Idea Exchange: December 30th -December 31st

Monday, December 30th: QUOTE: “LEAVER EVERYTHING BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT”, Jerry Rechek

THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II: THE EXTRAORDINARY SITES WHERE HISTORY WAS MADE DURING THE WAR THAT SAVED CIVILIZATION, Jerome M. O’Connor

In The Hidden Places of WWII, the author takes readers to overlooked places where WWII history was made. These are sites that were thought to be closed or locked away forever or, in some cases, thought never to exist at all, or were ignored by military historians for decades. With historical photos, contemporary photos, and written in a conversational style, the book opens the eyes of a new generation of readers, as well as an older generation, and takes them to the actual locations that changed history.

Many military history readers don’t know that you can still visit Nazi U-boat pens in Lorient and La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast (they were used in the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark) and even pieces of the Atlantic Wall Hitler had built along the French coast in ’43 and ’44 to thwart the invasion he knew was coming. These are only two of the many hidden places the author introduces the reader to.

We talked about whether December 31st, 2019 is the end of the decade or if the decade ends on December 31st, 2020. Also shared my recipe for Brand Old-Fashioned Slush. (see the website for the recipe)

Tuesday, December 31st:

Celebrate with good luck traditions for midnight from countries around the world!

SPAIN: Eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight-at midnight

ARGENTINA: Take one step forward on the right foot at midnight

DENMARK: Jump on the sofa to leap into the new year

JAPAN:  Before midnight, eat soba noodles for a long life

BRAZIL: Wear an all white outfit to bring peace

CHILE: Eat a spoonful of cooked lentils at midnight for prosperity

MEXICO: Walk around the block with a suitcase to bring happy travels