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10 Fun Trivia Facts about Thanksgiving

Gratitude changes our attitudes and our actions. It changes how we live. This is the power of living a life of thanks; of gratitude for our blessings, whether those blessings are great or small. This is the power of Thanksgiving.

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Here are some fun Thanksgiving trivia facts from the Good Housekeeping Magazine.

Question: What town canceled Thanksgiving because they couldn’t make pumpkin pies?

Answer: Colchester, Connecticut

A frigid bout of cold weather in the middle of October led to the Connecticut River freezing, so settlers couldn’t get their usual liquid sugar shipped on time from across the pond. Thus, the townspeople decided to postpone the holiday for a week in 1705. It was so legendary, Rose Mill Powers actually wrote a poem about it in a July 1908 issue of Good Housekeeping.

Question: What professional football team has played almost every Thanksgiving since 1934?

Answer: The Detroit Lions

George A. Richards, a former owner, purchased the Portsmouth Ohio Spartans in 1934 and moved them to Detroit. Rebranded as the Detroit Lions, George decided to host a Thanksgiving Day game against the world-champion Chicago Bears in hopes of attracting fans. The team has always played on Thanksgiving except between 1939-1944 due to World War II. The Dallas Cowboys also joined in on the Turkey Day tradition in 1966 and have played every Thanksgiving except in 1975 and 1977.

Question: What city is home to the oldest Thanksgiving parade?

Answer: Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Gimbel Brothers Department Store parade in 1920 had only 50 people, 15 cars and a fireman dressed as Santa Claus. The parade ended with Santa on his sleigh, signifying the arrival of the holiday season. Today, it’s much bigger and called the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade instead. It was the inspiration behind the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade which started in 1924.

Question: What did President Calvin Coolidge famously receive as a Thanksgiving gift?

Answer: A live raccoon

In November 1926, Vinnie Joyce of Nitta Yuma, Mississippi, sent the 30th President of the United States a live raccoon to be served as Thanksgiving dinner. However, the President became so smitten with the furry animal that he pardoned it and adopted it as a pet. He named it Rebecca.

Question: What wasn’t part of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Answer: Balloons

If you can’t imagine the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade without giant floats featuring your favorite characters, you’d barely recognize the first parade in the early 1920s. It did have puppets riding the iconic floats, as well as singers and celebrities and of course, Santa Claus. That said, when the Thanksgiving parade made its big debut in 1924, it did have something that might be even crazier than balloons: animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Question: What happens to the turkeys that are pardoned by the president each year?

Answer: The turkeys pardoned by the president go on to live fulfilled lives.

President George H.W. Bush pardoned the first turkey in 1989 after he noticed the 50-pound bird at his official Thanksgiving proclamation looked a little nervous. Every president has upheld the tradition, ever since. But what happens to that lucky bird that lives to squawk another day? In 2005 and 2009, the turkeys went to Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks to serve as grand marshals in their annual Thanksgiving parades.

Question: According to Americans, what’s the best part of Thanksgiving?

Answer: The leftovers

Fans of the beloved turkey, stuffing and mashed potato leftover sandwich: You’re in the majority. Most Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the actual meal. Almost eight in 10 Americans agree that the second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes and of course pie beat out the big dinner itself.

Question: Do other countries celebrate the holiday?

Answer: Yes! Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving — but on a different day.

Our neighbors to the north also celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do so on a different day and for an unrelated reason. While American Thanksgiving pays homage to a feast between the pilgrims and the Native Americans, the Canadian celebration commemorates a feast between English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew after their successful sail from England to the Canadian territory in 1578. Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday of October every year.

That doesn’t mean there are zero similarities between the two holidays. Both American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus often revolve around turkey, and revelers in both countries frequently spend the day watching football marathons and festive parades. In Canada, the biggest one is the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Question: How many people go shopping on Black Friday?

Answer: Over 32 million people

Even though many consumers think stores shouldn’t be open on Thanksgiving, a good chunk of us still shop on the holiday, according to the National Retail Federation. But not everyone heads to the mall before their meal settles. Black Friday still draws the biggest crowd of the entire holiday weekend, with 115 million people. A total of 69 percent of Americans chase those deals like a retail-driven Olympic sport.

Question: How much pumpkin pie do Americans eat every Thanksgiving?

Answer: An estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are devoured every November.

Some of us consider pumpkin pie a vehicle for whipped topping and could take it or leave it. If you’d also rather leave your pumpkins for Halloween and dig into another Thanksgiving dessert, you’re not alone. According to The American Pie Council, more Americans prefer apple pie overall – pumpkin pie only comes in second place.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE

Solitaire

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Solitaire

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We Celebrate the Brave Men & Women Who Fought to Keep Us Free!

As we celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, 2022 across the nation, let us remember to take a moment to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country. No matter what we do this Memorial Day weekend and on Memorial Day itself, the holiday offers a chance for the solemn remembrance of those who served our country and are no longer here with us, but who are in our hearts forever. To the brave men and women who have fought valiantly to keep our country free:

Thank you! May God Bless You!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

– John F. Kennedy

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

– Unknown

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

Annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale!

March 6 – March 12, 2022

Smashwords – Ebook Week Sale!

Hello Readers!  This is the 13th annual Smashwords read an Ebook week sale and you are invited to check it out on the Smashwords Ebook site at this location – 

Thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will offer readers exclusive discounts on their ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to fill your cart with the books from favorite authors and future favorites. Ebooks will be offered at 25% off, 50% off, 75% off, or for FREE.

If you love stories about dragons, otherworldly creatures, lots of adventure, and other sci-fi/fantasy topics then check out my site at Smashwords here –

SOLITAIRE PARKE – AUTHOR.

You can also learn more about me and my books at my website –

http://www.solitaireparke.com

If you love to read, here is your chance to stock up for the Spring and Summer with ebooks of every genre. You won’t want to miss it!

Solitaire

Science Fiction/Fantasy & Thrillers for your Fall Reading List.

Explore stories where you can lose yourself in imaginative worlds, engage in battles of good versus evil, and become part of gripping tales of people struggling to overcome pasts that continue to haunt them. DISCOVER YOUR NEW FAVORITE STORY –

 

Tinker Smith & the Conspiracy of OZ

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Ten genetically altered children while simply trying to survive seek to stop a mad man from releasing a technological mammoth that could take over the world.

http://www.solitaireparke.com/tinker.html

 

 

 

 

Vengeance of the Wolf

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In this dark and gripping world of dreams and nightmares anything can happen in this chilling thriller beyond your wildest imagination.  

http://www.solitaireparke.com/vengeance.html

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Dark Lord Series

A Prequel to the Dragomeir Series 

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     Can a young girl and her dragon, the daughter of a ruthless Dark Lord, change the lives of those around her to reflect a new world free of the tyranny they have always known, and thus change her destiny as well?

http://www.solitaireparke.com/burning_sky.html

 

The Emerald Dragon – Dragomeir Series

This is the first novel of an all-new fantasy series

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Tanis Theatra, an ancient warrior is called by an emerald dragon – Demios, and learns to become a dragon rider.  He has to interact with the other riders and people of Mt. Drago, a mountain that lies in the middle of a desert but has access to other worlds that are inhabited by both unusual and evil creatures. The riders are led by the Ariella, Queen of the Dragons, and they must band together to fight evil forces that hold the crystal keys that will protect their world and peaceful existence. 

http://www.solitaireparke.com/emerald_dragon.html

When fall comes and the days are shorter, nothing can be more comforting than your favorite  blanket and a good book to read.  Fall reads can be spooky/scary, lighthearted, serious, or imaginative. So, curl up in your favorite spot and get lost in the world of your choice.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMASHWORDS July Summer/Winter ebook Sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the
Smashwords author discounts on their ebooks.

Why is it called “Summer/Winter?” Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer. Readers are loading their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations in the age of COVID-19 – staycations.   South of the equator, readers are now in the middle of winter. They’re ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a great read too!

So, check it out and stock up on your favorite genres of books at great discounts!

You’ll find my Dragomeir Series, which includes the new fourth book, Back from Oblivion, as well as the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (Prequel to Dragomeir), and others. Also listed at my website along with other extras. (Only ebooks at Smashwords are discounted)

Have a safe and happy summer.

Solitaire

WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

 

Release of the new Dragomeir Series Book 4 – Back from Oblivion

A return to the Dragomeir science fiction/fantasy series,

continuing Katherine Pendragon/ Queen Mother’s story.

Book synopsis –

Queen Mother of Mt. Drago has a lifelong goal to liberate the Denizen people.  After locking away her father, the Dark Lord, in Oblivion she is taking them to the planet 267. Tanis is a dragon rider and an important person in her past, present, and future.  Through a series of misadventures, he regains the memories of not only his past but the accumulative knowledge gained by his future self and goes forward in time to effectively rewrite history. The earth becomes a burned-out cinder in 300 years because of the anomalies caused from time travel, so Tanis takes steps with his future self to remedy the situation. Guided by the Watcher, both Tanis and Queen Mother become stronger and wiser people through their efforts.  They learn the importance of working together and with others as they strive to champion for all while fulfilling their own destinies.

THE DRAGOMEIR SERIES – BOOKS 1 – 3

To read excerpts from the books and find out how it all began – check out the PREQUEL BOOKS on my website at WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

Have a great day and stay safe!

Solitaire

“Thank You” to Brimhall Wellness for Book Signing Opportunity!

An enormous “Thank You” to Dr. John Brimhall at Brimhall Wellness

for the opportunity to display my books at their 2020 Homecoming in Tempe, January 17 – 19.  I was able to connect with many new folks and view the other exhibits there as well.  It was a great weekend.  My good friends, Brian and Alex were there being super supportive.  Thanks guys! Many many thanks to everyone who stopped by.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Check out the pics below –

       

                 

Check out my website for all my books and fun extras.  Happy Reading!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

Cover Launch: DAUGHTER OF THE DARK LORD, Part Four, OUT OF THE ABYSS by Solitaire Parke

OUT OF THE ABYSS

I’m excited to reveal the actual title and cover of the final volume of the Prequel series to the Dragomeir Series books. They began with Daughter of the Dark Lord, Part One, The Burning Sky, and now continue with Daughter of the Dark Lord, Part Four, OUT OF THE ABYSS.

I can’t wait for you to return to the adventures of Katherine Pendragon, Daughter of the Dark Lord of the Provinces.  She navigates a whole new journey with unexpected difficult decisions, old and new friendships, and of course, dragons.

After traveling through time, Katherine finds herself in Iceland where she reunites with people from her past, although they don’t all remember her.  Cystic is a trusted old friend, and Tanis is destined to be of great importance in her future, belonging to an organization called the Thaumaturgists.  Cystic takes her to Mt. Scartaris, the home of dragons and their stewards, where she proves herself to be a worthy leader.  Queen Mother/Katherine, brings change to their chaotic and undisciplined lives to protect them from future harm.  But not long after, she learns of a greater threat.  Cystic has known for some time that Mt. Scartaris is an active volcano which is currently displaying critical signs.  To further complicate matters, there is the abyss.  Now Katherine must engage the help of the Thaumaturgists, a clan of wizards, and find a new home for her family before the eminent disaster.

I hope I’ve piqued your interest.  To find the other books in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series and the Dragomeir Series, as well as other works and fun extras, join me at www.solitaireparke.com. My books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & various other locations listed on the website. You will also find me on Pinterest, Facebook and Goodreads.

Happy Reading!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Quotes to Celebrate Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June every year is Father’s Day.  A great day to let your Dad know that he is important  and you care, with a card, a gift, or just a hug and a visit.  Fatherhood is rarely a smooth ride, but one that’s full of ups and downs, with both joyful and sometimes tragic experiences.  You learn to find joy in the everyday pleasures and count your blessings, because nothing in life is guaranteed.  So, live simply, don’t take yourself too seriously, live your life intentionally and with a sense of humor.  Cherish each one of life’s moments that you have.

Here are some quotes from a handful of Fathers:

“A Father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin

“One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” – The Talmud

“A two year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“There should be a children’s song:  If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s on ongoing joy being a Dad. ” – Liam Neeson

“The older I get, the smarter my Father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

“When my Father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

“A daughter needs a Dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”  – Gregory E. Lang

“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” – Mike Myers

“My Father used to say, ‘It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.  You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ ” – Michael Jordan

“A Father doesn’t just tell you he loves you; he shows you.” – Unknown

“My Father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” – Scott Eastwood

“Daddies don’t just love their children now and then.  It’s a love without end.” – George Strait

Happy Father’s Day!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

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