Kev’s Daily Take On 02/15/2023

 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Awareness Spotlight shines on…


INTERNATIONAL ANGELMAN DAY brings awareness to a rare neurogenetic disorder that affects nearly 1 in 15,000 infants.  Dr. Harry Angelman first discovered the symptoms in 1956 that make up this condition, which include motor disorders, intellectual delay, a happy demeanor and a lack of speech.  Due to the lack of motor skills and the unprovoked smiling and laughter, Dr. Angelman named this condition “Happy Puppet Syndrome”.  This disorder can get better with time, but those who have it usually need life long care.  Wear blue to support this day of awareness.  You can check out this link from the Mayo Clinic to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER DAY is all about the little ones.  Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children past infancy.  These kids need special treatments and medicines, which are more accessible in higher income countries.  Another aspect of this day is to get the same kind of quality care to all children, no matter where they live.  There is good news – medical advances have lowered the number of deaths of children suffering from cancer.  You can click here to learn more.

Family and Friends


I am glad for this day to come around and shine a spotlight on a serious condition.  SINGLES AWARENESS DAY is here to showcase a circumstance that is…well…  perfectly fine.  We are all called to walk a path in this life, some choose, and some have it chosen for them.  Being single has its advantages and disadvantages, just as being in a relationship does. One is not better than the other, only different.   The main thing is to be there for each other when it is needed and to love above all else.

On Today’s Menu…


Let’s chew on NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY for a while.  These sweet, fruity, chewy morsels can be traced back to the early 1900’s when Percy S. Truesdell, aka The Gumdrop King, changed the chemistry of the old hard globs of sugar into the soft chewy ones we have come to know and love.  Use them to decorate, in recipes or just by themselves but make sure and visit Gumdrop Mountain today.

Gemmas Bigger Bolder Baking

I WANT BUTTERSCOTCH DAY celebrates this flavor that can be found as a candy, or a topping, or even poured into coffee as a syrup.  Butter and brown sugar are the basic ingredients to make this delicious treat.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

World Cholangiocarcinoma Day

National Almond Day

Fat Thursday

Do a Grouch a Favor Day  

On this day…

1764 – Auguste Chouteau decides the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers is a good place to build a city and names it after a canonized King of France – Louis IX – thus the city of St. Louis was founded

1898 – The U.S.S. Maine sinks in Havana Harbor after an unknown explosion onboard, killing 260 American seamen.  This incident helped to bring about the Spanish-American War.

1903 – Morris and Rose Michtum create the first Teddy Bear – inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt

1943 – J. Howard Miller comes out with a poster of a woman flexing her arm and wearing a red and white bandana.  That’s right Rosie – “We can do it”!!

1950 – Disney’s “Cinderella” premiers in theaters

1961 – The entire U.S. figure skating team is killed in a plane crash in Belgium.  This included all 18 members of their team, 16 others who were coaches, friends and family and 38 other passengers.

Happy Birthday to…

Galileo (1564-1642)
His contributions to science – especially in astronomy – are invaluable. However, he helped prove that the sun is the center of our solar system – not Earth – and this got him in trouble with the Inquisition
Cyrus McCormick (1809-1884)
This blacksmith invented a mechanical reaper which was the beginning of modern farming machinery

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)
Worked hard to get women the right to vote and made it onto the dollar coin

Kaufman Music Center
Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
Composer of some catchy tunes like “That Old Black Magic” and “Stormy Weather”
Caroline Robinson Jones (1942-2001)
She was among the first successful African American female advertising executives

Closer Weekly
Jane Seymour (1950- )
This accomplished actress was a Bond girl in Live and Let Die (1973), a frontier doc on Dr. Quin Medicine Woman and Madelyn – Alan Arkin’s love interest on The Kominsky Method
Matt Groening (1954- )
He gave us Marge, Homer, Lisa and Bart Simpson – doh!
Chris Farley (1964-1997)
He got his start in stand-up, went on to Saturday Night Live and starred in such hits as The Coneheads (1993), Tommy Boy (1995), and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Enjoy the day and make it your own

LORD, we would like to offer up prayers for those children suffering from cancer as well as those afflicted with Angelman’s Syndrome.  Please wrap your loving arms around them, comfort them and give their families and friends support and strength.  May we find a cure for both of these diseases and may all involved turn towards You, and not away.  I ask this in Your name, Jesus, Amen.

Thank you to National Day CalendarNational TodayHistory.comBritannica.comWikipediaon this

#ChildhoodCancerDay, #ButterscotchDay, #SinglesAwarenessDay, #InternationalAngelmanDay, #GumdropDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to Galileo, Cyrus McCormick, Susan B. Anthony, Harold Arlen, Caroline Robinson Jones, Jane Seymour, Matt Groening, Chris Farley


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