They have a song for almost any mood, and have been arguably one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years.

But I just like their music.  My favorite song is actually from an older album.  It’s been remade several times. “In My Life” was even a tv theme song to the show Providence.

Over the course of their time together the Fab Four expiramented with themes, styles and instruments.  They even came up with a few recording techniques. Therefore there is quite a variety of songs in their catalog.

They have songs for kids and road trips, angry break up songs, angry activist songs, feel good songs, and iconic songs.

They are up on spotify and other streaming /downloading services and you can also find many of the awesome covers of their music on the same services and youtube.

Historical Social Media

There has been much interest in the President’s use of social media the last few years.  Donald Trump is known for using twitter in particular to express his opinon.  I was coming across headlines about it today, and It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend a long time ago.

Back when Farmville was a big thing on Facebook, the two of us starting joking around about the Founding Fathers and what they would be up to.  Somehow Thomas Jefferson was immersed in his own virtual farm whilst in Wiki-Thrall.  At the time we figured out what some of the others were doing, but Thomas Jefferson was the only one I remembered now.

It makes you wonder what kind of uses would historical people have used social media for?  Would Martin Luther have had a blog about his religious convictions?  Would Confucius use Twitter to share his wisdom?  Would FDR have fireside Youtube videos?

I’m interested in what you think would be likely.

May is…

May has a lot of observances and awareness connections.  I decided to write about some of them.  There are of course many other observances during May, so here is the list from Wiki if you want to explore more.  I am by no means an expert on any of these, so please research more on your own if you find yourself interested.

Awareness Month

May is set aside for the awareness of several diseases and causes.

Celiac Disease

Celiac (or Coeliac) disease is a autoimmune disease where the small intestine can not properly digest gluten.  It causes damage to the lining of villi, which help digest nutrients.  It can range from discomfort to great pain and other health problems.  This disease is probably getting more known due to gluten-free diet trends.  Gluten can be found in wheat, Rye and Barley.  It is a genetic disorder as well, so it runs in families.

More information:

Celiac.Org

Beyond Celiac.Org

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a serious genetic disorder that effects the major organs, particularly the lungs.  It is caused by a recessive gene mutation, which causes secretions like sweat, digestive fluids and particularly mucus to become thicker.  There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, just treatments to treat the symptoms.

More information

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis – Mayo Clinic

Cystic Fibrosis (Wiki)

Mental Health Awareness Month

Awareness of Mental Heath issues is very important.  Misinformation, ignorance of treatment and other factors have led to people not getting the treatment they need, or choosing to refuse treatment because they don’t’ want to be treated poorly for having a mental health issue.  While societal views on mental illness have improved over the last few decades,we have far to go till its treated like any physical illness.

More information

Mental Health America.Net 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Month Observances

National Pet Month  (US)

National Pet Month is basically a month to recognize the benefits that pets bring to our lives.  It is observed in April in the UK and in May in the US.  It also promotes pet adoption, and animal health.

National Pet Month.Org (UK)

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo is a month long celebration in the Philippines.  It has its roots in Catholic devotions to Mary including daily offering of flowers.  On the last day of the month a pageant is held called the Santacruzan which honors events in Catholic history.  In particular, it celebrates the finding of the true cross by St. Helena.  Young women search for a hidden cross after attending a mass and the one who finds it is designated as Reyna Elena (St. Helena).

Flores de Mayo (Wiki)

Flores de Mayo & Santacruzan – Catholics & Cultures

Single Day/Week Observances

Cinco de Mayo (May 5)

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican-American holiday.  In Mexico, it is a day of observance on a a military victory over French Occupation.  It is usually observed with military parades.  In the United States however it has become a day to celebrate Mexican-AMerican culture.  There is debate on the ethical points of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, however, due to the fact that it was originally a Mexican holiday and the US celebration has nothing to do with the original Mexican.  Also it has a tendency to promote stereotypes and racial issues.

International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day (May 12)

Chronic Fatigue affects many people, though many go undiagnosed.  Sometimes it is a side effect of another illness, but it can be an issue on its own.  It is often hard to diagnose as there is no blood or lab test that can detect it.  Awareness and research can bring more answers to the cause of Chronic Fatigue

CDC- Chronic Fatigue Awareness Day

Mother’s Day  (May 14 in US)

There are several countries that celebrate Mother’s Day, and its on several different days of the month.  However, since I live in the US I choose to note the date that the US is celebrating.  I’ll be posting a separate post about this one when the day arrives.

Endangered Species  Day (May 19)

Endangered Species day is a day to recognize the efforts that are out there to protect the wildlife on our planet.  Many species have been lost in the last few decades alone, and there are many organizations out there trying to prevent more species from going from endangered to extinct.

US National Fish and Wildlife Service

Ramadan (May 26-June 25)

Ramadan is a religious observance by Muslims, and this year will start May 26/27.   I am by far no expert on Islamic traditions, so I do recommend googling Ramadan and finding out more on your own.  Ramadan is a religious rite that occurs for a month.  It involves daily fasting and focusing on the Quran, their holy book.

Ramadan (wiki)

BBC Religions: Ramadan

It’s Gonna Be – er, It’s MAY!

Some of you may have noticed that in April, there were very few posts.  Mostly this was because of time management and Camp Nano.  However, during that time I figured out some new posts that will be coming in May, so there should be a bit more regularity to my posts this coming month.

But for now, I’m going to talk about Camp Nano.  Camp Nano is an offshoot of the NanoWrimo event in November.  They have two sessions, one in April and one in July.  During Camp Nano, unlike its more well known November cousin, you can choose a word count of your own choice.  I choose 30,000 as there was alot I needed to do this month and Writing was going by the wayside for a little bit.  I think I almost got there, but not quite.

I plan on doing the second session in July, and hopefully to greater success.  If you enjoy writing, I reccommend it.  Its really fun, and it allows you to create cabins where you can interact with other writers.  You can let them choose for you, or you and a few of your friends can build your own.

To read more about Camp Nano, you can visit their website here. I linked directly to their FAQ page for convenience.  It’s a really fun experience.  Like Nano, I recommend this to any writer, both the professional and the casual.

My project was finishing up a fanfiction I’ve been writing for several years yet never finished based on Marvel movies Thor and Avengers.  Its completely AU now, but I still am determined to finish it.  I made good progress but still not to my goal of actually finishing it by the end of the month.  But the end is in sight, and hopefully I can say it was completed before May is out as well.  Then perhaps I can work on some of my original writing projects.

Which brings me to some of my other May Projects I’m also looking into some recycling/Upcycling projects to help decrease the clutter around my house and being environmentally friendly.  Its spring cleaning time, and if anyone has some recommendations, I’d love to try them out.  I might even write about a few of them that I do try.

I’ve got a essay series coming up this month for those of you wondering where my history rambles went to.  Its nearly complete, and its on the Articles of Confederation.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy that.

And I’ve got at least two book reviews to add to the Book it list.  I’m far far behind, so hopefully more books will be read.  I have such a large pile, both physically and electronically.

I hope everyone has a great month of May, and may Spring (or Fall if you are in the Southern Hemisphere) be good to all of you.

Happy New Year

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Source: Pixalbay

So we have moved past the difficult year that is 2016.  A general sentiment is it was just a bad year, between divided elections,  several terrorist attacks, an uptick in reported hate, and people being generally unpleasant about politics.  There was also so many legends who died this year (and I’ll be doing a memorial post on Debbie Reynolds in the coming days).

Needless to say, many are glad we are at a new year.  It feels like a fresh start.  It even starts on the first day of the week so its a new year, new week, and new month.  Everything is new and maybe 2017 will be a more hopeful year.  Where in our focus will turn to the uplifting stories, and people who have been disappointing us this past year will somehow turn out to impress us by living above our expectations.

On a personal level, I’m hoping to bring my life under control.  I want to be able to start saving, as well as deal with some ongoing health issues.  I want to have a clean space that is not cluttered, I want to be able to more of the fun stuff I love to do.  I want to start making progress with the things I used to love before anxiety took over my life.

The good things about 2016 were that my health improved on the anxiety issue, I got a new job which had a pay increase, and I welcomed a nephew into my life.  I’m going to try and focus on those things then the not so good things that seemed to overfill 2016s borders.

I’m going to make 2017 the year I look at the bright side of things.  Both in myself and in world events.

As for this blog, I have a few things planned.  First is the schedule of posts as I discussed in December.  I’m hoping to post at least every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.    In the next couple of weeks you should see some of the following:

  • Debbie Reynolds Memorial post
  • Continuation of the Constitution series
  • Bookit 2017 Starter post  (and reviews!)
  • Review of Rogue One
  • Writing exercises and updates of the progress in writing my original novel

Here’s looking forward to a happy and uplifting 2017!

General Update

For those of you who follow me regularly, you may have noticed large amount of time between posts.  This is for a couple of reasons.  November was an very busy month for me, and “real” life had to get prioritized.  There was Nano, which I had meant to write four posts about, one a week, but ended up doing none of that.  There was also the fact that early last month I got a new nephew, who arrived a month early.  So part of my time was helping out my sister while she was in the hospital by watching my older neice.

But now its December, and I’m hoping to get back on track with a few of the things I want to do, one of which is to post more regularly on this blog.  I’ve started a Posting schedule in order to help me track my posting so I know what I’ve already posted, and what I need to post.  This way I don’t forget to finish post series, like the one on the constitution I was doing prior to the election.

Primarily the posts on this blog tend to be about either history topics or book reviews, with Writing in third.  It’s going to continue that way.   There is going to be a lot of book reviews in the near future as I try to catch up and meet my bookit goal of 52  (I’m at 39 really, though Good reads will tell you I’m at 40).  I believe I did a post like this in October, so its basically a recommit.

This a part of my plan to do my new Years resolutions now, instead of waiting for January.  In January I can recommit to my goals for the year.  And unlike the last time, hopefully I’ll actually keep to them.

So thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the posts to come.