On March 15, National Kansas Day recognizes The Sunflower State.
Magnificent herds of bison, elk, mule deer and antelope roamed the vast open plains populated by Cherokee, Osage, Pawnee and many other tribes. The region became a part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Generations of travelers came to Kansas as the country expanded. From the Corps of Discover in 1804 to the Pony Express, all the roads in Kansas seemed to point westward.
Railroads brought rapid settlement to the territory and with it the divisive decision for citizens regarding statehood. Would Kansas be free or slave? The debates turned so vicious, the territory earned the name “Bleeding Kansas” before entering the union as the 34th state and free.
With the railroads, ranching, livestock, and agriculture grew. The verdant, fertile soil of the Kansas farmland made the state the Breadbasket of the World.
Frank L. Baum even depicted farm life for one young girl named Dorothy in his books about a place called Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took the world by storm, especially when Hollywood put Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke in the cast. There was indeed no place like home, no place like Kansas.
One of the most critical decisions in Civil Rights history took place in Topeka, Kansas. The appeal of Brown vs. the Board of Education was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. What had started with groups of parents and teachers in all-black schools in communities across the country had finally culminated in a final decision. Separate but equal violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKansasDay
Discover the trails and byways of Kansas! Follow the Yellow Brick Road, find an adventure and history or explore the back roads. Dive into barbeque while listening to live jazz. Celebrate National Kansas Day with us! Use #NationalKansasDay to share on social media.
Bessie Anderson Stanley – Writer – (1879 – 1952)
Clarence Batchelor – Cartoonist – (April 1, 1888 – September 5, 1977)
Hattie McDaniel – Actress – (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952)
Buster Keaton – Actor – (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)
Amelia Earhart – Aviator – (July 24, 1897 – January 5, 1939)
Aaron Douglas – Painter – (May 26, 1899 – February 2, 1979)
William Inge – Playwright – (May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973)
Gwendolyn Brooks – Poet – (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000)
Charlie Parker – Saxophonist – (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955)
Robert Altman – Film Director – (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006)
Harrison Ford – Actor – (July 13, 1942 -)
Basil Poledouris – Composer – (August 21, 1945 – November 8, 2006)
Lynette Woodard – Basketball coach – (August 12, 1959 – )
Melissa Etheridge – Singer/Songwriter – (May 29, 1961 – )
Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26th aims to increase the public’s knowledge of a neurological condition affecting nearly 50 million people worldwide. Also known as Purple Day, people are encouraged to wear purple in support of epilepsy awareness.
The neurological condition, epilepsy, impacts the central nervous system causing seizures and other symptoms. The types of seizures vary depending on the cause and type of epilepsy. Some known causes of epilepsy include:
- brain injury
- metabolic disorders
- immune disorders
However, sometimes no known cause can be found for epilepsy in a patient. While epilepsy is not contagious, any age group can develop epilepsy. The good news is that it’s highly treatable. Although the condition can be confusing for children. In some parts of the world, treatment can be challenging to find.Another important goal for the day is removing the stigma associated with epilepsy. Those with epilepsy can lead normal lives, especially when their epilepsy is controlled.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay
Join the Purple Day movement. Here’s how:
- Learn more about epilepsy.
- Show your support by wearing purple.
- Volunteer at a fundraising event.
- Donate to research to cure epilepsy.
- If you or someone you know has epilepsy, speak up, and help eliminate the stigma associated with epilepsy.
- Know the signs of a seizure and what to do.
Use #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay to post on social media.
EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
In 2008, Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada launched Purple Day to encourage awareness of epilepsy and to cast away some of the myths that cloud the general public’s view of the condition. While other awareness observances existed previously, Purple Day and its founder continue to gain a following and awareness is spreading around the globe.
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 Hobbit, The 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 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.
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.
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.
National West Virginia Day on March 22nd recognizes the last state to be created from one of the original thirteen colonies.
When Virginia voted to secede from the Union, Western Virginians held firmly to their Union loyalties, created their own constitution and approached Congress for statehood. West Virginia, the 35th state, was admitted to the Union in 1863. It was the only state formed from another state and one of two created during the Civil War.
The original thirteen colonies created a total of eighteen states. Vermont once was a part of New York. Kentucky was also once included in the colony of Virginia. Tennessee was formerly part of North Carolina. Maine and Massachusetts were joined at one time.
At Harpers Ferry, the North meets South. From John Brown’s rebellion to Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate victory, Harpers Ferry is ripe with abolition movements and Civil War History.
The Mountain State
Also known as The Mountain State, West Virginia is dominated by three magnificent mountain ridges. The Allegheny, Appalachian and the Blue Ridge Mountains also provide the state with seventy-eight percent forest over its total terrain. Within the rugged mountains, massive amounts of bituminous coal stores have made West Virginia the largest producer of coal east of the Mississippi River.
Not only do the West Virginia hills create spectacular views and jobs, but their natural landscape lends to small, isolated populations with deep roots. Their culture and heritage can be heard infused in the thrum of a banjo or the lyrics of a gospel chorus. It also influences the warm earthy flavors of their cooking and inspires artisans to masterpieces.
Life moves at a slower pace in West Virginia. Time doesn’t exactly stand still, but if you’ll sit a while and listen to some of the folk stories, you might hear about John Henry and Big Ben Mountain. Someone could take you mushroom hunting, or they might fry up a few and share with you what they found that morning. Not very many are willing to give up their favorite hunting spots.
You could get invited to the largest festival in West Virginia, Bridge Day. It takes place at New River Gorge Bridge on the third Saturday of October. The bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, and it’s the longest steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWestVirginiaDay
Use #NationalWestVirginiaDay to share on social media.
If you and the kids are staying home, let them help plan a road trip for a future date. They can explore each state, make it fun with letting them help make a regional food. Play music unique to the region. Study famous people or even write, design, and perform a play for you.
They may be home but they can learn so much from these activities. Not just history and pop culture, math, sciences, reading, writing… There is so much contained in these activities they may not even realize it’s school work while having this much fun.
Mothman Statue – Point Pleasant
Berkeley Springs Castle– Berkeley Springs
George Washington’s Bathtub
– Berkeley Springs
Green Bank Observatory
Green Bank Observatory
– Green Bank
World’s Largest Teapot – Chester
Birthplace of the Steamboat
Waitman Thomas Willey – Senator – (October 11, 1811 – May 2, 1900)
Devil Anse Hatfield – Family Patriarch – (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921)
Anna Jarvis – Mother – (May 1, 1864 – November 24, 1948)
Dwight Morrow – Businessman – (January 11, 1873 – October 5, 1931)
Florence Blanchfield – Military Officer – (April 1, 1884 – May 12, 1971)
Pearl S. Buck – Author – (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973)
Katherine Johnson – Mathematician – (August 26, 1918 -)
Chuck Yeager – Military Officer – (February 13, 1923 -)
Gray Barker – Author – (May 2, 1925 – December 6, 1984)
John F. Nash – Mathematician – (June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015)
John C. Norman – Surgeon – (May 11, 1929 – August 23, 2014)
Jerry West – Basketball Player – (May 28, 1938 -)
Henry Louis Gates – Historian – (September 16, 1950 -)
Remember you can take steps to safeguard your family. To one and all please stay safe, healthy, and hopefully this will not last much longer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do the color green, parades and March 17th have in common? Of course, it is St.Patrick’s Day (also known as the Feast of St Patrick).
As most of the United States is aware by now the Coronavirus is here. Due to that unfortunate circumstance most all events, parades, parties, etc have been canceled for social distancing. As we all deal with the difficulties and disruptions in our lives, I believe these measures will help prevent this from becoming much worse.
While our health is something we cannot put a price on, the financial losses unfortunately have a figure for us. My husband like so many others is a musician. He has just lost every job scheduled over the next two months. We like so many are dealing with these issues. To that end a website to provide information is available. This is strictly for musicians and artists looking for information. I do not own, participate or in any way responsible for it’s content. I have not read it contents entirely, but I’m sure I will be doing so with my husband as we navigate these next few months.
Please stay safe, follow the guidelines being issued for your health and safety. Things like Coronavirus are no match for the resolve of people fighting it.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions of people across the globe. People wear the color green, drink green beverages and decorate houses and businesses in shamrocks. In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates back to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726. St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Remember to wear green. Use #StPatricksDay to post on social media.
Great time to wear some Green to dinner, make Corned Beef with Cabbage, or Irish Skillet
for dinner. Follow up with an Irish Coffee. As most bars and restaurants will not be open due to Coronavirus, you can make your own green beer by adding a few drops of food coloring to a light-colored beer…
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY HISTORY
The Feast of St. Patrick started in the early 17 century. The day marks the death of St. Patrick and was chosen as an official Christian feast day and is observed by the Catholic Church. The day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
On March 17th National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day coincides with St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.
To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).
Corned beef is a salt-cured beef product. In the traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes, salt pork or bacon joint was used instead of corned beef. Sometime in the mid-1800s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork). As a result, corned beef was used as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals. Soon after, Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.
Corned beef and cabbage remains a popular food in many areas of the United States.
In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption. Most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine.
- In the United States, corned beef is often purchased ready to eat in delicatessens.
- Smoking corned beef and adding spice mixes produces a smoked meat such as pastrami.
- Corned beef can be found sold in minced forms and cans.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CornedBeefAndCabbageDay
Celebrate with one of the traditional dishes in the United States. You can make it yourself. So stay in and have a quiet night of it. Corned Beef, Cabbage, potatoes, green beer and Irish coffee. Irish Skillet is a good option to, and not just on St Patricks Day.
We make ours in the Crockpot. Layering potatoes and carrots under the beef. Place cabbage on top and add water and spices. Turn on low for about 6 hours.
Use #CornedBeefAndCabbageDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DAY HISTORY
While the original creator of this food holiday is lost to history, corned beef and cabbage has long been associated with the St. Pattrick’s Day celebration.