Mardi Gras, which in essence is a celebration of over indulgence prior to beginning the Lenten season was first brought to the United States in the late 17th Century by French Catholic settlers who had claimed the region that now makes up Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama!
With cold weather sweeping the nation bringing frigid temperatures and record snow falls resulting in school cancellations, road closings, and even entire towns being shut down it makes me wonder if this the norm that we will be seeing in the future?
As 2014 begins and people far and wide have made resolutions for this upcoming calendar year I wonder why is it so hard to keep the commitment you made with yourself?
I have been very fortunate to have a few extra days to spend in San Francisco, CA this past week and what a terrific surprise it has been. This city is bustling with high energy and activity in every direction! I feel a high level of positive energy as I stroll the streets and take in the sites and sounds.
If you are a basketball player or coach you undoubtedly have a unique relationship with the upcoming Holiday Season that is rapidly approaching! When most families think of Christmas and New Years as a time for parties, socials, dinners, gift exchanges and Christmas musicals or plays; those that are in a basketball family may have a little bit different view.
For many of us Thanksgiving means a long 4-day weekend filled with eating, watching sports, and socializing with friends and family. For others it may be the start of the Christmas season and a kickoff to shopping as well as holiday decorating. Thanksgiving dates all the way back to 1621 and have been recognized as a national holiday since 1863 as a celebration of gratitude for all of our many blessings!
Spending the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee a city rich in culture and more than enough options for entertaining yourself! Memphis is prideful of its music, sports, food, and overall southern spirit, which embraces you once, you embark upon its picturesque downtown streets. A vibrant city that lies in the Southwest corner of the state literally only miles from Arkansas to the West and Mississippi to the South!
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Tis’ the season for Homecoming celebrations across the nation. This is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school at universities, colleges and high schools. It typically includes events for current students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the campus, city or town. The tradition of Homecoming has its origins in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the mid-1800s. Many schools have tried to lay claim to having the first Homecoming, but it is unclear as to who was the first to host such activities, however the NCAA recognizes the University of Missouri as the birthplace of Homecoming in 1911.
Day 1 of my road trip consisted of 12 straight hours of driving departing form Toledo, OH and ending at the Mississippi state line Welcome Center.
No matter how young or old you may be and whether you want to admit it or not, I believe that everyone feels a little more special on their birthday! This is why I try really hard to keep track of as many of my friends, associates, and co-workers birthdates so I can take a couple moments out of my day to wish them a Happy Birthday!