Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

lnternational Women’s Day

March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014 is International Women’s Day. The century-old observance has its origin in social demonstrations for voting rights and political representation, but the facts of economic inequality were always obvious and acknowledged. That’s why we prefer the IWD video (above) by the nonprofit Kiva microfinance group to the better-known, token Doodle Google (below).

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2014

Groundhog Day
It’s February 2nd, time to monitor Marmota monax and dream of winter’s end. Whether or not you believe in woodchuck weathermen, one thing is certain: you can’t have groundhogs if you want a backyard full of fresh garden veggies.

Groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistlepigs, and marmots) are insecto-vegetarians and confirmed locavores. If you plan to plant this spring, harvest those hairy beasts now. Celebrate Groundhog Day with critter cuisine.

Serving suggestions:

Woodchuck au Vin

Canadian Fried Woodchuck

Groundhog Pie

Woodchuck Recipes from Michigan (Oriental Groundhog,Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream,Woodchuck Stew, Woodchuck Meat Loaf)

More groundhog lore and recipes here and here.

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Year of the Horse

January 30, 2014

Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year’s Eve. Clean up the house, chase stale spirits from your kitchen, and stay up tonight and watch the Year of the Snake slither out. The Year of the Horse gallops in on Friday, January 31, 2014 and runs through February 18, 2015. Party on from tonight through the Lantern Festival on February 14th.

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Happy New Year & Lucky Legumes

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year & Lucky Legumes

Happy New Year to you and yours from NotionsCapital.com

Remember: If you must eat black-eyed peas and drive, roll down the windows.

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Christmas Tears

December 31, 2013

“Christmas Tears,” credited to Z. Bridge, S. Thompson, and R.C. Wilson, performed by Eric Clapton at a Washington DC benefit for the Special Olympics in 1998. A fine interpretation of Freddie King’s 1961 recording.

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Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

December 31, 2013

“Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message),” written by Dan Kurtz and Martina Sorbara, performed by them with their band Dragonette.

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Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas

December 31, 2013

“Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas,” written by Carla Thomas, Steve Cropper, and Vincent Trauth. The title alludes to the hit record Ms. Thomas recorded when she was 16, “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes).”

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Sled Zeppelin

December 31, 2013

“Sled Zeppelin,” written by Bob Rivers, based on the song “D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin.

Bob Rivers Presents More Twisted Christmas (1997)

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Merry Christmas, Baby

December 30, 2013

“Merry Christmas, Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Rod Stewart and CeeLo Green on a holiday TV special. That’s Trombone Shorty in the red shirt, not Santa, and David Foster on piano.

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Mistletoe and Wine

December 30, 2013

“Mistletoe and Wine,” written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, performed by British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard, who had a big UK hit with it 1988. The song was originally written for a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and emphasized harsh British class inequities. A re-write turned it into a more conventional holiday song, heard ad nauseum in the UK each yuletide.

More:

“Mistletoe and Wine’s political beginnings,” John McKie, BBC News

“Why Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine is really a socialist Christmas song,” The Guardian

“The Little Match Girl,” 1986 HTV

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