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It's Thankfuls day during the month of the A to Z challenge, so i'm sure you all know the drill, thankful things that start with the letter L.
Life is first, both in the big way (actually existence, without which i would not be having this discussion) and my life (which is not easy but is blessed beyond measure anyway).
Love, of The Lord, family, friends, and pets. Bigger Girl once asked me, when she was a very small child, if we were poor, and i told her we are rich in love. Indeed we are.
Loyalty, which we don't think about much until it is not there.
Lemons, because you can't make lemonade without them, and Lettuce, among other edibles. Life needs lemonade and salad, although not necessarily at the same time.
Luck, which is really just another name for The Lord's providence.
Lunceford the Land Yacht, our car that is, providentially, holding up. He got an oil change and his tires rotated yesterday. They threw in the rotation for free! (Yes, i would list excellent mechanics, like Kevin and Lenny, if mechanic started with an L. That's okay, i am thankful for them anyway, but on the side and we'll pretend i didn't break with my theme and call them licensed auto repair technicians.)
Literature, because if it weren't for great literature, i wouldn't have anything to read, and that would be a tragedy. Also Learning, which we should never, ever stop doing.
In the above vein, Libraries and Librarians.
Light, both natural and artificial, and especially LED lightbulbs, which i think are the best thing since Edison's original.
Ladders, because i am short (call it what it is, i'm not vain enough to call it vertically challenged).
Law and Lawyers (yes, really), because without the rule of law, and a justice system, this life would not be what it is in this country.
L, as can be seen by this list, is a very important letter!
Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.
Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis -- Holy See (Vatican City)
Baby Massage Day
Cimarron Territory Celebration and World Cow Chip–throwing® Championship Contest -- Beaver, OK, US ("a highly specialized organic sporting event", as well as poker fun, food, crafts, and a parade; through next Saturday)
Day to Give Thanks for Fish/Seafood -- anniversary of the US Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1976
Environmental Protection Day -- anniversary of the 1962 publication of Silent Spring
Feast of Rotten Endings -- because some stories just don't end well
Georgia Renaissance Spring Festival -- Atlanta, GA, US (weekends through June 2)
Hindu New Year -- Hindu (local custom/date may vary)
Hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru -- Indonesia (New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar)
Nyepi Day -- Bali, Indonesia (Day of Silence, Balinese New Year/Saka New Year celebration on which everything is closed, even the international airport)
Ougadi -- Mauritius and some regions of India (the Telugu New Year)
Huguenot Day -- Huguenot Society of the US (anniversary of the 1598 Edict of Nantes, in which King Henry IV promoted peace between Catholics and Protestants)
Ides of April -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
Festival of Libertas -- personification of freedom and political liberty
Festival of Jupiter Libertas
Festival of Jupiter Victor
International Plant Appreciation Day -- unsponsored by any but those who love plants
John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours -- Surrat House Museum, Clinton, MD, US (for Civil War history buffs, a 12 hour bus tour over the route used by Lincoln's assassin; every Saturday through Apr. 27)
Kentucky Derby Festival -- Louisville, KY, US (the warm-up celebration for the big race, much of which is free; through May 4)
Laotian New Year's Eve -- Laos (celebrations of Pi Mai, the new year, last through the 15th and sometimes beyond; at the start of the monsoon season)
National Peach Cobbler Day
Poshui Jie -- Jinghong, China (Water Splashing Festival; a 3 to four day festival around this time)
Record Store Day -- celebrated by independent record stores everywhere, find one near you
Scottsdale Culinary Festival -- Scottsdale, AZ, US (40 restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, chef demos, teen chef challenge and more, all to raise money for arts education in the community; through tomorrow)
Scrabble Day -- anniversary of the 1899 birth of its inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts
Songkran Festival / Chiang Mai Songkran / Tamil New Year / Bangla New Year / Bisket Jatra -- Bangladesh; Cambodia; India; Laos; Myanmar; Nepal; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand (New Year festivals, celebrated over the next few days, as the sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries)
Squashing of Moonhopper Day -- Fairy Calendar
St. Hermengild's Day (Patron of converts; against drought, flood, and thunderstorms)
Taro Festival -- East Maui, Hawaii, US (celebration of Hawai'ian culture; through tomorrow)
Thingyan Eve -- Myanmar (Water Festival Eve; through the 16th)
Thomas Jefferson Day -- US
U.S. Elephant Day -- marking the arrival of the first elephant in the US in 1796
Yasurai Matsuri -- Imamiya Jinja, Kyoto, Japan (festival to prevent ill health)
Yayoi Matsuri -- Nikko, Japan (five day spring festival)
Jonathan Brandis, 1976
Rick Schroder, 1970
Garry Kasparov, 1963
Saundra Santiago, 1957
Max Weinberg, 1951
Peabo Bryson, 1951
Ron Pearlman, 1950
Al Green, 1946
Tony Dow, 1945
Lowell George, 1945
Jack Casady, 1944
Bill Conti, 1942
Paul Sorvino, 1939
Lyle Waggoner, 1935
Don Adams, 1926
Howard Keel, 1919
Eudora Welty, 1909
Samuel Beckett, 1906
Butch Cassidy, 1866
F.W. Woolworth, 1852
Thomas Jefferson, 1743
Guy Fawkes, 1570
Casino Royale(Film), 1967
Silent Spring(Publication date), 1962
"El Capitan"(Operetta), 1896
"Messiah"(Oratorio, HWV 56), 1742
Today in History:
The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt with the capture of Louis IX of France, 1250
Henry IV of France signs the Edict of Nantes, granting freedom of religion and political rights to Huguenots (French Protestants), 1598
John Dryden, age 36, becomes the first English Poet Laureate, 1668
George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland, 1742
The first elephant seen in the Western Hemisphere arrives from India, 1796
The British Parliament grants religious freedom to Roman Catholics, 1829
Hungary becomes a republic, 1849
The first US Pony Express run is completed, 1860
George Westinghouse patents a steam powered brake, 1869
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded, 1870
J.C. (James Cash) Penney opens his first store, 1902
British troops fire on unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India, killing at least 379 and wounding over 1,200 more, 1919
Helen Hamilton becomes the first woman US Civil Service Commissioner, 1920
Lord Clydesdale makes the first flight over Mt. Everest, 1933
The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated on the 200th anniversary of his birth, in Washington, D.C., 1943
Van Cliburn becomes the first American to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1958
Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field, 1963
An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon, 1970
The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan, 1972
Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1, 1974
Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999, 1987
Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament, 1997
Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and sons, Alaa and Gamal, are detained for 15 days of questioning regarding charges of corruption and abuse of power, 2011
The People's Republic of China and the U.S. agree to work towards eliminating nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula, 2013