MCDONALD’S DAY

TL 4-15 IS MCDONALD'S DAYMcDonald’s was founded on April 15, 1955 by Ray Kroc.  They began by making their own French fries and selling hamburgers for 10 cents a piece.  They’ve always made great shakes, and according to my diabetic educator, McDonald’s has the best ice cream for low-fat and low-sugar because they use ice milk.

Kroc tried many jobs before he found success.  He was an ambulance driver in the First World War and was later a Multi-mixer milkshake machine salesman.  If we learn anything from this success story, it’s that we should never give up!

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.  – Ray Kroc

 Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.
  In 1974, McDonald’s helped open the first Ronald McDonald House — a “home-away-from-home” just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children. To this day, they stand by RMHC in their mission to provide children with support, stability, and the best medicine of all — their families. Each year, McDonald’s proudly helps RMHC impact the lives of nearly 9 million children — both in your community and around the world.  

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Did you know that 1 in 8 American workers has been employed by McDonald’s at some time in their life?

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Fast food joints come, and fast food joints go…  but somehow McDonald’s just rides the economical wave and is constantly reinventing itself for upcoming generations.  They are one of the few places that make a shake especially for St. Patrick’s Day – the famous Shamrock Shake!  Unlike the regular vanilla shake, the Shamrock Shake packs a calorie, fat and cholesterol punch.

When you’re green you’re growing, and when you’re ripe you start to rot.   – Ray Kroc

When a cup of Joe went from coffee to cafe’ ole…  well wouldn’t you know that McDonald’s would come up with their own brew?

McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.  

My memories of McDonald’s relate to the old commercials.  I remember when the Big Mac was introduced with the greatest jingle ever:  TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES, SPECIAL SAUCE, LETTUCE, CHEESE, PICKLES, ONIONS ON A SESAME SEED BUN!

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Back then we didn’t think about the calories in it or the 29 grams of fat and who knows how much saturated fat?  Back then we were in blissful denial of all that stuff.  McDonald’s was FUN…  it was a treat we indulged in once in a blue moon when mama didn’t feel like cooking.  I know that sounds like an excuse…  believe me – I know – but trust me, the 1970’s were a very different time.

In 1975 the first McDonald’s drive-thru was created near an Arizona military base to serve soldiers who were not allowed to get out of their cars while wearing fatigues.  From that time, other fast food places followed suit all over the country.  It seems that McDonald’s has led the way with all the really great ideas.  In 2005, they added salad to their menu with a variety of low-fat dressing choices.  Eventually, other fast food restaurants did the same.  Although a McDonald’s spokesperson admits that the sales of salads counts for only 2-3% of total sales, it’s nice that the option is available.

As America gets smarter, we make better choices.  It looks like McDonald’s will be there to serve us a more healthy diet in the future.  I’ve enjoyed their new healthy foods, including the new oatmeal for breakfast and the new fresh salads, which are much better than the ones they first introduced.  I’m glad they are offering a more diverse menu these days.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On April 1, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed legislation that officially banned cigarette ads on TV and radio.

That’s particularly interesting because Nixon himself smoked a pipe.  I have to wonder if the legislation was enforced as part of the lobbyist groups or intense pressure from public health advocates.

Have the number of cigarette smokers declined since the ads went away?  I could not find any evidence that it has.  Today we fight the e-cigarette battle, which is arguably a more serious problem.

It was brought to light that there’s a link between cigarette smoking and terminal cancer, heart disease and a shortened life span as early as 1939!  By the late 1950’s there were laws in place prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors.  In 1964, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed that advertisers should warn the public of the health hazards of smoking.  The surgeon general of the U.S. released an official report that linked cigarette smoking to low birth weight in 1969.  Eventually, Congress yielded to pressure from the public health sector and signed the Cigarette Smoking Act, which required manufacturers of cigarettes to place warning labels on their products.  Those labels are all too familiar to us today – they say “Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health”.

I was born in 1961, so I remember the cigarette ads on television.  They made smoking look so cool – and if you smoked, it made you tough.  I remember the Marlboro man, the Camel, the liberated women who smoked Virginia Slims, and Lucky Strike.  Tobacco companies took up most of the air space on television in 1969.  I was a kid, and yeah, I paid attention!

Public health officials and consumers wanted stronger warning labels on tobacco products and the ads banned from TV and radio.  Of course, the cigarette manufacturers defended the industry and their right to advertise, but there was growing evidence that nicotine was addictive and cigarette smoking caused cancer.

In 1962, Kennedy became the first president to sponsor studies on smoking and public health.

As we know, the tobacco companies lost the regulatory battle over TV and radio.  The last televised cigarette ad ran at 11:50 p.m. during The Johnny Carson Show on January 1, 1971.

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Did you see that?  You have choices – you can have complete control.  Yeah, right! 

Several presidents enjoyed smoking.  In fact, Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Jackson owned tobacco plantations and used it in the form of snuff or smoked cigars.

Other Presidential cigarette smokers include Taft, Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Hoover and Eisenhower.  Adams, Coolidge, Nixon and Ford smoked pipes.  I was surprised to learn that even Carter engaged in the time-honored after-dinner cigar-smoking ritual at many state functions.  Presidents Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and Clinton (Bill, not Hil) also smoked the cigar after dinner.

In the early 1970’s, I was listening to a song written and sung by Gary S. Paxton called “There Goes a Cigar Smoking a Man”.  Yeah, I’m really old – I’m tellin’ ya!

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Kennedy enjoyed cigars and had his press secretary buy as many Cuban cigars as possible before he strengthened a trade embargo against Cuba in 1961.

McKinley preferred to chew his tobacco, as did Taylor.  Spittoons were strategically placed throughout the White House during his tenure.  He claimed he could hit his mark from 12 feet!

Lest we leave the first ladies out, some of them used snuff, as smoking was considered most unladylike until well into the 20th century.  Dolley Madison, Rachel Jackson and Margaret Taylor all used snuff.  Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush all smoked cigarettes at one time, but had quit by the time their husbands became president.

In 1978, after Willie Nelson performed for President Carter, it’s said he snuck up to the roof and smoked what he called a big fat Austin torpedo – which is marijuana.

I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but this ain’t no joke!

“Willie Weed,” from the newly formed company Willie’s Reserve, will hit dispensary shelves in Colorado and Washington, where legalization of recreational marijuana has created a booming industry, the Associated Press reports. Nelson said he would partner with growers in both states.

So…  did it help to take the ads off TV and radio?  Well, do we need to put more anti-marijuana PSA’s on TV and radio instead???   That surely wouldn’t do any good in Colorado or Washington now, would it?

You know, if a person is stoned out of their mind and gets behind the wheel to drive, what are the chances that they will get where they’re going without severely injuring or killing another driver???  It will be interesting to see if the statistics increase.  God help the folks in Colorado and Washington.  Party on.  I guess maybe Willie will make enough money to pay his taxes – or maybe he’ll be too danged stoned to realize he missed the tax deadline.  It literally makes me sick to hear that man sing a gospel song.  Imagine how God must feel.  Shame on Willie Nelson – selling pot to line his pockets.  This surely won’t end well.  Jus’ sayin’…  😦

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

TL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAYPUTTING HOLES IN THE DARKNESSRegardless of the divisiveness in our country, we are to shine with the kindness, joy, hope, love and caring nature of our Lord, Savior and Master, Christ Jesus.  MLK QUOTE (3)

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.  – John Wesley

At the risk of repeating myself…  GOD LOVES YOU!  It doesn’t end there…  He wants us to love one another as well.  That’s where, sadly, it gets tricky – and I’m not even sure why.  If we profess to have the Holy Spirit of God living inside us, it should be a piece of cake to love our brother, right?  :-/

We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can show love to others – but it takes a lot of prayer beforehand.  Let’s get on our knees and pray today for the necessary tools so that we can show mutual respect for one another!  Once we’ve asked God to help us, let’s rise and be bigger!  I want to rise about petty behavior, don’t you?

LET'S RISE AND BE BIGGER

FORGIVENESSLove, forgiveness, showing interest in others in a genuine manner – that’s the blessing I want from God today!  I will ask Him to give me the gift of real compassion for all people.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  – Mahatma Gandhi

I want to exercise honest sympathy and true empathy in life.  Think of the sacrifice Christ made for all of us – then think of the way He wants us to live.  Let’s be the best representatives for Christ we can possibly be in 2016.LOVEThere is such darkness in our country – and in our world.  Let’s humbly ask God through Jesus for LIGHT and LOVE which pokes holes in the darkness.

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.  –  Paul Boese

There is hope for America!  If we each commit to a life of forgiveness and peace, wrapped up in God’s love and grace, He will guide us to a brighter place and help us to share this country in unity.  It’s my prayer that the words of Dr. King will resonate throughout the United States, especially at this crucial time in history.  May God Bless America!  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are horrible portions of history that make us cringe.  Try as we may, we can’t just go back and re-write it.  The holocaust is probably the worst time of all.  We ask God why these things had to happen.  This all took place nearly 20 years before I was born, but I know it happened.  My father was in the Navy during WWII and of course, we studied about it in history class.  I wonder if it’s even taught in classrooms today.  Is this just one more part of our history that we try to sweep under the proverbial rug?

I don’t believe we will know the answers to any of our questions that begin with the word WHY until we reach heaven – and frankly, by then it won’t matter why – am I right???

GOD WILL NOT BE SHAKEN

As I watched the GOP debate last night, a few thoughts came to mind.  I know that God’s timing is perfect and I know that this is HIS plan playing out.  I also know that He will see His children through everything that the future holds.  Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t have opinions and it doesn’t mean that I won’t vote – I most certainly do and I surely will.

America is not immune from repeating history.  We must be well-educated about the past to avoid future pitfalls.  You know, many times my parents would talk to me about something and relay their own experiences – and follow the story with the statement, “I just don’t want you to make the same mistake.”  It was their attempt to keep me safe and save me from hurt and disappointment and failure.

We must pray about who our next leader will be.  Let’s pray that God’s will be done and vote accordingly.

AMERICA'S IN HIS HAND

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14

I want to encourage all of us to humbly pray and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways.  Then America will receive the blessings of forgiveness and healing of our land.  🙂

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  – Victor Hugo

Walt Disney’s Song Of South was released on this day in 1946.

History never looks like history when you are living through it.  – John Gardner

If you’re a child of the 1960’s like me, you watched a lot of Walt Disney movies!  Yes I know, by today’s standards this movie would never have been made – but back in 1946 it was a different story.  As a kid I saw Uncle Remus as a nice man with a song in his heart and a wonderful outlook on life – who happened to talk to cartoon friends.  Nothing weird or racist about that (well, except the whole talking to cartoon friends thing).  There’s nothing wrong with starting the day with a Zip-a-Dee Doo-Dah attitude, is there?

In my defense, I was five years old when I saw the movie, so I’m not exactly the most qualified critic.  As a matter of fact, I think I may have fallen asleep the night my family went to see it at the Landmark Drive-In here in Wichita – on that summer night in 1966.  Our local drive-in had DISNEY MOVIE FRIDAYS when I was a kid.  We packed a picnic basket with my mom’s fried chicken & fixin’s… took the ol’ Rambler station wagon – backed into a spot and put the tailgate down.  Sat there and ate dinner while we watched the movie.  I almost never saw the end of the movie because after all that good food…  well – I went to sleep!  :-/

Disney has kept the film locked in its vault for the past 25 years.  If you were born after 1980, you’ve almost certainly never seen it in full, and it’s unlikely that will change anytime soon.  For better or for worse…  who knows?

I still like this song!

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How something as benign and pure as Uncle Remus could incur the scorn of some people indicates a warped mind.  These days it seems to me that some folks are looking for things to call racist.  Why can’t we celebrate diversity instead of allowing ourselves to be divided by it?  Song of the South, the performance, cartoons and especially the music were designed to bring a smile to children’s faces.  By the time I saw the movie in 1966, it was already 20 years old – and it brought a smile to my face!  It did what it was intended to do. 

Disney bought the rights to Uncle Remus’ Tales by Joel Chandler Harris in 1939 and built the movie scenario from there.  I found a wonderful website dedicated to this movie.  Everything you would ever want to know (and a few things you didn’t think you cared about) are here.  There are trailers and all sorts of facts about the movie.

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I hope we don’t over-analyze these older movies and determine that they should be banned based on ideals that were clearly not considered at the time the movies were made.  It really was a different era in the late 1940’s.  World War II was finally over and people were needing someone to come along and make them feel happy.  That person was Uncle Remus and we have Walt Disney to thank for bringing Song of the South to us.  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  – Romans 13:2

On this day in 1967, one of the worst riots in U.S. history broke out on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit’s predominantly African-American inner city.  It began in the early morning hours and lasted four days.

It was only stopped after 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops were involved.  The death toll came to 43 and 342 were injured.  Nearly 1,400 buildings were burned.  The 12th Street Riot was the worst U.S. riot in 100 years, occurring during a period of numerous riots in America.

The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, appointed by President Johnson, identified more than 150 riots or major disorders between 1965 and 1968.  In 1967 alone, 83 people died and 1,800 were injured.  Property valued at more than $100 million was damaged, looted, or destroyed.

America, we must study our history, not so we can repeat it, but so we can find a better way of solving problems.  Rioting, senseless death, injuries, destruction is not the way to solve problems.  Let’s look at the late 1960’s and see how that ended.  Do we really want the 2000’s to be a carbon copy?  Have we not learned anything from our sad history?

God’s way is to pray and obey.  If we look at God’s Word, we see that we are to lean fully on Him for guidance and be obedient to His Word.  Nowhere in the Bible does it condone violence or rioting, destruction and hate.

When will we learn that drawing racial lines and causing division are methods that get us nowhere?  It accomplishes exactly nothing and leaves people dead in the streets!  What about that is right?  God cries at these times.

I cry too when I see the division is evident once again.  As a child of the 1960’s, it’s apparent to me that history is beginning to repeat itself, and it makes my heart sink.  Let’s come together and pray for America because frankly, with God’s help, we can be better than that!  Now that we’ve examined what happened in the 1960’s.  Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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LIBERTY: 

1.  freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.

2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint:

The prisoner soon regained his liberty.
5. permission granted to a sailor, especially in the navy, to go ashore.

6. freedom or right to frequent or use a place:

The visitors were given the liberty of the city.

7. unwarranted or impertinent freedom in action or speech, or a form or instance of it:

to take liberties.
8. a female figure personifying freedom from despotism.
One of our most famous symbols of freedom is THE LIBERTY BELL.

On this day in 1776, Philadelphia hears the beautiful Liberty Bell ring from the tower of the State House, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, by Colonel John Nixon.

In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.  The Declaration of Independence did not return from the printer until this day – thus the bell was rung so people would gather for the reading.  It summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.

It’s a document that most of us grew up hearing at least parts of, but can you imagine being back in that time – hearing it read for the very first time?  That would be so exciting I think!

The Liberty Bell bears the biblical quotation from Leviticus:

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

Note that the spelling of “Pennsylvania” was not at that time universally adopted. In fact, in the original Constitution, the name of the state is also spelled “Pensylvania.”  That is why the name of the state is misspelled on the bell.  It’s also misspelled on some of the documents inside the state house.

And that crack – hmm…  everyone seems to agree that a small crack was purposefully put in the bell in order to accommodate expansion and contraction, but apparently the crack expanded in the 1800’s while celebrating George Washington’s birthday.

The bell was originally hung in what is now called Independence Hall, but it’s home is now the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.