Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. This is a day set aside for remembrance of those that have lost their lives in service of the United States.
It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor those that have died. The date was chosen because it didn't mark the anniversary of any battle. This was to be a day given only to the respect and honoring of the dead.
National Moment of Remembrance
This resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3:00 pm, local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps."
We are all products of nature. Even though we have tried to remove ourselves from nature with cities and civilization; we still need nature in our lives.
Science is starting to offer evidence of what many already know; nature is good for us. Here's a short list, just three, of the ways we can benefit from nature.
If you don't have easy access to a place to walk among the trees or plants, research is showing that viewing pictures of nature helps us. Which is one of the reasons I am such an advocate of decorating your home in a way that includes some photographs of trees, flowers or nature in general.
Today I am sharing this photo of a tree that always makes me feel good. Can you picture it in your home? Would meditating on this for a few minutes improve your mood?
You've heard it said that change is constant. But that doesn't make it easy.
Do you often come home and just don't feel that good vibe you used to get from being home? You might be getting a little bored with your home. You know changing it will help to re-energize your good feelings about home, but you don't have time or finances to really do anything.
Her are 5 easy ways to change your decor without a big investment in time or money.
Embrace change in a small way. The rewards will be large.
Can you imagine what your world would be like if you couldn't see color? Your entire world would be in gray-scale. Try putting together a wardrobe of decorating your home not knowing how it really looked!
I recently watched a TED talk by a man that had a condition where he could not see color. Listening to him I realized how fortunate I am that my world is colorized and that most people see the world as I do.
I have written in the past about how colors vibrate, each on their own wave length. Through technology, the gentleman from the TED talk, Neil Harbisson, wears a special device that sees colors through their vibrations and converts to a tone that can be heard. Neil now recognizes colors by their tone or vibration, but he still can't see colors to know what they really look like.
While I am immensely grateful for being able to see the world in color, I am intrigued by the idea of hearing colors. I wonder if what I am wearing today vibrates harmoniously. What about my home? The colors I have are pleasing, they accent and complement each other, but would they be heard as a pleasant tune? Can you imagine hearing what your rooms might sound like? It is an interesting thought isn't it decorating by sound.
If you would like to listen to the TED talk you can do so here.
Today I offer you the same photograph in color and also black and white. Each offers it's own appeal. Which would you choose for your home? Both are available for purchase by clicking on the image.
May 1st, also known as May Day, has many meanings attached to it. May Day has ancient roots attached to the spring festivals of rebirth. In many European countries it has a more modern meaning as it is recognized as the International Workers Day.
In my mind I associate May Day with May baskets. A day when flowers would be put into baskets and hung on the doors of friend, neighbors and loved ones. You would hang the basket, knock on the door, and then leave. My oldest daughter participated in this tradition as a child.
Have you ever celebrated May Day with May baskets? I fear that this might be another tradition that has faded away into history.
But for this May Day I leave you with a May Day basket as we did them when I was a girl.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.