Wednesday, May 25th

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a day to commemorate the men and women who have died in the military service of the United States. Observed on the last Monday in May, it is traditional to fly the flag at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day. Many families visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of loved ones who died in the service of their country. Other typical Memorial Day observances include a parade with the American Legion color guard, veterans and their families, local politicians, and local community members. Memorial Day is recognized as a federal holiday, and all non-essential government offices are closed. Click to Read more…

Monday, May 23rd

International Tiara Day — May 24

  Every woman deserves a tiara. It reminds those around us that we are special, empowered, and intelligent, and we are to be treated accordingly. Bowing to us isn’t always necessary, but a “Yes, of course, your Majesty” occasionally would be nice! International Tiara Day is celebrated May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday. You can celebrate International Tiara Day by, certainly, wearing a tiara, and maybe having a tea for friends and family. A tea dress isn’t necessary, but it would be fun to dress up a little bit. And you and your friends will, of course, want to wear your tiaras to your tea. Tea is served between lunch and Click to Read more…

Wednesday, May 18th

Barbara Schreiber — April Challenge Winner

What awards or contests have you won outside of GCU? I’ve never entered anything anywhere outside of GCU as I never had the time or the ambition and am too lazy …. What are your 3 favorite cards in your storefront? My favorite design is always the one I’m currently working on. Please list any of your professional social media sites: I’ve got two blogs, but never find the time to post something. http://barbara-schreiber.blogspot.de/ http://etoilesandfernweh.blogspot.de/ What was your inspiration for your winning card?  Please walk us through the process of how this card went from an idea to a greeting card. I pondered on the design challenge subject “GOLD” for Click to Read more…

Wednesday, May 11th

National Limerick Day

National Limerick Day is observed on May 12, the birthday of English author and poet Edward Lear, who popularized limericks in his book “Book of Nonsense”, published in 1846. Lear’s book http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=982 is available as a free download from Project Gutenberg. A limerick is a 5-line poem with a rhyming pattern of AABBA, with the first, second, and fifth lines having 7-9 syllables, and the third and fourth lines having 5-7. Limericks were originally written as nursery rhymes and then moved into the pubs and became a more adult, bawdy form of entertainment. Whether intended for children or adults, though, all limericks are nonsense and humorous. Of unknown origins is Click to Read more…

Sunday, May 8th

National Lost Sock Memorial Day – May 9

Into what dark abyss do lost sock go? Or are they off at a mismatched sock party, laughing at us for continuing our search for them? It is a mystery as old as time — or, at least, as old as socks. Searching under beds or bureaus, inside pant legs, or in the toy box will bring some of these wayward socks to light, but still, there are those stubbornly AWOL socks. So we put the mate into a drawer and hope for the best. After all, the last time we threw away the mate to a lost sock, lo and behold, the lost sock came back. National Lost Sock Click to Read more…

Saturday, April 30th

International Jazz Day — April 30

  Presented each year in conjunction with Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day is intended to emphasize jazz and its role in uniting people worldwide, highlight the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promote intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unite people from all corners of the globe. Herbie Hancock, award winning jazz pianist and composer, is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Goodwill Ambassador. Born in the US, jazz  has traveled the world as a music of tolerance, freedom and human dignity. It is widely acknowledged that New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. President Barack Obama and First Lady Click to Read more…

Sunday, April 17th

World Hemophilia Day – April 17

People with hemophilia have a lower level of a clotting factor and they can bleed longer than normal, sometimes causing life threatening complications. World Hemophilia Day is intended to draw attention to hemophilia, which impacts approximately 1 in 10,000 people, and other bleeding disorders, such as Von Willebrand disease, rare clotting factor deficiencies, and inherited platelet disorders. There are two types of hemophilia, each caused by a low level of a clotting factor. The more common is Hemophilia A and is caused by to low levels of clotting factor VIII (8). Hemophilia B is rare and is caused by too low levels of clotting factor IX (9). Prolonged bleeding is Click to Read more…

Sunday, April 10th

National Siblings Day April 10

Siblings — you’ve gotta love’em, right? At least, that’s what your mom says. From late-night ghost stories to tattling to your mom when you got home late from a date, chances are you’ve had plenty of reasons over the years to have a love/hate relationship with your siblings. Who else has lived the same history, knows the same family stories, shares the same inside jokes… and can push our buttons every.single.time? Seventy-nine percent of people in the US have siblings. Started in 1997 and observed on April 10 every year, National Siblings Day is a celebration of our brothers and sisters. While it doesn’t describe everyone, many people are impacted Click to Read more…

Friday, April 1st

Happy April Fools’ Day!

  April Fools’ Day, celebrated each year on April 1, is a day of practical jokes. It’s a day that some people look forward to, planning the hoaxes down to the last detail. But some people dread April Fools’ Day. These people are usually the victims of the jokesters! One of the first jokes children learn to pull is placing a rubber band around the lever that controls the kitchen sink sprayer, so that the victim is doused when they turn on the water. As this typically happens first thing in the morning as breakfast is being made, it serves as a forewarning of how the day is going to Click to Read more…

Tuesday, March 22nd

Celebrating Easter

Easter, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the Crucifixion, is Christianity’s most important holiday. Easter is a moveable holiday, celebrated in the West on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Orthodox Christians typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches. In either case, Easter Mass is considered the most important service of the year. In the week before Easter, many families dye hard-boiled eggs with food coloring. These eggs are used for decoration or as part of the Easter egg hunt. Stores sell special kits for this purpose, or food coloring can be used. Easter Click to Read more…

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