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August 22nd Be an Angel Day

August 22 is Be An Angel Day. Established in 1993 by Jaune Howard Feldman, the day encourages people to be angels to those in need.

In many religions, angels are supernatural spirits that are thought to be responsible for protecting humans.

Are you an angel?  Be one today. 😇

Are you an Angel? This day reminds us that even though we can’t be actual angels, we can create the kindness they are known for. Showing kindness and goodness to our fellow human beings is not hard – all we need to do is to stop thinking about ourselves for a while, and to think about how we can make the world a nicer and kinder place.

How to Celebrate?

  • Be kind to others. Do something to help a stranger.


  • Commit Random acts of kindness,  without any expectations of reciprocation, do one today and everyday. For example, give up your seat on the bus or train, pay for the coffee the person behind you at the coffee shop, or leave a small gift in your neighbor’s mailbox.

  • Do something that will bring a smile to someones face.
  • If you know of someone who is going through a difficult time, give them your support and let them know that you are there for them. Help them out in their difficult times.

  • If someone is being an angel to you, thank them, and let them know that their kindness appreciated.

Kindness is free, spread it around

In today’s world we have the opportunity to be anything, be kind!

The person you make smile today may need it far more than you know.


If you decide to give to a charity there are a lot of choices out there.  I try to give to charities who spend more on the people they help than administration and CEO’s.  Here are a listing of my favorites.

The Salvation Army –

The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever and however we can. When you give locally, you ensure that the people in your community get the help they need.

Rachal’s Recovery Relief


An alumni from school started her own non-profit for Hurricane Micheal Recovery in Bay County. Way to go Rachel!

Gary Sinise Foundation

At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

Animal Allies Florida

  • Reduce the number of animals put down every year in the Florida Panhandle (more than 12,000)
  • Spay or neuter as many animals as possible (especially feral cats)
  • Educate the public about the importance of spay and neuter
  • Help rehome animals in need

Animal Allies Florida was founded in December 2010 to help animals in our community.  Many of us have been doing this work for years on our own, out of our own pockets.  By creating Animal Allies , we can apply for grants, fundraise and join programs that support our efforts.  We can combine forces, share knowledge, and support each other, instead of trudging along on our own. Originally called Emerald Coast Animal Allies or ECAA for short, we changed our name in 2015 because many people though ECAA meant Escambia County Animal Shelter.  Although we support the county animal shelter’s efforts to become no kill, we don’t wish to be associated with them because we ARE NO KILL meaning no healthy animal is put down.

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Whatever you choose, know that you are making a real difference in someone’s life.  Sometimes the biggest gift you can give another is to simply be there and listen.  Each of us makes an impact in the lives we touch.  I always compare it to touching the surface of a pond. Those ripples will be felt by others, I try to make my ripples count.  I hope this inspires you to get involved, give, and simply be kind in a world that so often is not. Together all those positive ripples add up and shape our world.

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World photo day

Today is World photo day

Today’s generations are some of the most photographed ever. Honor today by snapping some extra pics.

How to Celebrate?

Are you an amateur, a professional, or takes phone pictures and shares on your social media World Photography Day is an easy holiday to celebrate. Here are some ways you can enjoy this day:

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  • Learn and read more about the history and science behind photography.
  • If you have always wanted to learn photography, maybe today is the time to start taking lessons.
  • If you are a photographer, why not volunteer your time to teach your craft and trade to others?
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Did You Know…

…that some 12 Hasselblad cameras were left on the Moon by various missions? Some suggest that this was done in order to compensate for the weight of rock and soil samples the astronauts brought back to Earth.

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Tell a joke day August 16

Knock, knock?

Who’s there?

It’s August 16th, National Tell a Joke Day. Find a way to tickle your funny bone today.

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You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

While the origins of this funny holiday are unknown, feel free to laugh, giggle, chorale, and give those around you a smile. It’s safe to assume the creator of this holiday was endevoring to make the wield a happier place.

Different Jokes

A joke can be of different types. They can be verbal, as in the case of a one-liner, a whole story or in the form a question and answer, where the answer provides the humor. Jokes can also be physical such as in the case of a prank or a practical joke, where the act rather than the words provide the humor. Either way, the main purpose of a joke is to entertain by providing humor, even though jokes can sometimes be used to make serious commentary like in the case of satire.

Jokes have been an integral part of human history and many great minds have spent time and energy in trying to understand what makes jokes funny.

The day is known in the US as National Tell A Joke Day, and not to be confused with International Joke Day on July, 1.

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A great sense of humor can be a good way to deal with the ups and downs life throws at us. Keeping a your sense of humor in difficult situations can make them even seem easier. It is often appreciated by those around you.

How to Celebrate?

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Knock, knock. 
Who’s there? 
Boo. 
Boo who? 
Gosh, don’t cry it’s just a knock knock joke.
  • Every time you meet someone on this day, tell them a joke. Just make sure the jokes are appropriate to the setting.
  • Pick up a joke book and spend your lunch hour reading it.
  • Watch your favorite comedians do their thing either on TV or on stage and partake in a few hours of humorous entertainment.
  • Fancy yourself as a comedian?Why not take comedy and Improv classes to hone in your skills?
  • Play a harmless prank on your co-worker or friend.

Did You Know…

…that the study of laughter and humor and their therapeutic effects on the human body is known as Gelotology?

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”– Benjamin Franklin

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Back to School

Starting Kindergarten, finishing Elementary, heading for Middle School, stepping onto a High School or University campus, it’s that time of year. As summer heads into fall we prepare for the school year ahead.

I know things have changed since I was in school, but the importance of an education was always encouraged in our home. Growing up we were encouraged to shoot for the stars and nothing we wanted to do, be it artist, doctor, nurse, lawyer, astronaught, musician, historian, yoga instructor, writer, or even the next Bill Gates, was always attainable. Now computers take a much more central role in education. Some learn the same curriculum exclusively online in programs like Florida’s K -12 program.

I also have to say if you are homeschooling or considering it, you have my hearty encouragement. My siblings and I started out first in a private school then public. When I was in 3rd grade that changed. My brother was having challenges. (This was before so many things like ADHD, dyslexia, and others became common knowledge.) My mother devoted herself to helping us both with anything we needed. Whether just some homework questions, or entire big concepts that we were not understanding in school. By the end of that year she was spending several hours teaching what they were doing at school. She decided that if she had to spend all that time doing the job, why was she sending us to school?

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It was one of the best experiences ever! Not only did we learn at a higher level, we had a rounded curriculum that included, music, socializing with a group of 40 families who were also homeschooling, field trips and things not typically taught now. We went to zoos and museums, wrote book reports, we wrote and published our own newsletter. Birthday parties, libraries, science experiments, and a schedule that still saw us out the door when our friends arrived home thier schools.

When the word homeschooling is mentioned by some, they give a disapproving context. Claims of missing out on the social skills learned in other school settings, is one of the most frequent. I can 100% tell you in my experiences this was absolutely false.

Whatever the case may be the importance of education cannot be denied. Private, Public, Correspondence, Home, or other help prepare you stars to shine brightly in the academic world and later in life.

I’m admitting it, my mother was right! Education helped me become a success later in life. It also taught me to be tenacious while not giving up when life gets challenging. While unforeseen health issues have affected my ability to physically fly to the moon, I have not stopped reaching for the stars.

I hope everyone gets the same encouragement we did. As a help to parents and children everywhere, I’ve compiled 3q33 2esupply lists and provided links to Amazon. Skip the traffic, and the heat while your fingers do the walking. Get it all shipped directly to your door.

Kindergarten

1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

High School

Off to College?

More coming soon….

No matter what stage or where life takes you learning is a life long endeavour. In a classroom or the halls of life, experience or research, give the encouragement to help theirs or your own star shine as brightly as possible.

Back to School 7th Grade

Send them off to school in style, with everything they need to make the grade. Check with your local school for exAtact quantities. In our county the quantities differ quite a bit depending on the school.

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The list

Basic classroom supplies (to be replaced throughout the year).

Notebook paper, loose leaf, wide rule

Plastic Folders (see individual school lists for color and prongs or no prong)

1 pencil bag\box

#2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)

Black, Blue, and Red pens

White copy paper

Colored pencils

Pkg 3 x 5 index cards

Pkg 3 x 3 sticky notes

1 pencil sharpener with cover

Graph paper

Composition notebook(s)

Basic function calculator

Protractor

Highlighters

Earbudsor headphones

Lg bottle hand sanitizer

One 1 inch view binder (chorus & music students)

Tissues or paper towels

P.E. Students

Athletic shorts (no Soffe brand\style shorts. No denim; all must be mid-thigh).

Athletic t-shirt

Sweatshirt and sweatpants are needed for cooler months

Athletic shoes; must tie or Velcro (no boat shoes, boots, slides, flip flops, or slipons)

Activity fee may be needed. Varies by school and teacher. Please see your local school for information.

Art Students

Pkg wooden pencils

Colored pencils

Black sharpie markers (ultra-fine)

Colored markers

Glue stick

White liquid glue

Scissors

Rulerwith metric & customary units

Box of watercolors (8 trays)

Small container to hold art supplies

Copy paperor card stock

Pencil sharpener with cover

Activity fees

May be required for electives and things like science lab, STEAM Elective, Art, and P.E.

Backpacks are allowed here but must fit under the desk.

Back to School 6th grade

Send them off to school in style, with everything they need to make the grade. Check with your local school for exAtact quantities. In our county the quantities differ quite a bit depending on the school.

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Sixth Grade

Notebook paper to be replaced as needed (no college rule)

Plastic Folders (see individual school lists for color and prongs or no prong)

#2 pencils must have erasers

Colored pencils

Science

One 1″ three-ring binder with pockets

1 set of dividers

Pkg 3 x 5 index cards

Mathematics

One 1-1/2″ binder

1 set of dividers

Graph paper

P. E. Students

Athletic shorts (no denim, must be mid thigh length)

Athletic t-shirt

Sweatshirt and sweatpants are needed for cooler months

Athletic shoesthat velcro or tie, (no boat shoes, boots, slides, flip flops, or slip ons.)

Activity fee (varies by school, teacher, county and state.)

This list does not include general items requested by schools at Orientation or elective classes. They vary greatly by class, teacher, school, etc. Please check with your local school for these items and any additional fees that may be requested.

Back to School 5th Grade

Send them off to school in style, with everything they need to make the grade. Check with your local school for exact quantities. In our county the quantities differ quite a bit depending on the school.

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Fifth Grade

#2 pencils

Notebook paper to be replaced as needed

Tissues

Hand Sanitizer

White copy paper

Cap erasers

Gluesticks

Plastic Folders (see individual school lists for color and prongs or no prong)

Spiral notebook(s)

3 ring binder

Colored pencils

Markers

Pkg skinny dry erase markers to be replaced as needed

Lysol wipes

Clear backpack

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