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NATIONAL RECONCILIATION DAY

National Reconciliation Day on April 2nd each year urges us to repair relationships that have been damaged through words or actions. While many different “Days of Reconciliation” are held around the world, this specific observance takes place on April 2nd.

We all know of a relationship where a misunderstanding caused friction. Eventually or suddenly the relationship was destroyed. Time passes and before long, years pass and not two words have been spoken between the two people. They may be siblings or parent and child. Childhood friendships dissolve in an instant over angry words. Friends often immediately regret the cause of the quarrel but don’t know how to start over.

Over time, feelings of resentment, bitterness, and anger cause more than the loss of friendship. These feelings add to health problems and also infect other relationships in our lives. 
The act of reconciliation requires some giving to achieve a peaceful balance. Someone must make the first move to break down the barriers that have been built. And while forgiveness may be a part of the conversation, it isn’t necessarily a requirement. 

Love over Fear: Facing Monsters, Befriending Enemies, and Healing Our Polarized World Paperback – May 7, 2019

by Dan White Jr.  (Author), Debra Hirsch (Foreword
Love over Fear: Facing Monsters, Befriending Enemies, and Healing Our Polarized World Paperback – May 7, 2019

by Dan White Jr.  (Author), Debra Hirsch (Foreword

As we look back on the memories that make up your experience the biggest regret most have is letting that time slip away. If you could go back and change anything? Don’t let this be the reason you loose those memories not yet made.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalReconciliationDay

This day is designed to patch up relationships. Misunderstandings, unintended words or actions and simply an unforgiven mistake can tear apart relationships. The day encourages us to take that step and make amends. It’s not too late. Reach out to that friend or loved one and make a fresh start.

Use #ReconciliationDay to post on social media.

WorldAutismAwarenessDay is also observed today.



NATIONAL RECONCILIATION DAY HISTORY

Our research has found several references to Reconciliation Day throughout the year. However, credit is given to newspaper columnist Ann Landers, who in 1989, in response to one of her reader’s letters, began annually promoting April 2nd as Reconciliation Day. She encouraged her readers to repair their broken relationships and dedicated each April 2nd column to letters concerning just such relationships.

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WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), on April 2nd each year shines a bright light on a growing global health crisis.

National Autism Association
National Autism Association

According to the National Autism Association, Autism affects 1 in 59 children. The bio-neurological developmental disability usually presents itself by the age of three, and it’s more prevalent in boys than girls.

As children with autism grow older, they face all sorts of obstacles. Because many don’t speak or use social cues as you or I do, they become targets for bullies or are excluded altogether. Children with autism are also vulnerable to drowning because they wander from their homes and schools. Due to their inability to communicate, they cannot tell someone their name or where they live, either.

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Additionally, as adults, they are more likely to unemployed or underemployed.
However, resources are available for families and schools to help keep children safe and to support them lead happy and healthy lives. 

Visit the National Autism Association website for resources, guides and tips for families and schools.
The day also focuses on the growing need for programs designed to support those with autism now and in the future. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldAutismAwarenessDay or #WAAD

National Autism Association website accepts donations, provides information and training.


Due to health concerns this this year will be recognized through more online avenues than in person. Throughout the day, organizations hold events supporting autism awareness. Attend an event and show your support for someone you know. Share your story and make your voice heard. 

While the day also celebrates the stories and lives of those with autism, it’s also important to remember that autism is a life long condition with varying degrees of severity. It’s important to continue to support research for treatment and therapies that will improve the lives of those with autism. Speak out about autism to help eliminate the stigma associated with it.

Use #WorldAutismDay to share on social media. 

Reconciliation Day is also observed today.

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness day in 2008 to draw attention to the growing need for innovative programs designed to support those with autism.

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Big Heart Autism Ribbon Key Chain in a Gift Box

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Coronavirus

Quarantines, job cuts, empty store shelves, no school for kids, it’s really unsettling to turn on the news. While this outlook is bleak there are ways to minimize the risks to you and your loved ones.

There are lots of resources available for everything from government guidelines, economic and political matters, health precautions, and how you entertain you and if your kids are home.

The CDC has recommendations to help cut down your risk of exposure, and getting the virus. All age groups are susceptible to contracting the virus. While some younger adults and children may get a more minor case, you can carry it to others. Please think about the risks to other adults, parents, grandparents and others who if contract it could lead to very serious complications and even death.

Please follow direction from your local, state and Federal Government including the CDC.

Anyone with underlying health issues need to be extremely careful to minimize your risks. Those with things like heart conditions, Diabetes, respiratory ailments like COPD, asthma, and other like symptoms are very vulnerable.

Social Distancing is a frequently used term. Keeping people separated, and almost everywhere there should be no more than 10 people gathered. Cancellations of community events, school closures, remote work from home if possible is the current normal.

Just going to the grocery store under these conditions looks like Venezuela does. As we are in a higher risk group the last thing we want to be near is a store full of people. Take advantage of delivery or online ordering if possible. We know from experience the last few weeks, to replenish essentials before you run out. Panic buying has caused shortages in many stores.

We know when ordering there is a good chance we will not get everything. So if we don’t get it we move it back to the list. We have expanded our store selections to broaden our chances of receiving regular supplies. Publix, Walmart, Winn Dixie, Whole Foods and others offer online ordering. Be patient, our local Walmarts have no order times for the next 7 days. Publix with Instacart and Winn Dixie with Shipt have only been able to fulfill half the items in an order. Keep this in mind, we are only venturing to a store if absolutely necessary. As this continues please be kind to those who brave the stores for you. Some have senior shopping hours available.

Are your children home from school and need something to do? There are a huge variety of online resources and other methods of learning to keep them entertained. Have them help with things like baking. Here we have not been able to buy bread, do we are making our own. Everything from a Crockpot recipe to traditional white and wheat. My mom’s Pioneer Bread
is one not to miss. I can tell you coming home from school when we were little, nothing beat a slice warm out of the oven.

If you have time on your hands a great way to prolong your groceries is freezer meals. Not only do they save you some time if suffering from crazy scheduling, but are a great way to preserve your supplies. Check out some of these great recipes here.

Check out some of the most prestigious museums around the world. Google has teamed up with these great places to bring the experience to your couch. Some are VR (virtual reality) ready. So by all means take a virtual trip to the see the worlds most famous art. Click here.

Cooking and baking will add things like maths and science they don’t know they are getting. Have them help you plan a road trip for a future vacation. They can learn about the individual states, their history, culture, famous figures. Have them plan on sites to see, museums, parks, landmarks… You get the idea. It will not only occupy, but kindles a learning experience that will also give them hope for the future. Check out some of these for States as each is inducted into the USA.

For older students, you can easily expand to world history, countries, and nations. Things like cultures, languages, music, art can all be added to keep it interesting.  Our parents used these same techniques both in and outside of school.  It also helped us learn real-world skills.  Best of all we only really noticed as we left home and ventured out on our own.

Looking for something for yourself? If you are forced to be home and have some downtime, maybe you tackle a couple of books from your “To be read” pile. Or binge-watch a new tv show, catch up on one you missed or rewatch some of those movie series in order. Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Marvel Movies Universe, Star Trek, Star Trek reboots, Star Trek Discovery series, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, The Mummy Movies, Bosch series, If you have a favorite please let me know and why you love it.

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Mar 15 NATIONAL KANSAS DAY

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.

Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000 Hardcover – October 21, 2002

by Craig Miner (Author)
Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000 Hardcover – October 21, 2002

by Craig Miner (Author)

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.

Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more  Format: Blu-ray
Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more 

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.

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice Hardcover – November 10, 2016

by Susan Goldman Rubin  (Author)
Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice Hardcover – November 10, 2016

by Susan Goldman Rubin  (Author)

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.

Hidden Treasures


Coronado Heights Castle – Lindsborg


Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz – Liberal

World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City

Geographical Center of the Contiguous United States – Lebanon

World’s Largest Czech Egg – Wilson


Bessie Anderson Stanley – Writer – (1879 – 1952)

Bessie Anderson Stanley - He Has Achieved Success - 11x14 Unframed Typography Book Page Print - Great Gift and Decor for Poets, Artists and Home Under $15

by Personalized Signs by Lone Star Art
Bessie Anderson Stanley – He Has Achieved Success – 11×14 Unframed Typography Book Page Print – Great Gift and Decor for Poets, Artists and Home Under $15

by Personalized Signs by Lone Star Art

Clarence Batchelor – Cartoonist – (April 1, 1888 – September 5, 1977)


Hattie McDaniel – Actress – (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952)

Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel Kindle Edition

by Carlton Jackson  (Author)
Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel Kindle Edition

by Carlton Jackson  (Author)

Buster Keaton – Actor – (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)

The Buster Keaton Collection - Volume 1 (The General / Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Blu-ray]

Blu-ray

Buster Keaton (Actor, Director, Writer), Marion Mack (Actor), & 2 more
The Buster Keaton Collection – Volume 1 (The General / Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Blu-ray]

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Buster Keaton (Actor, Director, Writer), Marion Mack (Actor), & 2 more

Amelia Earhart – Aviator – (July 24, 1897 – January 5, 1939)

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Kindle Edition

by Candace Fleming  (Author)
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Kindle Edition

by Candace Fleming  (Author)
Amelia

Hilary Swank (Actor), Richard
Donat
Amelia

Hilary Swank (Actor), Richard Donat (Actor)  


Aaron Douglas – Painter – (May 26, 1899 – February 2, 1979)

Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance Paperback – June 1, 1995

by Amy Helene Kirschke (Author)
Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance Paperback – June 1, 1995

by Amy Helene Kirschke (Author)

William Inge – Playwright – (May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973)

Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph Hardcover – June 1, 1989

by Ralph F. Voss  (Author)
Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph Hardcover – June 1, 1989

by Ralph F. Voss  (Author)

Gwendolyn Brooks – Poet – (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000)

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) Hardcover – November 17, 2005

by Gwendolyn Brooks (Author), Elizabeth Alexander (Editor)
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) Hardcover – November 17, 2005

by Gwendolyn Brooks (Author), Elizabeth Alexander (Editor)

Charlie Parker – Saxophonist – (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955)

Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (Music in American Life) Hardcover – August 23, 2013

by Chuck Haddix  (Author)
Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (Music in American Life) Hardcover – August 23, 2013

by Chuck Haddix  (Author)
Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection Charlie Parker 
Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection Charlie Parker 


Robert Altman – Film Director – (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006)

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Zuckoff Mitchell (2009-10-20) Hardcover Hardcover 
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Zuckoff Mitchell (2009-10-20) Hardcover Hardcover 


Harrison Ford – Actor – (July 13, 1942 -)

Harrison Ford a Biography Hardcover – June 1, 1992

by Robert Sellers  (Author)
Harrison Ford a Biography Hardcover – June 1, 1992

by Robert Sellers  (Author)
Harrison Ford: The Films Hardcover – February 4, 2005

by Brad Duke  (Author)
Harrison Ford: The Films Hardcover – February 4, 2005

by Brad Duke  (Author)

Basil Poledouris – Composer – (August 21, 1945 – November 8, 2006)

The Film Music of Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris (Author) 
The Film Music of Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris (Author) 


Lynette Woodard – Basketball coach – (August 12, 1959 – )

Lynette Woodard: The First Female Globetrotter (Sports Stars) Paperback – October 1, 1986

by Bert Rosenthal  (Author)
Lynette Woodard: The First Female Globetrotter (Sports Stars) Paperback – October 1, 1986

by Bert Rosenthal  (Author)

Melissa Etheridge – Singer/Songwriter – (May 29, 1961 – )

The Truth Is... My Life in Love and Music Hardcover – June 19, 2001

by Melissa Etheridge  (Author), Laura Morton  (Author)
The Truth Is… My Life in Love and Music Hardcover – June 19, 2001

by Melissa Etheridge  (Author), Laura Morton  (Author)

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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.

Find great recipes for your family and even plan ahead freezer meals.


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.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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.

Godinger Dublin Irish Coffee Mugs - Set of 4

by Godinger
Godinger Dublin Irish Coffee Mugs – Set of 4

by Godinger


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.

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