Saturday, May 28, 2011

Prayer For Peace Memorial Day

Every year since 1948, Congress has requested each current President of the United States of America to issue a Presidential Proclamation calling on the citizen's of the United States to observe Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace in honor of the men and women who, over the past 200 plus years since our country was founded, have given their lives in defense of our country and the defense of freedom. Congress also designated (by Public Law 106 579) 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day  as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, The National Moment of Remembrance (of our fallen heroes).

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation for Memorial Day 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace. He has asked that we as Americans unite in prayer at 11:00 a.m. local time. He is also asking that we observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. We are also asked to fly our flags at half staff for the customary forenoon period.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Clean Up Your Room Day

Does your kid's room look like a cyclone went through it? Is it wall to wall toys, clothes, and stuff? If you have to wade through a sea of clutter to find your child, today may be your lucky day, 'cause it's Clean Up Your Room Day!

You may be thrilled about this "holiday", but I'm willing to bet your children will be less than enthusiastic when you break the news to them. Do it gently, maybe over milk and cookies, and be prepared for the worst. 

Try to make it fun. Turn on some upbeat music. Make a game out of it. See who can pick up the most amount of stuff during a song and give prizes, rewards or a truckload of praise for their efforts.

Here at you'll find a system for conquering even the messiest of rooms. And remember, you're not off the hook, Clean Up Your Room Day includes your room too. Work hard and keep the goal in mind. The peace and joy of having a clean room is well worth the work to get it there.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Today is Free Comic Book Day

Free comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday in May each year. Participating Comic Book Shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. There is a specific list of 37 comic books given away. Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.


Friday, May 6, 2011

A Brief History of Mother's Day

The history of Mother's Day dates back to ancient Greece, but it's all Greek to me, so I'd like to discuss the origin of Mother's Day as it pertains to the U.S.

When the first English settlers came to America, they discontinued an English tradition called Mothering Day which was a carry over of the ancient Mother's Day observances. One reason was the lack of time, they lived under harsh conditions and were forced to work long hours in order to survive. Another reason may have been that Mothering Day conflicted with their Puritan ideals.

In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mother's dedicated to peace. She was so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on mother's to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mother's. 

June 2 was designated as Mother's Day. In 1873, many cities observed this new Mothering holiday, but most of the celebrations were funded by Howe herself. When she decided to stop the funding of the celebrations the holiday died.

In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis, a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's day in honor of her late mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis. The first official Mother's Day celebrations took place at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two white carnations (Anna's Mother's favorite flower) were given to every mother in the congregation. Today, white carnations are used to honor deceased mothers, while pink and red carnations pay tribute to mothers who are still alive.

Anna worked tirelessly petitioning government officials to officially recognize Mother's Day. Her hard work paid off when, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

It is interesting to note that Anna M. Jarvis was very specific about the placement of the apostrophe in the title of Mother's Day. Anna wanted it to be "a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mother's in the world." (1)

(1) Louisa Taylor, Canwest News Service (2008-05-11)  "Mother's Day Creator Likely Spinning in Her Grave" Vancouver Sun.      

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Brief Histroy of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo - Spanish, for the "fifth of May" is a holiday that originated in Mexico. This holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

In 1861, Mexico's economy was in ruin. It's struggle to gain independence from Spain in 1821, along with the Mexican-American war (1846-1848), and the Mexican Civil war of 1858 had left Mexico devastated, bankrupt, and heavily in debt to Spain, England and France.

On July 17, 1861, Mexico's President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium which suspended payment of these debts for two years until Mexico could get back on it's feet. When the loan payments stopped, France, who was eager to expand it's empire and establish leadership in Mexico, decided to take advantage of Mexico's situation and began action to invade the country.

In 1862, the French army began it's march toward Mexico City, but when it reached the city of Puebla it was met and subsequently defeated by a smaller, ill-equipped Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican Patriots. It helped in developing a needed sense of national unity and is the cause for the historical date's celebration.

You may not be aware that Cinco de Mayo is more popular in the U.S. than it is in Mexico. Although Cinco de Mayo was a notable day in Mexican history, it is not a nationally recognized holiday in Mexico and is not widely celebrated there.  Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebrations are primarily limited to the state of Puebla, where they celebrate with food, dancing, and the reenactment of the Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo has become more and more popular in America where it serves as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture among the Mexican population as well as many non-Mexican Americans. Many special events are held all over America and in many places around the world in honor of Cinco de Mayo. It has also become increasingly more commercialized.

Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico's Independence Day which is September 16.

Image: Sunflower
Originally uploaded by G60Pulse

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lumpy Rug Day

Hi. Here's a fun one! Today is Lumpy Rug Day! So what exactly is Lumpy Rug Day? Well there are differing opinions:

1. It's for all the people who are in desperate need of a new toupee.
2. It has a symbolic meaning for those people who tend to sweep things under the carpet - time to "clean house" as it were. OR...
3. It's time to clean house, literally. We're in spring cleaning mode (well I'm sure someone is in spring cleaning mode) and it's time to bid a fond farewell to all our dirty, worn, threadbare, 'lumpy' rugs.

So, I say, whether you chose one, two, or all three of these reasons to celebrate - make it fun or die tryin'! At you can find some fun ways to celebrate the day, or come up with something all on your own. Hey, maybe you can duct tape your lumpy rug around your body, go to the top of a big hill, have your friends stand down at the bottom, then roll down the hill and see if you can knock them over like bowling pins! Now don't be like that, it was just an idea!

Monday, May 2, 2011

National Teacher Day ~ May 3

Children are like treasure boxes. On the outside, some boxes are brightly colored or adorned with ribbons and trim. Some boxes are shiny and clean, while others may be tattered and worn. Some boxes are vibrant and loud, and some are kind of quiet and plain. But if you look within each box you will find a precious jewel, each one equally beautiful and as valuable as the next. We are grateful to teachers who look beyond all of the outer wrappings (status, ability, home life, etc.) and see the precious child within.

Thank you to the quiet heroes in sweaters and glasses with pencils tucked behind their ears. Thank you teachers for all you do!

I know you've heard the following story a zillion times, but it's very apropos!

National Play Your Ukuele Day

Today is National Play Your Ukulele Day. It doesn't take much explanation, just get out your Uke and play! This is one of my favorite videos! You'll love this cute little guy playing his ukulele. You may recognize the song - it's Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"