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Daily Writing November 19, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,General,NaBloPoMo — aprilgrant @ 1:35 pm

Funny enough, content is not the problem for me to write everyday. I have plenty on my mind, very little to do with parenting, but doing it every day is so much.

Reading others’ blogs, they have hubbys and others to keep them and remind them to do that. I don’t. I’m not even sure mine knows. I don’t think I’ve told him. Things have been busy for both of us. He’s working like crazy, trying to finish projects before the baby comes.

Truth is I’m pretty lonely. He’s been working hard and a lot. We haven’t has a real discussion in a long time. And intimacy has sucked majorly. I don’t know what to do. I don’t really want to talk to him about it because I think it adds more pressure.

Oh well.


Veterans’ Day – 11-11-11 November 11, 2011

Filed under: Blogging,General,NaBloPoMo — aprilgrant @ 9:51 am

Don’t you love the numbers that lie before us 11-11-11? Besides being completely and utterly grateful that men and women choose to give their lives for mine – where the cost can be the ultimate price of their life – I want to acknowledge and share the history of this actual day.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts 

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Whether you believe that we should be engaged in war, or you hate the idea of of killing others, even in the sake of good, their sacrifice save you and your family the need to send all but one male in your family to potentially give their life. Take the opportunity today to thank a soldier. She or he deserves it!


Being Prompted November 4, 2011

Filed under: NaBloPoMo — aprilgrant @ 7:53 pm

I have written free flow, but I chose to use the NaBloPoMo writing prompt today… Why? I’m not sure. Maybe just so that you can see a different side of me.  Today’s prompt:

When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer?

This is an easy one for me. I like a computer. I hate writing.  I’ve always hated writing. My penmanship throughout grade school sucked because I had the physical action of writing. I hate it when I have a bad pen, or pencil.  I hate it especially when I have that grain of dirt on the tip of my pencil and the writing comes out fine, but you can hear and feel the tip on the grain. 

I also hate my writing. I have friends and family who have absolutely beautiful writing, and mine on the other hand, sucks.  It sucks so bad that one time I hurt my writing hand, so I wrote with my left hand. My teacher noticed, but the comment was something like, it’s worse than normal, now it actually looks like a kindergartener wrote it. Nice, huh? 

I’ve tried using tracing paper and other aids to help my writing, but it never gets better. It’s now legible, but I can’t write for long as my hand physically hurts when writing for more than a few minutes at a time.

A computer on the other hand… ah. It’s great! I type between 50-80 words a minute – differentiated only by my thoughts and continuous practice. The more I type, the faster I type. And don’t give me this touch screen nonsense either.  Who can help but to use non-words, like LOL, just to get your point across because you spend so much time back-spacing to correct the character you incorrectly inputted. On a basic keyboard, I can get across a full thought, spelled correctly, in a shorter amount of time that I could type with auto-correct on my phone.

Thought this would be a quick response, but I guess I really do have an opinion on everything…

Hope you come back!


November NaBloPoMo November 1, 2011

Filed under: NaBloPoMo — aprilgrant @ 4:07 am

Let me introduce myself to NaBloPoMo’s November Blog-A-Day challenge followers.

I’m a pregnant wife and mother that has a full-time job. I’m due right after this challenge is over and using this challenge to get me to blog regularly.  I have a lot on my mind and extremely opinionated. I’m not particularly funny, although I wish I was. Those blogs rock!

My son is the greatest little boy you could have, but is so adaptable, I struggle with discipline and getting him to focus on pretty much anything (except tetherball).

I’ve been married for almost five years and we’ve postponed our five year anniversary party because of our Christmas gift, a little girl.

Of all the things I thought about saying before I sat down to write, I have completely forgotten it all. Not quite sure why, but I hope better posts to come.

Thank you for stopping by!

I’ve “started” a new blog for this NaBloPoMo’s November Blog-A-Day challenge.  Mainly because my family follows my other blog and I have found that without much of a following, it’s stiffling to start a daily challenge.  I may or may not return to that blog. We’ll see.