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This week the theme is Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions, and i did both a haiku and a poem.
I resolve each year
Not to make resolutions
Change is not scheduled
Did you make a resolution?
Grit your teeth and clench your fist?
Did you decide so much needs changing
You just had to make a list?
Did you start the year with vigor
Just determined to win out?
Do you find yourself now flagging
And your heart is full of doubt?
Should you really tough it out
Make those resolutions stick?
Or are you just being stubborn
Running your head against a brick?
If you really want the changes
To happen and to stay,
Throw out the resolutions
Look at your life and say,
“One small change at a time
Not the whole dang thing at once!
I’ll add good habits one at a time
Not tackle it all like a dunce!”
One new, good habit added
And stuck to for a while,
Will build up on the next one,
Soon New You will be in style!
2021 Healthy Weight Week -- US
Apple Wassailing Day -- Carhampton, England (ancient tradition to bless the trees, waking the tree spirits and scaring away bad spirits)
Blessing of the Animals -- Hispanic Christian (in association with St. Anthony's Day)
Blue Monday -- UK (it's gloomy winter, it's after the holidays, it's time to cheer someone up by doing something nice for him/her)
Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day -- no info on origin, but probably someone who gave up; will you?
Felicitas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of good luck)
Festival of Janus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (main festival for the god of beginnings, endings, and doorways)
Full Wolf Moon -- the wolves howl hungrily during this cold month, sometimes called the Old Moon or the Yule Moon; some of the following celebrations began yesterday evening
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Mahayana New Year -- Buddhist
Pyatho Full Moon -- Myanmar (traditionally the time of equestrian festivals)
Thorrablot/Thurseblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (feast honoring Thor, guardian of Midgard, at the first full moon of the new year)
Thaipusam/Thaipoosam Cavadee -- Tamil People; Malaysia; Mauritius (Tamil Hindu multi-day celebration of the birth of the god Murugan)
Hot Heads Chili Day -- no clue what this one means, but i guess we can have chili for dinner
Kid Inventors' Day -- celebrating how inventive kids are; on the birth anniversary of Ben Franklin, who invented swim fins at age 12
Liberation Day -- Poland (liberation from the Nazis in 1945)
Make Your All-Time Top Ten Favorite TV Characters List -- because nothing says you can't make your own top ten lists
Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- US and Territories (obs.)
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Patras Carnival -- Patras, Greece (the town crier announces the opening ceremony, with festivities through Clean Monday)
Patrice Lumumba -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes' Day)
Popeye Day -- The Sailor Man debut in the comics this date in 1929
Professional Boxer's Day -- Ali's birth anniversary
St. Anthony the Great's Day (a/k/a Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Patriarch of the Abbots; Patron of amputees, animals/domestic animals, basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, cemetary workers/grave diggers, epileptics, hermits, monks, relief from pestilence, swine/hogs, swineherds; Hospitaliers; Burgio, Sicily, Italy; Canas, Brazil; Castrofilippo, Agrigento, Italy; Fivizzano, Italy; Fontainemore, Italy; Mook, Netherlands; Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy; against eczema, epilepsy, ergotism, erysipelas, pestilence, Saint Anthony's Fire, skin diseases and rashes) related observance
Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral -- Church of San Antonio, Mexico City, Mexico (where this saint is San Antonio Abad)
Tu B'Shevat -- Judaism ("New Year of the Trees", began yesterday at sunset, through sunset today)
Zirgu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Day of the Horses)
George Burns marries Gracie Allen, 1926
Octavian marries Livia Drusilla, BC38
Kid Rock, 1971
Naveen Andrews, 1969
Michelle Obama, 1964
Jim Carrey, 1962
Susanna Hoffs, 1959
Anthony Glise, 1956
Andy Kaufman, 1949
Muhammad Ali, 1942
Maury Povich, 1939
Shari Lewis, 1934
James Earl Jones, 1931
Don Zimmer, 1931
Vidal Sassoon, 1928
Eartha Kitt, 1927
Betty White, 1922
Al Capone, 1899
Nevil Shute, 1899
Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899
Mack Sennett, 1884
David Lloyd George, 1863
Anton Chekhov, 1860
Anne Bronte, 1820
Benjamin Franklin, 1706
"The Goldbergs"(TV), 1949
"Popeye the Sailor Man"(Comic character created by Elzie Segar, in the Thimble Theatre comic strip), 1929
"The Cherry Orchard"(Chekhov Play), 1904
"The Rivals"(Sheridan Play), 1775
Today in History:
Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon, 1377
Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna, 1501
Giovanni da Verrazzano begins his voyage to find a passage to China, 1524
The Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France, 1562
England's Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War, 1648
An avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, kills 53, 1718
Capt James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S), 1773
The first cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873), 1871
Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic, 1893
Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen, 1912
The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented, 1928
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by secret police in Hungary, 1945
The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting, 1946
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs, 1949
The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company's offices in Boston, Massachusetts, 1950
The world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, makes its maiden voyage, 1955
A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident, 1966
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V, 1991
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union, 1996
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people, 2002
Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths, 2010
Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2013
Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, 2014