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Legends of America Newsletter - November 2017
Our world this time of year is still full of color. The complexion of leaves from October leave the Earth and paint the sky to begin and end each day as bookend reminders of how beautiful life can be.  It may be brown in between, but that's 'being'. Full of the 'in betweens', waiting for the glorious sunrise or sunset to rejuvenate our soul. 

I remember years past seeing all my friends and family on Facebook giving their daily list of "I'm thankful for" each November.  That's nice, but we are blessed with so much in this great nation, limiting a list to a single month isn't appropriate.  I truly believe each and every American is blessed, even those with faded glories. From the first people on this land who cultivated the soil, to those who fought and bled to enrich our freedom. The immigrants who brought their foreign shades of spirit... the enslaved, thrown onto the canvas, spilling outside the lines not to be contained... and the natives who provided the backdrop to mix it all. The color of our past paints the sky for the world to see.

We're thankful.  This Thanksgiving... and every day after.

May your 'in betweens' be fruitful, and your bookends be glorious.

Dave & Kathy

What's New on LOA

Here are the latest additions to our website since our last newsletter. 
Blythe Intaglios – Nazca Lines in CaliforniaIntaglios, also called geoglyphs, are gigantic human or animal figures drawn on the ground’s surface. While the most famous geoglyphs in the world are the Nazca Lines in Peru, there are over 200 intaglios in the Colorado Desert of the American Southwest. They are the only known desert intaglios in North America.

Apparently Kathy wasn't done digging up more 'legends' after October.  

Dwayyo (Dewayo) – The Maryland WolfmanFrom our creature legends: In the woods of Maryland is said to hide a wolf-like creature known as Dwayyo or Dewayo. According to legend, Dwayyo is the mortal enemy of the Snallygaster, another area cryptid that is described as a flying, blood-sucking reptile that has been sighted in the Maryland Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Snallygaster – Winged Creature of the Northeast From our creature legends: For centuries, a large winged beast known as the Snallygaster is said to have terrified the people of Frederick County, Maryland. The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dwayyo.
Did You Know?

November is Native American Heritage Month

There were an estimated 18-20 million Native Americans living in the United States when Europeans first arrived.

According to the 2010 Census, 5.2 million people in the United States are identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, comprising 1.7% percent of the total population.

According to the Federal Census of 2010, there are 565 federally-recognized Indian tribes. Additionally, there are at least 100 state recognized tribes.

Viking explorers met Native Americans long before Christopher Columbus did. First making their way to North America in the 11th century, archaeological evidence suggests they encountered Native American some 500 years before Columbus arrived.

The American Tradition of Thanksgiving

The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today is not without its controversies and debates, but it remains a time for Americans to give thanks for the Fall harvest, good fortune and blessings from God.

The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims with origins that can be traced back to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Even Native Americans annually celebrated their harvest long before Europeans or the Spanish ever arrived on the North American Continent.

In America, although we recognize the Pilgrims three day feast at Plymouth in October of 1621 as the first Thanksgiving in the new world, celebrations can be found dating back to the 1500’s.

Veterans Day

Last week we celebrated our nation's Veterans. Let's celebrate them every day. 
It was “the war to end all wars.” Or at least that’s how World War I was viewed in November of 1918, when it was known simply as “The Great War”.

And it was on the eleventh hour.. of the eleventh day.. of the eleventh month in 1918 that fighting ended on the western front of the war through an armistice; A day which would eventually be remembered and recognized in the U.S. as Veterans Day.

The armistice, or truce, between Allies and Germany marked the end, on the western front at least, of a global conflict that began four years earlier and would claim millions of lives as it spread throughout Europe.

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