Celebrating a Little Known Hero, Remembering a Tragedy, Mmmmm . . . Garlic and More!

Apr 19th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

It’s Not the Detergent That Gets You

A young boy, about eight years old, was at the corner “Mom & Pop” grocery picking out a pretty good size box of laundry detergent.  The grocer walked over, and, trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do.  “Oh, no laundry,” the boy said, “I’m going to wash my frog.”  “But you shouldn’t use this to wash your frog. It’s very powerful and if you wash your frog in this, he’ll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.”  But the boy was not to be stopped and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his frog.  About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his frog was doing.  “Oh, he died,” the boy said.  The grocer, trying not to be an I-told-you-so, said he was sorry the frog died but added, “I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your frog.”  “Well,” the boy replied, “I don’t think it was the detergent that killed him.”  “Oh? What was it then?”  “I think it was the spin cycle!”
DNA Day – DNA Day was made into an official observance by Congress, but it is the NGHRI (National Human Genome Research Institute) who organizes events and speakers to go out and speak to students and general public who want to learn more about DNA.  This day commemorates the anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the Double Helix, as well as the completion of the Genome Project, which took 13 years to complete, coming to completion in April 2003.

John Parker Day –   John Parker deserves this day, and thought he isn’t typically a key player in U.S. history classes, he nevertheless played a very important part in it.  Parker was an American farmer, mechanic and soldier who commanded the Lexington militia at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.  His experience as a soldier in the French and Indian War (Seven Years War) at the Siege of Louisbourg and conquest of Quebec, was what most likely led to his election as militia captain by the men of the town.  He was in poor health from tuberculosis, yet on the morning of April 19th he ordered his men, as the British approached, to “Stand your ground.  Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here”.  He witnessed his cousin, Jonas Parker, killed by a British bayonet.  Later that day he rallied his men to attack the “regulars” returning to Boston in an ambush known as “Parker’s Revenge”.  This was his only military action in the American Revolutionary War.   He was not able to serve in the Battle of Bunker Hill in June, and died of tuberculosis in September.  Parker’s grandson donated his musket to the state of Massachusetts.  Today it hangs in the Senate Chamber of the Massachusetts State House.

 

 

 

National Hanging Out Day – When I was little, every time we went to visit my Grandma from spring to mid fall, the clothes lines outside would be filled with the most pristine white laundry I’d ever seen.  That woman had a way with white clothes and towels that is unrivaled!  Years of washing by hand on an old washboard, then hanging to dry resulted in softly worn, sparkling bright clothes, and they always came into the house crisp, and smelling like fresh air.  Years passed by and I moved into a house that had a big back yard, and it had a clothes line.  Flashbacks to Grandma’s clothes came to mind so I figured I’d give it a try.  I washed them inside, and would hurry out in the bright morning sun, hang them out to dry, then leave for work.  A few afternoons I returned and it was like my childhood flashing back to me, folding the freshly dried towels made smile.  Until the day I came home, pulled in the laundry, and recoiled in gagging horror.  Nobody had warned me that a couple times a month the fields behind our house were sprayed with liquid chicken poo to fertilize the corn.  OHHHH MYYYY!!! My towels smelled like chicken yuck!  I had to learn the schedule before I could hang out my clothes.  That was pretty gross.  What all of this is leading up to is National Hanging Out Day – created to show how it is possible to save money and energy by using a clothesline to dry clothes.  It can be therapeutic to hang out the clothes, listen to the birds and the breeze blowing in the trees while methodically putting the clothes out on drying racks or lines.  And, depending on the size of your household, you can save a lot of money every year in saved energy bills.  Clothes last longer and they smell better (provided you don’t have freshly fertilized fields behind your house).  There are communities that actually prohibit hanging out laundry in the yard – supposedly for aesthetic reasons.  I say that’s ridiculous.  What’s the point of owning your own home if you can’t even hang your clothes out in your back yard to dry???  Did you know that in this country, 6 – 10% of residential energy use goes towards running clothes dryers?  I didn’t know that!   If you don’t have a clothes line, today is a good day to get one.  The weather is improving, or it will before long, and you’ll be able to get that clean laundry out there to dry.  Hmmm, I think I need to get myself a clothesline.  I was thinking about it last year and hadn’t done it.  I’m feeling a little nostalgic for spring sun dried clothes.

 

Oklahoma Bombing Commemoration Day – On April 19, 1995 the unthinkable happened.  A car bomb exploded outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  In that domestic act of terror, 168 people, 19 of them children in a day care center were killed.  Another 800 people were injured and an additional 300 buildings were destroyed.  Timothy J. McVeigh was executed for the crime on June 11, 2001.  Please, today at 9:02 a.m., take a moment to remember the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Food Celebration of the Day –

 

National Garlic Day – I love garlic.  Unfortunately garlic doesn’t make me very pleasant to be around for a day or so after I’ve eaten much of it – it tends to sort of come out my pores, but sometimes it is SO worth it to have some anyway.  Besides tasting so great, it has many uses.  It’s an herb.  It’s a vegetable.  It is used in recipes from around the world.  It has been used medicinally for 1000’s of years.  It is even believed to ward off evil spirits!  Really, about the only bad thing someone can say about garlic is that it can really mess up an otherwise romantic evening.   Some of the health related benefits of using garlic are:
Phytochemicals in garlic are believed to provide protection against heart disease and cancer. Specifically, stomach and colorectal cancers.

  • Helps to fight off colds and flu.
  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels.
  • Reduces the buildup of plaque in arteries.
  • Used as a treatment for acne and warts.
  • Used for toothaches
  • Phytonutrients has anti-cancer properties 

Celebrate National Garlic Day by using it heavily in your meals and snacks today. Spend some time researching its medical benefits. You might find you will start  adding more garlic to your menu everyday. Here’s an interesting thing I read – Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic!  Hmmm wonder who, besides perhaps a vampire, would be afraid of garlic?  Did you also know that eating garlic daily has been found to lower the risk of virtually all cancer types, except prostate and breast cancer.  A nice tip to know . . . if you have stinky garlic on your hands, wash with soap and water, then rub your fingers along a stainless steel object like your kitchen sink, faucet or a butcher knife.  It will make the smell go away, or at least fade.  I can honestly say I’ve never tried this, but I will now that I know about it!  Here are a few delicious sounding recipes that include garlic, courtesy of www.food.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, now that I know I must find something with garlic in it for dinner, my mental wheels are turning.  Not a big problem for me since I love garlic.  Hubby isn’t a big fan of strong garlic flavor – light is fine, but not strong.  We’ll have to see what I come up with.  Please take a moment today to bow your head and think about, or pray about, the historical significance this day has – with the tragic events of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the Battle of Lexington we visit both ends of the spectrum.  We mourn the loss of life at the hands of an evil  domestic terrorist, and we celebrate the heroic actions of a man who led his men into battle, even when suffering a horrible illness.  Celebrating the heroes and trying not to have repeats of the tragedies is a delicate balancing act, but I have faith we can do it.  Hang out some laundry, giggle at a funny joke, look at your kids and be grateful that your DNA lives on in them.  It’s a busy day, no matter how you celebrate it, so do it with enthusiasm and a smile.  God Bless You – I’ll see you tomorrow!

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