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...a reminder of good people and things and times on our planet

April 18

Here's one of my favorite take-a-break songs, by Enya -- "Lazy Days" -- in a surprising but fascinating science fiction setting!

April 12

Happy birthday to very creative, brilliant people: Beverly Cleary in 1916; David Letterman in 1947; and Herbie Hancock in 1940. I'm crazy about what Herbie Hancock has done with the already amazing Gershwin...


Today in 1709 Richard Steele published the first issue of The Tatler. It's national Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Ideas for April


As usual, this includes some dates from the French Republican Calendar -- and Middle Earth!

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2 Morille/Morel
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4 Violets Day
5 Laitue/Lettuce
6 The Elves' New Year
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8 Radis/Radish
9 Nigel Slater Birthday: Cook from his books.
10 New York Day
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12 National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
13 Roquette/Rocket/Arugula
14 National Pecan Day
15 Lilas/Lilacs
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20 Rose/Roses
21 Chêne/Oak Tree
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23 You may want to plan a theater party today, because:
            William Shakespeare Birthday
            AND Ngaio Marsh Birthday
            AND Shirley Temple Black Birthday
24 Rossignol/Nightingale
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26 Muguet/Lily of the Valley
27 Champignon/Mushrooms
28 Hyacinthe/Hyacinth
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Ideas for March


1  Aragorn's Birthday: Have a party.
2 Théoden is Healed: Work on any healing things you'd like.
            AND Peter Hamilton's Birthday: Read some of his writings.
3 Ents Conquer Isengard Day
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8 Aragorn Takes the Paths of the Dead
9 Kenneth Grahame Birthday: Read some of his writings.
10 Cordeau/Twine
11 Douglas Adams Birthday: Read some of his writings.
12 Persil/Parsley
13 Alastair Reynolds Birthday: Read some of his writings.
14 Albert Einstein Birthday: Do something as intelligent as you can!
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20 Fred/Mr. Rogers Birthday: Do something really good for some children.
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22 Reward Day
23 Fanny Farmer Birthday: Enjoy some retro cookbooks, and even better cook from them today.
24 Tulipe/Tulip
            AND William Morris Birthday: Enjoy some of his artwork, and even better see if you can follow some of his life-living advice.
25 The Ring Is Destroyed Day: Have a HUGE party!!
26 Diana Ross Birthday: Listen to her songs.
            AND Robert Frost Birthday: Read some of his poems.
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28 Jonquille/Daffodil/Jonquil
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31 Pervenche/Periwinkle
            AND Deborah Duchess of Devonshire Birthday: Read some of her writings and/or view her home of Chatsworth!!!

February 21


Happy birthday to Kelsey Grammer! I love your work! (He was born in the US Virgin Islands, cool!) 

Some others of my favorite entertainers were born today -- Nina Simone in 1933 and Erma Bombeck in 1927 and W.H. Auden in 1907. It's also when the first issue of the New Yorker was published, in 1925. http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1925-02-21#folio=CV1



 

February 11


Patrick Leigh Fermor was born today in 1915. What a fascinating scholar, what a fabulous writer, what an amazing life-designer he was.

This is my favorite site about him:

Ideas for February


Including some French Republican calendar days...

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3 National Carrot Cake Day
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7 Charles Dickens Birthday
            AND Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday
8 Jules Verne Birthday: Read or watch some stories.
9 Carole King Birthday: Listen to her songs.
10 Oven and Ovenware Day
11 Patrick Leigh Fermor Birthday: Read some of his writings, and if you'd like investigate traveling somewhere he did.
12 Charles Darwin Birthday: Read recent research into evolution.
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14 Gandalf Returns to Life Day: Definitely time for a party!
            AND Jack Benny Birthday: Watch or listen to a show while you relax.
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18 Traîneau/Sleigh
            AND Louis Comfort Tiffany Birthday: See some of his art at least in a book.
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21 Nina Simone Birthday: Listen to her songs.
            AND Anniversary of First New Yorker Magazine: Read some of the current one.
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27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Birthday: Read some of his writings.
28 A Day of Hope: Remove any wintry decorations and put up flowers, etc. to remind you of rebirth/renewal/spring. Get any new clothes your wardrobe requires. Play happy songs, especially if they feature flower motifs.
29 Meriadoc and Pippin Meet Treebeard Day