Archive for July, 2013


5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana marks the Jewish New Year and is celebrated around the world. The date is based on the Hebrew lunar calendar and changes every year. In 2013, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on September 4 and ends at sundown on September 6. What’s the Religion Behind The Holiday? In the Jewish faith, on Rosh Hashana, God opens and writes in three books: one records the righteous; the second, the wicked; and the third, the names of those who hang in the balance. During the Days of Awe (the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur), people atone for their sins. It’s customary to attend services during this time. What¬†Do Click to Read more…

Gorgeous Grandma Day

July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day! In many families, grandmothers are the bridge between past and present, raising their sons and daughters, and spoiling their grandsons and granddaughters. They are the repository of the family’s history. Through their memories, relatives who were lost live on. A gorgeous grandma smiles often, laughs oftener, and hands out more hugs than cookies. She’s gorgeous because she’s lived through many decades and wears her experience like a medal of honor. She has the wisdom to accept bittersweet moments, the spirit to withstand loss, and the heart to appreciate the sweetness life can offer. She loves and is loved. GCU appreciates all gorgeous grandmothers. To Click to Read more…

Gay/Lesbian Weddings

With same-sex marriage currently allowed in twelve US states, and public acceptance and local/federal government support continuing to grow, more gays and lesbians are tying the knot with their committed life partners. Some choose a ceremony at a courthouse or City Hall. Others plan to go all the way with an elaborate ceremony, lots of guests and wedding party attendants, and a big reception. Either way, a wedding is a celebration of love between two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together. Here are a few tips to help your wedding planning and ceremony go a little smoother: Marriage License: There can be a waiting period Click to Read more…

The Red, White and Blue American Flag

The Fourth of July is the United States’ ¬†Independence Day, celebrated throughout the country from coast to coast with fireworks, barbecues, and trips to the park or beach. Patriotic Americans display the flag with pride. But why is the “Stars and Stripes” colored red, white, and blue? When the American flag was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777, the colors weren’t assigned specific meanings. However, the Great Seal of the United States of America (see above) contained these colors which did have significance. Red stood for valor and hardiness. White stood for innocence and purity. Blue stood for justice, perseverance, and vigilance. What about the stripes and stars themselves? Click to Read more…