Kev’s Daily Take On 03/30/2023

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.

A Tip of the Hat Goes to…

 In appreciation for all they do, give your favorite physician a red carnation on DOCTOR’S DAY.  Started in 1933 by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a doctor, she mailed greeting cards to all of the local doctors and laid red carnations on doctors’ graves to honor them.  Let them know we are thankful for working so hard to keep us healthy.

Celebrate You with…

NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY directs us to get organized, take stock of our lives and realize there are things we can control and things we can’t.  Take care of what you can, but for those areas that are beyond your scope, let go and don’t stress over it.  One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.  So, if things don’t go as planned, there could be a good reason. Alexander Haig also announced these words after President Reagan had been shot (see On This Day section) – “As of now, I am in control here in the White House”. – which is the inspiration for this day.

Education and Information

NATIONAL PENCIL DAY is definitely something to write home about.  We celebrate the writing instrument that gets chewed on, twirled, drummed with, broken, sharpened, and used occasionally to write with.  It was on this day that Hyman Lipman, in 1858, received a patent for inventing the pencil with the eraser attached.

For Fun and Fitness

Play Ball! MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY has stadiums all over the country filled as all 30 teams play today.  Get your snacks, grab your seat, and enjoy 9 innings of America’s favorite past time.

Don’t have money or time to go on that dream vacation?  How about celebrating NATIONAL VIRTUAL VACATION DAY.  This does require a Virtual Reality headset, but you can go anywhere in the world without a passport.  Terrance Talks Travel started this day and it’s not a bad way to unwind and relax.

Take a hike! Yep, it is NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY.  Go find your special path in your favorite park and get some fresh air, take in the aromas of Spring and the lovely views of nature.  It is good for your body and your soul – though maybe not your allergies.

On Today’s Menu…


We still have some cooler weather happening which makes a great time for hot soup – NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY to be exact.  Put your turkey in the pot, add onions, carrots, celery, seasonings and even beans, if you so desire.  Pour in the water, turn up the heat and simmer until your hunger pangs tell you it’s ready.  I bet some cornbread muffins would go great with this. 

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

National Farmworkers Day

National Tater Day

National Prom Day

Clams on the Half Shell Day

National Crayon Day

On this day…

1858 – Hyman Lipman invents the pencil and puts an eraser on the end

1867 – Secretary of State William Seward agrees to buy Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars

1870 – The 15th Amendment granting African American men the right to vote is put into effect

1964 – “Jeopardy” debuts with host Art Fleming.  The man we all associate with this intellectual game show, Alex Trebek, hosted for 37 years.  RIP Alex.

1981 – President Reagan is shot by John W. Hinckley Jr.  Also wounded were James Brady – the White House Press Secretary, a police officer, and a Secret Service agent.  The 70-year-old President was shot in the left lung, yet walked into the hospital on his own and joked with the doctors that he hoped they were Republicans. Agree with his politics or not, you gotta admit he was one tough cookie

1987 – Birthday boy Vincent van Gogh’s painting Sunflowers, sells for a record $39.7 million

2022 – Bruce Willis announces that he will no longer act due to a diagnosis of Aphasia

Happy Birthday to…
Anna Sewell (1820-1878)
Author of Black Beauty

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
He was one heck of an artist

Smithsonian Magazine
Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930)
The first female president of the American Psychology Association, denied a psychology degree from Harvard – because she was a woman
Arthur Herrington (1891-1970)
He gave us the Jeep

Eric Clapton (1945- )
Rock and blues guy who helped define music with his “slow hand” style
Paul Reiser (1957- )
This comedian, actor, writer, and producer can be seen in My Two Dads, Mad About You, Beverly Hills Cop, The Kominsky Method, and Stranger Things
MC Hammer (1962- )
This award-winning rapper can dance, produce and be a fashion trendsetter with his “hammer pants”

Tracy Chapman (1964- )
Won a Grammy at the start of her career and has added three more since with some of her more notable hits being Fast Car and Give Me One Reason

Us Weekly
Celine Dion (1968- )
Another Grammy Award winning artist – this one from Canada who sang My heart Will Go On and Let’s Talk about Love

BuzzFeed News
Norah Jones (1979- )
Our third Grammy girl struck gold with her first album Come Away With Me which mixes jazz, pop, and country

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Most amazing God, thank You for this time on Earth, for the breath You have given me and for the wonderful people You have brought into my life.  Amen.

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

#DoctorsDay, #TurkeyNeckSoupday, #TakeaWalkintheParkDay, #NationalPencilDay, #VirtualVacationDay, #IAmInControlDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #AnnaSewell, #VincentVanGogh, #MaryWhitonCalkins, #ArthurHerrington, #EricClapton, #PaulReiser, #MCHammer, #TracyChapman, #CelineDion, #NorahJones


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