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October 12, 2015

Columbus Day
Oy vey.  Not until I was an adult, and not until the past couple of years at that, did I learn about the controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus. When I was a kid it all sounded so great, "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue."  But in the past few years the evidence suggests that perhaps we shouldn't be celebrating him. Perhaps the Native Americans have valid reasons for their protests regarding this man. We've heard all the positives and "pros" about Columbus.
So here's a few "cons" about Columbus:
Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery
What were bad things Christopher Columbus did?
Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day
The Truth About Columbus
As seems to be typical of American History, the involvement of Columbus in the forming of America has been embellished and spun to make it seem heroic and glorious. Ugh. The evidence is stacked against Columbus by too many varied sources.

Native American Day
The History of Native American Indians
New Discovery Confirms Native American Views on Their Ancestry
"Maybe every time Columbus Day comes around, we should rethink who the real heroes are."
Indian-Killer Andrew Jackson Deserves Top Spot on List of Worst U.S. Presidents
The Native Americans have been treated horribly in the history of the United States. What people group wouldn't rise up to defend themselves, their wives and children and livelihoods, when attacked? Another black mark in American history. SIGH.

Old Farmers Day
The discovery of farming created the roots of modern civilization
The Story of Farming
A Day in the Life
Hope and Hardship: The Life of a First Time Farmer
10 Ways Marrying a Farmer Will Change Your Life

World Arthritis Day
The link for today provides some good background on arthritis.
Support for all ages afflicted with arthritis
Tips to manage pain from arthritis naturally
The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints (a story of  juvenile idiopathic arthritis)
Types of arthritis
The Ultimate Arthritis Diet
Foods to Avoid with Arthritis
14 Foods That Fight Inflammation

International Moment of Frustration Day
8 Ways to Deal With Frustration
4 Tips to Deal With Frustrating People
Six Great Ways to Vent Your Frustrations
33 Ways To Overcome Frustration

Cookbook Launch Day
I've actually been half-heartedly working on a family cookbook for a few years now.  I've been slowly gathering recipes from my grandparents, parents, and also my sister-in-loves favorite family recipes.  With today being a cookbook launch day I'm inspired to get going on it again and finally get it published for family. My main goal is to get all the comforting, favorite family recipes in one place and preserved for future family members.
How about you?  Have you ever participated in creating a cookbook? So many different organizations do them for fundraisers, family reunions, churches, etc.  If you want to create a cookbook for a similar reason there are a lot of different self publishers out there, such as: Heritage Cookbook, Morris Press Cookbooks, Blurb Cookbooks, Cookbook Cafe (digital cookbooks), and a bunch of others.
One of my besties reads cookbooks, yes reads them as if they were novels!  It's fun the things she finds in them. I confess I do love cookbooks. I kind of collect them, not like my bestie does but I have a decent collection.
Apparently this isn't the only day one can launch a cookbook but it is the day someone decided to highlight.
Maybe you've been entertaining the idea of writing a cookbook, creating your own recipes, and publishing. Here's some tips to get you started:
Writing a Cookbook
How to Write a Cookbook
How to write a recipe


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