Saturday, March 21, 2020

No Cancellations Allowed (Ten Things of Thankful)


What a week this has been, i need a Thankful Day!

It's time to list all the things they can't cancel because of the current world situation:

driving politely (when you absolutely must be out)
the sounds of nature
snuggling pets
online church services
FaceTime/Skype with loved ones
tackling the to-be-read pile
afternoon naps

You can probably think of many more, but these are the ones that struck me, and for which i am very thankful right now.  (Not many afternoon naps yet, but i should get one today and if it happens, it will make next week's list.)

Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Kristi and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   

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Today is:

Aizu Higan Shishi/Sanbiki Shishimai -- Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan (lion dances to mark the end of winter)

Back Badge Day -- Gloucestershire Regiment, British Army

Birkebeinerrennet -- Rena to Lillehammer, Norway (54km ski marathon commemorating the 1205 rescue of infant prince Hakon Hakonsson by ski over this route) 

Birth of Benito Juarez, a Fiestas Patrias -- Mexico (trad.)

Fragrance Day and Flower Day -- the first full day of spring

Harmony Day -- Australia (managed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship)

Human Rights Day -- South Africa

Independence Day -- Namibia(1990)

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -- UN

Lailat al Miraj -- Islam (observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; begins at sundown, local customs and dates may vary)

Maple Syrup Saturday -- Appleton, WI, US (please note that, starting now, almost every Saturday has a maple syrup festival or demonstration somewhere in Canada or the US where maple syrup is produced)

Memory Day -- internet based, to examine the use of memory aids throughout history

Mother's Day -- most Arabic nations

National Common Courtesy Day -- guess it's not so common any more, someone had to declare a holiday to try to foster some

National French Bread Day

National Quilting Day -- US, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance     

National Single Parent Day -- US (by Presidential designation in 1984; originally sponsored by Parents Without Parners, on the date of their inception in 1957)

National Tree Planting Day -- Lesotho

Paper Dress Day -- the paper dress was introduced as part of an ad campaign by the Scott Paper Co. on this day in 1966

Save the Florida Panther Day -- FL, US

Shunki-Korei-Sai -- Shinto (rite to honor ancestral spirits, around the vernal equinox)

Spring Fairy Fun Day -- Fairy Calendar

St. Nicholas of Flue's Day (Patron of councilmen, difficult marriages, large families, magistrates, parents of large families, Pontifical Swiss Guards, separated spouses, Switzerland)

World Down Syndrome Day -- UN

World Forest Day/International Day of Forests and the Trees -- UN

World Puppetry Day

World Poetry Day -- UNESCO

Youth Day -- Tunisia

Birthdays Today:

Ronaldinho, 1980
Kevin Federline, 1978
Matthew Broderick, 1962
Rosie O'Donnell, 1962
Ayrton Senna da Silva, 1960
Gary Oldman, 1958
Eddie Money, 1949
Timothy Dalton, 1944
Peter Brook, 1925
Julio Gallo, 1910
John D Rockefeller III, 1906
Bascom Lamar Lunsford, 1882
Florenz Ziegfeld, 1867
Modest Mussorgsky, 1839
James Jesse "King Strang" Strang, 1813
Benito Juarez, 1806
Francis Lewis, 1713
Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Annie"(Film), 1982
"Stop the Music"(Radio show), 1948

Today in History:

The Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the "True Cross" to Jerusalem, 630
Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku, 1188
3,000 Jews are killed in the Black Death riots in Efurt, Germany, 1349
n Oxford, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake, 1556
Czar Peter the Great begins his tour through West, 1697
Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1788
With the church leadership driven out of Rome during an armed conflict, Pius VII is crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mâché, 1800
Code Napoléon is adopted as French civil law, 1804
The Bahá'í calendar begins, 1844
An earthquake in Tokyo, Japan kills over 100,000, 1857
The Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the first in the US, is incorporated, 1859
Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone, 1871
Loretta Walsh becomes the first female US Navy Petty Officer, 1917
Charles Lindbergh is presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight, 1928
Shah Reza Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran, which means 'Land of the Aryans,' 1935
Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1952
Martin Luther King Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965
The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, 1970
Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research, 1985
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon, 1999
The first full face transplant is performed by surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, 2011
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard formally apologizes to people affected by forced adoptions during the 1950s through 1970s, 2013
The European Space Agency reveals new data that indicates that the universe is 13.82 billion years old, 2013
Dave Patterson and John Hennessy win computings' Turing Award for RISC computer chips, 2018
A Bangladeshi woman with two uteruses safely gives birth to twins 26 days after giving birth to another child, 2019


  1. Love your thankful list. I would add the beauty which is there if we remember to keep our eyes/hearts and minds open.
    I remember Julia Gillard apologising to those who were adopted forcibly. It was an overdue apology.

  2. Thanks for your thankfulness list. It make us think, and be thankful which is as necessary now as ever.

  3. Thank you for your protection, Lord.

    God bless.

  4. That sure was a good list, we're thankful for all of those things!

  5. I'm thankful that no one in our seniors community has contracted the virus as of yet, for adequate supplies set aside to hold us for a while, for people following the guidelines appropriately and for cheerful and uplifting blogs like yours that help to keep my spirits up. Thank you.

  6. I went with a similar theme this week. We are much more than our circumstances.

  7. Great list, Mimi.
    I finished an Audible book this week. Now I am ready to start another one.
    The sounds of nature are so calming.
    I hope you have a safe and healthy week ahead.

  8. Wonderful list and post ~

    Keep calm and be well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. That is a great list. I love how you always find the silver lining.

  10. Succinct and relatable. Perfect TToT.

  11. Wonderful thoughts for positive perspective!


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