Thank you for being who you are, hard working women, students in science, arts, writers in journalism, poetry, philosophy, mothers, the pillar of your family, politicians. Thank you for reading what I write, what I share. As a woman I have always fought hard for my rights to become successful, healthy, happy, for my family.
It has not been easy for me, and I am sure it has not been easy for many women who which I have contact with in the digital world. But we reach out, we study, we work, we are discipline and persevere until we conquer what we wanted.
We women are strong and deserve to speak out against violence against us, just because we have been perceived as the “weak gender”. This is a new era, and the era is ours for us to show the kind of strength needed to create a wonderful world of peace, health and love….without violence, and without discriminating anyone.
Men will be our partners, not our enemies. We are all human beings and deserve to walk together, all of us, nobody behind.
December 17-23 Predating the birth of Jesus by centuries, this Ancient Roman celebration, in honor of the God Saturn, is marked by parties, gift-giving, and role reversals.
The first-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus described Saturnalia as ‘the best of times’: dress codes were relaxed, small gifts such as dolls, candles and caged birds were exchanged.
Saturnalia saw the inversion of social roles. The wealthy were expected to pay the month’s rent for those who couldn’t afford it, masters and slaves to swap clothes. Family households threw dice to determine who would become the temporary Saturnalian monarch. The poet Lucian of Samosata (AD 120-180) has the god Cronos (Saturn) say in his poem, Saturnalia:
‘During my week the serious is barred: no business allowed. Drinking and being drunk, noise and games of dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping … an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water – such are the functions over which I preside.’
Saturnalia originated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of the autumn planting season in honour of Saturn (satus means sowing). Numerous archaeological sites from the Roman coastal province of Constantine, now in Algeria, demonstrate that the cult of Saturn survived there until the early third century AD.
Saturnalia grew in duration and moved to progressively later dates under the Roman period. During the reign of the Emperor Augustus (63 BC-AD 14), it was a two-day affair starting on December 17th. By the time Lucian described the festivities, it was a seven-day event. Changes to the Roman calendar moved the climax of Saturnalia to December 25th, around the time of the date of the winter solstice.
From around 1583 the Church of Scotland ( Presbyterian) discouraged ‘Yule’ celebrations. The church believed that there was no basis for celebrating the day as it didn’t reflect what was in the bible. There are even records of some people being arrested over unlawful celebrations during
the years it was officially banned.
kale pomegranate orange salad and a special kind of turkey recipe I haven’t tried yet.
KALE POMEGRANATE ORANGE SALAD
150g pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Sparkling Ice orange mango flavoured water
50g walnut halves
Pecorino or parmesan (optional)
Prepare your kale, cutting into pieces to your liking. Peel the orange and have the pomegranate seeds ready.
Make the dressing by mixing the olive oil, the Sparkling Ice orange and mango drink and the juice of half an orange. Pour the dressing over the kale and rub in to the leaves for 2-3 minutes. This stage, sometimes called massaging the leaves, is really important as it helps the citrus dressing to make the leaves much softer. Enjoy!
One of my favorite football teams wins this 2018 World Cup: France 4 vs Croatia 2. France became only the sixth nation to win the World Cup more than once, with Croatia missing out on the opportunity to win their first world crown.
France coach, Didier Deschamps
World Cup Paris Fan Zone
France is in sport celebration today, enjoying football championship and cycling, the Tour de France 2018 which today had a crash as Team Sky wipe out en-masse.
This holiday — also known as Independence Day — commemorates the fact that in 1776, the Continental Congress, representing the 13 colonies, approved the Declaration of Independence — the first step on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.
It seems fitting to revisit the most famous words from the document; words that have guided us since that time:
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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FUNNY QUOTES AND IMAGES
To all my followers, readers, friends and contacts who are mothers, I wish you have the best Mother´s Day, full of love, happiness and fulfillment, surrounded by your loved ones.
In my family there are several mothers we celebrate today with much love, respect and admiration for everything they have done for the Castro-Pruitt-Schneider Family: my mother in law, my aunt, my daughter, and more. Gladly I am included in the celebration as a mother and grandmother as well, so I am looking forward to lots of hugs and kisses!
Even “bad children” love their Mummy (LOL)
MOTHER IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD, ISN’T IT?
FROM THE CASTRO-PRUITT-SCHNEIDER FAMILY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!
Yes, we are born, aren’t we? Grow up few months and then, 365 day later: BAM! Parents, grandparents decide to celebrate your first birthday in this earth, “a especial day” they call it, a day none of us remember!
Needless to say: years go by, suddenly you are 7 and you want some presents in your birthday: mainly toys. When you are 16 things change, now you want to spend it with your friends, have a teenage party. Two or three years go by, now you are 18 or 19 and you want to celebrate your birthday with your sweetheart.
If everything goes fine in your life and you are “lucky” enough to grow older, twenties, thirties, forties….fifties anyone?! Then what? How do you really want to celebrate your birthday?