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Topic 85 of 100: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend

Mon, Sep 3, 2001 (07:44) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
What are you occupied with on this holiday or weekend?
18 responses total.

 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 1 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Sep  3, 2001 (07:44) * 45 lines 
 
From www.dol.gov on the meaning of Labor Day.

The History of Labor Day




LABOR DAY: HOW IT CAME ABOUT; WHAT IT MEANS


"Labor Day differs in every essential from the other holidays of the year in any country," said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. "All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation."

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day


More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day


The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, l883.

In l884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in l885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation


Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 2l, l887. During the year four more states -- Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York -- created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday


The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday -- a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership -- the American worker.




 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 2 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Sep  3, 2001 (09:20) * 1 lines 
 
Today is Labor Day. Are you having fun?


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 3 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Sep  3, 2001 (19:33) * 1 lines 
 
I am in Geo, as usual and talking to a few good friends on IM. As usual. I gotta keep my contacts content. Are you into BBQ-ing?


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 4 of 18: Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Sep  9, 2001 (13:55) * 1 lines 
 
does this topic only have to do with the labor day weekend??? ok, well, i spent labor day scrubbing and painting the house. this weekend, much of the same only i'm on stand-by as well.


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 5 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sun, Sep  9, 2001 (16:35) * 6 lines 
 
This topic is for any holiday or weekend. We had a writers group weekend at the house this weekend. They loved it and want to come back again and again!

I fixed the pool cleaner, and cleaned up my office and computer room. It's sunny so I'm going for another dip soon.

The Longhorns won, I watched the game. They won it for number 44 and fittingly, decided not to kick an extra point so the score would be 44 points in honor of the departed Cole Pittman.



 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 6 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, Sep  9, 2001 (19:42) * 1 lines 
 
I watched football too, and the only reason Penn State did not lose is becase we were not playing this weekend. *sigh* Oh, I did make E-reservations for my flight and hotel for my son's wedding. Next a rental car...


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 7 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sun, Sep  9, 2001 (22:24) * 1 lines 
 
Where's it going to be?


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 8 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Mon, Oct  8, 2001 (15:31) * 10 lines 
 
Farifield, California. In less than 2 weeks!

TERRY!!! HELP!!!

PLEASE SEE NOTATION IN YOUR EMAIL OR IN INNER YADDA3 TO SEE HOW TO FIX IT
PLEASE!!!

I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE. RESTORE GEO!!!

PLEASE...


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 9 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Nov 22, 2001 (12:15) * 1 lines 
 
At home. Making some videos for my family to send out. Home movie stuff.


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 10 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Nov 22, 2001 (12:15) * 1 lines 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 11 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Dec  1, 2001 (18:29) * 9 lines 
 
St. Nicholas. Was he Norwegian?

I need to know.

St. Nicholas feast is December 6th, and St Nick's eve will be celebrated
on the Spring, and some other places.

Good children get a stocking chock full o' nuts, oranges, chocolate and
small gifts.


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 12 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Dec  1, 2001 (18:46) * 17 lines 
 
Hang on, Terry.......

SAINT NICHOLAS DAY:
Many families of Dutch, German or Eastern European heritage
celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6th. St. Nicholas was
a leader of the early Christian Church who lived in what we now
call Turkey. He is the patron saint --or special protector -- of
children. The Dutch call him "Sinterklaas" (SIN-ter CLAWS).
They say he has a helper called "Black Peter". Together they
travel the country the night before St. Nicholas Day on
horseback. Children put out their shoes, filled with hay and
carrots for the horses. If the children have been good, they are
rewarded with candy and presents the next morning. If they
haven't behaved very well, Black Peter leaves them a lump of
coal!

http://www.google.com/search?q=St+Nicholas


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 13 of 18: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, Dec  1, 2001 (18:48) * 3 lines 
 
More scholarly http://www.stmichael.org/Nicholas/StNich.html

it just about says it all for St Nicholas.


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 14 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Dec  1, 2001 (21:05) * 1 lines 
 
He's from Turkey!


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 15 of 18: Wolf  (wolf) * Sun, Dec  2, 2001 (13:25) * 1 lines 
 
terry, we celebrated st nick's day in germany. hopefully you've found your answer already!


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 16 of 18: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Oct 29, 2003 (09:28) * 12 lines 
 
Somewhat related:

http://www.extremepumpkins.com/

http://www.extremepumpkins.com/gunwounfinph.html
http://www.extremepumpkins.com/pukingpumpkin.html
http://www.extremepumpkins.com/exofsuc.html

We've already been to our Halloween party at Leightons. So we'll just
have a quiet night at home.




 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 17 of 18: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Oct 29, 2003 (12:31) * 1 lines 
 
no pumpkins at my house yet...think we've carved pumpkins 5 times since we've been married and the kids don't touch the knives at all (not even the "safe" knives)...probably run out and get a big 'un tomorrow. been way to warm to have carved ones out the whole month.


 Topic 85 of 100 [porch]: How I'm spending my holiday or weekend
 Response 18 of 18: Wolf  (wolf) * Wed, Oct 29, 2003 (12:33) * 1 lines 
 
we're having a halloween cookout after the trick-or-treaters are finished.

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