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Are there plenty of things to be thankful for that start with the letter N? Let's explore that question.
Naps. They don't happen as often as i might like, but when they do, they are one of the best thankful things.
Nature. This is an easy one. In summer i have a problem with the great outdoors, it's not air conditioned and there are too many mosquitoes. The rest of the year, i'm glad for walks among the trees and along the creek.
Nectar of the gods. Most people call it coffee, but they didn't ask me what it should be called.
Neighbors. We have great ones, and a great neighborhood, which is a big blessing.
Nephew. My nephew Dre is a wonderful kid.
Newspaper/newsprint. Yes, most people don't get the paper any more. We do, the comics and the local news, our favorite columnist, and all the puzzles are worth it, that's our entertainment budget right there. The newsprint itself comes in handy for under the litter boxes and nothing cleans glass/mirrors better.
Niece. Bryn is a rare gem.
Nip. As in catnip. As in, instant peace when Charismatic Enigma SissyCat decides she has to declare war on Dansig the Round and Link Linker the Stinker.
Nonfiction. My favorite books that i go back to again and again are nonfiction.
Nuts. The edible kind and the ones you use with bolts to hold things together. The former are my best source of protein, the latter, well, i think i've lost most of mine because i'm falling apart, but that doesn't make me any less thankful for them!
Day of Mushroom Encouragement -- Fairy Calendar
Dronningens Fodselsdag -- Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)
Emancipation Day -- Washington, D.C., US
Full Pink Moon -- a/k/a Full Sprouting Moon, Grass Moon, Egg Moon, White Moon, Virgin Moon, and Fish Moon; in other traditions
Bak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Tagu Full Moon -- Myanmar
Hanuman Jayanti -- Hindu (celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman; local dates may vary)
Holiday of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Holy Saturday -- Christian (a/k/a Black Saturday, Holy Saturday, Easter Saturday, or Easter Eve)
Huband Appreciation Day
Jim Thorpe Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)
Lazarus Saturday -- Orthodox Christian
Lazarovden -- Bulgaria (along with celebrating the raising of Lazarus, there are fertility rituals, especially involving young maidens, and honoring the goddesses of spring and love)
Make a Quilt Day -- obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus' Make a Blanket Day
National Auctioneers Day -- recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce
National Eggs Benedict Day
National Healthcare Decision Week begins -- US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; "It always seems too early, until it's too late.")
National Stress Awareness Day -- sponsored by the Health Resource Network (always on the first workday after paying taxes)
Offering to Demeter Khloe -- Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)
St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)
St. Padarn's Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint's day)
Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day -- encouraging awareness of volunteerism, but the original sponsor of the day is no longer online
Theravada New Year -- Buddhist (through tomorrow; dates and length of celebration can vary locally)
World Elephant Day/Save the Elephant Day -- created by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand
World Entrepreneurship Day
World Voice Day -- if you've ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice
Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910
Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1940
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660
"Brown Sugar"(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
"Fibber McGee and Molly"(Radio), 1935
"Mazeppa"(Symphonic poem, Liszt' S 100), 1854
"The Contrast"(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)
Today in History:
Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur, inventor, and founder and CEO of Theranos, is named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People" of 2015, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn", 2018
The journal Science publishes a new study which claims a multi-year megadrought is already underway in the Western US, 2020
Raul Castro confirms he is resigning, ending his family's six decade rule of Cuba, 2021