The biggest lesson i've learned is, never stop praying. It changes me, it changes things, it keeps me focused on the positive outcomes i'd like to see. Prayer isn't just a laundry list of "i wants" delivered to a heavenly Santa Claus. It makes me make time to listen, and so brings me closer to G-d, so that i want for my life more of what G-d wants for my life.
In this area where we live, there have been lessons learned. The shootings have taught us we are stronger if we fight racial divisions instead of fostering them. The flooding has taught us to work together and take care of each other, no matter what.
Also, check out your contractor thoroughly and read your insurance policy and remember that FEMA paperwork takes months if not years.
Other personal lessons have included that, now that we only have one child we can count as a tax deduction, we will owe more in taxes every year than i can shake a stick at. Yes, they all still live here, mostly rent free, and we help with insurance and everything else, but we can no longer deduct them. They cost us more this way.
Yes, i've learned, again, they are still worth it.
My 2016 Angel Tree experience taught me that some people are very suspicious of you, even when you are trying to do a good deed, and it costs them nothing. It's okay, i learned, just do the good anyway, and let them figure it out.
Watching Little Girl leave and come back has retaught me, as i learned when #1 Son left and moved back a couple of years ago, that i can let them go, watch them fly, and still be a soft place for them to land when things get turned around. Every day they grow stronger, and they are saving up to move on again. Within the next few months, there will be changes.
Last year reaffirmed the lesson that i can live through these changes, and we can all thrive.
Feast of St. Geraint -- Wales (legendary Welsh hero who fought King Arthur)
Majority Rule Day -- Bahamas
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
National No-Tillage Conference -- St. Louis, MO, US (conference to encourage ecologically sound farming; through the 13th)
Peculiar People Day -- an internet generated day to celebrate all the strange and peculiar people in your life, including me!;)
St. Peter Orseolo's Day
Sturdy Flat-Heeled Shoes Appreciation Day -- listed on many sites, and since i appreciate them, i included it
The Fairy Lunch -- Fairy Calendar
Vaudoun Day -- Benin (Traditional Religions Day, with a huge festival in the seaside town of Ouidah)
Where's The Beef? Day -- the slogan premiered this day in 1984
Word Nerd Day -- originated by Maria Schneider of WritersDigest (to celebrate those who enjoy playing with words)
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands weds Pieter van Vollenhoven, 1967
UN General Assembly first meeting, 1946
Uniform Penny Post (the reformed postal system) starts in the UK, 1840
Pat Benatar, 1953
Bonnie Hellman, 1950
George Foreman, 1949
Rod Stewart, 1945
Jim Croce, 1943
Sal Mineo, 1939
Bill Toomey, 1939
Gisele MacKenzie, 1927
Johnnie Ray, 1927
Paul Henreid, 1908
Ray Bolger, 1904
Robinson Jeffers, 1887
Grigori Rasputin, 1869 (O.S.)
Mary Ingalls, 1865
George Washington Carver, 1864
Charles Ingalls, 1836
"Masterpiece Theater"(TV), 1971
"That Was The Week That Was"(TV, US version), 1964
"Finian's Rainbow"(Musical), 1947
"Arsenic and Old Lace"(Play), 1941
"Pete the Tramp"(Comic strip), 1932
"Street Scene"(Play), 1929
Today in History:
Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, begins a civil war, BC46
"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine is published, 1776
Napoleon divorces Josephine, 1810
Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin their correspondence, 1845
The first underground railway opens in London, 1863
John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil, 1870
The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas, 1901
The League of Nations is established, 1920
The United States Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the moon and receiving the reflected signals, 1946
The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations after 117 years, 1984
Torrential rain in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia causes severe flash flooding, killing 9 people, 2011