Kev’s Daily Take On 03/20/2023

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.

 As the sun rises, we gather at Stonehenge to watch the first rays peek through the monoliths as people in costume welcome SPRING.  Heading eastward we celebrate Nowruz in Central Asia with special feasts of sumalak in Uzbekistan.  India’s Holi, “The Festival of Love”, is awash with light, water and bright colors as people are showered with colored powders.  In Thailand, they celebrate by having the world’s biggest water fight, and in Japan and China, they honor the dead by decorating graves, leaving them small presents while lighting beautiful lanterns and flying decorative kites.  In Mexico, Spring is welcomed at the top of ancient temples and pyramids while at the White House, children participate in the Easter Egg Roll, dating all the way back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes allowed them to do so.  However you welcome the awaking of nature and departing of Winter, enjoy this changing of the season.

Awareness Spotlight shines on…

Nearly 1% of people in the U.S. living with HIV/AIDS are Native American.  NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY seeks to bring education and resources for dealing with this disease to the original peoples of this land.  The National Congress of American Indians approved this day in 2007.  Let’s keep working to find a cure.

Our Furry Friends

DOGS IN YELLOW DAY wants to give a big hug to all of the anxious, nervous canines out there.  Started by Sarah Jones whose puppy, Bella, was attacked by another dog and was fearful around other dogs after that.  These special needs pups need compassion and understanding to help them get through life.

Education and Information

Parlez-vous francais?  If not, FRENCH LANGUAGE DAY is a great day to learn.  Of course, the French also speak the language of love and food, so explore this couture of cultures and profiter de la belle vies. 

P.S. eating French fries doesn’t count.

For Fun

Spring is in the air and the same can be said of love with NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY.  If you are looking for the right time to pop the question, today could be the day.  If you are the poppee, maybe you will be asked very soon.  Propose now and that should give you enough time to plan the perfect wedding.

On Today’s Menu…

Who’s hungry?  NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY will fill you up.  This pasta can be stuffed with meat, cheese, or both.  Cover it in tomato or meat sauce and then bake it.  It can also involve chocolate, cream cheese filling and be turned into a dessert.  Come to St. Louis for a truly unique experience with toasted ravioli.  Created by accident, this is a delectable delicacy everyone should try in their lifetime.

Our dessert of the day is perfect for Spring.  NATIONAL MACARON DAY celebrates these colorful tasty pastries that come to us from France.  Visit your local bakery to enjoy some today.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

World Down Syndrome Day

Single Parent Day

California Strawberry Day

Common Courtesy Day

French Bread Day

Crunchy Taco Day

National Countdown Day

On this day…

1852 – “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” written by Harriet Beecher Stowe is published

1854 – The Republican Party is formed on an anti-slavery platform.  This drew support from the Northern states with the South threatening secession from the Union if a Republican was elected.  Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 and the South followed through on their threat with the Civil War starting in April of 1861.

1916 -Albert Einstein tells us about relatives and theories

1922 – The Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Langley is commissioned

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono tie the knot

1985 – Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the Iditarod

1987 – The FDA approves the use of azidothymidine to treat AIDS

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones go around the world – non-stop – in a balloon.

Happy Birthday to…
Amanda Clement (1888-1971)
The first professionally paid female umpire for baseball

Huff Post
BF Skinner (1904-1990)
Psychologist who leaned towards behaviorism

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973)
“The Godmother of Rock and Roll” whose spirituals punctuated by her electric guitar influenced quite a few musicians

Carl Reiner (1928-2020)
Talented actor, director, and writer

Fred Rogers (1928-2003)
He was the perfect neighbor

Steve Scalise
Bobby Orr (1948- )
Certainly one of the greatest hockey players to lace up some skates

New York Post
Spike Lee (1957- )
Not one to shy away from controversy, he directed such films as Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992) and BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Kathy Ireland (1963- )
This super model, actress and entrepreneur can be seen in Mr. Destiny (1990), and Necessary Roughness (1991)

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the awakening of Spring.  Thank You for newness of life,  the colorful blooms and the aroma of the season.  May we rejoice in Your handiwork and enjoy all it has to offer.  I pray this in Your everlasting name, Jesus, Amen.

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

#Spring, #NativeHIC/AIDSAwarenessDay, #RavioliDay, #DogsinYellowDay, #ProposalDay, #MacaronDay, #FrenchLanguageDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #AmandaClement, #SisterRosettaTharpe, #BFSkinner, #CarlReiner, #FredRogers, #BobbyOrr, #SpikeLee, #KathyIreland


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