Monday, February 19, 2018
Happy Presidents' Day! Hope you're enjoying a day off. My high school student is, but not my college student.
If you've ever wondered about the history of Presidents' Day, here's some information from History.com:
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
For more on the history of Presidents' Day, click here.
Are you off for Presidents' Day? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Monday, February 12, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
Hubby found some interesting information yesterday and suggested that I use it for a blog post. I thought this was a fascinating topic, and only recently learned about myself (like literally last week in the book I'm reading White Like Her). So, thanks to Hubby, here's an article from Royal Tours of New Orleans that explains just what the tignon laws of Louisiana were:
The tignon was the mandatory headwear for Black Creole women in Louisiana during the Spanish colonial period, and the style was adopted throughout the Caribbean island communities as well. This headdress was required by Louisiana laws in 1785. Called the Tignon Laws, they prescribed appropriate public dress for females of color in colonial society, where women of color and some white women tried to outdo each other in beauty, dress, ostentation and manners.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Recently, however, I learned about an athlete named Williw O'Ree who was known as the Jackie Robinson of Ice Hockey. Here's an article from Bleachreport.com that tells his story:
Back in 1958 the world was a different place. Racism was more openly rampant and no black person had ever taken the ice in the NHL. But Willie O’Ree came along and changed all that. He broke the color barrier and became known as the “Jackie Robinson of hockey.”
It wasn’t easy for O’Ree, who had to endure the racially tinged chants from fans, as Mike Walsh recalls O’Ree saying in Walsh’s “Soul on Ice” story on Missioncreep.com.
"Fans would yell, 'Go back to the South' and 'How come you're not picking cotton?' Things like that. It didn't bother me. I just wanted to be a hockey player, and if they couldn't accept that fact, that was their problem, not mine."
While a lesser man might have caved in under the weight of those difficult times, O’Ree didn’t let it bother him. He used his love of hockey and his strong will and character to persevere beyond what many others could have accomplished.
But it wasn’t just his color that he had to overcome. During the 1955-56 hockey season, O’Ree played for the Kitchener-Waterloo Canucks, a junior league team. He was struck in the right eye by a puck, and the injury was so bad that he was legally blind in that eye. Though doctors advised him to quit playing, O’Ree persevered.
In eight weeks he was back on the ice.
But he was a left-winger, so his eye problems forced him to switch to the right side, a move that he made with the same grace and success he did with everything else.
O’Ree’s history day came on January 18, 1958, in Montreal. He took the ice with the Boston Bruins, becoming the first black player to make it to the NHL. He expected a stronger reaction, hopeful that the publicity could help other young black athletes, but the story was handled with little fanfare.
Life was hard for a black hockey player, but O’Ree never backed down or let it stop him.
One night, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Eric Nesterenko butt-ended O’Ree in the face with his stick. He knocked out two of Willie’s teeth and broke his nose. O’Ree didn’t back down, however, hitting the Hawks player over the head with his stick.
After being traded by the Bruins following the 1961 season, he never again played in the NHL despite his talent. To this day he is regarded as a footnote in the sport, which isn’t right. What O’Ree endured was more than what any single hockey player has ever had to endure. There will never be another such first in the game. Fittingly, it was Willie O’Ree, a fighter to the end.
Had you ever heard of Willie O'Ree? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
Monday, January 22, 2018
My Friend Lorie gave me this recipe recently and she says it's absolutely wonderful and incredibly easy! It's for the crock pot, so how can you go wrong with that? I hope to try it this week! Enjoy.
Shredded Turkey Sandwiches
1 frozen Butterball boneless breast (thaw in fridge for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours)
1/2 bottle or can of beer
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of butter
A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
Remove plastic wrap from turkey, remove gravy packet, cut off netting over turkey and trim excess fat (pull up on fat and it trims off very easily with kitchen scissors)
Wash the turkey breast and place in crock pot with beer, water and butter. Add the rosemary to the top pot for flavor.
Cook on low for 5 - 6 hours. (Cook on high if the breast is still partially frozen.)
Discard rosemary. Shred the turkey using two forks. Turn crock pot to low and cook on low until ready to eat. Serve on favorite buns either alone or with you favorite BBQ sauce.
One Butterball breast feeds about 7 people.
Don't you think this sounds healthier than pork BBQ?
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