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Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Abram Zimmerman and Beatrice Stone, he moved to his mother’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, at age six when his father was afflicted with polio. He began writing poetry not long after at age ten, followed by playing the guitar at fourteen, self-taught. 

In 1959, Robert was awarded a scholarship to the Universityof Minnesotaand came across the autobiography of Woody Guthrie entitled, Bound for Glory, a work that would change his life.  He subsequently learned many of Guthrie’s songs, performing them locally under a name he legally changed to in 1962, Bob Dylan, after poet Dylan Thomas. 

First performing in coffeehouses and local venues, his music career had a respectable start in 1962 with the release of his debut album, Bob Dylan.  However, it wasn’t until the release of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963 that he gained notoriety with such songs as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.”  Infusing folk with rock and rock, as well as bluegrass and rhythm and blues, Dylan’s music was known not only for its mix of genres, but for his trademark lyrics which had a poetic sensibility not heard before, as well as a countercultural appeal.  This groundbreaking writing style endeared him to the 1960s anti-war movement and Civil Rights movement, and Dylan was considered a spokesman for his generation, a title which he shrugged off.

Dylan’s writing style, unique and original, has won critical acclaim and comparisons to such classic poets as Walt Whitman and T.S. Elliot. He influenced his contemporaries, including poet Allen Ginsberg, as well.  Other writers were equally inspired, some dedicating their work to Dylan, such as Joyce Carol Oates with her short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Throughout his illustrious career, Dylan oscillated between the counterculture movement he’d helped create and nurture, and brief interludes either away from the spotlight, or from the zeitgeist for which he is known.  The first involved a motorcycle accident in 1966, although he continued to write and record.  Another happened in 1979, when Dylan converted to Christianity, during which time he refused to play music he’d written prior to his conversion.  He returned to his rebellious roots not long after, and fans rejoiced.

Do you know someone, family or friend, who shares Bob Dylan’s birthday?  Are they a fan and would get a kick out of a Talking Birthday eCard personalized with some of their favorite Dylan lyrics?  Any of our Birthday eCards are sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face.

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Celebrating Memorial Day!

Celebrating Memorial Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is in the air, picnic baskets are brimming with grandma’s favorite secret recipes and the Memorial Day celebration is at hand.  Memorial Day reminds us about the price of freedom and those who serve us even today around the world.  It’s also a chance to remember all the loved ones who have gone before us and who still hold a tender place in our hearts. 

This day of remembrance, once known as Decoration Day, was begun back in 1868 to honor those who had died in the American Civil War.  It was determined then that it was important for us to never forget the cost of being a country divided. 

In 1966 Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace of Memorial Day because the townspeople there made it special.  They prepared picnics on the square and got together as neighbors and friends.  They celebrated the joys of life in the midst of prevailing memories.   In 1971, we finally made Memorial Day a national holiday, one to be honored and respected.

So this year, as we approach the unofficial beginning of summer, the day when you can wear white without batting an eye, and fill your picnic basket full of temptations, let’s remember those who served us and gave us further opportunities for peace and pleasures.  Let’s bake our favorite dishes and barbecue with friends, send an eCard or two and remind people we care.

After all, the recipes for happiness are best when served with love, shared with joy, and handed down, like peace and freedom, from one generation to the next. 

Now dig out that picnic basket and make some new memories! Try posting a BlueMountain.com Memorial Day postcard or Memorial Day eCard on a friend’s facebook wall, or even your own.

 Enjoy!

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Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see a wild animal in its natural habitat, you know it’s a beautiful sight. From Cougars, Bighorn Sheep, and Jaguars, to Green Sea Turtles, Gray Wolves and Steller Sea Lions, these animals and so many others all call the U.S. home. Unfortunately, these creatures, along with a variety of plants and other wildlife find themselves on the Endangered Species list and one step closer to extinction.

In order to build awareness on this issue, the U.S. Senate established the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day, with the hope that everyone will take part in caring for the rich and diverse native species of our country. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. Events such as festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.

Although we may not welcome wild animals into our homes, all animal lovers can understand the importance of keeping these endangered species around for as long as possible. At BlueMountain.com, we love all animals, and our new pets collection was designed with them in mind. Whether dealing with the loss of a pet, or celebrating your birthday along side your furry friends – this collection is celebration of animals!

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eCard of the Week – Good Times Roll

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Our pick for eCard of the week this week is “Good Times Roll.” This cute birthday eCard is part of our new Pets Collection at BlueMountain.com. We know how much our community loves four-legged friends and now there is an entire collection of eCards devoted to the subject. From Birthday Pet eCards and Everyday Pet eCards, to Sympathy Pet eCards and even Talking Pet eCards - we have them all in one place. So whether you’re a dog person or a cat person – everyone can agree that these cards satisfy the animal lover in all of us! Send & Share today and make sure you let us know what you think on our facebook page!

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Kathy Davis Special Mother’s Day Series!

Kathy Davis Special Mothers Day Series! It’s is our pleasure to talk about one of our favorite artists, Kathy Davis. Kathy is a best-selling designer, artist and author who grew up loving art! Though she is a self-described late bloomer, she began making greeting cards as a young child. These days she lives in Horsham, PA with her family and a menagerie of pets. It is her mission to “Scatter Joy – Joy through art, Joy through living, Joy through giving.” Her greeting cards, which feature sunny, nature-inspired watercolors with heartfelt sentiments, will surely scatter joy among your family and friends. This Mother’s Day, Kathy is celebrating by featuring a special series on her blog. Here is a little more on the special project in Kathy’s own words…

It is not often that I get as excited about a project as I am about THIS one!!!

As you know, May brings with it some beautiful things…longer days, warmer sunshine, blooming flowers…and Mother’s Day!

This year, the day that we honor Mothers falls on Sunday, May 13th, and I have a very special treat in store!  Starting May 6th and lasting all through the week leading up to Mother’s Day, I am posting interviews with some very special Mothers and Daughters.

Since my own daughter, Katie, has chosen a career in the Arts as I have, I thought it would be interesting to do a blog series that features mothers and daughters who share the creative gene. I rounded up six different mother-daughter duos (including Katie and myself) who have agreed to share a bit of their personal stories with us about how they keep art in the family.

Tune in to find out more about our Mother-Daughter duos …and please help spread the word. I’m hoping that these “Conversations with Mothers and Daughters in the Arts “will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

We love this idea and can’t wait to read all the posts about the Mother-Daughter duos! If you’re as big of a Kathy Davis fan as we are here at BlueMountain.com, be sure to check out all of Kathy’s featured eCards - especially her new Mother’s Day eCard!

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eCard of the Week – You Bee Special

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Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, and if you’re planning on sending a Mother’s Day eCard, our eCard of the Week might just be your perfect pick. Our pick this week is “You Bee Special,” an adorable interactive eCard that is sure to make Mom smile. This card was designed by talented BlueMountain.com artist, Drew King. Drew believes the best eCards embody motion, aesthetic, and are just fun to watch. We couldn’t agree more and hope you have fun watching this week’s pick.

 

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