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Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors Day, also known as Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day, is dedicated to illusions and celebrates things that really aren't as they appear. Smoke and mirrors were originally used to make it appear as if something was hovering in space. A beam from a hidden projector, which was known as a magic lantern, would reflect off a mirror and onto a cloud of smoke, and an image would appear on the smoke. This illusion was first documented in 1770, and was popularized by Johann Georg Schrepfer. It became a big part of nineteenth-century phantasmagoria shows. Afterwards, smoke and mirrors became associated with acts of illusion, as they were used to distract audiences when people or things were made to disappear or appear. When people can't figure out how illusionists and magicians are doing a trick, they may say, "It's all smoke and mirrors." The phrase may also be used figuratively when people try to hide something by being cunning or using deception.

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Brother's & Sister's Day

These are my bother's and sisters, some of them I have not seen since my fathers funeral. When we moved my father into a nursing home the last piece of glue keeping us together dissolved. We each had our own children & each of us concentrated on those children and drifted into different lives more or less forgetting each other.

It is strange to some of you I'm sure but other than our parents we had very little in common. We didn't hate each other as some families do but seeing each other reminded us of the things we were trying to go beyond. A drunken father, a distant mother and rampant sexual abuse by an uncle was what I saw when I saw them, I do not know if they saw the same.

I made a life for my children and me though not as good a one as I could have they tell me. It saddens me to think that this was 15 years ago. I have seen my baby sister many times and the middle one as well but neither of my brothers.

Strangely as sad as it makes me I really have little reaso…

Quirky Country Music Song Titles

Country music was born in America in the 1920s, having its roots in folk and blues music. Lyrics are commonly sung about love and heartbreak, drinking, trains, and trucks. Along the way, many quirky song titles have popped up. Today these titles are celebrated!

You should spend the day listening and singing along to country music songs with quirky titles, of which there is no shortage. Here are a few to get you started: Hank Williams-"Settin' the Woods on Fire"Merle Haggard-"Okie From Muskogee"Johnny Paycheck-"Take This Job and Shove It"Johnny Paycheck-"Pardon Me, I've Got Someone to Kill"John Prine-"Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore"Kenny Chesney-"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"Trent Willmon-"Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky-Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop, Used Car, Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat"The Notorious Cherry Bomb-"It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your As…

Make Your Own Holiday

I'm still feeling a bit under the weather so today's entry is also from Checkiday No I don't have Covid-19 just a slight spring cold.

Today's holiday encourages people to make up their own holidays about anything they want! If there isn't a holiday about it already, it's fair game! It can be a funny, bizarre, or very serious holiday. Make Up Your Own Holiday Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays, who are no strangers to making up holidays. "Holiday" comes from an Old English word that means "Holy Day." There are both official and unofficial holidays. Official holidays are usually sanctioned by the government, and citizens that observe them usually get the day off work. Official holidays may be religious holidays such as Christmas or Yom Kippur, national such as Independence Day, or secular such as New Year's Day and Labor Day. Unofficial holidays aren't sanctioned by the government. Businesses usually stay open and…

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today so today's post is from Checkiday

Today we honor and remember those who suffered and died as a result of slavery: the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. As many as 15 million men, women, and children were cramped in slave ships, devoid of sanitation and any basic necessities, as part of the trade. Upon arrival at their destination, they faced a new life of perennial hardship and suffering. Enslaved Africans were spread all over the world, but most were sent to the Americas. Ninety-Six percent of those held captive on the coast of Africa were sent to South America and the Caribbean Islands. Not only does today's holiday honor and remember the victims, but it also keeps one foot grounded in the present, by aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice. The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/122 on December 17, 2007. It declared the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Sla…

Let's Talk About- Food

A Necessity of Life: A Dieters Nightmare

First off we are not supposed to call ourselves Dieters for some reason that term has become politically incorrect instead we are Lifestyle Changers. Like a change in the wording would change what we are trying to do.

Food begins with nutrition. Our bodies require a certain number of nutrients every day to function correctly. What those nutrients are is a hot topic of discussion as what nutrients in what quantity are the basis for all the diets out there. Everyone has an opinion and the poor consumer (us) gets so many contradicting instructions that we just say "F..k it! and give up.

Then there is the controversy as to rather a food needs to be cooked and the method of that cooking to get the best possible nutrition from it. I remember when you either boiled, fried or baked something, those were the choices we had for food preparation. Of course, steaming was out there but it wasn't something I was aware of until I was well into adulth…


This video is 10 hours long but if you only watch the first 30 seconds you will see the power of lightning. I always look forward to the spring storms especially the thunder & lightning ones.

I have always loved seeing the power of mother nature and what is more powerful than lightning. The above video is a little less than 7 minutes long and was recorded for some storm chasers.

One day when I was a kid I was out on our stoop when lightning struck the roof. Since it was a small space with a tin roof I was deaf for a little while but instead of fearing it I just gained that much respect for it.

I chose video's to share because a picture just does not really show the power inherent in a lightning strike. This next one though is a lesson along with a spectacular display.

Pecos Bill has a lot of video lessons about lightning as well as tornados and other items in mother natures arsenal. Check him out.