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04/16/21 Cheerful People Are Sunshine

Friday, April 16, 2021

"Cheerful people are like sunlight. They shine light into the corners of your heart and offer bright mornings and fresh hope."

"Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupes and no one asks what the hell is wrong with you."

You know it's a bad day when...
You turn on the tv and they are displaying emergency routes out of the city.
Your boss tells you not to bother to take off your coat.
You jump out of bed in the morning and miss the floor.
The bird singing outside of your window is a buzzard.
Your horn goes off accidentally and gets stuck when you are following a group of Hell's Angels on the freeway.
You put both contact lenses in the same eye.
You call the answering service and they tell you its none of your business.
Your pet rock snaps at you.
Your income tax check bounces.


It's National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day! Today's goal is to raise awareness and rid homes of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications that may be sitting in medicine cabinets, nightstands, kitchen cabinets or pantries. This holiday is observed on the 3rd Friday of April.
--Day of the Mushroom: today is a day for edible mushrooms; culinary mushrooms began being cultivated in France during the early 18 century.
--Emancipation Day: today is celebrated across the country but observed in Washington D.C.; today commemorates Lincoln signing the Compensated Emancipation in 1862 which ended slavery, technically, in the District of Columbia; full emancipation across the country would not happen for many more years.
--Foursquare Day: aka 4sqDay, the first social media holiday; Foursquare is a location-based smartphone app where restaurant patrons can check in; today was chosen because 4 squared is 16.
--National Bean Counters Day: today is a day for the accountants who just finished the tax season and are taking today off; today celebrates those professionals who keep us out of trouble with the IRS and financial agencies.
--National Donate Life (Blue and Green) Day: observed on the 3rd Friday of April; today raises awareness of the Donate Life message and to promote the importance of registering as an organ eye and tissue donor; donating organs after your death can save several lives; if you haven't already, register and talk with your loved ones as to your desire to donate when you're gone.
--National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day: observed on the 3rd Friday of April; today's goal is to raise awareness and rid homes of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications that may be sitting in medicine cabinets, nightstands, kitchen cabinets or pantries.
--National Eggs Benedict Day: today is a salute to a yummy breakfast of 2 English muffin halves topped with poached eggs, bacon/ham, and Hollandaise sauce.
--National Healthcare Decision Day: today reminds us to think about the type of advanced care we want to receive should we become incapacitated; we need to get those wishes down in writing and discuss them with our loved ones; planning ahead helps ease our loved ones during a difficult time.
--National Librarian Day: time to give thanks to the librarians who do so much to make sure we find the book or information we need. From checkiday: "Librarians date back to the eighth century BCE, when Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, introduced librarianship as a profession after he put a library in his palace in Nineveh. The "keeper of books" at his library oversaw thousands of tablets. Following the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, Ptolemy created the Great Library of Alexandria, which housed all Greek literature and was known for its famous librarians, such as Callimachus.". Although we've been taught that the Library of Alexandria was destroyed during a war, the Library actually declined over several centuries. From wiki: "This decline began with the purging of intellectuals from Alexandria in 145 BC during the reign of Ptolemy VIII Physcon, which resulted in Aristarchus of Samothrace, the head librarian, resigning from his position and exiling himself to Cyprus. Many other scholars, including Dionysius Thrax and Apollodorus of Athens, fled to other cities, where they continued teaching and conducting scholarship. The Library, or part of its collection, was accidentally burned by Julius Caesar during his civil war in 48 BC, but it is unclear how much was actually destroyed and it seems to have either survived or been rebuilt shortly thereafter; the geographer Strabo mentions having visited the Mouseion in around 20 BC and the prodigious scholarly output of Didymus Chalcenterus in Alexandria from this period indicates that he had access to at least some of the Library's resources. The Library dwindled during the Roman Period, due to a lack of funding and support. Its membership appears to have ceased by the 260s AD. Between 270 and 275 AD, the city of Alexandria saw a rebellion and an imperial counterattack that probably destroyed whatever remained of the Library, if it still existed at that time."
--National Orchid Day: today celebrates the orchidaceae, a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants; the orchid has 21,950 to 26049 accepted species
--National Stress Awareness Day: today is about one of the leading health problems and raises awareness of causes and cures; listen to your inner voices and figure what are your stress triggers.
--Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day: the assumption is everybody was up late last night getting their taxes submitted before midnight and need to sleep in; go for it if the boss will let you; since most of us are home this year, this shouldn't be a problem.
--Save the Elephant Day: today raises awareness of how important the elephants are to the ecological balance of their world; raises awareness of the dangers they face from the crimes of poaching for their ivory; even though many countries have laws prohibiting the shipment of ivory, there is still a large black market that drives the poachers.
--Teach Your Daughter (Son) to Volunteer Day: today is about teaching our kids the importance of volunteering for the community; volunteering is an excellent way to connect with our community and does build self-esteem.
--World Semicolon Day: in this context, the semicolon represents Project Semicolon which provides information on mental health and suicide prevention; "a semicolon is a sentence that the author could have ended but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life."; the semicolon represents the struggle everyone faces with mental illness; some get semicolon tattoos to show support.
--World Voice Day: from wiki: "World Voice Day (WVD) is a worldwide annual event that takes place on April 16 devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice. The aim is to demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in the daily lives of all people. Voice is a critical aspect of effective and healthy communication, and World Voice Day brings global awareness to the need for preventing voice problems, rehabilitating the deviant or sick voice, training the artistic voice, and researching the function and application of voice. A goal of World Voice Day is to encourage all those who use their voice for business or pleasure to learn to take care of their voice, and know how to seek help and training, and to support research on the voice."
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