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Have You Seen Your Shadow Today?

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 2, 2009

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It’s Groundhog Day! And whether or not there are going to be six more weeks of winter depends on where your groundhog lives. I, thankfully, live in the South, home of General Beauregard Lee, who emerged this morning to cloudy skies and did not see his shadow. This means that his hometown of Atlanta and the surrounding area will not see six more weeks of winter. Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits and gravy! We’ve had enough winter here already, thank you very much. And, in case you didn’t know it, General Lee has gone high tech. He tweeted his weather report to the world via Twitter! Way to go General Lee! Five hundred sixty miles to the north, the somewhat more famous (but less technically inclined) Punxsutawney Phil  in Pennsylvania was unfortunate enough to awake to a sunny day in which he saw his shadow. That means the poor ol’ Yankees will have winter weather for six more weeks. Probably longer. Bless their hearts. And Happy Birthday to the World’s Cutest Groundhog, my granddaughter Margaret, born on 02/02/02, who turns seven today!

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Happy New Year!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 5, 2009

happy-new-yearIt’s a new year. Time for new beginnings. And according to our old faithful Gale database, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays, New Year celebrations are among the oldest and most popular of holidays. Everyone wants to put the past behind them and get off to a fresh start. At New Years, people resolve to break bad habits and replace them with better ones during the coming year. People in some countries believe that the new year is a time when good fortune can be attracted to one’s home and family by performing certain rituals. I don’t know about you, but I live in the South, and here we eat black-eyed peas, hog jowls, and turnip greens on New Year’s Day, which is supposed to bring you prosperity in the New Year. Go figure. To me, it just seems like all it would give you is a stomach ache and a few extra pounds. As a religious holiday, New Years is a time to ask God and man for forgiveness for your wrongdoings, and to promise to live a better life in the coming year. According to historians, New Years has been celebrated for around five thousand years. I’ve been celebrating it a while, but not quite that long. Many ancient festivals celebrating the New Year honored the sun for bringing more light each day after the winter solstice, which occurs around December 21 or 22. So what do you plan to do this year to make it better than last year? Any ideas? Why not let us know your New Year Resolutions. Are you going to study more? Make better grades? Read this blog more often? Yeah, I thought so.

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Xerox: “Let’s Say Thanks”

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 8, 2008

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Use this cool widget from Xerox to send a fab card created by elementary students to our soldiers. It doesn’t matter if you support the war; we still need to support our troops who are keeping us safe and free. While we are here at home with our families for the holidays, they are far from home and lonely. Make their holidays brighter by sending a free card, compliments of Xerox. It only takes a moment to send a card that can brighten a soldier’s day forever. You can visit the website whenever you want and share it with your friends and family so they can send a card as well. Just click on the artwork on the widget to go to LetsSayThanks.com or click on “get & share” to get the widget. You can borrow the widget and post it on your website, blog, or social networking site like MySpace or FaceBook.

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