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JULIAN 760 765 1020 YESTERYEARS November 1, 2017 Home Sewn & Vintage Items Items Soaps Lotions Downtown Julian in the Cole Building 2116 Main Street - Downstairs o New Cat In The House ! This morning saw a major breakthrough: Goldie ate breakfast along with three of the other cats. Or, perhaps more accurately, two and a half since Scruffy was ensconced behind the laundry room door and hissing so he ate there between hisses which doesn't quite count. The other problem, besides Scruffian animosity and calico Two-Fer (Tootle) who has taken up permanent residence under the bed and a few other hitches in our normally serene feline existence, is that Goldie wants to eat JUST AS MUCH AS HE POSSIBLY CAN. It's a problem with cats who were bone hungry for weeks out in the wild. He's all right now with dry cat food since it's always there but the cats get canned Friskies night and morning, one can divided among the (now) six of them and Goldie wants more than his share. Oh, well... that, too, will change with time. Maybe. We were feeding Goldie night and morning outside on the deck, but the coyotes are coming right up to the house to eat the fallen pears and though it would actually solve a number of problems were Goldie to be eaten that somehow doesn't seem quite the right way to go. So now he eats in the laundry room with everyone else except Scruffy who hisses too much to chew and wallow and Tootle who is still under the bed. And Tabby Two who is usually still asleep in the morning but will whine a lot later. Someone abandoned or lost Goldie and he wandered in our road several months ago, increasingly thin and bedraggled and with a torn ear and bad eye. After taking up residence on the porch he found the cat door and since he couldn't be kept out and because he gradually became loving and tame (towards humans) he is now being integrated into the larger cat family. Slowly. Loudly. (Loudly mostly from Scruffy.) And as with Appendix Quarter Horse Ben who came out of a backyard in Valley Center, we can only guess at his history. Here is what we know. Long-haired lovely Goldie was a housecat with someone who didn't neuter him (that's taken care of now and the eye treated) or teach him manners. He hops up on the kitchen counters right in front of ust (One SUSPECTS that the Other Cats do the same, but they certainly don't do it in Our Presence.) Goldie was fed treats of human food while his owner was cooking it. He had a cat door. He likes being petted but doesn't seem to like sitting on laps. At least not yet. This to the relief of five other cats who DO like sitting on laps since normally there is only one lap available. And, importantly, he was an only cat who never learned Cat Manners. When Tootle comes out from under the bed she has promised to teach him how to be part of a Cat Household. We'll see how Well that works. Helping Kids Succeed (NAPSA) - The next time you see kids going graduation, you're looking at money in the bank That's because every youth who graduates from taxpayers $1 million over their lifetime. The Problem For some kids, however, getting to graduation can be particularly difficult. For example, the average youth in foster care changes schools three times and loses four to six months of academic progress at each stop. Nationwide, only 50 percent of these youth graduate from high school. Without a diploma and a plan for their future, they experience disproportionately high rates of poverty, homelessness, incarceration, early parenting and substance abuse. 5-Year Goal Helping these vulnerable students is a nonprofit based in Washington state that provides to their high school for all Americans. high school saves Treehouse "s Graduation Success program helps youth in foster care beat the odds with an 89 percent extended graduation rate. From left are Class of 2017 graduate Brianna and her Education Specialist, Taji Ellis. continued on page 5 My Thought by Michele Harvey Just Saying The holiday season is beginning with Halloween and people begin talking about being politically correct. Some people don't observe or celebrate Halloween because they think it is about the devil. Halloween is not about the devil. It never was. In many places around the world, it has always been about celebrating a good harvest, or about honoring the dead. On November 1st, Mexico honors their ancestors with the Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. According to Wikipedia, many scholars believe that All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain, a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Here in the United States, we carve pumpkins and turn them into lanterns. In Ireland and in the Scottish highlands they have been carving rutabagas (turnips) and creating lanterns from them since the 19th century. October 31st is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum, a period of three days of prayer before a Roman Catholic feast of AIIhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within AIIhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death." For many people however, Halloween is all about the candy. Thanksgiving, a feasting holiday for people living in the United States, doesn't seem to be a holiday that makes religions crash into each other, but then we head toward Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. This year(2014), Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 16th and ends on the evening of December 24th. This Jewish Festival of Lights seems to begin and end on different dates each year. However, it always begins on the25th day of Kislev. Kislev is an autumn month which occurs in November-December on the Gregorian calendar and is sometimes known as the month of dreams. The name is thought to derive from several original meanings. My favorite meaning is about the expectation and hope for rains. According to Wikipedia, Hanukkah is celebrated in many ways. Lighting blue or white candles each night is one custom to celebrate in a quiet, reverent way. Other ways to celebrate Hanukkah are by singing special songs, such as Ma'oz Tzur and reciting Hallel prayer, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving that is recited by observant Jews on Jewish holidays. Eating foods fried in oil, such as latkes, (usually) potato pancakes, and sufganiyot, a round jelly doughnut, and dairy foods is part of the celebration. Playing the dreidel game and giving Hanukkah gelt, which are gold looking coins. Chocolate coins representing the actual coins that were once given are wrapped in gold foil and have been used since the 1920s. As always, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, and Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th until January 1st. Christmas is currently a Christian holiday celebrated in the United States by singing Christmas carols (songs), exchanging gifts, decorating homes inside and outside with Christmas decorations such as mangers depicting the birth of Christ, Santa Claus with his reindeer, carolers and lots of lights. One really popular Christmas tradition is feasting with family and friends and for some, watching football. I wonder how many people who don't have an African American heritage have ever heard of I(wanzaa? Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions. Dr. Maulana Karenga, an African-American leader, professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies California State University, L.ong Beach proposed this observance and it was first celebrated between December 1966 and January 1967. Kwanzaa consists of a week of holiday celebrations honoring the culture and traditions of people of African origin. It is celebrated by people from many African countries and their descendants. Except for New Years Day, January 1st, the days on which Kwanzaa falls are not public holidays. Kwanzaa is largely a private celebration observed by individuals, families and local communities. A Kwanzaa ceremony often includes music and drumming, a reflection on the Pan-African colors of red, green and black and a discussion of some aspect of African history. Women often wear brightly colored traditional clothing. The week ends with a feast and the exchange of gifts. During the celebrations, candles are lit and libations are poured. A libation is the name given to a ritual pouring of a drink as an offering to a god. During Kwanzaa, a wooden unity cup is used to pour the libations. Originally the people observing Kwanzaa did not mix any elements of other festivals into their celebrations. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly common for people to mix elements of Kwanzaa with Christmas or New Year celebrations. For instance, a family may have both a Christmas tree and a Kwanzaa candle stick on display in their home. This enables them to include both Christian and African inspired traditions in their lives at this time of year. The main symbols of Kwanzaa are a mat, on which to put the things needed for the celebration, the unity cup used to pour libations, a candle stick holding seven candles, the seven candles, ears of corn, the Kwanzaa flag and a poster depicting the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are: unity; self- determination; collective work and responsibility; co-operative economics; purpose; creativity; and earth. The Julian News 5 Clothes Closet Donates To Seniors Rosamund Breese, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet President is proud to present Lora Cicalo, the new Executive Director of the Ramona Senior Center, a grant for $ 7, 500. This money will pay for a portion of their food costs. They pt:epare 200 meals a day five days a week/ They are packaged and delivered to the homebound seniors and also served at ll :30am at the Senior Center during the week. Please support them by going to go have lunch there, they can "t do this alonet. Union School District B~an Ouft~,Su~e~nte~de~t POSc, x 337 JuT~ar~CA~20~6 (7~')t76S C~6~ ~:A;, }60 76~: 0220 Sgo g 0 ~egistration for early start kindergarten (ESK) will begin Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 and close on Friday, December 15th, 2017. There will be an Orientation for all new students on Wednesday, December th 13 , 2017. Classes will begin on Monday, January8th, 2018 when school resumes from winter break. ! Please call the District Office at (760) 76S-0661 for more information. :! The colors of Kwanzaa are red, meaning of saying "Merry black and green. The Kwanzaa Christmas", I disagree. Christmas flag consists of three blocks, one is currently a Christian holiday in in each of these colors. Three the United States As Christians, I of the seven candles are red, think people should be thoughtful three are green and one is black, to all people. Instead of thinking Each candle represents one of that saying Happy Holidays is the principles of Kwanzaa. 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