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Awakenings: Tennessee: Volunteers, Chiefs & “The King”

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Aerial America
Tennessee: Sneak Peak

What does the name Tennessee mean? The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee Indian village called Tanasi. Tanasi was also the Cherokee word for the river. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Many states derive their names from native American languages. Officially adopted in 1987, the state motto of Tennessee is “Agriculture and Commerce” (taken from words on the state seal of Tennessee).

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the 16th state. It was the first state created from territory under the jurisdiction of the United States federal government. Apart from the former Thirteen Colonies only Vermont and Kentucky predate Tennessee’s statehood, and neither was ever a federal territory.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Between smoky mountains and a mighty river lies a state with a fascinating story. Tennessee is the home of Cherokee Chiefs and “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Featured poetry creation for Tennessee: Volunteers, Chiefs and “The King”

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Awakenings: Kentucky: From Mountaintop to Stove top

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This Day in History: June 1, 1792

Kentucky, The Bluegrass State

The name Kentucky is of native American origin and has been attributed to several different Indian languages, with several different possible meanings including the Iroquois word “Ken-tah-ten,” which means land of tomorrow. The official state motto of Kentucky is “United we stand, divided we fall” – appearing on both the state flag and great seal of Kentucky.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the union.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Kentucky is…
famous for breeding horses, tobacco farms, fine bourbon, Kentucky Derby and, of course, nothing says Kentucky better than Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

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States at a Glance

catnipoflife‘s sister site Awakenings began a journey in January across the United States focusing each month on the state(s) that was admitted to the union during that month. Now six months into the year 23 states have been visited. Some of these have been Scooped onto catnip but not all. What is the idea behind this journey you might be wondering?

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Could you place each state correctly as to location if given a blank map?

America. The United States. The United States of America. The USA. How much do you know about our nation’s states or better still, what do you know about the state in which you live? Do you know which state(s) have a State Cat? What about the one with a State Dinosaur along with a State Cat? Which state(s) claims the Spirit of the Ladybug as its state insect? Do you know which state is nicknamed after its Busy Buzzin’ Bees? This next one surely you know…the state famous for The Shag and Shad Roe?

The first state featured @Awakenings Georgia On My Mind leaves no room for questions as to which state hosted the first visit. Within that post is a special poem for Georgia, which set the stage for each state that follows. The challenge has been and continues to be not so much the research for each state but creating the special poetry attributable to the nature of each one. With that being said stay tuned for the next two Scoops of two states visited today…Kentucky and Tennessee.

Which of these boasts times when ‘Mountain Music harbored life in song’?

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Awakenings: Wisconsin: Land of Dreams

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This Day in History: May 29, 1848

Wisconsin, The Badger State, The Dairy State, The Cheese State

Miners earned Wisconsin the nickname Badger State because their act of digging homes out of hillsides near the mines was a little too similar to that of the badgers who also dug underground places of abode. Since Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk, cheese and butter in the country, it is of no surprise that it has also been given the nickname ‘America’s Dairyland’, which is synonymous with the The Dairy State and The Cheese State. Wisconsin’s state quarter features the state motto, which is simply Forward. Other agricultural symbols of Wisconsin also appear on the quarter: a dairy cow (state domestic animal), a round of cheese (milk is the state beverage), and an ear of corn (state grain).

Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th state on May 29, 1848.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

When you hear someone mention Wisconsin, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Of course, it has to be CHEESE! Since Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk, cheese and butter in the country, it is of no surprise that it has also been given the nickname ‘America’s Dairyland’, which is synonymous with the The Dairy State and The Cheese State.

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Wisconsin-Cheese-Smile

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Awakenings: Rhode Island: Spectacular in the Fall

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This Day in History: May 29, 1790

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, the Southern Gateway of New England

The Ocean State is the official nickname formulated to attract tourism to Rhode Island and appears on non-commercial license plates replacing “Discover” in 1972. With over 400 miles of coastline, all Rhode Islanders live within a 30-minute drive to the Atlantic Ocean or Narragansett Bay. The historical nickname, the Southern Gateway of New England, was bestowed because Rhode Island was the most southerly of the New England states with harbors suitable for ocean-going ships.

It was the last colony of the thirteen colonies to ratify the United States Constitution on May 29, 1790, once assurances were made that a Bill of Rights would become part of the Constitution, thereby making it the 13th state in the union.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What Rhode Island lacks in size it makes up for in historical significance. Take the high-flying tour of the little state with big stories.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial-Day-Icons

Today marks the eve of one of the most celebrated weekends in America…Memorial Day Weekend! This weekend commemorates a beginning as well as an end. It is anything and everything red, white and blue.

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As you are out and about this weekend…shopping, visiting, picnicking, bar-b-queuing – remain mindful of the importance of remembering what this weekend is all about, especially on Monday, May 26, 2014. Be sure to pay particular attention to whether an American flag is flying or if a sign is displayed in store windows in honor and respect of our fallen soldiers. If one is not visible, I challenge you to ask WHY not?

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Awakenings: South Carolina: The Shag & Shad Roe

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This Day in History: May 23, 1788

South Carolina, “The Palmetto State”

South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, and the 8th state to ratify the US Constitution on May 23, 1788. South Carolina later became the first state to vote to secede from the Union which it did on December 20, 1860. It was readmitted to the United States on June 25, 1868. The state motto of South Carolina “Dum Spiro Spero” means ‘While I breathe, I hope.”

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What about the shag and shad roe? Where do they fit in the scheme of things in South Carolina? The answers and more @Awakenings…

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Awakenings: Lucky Penny

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How many times have you found a penny only to check if it is ‘heads up’ before picking it up? If so, that must mean you are superstitious. Superstition has it that you should only pick up a penny that is lying face up. The others…leave them where they lie. I disagree as will be noted later. First, let’s take a look at the day’s celebration.

Today is…

Lucky Penny Day

 

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Next time you find a penny, heads up or not, remember our nation’s motto! If you feel you do not need the penny, place it in the hand of another, repeat the motto, “In God We Trust” and say “pass it on.”

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Awakenings: Armed Forces Day

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Not only on this day of celebration but any day, salute sharply to all of the men and women in all branches of the service who protect our country and each of us as individuals. They can be called upon at a moment’s notice to perform a risky and perilous mission for the freedoms America offers on a continuous daily basis. They train diligently both physically and mentally so they will be prepared to prevail in any mission they face.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

 See a soldier, salute a soldier, thank a soldier!

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Awakenings: ‘Copycats’ & Fun Facts

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Today in Music History: April 25

It’s not just about the music, the words and the melodies, but also the stories behind the music and the performances that set the stage for MTV and DVDs yet to come. Some of the most interesting trivia comes from songs of the past that were covered by other artists whose renditions are more remembered than the original. For some, the beginning we know may not be a song’s beginning at all.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Who do you associate with the song ‘Such a Night’ – Johnnie Ray, The Drifters, Elvis, The Four Lovers? Wait a minute. Four Lovers? Never heard of them…Oh! They are the Four Seasons! What about ‘Stuck on You’ – did you know there is more than one version? And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times…

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