Who was Cesar Chavez? We spend a day honoring him, here in California as it is a state holiday, but not federal, perhaps it should be though. Cesar Chavez, according to History.com, “was a prominent union leader and labor organizer. Hardened by his early experience as a migrant worker, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962”. He wanted to make farm work better for all of the farm workers out there. He knew the poor were treated terribly, being in that situation himself, he wanted things to be better. He is known for his grape strike, joining a group of Filipino farm workers in Delano’s grape fields. He was a part of the Farm Workers Association at that point, using that to take the grape strike to the steps of Sacramento during the famous march of 1966, bringing both the grape strike and consumer boycott into the national consciousness. Click here for more information on the march specifically.
Chavez devoted his life to improving working conditions for farmers, specifically the migrant workers. The History.com article states that, ‘for thirty years Chavez tenaciously devoted himself to the problems of some of the poorest workers in America”. Through his efforts, he succeed in raising the salaries and improving working conditions for the farm workers in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. What an inspirational man.
Today is a take a walk in the park day, and while the weather here in the valley is warm, that wind is wicked. So, you might want to do something about those allergies before heading out, and take a Kleenex or two with you. Here is a link to a few different home remedies to help alleviate some of that sneezing, they include saline spray, a Neti Pot and local honey. Here is a link to find local honey in case you are interested. Since we are dealing with wind, you might want to take a kite out with you, it is the perfect day for that. Another option is of course taking the pooch out on your walk with you, which is what I plan to do. As you can see from the image, Melky and I enjoy our walks together! Whatever you decide, I hope it is a great day for you!
Waffle Day, what, what. Are you a fan? Is there a specific type of waffle you tend to lean toward? Now-a-days there are so many different types, and you can get fruit or cinnamon in them, or even on them. So, I do what I always do, and did a little research on the waffle. It might surprise you to know that it dates back to the Neolithic Age, according to the website thenibble.com. The site states that, “as a rustic hotcake made of cereal pulps, cooked on heated stones, it was flipped so that both sides might be cooked by the heat”. Of course, one does wonder what they put on it, or if it was just eaten plain. It continued to be eaten through the ages, and in the 13th Century, “a craftsman had the idea of forging cooking plates that reproduced the characteristic of honeycombs”, making what would be the first waffle iron.
The site continues describing the evolution of the waffle through the times. Here are some fun facts:
1930’s- Waffle irons become standard kitchen appliances
1953- Brought us “Froffles” what came to be known as Eggos in 1955, those fun frozen waffles that you throw in your toaster.
1964- This is when “Belgian waffles” made their debut at the New York World’s Fair in Queens.
And into the 21st Century where the waffle has taken on a life of its own with different flavors, toppings, and even its own day of celebration.
Here is a link to the many different types of waffles out there today.
Whether you are a more traditional eater with just butter and syrup, or if you like to go crazy with your toppings, you should definitely go out and grab a waffle today!!
Presidents Day was yesterday, and in honor of our wonderful Presidents, we thought we would look up how many of them were lawyers. In fact, 25 of our 45 Presidents were lawyers, Harvard having the most Presidential graduates with four. Here is the complete list with some fun little tidbits about them. For instance, did you know, “the three best known Western name in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon”, and that Obama has a nerdy side enjoying comic books and Harry Potter!!
This got us thinking about what else the past Presidents had done. We found this list, which lists professions by number of Presidents. Common jobs were in Politics (probably a given), but there were also a number of educators, businessman, and journalists/writers. Many of our Presidents were Ambassadors, and there were even a few farmers. Do you know the number one profession? You will have to click to find out…it is quite interesting, recognizing our rich history!!