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A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER P

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For today’s letter to write about, we have the letter P.

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you, that I’m writing about the Peace Sign.

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Letter P is for…Peace Sign

The Peace Sign is a symbol for peace, and is recognized world-wide. This logo was designed back in 1958, by Gerald Holtom, a British man, who was well known for his designs for other things. He was asked to design a new logo for the CND, which was the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. After much thought, Mr. Holtom remembered that the semaphore letters, made by different flag positions, and liked the look of the letters N and D. They would stand for the campaign, so he put them together, with the resulting image of the peace sign. When he turned it upside down, it too had meaning for him. It resembled the tree of life, with hope and resurrection, and also looked like a person’s arms stretched upward, which in semaphore meant the letter U. He figured the letter U could stand for Unilateral, as in Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament, too. (source: Wikipedia)

So, his design for the logo was accepted, and is now well known.

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Here’s a song from the Eagles… “Peaceful Easy Feeling”

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© 2016 BS

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER O

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Hi – and Happy Monday!

Today we have the letter O to work with. Let’s see what the Mystery Box Chickens have unwrapped for us today. 🙂

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Letter O is for…”Ob-li-di, ob-la-da” (Life Goes On)

The Beatles song, “Ob-li-di, ob-la-da” (Life Goes On), was written by Paul McCartney, and released in 1968. John Lennon was also mentioned as co-writer, but that is questionable, as he’d made it known he didn’t care for the song.

The title was said to have come from an acquaintance of Paul’s, the Nigerian conga player, Jimmy Scott-Enuakpor. He declared that it was an exclusive family saying, and it should be acknowledged as such. Paul disagreed, believing anyone could say the words, which meant life goes on. There were legal actions taken, resulting in the matter taken care of. (source: Wikipedia)

A fun fact – the song was used as the opening theme to a TV drama show, that ran from 1989-1993, called “Life Goes On”.

However the song came to be recorded, I like it. Do you?

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Letter O is for…Olympics

In the summer of 1972, the Olympic Games were held in Munich, Germany. On the 5th and 6th of September, the Palestinian group, Black September, took 11 Israeli athletes hostage, among others, and massacred them all.

I was there. Actually, my husband, some friends, and I had gone to the Olympics a few days before the hostage situation took place. We enjoyed our day there, but later, when we heard what had happened, it was shocking to think we had been so close to it all.

For the longer story of our visit, I wrote a piece for the A to Z Blog Challenge a couple of years ago on here. To read the story, please click the link here

These are some photos of our tickets and the stadium, where we watched some events while we were there.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

 

 

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER N

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Today we have the letter N to write something about.

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Letter N is for…New Age

The term New Age stands for a whole host of beliefs held by many people worldwide. During the 60s and 70s it was embraced by the counter-culture, for it’s alternative, holistic, and spiritual leanings. People then, and now, practice many of the teachings that the New Age Movement suggest. Some of them include: consulting astrological charts, the tarot card readings, reading tea leaves, yoga, biofeedback, crystal healing, palm reading, and angel therapy. Music and books are available to study further, and there are New Age festivals and fairs, where vendors provide demonstrations, and sell their wares. Some of the New Age music consist of chants, space and trance music, Native American flutes and drums, and Australian didgeredoos.

I’ve been to one such fair here in our town, and it was fascinating. One vendor even had a special camera that photographed a person’s aura. I had mine done, and I liked how it turned out, though I didn’t really know what it meant, even with the print out. Here’s a photo of my aura on that day.   IMG_2538

One of the more popular songs of the New Age, is the 1967 “Age of Aquarius (Let the Sunshine In), by The 5th Dimension. It was called psychedelic soul, and sunshine pop, and won Grammy Awards, It was written by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot.

Most New Age Music is peaceful music, and is helpful in stress management.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the New Age era. 🙂

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The Mystery Box Chickens wanted to say hi, and let you know that they’ll be back with another surprise on Monday, with the letter O!

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Mystery Box Chickens say Hi 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER M

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Today we write something about the letter M. There are lots of M things, I’ve found, so will get right to it. 🙂

Here’s a short timeline of things from the 1960s, with the letter M featured.

Letter M is for…many things

Music – Monterey Pop Music Festival (1967) and Woodstock (1969).

Man walked on the moon – Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He was joined by Buzz Aldrin. It was on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. This was exciting news, and it was televised. I did see it on TV. There are some people, even today, that don’t believe it actually happened. The last men to walk on the moon were Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, on December 14, 1972, during the Apollo 17 mission.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated (1968).

Major American TV networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, have just now began broadcasting their primetime lineup shows in full color (1966)

Miranda vs Arizona resulted in the Miranda Rights being established for suspect criminals (1966)

Medicade/Medicare was enacted (1965)

Marilyn Monroe dies at age 36 (1962)

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Moon Rock & Shoe Print on the Moon

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Moon Walking

 

There were a lot more newsworthy happenings during the 60s and 70s, such as the interesting facts about the rocks they brought back from the moon. Also, it was the summer of 1969, when Charles Manson and his Family, were charged with murder. The trial was the longest up to that time, only being knocked out of first place by the O.J. Simpson trial, many years later.

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I find all this very interesting, being that all these were in the news when I was a teenager.

I will leave you with a nice song from the 60s, by Scott McKenzie, called “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair), written in the summer of love, by John Phillips (The Mamas & Papas).

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Hope you enjoyed the Letter M, and the Mystery Box Chickens wish you all a Merry Weekend!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A TO Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER L

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We have the letter L to write something about. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens & Giraffe flying kites

But wait! What happened to the Mystery Box Chickens yesterday? I found them…they were off flying a kite! It was such a pretty day, they skipped out on their duties here. Tsk-tsk…looks like they had fun. 🙂

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So, back to the business at hand…the letter post.

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Letter L is for…Love Beads

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Small beads for stringing Love Beads

Love beads are hand-made necklaces. Back in the 60s especially, they were worn by the so called hippie population, as a symbol of peace, love, and good will. The necklaces are made by stringing, small, multi-colored beads onto thread, and the more you wore, the better, it seemed. I know I made my fair share of them. We’d wear them, trade them, and hang them on the rearview mirror in the car. They were fun and easy to make. I still make all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings today. I should make a few of the love beads again! 🙂

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Letter L is for…”Lay Down”

“Lay Down” is a song by Melanie, from her album “Candles in the Rain”. She wrote this song in 1970, after her performance at Woodstock in August of 1969.

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L is for…Lava Lamp

The Lava Lamp was invented in 1963, by British accountant, Edward Craven Walker. The lamps contain a mixture of water, mineral oil, and paraffin wax. When gently heated by the small watt bulb underneath, the wax melts and forms the colorful blobs. They come in many different colors, and shapes, and to me, they are very relaxing to watch. The invention of the lamps celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013, and you can still buy them today! … Here’s a photo of my own Lava Lamp! 🙂 Did you, or do you have one to enjoy?

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE – LETTER J

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Today’s letter to write something about is J.

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Letter J is for…Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin, an American singer/songwriter, was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19, 1943. She died on October 4, 1970. During the mid 60s, she performed her unique style of singing the blues, and rock, with the band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. To the public, she was often called the Queen of Psychedelic Soul, but to her friends, she was Pearl. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.  A couple of her well-known songs were “Piece of My Heart”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”.

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Letter J is for…Journals/Journaling

Chances are, if you like to write, you’ve bought a journal, or even lots of journals over the years. I know I have. It’s hard to resist a new book of blank pages, just waiting for me to fill in with my thoughts, doodling, and miscellaneous notes and reminders. Pretty much anything can become a journal. A regular spiral notebook or composition book works just fine. If you want to, you can get really pretty and fancy books, too, as there are as many types as there are people who keep a journal. You can call them diaries, day planners, travel logs, or anything you feel suits your mood. Have fun with your own personal journal. Here’s a photo of just some of mine. 🙂

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The Mystery Box Chickens and Giraffe wish you a wonderful week! They are thinking up something for the mystery box and the letter K, which will be revealed tomorrow! 🙂

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What’s in the Mystery Box?

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER I

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Today we are blogging about the letter I. Took me awhile to come up with something, but hope you enjoy! 🙂

By the way…those naughty chickens are back on the job today! Take a look…

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Mystery Box Chickens are Back!

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Letter I… is for Iron Butterfly and their song, “In a gadda da vida”

Iron Butterfly is an American rock band that was formed in California back in 1966. Their song, “In a gadda da vida”, which was released in 1968, had the unique distinction of having such heavy musical sounds, that it paved the way for other bands playing heavy metal, hard rock, and acid rock, among other types along through the years. By the end of 1968, their song had earned a gold record, and then went platinum by 1970, with more than 4 million copies sold. There have been many changes in the group members over the years, but they are still recording and touring at the present time.

I was lucky enough to attend one of their concerts, back in 1969, where they performed “In a gadda da vida”. Such a cool concert it was, and I do ‘hazily’ remember all the incense smoke wafting through the air in the venue, along with *other* types of smoke. Here’s a picture of my concert tickets! 🙂 Would you look at the ticket price! Wow! IMG_2499~

Here’s the song…

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Letter I … is for Ice Bar

Have you heard of places to have a drink, called an Ice Bar? The room or rooms are made of actual ice, and is kept at a minus 5 Centigrade, to keep the ice frozen. Tourists and also the employees are rotated on a timed visit, I would suppose so they won’t freeze themselves.

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Scene from inside an Ice Bar

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Drinks served in the Ice Bar

 

The first Ice Bar originated in Sweden in 1994, and now there are Ice Bars in major cities all over the world. Besides the variety of drinks you can order, there are things to look at made from ice, such a beautiful ice sculptures. The lighting in the bar is also very pretty. I think I’d like to visit one someday, even though I don’t like being cold. I could stand it for a few minutes. Could you? 🙂

Seems like the chickens are on board with visiting an ice bar…even if it is home-made. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens on home-made Ice Bar

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Have a wonderful week!

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER H

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I’d like to wish you a Happy Saturday!

Today is brought to you by the letter H, because…

H…is for Happy! 🙂

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Back in the years 1970 through 1974, there was a television show…you may remember it, called, “The Partridge Family”. This was about a family that were juggling a regular home life, and also touring and singing their songs. It starred Shirley Jones, as the mother, and David Cassidy as one of the children in the band.  It was a fun show, I thought. Anyway, their theme song for the show is called, “C’mon Get Happy”.

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H…is for Happenings! 🙂

Back in 1957, Allan Kaprow, first coined the term, ‘happening’. It is used to describe an impromptu grouping of people, for participating in a public display of performance art. These can be for any type of performance, such as music, theater, festivals,  and any number of activities. Today, you could say a flash mob is a ‘happening’, and also the widely popular Zombie Walk, that takes place in many cities on a certain day. Each performance of a ‘happening’ is unique and unpredictable, as it emphasizes the interaction between performers and a random audience.

Here’s a song by the Supremes, called the Happening, which is a pop song, released by Motown, in 1967.

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And, one more, because it’s a good song. This is The Turtles, performing their hit song, “Happy Together”. It was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon,  and released in 1967.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace…and Happiness 🙂

© 2016 BS

 

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER G

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Today we have the letter G to write something about.

I probably could have said a lot about Ghosts, but I talk about them all the time. I have something else in mind. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

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Mostly, I was thinking about songs from the 60s and 70s that start with the letter G. There are lots of them that we used to sing along to back then. Here’s a small list of some…

  1. “Give Me That Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger (1979)
  2. “Gloria” by Them (1964)
  3. “Green-Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf (1970)
  4. “Groovin'” by the Young Rascals (1967)

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And now, I’d like to introduce a new member of the Mystery Box Chickens group…Meet Grab Bag Giraffe! You’ll see him around from time to time. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens with Grab Bag

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Giraffe joins the chickens!

 

A few facts about giraffes are…

  1. They are the tallest animal
  2. Giraffes and humans have interacted for millennia
  3. Salvadore Dali painted them in his surrealist art
  4. They’ve been painted and drawn on rock walls, called petroglyphs
  5. In the year 1414, a giraffe was taken to the Ming Dynasty Zoo, by explorer Zheng He
  6. A giraffe named ‘Sophie’ is a cute toy baby teether these days
  7. Toys ‘R’ Us has a giraffe mascot named Geoffrey

Giraffes are pretty cool animals…one of my favorites! 🙂

We’ll see what he has in his grab bag for tomorrow, too!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2016 – LETTER D

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Today’s post is all about the Letter D. First up, we have… IMG_2341

D … is for DONOVAN

Donovan Leitch is a singer, songwriter who is still recording and performing today. His signature sound has been along the lines of folk, psychedelic rock, and pop, and on April 14, 2012 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His career has spanned the years of 1964 to present. A few of his better known songs include, “Mellow Yellow”, “Sunshine Superman”, Epistle to Dippy”, and “The Hurdy Gurdy Man”. “Mellow Yellow” earned a gold record for more than one million sales in the U.S.

Here’s Donovan’s song, “Mellow Yellow”

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D…is for Dolls

Dolls are always popular, no matter what your age. From sweet baby dolls to play with, to creepy horror dolls that people collect, there are dolls for everyone. Some well-known dolls include the Madame Alexander Dolls, Barbie, Chatty Cathy, Troll Dolls, Russian Nesting Dolls, and even human sized dolls, used in hospitals for training.

I never collected any dolls, but have had lots of them over the years. I somehow have more than I realized here, after I got to looking around. Here’s a picture of them. 🙂

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Mystery Box Chickens

Hope you enjoyed the letter D. Tomorrow is another mystery box I’ll open!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS

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