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11/16/19 Be

Saturday, November 16, 2019

"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it."

"For cripe sakes, lady. I'm a mailman, not a boy scout!!"

Math Jokes: If you get them, you probably don't have any friends.

A cat died and went to Heaven. God met the animal at the Pearly Gates and said, “You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.”

The cat thought for a moment and then said, “All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard, wooden floors… I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.”

God said, “Say no more.” Instantly, the cat had a HUGE fluffy pillow.

A few days later, 12 mice were simultaneously killed in an accident and they all went up to Heaven together. God met the mice at the Gates of Heaven, with the exact same offer that He made to the cat.

The mice said, “Well, we have had to run all of our lives… from cats, dogs, and even from people with brooms. If we could just have some little roller-skates, we would never have to run again.”

God answered, “It is done.” All the mice had beautiful little roller-skates.

About a week later, God decided to check on the cat… He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, “Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?”

The cat replied, “Oh, everything is just WONDERFUL… I’ve never been so happy in my life! My pillow is always fluffy and those little “Meals-on-Wheels” that You have been sending over are delicious.”


It's International Day for Tolerance! It's a day to foster mutual understanding and to raise awareness of the aftermaths of intolerance. Learn something new about a culture to get a deeper understanding of how they live. From the UN initiative that created this day: "tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human." Additionally, it says that tolerance recognizes the universal rights and fundamental freedoms of others; that tolerance is a moral duty, as well as a political and legal requirement for countries, groups, and individuals; and that tolerance ensures that the diverse communities around the world can exist.
--Clarinet Day: a salute to one of the woodwinds that is prominent in a lot of music; the clarinet has its roots in horns from Ancient Greece and Egypt, evolving into the single reed with a flared bell; I love hearing The Cat in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and the leading opening scale of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
--Have a Party With Your Bear Day: yes, there are lots of days celebrating teddy bears and why not; have a party with your favorite stuffed bear and with your friends and their bears.
--National Button Day: today celebrates those everyday connectors that we ignore till they're missing; the early buttons were used for seals and ornamentation such the curved shell from the 5000 BCE Indus Valley; buttons used as fasteners didn't happen till the 13th century in Germany and France.
--National Fast Food Day: celebrates all fast foods, so pick your favorite; believe or not, McDonalds wasn't the first; from checkiday: "The roots of fast food can be traced back to ancient Rome. Thermopoliums were small shops that sold food—such as hot sausages and bread—on-the-go. Urban apartment dwellers of the middle and lower classes often ate these foods. During the Middle Ages, vendors sold food to people in larger cities such as London and Paris. After 1860, fish and chip shops became prevalent in the United Kingdom, and became popular with the working classes. By the 1920's there were more than 35,000 of these shops."
--In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) creates its World Heritage program to protect cultural, historic, scientific, and natural heritage sites. The program will grow to include more than 1,000 areas around the world.
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