Thinking Of Others . . . One Day Without Shoes . . .

Apr 29th

Monday is behind us, and time to bring on Tuesday!  The weather prediction is for pretty weather for at least the next couple of days . . .I am sure we are all ready for that, aren’t we?  Today if we could take a moment to say a prayer for the people who have been impacted by the tornadoes . . . our hearts are with them as they deal with the loss of loved ones, their homes and the destruction of their towns.  It is beyond my imagination what it would be like to go through anything like that.  I know it may seem frivolous to celebrate silly little things after something so serious has happened, but sometimes that’s an easy way to cope with the sadness and loss.  I feel very blessed to live in a place where I can walk on a peaceful beach and take in the wonder of creation without the fear of the sorts of disasters that are affecting so many today.  It is just so sad! 
*This picture is one my hubby took on Sunday when we went out for our walk.  I could have sat on that log and just stared for hours . . . however see that grey cloud that was moving in?  It started raining right about the time we got back to the car.  Good timing!

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Who Lied? – A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.” The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.   Every hand went up.  The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”


Peace Rose Day – The Peace Rose has full petals and a creamy yellow center that is framed by white petals with tiny pink tips.  It’s positively gorgeous.  Each rose has a history, and the Peace Rose represents world peace at the end of World War II.  It was developed by  French horticulturist Francis Meiland between 1935 and 1939.  Seeing the writing on the wall about the German invasion of France, he protected the rose by sending cuttings to friends in Italy, Germany, Turkey and the United States.  The cutting bound for the U.S. made the last plane before the German Invasion.  The cutting was cultivated in the United States by the Conrad Pyle Co, during the war.   So, considering its rough start, how did it get the “Peace” name?  Well, in France it was called the “Madame A. Meiland” after its creator’s mother.  It Italy it was called “Giogia” (Joy), and in Germany “Gloria Dei” (Glory to God) and Peace in the U.S.  In 1945, Francis Meiland contacted Field Marshall Alan Brooke, who was the principal author of the master strategy that helped win WWII, and to offer to name the rose after him.  Brooke, thinking that his name would be forgotten, suggested that it be called Peace.  The name was officially announced on April 29, 1945 by the Conrad Pyle Co.  It was the day that Berlin fell to the allied Forces, and the official end to the war.  Peace roses were presented later that year to the first delegation of the United Nations in San Francisco with a note that said:  “We hope the Peace rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace.”   What a wonderful name and meaning for such a beautiful flower.

One Day Without Shoes Day – Today is the day when we celebrate One Day Without Shoes. What is it you ask?  Well, it is a day to take off your shoes to raise global awareness for children’s health and education.  Going without shoes can start a conversation that can lead to changes . . . just by sharing what you are doing, in person, or online.  This is about so much more than shoes.  This is the 7th year that TOMS Shoes has shed some light on the reality that children who lack education and good health struggle to break the poverty cycle – not just for themselves, but for their families and their communities.  As with any issue that is as complex as this one is, there is not just one solution, but with many working together to find multiple solutions, change can happen.  TOMS believes that shoes play an important role in keeping children healthy, educated and moving towards a better future.  One reason is Podoconiosis – which is a debilitating disease that causes extremely painful swelling of the feet and legs.  Podo affects more than 4 million people in at least 15 countries.  Podo can be prevented by wearing shoes and practicing good foot hygiene.  Education is also a big reason to celebrate One Day Without Shoes.  Did you know that by providing children with school uniforms – which often includes shoes – school attendance can increase by 62%.  TOMS shoes meet the requirements for school shoes in India, and that allows the children to attend regularly. Giving shoes through integrated community programs helps with development goals and empowers children and their families to get the care and support that they need.  What a wonderful program!  Kick off your shoes and spread the word. 

Zipper Day – The person who invented zippers needs our undying gratitude! Without zippers we may still be trying to interlock a series of hooks and eyes with locking clasp!  Litcomb Judson invented and patented the precursor to the modern zipper, a clumsy clasp locker system, in 1891.  The early metal zip was in production by 1893, but by 1913 a new zipper was patented by Gideo Sunback of Hoboken, NJ.  The new zipper locked more easily and quickly than the original metal zip.  April 29 is the anniversary of the day Sunback patented zipper.  I thought this was interesting . . . this is a brief history of zippers that I found:

* 1917 – Zippers were used for shoes, tobacco pouches and Navy jackets.
* 1930s – Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli used plastic colored zippers for both function and decoration according to Fashion Era History .
* Through the 1950s – Side zippers were used to fasten dress and trouser seams.
* 1950s – Zippers moved to the front of pants and the back of skirts.
* 1980s and 2009 – Zippers provide more than an easy way to fasten clothing. Zippers as a visible embellishment became a fashion trend.
We’ve come a long way!


 This Day In History

1913 – Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J. patents the zipper.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day –  is your opportunity to eat and enjoy a great meal…or snack.     Shrimp scampi is simple and easy to make. And, its ohh so tasty! Just cook the shrimp along with butter and chopped garlic in a skillet.   Do you know how to celebrate Shrimp Scampi Day!?  …………You guessed it!

As you go about your day, be grateful for your zippers!  I think we take them for granted sometimes.  Spend some time thinking about the genius that went into creating them.  When you put your shoes on – since I’m sure most of us will be at work and be wearing shoes – think about all of the people around the world who don’t have shoes, and how that must feel.  It’s a concept that most of us would never consider and more of us should.  We are so blessed, aren’t we?  How many of us never think of our blessings and just take them for granted?  Something to ponder.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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