Today we recognize just how important our resources are here on Earth. A report from the global conservation organization World Wildlife Foundation suggests that since 1970, the pressure that we exert on the planet has doubled and the resources upon which we depend have declined by 33 percent. We must learn how to protect them while we retain our style of living. Over the years it has become an environmental awareness day, trying to make people aware of what we’re doing to the earth through our actions and creating activities that help Mother Nature. While the ways to save nature are varied there is no doubt that we must take an active part in salvaging what we have left.
How to celebrate – See how you can help the environment and nature. Do something simple like recycling to do your part. Celebrate the earth and all it provides us.
How honest is the world around you? How honest are you with the world around you? It’s difficult to be honest all the time. Who do you trust to be honest with you? The Government? Your friends? Your family? Are you honest with yourself? The day was created by M. Hirsh Goldberg, a secretary to the Governor of Maryland in the 1990’s. He created the day at the end of April to offset April Fools Day at the beginning of the month. Is honesty the best policy? Today is the day to find out.
How to celebrate – Be honest with everyone you see today. Read about “Honest” Abe. Be honest with yourself today.
It’s kind of amazing that the zipper has been around as long as it has been Elias Howe created the “Continuous Clothing Closure” in 1851 but he never marketed it so people continued to button and unbutton as required. Howe’s patent was secure on April 29th, 1851. In 1893, during the Chicago World’s Fair, Whitcomb Judson introduced the “Clasp Locker”, an improved version of what Howe had created. It still didn’t catch on until Swedish scientist Gideon Sundback introduced the modern day zipper in 1913. Even then it still wasn’t called the “Zipper” until B. F. Goodrich dubbed the name in 1923.
How to celebrate – Appreciate your zipper. Imagine your life without a zipper. Sing “Zippity-Do-Da”.
April 29th World Wish Day
World Wish Day started as a wish made by Chris Greicius in 1980. It didn’t take long for Make-A-Wish to form and answer the wishes on 30,000 children worldwide every year. Today is often thought of as a sad day, when we realize that those children across the world might not live to see any of their wishes come true. But in a way, it should be a happy day when we are able to provide a wish to a child they might not otherwise see. Most of the wishes are fairly simple and can be provided with a little effort. Who isn’t worth that? So make today a good day for someone, help make their wish come true.
How to celebrate – Donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Help make a wish come true. Review all the wishes Make-A-Wish has helped come true.
I think this day could talk on all sorts of different meaning depending on where you live. For example, if you are here in the US that could include anyone you love. But in Australia, it could mean something else entirely. Anyway, you’ll need to figure out who your mate is and then give them a kiss. (Hopefully this won’t require a thought) Kisses show passion, caring and the willingness to share. (And the proper use of breath mints) So pucker up, get those lips working and make it a day worth remembering. Like in that old song, a kiss is just a kiss… blah blah blah blah blah. Or something like that.
How to celebrate – Kiss your mate. (Australia can review this suggestion) Spend some time with your mate. Build a mate out of Legos.
With all that is going on right now telling stories is a must, whether it is telling them professionally or just to get your children to go to bed. Campfire ghost stories have always been a favorite. They can be made up stories or come from books, it doesn’t matter. If you think about it, movies and television shows are nothing but stories made up (Or come from real life experiences). And so, here again, I shamelessly plug my short story, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green.” (Available on ebooks at Amazon) Anyway, tell your kids a good story, or adults and let them get their minds off their troubles… Lord knows, we could all use that!
How to celebrate – Tell a story. Write a story. Make up a story that tells your family history.
April 26th – National Get Organized Day
We all could stand being a little more organized. The problem with it is that we don’t often think about getting more organized. Well now we have a day set aside for exactly that, getting organized. The problem with getting organized is that you have to become organized in order to know how to organize a day of organizing. It’s exhausting! So maybe you need to spend April 25th getting organized for your day of organizing. The other problem is that you have to organize the day with other organizations to make it a national organization movement. That’s a lot of organizing! Still, someone has to do it and the buck stops with you.
How to celebrate – Organize something. Organize an organization. Go back to bed and just forget it all.
When we think of pretzels we often think Germany, and beer. Well, the world’s oldest snack food actually came out of France around 610 AD when Monks created the treat to represent children’s folded arms while in prayer. You can get pretzels salted, and unsalted, and in numerous different flavors today and generally speaking, while not exactly healthy, they aren’t all that bad for us. You can get hard pretzels or soft pretzels, big pretzels or small pretzels, you can even get them mixed with other snacks like popcorn, peanuts and raisins. (And you don’t have to have beer but it does make them better)
How to celebrate – Have some pretzels. Learn how to make your own pretzels. Become a Monk.
Today we celebrate the bird with class, the tuxedo wearing penguin! This is the time of year that the penguin begins to migrate north. Since penguins don’t fly they have to walk or swim to get where they are going, which takes a little longer. The penguin generally enjoy the colder weather, they have heavy layers that keep them warm. There are about a half-dozen different types of penguins, each generally staying to it’s own tribe. They are members of the Spheniscidae family. They, like many wild animals, are threatened by man’s invasion of their territories. Zoos may be the future for penguins which is sad for one of natures most cherished animals.
How to celebrate – Learn the different types of penguins. Visit penguins in the wild, but do not disturb them. Wear a tuxedo to visit them at the zoo.
Celebrate the last Friday of April, today is the day we honor trees. Actually, we honor the planting of trees. It is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and began in 1872. The Latin word for tree is Arbor. I love trees. I can’t tell one from the other nor can I tell you their names. There are the obvious ones like the Apple tree or an Oak but for the most part, I just appreciate them for being a tree. It’s roots, no pun intended, began when American’s started moving west and came to the vast sections of treeless land. As they settled the people planted trees for numerous reasons, food, shade, oxygen, shelter are just among a few.
How to celebrate – Plant a tree today. Visit a forest. Help save the rain forest.