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Sunday, November 20, 2011

World Hello Day

I have noticed I have gotten away from this blog being more personal. I was trying to be more so, but then the daily routine of doing the days, well, became routine, and almost a drudgery. So I am still going to continue this project, but I am going to shake things up a bit!
November 21

November 21, 2011 is the 39th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace.

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.

As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. The World Hello Day web site address is

31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have realized World Hello Day's value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.

Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.

egads, this is the same year I was born!! Okay, I have to have the goal of saying hello to ten people, thats gonna be a bit of a problem, I rarely leave the house, AND I live in a rinky dink town that barely has ten people here, lol. But I will attempt it (I have to go to the library anyway).

Can we spread peace in not just one way, but in more ways? Can we make amends with that one person getting on our nerves?

1620 Mayflower Comapact Signed in Cape Cod
The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists. Almost half of the colonists were part of a separatist group seeking the freedom to practice Christianity according to their own determination and not the will of the Anglican Church. It was signed on November 11, 1620, by 41 of the ship's 101 passengers, while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod.
I do alot of genealogy, its one of my favorite hobbies. And having done so, even tho none of my relatives are of the original colonists from the Mayflower, I do have some that came about 10-15 years afterwards. They knew these people, connected with them, perhaps even intermarried with them. Knowing that our rich history includes the beginning of a nation, and a stand for freedom, gives me hope that we can continue to do so.

1840 - Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born)
Hohenzollern (wed)
Father Albert, Prince Consort
Mother Queen Victoria
Born 21 November 1840
Buckingham Palace, London
Died 5 August 1901 (aged 60)
Friedrichshof, Germany
Burial 13 August 1901
Friedenskirche, Potsdam
Spouse Frederick III, German Emperor
She was created Princess Royal of the United Kingdom in 1841. She became German Empress and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III. After her husband's death, she became widely known as Empress Frederick (or, in German: "Kaiserin Friedrich").
Her Godparents were Queen Adelaide and King Leopold 1 of Belgium.
As a daughter of the sovereign she was automatically British Princess.
The Prussian Court and Buckingham Palace publicly announced the engagement on 19 May 1857. Seventeen-year-old Victoria married Frederick, at Queen Victoria's insistence, at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, on 25 January 1858. The marriage was both a love match and a dynastic alliance. The Queen and Prince Albert hoped that Victoria's marriage to the future king of Prussia would cement close ties between London and Berlin, and possibly lead to the emergence of a unified and liberal Germany. At the time of their wedding, Londoners chanted "God save the Prince and Bride! God keep their lands allied!"
On the death of his father on 9 March 1888, the Crown Prince ascended the throne as the Emperor Frederick III (and as King Frederick III of Prussia) and Victoria adopted the title and style of Her Imperial and Royal Majesty The German Empress, Queen of Prussia. Frederick, however, was terminally ill with throat cancer and died after reigning 99 days. From then on she was known simply as Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Frederick.
Victoria was diagnosed with inoperable breast cancer in 1899 during a visit to her mother at Balmoral. By the autumn of 1900, the cancer spread to her spine and after much suffering, she died at Castle Friedrichshof on 5 August 1901, less than seven months after the death of her mother, Queen Victoria. She was buried in the royal mausoleum of the Friedenskirche at Potsdam on 13 August 1901. Her tomb has a recumbent marble effigy of herself on top. Next to her lies her beloved husband. Two of her eight children, Sigismund (died age 2) and Waldemar (died age 11), are buried in the same mausoleum.

1624 - Jakob Boehme, German philosophical mystic, dies (birth date unknown)
Not sure IF his birthdate is unknown, a couple of sites I have found, give his birthdate as 1575.
The reason I choose Jakob Boehme, is because if you have ever read any of my other past blogs, you know that my great grandmothers maiden name is Boehm, so of course his name popped out at me. The possible connection.
Jakob was an author, mystic and theologian.
His father was George Wissen. By 1599, Böhme was master of his craft with his own premises in Görlitz. That same year he married Katharina daughter of Hans Kuntzschmann, a butcher in Görlitz, and together he and Katharinea had four sons and two daughters.
Böhme had a number of mystical experiences throughout his youth, culminating in a vision in 1600 as one day he focused his attention onto the exquisite beauty of a beam of sunlight reflected in a pewter dish. He believed this vision revealed to him the spiritual structure of the world, as well as the relationship between God and man, and good and evil. At the time he chose not to speak of this experience openly, preferring instead to continue his work and raise a family.

The shop in Görlitz, which was sold in 1613, had allowed Böhme to buy a house in 1610 and to finish paying for it in 1618. Having given up shoemaking in 1613, Böhme sold woollen gloves for a while, which caused him to regularly visit Prague to sell his wares.
Böhme accepted an invitation to stay with Herr von Schweinitz, who had a country-seat. While there Böhme began to write his last book, the 177 Theosophic Questions. However, he fell terminally ill with a bowel complaint forcing him to travel home on 7 November. Gregorius Richter, Böhme's adversary from Görlitz, died in August 1624, while Böhme was away. The new clergy were still wary. When Böhme wanted to receive the sacrament, he was forced to answer a long list of questions. He died some time in the middle of November 1624.

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