“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month and National Card and Letter Writing Month? Now is a good time to send a card or letter to someone you haven’t seen in a while and include a poem in it.
April is Workplace Conflict Awareness Month. At today’s harried pace, workplace conflict is increasing. Many of us try to avoid this conflict, but instead we take it home with us. This month, we try to make people aware that trying to avoid conflict is futile; we must learn to deal with it and manage it.
April is National Facial Protection Month. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons urges people to wear mouth guards, helmets, and other safety equipment when playing sports and doing other outdoor activities that can result in injury. Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists.
It is National Kite Month. National Kite Month is a not-for-profit venture co-founded by the American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International. Kite events around the world help introduce people to the fun of kite flying, the rich history of kites, the stunning artistry of kite makers, and how kites can be used as educational tools. National Kite Month is a year long effort by kite professionals, enthusiasts, supporters, manufacturers, and friends to promote the wonderful qualities that kite flying has to offer people of all ages & physical ability levels. Kiting is truly a universal activity, limited only by the imagination.
What’s for lunch? How about some deep dish pizza? Today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Chicago style pizza, also known as deep dish, is characterized as having a buttery crust with sides built up to as high as three inches tall. The crust acts as a bowl to help hold the ingredients. As it’s name suggests it was first developed in Chicago in 1943 by Pizzeria Uno’s founder Ike Sewell. Not only is a deep dish pizza different from a traditional pizza because of it’s crust but also because it is heavy on pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings. Deep dish pizza has become so popular throughout the years that many chains have developed their own recipe.
Are you a gambler? Then, today, is your day. It’s Go For Broke Day. Today is a day to put it all on the line, and take a chance. It might be money. Or, it can be a love relationship. Perhaps, it’s time to initiate a risky project, or to take a new job. Many of us go about our daily lives playing it safe, not taking big chances. If you are of a conservative ilk, you may have never gone out on a limb, or taken big risks. If this sounds like you, maybe today is a day to really let loose and “Go for Broke”. If you can muster up the courage to take a big risk, you can enjoy today by taking big risks and “Going for Broke“.
The first Friday of April is National Walk to Work Day. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson declared the first National Walk to Work Day as April 2, 2004. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape. If you can’t walk to work, take a walk during lunch time, or after work. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Health officials, medical agencies, and medical organizations around the country state that a 30 minute walk will significantly improve you health. The benefits are many, including lower weight, less chance of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, and much more. Australia also had a Walk to Work Day. It’s the first Friday in October.
Today is Organize Your Meds Day, as part of Medications Safety week. Keep an updated record listing all medicines and supplements you are taking. Use of a medicine organizer box may be helpful, especially for those taking more than one pill several times a day, however, a medicine organizer box requires close monitoring, especially when there is a change in medicines. Also, be aware that use of an organizer box violates the rule of keeping medicines in their original containers. Take medicines as prescribed. New drugs with time-released action can offer some help with organizing with only once-a-day medicating. Ask your doctor about these newer medicines. Keep your medicine record up-to-date.
Some of the writers born on April 5th include:
Thomas Hobbes (1588), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), Ghazaros Aghayan (1840), Booker T. Washington (1856), István Örkény (1912), Robert Bloch (1917), Arthur Hailey (1920), Rafique Zakaria (1920), Hugo Claus (1929), Larry Felser (1933), Barbara Holland (1933), Frank Gaffney (1953), Guy Bertrand (1954), Anthony Horowitz (1956), Lasantha Wickrematunge (1958), Asteris Koutoulas (1960), Greg Mathis (1960), Anu Garg (1967), Krishnan Guru-Murthy (1970), and Mary Katharine Ham (1980).
Today we remember Saul Bellow who passed away on this day in 2005. He was a Canadian-born American writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times and he received the Foundation’s lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1990. In the words of the Swedish Nobel Committee, his writing exhibited “the mixture of rich picaresque novel and subtle analysis of our culture, of entertaining adventure, drastic and tragic episodes in quick succession interspersed with philosophic conversation, all developed by a commentator with a witty tongue and penetrating insight into the outer and inner complications that drive us to act, or prevent us from acting, and that can be called the dilemma of our age.”His best-known works include The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest authors, Bellow has had a “huge literary influence.”
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed two executive orders eighty years ago today. The first of these was 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps. The second was 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.
On April 5, 1949 a fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, killed 77 people and led to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States. Coincidently that was the same day that the American anthology drama series called Fireside Theater made its debut on television. It ran on NBC from 1949 until 1958. It was the first successful filmed series on American television. Stories were low budget and often based on public domain stories or written by freelance writers such as Rod Serling. While it was panned by critics, it remained in the top ten most popular shows for most of its run. It predated the other major pioneer of filmed TV in America, I Love Lucy, by two years.
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