It’s Kiss Your Mate Day! Does It Get Much Better Than That?

Apr 28th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day

A class consisted of a particularly well-motivated group of students. They were encouraged to ask their teacher any questions on any subject that concerned them. One afternoon a girl raised her hand and asked the teacher to explain a woman’s “biological clock.”After she had finished, there was a moment of silence and then another hand shot up. “Teacher,” a student asked, “is your clock still ticking or has the alarm gone off?”

Astronomy Day – Have you ever laid out on the deck on a clear night, and watched the stars?  We won’t be doing that tonight since it’s raining in our area, but on a clear night this is so much fun to do!  Very relaxing, and actually quite awe inspiring.  The great and limitless power and creativity of God is on beautiful display for us to appreciate.  Makes me feel so small and insignificant, but at the same time, filled with wonder at the intensity of the expanse that stretches out over us.  Today, if you have a clear day (or night) is a day to look up to the stars.   It was set up in 1973 by Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California to promote a greater education and understanding of all of the wonders of the universe.  Astronomy clubs and groups use this day to help teach people about the starts.  No matter how you view the skies, from your back deck, all bundled up in blankets or looking through a telescope, pause and be amazed.

 

Biological Clock Day – Tick tock. Tick tock. If you listen very closely you can hear the sound of your biological clock ticking away.  A lot of people think of their biological clocks only in terms of having children, but that’s not all it is.  Men and women are both subject to the influence of the biological clocks that we all have.  For example, have you ever stayed awake all night and felt off for many days afterwards?  Or have you ever flown from one time zone to another and felt the after affects of jet lag?  All living organisms have an internal biological clock, called the Circadian Rhythm.  It helps our bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night as the earth rotates.  Circadian rhythms are controlled by “clock genes” that carry the genetic instructions to produce proteins.  These instructions control everything from when we sleep and rest, body temperature, heart activity, hormone secretion, blood pressure, oxygen consumption and metabolism.  They may even have an influence on our mood, especially in the form of wintertime depression that is known as seasonal affective disorder.  There are three parts to our biological clocks – a way to receive light, temperature or other input from the environment to set the clock; the clock itself; and genes that help the clock control the activity of other genes.  The human Circadian Rhythm is actually 10-20 minutes longer than 24 hours.  The biological clock keeps working even when we are removed from natural light.  Without daylight, the biological clock will eventually start running on its own natural cycle, but as soon as the morning light hits our eyes, our clock resets to match the earth’s 24 hour day.  There are so many different aspects to human health that are controlled by our gene clocks that I could write for quite some time and likely lose every single one of you to a nap!

So, how would one celebrate Biological Clock Day?  Well, celebrate whatever age you are, or whatever life stage you  are in.  Do not regret the time that is past, but live fully in where you are right now.

Great Poetry Reading Day – Poetry is something that is appreciated by the reader or writer according to his or her own personal style.  It’s an incredibly personal thing, and sometimes very private.  Today is a day to read and give honor to the thoughts and emotions that poets have written.  Some poetry is good, some is not so good.  Today is set aside to read some of the worlds GREAT verse.  You can celebrate this holiday by reading poetry, hold a poetry hour or party, listen to poetry, or write your own poetry. Never know – it may some day be looked at as GREAT!

Kiss Your Mate Day  – this is going to be a WONDERFUL celebration, and one I intend to have some fun with!  This is Kiss Your Mate Day and is a perfect chance to smooch with your partner, though we shouldn’t need a special holiday for this, but it’s fun anyway.  It’s April, spring is in the air, and the perfect time for Kiss Your Mate Day.  Some people may wonder why we NEED a holiday to kiss your mate?   Others say “every day should be Kiss Your Mate Day.”  The sad reality is that research shows that kissing, which is a very important part of romance and intimacy, is the first thing to go in a relationship.  If you don’t kiss your mate every day, use today to re-establish kissing as a part of your life.  There are no rules to this celebration, other than enjoy yourself and have fun with your mate.

National Pet Parents Day – If you’re a pet parent you know that you may never have a treat in absolute peace again.  A lint roller may now be part of your morning routine.  Kneading paws or assorted vocal stylings may replace your alarm clock. If you ever move something heavy, rest assured that a particular little furball may develop a pitch-perfect knack for getting in the way.  And you may once in awhile find yourself confused about why that unending game of ball is so exciting to your furry friend.  We wouldn’t have it any other way though, would we?  We lover our  furbabies and all of their funny ways.  Our pets  give us so much in the way of love, that we in return give them a warm and stable home, plenty of food and care for their health.  Happy Pet Parent Day.  You’re doing a great job! 

Worker’s Memorial Day – Today is a day to honor those workers who have died, been disabled, injured, or made sick by their work.  It is also a day to acknowledge the suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit to the fight for a safe and healthy workplace for all workers.  It is an especially difficult year for this one this year, in light of the tragic losses suffered in the explosions at the West, Texas fertilizer plant last week.  Over 200 were injured and 14 lives were claimed, including two employees of the plant, five EMS responders, five volunteer firefighters and two neighboring residents.  Please spend a few moments in prayer for those left behind in this horrible accident, may they have peace in their hearts as they move on with what comes next for each of them.  God bless the people of West, Texas.

Food Celebration of the Day –

National Blueberry Pie Day – Blueberries are one of a few berry species native to the Americas. Early Native Americans called them “star berries,” referring to the perfect five-pointed star visible at the blossom end of each tiny fruit.  Mmmmm . . . these recipes from www.food.com look delicious!

Well, I don’t know about all of you, but I think I’m going to go kiss my hubby, and set about having a great day!  God Bless You! I’ll see you tomorrow!  Oh, honey!  Give me a little smooch!  🙂

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