Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Women: Today Is Your Day!

Wise Wednesday KNOWSY Readers, and a Happy International Women's Day! My question to you is two fold, first, did you know that today is International Women's Day? Second, are you or those whom you care for or care about, planning anything special to celebrate this day?





Up next is a small portion of the information listed in Wikipedia about this particular event.


International Women's Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

International Women's Day (IWD), also called International Working Women's Day, is marked on March 8 every year.[2] In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons. 


History


The earliest Women’s Day observances were held on many different dates: May 3, 1908, in Chicago; February 28th, 1909, in New York; and February 27, 1910, in New York [3][4]

In August 1910, an International Women's Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in CopenhagenDenmark. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual 'International Woman's Day' (singular) and was seconded by fellow socialist and later communist leader Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference.[5][6] Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women.[7] The following year, on March 19, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations.[5] In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune.[5] Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination.[2] Americans continued to celebrate National Women's Day on the last Sunday in February.[5]


In the West, International Women's Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assemblyinvited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.[12]

In the 1980s historian Renée Coté uncovered the origins of the March 8th date for International Women's Day.[4] Her research was published in 1984 in Canada, as, La Journée internationale des femmes ou les vrais dates des mystérieuses origines du 8 de mars jusqu'ici embrouillés, truquées, oubliées : la clef des énigmes. La vérité historique. Montreal: Les éditions du remue ménage.[8]

In modern culture



  official holiday
  holiday for women
  non-official holiday


The mimosa (technically, the Silver Wattle) is the symbol of the celebrations of Women's day in Italy and Russia
The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan,[31]Angola, Armenia,[32] Azerbaijan,[33] Belarus,[34]Burkina Faso,[35] Cambodia,[36] China (for women only),[37] Cuba,[38] Georgia,[39] Guinea-Bissau,[31] Eritrea,[31] Kazakhstan,[40]Kyrgyzstan,[41] Laos,[42] Macedonia (for women only), Madagascar (for women only),[43]Moldova,[44] Mongolia,[45] Nepal (for women only),[31] Russia,[31] Tajikistan,[31]Turkmenistan,[31] Uganda,[31] Ukraine,[31]Uzbekistan,[46] Vietnam,[47] and Zambia.[48In some countries, such as Cameroon,[49] Croatia,[50] Romania,[51]Montenegro,[citation needed] Bosnia and Herzegovina,[52] Serbia,[citation needed]Bulgaria[citation needed] and Chile,[53] the day is not a public holiday, but is widely observed nonetheless. On this day it is customary for men to give the women in their lives – friends, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. – flowers and small gifts. In some countries (such as Bulgaria and Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.[51]

In 1975, which was designated as International Women's Year, the United Nations gave official sanction to, and began sponsoring, International Women's Day.

Today, many events are held by women's groups around the world. The UK-based marketing company Aurora hosts a free worldwide register of IWD local events[60] so that women and the media can learn about local activity. Many governments and organizations around the world support IWD.


Alright, now that you have read some of the history about International Women's Day I also wanted to include a video for your listening pleasure, it is the Music Video featuring
the singer Helen Reddy with her classic hit song, "I Am Woman".
I actually wrote a Pulse Post for LinkedIn a few years ago called "The Adult Woman's Anthem: "Let It Go" Or " I Am Woman" you may view it here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/adult-womans-anthem-let-go-vs-i-am-woman-maria-victoria-orlando




Very good my KNOWSY Readers,  I hope you enjoyed this day and helped to share it with all your family and friends. Let us do our part to Recognize Women in all that they are for us and in every aspect of our lives, from our Mothers, Wives, Sisters and Daughters, Stand Up and Cheer, Pay Your Respect! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Kind! It's RAK Day!

Friendly Friday KNOWSY Readers, yes it has been awhile since I last wrote a blog post, for those of you who may not have visited my blog Fan Page: www.facebook.com/maravickknows I have mentioned over the last three weeks that a family health crisis has occurred (my Father has been in the hospital since January 21). Obviously when a medical crisis happens, one's normal work schedule takes a back burner to the situation at present, with that said, I have actually written previous posts in regards to RAK, the acronym for Random Acts of Kindness.

For those of you who may not know or have heard of this particular endeavor, there is a site, appropriately called: www.randomactsofkindness.org whose mission is to promote these types of acts.

The last few weeks I have been receiving emails from this site announcing the event RAK Week 2017 (February 12-18, 2017) and just yesterday received this special email about today, Friday, February 17, 2017 as RAK Day!

Participate in our RAK Day birthday challenge!

Participate in our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day Birthday Challenge

We're in awe of all the kindness that's been happening for RAK Week - it's incredible how many people have already gotten involved. Though, tomorrow (February 17) is RAK Day and we're asking you to step up your game.

Using your birthday, pick two random acts of kindness to do from the columns below. Think of it as a way of showing appreciation for being born! Share what you get up to on social media & don't forget to tag @rakfoundation & use the hashtags #RandomActsofKindnessDay and/or #RAKWeek2017!

Month

January: Write kind notes and hide them in popular books at your local library.

February: Make goodie bags to give to homeless people with socks, snacks and/or a gift card.

March: Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
April: Send a postcard to a sick child in the hospital
May: Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
June: Frame your friend’s favorite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
July: Introduce yourself to neighbors that you haven't met yet and give them some baked goods or flowers to brighten their home. 
August: Take all your change to Coinstar and donate your collection to charity.  
September: Play cards or a board game with senior citizens at a nursing home. 60% will never have a visitor during their stay.

October: Leave a copy of an interesting / inspirational book on a train / bus filled with kind notes or a dollar.
November: Send a friend or loved one a care package in the mail with a kind note and candy, books, clothes, trinkets and/or photos of your favorite memories together.
December: Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital, fire station, police department or post office.

Day

1. Compliment everyone you talk to today.
2. Create and carry “thanks for making my day” cards that you can give to people.
3. Plant a tree.
4. Donate some clothes or toys that you don't use anymore.
5. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
6. Pick up litter and throw it away.
7. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.
8. Tell your parents you love them and how much you appreciate everything they have done for you.
9. Donate blood
10. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
11. Give someone a book you think they’d like.
12. Buy a magazine and leave it somewhere (on the bus, at the doctor's office, ECT.) for someone to enjoy
13. Send anonymous flowers to someone.
14. Offer someone a piece of gum. If they accept, offer them the whole pack.
15. Say "good morning" and "thank you" to public service workers (bus drivers, police officers, mail carriers, and firefighters).
16. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
17. Reconnect with an old friend.
18. Donate used books to a library.
19. Put stamps on blank postcards to give to strangers and encourage them to write to someone they love or miss.
20. Buy a small gift and hide it somewhere for someone to stumble upon.
21. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
22. Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in restrooms.
23. Write your partner, friend or family member a list of things you love about them.
24. Put quarters in gumball/toy machines at the store to surprise the next child to wander up to them.
25. Text someone just to say good morning, good night or ask them how their day is going.
26. Volunteer to do a chore that isn't yours or clean up a mess you didn't make.
27. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
28. Send a gratitude email to a coworker, classmate or friend who deserves more recognition.
29. Smile at everyone you see today.
30. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
31. Buy a snack (or more!) at a vending machine and leave it there for someone to find.
Already did your idea? Just choose another!

Thank you for spreading the love this Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Alright my KNOWSY  Readers, I wish you all a very Happy RAK Day!  Every act of kindness, no matter how big or small, will definitely brighten someone else's day and fill your heart with joy, go ahead and Spread Some Kindness Today! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Color Me A Happy New Year!

Super Sunday KNOWSY Readers, no, today is not Super Bowl Sunday but it is New Year's Day! I truly wish each and every one of my readers a very Happy 2017, may it be a year of Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity for All!

As it is the start of a new year, many of you fine folks probably have a calendar or two in your home, office and very possibly your phone, I wanted to do something a little different, my gift so to speak to you loyal readers, this will be appreciated by those of you adults who enjoy the pasttime of coloring! Yes, I did say coloring!

Over the last year or so this particular activity has been gaining in popularity, you probably have seen all types of adult coloring books in the stores as well as online, yes, I will say I am considering creating my own adult coloring book, stay tuned!

With that said, I came across a desktop calendar which aptly is called: "Color Me Happy"!

  
So without further ado, here is the coloring image for today, Sunday, January 1, 2017!


Very good my KNOWSY Readers, make sure to save the image to your own computer and then print it to color as you wish! I would love to see and post to my Page any of my Readers finished work of art! Also, make sure to visit my blog's Facebook Fan Page each day for the next date's coloring image!
Just in case you haven't visited the Fan Page go to: www.facebook.com/maravickknows    

Thursday, December 29, 2016

George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds - Shining Stars Forever!

Thoughtful Thursday KNOWSY Readers, and as you can tell by the title of this blog post, what am I thinking about, the same thing the majority of this world is probably thinking also, the recent loss of three major talents in the entertainment industry; singer George Michael, actress/writer Carrie Fisher and the movie musical legend Debbie Reynolds.

In a matter of days these three incredible individuals whose lives touched our hearts through the years of music, films and books, as well as their personal trials and social awareness, succumbed to health crisis'. Their passing at the near end of this year, a year which has seen the loss of so many other great performers truly reminds us just how fleeting time is and that our lives on this earth is numbered, we need to make the most of the time we have and do our best to live life to the fullest, show love and kindness to each other!

The moment the news of George Michael's death hit the air waves, video clips of his music spread throughout, so much good music to choose from, I chose a personal favorite of mine, his duet with another musical legend, Elton John, singing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".

  
Just two days ago, we heard the sad news of the passing of actress/writer Carrie Fisher, the daughter of legendary musical actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher. Carrie Fisher was probably best known for her portrayal of the fictional movie character, the rebel leader, Princess Leia in the original Star Wars Trilogy. The next video clip is a tribute featuring selected scenes from the Trilogy.


Yesterday, the world received the almost unimaginable news that Carrie Fisher's mother, legendary Silver Screen Actress Debbie Reynolds also died, my personal opinion was the loss of her daughter was just to great to bear. Of the many roles she played, the film role which she is most remembered is the musical starring Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor:"Singing In The Rain", here is the upbeat musical number called "Good Morning", Enjoy!


Alright my KNOWSY Readers, I hope you enjoyed these video clips of these amazing artists and when you do have a chance go back and take a another listen/view their performances/read their books to inspire you to not take life for granted and to embrace the time we do have on this earth. George, Carrie and Debbie, your earthly lives have ended but you are shining stars forever! RIP.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Has Arrived, Tis The Season To Be Kind! Check Out The 31 Day RAK Calendar!

Thoughtful Thursday KNOWSY Readers, can you believe it, today is the first day of December! As generally is the case, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season, everyone begins to make plans for travel either to visit family and friends, others may opt for a Staycation instead, in either case the hustle and bustle is seen all around especially in all the shopping centers with all their holiday decorations up, each store promoting their sales to entice you to buy that one extra item for those on your Christmas List.

As we all know this time of year is expected to be joyous, with thoughts of good cheer, however, sometimes the opposite may occur, what I call the "Bah Humbug Effect", the negative feeling(s) that may creep up and darken your outlook all month long, so what should one do to foster goodwill?

Well I am glad you asked, today I received an email from a site I have written about before called randomactsofkindness.org, very simply put their mission is to spread kindness everywhere they can, however they can, a very noble idea indeed!

Next up is a very short video about their 31 Day Kindness Challenge


Try to complete all 31 acts of kindness in December

December Kindness Calendar for 31 days of pay-it-forward ideas. Challenge a friend or family member and see who can complete each act of kindness for the month.


Alright my KNOWSY Readers, are you ready for this challenge? Remember, if you want to make it more interesting follow the suggestion in the video and write each of these acts on a piece of paper and place it in a small envelope, mix them up and choose a new one each day! Go now and Spread some Kindness! 

P.S. The Calendar included in the email had to be downloaded, I took a screenshot of it, and saved the image to include in this post, I hope you are able to view it clearly.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Feeling Low? Try My Pandoro French Toast Recipe To Sweeten Your Day!

Tasty Thursday KNOWSY Readers, how is everyone today? Are you happy or sad after seeing the results of this past Tuesday's Election Day? I know for some they would have wished that history would have been made, and the first Female President for the United States would have been elected, this was not the case and Donald Trump will become the next (45th) President of the United States.

Time will only tell how this will affect this country, until then life goes on.

So what do we do that we all have in common? We Eat!

Today I decided to share with you a recipe I created, just like Sandra Lee, the host of Food Network's Semi Homemade Cooking, I used a ready made product and made it better! My Recipe is called Pandoro French Toast, yes, in actuality it should be written Pan D'Oro , the Italian term for "Golden Bread".


  
My recipe for this delicious breakfast treat is as follows, please note this is for one serving, to make more servings increase (double/triple) the ingredients listed:

First I began with the Pandoro,  Italian Sponge Bread Cake, this particular brand is specially packaged for ShopRite Supermarket, my local grocery store), the Pandoro is the same style cake as the Panettone normally seen this time of year, except it does NOT have the dried fruits or nuts.

I cut the cake horizontally, across the bottom not vertically (down), to have the star shape which is created by the cake mold. I did cut this in half in order to fit the cake into the bowl which included the egg mixture, if you have a larger bowl/pan you do not need to cut it in half.


Next I used two large eggs, a teaspoon of sugar and approximately 1/3 cup of milk ( I did not measure this, I went by sight, old school).
FYI: The brand of milk you see pictured was bought at Dollar Tree! Yes, they do have milk and it tastes just fine, all for only $1!

This is what the egg mixture looks like after first beating the eggs, then adding the sugar and milk.


Next, add the Pandoro cake slices into the egg mixture one at a time, press down into the mixture to soak the cake, you will need to turn the cake at least twice to cover the cake with the egg mixture.


While you are soaking the cake into the egg mixture, place a griddle (Or a large frying pan) onto your stove, set on low heat, grease the griddle with a teaspoon of butter (salted or unsalted, your choice), place the egg soaked cake onto the heated griddle, increase the heat slightly. Cook approximately 1-2 minutes on each side, I did turn over the cake slice(s) again to further cook to a golden brown, be careful not to burn the "French Toast".



Once cooked transfer the Pandoro French Toast to a plate, next spread it with margarine/butter (your choice) and Pancake Syrup, ENJOY!


Alright my KNOWSY Readers, go ahead and try out this recipe, an alternative to traditional Pancakes and Waffles and even French Toast! Lastly, you can also sprinkle the top with confectioner's sugar if you wish!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween + Old Mill Harvest Festival Revisited!

Mindful Monday KNOWSY Readers, and a very Happy Halloween to you all! Well now, how many of you readers, are getting dressed up for this "holiday"? If so, what character will you be dressed up as? Whatever, you do, enjoy yourself, just keep in mind to watch out for the kids who may be trick or treating in your area, especially when crossing the roads!

Now then, as you can see below I am including two photos of the exact same pumpkin I won this past Saturday, October 29th, while visiting the Old Mill Harvest Festival in New London, CT. The first one I changed the color to purple, as an homage to all those who support the cause of EndALZ, the second was the original photo, so the question is: which pumpkin is your favorite?


  
The great thing about this event, other than featuring an incredible piece of local history and architecture, it was built in 1650 by John Winthrop, Jr. (Yes, two of the questions I answered on the Scavenger Hunt sheet, for which I was awarded the pumpkin!), was that it was completely FREE to the public, there was a table with two ladies taking the names of visitors and giving out free bags of popcorn, as well as free donuts and ciders, another lady was offering a free sample of her Kale Salad, very tasty! Due to the hour myself and my best friend arrived we did see a horse drawn wagon, unfortunately we weren't able to take the ride :(

Up next  are several short videos I recorded while attending the Harvest Festival, I apologize in advance for any shakiness, at times while I was filming I did move the phone/camera, especially when folks were passing in front of me. I hope you enjoy these videos and if you ever get the chance to visit this part of New England, definitely make a stop and visit this Old Mill!

This first video (1:37) was filmed live on Facebook directly to my Blog's Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/maravickknows/videos/692702057555398/

The second video (0:49) I recorded live to my personal Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/mariavictoria.orlando/videos/10208663441278116/

The third video (2:14) was definitely a sign of the new age, let's Zumba!
https://www.facebook.com/mariavictoria.orlando/videos/10208663543840680/

The fourth video (2:29) was another group of musicians that were performing during this event:
https://www.facebook.com/mariavictoria.orlando/videos/10208663835207964/

The fifth video (1:18) was the same musical group (so I do not know the name):
https://www.facebook.com/mariavictoria.orlando/videos/10208663918650050/

The sixth and final video is actually from my Instagram Page, my Instagram Story (0:10):
https://www.facebook.com/mariavictoria.orlando/videos/10208665893499420/

Very good my KNOWSY Readers, I hope you enjoyed these little videos and you enjoy yourselves today wherever you may be in the world!