National Nut Day is observed annually on October 22. This day is NOT about the neighbor that lives down the street or the crazy co-worker. It is a food holiday celebrating a healthy and nutritious snack.  

Nuts are a highly prized food and energy source and are a primary source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.   Many of them are used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food and pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics.

The fats found in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.

Many nuts are excellent sources of vitamins E and B2. They are also rich in protein, folate fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

Nuts are essential to animals, especially those in temperate climates, as they store acorns and other nuts during the autumn months to keep from starving during late fall, all winter, and early spring.

Several studies have shown that those who consume nuts regularly are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD).  It was in 1993 that nuts were first linked to protection against CHD. Since that time, many clinical trials have found that consumption of various nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations.

One study has shown that people who ate nuts lived two to three years longer than those who did not. Those who were consuming nuts may have been eating less junk food leading to a longer lifespan.

Nuts are healthiest in their raw form.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNutDay

To celebrate National Nut Day, have a snack consisting of raw nuts during the day and try this  Mixed Nut Bars recipe.

Use #NationalNutDay to post on social media.


Liberation Foods Company created National Nut Day as a way to advocate Fairtrade nuts and promote healthy living!

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“Aunt Irene and Card Players – Meet Monthly”

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“Does  your “Card Playing Club” take time out,  to pose for PHOTOS?”

Click on the PHOTO, to enlarge  –  can you guess what YEAR,  this might be?  

Our, Aunt Irene C. Riley is  the lady  next  to a lady in the “WHITE DRESS”  –  the dull white  dress – sitting on the  right side of this Photo, the second position from the right,  and the lady next to her, is our good friend, Mrs. Agnes Callahan, and she does not look too well. This could be the year that, Mrs. Agnes Callahan almost died, but our Aunt Irene had made a visit to her house and was able to save Mrs. Callahan’s life.

Aunt Irene had taken the RED CROSS COURSE and was able to do almost anything , because  she  was not afraid to get her hands dirty or bloody in the attempt to keep her good friend alive! I did get to hear all about the situation  – the complete story as to what  Aunt Irene had to do, from my Mother  – and just let me say, most people would not even try, to do what she had done – but there was no time to wait for help – and Aunt Irene  – she just did everything  as a Doctor  would have done, all that was necessary – she should get a gold star – for what she did, to save her good friend,  from a  for sure  and painful death!

The best thing about having a “GOOD FRIEND”  is to have that FRIEND show up when you really need her, and nothing will stand in her way of saving your LIFE, if  and when, that is what is needed !

No matter how hard the job, being difficult and even a dirty mess of a job,  nor whatever the  biggest of obstacles – that  needs  for you, all alone to overcome the situation, to bring LIFE  back into  your best FRIEND!

Many years before, when Aunt Irene needed surgery to save her LIFE, and since it was an operation, that did not look like it would really solve the problem, our good friend Mrs. Callahan made a trip to “LOURDES”  to get some of the BLESSED WATER  – all at her own expense.

This trip was done as quickly as possible,  as it was a Death or LIFE situation in those days.  Mrs. Callahan brought this Blessed Water  back,  just for Aunt Irene!  Would you believe it – that holy and BLESSED WATER is what made all the difference in the saving of Aunt Irene’s LIFE!

When you can save a friend’s LIFE – You  do have a true FRIEND, and  that is forever! I am guessing,  that all of these LADIES, in the “CARD PLAYING CLUB”  were all very good friends,  and all were there for each other,  whenever  and forever, always available and ready to help each,  when a call to them was made,  doing that which only they  could, in whatever  way they were needed!

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Catching up – with the days before –  the DAYS, that we do not even remember, they are so long ago and none of us were there!

“Click on the photo to enlarge”

That  “caret  mark” at the bottom of the photo is to indicate –  our Aunt Irene C. Riley, as  she is the second lady from the left.

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The Book of Tobit, named after its principal character, combines Jewish piety and morality with folklore in a fascinating story that has enjoyed wide popularity in both Jewish and Christian circles. Prayers, psalms, and words of wisdom, as well as the skillfully constructed story itself, provide valuable insights into the faith and the religious milieu of its unknown author. The book was probably written early in the second century B.C.; it is not known where.

Tobit, a devout and wealthy Israelite living among the captives deported to Nineveh from the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722/721 B.C., suffers severe reverses and is finally blinded. Because of his misfortunes he begs the Lord to let him die. But recalling the large sum he had formerly deposited in far-off Media, he sends his son Tobiah there to bring back the money. In Media, at this same time, a young woman, Sarah, also prays for death, because she has lost seven husbands, each killed in turn on his wedding night by the demon Asmodeus. God hears the prayers of Tobit and Sarah and sends the angel Raphael in human form to aid them both.

Raphael makes the trip to Media with Tobiah. When Tobiah is attacked by a large fish as he bathes in the Tigris River, Raphael orders him to seize it and to remove its gall, heart, and liver because they are useful for medicine. Later, at Raphael’s urging, Tobiah marries Sarah, and uses the fish’s heart and liver to drive Asmodeus from the bridal chamber. Returning to Nineveh with his wife and his father’s money, Tobiah rubs the fish’s gall into his father’s eyes and cures him. Finally, Raphael reveals his true identity and returns to heaven. Tobit then utters his beautiful hymn of praise. Before dying, Tobit tells his son to leave Nineveh because God will destroy that wicked city. After Tobiah buries his father and mother, he and his family depart for Media, where he later learns that the destruction of Nineveh has taken place.

The inspired author of the book used the literary form of religious novel (as in Esther and Judith) for the purpose of instruction and edification. The seemingly historical data, names of kings, cities, etc., are used as vivid details not only to create interest and charm, but also to illustrate the negative side of the theory of retribution: the wicked are indeed punished.

Although the Book of Tobit is usually listed with the historical books, it more correctly stands midway between them and the wisdom literature. It contains numerous maxims like those found in the wisdom books (cf. 4:3192112:61014:79) as well as standard wisdom themes: fidelity to the law, intercessory function of angels, piety toward parents, purity of marriage, reverence for the dead, and the value of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. The book makes Tobit a relative of Ahiqar, a noted hero of ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature and folklore.

Written most likely in Aramaic, the original of the book was lost for centuries. Fragments of four Aramaic texts and of one Hebrew text were discovered in Qumran Cave 4 in 1952 and have only recently been published. These Semitic forms of the book are in substantial agreement with the long Greek recension of Tobit found in Codex Sinaiticus, which had been recovered from St. Catherine’s Monastery (Mount Sinai) only in 1844, and in mss. 319 and 910. Two other Greek forms of Tobit have long been known: the short recension, found mainly in the mss. Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, Venetus, and numerous cursive mss.; and an intermediate Greek recension, found in mss. 44, 106, 107. The Book of Tobit has also been known from two Latin versions: the long recension in the Vetus Latina, which is closely related to the long Greek recension and sometimes is even closer to the Aramaic and Hebrew texts than the Greek is; and the short recension in the Vulgate, related to the short Greek recension. The present English translation has been based mainly on Sinaiticus, which is the most complete form of the long Greek recension, despite two lacunae (4:719b and 13:6i10b) and some missing phrases, which make succeeding verses difficult to understand and make it necessary to supplement Sinaiticus from the Vetus Latina or from the short Greek recension. Occasionally, phrases or words have been introduced from the Aramaic or Hebrew texts, when they are significantly different. Forms of the Book of Tobit are also extant in ancient Arabic, Armenian, Coptic (Sahidic), Ethiopic, and Syriac, but these are almost all secondarily derived from the short Greek recension.

The divisions of the Book of Tobit are:

  1. Tobit’s Ordeals (1:33:6)
  2. Sarah’s Plight (3:717)
  3. Preparation for the Journey (4:16:1)
  4. Tobiah’s Journey to Media (6:218)
  5. Marriage and Healing of Sarah (7:19:6)
  6. Tobiah’s Return Journey to Nineveh and the Healing of Tobit (10:111:18)
  7. Raphael Reveals His Identity (12:122)
  8. Tobit’s Song of Praise (13:118)
  9. Epilogue (14:115)

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“Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow” “Maybe SomeDAY”

  •  It use to be, as I remember maybe  thirty or forty years ago, that on the Radio Station KMOX they would play the “Lord’s Prayer”  in the early morning hours, as you would be getting up for the day – and while I was getting ready to go to work.
  • We would sing along – and now that I think of it – things just had a way – of going along just fine!

Even before that time frame – when I was just a young girl, in the 1940’s the same RADIO station KMOX  would have singer, “Kate Smith” on at high NOON and those were the WWII years and all of America was doing their part to help the WAR effort all that they could by doing without,  so that,  our servicemen would have all that they needed.

“Miss Kate Smith” came on the radio at “Twelve Noon”  and would sing, “God Bless AMERICA”  and we all listen with a prayer in our hearts – that the WAR would soon – be over – over there!

Today, we all think that we are, all so well off – doing so much better than in those days –  and as most that were living then, are no longer here, and there are so few,  that will pass on a good word or two, of what we had and  all that we did do,  to help AMERICA to now be, the wonderful  Country, that SHE is TODAY!

Back then, there was only  the RADIO, maybe a “Shortwave Radio” here and there, no television, not  even a thought of, as  we were all working for the WAR effort, and AMERICA was more UNITED – than it is today!

TODAY,  we are not united as AMERICANS should be.  We have communications that keep our eyes tied to them – as you see people walk into street signs and posts, fall into holes and even  some wreck their cars, running into other cars, even killing with their carelessness and no respect for others, as we are all in the wrong spot,  according to another.

Respect; a due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others, a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Years ago, you would not talk like you are doing so  today, about the President or your elders. The radio and television would not broadcast the trash that they  are doing today, about the President. We never heard about any of the things that were going on, as I guess there were insiders in charge of keeping  a respectful organized attitude about what AMERICA is doing and will do for all the world to see and know about.

My feeling is that we need help in AMERICA. We need to put the “Ten Commandments” and Prayer back into the Schools as the Teachers want to close the Schools – the students are not there to learn, but only there to do that which, they want to do – to their  fellow students and  the teachers. No one wants to work out a plan  that will work, because so many people think everything has to be, only  their way or the highway!

Everyone has some talents to do something important, while they are here on EARTH –  but, we all have to learn to “give and take” – there is no longer everything only for some – and nothing for others. It is a time to share and share alike. Like we did during those days that  we all worked for the “War Effort” – and there  were lots of us – that did with very little, but we knew, that someday it will be GREAT for all of us – as we learn to do our part in sharing and enjoying, that we are a part in something, that will be so great,  in the future for all!       D.V.

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“Destination MO: Highlights”

Destination MO: Blunt Highlights Top Stops Around the Show-Me State

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill & celebrated the St. Louis Blues’ historic win.

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to highlight some of the top destinations in Missouri for a family road trip, including Silver Dollar City, the Gateway Arch National Park, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and more.

If you’re searching for more out-of-the-box date night adventures, there’s plenty more to discover at Gateway Arch National Park. So what are you waiting for? Grab your loved one and get to exploring all that St. Louis has to offer.

Branson’s #1 attraction for over 50 years, Silver Dollar City features six world-class festivals, 30 thrilling rides & attractions, 40 live shows daily, 60 unique shops, a dozen family restaurants and over 100 demonstrating craftsmen.
Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Branson

Bigger than Baseball: Michigan, Vanderbilt and Negro League Baseball Museum to honor David Williams

October 18, 2019

Head Coaches Tim Corbin and Erik Bakich team up with the Negro League Baseball Museum to pay tribute to the late David Williams.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.

With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
  • Ask your customers questions.  – – Find out what services and products they need.
  • Use social media. – –  Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
  • Follow up on a purchase. – –  Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
  • Network with other business. – –  Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.


We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day

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