The history behind Halloween is one that began long before the commercialization that we know today. All Hollow’s Eve has a blend of pagan tradition and Christian beliefs meshed into a holiday that was originally created to celebrate the dead. During the 8th Century the Catholic Church created the All Souls Day to recognize the Christian Martyrs who died in Rome and then later extended the celebration to honor the Saints who died for the faith. As the Catholic Church spread to far lands and pagan lands, the holiday took on a new form to incorporate the beliefs of the native lands to find a common ground. The All-hollow’s Eve was celebrated on November 1st and the night before was dubbed All-hollows Eve which is the day as we know it, Halloween. So as you go and put your costume on and ask the time old question, “Trick-or-Treat” remember this holiday was one to celebrate the dead not the living.




Bolivia has just added to a Bill created in November 2010 stating the “Law of Mother Earth.” This law gives the right to our planet so that we as human beings can live in harmony with mother nature. The law has seven fundamental acts in which gives Mother Earth a right to be a free form living in harmony with its human companions. Although this is a huge step for Bolivia, this is not recognized among the world and it should be. The planet earth is the only home we have and we should treat our home with the respect, peace and love in which it deserves.



Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a large impact on our lives. This pet owner adopted his four-legged dog and within a month the dog adopted an injured Hummingbird. CBS LA interviewed the pet owner on how all of this could have happened. The injured Hummingbird was nursed back to health and refused to leave after making itself at home with Rex the dog. The two have become fast friends and has taught the family a quite valuable lesson.



The celebration of the Navy was created October 27, 1922. Mrs. William H. Hamilton was the founder of this day after her heroic efforts in creating The Navy Club in New York City, allowing sailors far and wide to sit and enjoy the company of fellow sea farriers. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt wrote a letter stating Mrs. Hamilton the founder of Navy Day and the gratitude that was felt by all those who benefited from her hard work. Navy Day itself has not been celebrated since 1949, however today taking a moment to appreciate the Navy and all they do to protect near and far. Serving the United States with Honor, Courage and Strength. “Non Sibi Sed Patriae”





Nothing says evaluate like an epitaph.  The funny ones usually make it across our radar, but there are some pretty incredible “serious” epitaphs.  “Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death, Horseman pass by.” W. B. Yeats… “Like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stripped of its lettering and gilding, lies here, food for worms.  But the work shall not be wholly lost, for it will, as he believed, appear once more, in a new and more perfect edition, corrected and amended by the Author.” Benjamin Franklin.  My personal favorite, because it seems I’ve heard the words repeated by a relative when asked for a holiday recipe, “Over my dead body” is someone’s Aunt Kay – that recipe for her fudge.




By now it’s pretty common knowledge we love pets, especially dogs at the Walker house.  Here’s some friends of ours, “Animal Place” in Grass Valley, CA that have an amazing animal rescue program.  They rescue …. Cows, pigs, turkeys, goats, chickens, sheep and rabbits and adopt them out.

Kim Sturla and Ned Buyukmihci sold their homes, emptied their savings accounts to purchase a 60 acre block of undeveloped land in 1988 in Vacaville, CA to rescue farmed animals.  Theirs is a one-of-a-kind place with a completely different perspective on a animals usually raised to eat.





Rotary Clubs all over the country and especially here in Modesto take this day seriously by distributing special, comprehensive dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the area-wide school system.  This tradition with Rotary began about 15 years ago nationwide and 11 years ago here in the Modesto school system.  Beginning with 1 club, Modesto Sunrise Rotary and since branching out to include all 4 clubs and all the schools in the area.




What’s happening with the NFL and the networks viewing?  If you haven’t heard or even been part of the latest trend; not watching NFL Sunday night football.  According to a headline story for the Sporting News, a third of NFL TV viewers are not watching in protest of the Colin Kaepernick-led protests.  Forbes sports writer, Mike Ozanian recently wrote, “the national anthem protests that began with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and has since been copied by other players have angered many fans.  And that anger may be one reason why the television ratings for the first week of NFL games were bad.”

But what’s really going on?  Twitter recently procured the rights to live stream Thursday night NFL football and has seen not only their stocks soar because of it, but seen membership rise.  Which lends itself to all kinds of speculation. Is it the endless commercials on network television?  The player protests?  The game itself?  Time and the survey takers will tell the story at the end of the season.