Kev’s Daily Take On 04/08/2023

 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.

Religious Holidays

HOLY SATURDAY, Black Saturday or the Great Sabbath happens on the eve of Easter.  Christ has been laid in His tomb.  The rock has been rolled in front of the entrance and the guards have been posted to keep anyone from stealing the body.  Christ had prophesied his death and that He would come back to life on the third day.  The Roman government and Chief Priests were worried that his disciples would try to steal his body so the tomb would be empty, and they could validate His claims.  The disciples were actually in hiding, wondering what the next day would bring.

Our Fishy Friends

NATIONAL CATCH AND RELEASE DAY tells us “I would rather be fishing”.  This fishing method increases fish populations and balanced ecosystems.  Of course, you must let the fish know that you will be seeing him again sometime, and that maybe the time that he becomes dinner.

Celebrate You with…

NATIONAL ALL IS OURS DAY reminds us to be thankful for what we have, for the beauty of the world around us and to share our blessings with those we come across.  Hopefully you can make time today to find some of the wonder in nature or sit back and reflect on all that you possess.  I know that I am truly blessed with more than I deserve and that begins with my wife, my son and you – my wonderful friends and family.  Thank you for being that.

Education and Information

It is a great day to celebrate NATIONAL ZOO LOVERS DAY.  Whenever I visit the St. Louis Zoo, I feel as if I’ve stepped into a whole other world.  Going through the 1904 Bird Cage is like a throwback to the World’s Fair; walking through Sea Lion Sound makes you feel as if you are underwater as you watch them swim and play – from underneath.  Our zoos do invaluable research that have saved many an endangered species as well as educate the public about the wonderful wildlife in our world.  There are around 350 zoos in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Zoo being the oldest.  I gotta put a plug in for the St. Louis Zoo.  It is 90 acres with over 14,000 animals in a beautiful park setting – and oh yeah – it’s free.

On Today’s Menu…

Time to eat with NATIONAL EMPANADA DAY.  These tasty pastries are stuffed with savory meat, veggies, and cheese.  You can also find them filled with fruit or minced meat.  This dish originated in Spain and there are plenty of variations around the world.  Having one of these on hand would make for a tasty treat while you are walking around the zoo.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations


Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Cherish an Antique Day

National Winston Churchill Day

Chinese Almond Cookie Day

On this day…

1766 – The first fire escape (a wicker basket on a pulley and chain) is patented

1838 – The SS Great Western steams its way across the Atlantic – being the first steam ship to do so

1913 – The 17th Amendment is passed which gives citizens the right to vote directly for their senators

1974 – Hank Aaron hits #715 passing Babe Ruth’s home run record

1975 – Frank Robinson becomes the first African American manager in the MLB

1990 – Twin Peaks premiers with the question, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”

1993 – Ellen Ochoa becomes the first Hispanic woman to go into space

2022 – Will Smith is banned from attending the Oscars for 10 years after slapping Chris Rock during the ceremony

Happy Birthday to…
Prince Siddhartha (563 BCE- 483 BCE)
After years of training and seeking Nirvana, he would reach enlightenment and become Gautama Buddha – he then taught his “4 noble truths” of Buddhism

Famous People
Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521)
He discovered Florida while looking for the fountain of youth
Mary Pickford (1892–1979)
She was a major force in Hollywood – helped start United Artists and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as making the transition from silent movies to talkies.  She appears in Tess of Storm Country (1922) and Coquette (1929)

Sonja Henie (1912-1969)
3-time Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating who skated her way into the film industry and starred in such hits as One in a Million (1936) and Thin Ice (1937)

Betty Ford (1918-2011)
Our 40th First Lady was a big advocate for equal rights, breast cancer awareness, and treatment for drug and alcohol addiction
Kofi Annan (1938-2018)
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was also the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
Patricia Arquette (1968- )
She is best known for playing a Medium on Medium
Chris Kyle (1974-2013)
Navy SEAL sniper with 160 kills during the Iraq War.  He would be murdered on a Texas shooting range by a veteran Marine suffering from PTSD.

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing plan of salvation. You give us grace, forgiveness, wisdom, and life.  Thank You.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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

#Black Saturday, #ZooLoversDay, #EmpanadaDay, #CatchandReleaseDay, #AllisOursDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #Buddha, #PonceDeLeon, #MaryPickford, #SonjaHenie, #BettyFord, #KofiAnnon, #PatriciaArquette, #ChrisKyle


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