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New Year’s Eve 1914

Today, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a bona fide international phenomenon. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people gather in Times Square, and wait for hours in the cold of a New York winter for the famous Ball-lowering ceremony.

Thanks to satellite technology, a worldwide audience estimated at over one billion people watches the ceremony each year. The lowering of the Ball has become the world’s symbolic welcome to the New Year.

What did it look like 100 years ago?  Have a peek!

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Sure looks like the same fun.

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Hey!  I think that’s Dick Clark!

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Flash mobs are not a new idea. Back to the drawing board.

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Thanksgiving Day Celebration in India

Thanksgiving Day Celebration in India

Thanksgiving is celebrated world over with equal fervor and euphoria. It conveys the universal feeling of being thankful to Lord Almighty for his continuous grace. India is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and a secular country; also popular for its spirituality, God loving and God fearing people. It is known for its ‘Unity in Diversity‘. With the spread of westen culture, Thanksgiving is celebrated in quite a few parts of India, the major festivity is however, observed by Christians in the state of Goa

Thanksgiving Day Celebration in Goa
Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated in the state of Goa, with a different name. Thanksgiving is popularly known as Ladin‘ or ‘Ladainha in India. ‘Ladin’ literally means a litany to the Virgin Mary. During the Thanksgiving ritual, people thank God for all the material and spiritual benefits. The Thanksgiving function is sponsored by a different person every year who either seeks benefits or has been lucky enough to have God’s special grace. Christians start preparing for Thanksgiving celebrations by purchasing wheat and gram, candles, wine and colored tinsel paper. A temporary platform/altar is constructed which is decorated with flowers, vines and creepers. Celebrations also include singing of hymns and prayers. The village local violinist/choirmaster conducts the entire show of singing of litany.Religious Feast of Thanksgiving in Goa
Another celebration associated with the feeling of Thanksgiving, is the popular religious feast of conception of Mother Mary. It is a time for farmers to cut the first harvest of milk-filed corn from the rice field and offer it to God. This is done to seek God’s blessing for a good harvest in the coming season. Though the date of celebrations varies in different parts of Goa, but generally it is celebrated on the 15th of August every year.

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Does Thanksgiving have a place at work?

Does Thanksgiving have a place at work?

A job is a job. The worker punches in, gives up some time and limited personal freedom, does the work and in trade gets a wage in return. It is a classic transaction. An hour of work for an hour of pay.

It is hectic right now, all sorts of companies have been ramping up for the burst of easy holiday related sales. The focus is on doing it now. But what about January when it is time to trim staffing levels and start a new business cycle all over again. Where does Thanksgiving fit into all of this?

Most people who think of Thanksgiving think of Turkey dinner. Just go to the supermarket a few days before and watch the scramble for all the fixin’s.

The word gratitude comes to mind. Now here is a word that has some depth. It means different things depending on the situation. It is a powerful and transforming force.

Gratitude at work is sometimes out of place. Never more true than at your workplace. Remember the transaction, an hour of work for an hour of pay? Gratitude. It fits, it’s nice, but depending on the company and its culture, gratitude may not be on the top of mind.

So what can you expect if you bring a little gratitude to the workplace?

It can be an almost magical way to transform a negative environment into a positive one. In the workplace, gratitude creates an atmosphere of civility, which reduces stress, and that, in turn, cranks up your immune system and increases your job satisfaction. Focusing on gratitude can improve your overall feeling of well-being, even in the face of daily negativity. Gratitude can be practiced by everyone, no matter his or her level in the organization.

Now that we know gratitude can be a powerful tool to transform a negative workplace to a positive one, there is a an added benefit. There was a recent study that says grateful people actually live longer?

Here are three ways to bring gratitude to the workplace.

  1. Set up a timetable for paying sincere compliments to your coworkers and subordinates. Build a reminder into your to do lists for inspiration. The effects of gratitude will build relationships and benefit everyone involved.
  2. Depending on your management style and reputation around the office, dishing out a compliment may take a bit of work. Saying “thank you” is practically effortless all by itself but could throw co workers off their guard. Don’t worry though, it is still worthwhile. It is a matter of regularly thanking your coworkers, your subordinates, your boss, and those you interact with every day. You would think you wouldn’t have to thank people for doing their jobs, but it makes that person feel good, it makes you feel good, and it doesn’t cost a cent. And here’s the key: Say it like you mean it.
  3. Put effort into noticing the good things around you. Try not to focus on the negatives. Try to find a positive take. Once you get used to looking for the positive side, it will influence other thoughts. Yes, there is a positive aspect of sitting in freeway traffic, riding the bus or performing the more mundane tasks. Being positive is choice.

Which brings us the key thought…“It could be worse!” Remind yourself to find the positive. Your relationships will improve, you will discover new ways to approach routine matters and achieve positive outcomes where you least expected them. Bring gratitude to the office isn’t just a Thanksgiving thing. It is an approach to living. Be more positive! You may even live longer!

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This victorian era beauty was born 1881

Victorian Beauty Maude Fealy

Actress/dramatic teacher Maude Fealy, the daughter of actress Margaret Fealy, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 3, 1881. Maude made her acting debut at three years of age in one of her mother’s productions, “Faust”. She was quite successful over the next few years, appearing in productions all over the US and Canada. In 1901 she toured Maude FealyEngland and was rumored to be engaged to actor William Gillette, but she denied the story and there was never any marriage. In 1907 she married a young Englishman, Louis Sherwin, who was a drama critic for a Denver newspaper. However, her parents were dead set against the marriage and took every opportunity to break it up. They eventually succeeded, and the couple divorced in 1909. Later that year she married an actor, James Durkin, who was more acceptable to her parents. The couple later formed the Fealy-Durkin Stock Co., a traveling acting troupe.

She agreed to make films with the Thanhouser Co. in 1911, and appeared in a few films in between her stage work. In 1913 she signed a three-year contract with the studio, appearing in such films as Moths (1913) and The Legend of Provence (1913). Her husband was hired by Thanhouser as a director. However, both she and Durkin left the company in 1914, before her contract ended, and they returned to the stage. In 1916 she appeared in The Immortal Flame (1916) for low-budget Ivan Films. In December of that year she signed with Jesse Lasky Picture Co., and stayed with them for a year. She then returned to the stage, starting her own stock company in Denver, Colorado, and touring the US in various productions well into the 1920s.

In the 1930s she returned to Hollywood and resumed her friendship with director Cecil B. DeMille, with whom she had worked when De Mille was a stage actor. He, in turn, gave her parts in many of his films. She stayed in Hollywood until the early 1940s, when she returned to Denver and began an acting school. Later she returned to Hollywood and opened an acting school there (Nanette Fabray was one of her students). She still made occasional appearances in films, mainly those of her friend De Mille (The Ten Commandments (1956) was one of them).

In 1957 she finally retired and moved back to Denver, but still kept her hand in the theater, appearing in the occasional play and lecturing at a local college.

She died on November 8, 1971, at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, where she had been getting treatment for arteriosclerosis. Her funeral and burial expenses were paid by her longtime friend, Cecil B. De Mille–he had died in 1959 but left a provision in his will for such expenses for her when they were needed.

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