Happy November Birthday, You Magnetic Visionaries!

Deep, passionate souls with a contagious optimism, those born during the month of November have a wealth of hidden riches and an enviable exuberance and vitality.


If born under the sign of Scorpio, you have a reservoir of will-power that can overcome any obstacle and a keen intuition that hones in on getting to the bottom of everything meaningful to you. Mesmerizing to say the least, you possess a magnetism that attracts others unlike anyone else. Not to mention, you’re quite the charmer!  Friends and family benefit greatly from your helpfulness and devotion, for as serious and determined as you can be, you are also kind, caring, and loyal. An unbeatable combination!


If a Sagittarian, you are a visionary who inspires the masses. You rarely do anything on a small scale—“the bigger, the better” as far as you’re concerned! Seekers of knowledge, you have no hesitation traveling to the ends of the earth to learn what you must know.  For you, it’s all about the journey, as well as the destination. Once you’ve mastered a subject, you love nothing more than to share with those eager to learn, for you are the guru others flock to for wisdom.

97-15190-00-00November Flower

Your birth flower is the Chrysanthemum. Derived from Greek, it means “golden flower”—its original color—and was named by Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist and “father of modern taxonomy.” Blooming in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, they are among the most popular flowers in the world, and have a bouquet of meanings, including: love, optimism, joy, and fidelity. In addition, Chrysanthemums were known to have conveyed the hidden message, “You’re a wonderful friend” during Victorian period when discreet social etiquette was strictly observed. Very fitting for you, since you are popular and dedicated to finding the hidden treasures of life!

November Birthstone images

Topaz, your birthstone, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Originally named by the Greeks, it designated any yellow stone, but has since included a variety of colors and hues, including blue, pink, lavender, orange, and green. Mostly used in making fine jewelry, it is also known as a mystical gemstone, and is said to ward off sickness, aid in fertility, and help create an emotionally healthy lifestyle.

Famous November Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with some notable figures in history:
Dale Carnegie, Winston Churchill, Walter Cronkite, Joe DiMaggio, Jodie Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Graham, Warren G. Harding (29th U.S. President), Rock Hudson, and Harpo Marx.

Important November 2012 Dates

All Saint’s Day 11/1
Veteran’s Day 11/11 
Thanksgiving 11/22



It’s Election Day 2012!

Although we probably won’t know who the winner of this election is until late tonight (as the polls are still indicating a very tight race), we can watch as the electoral votes add up, which, of course, is how the president is actually elected. The debate over a popular vote vs an electoral vote has been going on for more than 200 years.

The electoral college was put in place by the framers of our Constitution who decided that the states should do the voting, not the people. At that time, the United States was simply a union of individual states that had come together to resolve the many issues of establishing a democracy, but the thought of being a single nation was not yet in the consciousness of many. Eventually, a compromise was struck so that voting for president would take place state by state, so that each one could have its say. Each state was given a number of electoral votes equal to the combined total number of senators and members of the house of representatives it had, usually giving the most populous states the largest number of electorates. The popular vote–your vote–is what guides the electoral college to cast its votes. We can still see this separate state idea being played out today when we hear of red states, blue states and, of course,  “swing states,” those in which candidates campaign so heavily because swing states can tip the balance of the electoral college vote.

Do you know when the last time a president was elected that did not have the majority of the popular vote? It was in the year 2000 when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, who had a very narrow lead in the popular vote, but lost the electoral vote 271 to 266.

Who will come out ahead in 2012? We’ll hopefully know that tomorrow!




Day of the Dead —In Celebration of the Ones We Have Loved

The Day of the Dead is a celebration of life. It’s a day for families and friends to gather together and honor those who have shared the path of life and who have gone on before them. For some, it’s a chance to reminisce and tell stories, sometimes with a sense of humor and sometimes with a tear for someone special.

This holiday, celebrated on November 1st is observed the most in Latin and Central American countries, but is also experienced in parts of the United States and Europe as well. It is lovingly celebrated in Mexico where scholars trace its origins back to Aztec festivals. Similar to its Catholic counterpart “All Souls’ Day,” it gives the living another chance to share their love for those who have passed on. In Mexico, private altars are built so that prayers can be said for the good of the deceased. Favorite foods and beverages are also shared and gifts of marigolds and sugar skulls are left at the graveside. Sugar skullsmay be given to members of the family or offered to the dead out of respect. This gesture is an effort to share sweetness and the light of life.

In some communities, parades and dancing and colorful costumes are part of the celebration. Candles burn brightly and skull-shaped masks are worn.  Cemeteries are full of well-wishers and people praying for those in eternal rest. In other communities, a tradition, much like Halloween, finds children dressed in costumes seeking gifts of money or candies as they knock on people’s doors. The children are welcomed as part of the opportunity to celebrate life.

However the community opts to celebrate the Day of the Dead, it is intended as a loving and living tribute to those who are still missed and still loved and certainly remembered throughout the communities of the world.  In that regard, the Day of the Dead is a truly beautiful holiday!



Our Newly Redesigned Blue Mountain Website is Here!

 We were very excited to roll out our redesigned Blue Mountain website last week and hope you’re all getting a chance to enjoy it! We have a helpful page for you that explains some of the changes that were made to the site based on the surveys and questionnaires you responded to as well as the feedback you’ve given us this past year. Just click on the following link to view.

We’ve now made sending our BlueMountain eCards easier and quicker for you
with larger images, easy-to-read fonts and, if you’re in a hurry, a homepage
that features our most popular cards to share with your friends and family.

Have fun exploring our new site and seeing all the great things we have to offer
and, when you get a chance, send us a comment and let us know what you think!