For most of us, our mothers have been an unending source of nurturing love, laundry, laughter. While we love our mother's everyday some days saying I love you, Mom just doesn't cut it. Luckily there is Mother's Day, a global day of celebration for the first lady in our lives.
The second Sunday of May is the day most countries celebrate Mother's Day. Breakfast in bed, foot massages and flowers are just some of the lavish treatments mothers can look forward to, but it wasn't always this way.
The tradition of Mother's Day in America extends back to 1870 when Julia Ward Howe called for an international Mother's Day. The Mother's Day as we know it was not officially recognized as a National holiday until it was approved by congress in 1914.
Mother's Day has become a highly commercialized holiday, second only to Christmas! This has been seen by some as an exploitation of the real reason for the holiday. While others see the commercialization of the holiday a great way to show their mothers that they care by purchasing a gift certificate or a day at the spa.
However you celebrate Mother's Day make sure you let your mother know she is appreciated. Dinner and a movie or a card and some flowers may be old hat, but knowing that she is loved makes all the difference.
The rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air have given proof that our soldiers, sailors and airmen have never failed to answer America's call to arms. That these men and women have valiantly fought over ramparts and through bombed-out city streets to ensure that the inalienable rights we enjoy could be enjoyed by others. A day is not a fitting tribute for the purveyors of freedom and liberty, though we do what we can.
A day filled with family, friends and all manner of barbequed meats-that's what most think of when they plan their memorial day festivities. There are many different ways that you can celebrate the day:
? Family BBQ
? Watch Memorial Day Parade
These suggestions are just a few of the many things you can do to recognize the sacrifice made by our fighting men and women. You might also consider sending a care package to a soldier overseas. Filling it with things they might need like baby wipes and hand sanitizer or maybe a batch of homemade cookies, anything that may lift the spirits.
Memorial Day is a chance for the nation to pay its respects to the men and women that protect our freedoms. It is not a fitting tribute, nor could our thanks be stuffed into one day. We should endeavor to make everyday Memorial Day so that the sacrifices great and small that the men and women of our armed forces make everyday will be forever cherished.
Warm weather, sunny skies and hot food; May marks National Barbeque Month and it is easy to see why. With the weather turning from stormy and rainy to warm and sunny everyday is the perfect day for a barbeque. Family gatherings will be at an all time high as we can go out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Barbeque has become less of a backyard event for flame licked burgers and ribs and more of a celebration of food, family, fun and in some cases cash prizes! Barbeque competitions across the country kick off in May such as the Boss Hog Cook State Championship Cook-off in Waynesboro, Georgia and the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky.
According to Guinness World Records, The largest barbecue in the world, unveiled on 20 June 2004, was built on Discovery Channel's BIG! television show and measures 15 ft 3.75 in (4.66 m) high, 20 ft 2.25 in (6.14 m) wide and 8 ft (2.43 m) deep. Imagine how many hot dogs could fit in that behemoth!
Barbecue is in the meat and the sauce. Some prefer to dry rub the meat which is a process of rubbing spices and seasonings on the meat with little or not sauces. Others prefer their meat to be positively dripping with sauce. Spicy barbecue is another favorite. With meat so spiced and molten hot, everything tastes like a shoe for a bout a week. Some cannot handle the heat and enjoy a more mild meat experience.
However you enjoy your barbecue-dry, saucy, mild or hot, try to remember to enjoy the company good food brings. The one thing everyone can enjoy is good food and good times!
Each year in May, almost 250,000 people from all walks of life funnel into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to hear these famous words: Gentlemen: start your engines! The deafening roar of dozens of engines and thousands of horsepower sends a chill through the spines of the drivers and fans alike. A green flag temporarily separates hope from reality-in moments the race will be on!
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) officially opened on June 5, 1909. Back then a stamp cost 2 cents, a gallon of gas was 6 cents, a new car cost $1,280-on average. How times have changed. The IMS is the world's largest spectator sporting arena-more than 250,000 seats and an acreage that could fit the Roman Coliseum and the entirety of Vatican City.
On May 30, 1911 the first Indianapolis 500-mile race was won by Ray Harroun and this was just the first in a long series of firsts for the IMS. The IMS was the first raceway in the world to mandate helmet usage and install safety lights. On May 22, 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
The race has been hotly contested since Peter DePaolo broke the 100mph/average barrier in 1925. The races have been almost too close to call since the 200mph/average barrier was broken on May 14, 1977 by Tom Sneva. On May 24, 1992, Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by a margin of .043 seconds-the closest in Indianapolis 500 history.
Reaching 213 countries and over 292 million households, the Indianapolis 500 is truly a global event. Traditions that started 100 years ago on a dirt track in the middle of Indiana still hold true at one of the most state-of-the-art racing venues on earth. This year the green flag is again flying over Indianapolis marking the fastest day in May.