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Happy Thanksgiving From The Islanders

Happy Thanksgiving From The Islanders

On October 3, 1863, with the nation embroiled in a bloody Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation setting aside the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanks, setting the precedent for the modern holiday we celebrate today.

Secretary of State William Seward wrote it and Abraham Lincoln issued it, but much of the credit for the proclamation should probably go to a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. A prominent writer and editor, Hale had written the children’s poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” originally known as “Mary’s Lamb,” in 1830 and helped found the American Ladies Magazine, which she used a platform to promote women’s issues. In 1837, she was offered the editorship of “Godey’s Lady Book,” where she would remain for more than 40 years, shepherding the magazine to a circulation of more than 150,000 by the eve of the Civil War and turning it into one of the most influential periodicals in the country. In addition to her publishing work, Hale was a committed advocate for women’s education (including the creation of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York), and raised funds to construct Massachusetts’s Bunker Hill Monument and save George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

The New Hampshire-born Hale had grown up regularly celebrating an annual Thanksgiving holiday, and in 1827 published a novel, “Northwood: A Tale of New England,” that included an entire chapter about the fall tradition, already popular in parts of the nation. While at “Godey’s,” Hale often wrote editorials and articles about the holiday and she lobbied state and federal officials to pass legislation creating a fixed, national day of thanks on the last Thursday of November—a unifying measure, she believed that could help ease growing tensions and divisions between the northern and southern parts of the country. Her efforts paid off: By 1854, more than 30 states and U.S. territories had a Thanksgiving celebration on the books, but Hale’s vision of a national holiday remained unfulfilled.

The concept of a national Thanksgiving did not originate with Hale, and in fact the idea had been around since the earliest days of the republic. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress issued proclamations declaring several days of thanks, in honor of military victories. In 1789, a newly inaugurated George Washington called for a national day of thanks to celebrate both the end of the war and the recent ratification of the U.S. Constitution—one of the original copies of Washington’s proclamation is set to be auctioned this November, with an estimated sale price of $8-12 million. Both John Adams and James Madison issued similar proclamations of their own, though fellow Founding Father Thomas Jefferson felt the religious connotations surrounding the event were out of place in a nation founded on the separation of church and state, and no formal declarations were issued after 1815.

The outbreak of war in April 1861 did little to stop Sarah Josepha Hale’s efforts to create such a holiday, however. She continued to write editorials on the subject, urging Americans to “put aside sectional feelings and local incidents” and rally around the unifying cause of Thanksgiving. And the holiday had continued, despite hostilities, in both the Union and the Confederacy. In 1861 and 1862, Confederate President Jefferson Davis had issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations following Southern victories. Abraham Lincoln himself called for a day of thanks in April 1862, following Union victories at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry and at Shiloh, and again in the summer of 1863 after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Shortly after Lincoln’s summer proclamation, Hale wrote to both the president and Secretary of State William Seward, once again urging them to declare a national Thanksgiving, stating that only the chief executive had the power to make the holiday, “permanently, an American custom and institution.” Whether Lincoln was already predisposed to issue such a proclamation before receiving Hale’s letter of September 28 remains unclear. What is certain is that within a week, Seward had drafted Lincoln’s official proclamation fixing the national observation of Thanksgiving on the final Thursday in November, a move the two men hoped would help “heal the wounds of the nation.”

After more than three decades of lobbying, Sarah Josepha Hale (and the United States) had a national holiday, though some changes remained in store. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt briefly moved Thanksgiving up a week, in an effort to extend the already important shopping period before Christmas and spur economic activity during the Great Depression. While several states followed FDR’s lead, others balked, with 16 states refusing to honor the calendar shift, leaving the country with dueling Thanksgivings. Faced with increasing opposition, Roosevelt reversed course just two years later, and in the fall of 1941, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution returning the holiday to the fourth Thursday of November.

Here is Islanders Nation wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



Islanders Smith Sinks Saints in Season Opener

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Smith Sinks Saints

Freshman hits game-winner as time expires

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It felt oh so familiar. Just as the last game Texas A&M-Corpus Christi played in the Dugan Wellness Center, Friday night’s season opener presented by Aspen Heights came down to the final buzzer. On this night, the script was flipped as freshman Myles Smith drew the friendly roll off the iron for a 69-68 victory over Our Lady of the Lake.

Down one with 4.2 seconds to play, Smith took the inbounds pass and raced the distance to toss up a floater. As the clock hit zero and the red light illuminated on the backboard, the shot found back iron, then front iron and narrowly escaped a touch from Sean Rhea before tickling the twine for a season-opening victory.

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In this stunning follow-up to his best-selling book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni offers up another leadership fable that’s every bit as compelling and illuminating as its predecessor. This time, Lencioni’s focus is on a leader’s crucial role in building a healthy organization–an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success. Readers are treated to a story of corporate intrigue as the frustrated head of one consulting firm faces a leadership challenge so great that it threatens to topple his company, his career, and everything he holds true about leadership itself. In the story’s telling, Lencioni helps his readers understand the disarming simplicity and power of creating organizational health, and reveals four key disciplines that they can follow to achieve it.



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Pre- and Post-Activity Stretching Practices of Collegiate Athletic Trainers in the United States

It is widely acknowledged that warming up before any vigorous activity is important, and research studies have shed light on the ways that different types of warm-up influence the vigorous activity that follows. The initial success of any daily training routine lies in its initiation, generally known as the pre-activity routine, and typically consists of general and specific warm-up periods. General warm-up periods typically consist of 5–10 minutes of jogging, arm swings, and other nonspecific forms of exercise designed to increase muscle temperature and blood flow. Specific warm-up periods also are generally 5–10 minutes in length and consist of sport-specific activity designed to prepare the athlete for the demands of the sport by increasing nerve-conduction velocity, decreasing muscle stiffness, and enhancing power. The overall goal of any pre-activity routine is to prepare athletes for practice or competition, and various forms of stretching are used in most programs.   

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The Islander Playbook Special Featuring Stanford and the Boston Celtics

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Bonus Quick Hit.  Left this out of last newsletter by accident.  It is good action by Xavier.  Check it out!

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Book of the Week:

What avoidable problem destroys more young startups than any other?
Why is it a mistake to ask for introductions to investors?
When do you play the Ceo card?
Should you sell out? Author and four-time founder/Ceo Dan Shapiro tells the stories of dozens of startups whose companies lived and died by the advice in these pages. From inception to destruction and triumph to despair, this rollercoaster read takes aspiring entrepreneurs from the highs of billion-dollar payouts and market-smashing success to the depths of impostor syndrome and bankruptcy. Hot Seat is divided into the five phases of the startup Ceo experience:

·    Founding explains how to formulate your idea, allocate equity, and not argue yourself to death

·    Funding provides the keys to venture capital, angels, and crowdfunding, plus clear advice on which approach to choose

·    Leadership lays out a path to build a strategy and culture for your team that will survive good times and bad

·    Management reveals how to manage your board, argue with your team, and play the Ceo card

·    Endgame explains how to finish a company’s existence with grace, wealth, and minimal litigation

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Sport Specialization for Youth Athletes: Missing the Mark

True athlete development and sport specialization is more than just year-round training and competition. It should be part of a comprehensive approach that involves both cognitive and physical development through childhood and adolescence. It should be a well thought-out, long-term pedagogic approach that fosters the acquisition of fundamental and sport specific skills while developing physical attributes such as speed, strength and endurance.


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