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Happy Father’s Day!

The Management Team at Face Activities wishes our members a very Happy Father’s Day!

 

Today is a chance to honor and celebrate our fathers, who have had such a great impact on our lives, and our development as human beings.

As we enjoy time with our father’s, and our families, today, we can’t help but ask ourselves: what’s the history of this popular and endearing holiday tradition that so many enjoy today?

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The history of Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the U.S., which is a day reserved to honor those who died serving their country in the military.

The management team of Face Activities wishes our members and their families a meaningful and thoughtful memorial day.

This video is a brief history, and meaning, of the holiday:

 

Photo: By U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos130528-F-AQ406-201, Public Domain, Link

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Face Activities extends a Happy Mother’s Day Greeting to all our members and their mothers, around the world! Millions of us will gather with our families to celebrate the most important person in the world–Mom!

There are as many ways to celebrate the day as there are mothers, of course. Traditionally a nice breakfast, or brunch, is followed by a card, along with a cake, flowers and gifts, and fun activities and outings throughout the day. And for many, religious observances are part of the celebration. There have been many celebrations of mothers and motherhood throughout human history, dating back to the ancient world, but the modern holiday of Mother’s day is a relatively new tradition.

The holiday now has a strong commercial side, but the original founder, Anna Jarvis, strongly rejected the growing commercialization around Mother’s Day that she observed in her lifetime. A peace activist during the American Civil War, she had campaigned for a holiday to honor and celebrate mothers since 1905, following the death of her own mother.

Jarvis celebrated the first Mother’s Day in 1908, as a memorial to her own mother, in West Virginia. Thanks to her efforts, by 1910 West Virginia had adopted the day as a state holiday, and by 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation, setting the date for the national holiday we know today. The holiday eventually went international and is now celebrated all over the world.

As the holiday gained popularity, Jarvis maintained that hand written notes to mothers, rather than store bought greeting cards, expressed the proper holiday sentiment, and she organized protests and boycotts against greeting card companies, called for law suits, and even went as far as protesting a candy convention and a meeting of a War Mother’s group, where she was arrested for disturbing the peace. She was most definitely passionate about the holiday she founded, perhaps to the point of extremism.

Learn more about Mother’s Day (Wikipedia)

Watch The 2019 White House Correspondents Association Dinner 2019: 9:30 pm ETA

The traditional event, a yearly suaret celebrating journalism since 1911, will be very different this year. Not only is President Trump boycotting, but he has forbidden his staff to attend, in light of the harsh criticism levied against him and his administration in previous years.

In addition, and even more surprising, the tradition of the event as a comedy roast will be broken: today an historian (The writer of Hamilton) is the featured speaker. It will be a very different, and interesting correspondents dinner, dedicated to the 1st amendment and  the role of journalism in American society.

Watch the event live:

The Significance of Easter

Significance of Easter

The management team of Face Activities wishes our members and visitors, and their families, a very Happy Easter!

Easter is the most important holiday in Christianity. It’s celebrated by 2.2 billion Christians world-wide. Traditional Christians worship the divinity of Jesus, and Easter Sunday is the day, according to the Bible, when Jesus rose from the dead, revealing himself to be a divine figure. Easter, at its essence, actually defines Christianity.

Easter is the culmination of “holy week,” including many religious events. Most well known are Palm Sunday (a celebratory day) commemorating when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (a symbol representing a peaceful King) and Good Friday (a day of fasting and penance), commemorating his crucifixion and death at the hands of the Romans. The joyful holiday of Easter, commemorating his Resurrection, caps the holy week with an exuberant feast.

As with Christmas and other Christian holidays, many pagan elements have worked their way into modern Easter celebrations. This blending of traditions was encouraged by the early church, which sought to incorporate diverse religious and cultural groups into the religion by adopting and repurposing the ancient religious holidays and culturally specific imagery of these groups. For this reason rabbits and eggs, which were common pagan fertility symbols throughout Europe, have their place in the modern holiday.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Daylight Savings Time: Let’s get rid of it!

The Party is over, Daylight savings time is back in the United States.

We had a brief reprieve, like a condemned criminal spared for a moment from trudging off to the gallows. But now it’s time to face the music: good citizens all across the country will “spring forward,” turning their clocks ahead tonight, and wake up tomorrow morning with one less hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings time is such a hassle. It’s just not worth the trouble. The readjustment period to the new time can be exhausting, and it’s even dangerous. We should get rid of this useless practice, and never look back.

It was originally proposed, early in the twentieth century, as a way to utilize more natural daylight, and cut electricity costs. But in our modern world, we run electrical devices nearly 24/7, so savings are negligible at best. And the aggravation of resetting all of our clocks twice a year is reason enough to drop the practice.

Who has the energy and inclination to waste time this way? And there’s always a clock or two that’s tricky to change; my car’s clock is like that, if I ever get around to bothering with it. Sometimes it’s even dangerous, like if you have to climb a ladder, for example.

There’s even medical research that changing the clocks can increase the frequency of heart attacks. But why is that? It’s because you  effectively lose an hour of sleep in the spring, when you set the clocks ahead. If you wake up at 5:00 am, then you are effectively waking up at 4:00 am, until your body readjusts to the new schedule (which may take several days). This wreaks havoc with the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural biological clock. Some even feel we lose 210 to 240 hours thanks to this disruption, over time.

This is stressful, since it interferes with the natural circadian rhythm of your body. And for people with health risk factors, it’s bad news. Even if you have the discipline and foresight to retire an hour earlier the night before, it still adds unhealthy stress.

Many countries have rejected daylight savings time, seeing no clear benefits, and many obvious drawbacks. I hope the United States joins their ranks!

Daylight Savings: it’s time has come, and gone (The Verge)

 

Photo: Alan Cleaver • CC BY 2.0

 

 

The Oscars tonight!

How did the Academy Awards Start?

The Academy awards are tonight! It’s definitely Ladies’ Night: Glenn Close is up for a seventh time for best actress, and a life time achievement award is a definite possibility, while Lady GaGa is giving her a run for the money for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in the remake of a Hollywood Classic—A Star is Born. Melissa McCarthy, the consummate comedienne, challenges both with her moving portrayal of misanthropic struggling author turned literary forger Lee Israel in Can you ever forgive me?

Some very diverse films are up for best picture, ranging from Black Panther, a popular smash hit based on a comic book with a nearly all black cast, to Bohemian Rhapsody, the epic story of the Uber popular rock group Queen and the multi-talented Freddie Mercury.

ABC will be streaming the broadcast live, online for people logging in with certain online services. To find out how to watch online, click on this link.

 

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