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|I Corinthians 13:7-8|
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This week the theme is Valentine's Day.
What can i say
About Valentine's Day
That hasn't already been said?
Should i come home and bake
A Valentine's cake
Covered with frosting of red?
Or would it be smart
To make treacle tart
As a sign of affection and love?
Buy a heart box
With plenty of chocs,
Perhaps from the company Dove?
To show she's the best,
He's above all the rest,
Can that really be done in one day?
Should we try all the year
To prove they are dear
In each thing we do and we say?
We don't need the pressure
Our loving to measure
By Valentine gifts that we give.
Instead take the time
To make each day sublime
To show love in how daily we live.
Bird Mating Season begins -- according to legend, in honor of St. Valentine
Blessing of the Salmon Nets -- Norham, Northumberland, England & North Shields, Northumbria, England (just before midnight, nets are blessed and right after midnight, the first nets of the season are thrown out; anything caught is presented to the officiating vicar)
Clean Out Your Computer Day -- always the second Monday of February
Day Sacred to Juno Lupa -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno of the Wolf)
Feast of Vali -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (archer god, an Asatru answer to the Valentine celebration, which is really a thinly disguised Lupercalia)
Ferris Wheel Day -- birth anniversary of G.W.G. Ferris, Jr.
Fjortende Februar -- Denmark (Danish lovers send each other snowdrop flowers.)
International Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
International Quirkyalone Day -- a day to value your individuality, whether you are partnered or not; for those who prefer to be single and not dating just for the sake of dating
Just Say No to Powerpoint® Week begins -- please, use something else, like communicating with your audience! begun by Nancy Stern
League of Women Voter's Day -- US
Library Lovers Day -- for those whose favorite companion is a great book
Love a Mensch Week begins -- because mensches are decent and responsible men and women, and we should appreciate how they enhance our lives; info from Robin Gorman Newman
National Call In Single Day -- what a lot of men who feel pressured to be romantic on this day wish they could do, i'm sure!
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
National Have-a-Heart Day -- to create awareness of the impact of our food choices on the environment, world hunger, animal welfare and human health—especially heart health
National Nest Box Week -- UK; US (begun in the UK, this is a week to build or put up a nest box in your yard to encourage our avian friends and give them safe places to raise their young)
National Organ Donor Day -- US, but no matter where you live, consider leaving instructions about this to your loved ones
Oatmeal Monday -- Scotland (traditionally, at universities in Scotland, the day the students were allowed to go home and get more "meal", or oatmeal, and other supplies, as they had to provide their own food and fuel for the fires while in school)
Pet Theft Awareness Day -- if you love them, protect them!
Race Relations Day -- originally on Lincoln's birth anniversary, now on the day promoting love
Rafik Hairi Memorial Day -- Lebanon
Read to Your Child Day -- to start their love of learning early (and do it daily!)
Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania, Australia
Sts. Cyril & Methodius' Day (Patrons of ecumenism, unity of Eastern and Western Churches; Bohemia; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Europe; Moravia; the Slavic peoples)
Trifon Zarezan -- Bulgaria (Viticulturists' Day; since Thracian times, a day to celebrate Dionysus and wine)
Valentine's Day (St. Valentine of Rome, Patron of apiarists/beekeepers, betrothed couples, greeting card manufacturers, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travelers, young people; Bussolengo, Italy; against epilepsy, fainting, plague)
Jerry Garcia weds Deborah Koons, 1994
US League of Women Voters formed, 1920
Arizona becomes the 48th US state, 1912
Oregon becomes the 33rd US state, 1859
Drew Bledsoe, 1972
Jessica Yu, 1966
Zach Galligan, 1964
Enric Colantoni, 1963
Meg Tilly, 1960
Renee Fleming, 1959
Raymond Joseph Teller, 1948
Gregory Hines, 1946
Carl Bernstein, 1944
Michael Bloomberg, 1942
Andrew Prine, 1936
Florence Henderson, 1934
Vic Morrow, 1932
Hugh Downs, 1921
Mel Allen, 1913
Jimmy Hoffa, 1913
Jack Benny, 1894
George Washington Gale Ferris,Jr., 1859
Winfield Scott Hancock, 1824
Frederick Douglass, 1817
Mary Ann "Aunt Mary" Prout, 1801
"Cloud Nine"(Play), 1978
"The Maltese Falcon"(Publication date), 1930
"Importance of Being Earnest"(Play), 1895
Today in History:
The annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg make the first known mention of Lithuania, 1009
Approximately 2,000 Jews are burned to death by mobs or forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg, 1349
Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases the Jews out of Vienna, 1670
The United States Flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, 1778
James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii, 1779
John Jervis and Horatio Nelson lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar, 1797
The apple parer is patented by Moses Coats of Downington, Pennsylvania, 1803
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of the US Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void, 1803
The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio, 1835
In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken, 1849
Esther Hobart Morris is appointed the first female Justice of the Peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
A.G. Bell and Elisha Gray both apply for a patent for a telephone; Bell first by only 2 hours, and is ruled the rightful inventor, 1876
The first trainload of California grown fruit, oranges, leaves L.A. for the east,1889
Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections, 1899
The Soviet Union adopts the Gregorian calendar, 1918
The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1920
The Bank of England is nationalized, 1946
ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled, 1946
The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time, 1949
Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California, 1961
The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit, 1989
Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system , 1990
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle to land on an asteroid (433 Eros), 2001
Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University, 2012
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world's largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes, 2014
JP Morgan becomes the first bank to create its own crypo-currency, JPM Coin, 2019