Memorial Day

I long to return to a time when Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30th, a time when Memorial Day was NOT the “official kick-off to summer” in the U.S., a time when it wasn’t a reason to consume copious amounts of beer and burgers and frolic with family and friends over the course of a three-day weekend.

Don’t get me wrong, I will be enjoying sunshine, family and the sumptuous taste of a char-grilled burger myself, but it is important that I, and all of us who are Americans, stop and REMEMBER what Memorial Day actually IS and why it is commemorated.

Men, women and yes, canines, have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom.

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Somewhere through the years, many Americans have lost touch of WHAT significant holidays in our history MEAN.

There is nothing “happy” about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day in which we REMEMBER the men and women who DIED while serving our country.

Memorial Day has become lost in the ridiculousness that was created when Congress,  on June 28, 1968 signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which  officially took effect on January 1, 1971. This act moved holidays such as Memorial Day,  George Washington’s birthday (remember him? The “father of our country” whose birthday REALLY IS FEBRUARY 22ND), Labor Day (now celebrated the first Monday in September), and Columbus Day (Columbus Day USED to be on Christopher Columbus’s REAL BIRTHDAY, October 12th, but is now celebrated the second Monday of October). The act was officially designed to “increase the number of 3 day weekends for federal employees.”


Well, “isn’t THAT special?”


Thankfully, July 4, (Independence Day), has remained unscathed………


So while I, and many of you, are enjoying this time with friends and family, take a moment, STOP and REMEMBER the reason this day exists.

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#RedNoseDay !! “Laugh. Give. Save a kid. “

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Through the power of entertainment,  awareness and money are raised  to help kids who need help most at home and around the world. Red Nose Day  (May 26, 2016), is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years!!!

You can get your Red Nose at Walgreen’s, it’s not too late!

Then watch  The Red Nose Day Special TONIGHT,  a live 2-hour prime time television event on NBC at 9PM EST that brings together the biggest stars for a night of fun and laughs. You can donate to help kids too!!!

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Remembering “Tula”, My First Mama

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