Why On Pasture Disappeared On Sunday and Next Week’s Schedule

This past Sunday there was a hiccup in the On Pasture multiverse. The domain auto renewal didn’t auto renew and if you came by to visit us you might have seen this screen.

Three phone calls and five hours later, we had some good news. OnPasture.com was renewed and had begun “propagating” through the internet. Domain propagation is the process of updating every server in the world with new information. That’s a lot of servers! So there’s a lag between when a change is made and when all the servers have registered it – about 48 hours in fact. So, if you’re still seeing that strange screen, hang on. Propagation is happening!

Coming Next Week – Labor Day!

Because my birthday falls on or near Labor Day every year, I’ve always told folks that I’m the one giving them the day off. But the truth is that it started between 70 and 100 years before I was born. (See how I did that without actually giving you my age?)  Labor Day was first recognized as a holiday in 1887 by Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. Other states followed and in 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed the holiday into law, following a labor strike that shut down the national transportation system.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this day to celebrate all of us – a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Early organizers say we’re supposed to mark the day with parades to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, and we’re supposed to follow that with a “festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.” So, if you’re celebrating the weekend with a picnic with friends, you’re doing just what you ought to be doing!

I’ll be celebrating with a week off (September 6 – 9), camping with my husband and Mom and Dad. But don’t worry! I will leave you plenty of great stuff to read while I’m gone. And when I get back there will be a whole new set of articles.

Also, stay tuned for more On Pasture improvements. I’m currently working with a designer to update the On Pasture website. My goal is to make it easier for you to find the information you need and for me to highlight article collections so you can get everything you need on a topic in one place. If you have suggestions, now is a great time to let me know.

Thanks for reading!

Kathy

P.S. However you celebrate, I thought you might enjoy these photos from the U.S. Department of Labor of celebrations of Labor Days past!

A 1916 Labor Day Float
A 1916 Labor Day Float
The idea of fighting butchers is a little scary to me!
The idea of fighting butchers is a little scary to me!
From the 1987 parade in D.C. representatives of the Department of Labor support jobs for veterans. The more things change, the more they stay the same...
From the 1987 parade in D.C. representatives of the Department of Labor support jobs for veterans. The more things change, the more they stay the same…
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