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Archive for September, 2018

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

September is mostly known for back to school and football, but what most people don’t know is that it is also childhood cancer awareness month.

Holley cook is a Local 5 year old in Yakima Wa. who was diagnosed with with A.L.L. Leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). She enjoys spending time with her dad fishing and hunting, playing dress up with her sister (Hailey), and cuddling on the couch watching movies with her mom.

Since her diagnosis she has made great strides towards the road of recovery. She no longer has a feeding tube or a port for her Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy. She was able to go to Disney Land (Funded by the Make a Wish Foundation), as well as meet the Seattle Seahawks! She has been fighting for two years now but did have a relapse which she is currently fighting.41827752_544880782648667_5216059965050978304_n

She has recently been able to go back to school which is difficult for her since she still has to travel to Seattle Children’s Hospital for doctors appointments at least once a month depending on her health.

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Holley enjoys helping people which is why with the help of her mom and KIMA News she is accepting donations of items to give to other children in the hospital where she gets treatment.

A wish list of items are listed on the KIMA link below.

https://kimatv.com/news/local/local-5-year-old-battles-cancer-school-collecting-donations-for-child-cancer-patients

If you would like to follow Holley’s Journey there will be a link to her Facebook page below.

https://www.facebook.com/Holley19/

History of Autumn

Monday, September 17th, 2018

While much of North America simply calls the season fall (which, let’s be honest, is a bit on the nose), still another chunk of the English speaking world refers to the season between summer and winter as autumn. What gives?

 

The Etruscans gave the Romans the root autu- , which signified the ending of the year. The Romans being Romans, they took it for themselves, gave it a tweak, and declared the season was autumnus. Meanwhile, in Germanic languages outside of Roman influences, the word for harvest was used interchangeably for the act of harvest and the season. As Latin declined, Germanic languages began to influence more of Europe’s vocabulary. On top of this, people were starting to live in towns rather than on small scattered farms. For many in the centers of learning, harvest wasn’t a part of their experience and thus fall began to gain prominence. During the height of the term’s popularity in the 1600’s, English settlers brought the term over and influenced the way an entire continent noted the passing of the seasons.

Whether it’s autumn, fall, or harvest to you, the traditions in many cultures look strikingly similar. As days become chillier, and nights longer, people turn to bonfires, feasts, and comfort food to prep themselves for winter. No wonder than that so many the world over count autumn as their favorite season!

Have a Fun Fall, a Happy Harvest, and an Auspicious Autumn!