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Monthly Archives: December 2013

December’s Mystical Birthstone – Turquoise

Most people can easily recognize December’s uniquely opaque birthstone – the turquoise, which is available in various shades of blue, blue-green and green. These color variations, caused by the stone’s tendency to change color as it ages, symbolize the cycle of life, from birth to old age and eventually death. It is believed to be

The Importance of Human Rights Day

As we Americans enter into the joyful holiday season, it is important to recognize that not everyone around the world has the same basic human rights. That is why, since 1950, the UN has declared December 10 to be Human Rights Day. This year the day will also be used to call to mind the

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering the tragic event is not easy for most, especially our veterans. Back on December 7th 1941 we lost over 2,000 servicemen, 1,139 people were wounded, and we lost 18 ships, including five battleships. The occasion? The 1941 attack of US naval base Pearl Harbor. The attacks were led by the Japanese Navy. The attacks

Celebrate National Hand Washing Awareness Week by Remembering to Wash Your Hands

The Maria Sanchez Show reminds you that National Hand Washing Awareness Week will take place from December 4th through December 10th, 2013. The Center for Disease Control recommends washing the hands to prevent colds, hepatitis A and other types of infectious diseases. Remember to wash your hands before cooking or eating meals, after using bathroom facilities, or

What the Heck is Thanksgivukkah?

A new word for Thanksgiving has come into being. It’s Thanksgivukkah. Doesn’t this sound strange? I thought so at first until I learned more about what’s behind it all. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah happen on the same day this year.  Thanksgiving Day has fallen during Hanukkah at least twice between 1863 (when Thanksgiving was proclaimed a