From Native American poetry to Classics, songs, and graphic novels, how can we not be proud of America’s literary development? Come celebrate literacy and literature of all sorts in DC this September 5, 2015 from 9am – 10 pm. Free admission!
This year’s festival is a tribute to the 200th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s donation of all of his personal papers and books for the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. During the War of 1912 – 1814, the British burned 3,000 books belonging to the US Congress and took 10,000 American military and civilians captive, jailing them at Dartmoor prison in England. it was a horrible time.
Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library to replace those burned volumes, but it took us until 1815 – a full year after the war was over – to gain the release of all of our prisoners. Today, the British and filks all over the UK came to our National Book festival to speak, to sign books, and to visit the kiosks.
Times change, but books are always good.
Good news these days is that Longaberger Baskets moved all their outsourced jobs from China back to Ohio. However, that does not tell us the history of the Easter Basket —
The basket was originated in Poland, and perhaps some other Eastern European nations nearby. As with the hand painted eggs seen around Eastern Europe, Russian, Ukraine, and Belarus, several iterations of the basket may exist. However, the Polish basket is well known.
On Easter Saturday, food that would be prepared for the meals on Easter Saturday and Sunday were placed into a basket – sometimes a basket made of bread – and taken to church by the children in the families. There, teh food was blessed for the holiday meals. It is a charming custom.
For some good Polish Recipes for Spring and Easter, see:
April is National Humor Month and it should be loaded with fun things to do and healthy laughter.
Many events and people are honored in April each year and many with good humor. Remember when Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey traded TV shows one year on April 1? That was a lot of fun!
This year you can celebrate Easter, Jesse James, astronauts, Bugs Bunny, The Lumberjack Song, and hundreds of birds. But every day in April offers something different to think about this year.
April 1 will forevermore be known as Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey Day. On this day in 2014, a Tuesday, the two stars swapped TV programs.
Ferguson, his robot Geoff Peterson, and his horse sidekick Secretariat took over The Price Is Right. Mr. Carey hosted The Late Late Show on CBS that night.
I hope that these shows became available on DVD, or at least the CBS homepage and/or YouTube.
You may recall that Ferguson as Mr. Wick and Carey as an HR Representative in a Cleveland, Ohio Department store were married for a short time on The Drew Carey Show. The cast and crew loved the show as much as their dedicated viewing audience.
Uncanny, Strange and Fun Holiday Celebrations In April
Tavarua Island just off the west coast of Fiji’s biggest island cut all the special fees to tourists that were once levied to use the waterways around it. However, since 2010, the spot has gained revenue instead of lost it. The reasons? – Professional surfing competitions and good customer service throughout the island resort. Package vacation deals are pretty good!
Tavarua – The Heart Shaped Island of the South Pacific and It’s World Class Surfing
Tavarua began gaining attention only recently, but already has become a world class surfing hub.
Other water sports are also enjoying a boost: body surfing, kite windsurfing, stand up paddling, game fishing for HUGE fish, cruises, snorkeling and scuba and dozens more.
- The US Dollar is worth 2 Fiji dollars, so your money goes farther.
- Volcom Fiji Pro surfing championship happens the first half of June every year.
Dozens of celebrations happen on January 6 each year, so don’t be left out of the fun! These events happen in churches, community centers, town sqaures, and a variety of other venues. They include anything from watching the stars in the sky or a planetarium to roasting a boar’s head (or having a pig roast) and jumping in a river, to concerts and church services.
You might even find a study group on the Star of Bethlehem and when it might return!
Celebrations will occur January 6 in the USA and around the world, so check your local newspapers and Internet listings for special events and festivities.
See what it’s all about and why at:
Happy Epiphany and a Blessed Year to each one of you!