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TOLKIEN READING DAY

Celebrated around the world on March 25th, Tolkien Reading Day is a favorite among fans of the renowned author. 

J.R.R. Tolkien (Jan. 3, 1892 – Sept. 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor.  He was best known as the author of the classic works The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings and The Silmarrillion as well as Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham. However, he has published more than 30 books, several posthumously. The author has sold more than 150 million copies of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that number continues to grow. 

The Silmarillion by Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Silmarillion by Tolkien, J.R.R.

The day encourages readers of all ages to explore the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and learn more about the author. With over 30 published works, he had a lot to say and not just about hobbits, though many are on medieval order.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #TolkienReadingDay

Can you doodle like Tolkien? Check out the video below. He was an avid crossword puzzler, too. While reading Tolkien’s amazing adventures, learn more about the master. Take out your markers and pens. Draw up the creatures or doodle an amazing realm from your imagination. What will you create?

Here are other ways to participate from home:

  • Create your own map of Middle Earth.
  • Download and print this Tolkien word search puzzle. Can you find all the Middle Earth words?
  • As you’re reading one of Tolkien’s books, make a list of all the new words you encounter.
The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien (Actor), Prescilla Tolkien (Actor), & 1 more
The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien (Actor), Prescilla Tolkien (Actor), & 1 more

Read some of Tolkien’s works and use #TolkienReadingDay to post on social media. For Lord of the Rings books and movies click here.


TOLKIEN READING DAY HISTORY

The Tolkien Society created this observance in 2003 to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. They chose the date of March 25th because it matches the fall of Sauron in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

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NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY

National Common Courtesy Day on March 21st serves a reminder of the behavior that keeps society from melting into a sea of madness. The day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in our lives.

An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World Hardcover – October 18, 2011

by Bethanne Patrick (Author)
An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World Hardcover – October 18, 2011

by Bethanne Patrick (Author)


In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b: a courteous and respectful act or expression.

Common courtesy can be as simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a service, gift or assistance. Kindness and courtesy do go a long way and are noticed by others even if you do not realize it.

 Letting someone in front of you in traffic is easy. Hold open a door for someone or give a person a hand with his groceries. Give up your seat on the bus to someone who might need it. Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew. 

These are just a few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They are momentary deeds of being courteous.

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As we face the threat of Coronavirus it is important to remember things like this.  As we all prepare for the unknown these little acts of kindness will be appreciated even more. As we all feel the stresses this brings it is important to know that everyone is trying their best to meet needs. At the end of the day you will feel better about yourself.

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Each of us must do our part to help ourselves and everyone around us.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors. Take precations to help stop the spread. If you have anyone age 50 and up be cautious so you are not a carrier. Do they have what they need to avoid going into crowded stores? Do they order their groceries? If someone is in a younger group please be aware it can be just as dangerous.

People with breathing issues, underlying health problems and compromised immune systems are just as vulnerable. Myself included. Having had respiratory issues before I am in the extremely dangerous to my health category. Even though my age is not an issue. So please remember people with asthma, COPD, respiratory failure, and others are extremely vulnerable. While you may only get mild flu like symptoms it can mean ICU or worse for us.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #CommonCourtesyDay

If common courtesy is not a part of your daily routine, then this is the day to start implementing courtesy into your life. Try it; not only will the other person appreciate it, but you will feel good about it also. Use #CommonCourtesyDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY HISTORY

National Common Courtesy Day has been observed since at least 2003.

NATIONAL FLORIDA DAY

National Florida Day on January 25 recognizes the 27th state to join the United States.

The Sunshine State is home to the oldest established city in the country.  With over 400 years of history, St. Augustine’s streets and colonial architecture have stories to tell. Founded by Spanish explorers in 1565, visit the city and walk in the same footsteps as 16th-century bishops, ponder the escapades of pirates and the whereabouts of lost gold and learn about the lives of European settlers.

East and West Florida became the 14th and 15th British Colonies after the end of the French and Indian War in 1763. However, in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War, The Treaty of Paris returned Florida to Spain.

The present-day borders of Florida were absorbed through two transactions: The Louisianna Purchase in 1803 brought East Florida with it (but not without dispute from the French) and through a U.S. intervention in an uprising in West Florida in 1812 causing West Florida to join the Mississippi Territory.

With an average high temperature of 79.5°F, it should be no surprise that Floridian John Gorrie brought refrigeration and air conditioning to the world in 1851.

Add to that, more than half the year with partly cloudy to sunny days, the invention of sunblock would be a necessity, too. Hungary born pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented a sunscreen in 1944 which later became a tanning lotion known as Coppertone.

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Have fun in the sun without burning up your beach time.


Launching astronauts into space, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard Country, is a fun and unique visit. While Disney, Universal, and others have rides, themes, and shows. This place makes both history and the future a tangible experience. We just happened to be there on a day they launched a new satellite!

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Cape Canaveral and the home of the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County has come a long way from its first launch in 1950. From Appollo missions to Hubble Telescopes and Mars Rovers, Cape Canaveral continues missions well into the future. Missions include commercial ventures including SpaceX launches.

Florida offers more than enough to do and see.  From man-made worlds and relaxing beaches to long, colorful and intricate history, the Sunshine State’s open spaces and sunny faces require more than one visit.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we dig into Florida’s sunny beaches and rich history. Seek buried treasures and explore all Florida’s fascinating culture! Look to the past or look to the future and use #NationalFloridaDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

Florida is also home of the oldest noncontinuous settlement in America. The City of five flags know as Pensacola is actually older than St Augustine. The original settlement was wiped out by a hurricane. So St Augustine claims the oldest continuous city.

In Florida or not most of us are experiencing cold weather so why not indulge yourself and pay tribute to Irish Coffee Day.

Pensacola has a long Naval Tradition and is The Cradle of Naval Aviation. Every year both resident and visiting pilots, take training at one of our local bases. While NAS Pensacola is home to The Famous Blue Angels Squadron that Flew over The White House recently, we made national news for a tragic event just a short time ago.

We had an active shooter who infiltrated and murdered students at the flight school here. While we deeply morn those lost in this tragedy, we are grateful to the brave who helped our sheriff’s officers put an early end to this shooter. Before more could be harmed these warriors risked life and injury to subdue the shooter. Since this event the bases have gone to restricted access to keep others and the community safe.

For more information about us ask a local. Here are some of my picks, and I haven’t even come close to listing them all.

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For a complete list of Florida State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.floridastateparks.org and www.nps.gov.  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below.

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – St. Joseph Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center – Mayo Manatee Springs State Park – Chiefland Colt Creek State Park – Lakeland Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park – Okeechobee Don Pedro Island State Park – Cape Haze Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park – Naples Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Ft. Lauderdale Big Cypress National Preserve – Ochopee Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville & New Smyrna Beach Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples & Homestead MUSEUMS Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse – Ponce Inlet Villa Vizcaya – Miami

James Weldon Johnson - Author - (June 17, 1871 - June 16, 1938)
James Weldon Johnson – Author – (June 17, 1871 – June 16, 1938)


A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

A. Philip Randolph - Political Leader - (April 15, 1889 - May 16, 1979)
A. Philip Randolph – Political Leader – (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)


Augusta Savage - Sculptor - (February 29, 1892 - March 27, 1962)
Augusta Savage – Sculptor – (February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)


Lillian Smith - Author - (December 12, 1897 - September 28, 1966)
Lillian Smith – Author – (December 12, 1897 – September 28, 1966)


Jacqueline Cochran - Aviator - (May 11, 1906 - August 9, 1980)
Jacqueline Cochran – Aviator – (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980)


George Smoot -Astrophysicist - (February 20, 1945)
George Smoot -Astrophysicist – (February 20, 1945)


Joseph Kittinger - Aviator - ( July 27, 1928 - )
Joseph Kittinger – Aviator – ( July 27, 1928 – )


Janet Reno - Attorney General - (July 21, 1938 - November 7, 2016)
Janet Reno – Attorney General – (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016)


Tom Petty - Musician - (October 20, 1950 - October 2, 2017)
Tom Petty – Musician – (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)


Betty Mae Tiger Jumper - Seminole Chief - (April 27, 1923 - January 14, 2011)
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – Seminole Chief – (April 27, 1923 – January 14, 2011)

Sidney Poitier - Actor - (February 20, 1927 -)
Sidney Poitier – Actor – (February 20, 1927 -)


NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY, January 6

National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes the way technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. From the wheel to smartphones, each year the day honors technological achievements made that impact our daily lives.

Imagine the world without technology.  In our daily lives, we can’t take a step without coming into contact with a form of it. The world is abuzz with technology.

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Outside of the healthcare sector, tech jobs are one of the strongest and fastest-growing divisions.  And let’s face it, technology is at the center of most jobs these days.  From agriculture, healthcare and fitness to entertainment, food service and security we use technology to keep us organized, connected, healthy and safe. One area of the tech world that continues to advance and affect our lives is apps (short for applications).  With the advent of smartphones, apps are way more than just games or photo editing.  If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, resolve to check out these trending apps:

  • AXEL – Files move or stream from one device straight to another. No stops along the way and no uploading. Removes the middlemen.
  • Circle of 6 – When talking about personal safety, this is a tool you might consider having.  It’s designed to quickly and discreetly get help in dangerous situations.  By simply tapping twice, pre-written messages are sent to designated recipients, GPS location included.
  • Zombies, Run! – Exercise as a game. And zombies. It’s a zombie exercise game.  If nothing else motivates you, maybe this will.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TechnologyDay

Use #TechnologyDay on social media.  Talk to someone about your technology ideas or try to find a way to bring your idea forward.

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY HISTORY

AXEL, a technology-based company headquartered out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Technology Day in 2016.

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NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY – December 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda day recognizes a staple of the home kitchen on December 30th. 

Just a spoonful of sodium bicarbonate doesn’t have the same ring to it. But this extraordinary, naturally occurring substance provides health benefits while cleaning the house.


We add baking soda to recipes as a leavening agent to make our baked goods rise. Baking soda reacts with other acidic ingredients to make that happen. Many of us have combined baking soda and vinegar and seen the chemical reaction. When carbon dioxide is released, our baked goods rise.

It’s the exciting chemical makeup and physical characteristics of baking soda that enable it to be so effective. Since it is mildly acidic when it is mixed with water, dirt and grease dissolve more efficiently.

As a gentle abrasive, baking soda makes an ideal cleaning product for kitchen appliances, pots, and pans. It’s even recommended for chrome and the exterior of our automobiles.

The ability to neutralize odors is one of baking soda’s most powerful properties. By bringing the pH of the more acidic molecules into a more neutral balance, baking soda makes our homes…and us fresh again. Use it as a mouthwash, toothpaste, and deodorant for the mouth, feet, and underarms. Beyond personal hygiene, baking soda takes care of smells from pets and food, too.

It may even help prevent some powdery mildew or other fungal diseases on plants. While not always be effective, it doesn’t harm plants when appropriately mixed.

Most of us recognize this box when we think about baking soda.
Most of us recognize this box when we think about baking soda.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BicarbonateOfSodaDay

Share your favorite uses for baking soda.  Use #BicarbonateOfSodaDay to post on social media.

Hurricane Michael

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Michael, for most is just a name. Neither good or bad. I have several family members with that as a first or middle name. However, if you’ve been around a news broadcast anywhere in the last few montgs you know the name has taken on an infamous shadow that will haunt thousands for years to come. It started innocently enough as tropical wave L91 in the lower Caribbean Sea off the Yucatan peninsula.

As a long-term Florida resident we didn’t give it much thought. It strengthened and started heading north as these often do. We get regular storms brought up from the Gulf year round. While bringing some wind and rain, it’s not really an odd occurrence. Indeed this is a normal weather pattern for us. A couple of days later it intensified to a named storm. Michael. When early predictions started rolling in we took note but really didn’t consider it worth getting anxious about until it made category II.

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If you’ve seen the pictures from Panama city, Lynn haven, Tyndall AFB, Mexico Beach, you have seen the catastrophic damage these storms can cause. in the days right before it hit land we urged friends and family to evacuate. People with brick homes are facing starting over. I was surprised by how many people were going to stay even those in mobile homes were planning to ride out the storm at home. I was very surprised to learn that even with all the years experience that most long-term residents have, they did not have a basic hurricane kit with essential like a weather radio. Along with posting information for survivors to help in the aftermath, I am putting the link to the supply list everyone should have and how to prepare before the storm arrives.

Hurricanes! What you need to know.

With most communications down, info was passed on thru the few working cell carriers. The vulnerable systems left, advocated using secondary sites like Facebook, Google hangouts, Zello and others for both rescue officials and citizens. I am proud that most who stayed showed the best side of humanity by jumping into action and helping each other without any expectations. While some tried to take advantage, the majority pitched in to help. Many like myself could not physically travel to the affected area, we turned to social media groups to help verify and pass important information. Working with both people bringing supplies in, official stations for aid, and real people on the ground, we were able to help connect people with needs and help.

Special Thanks to all the Linemen who work so diligently to restore power to affected neighborhoods. The search and rescue teams who help save countless lives. The Cajun Navy from Louisiana. Their tireless efforts to help can never be overstated. Thank you for continuing even after official operations were turned over to the National Guard.

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This is from NOAA just before the storm made landfall.

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Over a month later the major news media has refocused thier attention. Good Morning America, did a live broadcast just this morning to help bring focus back to the destruction that is total and onhoing. People are still living in tents throughout the city. Mexico Beach just no longer exists. As Thanksgiving comes to us all this year we give special thanks for surviving the storm. Even with everything lost and no place to go or live the residents remain strong, hopeful and yes, this Thanksgiving we give extra thanks for our family and friends from this affected area. So as you gather for your holiday celebration, and prepare to shop till you drop, please remember the spirit of giving. While there are many who donate to charities this giving season, please consider giving to those in the ground aiding directly in this recovery.

An alumni from school started her own non-profit for Hurricane recovery. Way to go Rachel!

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Here to help Bay County

Gulf Coast Animal Hospital

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorGainer/ 🍁I have compiled a list of Thanksgiving events that are free to our community.

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If I have missed a link to a valuable resource please let me know.

Safe Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a host of others keep us connected. They are valuable tools to stay in touch. I love my Facebook account! With schools back in session I cherish the photos of all the children embarking on their new adventures for another school year. Family and friends alike enjoy the progressive photos from one year to another. So by all means shutterbug away. There are more photos taken today than at any point in our history. The only Question is what do with them?

As parents, you take extraordinary measures to insure their safety. In today’s world that can be quite a challenge. it seems like the news is full of traumatic events and a significant portion of these stories showcase children both the good and the bad. More bad than good I’m sorry to say. Abuse, neglect, cruelty, mistakes, as well as kidnapping, murder and a variety of others make headlines around the country both here and abroad. As these feature on even our local evening news and our media feeds I thought this would be a good time to review the tips to keep your precious ones off the news and out of the statistics.

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Never give personal information.

It’s the first day of school and we like to proudly show off our accomplishments. Never post your child’s name, school, teacher, or classroom. The same goes for bus information. Give to trusted family or friends directly. What you post to a family member, friend or frustrated adult can be seen on social media by people you defiantly do not want around your children.

Turn off Geotags in phones, tablets and devices.

Funny name, big consequences. Did you know that funny tag is your exact GPS location? Nefarious individuals can use this information to find your home, and even your child’s window. Every photo uploaded with these tags will create a trail of bread crumbs accessible through social media outlets of every place you go. Some also give a location history of where you have been with your phone.

Use a special password.

A special password between children and parents can alert a child to seek help. Imagine an adult approaches your child near their school. They say you parent was in an accident and sent them to pick them up. Scary right? Your child should ask for the special password. If the adult does not know it your child should immediately notify a teacher, administrator, or law enforcement officer. It’s better to have a small delay while it’s checked out, than a missing poster.

Remember to have fun while making sure both you and your child stay safe.

Do you have a safety tip? Share them in the comment section below.

 

 

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