Jack, Would You Like A Slice of Pumpkin Pie?


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The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon which is Greek for “large melon”. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word that is used today, pumpkin.

The term pumpkin has no agreed upon botanical or scientific meaning and is used interchangeably with “squash” and “winter squash” in some areas.

Although pumpkin, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America; the oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was actually being found in Mexico.

As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds (680,000,000 kilograms or 680,000 tonnes) of pumpkins are produced each year.

In the United States, pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving and they are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns for the Halloween season and pumpkin pies are commonly included in Thanksgiving meals.

The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns” comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. According to the story, Stingy Jack had tricked the devil and yet managed to refrain the devil from claiming his soul.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell.

He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

The Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America; discovered pumpkin as a new substitute and thus it became an integral part of Halloween festivities. In 1900, an article on Thanksgiving entertaining recommended a lit jack-o’-lantern as part of the festivities that encourage kids and families to join together to make their own jack-o’-lantern.

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afterthoughts

In another two days, it would be Halloween but I don’t really celebrate it. Nevertheless, I’ve always enjoyed watching parents dressing up their children for the ‘trick-or-treat’ and making the Jack-‘o-lanterns in Halloween related dramas or movies.

Quoting what Judy Gold said, “Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.” 

Got to know this song from my baby Sis and loved the tune immediately. I think the tune and the MTV is quite suitable for this Halloween related post so decided to share with all you lovely souls out there.

” If we see trouble as a friend instead of a foe,

we might be able to obtain a solution to every trouble we encountered,

since we are a friend who knows it and loves it just the same.”

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

What Time Is It?


Spring Time 2015

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SPRING is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~ Doug Larson

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There are various technical definitions of spring, but different parts of the world vary according to their local climate, cultures and customs.

The beginning of spring is not always determined by fixed calendar dates but relates to biological indicators; i.e. the blossoming of a range of plant species, and the activities of animals, or the special smell of soil that has reached the temperature for micro flora to flourish.

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At the spring equinox, days are approximately 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. Many flowering plants bloom this time of year and sometimes beginning when snow is still on the ground, continuing into early summer.

Unstable weather may more often occur during spring when warm air begins on occasions to invade from lower latitudes while cold air is still pushing on occasions from the Polar regions.

“Paper Cat Weather Icon Illustration” by SweetCrisis @ Freedigitalphotos.net

Perhaps this is why Mark Twain quoted,

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

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Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth.

Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead two days after his crucifixion and celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day, which is two days after Good Friday.

The date of Easter varies between 22 March and 25 April in most traditions, and between 4 April and 8 May in some Eastern Christianity and for this year (2015), it will fall on April 5.

Information Extracted From: Wikipedia – Spring (Season)

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For happiness one needs security,

but joy can SPRING like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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ID-100172544A spring is an elastic object used to store mechanical energy. Simple non-coiled springs were used throughout human history, e.g. the bow (and arrow).

In the Bronze Age more sophisticated spring devices were used by the spread of tweezers in many cultures.

Coiled springs appeared early in the 15th century in door locks. 

By replacing the system of weights that commonly powered clocks with a wound spring mechanism (clock-makers), the first spring powered-clocks appeared in the 15th century and evolved into the first large watches by the 16th century.

First Spring Powered ClockIn the eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution spurred the development of mass-production techniques for making springs.

Common examples of current spring usage range from tiny coils that support keys on cellular phone touch pads to enormous coils that support entire buildings and protect them from earthquake vibration.

Steel alloys are the most commonly used spring materials. The most popular alloys include high-carbon (such as the music wire used for guitar strings), oil-tempered low-carbon, chrome ID-10029560silicon, chrome vanadium, and stainless steel.

Depending on the design and required operating environment, any material can be used to construct a spring, so long as the material has the required combination of rigidity and elasticity.

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Wikipedia – Spring (Device) and How Products Are Made Vol. 6

afterthoughts

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us.

How often does your spring come?

If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year.

If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.
~ Gary Zukav

In Singapore, it is almost Summer all year round (plus the extra humidity in the air). Therefore it is really hard for me to imagine or feel the goodness of this season (or the other two).

Nevertheless, I guess besides our bodies, our souls should be able to experience these four seasons as well and I do hope my soul won’t be a prisoner of the calendar and may its spring comes frequently or…yes…very frequently.

Same hope goes for all you lovely souls out there!

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀