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  1. Welcome Darlene Dunkley! Depressionforums.org/Forums is a peer to peer community, solely dedicated to eliminating the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through information, education, and advocacy. Founded in 2001. Continuing in 2004, our organization’s ongoing Mission and Vision is to continue to fight the Stigma of Mental Illness, encourage, inform, and inspire the public about Mental Health. We are here for you! There is no illegal drug that cures mental illness by far! We do not post about illegal drugs on here. Please refrain from posting about illegal drugs or any personal experiences you may have had with them! After five visits (posts) you may visit the Substance Abuse Forum (PM Forum Admin or Staff for the password to get in)! Again welcome and we hope you visit here is a helpful one! ~Lindsay. Forum Administrator Owner, DepressionForums.org
  2. Good evening Members No, no one ever said you were excluded from search results. Hidiety you did not read our Terms of Service, etc. before or when you joined DF. If you click on this link it is a page under our original Terms of Service (ToS) It explains what a Forum is about, how it is run. Period. You are not making anything more aware, it has been published since 2004! cherryapplez2020 Sweetie, you had the right Idea Most members do. We warn our members before and after they join about the INTERNET not to use their personal identification, etc. Lindsay, Forum Administrator, Owner Are mission and vision is to help members with their MH, not to frighten them.
  3. Prycejosh1987 I hope by now that your sleep problems are gone and you are off Nozinan! I took out this new members link as they know nada about FORUMS and did not see you have not been here for almost a year! Please let us know how you are doing as you have not been around for sometime now and we do care! Be Well, Lindsay
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    Memorial Day

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    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day May 30 This U.S. federal holiday is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. In 2022, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 30.
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    Mother's Day

    Mother's Day Unlike holidays with a set date, Mother’s Day has more to do with a specific day of the week than a specific date. It always falls on the second Sunday in May each year. Not that good with mental calendar math? We’ve calculated the dates for the next five Mother’s Days for you: Sunday, May 14, 2023 Sunday, May 12, 2024 Sunday, May 11, 2025 Sunday, May 10, 2026 Sunday, May 09, 2027 What is the history of Mother’s Day? Even though mothers have existed since the beginning of humanity, celebrating Mother’s Day as a formal holiday is a fairly recent invention. It begins, like so many Mom stories, with a powerful bond between a mother and daughter. Ann Reeves Jarvis, known as Mother Jarvis, was a mother and Sunday school teacher in rural West Virginia—until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She became an activist for human rights and mothers, no matter which side of the blue-gray divide they were on. To begin, she organized “mothers’ day work clubs.” These clubs taught mothers basic health, hygiene, and child-rearing skills to fight the unsanitary living conditions that caused so much death and disease in young children. She went on to organize “women’s brigades” to help wounded soldiers and a Mothers’ Friendship Day to improve relations between former Union and Confederate families. After all, if anyone can calm down a heated argument, it’s a mother. Mother Jarvis’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, was her devoted disciple and served beside her mother. As Mother Jarvis’s health declined, Anna became her caretaker, devoting years to her beloved mom. On May 8, 1905, Mother Jarvis died of heart complications. Anna, by then a young mother herself, was devastated by the loss. In 1906, she invited friends and family to a special church service to honor her mother on the one-year anniversary of her death. She handed out carnations, Mother Jarvis’s favorite flower, to all the mothers in attendance. (The origin of Mother’s Day flowers, perhaps?) It was such a moving tribute, she and her loved ones decided to keep the tradition going each May. They broadened the celebration to include mothers in general. Jarvis went on a campaign to spread her favorite holiday, writing letters, petitioning politicians, and talking about her mother to anyone who would listen. In 1915, her efforts paid off. President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day an annual national observance in the United States to be held on the second Sunday of May. Make sure you also check out these mom quotes that will make you want to call her. Why is it called Mother’s Day? T More perplexing than the question “When is Mother’s Day?” is the question of why the holiday’s name is singular, not plural—Mother’s Day, not Mothers’ Day. Anna Jarvis was adamant that it be dedicated to just one mother. Its purpose, she said, is “to honor the best mother who ever lived: yours.” Another way to honor your mom: Create a photo album of mother-child moments and decorate it with mother-daughter quotes, mother-son quotes, tender words, and inside jokes. Funny mother-daughter quotes “Of all the haunting moments of motherhood, few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter’s mouth.”—Victoria Secunda “Mother-daughter disagreements were, in hindsight, basically mother stating the truth and daughter taking her own sweet time coming around.”–Barbara Delinsky “Yes, it’s quite amazing how I continue to shock my mother, even after all these years together.”–Eloisa James “My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives and organ donors.”―Carrie Latet “By the time you realize your mother was right, you have a daughter who thinks that you’re wrong.”—Sada Malhotra “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”—Erma Bombeck “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.”—Ben Sirach “Just do everything we didn’t do and you will be perfectly safe.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald “I keep seeing myself in my daughter, and I see my mother in me and in her. Bloody hell.”—Julie Walters “I’m going to see my mom. She’s a big mucky-muck in the county school system. She’s my hero. How do I explain her? She is as respected as Mother Theresa, as powerful as Stalin, and as beautiful as Margaret Thatcher.”—Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation If you’re looking for more laughs, these funny quotes and mom jokes are guaranteed to get a chuckle.
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    Cinco De Mayo

    Many people in the U.S. associate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, tacos and partying, but the day has more meaningful origins in Mexican history. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexican army secured victory over France during the Second Franco-Mexican War. What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated on May 5 in parts of Mexico and the United States. The day commemorates the victory of the outnumbered Mexican army over the French army at the 1862 Battle of Puebla during the Second Franco-Mexican War. Contrary to popular opinion, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s independence. The actual Mexican Independence Day falls on Sept. 16 and celebrates the ‘Cry of Dolores’, the call to arms that launched the Mexican War of Independence. Today in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is actually a relatively minor holiday, according to History.com. It’s mainly celebrated in the state of Puebla, where the battle occurred, but other parts of the country do not typically mark the day in any major way. In the United States, on the other hand, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a more widespread celebration of Mexican culture and traditions. Cities around the U.S. celebrate the holiday with events highlighting traditional Mexican dancing, music and cuisine. When is Cinco de Mayo? “Cinco de Mayo” means “Fifth of May” in Spanish. This year, the holiday falls on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Cinco de Mayo History The Battle of Puebla, commemorated by Cinco de Mayo, has come to symbolize Mexican resistance to foreign invasion. In 1862, French troops attempted to establish a monarchy in Mexico to gain influence in North America. The 6,000 French troops sent by Napoleon III outnumbered the ragtag army of Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. However, the Mexican troops defeated the French troops and forced them to retreat. The Battle of Puebla was not a major tactical victory during the war, but it boosted morale and became a symbol of Mexicans’ cultural pride, courage, and resilience. LIFE 25 Cinco de Mayo Facts, Plus the History of Cinco de Mayo APRIL 19, 2022 – 6:30 AM – 0 COMMENTS 75 By LINDSAY LOWE @linzlowe Happy Cinco de Mayo! We’re looking into some common questions people ask about the Cinco de Mayo, including ‘What is Cinco de Mayo?’ and ‘What’s the history of Cinco de Mayo?’ and ‘Cinco de Mayo facts.’ Many people in the U.S. associate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, tacos and partying, but the day has more meaningful origins in Mexican history. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexican army secured victory over France during the Second Franco-Mexican War. Read on for more about Cinco de Mayo history, and 25 facts about Cinco de Mayo. What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated on May 5 in parts of Mexico and the United States. The day commemorates the victory of the outnumbered Mexican army over the French army at the 1862 Battle of Puebla during the Second Franco-Mexican War. Contrary to popular opinion, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s independence. The actual Mexican Independence Day falls on Sept. 16 and celebrates the ‘Cry of Dolores’, the call to arms that launched the Mexican War of Independence. Today in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is actually a relatively minor holiday, according to History.com. It’s mainly celebrated in the state of Puebla, where the battle occurred, but other parts of the country do not typically mark the day in any major way. In the United States, on the other hand, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a more widespread celebration of Mexican culture and traditions. Cities around the U.S. celebrate the holiday with events highlighting traditional Mexican dancing, music and cuisine. When is Cinco de Mayo? “Cinco de Mayo” means “Fifth of May” in Spanish. This year, the holiday falls on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Cinco de Mayo History The Battle of Puebla, commemorated by Cinco de Mayo, has come to symbolize Mexican resistance to foreign invasion. In 1862, French troops attempted to establish a monarchy in Mexico to gain influence in North America. The 6,000 French troops sent by Napoleon III outnumbered the ragtag army of Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. However, the Mexican troops defeated the French troops and forced them to retreat. The Battle of Puebla was not a major tactical victory during the war, but it boosted morale and became a symbol of Mexicans’ cultural pride, courage, and resilience. Related: 12 Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Ideas 25 Cinco de Mayo Facts 1. In 2013, Americans spent more than $600 million on beer for Cinco de Mayo, according to Nielsen. 2. Not every Mexican state celebrates Cinco de Mayo. 3. About 36.6 million people of Mexican origin lived in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. This includes immigrants from Mexico and people who can trace their heritage back to Mexico. 4. In 2017, the Corona beer company lit up New York City’s famous Times Square Ball to resemble a lime wedge, and hosted a ‘Lime Drop’ to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. 5. Some cities around the country, including Denver, Colo. and Chandler, Ariz., hold an annual Chihuahua Race in honor of Cinco de Mayo. 6. In 2005, Congress declared Cinco de Mayo an official U.S. holiday. Related: 50 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes 7. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in a few other places around the world, including Brisbane, Australia, Malta and the Cayman Islands. 8. Americans drink an average of 3.5 alcoholic beverages each on Cinco de Mayo, according to a survey from Alcohol.org. 9. Americans drink more tequila than any other country, according to the drinks market analysis firm IWSR. 10. Cinco de Mayo became a ‘drinking’ holiday in the U.S. in the 1980s, when beer companies targeted the Spanish-speaking population in marketing campaigns, according to Time. 11. There has been a backlash against Cinco de Mayo celebrations among some Latino communities in the U.S., who object to the holiday’s commercialism and portrayal of Mexican stereotypes, according to the New York Times. 12. In the past, Americans have consumed more than 80 million pounds of avocados on Cinco De Mayo. 13. There are about 54,000 Mexican restaurants in the U.S. 14. Americans spend about $2.9 billion on margaritas every year. 15. Los Angeles’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is bigger than the one that takes place in Puebla, Mexico, where the holiday originated. 16. Forget the tacos: one of the most popular traditional dishes in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo is mole poblano, a rich sauce made from chocolate and chilis. 17. The colors traditionally associated with Cinco de Mayo are red, white and green, reflecting the colors of the Mexican flag. 18. A lot of “Mexican” foods we eat in the U.S. aren’t actually an authentic part of Mexican cuisine. Dishes like hard-shell tacos, nachos, and burritos, are considered “Tex-Mex” creations. 19. President Roosevelt helped popularize Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the U.S. with his 1933 Good Neighbor Policy, which he enacted to improve relations with Central and South American countries. 20. On Cinco de Mayo, a Hard Rock Cafe in the Cayman Islands hosts an annual air guitar competition. 21. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). 22. The Battle of Puebla is re-enacted every year in Mexico City. 23. The city of Longmont, Colo., celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Chihuahua beauty contest, in which they crown a King and Queen Chihuahua. 24. Many 2020 Cinco de Mayo celebrations have been canceled or transformed into virtual gatherings due to the pandemic. 25. Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken called Mexico’s Independence Day, but that falls on Sept. 16.
  11. Welcome, KalahariDessert Please start posting in different forums your story with different context in each one, wherever you can, to get different reactions to help you from our wonderful members! Our members are here to help as well as to get help and many are experienced with the same struggles and disparities that you have had to overcome or are now experiencing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to members I wish you well, hugs ~Lindsay, Forum Administrator
  12. The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes Yom Hashoah on the preceding Thursday. When it falls on a Sunday, Yom Hashoah is observed on the following Monday. In the United States, Days of Remembrance runs from the Sunday before Yom Hashoah through the following Sunday. 2022 Thursday, April 28
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    Wishing a very happy Easter and Passover to everyone who chooses to celebrate, and best wishes to all for an enjoyable holiday weekend with your families. Lindsay Depressionforums.org
  14. If you are considering suicide - this is your first place to visit on this forum!! THERE IS HELP AVAILABLE!! Popular PostPosted May 25, 2014 · IP (edited) If you’re feeling suicidal, please read this. I originally wrote this for World Suicide Prevention Day. It is aimed towards someone who may be considering taking steps towards ending their own lives. If this is you please read on and I hope that you can find something in these words that makes you see that your life is precious. I may not know you personally but if I could I would reach out and hug you first and foremost. You may feel alone in this world and like there is no point in carrying on but this is simply not true. While I don’t know you, the fact that you are struggling and feeling like this is the only option shows me that you are a person who can feel things so deeply and I believe that whatever you may have done there is at least one person who does care deeply for you. If you can not think of one then let me tell you that I care about you. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be writing this. If you are still reading then thank you for not turning and running . That shows that within you there is strength to confront what you are feeling and also hope that maybe there is something else you can do to avoid this, what to you may feel like is the only, course of action. You are doing so well just reading this and trying to see if there is something you can do and I hope you can hold on to this however tiny it may seem. Thank you for still reading. I’m now going to offer you some things you may like to do before you go any further. You don’t have to do them but I hope there is one thing here that may help you. Here they are: Call, text or email someone, explaining how you feel, if you can. This could be a friend, relative, medical professional or a charity helpline. The Samaritans offer non-judgmental advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Take a bath or shower and try to relax for an hour. In this time try to think about yourself and treat yourself with respect. Write one thing that you can do. It may be that you can take some lovely photographs, it may be that you make a brilliant meal or it might be that you always make yourself available to others. There is, I’m sure, one thing that you can do. Do that one thing that you can do. Go for a walk if you feel that you can do so while still remaining safe, If possible make sure that someone knows where you will be going and how long you plan to be. This gives you a chance to roam in mind as well as body but still keep in mind that people are waiting and wanting you. Draw, write or do something creative. Don’t worry about how it turns out. Exercise. Maybe lift weights or run. Sleep. I hope there is something there you can do. I hope upon hope that the first option is the one you choose. I believe that other people are our biggest weapon in fighting the thoughts that are currently pushing you to your limits. You still reading? Great. You’re doing really well to keep going and I’m proud of you. Truly proud of you. I know how hard it is to get this low but you’re still with me and that is a massive positive. I hope the intensity of your suicidal feelings is subsiding slightly or you have managed to find something to hold on for until you can get the support you deserve, and yes you do deserve it no matter what your brain is telling you. You are on this planet and that makes you special. There is probably someone, you may not know who, but someone who loves you and is glad you are alive. I’m glad you are alive as I know you have huge potential if you have made it this far, think about it you’ve read all this written by me; that is an accomplishment. I’m going to leave you now. I hope you make the decision to live. I know it is a big decision to make and may seem scary but I believe that it is the best decision you can make as it holds so much opportunity for the future. Please get help and if you feel that you are at immediate risk of hurting yourself then I ask you to go to Accident and Emergency so that you can be kept safe. You deserve to be safe and happy. Thank you for reading and know that I am thinking of you and hoping you can see the good in you that others can. One last hug. *hugs* -Lindsay, Admin PS If you are still feeling this way, and still want to take down people in your school, etc..I would think twice about it, as you can be reported... People care about you as do I, but we care about others as well. Lindsay, Administrator Depression Forums, Founder
  15. Mel d, We are here for you. I feel what you are going through and understand. We have wonderful members who are here that give really do give some sage advice and this was a good forum to vent to. Any conversation in Depression Forums with your peers does help, as long as you keep your posts anonymous. (No personal information.) Our SAAM Forum is Password protected (Under the Relationships Forum).and you would have to private message a Community Assistant or Forum Admin/Lindsay/me for the password. Please, take care of YOU! -Lindsay
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    Presidents Day

  17. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son. 2. King entered college at the age of 15. King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology. 3. King received his doctorate in systematic theology. After earning a divinity degree from Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King attended graduate school at Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1955. The title of his dissertation was “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.” 4. King’s 'I Have a Dream' speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial. Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the civil rights leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957. Before a crowd estimated at between 15,000 and 30,000, King delivered his first national address on the topic of voting rights. His speech, in which he urged America to “give us the ballot,” drew strong reviews and positioned him at the forefront of the civil rights leadership. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his 'I Have a Dream' speech. On August 28, 1963, in front of a crowd of nearly 250,000 people spread across the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Baptist preacher and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Organizers of the event, officially known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, had hoped 100,000 people would attend. In the end, more than twice that number flooded into the nation’s capital for the massive protest march, making it the largest demonstration in U.S. history to that date. WATCH: The Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' Speech King’s “I Have a Dream” speech now stands out as one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable moments, but a few facts about it may still surprise you. 1.) There were initially no women included in the event. Despite the central role that women like Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Daisy Bates and others played in the civil rights movement, all the speakers at the March on Washington were men. But at the urging of Anna Hedgeman, the only woman on the planning committee, the organizers added a “Tribute to Negro Women Fighters for Freedom” to the program. Bates spoke briefly in the place of Myrlie Evers, widow of the murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and Parks and several others were recognized and asked to take a bow. “We will sit-in and we will kneel-in and we will lie-in if necessary until every Negro in America can vote,” Bates said. “This we pledge to the women of America.” 2.) A white labor leader and a rabbi were among the 10 speakers on stage that day. King was preceded by nine other speakers, notably including civil rights leaders like A. Philip Randolph and a young John Lewis, the future congressman from Georgia. The most prominent white speaker was Walter Reuther, head of the United Automobile Workers, a powerful labor union. The UAW helped fund the March on Washington, and Reuther would later march alongside King from Selma to Montgomery to protest for Black voting rights. Joachim Prinz, the president of the American Jewish Congress, spoke directly before King. “A great people who had created a great civilization had become a nation of silent onlookers,” Prinz said of his experience as a rabbi in Berlin during the horrors perpetrated by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. “America must not become a nation of onlookers. America must not remain silent.” 3.) King almost didn’t deliver what is now the most famous part of the speech. King had debuted the phrase “I have a dream” in his speeches at least nine months before the March on Washington, and used it several times since then. His advisers discouraged him from using the same theme again, and he had apparently drafted a version of the speech that didn’t include it. But as he spoke that day, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson prompted him to “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” Abandoning his prepared text, King improvised the rest of his speech, with electrifying results. 4.) The speech makes allusions to the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, Shakespeare and the Bible. “Five score years ago,” King began, referencing the opening of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as well as the Emancipation Proclamation, which had gone into effect in 1863. After 100 years, King noted, “the Negro is still not free,” and the rights promised in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were still denied to Black Americans. The image of “this sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent” echoes the opening soliloquy in William Shakespeare’s Richard III (“Now is the winter of our discontent”), while the soaring end of the speech, with its repeated refrains of “Let freedom ring” calls on the 19th-century patriotic song "My Country 'Tis of Thee," written by Samuel Francis Smith. Finally, King’s speech repeatedly draws on the Bible, including an allusion to the Book of Psalms (“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning”) and a quote from the Book of Isaiah (“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low...”), to name just two references. 5.) The speech impressed the Kennedy administration and helped advance civil rights legislation in Congress. All three major TV networks at the time (ABC, CBS and NBC) aired King’s speech, and though he was already a national figure by that time, it marked the first time many Americans — reportedly including President John F. Kennedy — had heard him deliver an entire speech. Kennedy was assassinated less than three months later, but his successor, Lyndon Johnson, would sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, marking the most significant advances in civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. 6.) At the same time, the success of the speech attracted the attention (and suspicion) of the FBI. Federal authorities monitored the March on Washington closely, fearing sedition and violence. Policing of the march turned into a military operation, codenamed Operation Steep Hill, with 19,000 troops put on standby in the D.C. suburbs to quell possible rioting (which didn’t happen). After the event, FBI official William Sullivan wrote that King’s “powerful, demagogic speech” meant that “we must mark him now...as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation.” At the FBI’s urging, Attorney General Robert Kennedy authorized the installation of wiretaps on King’s phone and those at the offices of his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), ostensibly to look into potential communist ties. The FBI later stepped up its surveillance of King, which lasted until his assassination in 1968. 7.) The King family still owns the 'I Have a Dream' speech. Though it is one of the most famous and widely celebrated speeches in U.S. history, the “I Have a Dream” speech is not in the public domain, but is protected by copyright—which is owned and enforced by King’s heirs. As reported in the Washington Post, King himself obtained the rights a month after he gave the speech, when he sued two companies selling unauthorized copies. Though some parts of the speech may be used lawfully without approval (for example, individual teachers have been able to use the speech in their classrooms), the King estate requires anyone who wants to air the speech to pay for that right. Ninety-one years after his birth on Jan. 15, 1929, and 57 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived. Honor King’s lasting legacy by reading 55 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s best quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating as we celebrate equality, faith, and the profound truths of his message. From MLK quotes about peaceful protests to more, here are 55 MLK quotes. 1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” 2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” 4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” 6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” 7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” 8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” King at age 24. (Getty Images) 10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Related: 9 Movies to Watch to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. This MLK Day
  18. Please. You do need to read the first post as well. Go through some of the Depression Forums. You Are Not Alone! There are Members who are here to help you, so POST. Breathe We have your Back You will be Okay, honestly We all have been through this Depression is a stepping stone for you onto better things Just Breathe
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    Happy New Year

    January 1 Becomes New Year’s Day The early Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and 304 days, with each new year beginning at the vernal equinox; according to tradition, it was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. A later king, Numa Pompilius, is credited with adding the months of Januarius and Februarius. Over the centuries, the calendar fell out of sync with the sun, and in 46 B.C. the emperor Julius Caesar decided to solve the problem by consulting with the most prominent astronomers and mathematicians of his time. He introduced the Julian calendar, which closely resembles the more modern Gregorian calendar that most countries around the world use today. As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In medieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the year with days carrying more religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation); Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day in 1582.
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    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Eve Christmas Eve is the day that immediately proceeds Christmas Day – the day that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. This holiday, which falls on December 24th, is celebrated all over the world and is treated as either a holiday in its own right or as part of the greater Christmas tradition. Traditions associated with this holiday vary from region to region. History of Christmas Eve Christmas Eve has been celebrated for as long as Christmas has – starting about 1,700 years ago when the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th. For centuries after his proclamation concerning Christmas, Christmas was celebrated as a whole season that begun with the arrival of Christmas Eve – or December 24th. It was during these years that Christmas Eve not only became an important holiday but also one that began to absorb some of the pagan solstice traditions that preceded it. This includes the practice of decoration with holly – which was appropriated from the Druids, bringing in the Yule log – appropriated from Germanic paganism festivals, and using the colors of red and green – traditions that were appropriated from the pagan traditions of ancient Rome, particularly Saturnalia. From about the 9th through the 19th centuries, Christmas Eve was usually celebrated with storytelling, feasting, dancing and drinking around a large roaring fire. During the 19th century, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol – a story which changed the idea of Christmas, as well as Christmas Eve, forever. It presented a true Victorian version of how Christmas is to be celebrated and that has had a lasting impact on how Christmas Eve is celebrated, especially in the West. Christmas Eve Customs & Celebrations Many Western churches began celebrating Midnight Mass at midnight on Christmas Day many years ago. Over the years, some churches have begun to roll the time for these masses back from midnight to 7 pm on Christmas Eve. In churches in Spanish-speaking areas, Midnight Masses are usually called Misa de Gallo or “rooster’s mass.” However, not all Western churches have a Midnight Mass. For instance, the Church of Scotland doesn’t have a mass but they do have a service just before midnight strikes. During this service, carols are sung and sometimes candles are passed out that are lit during Silent Night from the Christ Candle. Lutheran practices on Christmas Ever usually involve Nativity plays, vocal choirs and candlelight services. Nativity scenes may be built indoors or outdoors and usually feature infant Jesus in a manger surrounded by Mary and Joseph. Sometimes other figures are also present such as shepherds, angels and maybe even the Magi – or the 3 wise men. Methodists can celebrate Christmas Eve in a variety of different ways as well. Some participants choose to celebrate the Holy Communion on this day with their families. Other participants choose to partake in a service of light which entails the singing of Silent Night and the lighting of personal candles. In the Eastern churches, Christmas Eve is celebrated in a variety of different ways. It can be celebrated with feasts, all-night vigils and liturgies, depending on the denomination. Some people in the United States choose to decorate their homes on Christmas Eve, although many people usually do it much earlier – starting with the day after Thanksgiving. Indoor decorations are centered around the Christmas tree, which is decorated with ornaments, tinsel, lights and usually topped with a star or an angel. Outdoor decorations often include lights and both lighted and inflated figures. These figures often include Santa Claus and his reindeer, snowmen or other traditionally Christmas figures. Some people opt to put Nativity scenes on their lawns. It is usually frowned upon for Christmas decorations with Christian elements to be placed upon governmental property – due to the belief in the separation of church and state. However, sometimes government properties are decorated with decorations that aren’t overtly Christian – for instance, using bells, snowflakes and stars as decorative pieces. Often, Christmas stockings are hung on the mantle or near the Christmas tree and are stuffed with treats, fruits, nuts and/or toys. Just before bedtime, many children around the world are read the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. This stokes hopes in the children that the mythical character Santa Clause will come to their home in the middle of the night and bring them presents. Some American families like to have their traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. This allows them to use the whole day for fun and leisure and not have to worry about cooking a large holiday meal. These Christmas Eve dinners usually consist of a ham, turkey or roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, various vegetables and desserts. Some areas of the country incorporate their own regional dishes in with the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner. This includes including roast venison in Missouri, lutefisk in Minnesota and gumbo in Louisiana. Songs that may be sung on Christmas Eve include Silent Night, Here Comes Santa Clause, El Noi de la Mare, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Jingle Bells. It is not uncommon for families to get together and enjoy one of the many glorious Christmas movies around and watch it together on Christmas Eve. This includes classic movies such as A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Miracle on 34th Street. It also includes relatively new movies which may include A Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Polar Express and Scrooged.
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    History: The Hanukkah Story Although according to Jewish custom Hanukkah is considered a “minor” Jewish festival, today it ranks—along with Passover and Purim—as one of the most beloved Jewish holidays, full of light and joy and family celebration. Unlike many Jewish holidays, Hanukkah (also known as the Festival of Lights) is not mentioned in the Bible. The historical events upon which the celebration is based are recorded in Maccabees I and II, two books contained within a later collection of writings known as the Apocrypha. In the year 168 B.C.E., the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes sent his soldiers to Jerusalem. The Syrians desecrated the Temple, the holiest place for Jews at that time. Antiochus also abolished Judaism, outlawing the observance of Shabbat and the Festivals, as well as circumcision. Altars and idols were set up for the worship of Greek gods, and he offered Jews two options: conversion or death. On the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev in 168 B.C.E., the Temple was renamed for the Greek god Zeus. A Jewish resistance movement – led by a priestly family known as the Hasmoneans, or Maccabees – developed against the cruelty of Antiochus. The head of the family was Mattathias, an elderly man. His son, Judah, became the chief strategist and military leader of the resistance. Though outnumbered, Judah Maccabee and his fighters miraculously won two major battles, routing the Syrians decisively. Although historians debate the causes and outcomes of the war in which Judah Maccabee and his followers defeated the Syrian armies of Antiochus, there is no doubt that Hanukkah evokes stirring images of Jewish valor against overwhelming odds. Other themes of the holiday include the refusal to submit to the religious demands of an empire practicing idolatry, the struggle against total assimilation into Greek culture and loss of Jewish identity, and the fight for Jewish political autonomy and self-determination. Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” is the festival that commemorates the purification and rededication of the Temple following the Greek occupation of that holy place. Today, the holiday reminds Jews to rededicate themselves to keeping alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture, and peoplehood so that it may be passed on to the next generation. THE MIRACLE OF THE OIL Originally, the eight-day holiday was intended to parallel the eight-day festival of Sukkot. The Books of the Maccabees made no mention of the legend concerning a small jar of oil that unexpectedly lasted for eight days. Only centuries after the Maccabees’ defeat of the Syrians did the story of the jar of oil – which has come to be associated with Hanukkah – appear in the Talmud. According to the legend, when the Maccabees entered the Temple and began to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the ner tamid, which burned constantly in the Temple and has a parallel in our synagogues to this day. In the Temple, they found a single jar of oil, which was sufficient for only one day. The messenger who was sent to secure additional oil took eight days to complete his mission, and miraculously, the single jar of oil continued to burn until his return. The rabbis of the Talmud attributed the eight days of Hanukkah to the miracle of this single jar of oil . In some ways, the transformation of Hanukkah was linked to the growth of North American Jewry within its unique environment. The elevation of Hanukkah to a major holiday was partly the result of Jews acculturating themselves to a North America that was overwhelmingly Christian in population and symbols. Although Hanukkah had become an important holiday among North American Jews by the 1920s, it would be incorrect to regard it as an imitation of Christmas with an emphasis on the exchange of presents. Rather, North American Jews use this holiday as a celebration of family, reinforcing Jewish identity in a place whose population may be overwhelmingly Christian but in which Jews feel at home. Hanukkah, therefore, is a means for North American Jews to feel a kinship with their neighbors, while simultaneously asserting their Jewish distinctiveness. https://www.chabad.org/ https://bit.ly/3pdTM15 https://bit.ly/3xBw02S www.Depressionforums.org
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