Kev’s Daily Take On 04/13/2023

 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…

This birthday is so important it is proclaimed yearly by the President.  NATIONAL THOMAS JEFFERSON DAY salutes a very accomplished gentleman.  Besides being the 3rd President of the United States, he was the co-author and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He served as the Minister to France and was President Washington’s Secretary of State.  When he didn’t have a hand in running the country, he was a lawyer, scientist, the founder of the University of Virginia and lover of ice cream.  The oldest recipe we have for ice cream belongs to him.  Happy Birthday President Jefferson!

Education and Information

It may not be the most important meal of the day, but NATIONAL MAKE LUNCH COUNT DAY reminds us to eat our lunch.  A lot of people don’t make time for at least a midday snack or think they don’t need it.  That extra fuel can keep you going until the end of the day, however, if you go to the other extreme and eat too big of a lunch, you may be fighting sleepiness the rest of the day.

For Fun


NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY just happens to fall on the birthday of its creator – Alfred Mosher Butts.  Originally, he called it Lexico and then Criss-Cross Words, but then settled on Scrabble by 1949.  It is estimated that every hour, 30,000 games of Scrabble are started all over the world and the Scrabble dictionary keeps up with the latest lingo, with words like “hashtag”, “selfie” and “chillax”.  Today is a good day to get a game going.

On Today’s Menu…

nugget markets

Our dessert of the day is a real peach – literally – NATIONAL PEACH COBBLER DAY.  Get a pan or Dutch oven, dump a large can of peach pie filling in the bottom, dump a box of white cake mix on top of that and finish it off by pouring a can of white soda over the whole she-bang.  Follow the baking instructions on the box of cake mix, or if using the Dutch oven – put about 10 coals on top and 15 underneath until the smell brings the neighbors over and voila! Oh yeah, give me a call too, please. 

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

Air Force Reserve Birthday

National Gardening Day

National Pecan Day

Look Up at the Sky Day

National Dolphin Day

Reach As High As You Can Day

On this day…

1742 – Handel’s Messiah premiers

1870 – the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York

1964 – Sidney Poitier becomes the first African American to win an Oscar – it was for Lilies in the Field

1970 – “Houston, we have a problem” were the words of Astronaut James Lovell when oxygen tank #2 on Apollo 13 exploded on the way to the moon.  The mission was scrubbed and through untested maneuvers and a lot of anxious moments, the astronauts and spacecraft made it back home safely.

1978 – The Yankee opener is delayed when fans toss thousands of REGGIE! candy bars (given away as a promotion) onto the field when Reggie Jackson hits a 3-run homer at his first at-bat.

1997 – Tiger Woods becomes the youngest and first African American player to win the Masters

Happy Birthday to…

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Our 3rd president who doubled the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase
Frank Woolworth (1852-1919)
Gave us the discount department store

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Butch Cassidy (1866-1908)
Half of the infamous outlaw duo (updated from being noted as April 09, 1866)

Samuel Becket (1906-1989)
Nobel Prize winning author known for Waiting for Godot and Endgame

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John Biggers (1924-2001)
Mural painter whose works can be seen around Houston
Al Green (1946- )
This soul singer had hits like Tired of Being Alone (1971), Let’s Stay Together (1972) and I’m Still in Love With You (1973) before becoming a minister and focusing on gospel music.  He has won Grammys in both categories as well as a Kennedy Center Honor
Garry Kasparov (1963- )
Grandmaster of Chess who dominated for nearly 30 years

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Rick Schroder (1970- )
This actor was able to transition from child star – Ricky on Silver Spoons (1982-1987) – to adult roles in Lonesome Dove (1989) and NYPD Blue (1998-2001)

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Dear LORD, let us look to You for direction, answers, peace and love.  You bless us with all of those and we give You thanks for that.  In Your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.

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

#ThomasJeffersonDay, #PeachCobblerDay, #MakeLunchCountDay, #ScrabbleDay, #Enjoythedayandmakeityourown

Happy Birthday to #ThomasJefferson, #FrankWoolworth, #ButchCassidy, #SamuelBeckett, #JohnBiggers, #AlGreen, #GarryKasparov, #RickSchroder


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