NATIONAL WINDMILL DAY

Saturday, May 12th: Today, the Netherlands is celebrating NATIONAL WINDMILL DAY. About 1,035 of the original Dutch-styled windmills still survive, and about 300 are still used occasionally. These majestic, towering windmills have been designated national monuments by the government.

 

 

Since we probably can’t make it to the Netherlandsto help them celebrate, let’s celebrate in our own American way. If you’re in California, a trip to Solvang, styled after a traditional Danish village may be in order. http://www.solvangusa.com/

In Tolar, Texas, The Windmill Farm Bed & Breakfast boasts over 40 windmills on 26 acres, many of them restored antiques. http://www.thewindmillfarm.com/Tour.htm

Is there anyone out there in other countries with beautiful windmills that they’d like to share with us?

NATIONAL PET WEEK and BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK.

Sunday, May 6th: Today (and this week) is a ‘two-fer’. The week honors two different causes, yet they go hand-n-hand. It’s NATIONAL PET WEEK and BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK.

National Pet Week has a web page with helpful advice for pet owners, such as 7 foods to avoid, pets in vehicles (good to think about as the hot summer advances), 8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer, and more. See their site at: http://www.petweek.org/pet-owners.html

Be Kind to Animals Week, sponsored by the American Humane Association since 1915, commemorates the role animals play in our lives, promotes ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourages others, especially children, to do the same.

They advocate:

Speak out for animals: Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country.

Report animal abuse: Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious — a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard — don’t hesitate. Let someone know.

Appreciate wildlife: All animals deserve to be treated humanely — family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue: Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group.

Take care of your pet: Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

View their site for more information: http://www.americanhumane.org/interaction/programs/be-kind-to-animals-week/

Celebrate life; ours and our pets!

Food for thought: Earth Day 2012

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use.  And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”  
~Art Buchwald, 1970

Only when the last tree has been cut down,
Only when the last river has been poisoned,
Only when the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian Prophecy

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Eventually we’ll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves.”
Jonas Salk , American physician and microbiologist, 1914-95

“When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible…. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.”
Bobby McLeod (Koori activist, aboriginal)

“There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food.”
Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

There is hope
if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves,
that heartfelt knowledge
that we are caretakers of this planet.
~ Brooke Medicine Eagle ~

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~ George Carlin ~

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~ Thomas Fuller, ‘Gnomologia’ 1732 ~

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

The packaging for a microwavable “microwave” dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries.
 ~David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
~Bill Vaughn

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
 ~Ross Perot

What poor as well as rich families leave on the sidewalks these days for the Sanitation Department to cart away looks to me like the stuff people used to load on moving vans, not on dump trucks.  I see lamps, umbrellas, TV sets, playpens, baby carriages, bicycles, tables, refrigerators – all cut down in the prime of life.  We have been educated to use; we shall now have to be reeducated to reuse, restore, renew and conserve.
-Sam Levinson, New York Sunday News, 28 November 1971

Walk lightly in the spring – Mother Earth is pregnant. 
–Kiowa

I’s celebration is for I LOVE MY SISTER & BROTHER, It’s NATIONAL SIBLING DAY

Tuesday, April 10th: I’s celebration is for I LOVE MY SISTER & BROTHER, It’s NATIONAL SIBLING DAY. Today recognizes the bond between siblings for the special gift it is. Celebrate by hugging, honoring and enjoying your siblings; those who are with us still and honoring the memory those who have passed before us.

So of course, since one of the advantages of writing a blog is that you can write whatever you want … this celebration was picked for my sister Sue, my brother Chuck, and my brother Butch (Luther) who passed much too young from an auto accident. I LOVE YOU ALL!! Yes, Sue, I love you even though you used to throw your stuffed animals across the room at me when you were bored. (a memory she’ll never live down)

Claudia A. Evart founded Siblings Day Foundation, a nonprofit charity, to honor the memory of her sister, Lisette, and her brother, Alan. She lost both siblings too young from accidents. Siblings Day is celebrated annually on April 10th, Lisette’s birthday. Since 1998, 88 governors have signed gubernatorial proclamations in 40 states.

Siblings Day follows the spirit of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day – a great American tradition and celebration of family-unit values. It is an uplifting celebration honoring people who have shaped our values, beliefs and ideals. It is a relationship as equally important as a parent’s relationship. For more information, check their website: www.siblingsday.org

H’s celebration is for HABITAT AWARENESS MONTH

Monday, April 9th: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! H’s celebration is for HABITAT AWARENESS MONTH. Celebrated each April, this month is a worldwide observance for the need to protect the habitat of all Earth’s creatures, to make a conscious effort to preserve nature’s ecosystems.

Started by PALS (Protecting & Preserving Animalkind, Living Habitats and Spiritual Unity), this month is observed by many. The PALS Foundation extends a helping hand to educate and inspire a commitment to protect and preserve wildlife and their natural habitats.

As development slowly and steadily encroaches outward, natural habitats are lost, thousands of acres at a time. Increasing pesticide and herbicide use, coupled with the lost acreage for living, foraging and hunting food, is devastating for creatures that can’t speak for themselves.

What can you do to celebrate the life of the living creatures we share our world with? Can you add a birdfeeder and birdbath to your yard? Can you leave some brush area undisturbed? How about making sure you have three levels in your landscaping, grasses, shrubbery and trees? Maybe ditching the pesticides and going organic? Donating to organizations that promote native habitat areas and animal preservation? Let’s celebrate life … all life and recognize habitats for us ALL.

NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH!

NO A-Z BLOG DAY: Sunday, April 8th: The A to Z blogging challenge has a day of rest today. No alphabets to ponder for the day. But we still need something to celebrate today. I know, today is Easter and much of the nation is either in church, celebrating the resurrection, or out with the children hunting the infamous Easter Eggs. Since not everyone celebrates Easter, I chose another celebration to post. It’s NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH!

No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.
 ~Hugh Johnson

The National Gardening Association sponsors this celebration every April. This month is a perfect match with our beautiful spring days warmed by the sun coupled with the beauty of the earth awakening in flowers and greenery.

Individuals, communities and organizations celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. The NGA states, “Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to makeAmericaa greener, healthier, more livable place.”

As Linda Solegato said, “Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.”

There are so many ways to celebrate this month. Some suggestions from the National Gardening Association are:

  • Design and plant a garden to attract pollinators.
  • Plant a cutting garden so you can enjoy freshly cut bouquets all season long.
  • Plant herbs for making your own herbal tea (try mints, bee balm, or chamomile).
  • Plant a peace garden.
  • Plant a kitchen garden near your back door with greens and herbs for convenient harvesting.
  • Design and plant a bird-friendly garden.
  • Grow a “multicultural” garden.
  • Grow a fragrance garden; include aromatic plants such as heliotrope, oriental lilies, nicotiana, and stock.
  • Plant a wildflower meadow.

For helpful links on how to accomplish some of the above suggestions and the full listing of “101 Ways to Celebrate National Garden Month”, go check out: http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/index.php?page=101ways

G’s celebration is for GOODY! It’s NO HOUSEWORK DAY.

Saturday, April 7th: G’s celebration is for GOODY! It’s NO HOUSEWORK DAY. Now, HERE’S a holiday after my own heart. Although I couldn’t locate the origin of this holiday, posts about this delightful day blossom all over cyberspace, so it’s obviously a much-loved day.

Hmmmm…. Where to start on the festivities? Skipping the vacuuming? Skipping the dusting? Skipping the dishes? Oh, NO! Stop me, stop me. It’s too late. I already tossed a load of laundry into the washer. I must celebrate! I must control myself for the rest of the day. Let the dust bunnies live. Let them see another day. How do you plan on ‘celebrating’ this wondrous day?

F’s celebration is for FEEL THE BURN, It’s NATIONAL WALK TO WORK DAY

Friday, April 6th: F’s celebration is for FEEL THE BURN, It’s NATIONAL WALK TO WORK DAY. Held the first Friday of April since 2004, here’s a holiday that’s good for us.

Why would I want to walk to work, you ask? Walking can lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Walking burns calories and provides overall body tone. (A 150-pound woman, walking 4 mph, can burn up to 350 calories an hour!) Walking is also a mood booster, and who can’t use a good elevator? (And another side benefit, at $4 a gallon for gasoline, walking will definitely put some change back in the pocketbook.)

Now, I have to admit I was a little worried when I chose this day to feature for ‘A Reason to Celebrate’. To celebrate life, I look for all kinds of reasons to celebrate. However, my walk to work would be 10 miles one way, and I know that many of you have even longer commutes. I was excited to read that we are encouraged “to walk for all or part of your commute”. It was suggested that if you have a long commute, to walk at lunch. Or, if you take public transportation, get off a stop or two early and walk the remaining distance. Now, THAT I can do!

Here’s some other ways to add walking to your daily life:
Take the dog for a walk.
Walk on your lunch hour.
Walk the neighborhood after dinner.
When shopping, park on the far side of the parking lot; instead of looking for spaces closest to the door.
Take the kids to the park.
Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead.
Walk and talk; pace while on the phone.

See ya’ on the sidewalks!

E’s celebration is for EXPERIENCE ‘LAUGH AT WORK WEEK’.

Thursday, April 5th: E’s celebration is for EXPERIENCE ‘LAUGH AT WORK WEEK’. We’ve all got to be there. Let’s enjoy ourselves while we’re there. Laugh at Work Week runs from April 1st to April 7th. There’s still a few days left. Laugh and have fun.

Laugh at Work Week was founded by Randall Munson and is celebrated annually worldwide. He states, “Laughter and humor are an important part of the workplace. Benefits of laughing at work include improved productivity, creativity, teamwork, communication, stress relief, job satisfaction, and employee retention.”

— music Maestro …. (cue cheerful voices in the background, with visions of Seven Dwarfs)  … When there’s too much to do … Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles, … Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee … And whistle while you work (whistle).   Come on get smart, tune up and start … to whistle while you work ………

C’s celebration is for CELEBRATE ‘FIND A RAINBOW DAY’

Tuesday, April 3rd: C’s celebration is for CELEBRATE ‘FIND A RAINBOW DAY’. Here’s a great spring celebration, finding rainbows. Rainbows have meant many things to different people over the ages of time. Mythologies of the rainbow vary with each civilization. Regardless of the meaning, they are beautiful and mesmerizing.

A rainbow is an optical phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun shines on moisture in our atmosphere. Rainbows are visible on rainy days, but also around fountains, waterfalls, lakes, in foggy skies, and even sometimes in sprinklers. Although our eyes see rainbows in bands of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, they are actually a continuous band of graduating colors.

Our world is filled with beautiful rainbows all over, not just in dewy skies. Look around you today. Where do you see rainbows today?

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