Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrate Independence a Patriotic Activity

Every nation across the globe has a history about Independence Day. Specifically to those nations that went through a revolution in order to gain independence and liberty from a prior colonizer, separation as a part from another nation or state or an end of a military rule.  The United States of America has its share;


In July 4th 1776, the US Continental Congress adopted a Statement which announced  that then thirteen American colonies gained independence from Great Britain (it is commonly called today as the United Kingdom aka UK) and got separated from the British Empire.

The famous sentence in the Statement of Declaration of Independence illustrated the very core of Human Rights of which the United States of America stood through generations, today and in the future. 

To quote; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Since 1941, July 4th has been established as a Federal Holiday in the United States. However, the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).  From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings.

Cultural Perspectives: 
Today, the celebration of this Holiday has been passed from generations to another. Fourth of July is an official Federal Holiday of the United States. The American generations across the nation take their time to gather with friends and family and enjoy BBQ, have parties, a beach outing or in some areas of the country this 2011 Holiday might be a skiing treat in the month of June because of the changing climate.  

Each State and cities of United States of America has a form of celebration that includes an opulence of fireworks display that citizens will enjoy.  However, be mindful that there are cities and counties that have restricted the use of fireworks

            July 4th 2011 is the Celebration of the 235th Birthday of America’s Independence!
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In California, KGO-TV San Francisco  made a list of the cities that will provide Fireworks and Events for the 4th of July celebration.  The city near you may have a similar celebration.

Economically, it is also a celebratory time among big and small merchants to bring their themed products that depict the red, white and blue colors of the American Flag. Restaurants, resorts and hotels as well. A week or two before the 4th of July, majority of stores, supermarkets, and specialty stores have been selling their merchandize. Foods like chocolates and candies that were wrapped with this holiday theme will be sold fifty percent off on that day. Similar themed oriented goods and food stuffs are seen everywhere across United States during other US holidays like Halloween or Christmas.

On a similar note, our neighboring country, Canada will celebrate their Canada Day on July 1st. Their celebration is only a few days before the United States of America celebrates the Independence Day. Canadians celebrate their Canada Day in a very similar fashion as we in America do - gathering with friends and family and enjoy the Holiday. 

To everyone, wherever the location of your celebration please be safe always. Have a designated driver in your group, and please Do Not Drive When Drunk to keep the safety of everyone.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Positives Influences Better Outlook

It was a Sunday morning and doing some readings after breakfast. I come across of an article shared by one friend. And a link to another article caught my eyes because of its intriguing title, “Things You Can Give When You Think You Have Nothing Left To Give”. As a critical thinker myself, I clicked on the link and was led to the List of items that was refreshing, simple and easy to read. Indeed, it made my day.

I like to share with you the List of Things that I read. You will then make your own reflection if there is a role of any of them in your daily life. Somehow, it will be great to demonstrate the humane aspect within us every now and then if not always.

This list is a reminder of intangible things that we somehow forget doing during or in between our day to day activities. 

  1. Give A Smile
    Give a smile and give it to every single person that you meet, and you will receive smiles in return.

  1. Give Out Good Thoughts
    Give out good thoughts about others, and even about what you find yourself doing, and you will live a good life, and good thoughts will be thought about you.
  1. Give A Kind Word
    Give a kind word to others and your kindness will be returned with kindness. Mankind was created to be kind.
  1. Give A Cheerful Disposition
    Give a cheerful disposition and your cheerfulness will be cheered and not jeered.
  1. Give Appreciation
    Give appreciation and your life will appreciate (be added to in value), and in turn you will be greatly appreciated.
  1. Give Encouragement
    Give encouragement and you will be imbued with fresh courage to face each day, and be prepared to attract encouragers to you.
  1. Give Honor
    Give honor where honor is due, for this is the honorable thing to do, and be prepared for fresh applause.
  1. Give Happiness
    Give happiness and you will be unable to avoid the happy feeling that accompanies it, and brings happiness to you as well.
  1. Give Of Your Time
    Give of your time to a greater cause than yourself, and it will cause you to be rewarded in ways that you can only start to imagine.
  1. Give Hope
    Give hope and watch hopelessness disappear, faith rise, and joy abound.
  1. Give Prayer
    Give prayer for your friends and for those who may be perceived as enemies. There is so much anger in the air in our world, and these prayers will go a long way to bringing the miraculous into play amidst the madness.
Disclaimer:  The Author, Peter G. James Sinclair, granted permission to reprint the listed “11 Things to Give..”  Peter G. James Sinclair, is a Heart To Heart Resuscitation Specialist,

The listed actions may seem ‘silly to others’ but your judgment will be as good as mine. We seem to focus heavily on our many business activities on a daily basis. It may be a great idea to incorporate some of these into our daily itineraries. Touching the lives of others in a simple way will make a big difference.

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