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October 29, 2014 is

National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day! “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” Charles Dickens once mused. Cats are one of the most beloved human companions of all time (I love them, but Harluin is allergic). They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful – but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most popular house pet in the United States.

Pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige established National Cat Day in 2005. In honor of the occasion, celebrate cats and the unconditional love and companionship they give to their owners. If you don’t own a cat, volunteer at your local animal shelter or make a donation. It’s the purrrrfect way to show you care!

This week is International Magic Week.

So go work some magic with the help of your fuzzy kitty friends. 🙂

Blessed Be

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October 17, 2014 is

National Pasta Day

It’s National Pasta Day! Linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini, ziti—the list of pastas is endless! Pasta is typically thought of as an Italian dish, but there is evidence that people living in Asia in 2000 BC made noodles with millet!

Pasta can be made dry (pasta secca) or fresh (pasta fresca). There are over 350 varieties of dried pasta in Italy. The highest quality of dried pasta is made with pure durum semolina flour and water. Did you know that a typical Italian person eats over sixty pounds of pasta per year? In comparison, Americans only eat around twenty pounds of pasta per person per year!

To celebrate National Pasta Day, enjoy a delightful dish of your favorite type of pasta topped with a scrumptious sauce!

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month & National Chili Month & National Dessert Month & National Pasta Month &National Roller Skating Month & Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
  • This week is World Rain forest Week

    The more you know!

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    Fyre

Awesomeness

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2129821/And-double-maths–paganism-Schools-told-witchcraft-druids-RE-syllabus.html

 

 

Now if only we can get this to happen in the US.

“Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time.

Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group.

Faiths: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft

Required learning: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft

It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’.

The syllabus adds that areas of study should include ‘the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans’.

And an accompanying guide says that pupils should ‘understand  the basic beliefs’ of paganism and suggests children could discuss the difficulties a practising pagan pupil might face in school.

But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition.

Critics point out that according to the council’s own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400.

Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: ‘Religious education is squeezed already – there’s barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions.

‘Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.’

Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia

Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia

However, Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said that the move would give children ‘access to the broad spectrum of religious beliefs’.

The council said the teaching of Christianity still accounted for nearly two-thirds of religious education in its schools.

Paganism encompasses numerous strands, from druids, who believe themselves to be practitioners of the ancient faith of pre-Christian Britain,  to wiccans – modern witches who gather in covens – and shamans, who engage with the spirit of the land.

Cornish pagans include witches Cassandra and Laetitia Latham-Jones, who dress in robes, own broomsticks and a black cat and cast spells. Their website says they offer baby blessings, psychic house cleansings and spells to suit particular situations.

Cornwall Council’s initiative  follows the 2010 decision by the Charity Commission to recognise druidism as a religion.

Jailed druids and pagans are also now allowed to take twigs or ‘magic wands’ into their cells, although they are barred from wearing a hooded robe.

According to the 2001 national  census, there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales, though some estimate that the true figure is now far higher.”

I didn’t know if the link would work so I just copied the article onto here.

Blessed Be

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Fyre