Licorice . . . Yum . . . Or ICK?

Apr 12th

This week as I looked at the news I just had to shake my head.  It’s so sad, you know?  The world has gone crazy, no matter where we look.  The devastating news about the Fed Ex Truck that hit the bus head-on in California, the high school stabbing horror, the stand-off between the rancher and the BLM in Nevada . . . the world has turned completely upside down and everywhere we look feels dismal and sad.  This country isn’t recognizable any more, and the instability of the future fills me with uncertainty, fear and anger.  I know that previous generations have said these things, that my voice is merely an echo from voices long gone, but I cannot help but feel that this world now, it is worse, it is scarier and it is more unstable than I’ve ever imagined.  People seem to have forgotten how to be kind to each other, and everywhere you look hate, violence, greed and deceit abound.  The anti-God rhetoric is increasing day by day, with every attempt being made by so many to silence our voices and destroy our faith.  I will not be silenced, and my faith will not waiver.  Others feel the same, I know this to be true!  It is my prayer and my hope that the voices of the faithful will not be silenced, that no matter what obstacles are put into our paths, we will make a stand for what we know to be right and true.  I realize that this blog has been primarily about the silly celebrations that are set up each day, and that it may seem frivolous to some, but honestly, in the face of the daily events in the world we live in, I cannot help but feel that a little levity will made the harsh reality a little easier to deal with . . . a distraction from the destruction of so much that we hold dear, if you will.  The bad stuff won’t go away, but perhaps if we step back for just a moment of every day, to breathe, to celebrate, to laugh a little, perhaps we will get through this nightmare and find ourselves on the other side in a better, brighter, more loving world. God willing, that is exactly what will happen.

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Three Hymns – One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.   After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.   And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him!”  (Gotta love Rosie!)

Big Wind Day –  ooooooh this one is scary!  Many of you know, I HATE wind!  Well, let me be more specific . . . I hate wind when it is here at home, where we have tall trees. . . tall trees with weak root structures . . . and that like to fall down, on our house and cars.  I’m not exaggerating . . . 2 on the house and 3 onto the cars.  The wind blows and I find myself unable to sleep, laying in bed praying all night long and waiting for something to come crashing down on me. When I read this, I literally felt my stress levels start to raise a the thought!  Today is the anniversary of the highest wind ever recorded on our planet!  And it wasn’t in the middle of a hurricane or a tornado! Shocking, right?  It was on April 12, 1934 when the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth.  It was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour!  Can you even imagine?  I don’t want to imagine . . . the thought is just too chilling.

Baby Massage Day – Today is Baby Massage Day, celebrated every year on the 2nd Saturday in April, and set up to honor the growing trend of infant massage and to educate parents – and parents to be – about the many benefits it can offer.  The stimulation that babies get through massage can help their physical and cognitive development, improve their sleep patterns, regulate stress hormones and increase their body weight and length.  Some studies have even shown that mothers who use infant massage on their babies can reduce postnatal depression.  This isn’t something new.  It was taught in some ancient Chinese and Indian traditions and you can see it displayed in the animal kingdom when you see mothers licking and grooming their young.  What surprised me to learn was that a baby’s most developed sense right after they are born is the sense of touch!  I guess I never gave it much thought, and knew that their eyesight wasn’t developed right away, but I guess I assumed it was the sense of hearing that was the most developed.

Licorice Day – People all over the world enjoy licorice . . . I don’t happen to be one of them.  It has a distinctive flavor that I know plenty of people like, and I was honestly surprised by how many different licorice candies that there are!  A few years ago I decided to get my boss a variety of licorices for her birthday, since she likes it a lot. I was stunned by how many different kinds there are, it was actually a little boggling.  She ended up with a nice assortment, though there were just too many different ones to get her all of them.  Licorice is extracted from the licorice plant and can be used for candy, to flavor a drink (licorice tea is a popular example) and has medicinal purposes.  Be aware though, if you have high blood pressure, licorice is NOT recommended! 

This Day In History

1900 – By an Act of Congress, Puerto Rico becomes a U.S, territory.      
1934 – Mount Washington Observatory records the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth— 231 miles per hour!       1961 – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. (1961)
        Food Celebration of the Day

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – Here’s a tip for browning your bread perfectly: Slather the outside of each slice with mayonnaise, not butter pats, then cook.Your Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheddar & Bacon on Raisin Bread
French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut on Rye
Wild Mushroom & Brie Grilled Cheese
Black Bean Grilled Cheese
Caprese Grilled Cheese

I’m sorry for the negativity I started out with this morning.  Sometimes all the bad stuff gets to me and I need a kick I the teeth to remind me that this is why I continue to celebrate everyday – all the little things that seem so inconsequential, but put a smile on my face, and hopefully yours too.  May your Saturday be filled with sunshine, smiles and a little fun.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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