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01/23/21 Who You Are

Saturday, January 23, 2021

"Don't forget who you are. And don't forget what you're made of--what you've been through. I know this is a dark, difficult time but you have to remember that you're a survivor. A goddamn warrior of love and pain. Of struggle and perseverance. You'll get through this. We'll get through this. And we'll come back even stronger than before." r.m. drake

"If Dorothy can click her heels together and get to Kansas, why can't I click my flip flops together and be on the beach?"

Two guys are driving down 5th Avenue in Manhattan when they come up to a red light. The guy driving slams the gas pedal and they go zooming past the red light. His friend looks at him and says, "Hey, you just went through a red light." The guy driving says, "Don't worry about it. My brother does it all the time." So they keep driving and they come to a second red light. The guy driving slams on the gas pedal and zooms past another red light. His friend is pretty mad, looks at him and says, "Hey man, you just went through another red light. What the heck are you doing?" The guy driving tells his friend, "Don't worry about it. My brother does this all the time." They come to a third red light and the guy driving slams on the gas, zooming past the red light. His friend starts screaming at him, "What the heck? You're going to get us killed! Pull over and let me out." The guy driving screams back at him, "I'm telling you: don't worry about it. My brother, he does it all the time." So they keep driving and they come to a green light. The guy driving slams on the brakes. His friend looks at him and says, "Are you out of your mind? What the heck is wrong with you? You go flying past three red lights, almost getting us killed, and then you slam on the brakes when you have a green light?" The guy driving looks at his friend and says, "I had to stop; my brother might have been coming."


It's Local Quilt Shop Day! Today we honor the local independent quilt shops that provide so much to quilters and crafters, often serving as a social connection to other quilters and providing classes. Observed on the 4th Saturday of January, a lot of shops usually would have specials and events to celebrate. Check with your favorite shop and see what they're offering this weekend and the social distancing guidelines.
--Measure Your Feet Day: today is a reminder that our feet do change over time and we should get remeasured on a regular basis to be sure we're wearing the right size shoe; a lot of medical issues can arise from wearing an improper sized pair of shoes.
--National Handwriting Day: this holiday was chosen today for the birthday of John Hancock, born 1737, who inspired the phrase "sign your John Hancock" with his famous signature on the Declaration of Independence; the Romans had an early script that looked like cursive; penmanship has been used as a symbol of status; those of us taught in the 50's,60's learned the Palmer method while the D'Nealian script was introduced in the '70's as a transition from print to cursive.
--National Pie Day: today is a salute to any and every kind of pie is honored today; whether it’s sweet fruit pies, meat-filled pies with gravy or those silly whipped cream pies that people throw for comical effect, no pie is left out during pie day and they all have an opportunity to shine!; pies have been around for thousands of years and the recipe hasn’t changed much; it’s still a pastry that’s filled with something and served on a plate or dish that it’s baked in; what's your favorite?
--National Rhubarb Pie Day: since today is Pie Day, Rhubarb Pie holiday is to remind us to get the rhubarb plants ready so they can be ripe for pie by May-June; rhubarb originated in Western China and was introduced to Europe by Marco Polo; John Bartram planted the first rhubarb seeds in the American colonies in the 1730's.
--Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day: big note: this is a facetious holiday, not to be taken seriously; for today, snowplow drivers can accumulate points for how many mailboxes they knock over; in the mid 18-19th century, snow wasn't plowed but smoothed down as carriages and wagons converted to sleds; snow wardens would roll the snow smooth, even add snow under bridges where snow was scant; by mid-19th century, horse-drawn snow plows were introduced and Milwaukee, in 1862, was the first city to try to clear its streets.
--In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the US to earn a medical degree. From bing: "Elizabeth Blackwell graduates from Geneva Medical College in New York, becoming the first woman in the US to do so. In 1857, Dr. Blackwell, along with her sister Emily and Marie Zakrzewska, will found the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. On the 100th anniversary of her graduation, the American Medical Women's Association will begin honoring her accomplishments by awarding the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal annually to women physicians."
--In 1922, a 14 year-old diabetic patient, Leonard Thompson, is the first to receive insulin as treatment as developed by Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and J.J.R. MacLeod.
--In 1957, toy company Wham-O introduces the frisbee. From bing: "The toy company Wham-O has taken notice of a plastic flying disc invented by WWII veteran pilot Walter Morrison, who's been selling his Pluto Platters on the beaches of Santa Monica, California. He sells the rights for the Pluto Platter to Wham-O, which soon changes its name to the Frisbee."
--In 1986, the first artists were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among the first inductees were Ray Charles, James Brown and Elvis Presley."
--In 1997, Madeleine Albright was the first female US Secretary of State. From bing: "After nearly four years as the US ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to head the US Department of State. She'll hold that role for the rest of the Clinton administration. Her support of ongoing sanctions against Iraq and US involvement in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia will be controversial even after she returns to private life."
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