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March 18, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote’s: God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back. ~ Gloria Steinem
★~ Goddess of Fertility Day:
In the ancient times, a few days before the spring equinox, women wishing to conceive would make offerings to the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, and to other gods and goddesses of fertility in celebration of life, fertility, and rebirth. Often referred to as Ostara (after the Norse goddess of fertility), the day was often marked with a “plentiful feast, cleaning, decorating, and exploration.”
Celebrating the Goddess of Fertility Day is not only for those wishing to start or grow a family; it is also for those that want to seed a new project or grow an existing one.
★~ Awkward Moment Day:
I promised you the bunny story last “Awkward Day,” so here it is.
My next-door neighbors had recently purchased a bunny, but I guess it ate through the garden and the flowers because it was kept on leash in their yard. It was well cared for and had shade, but was kind of a sitting bunny for predators. I let my campers out, looked out the window, and noticed that one of my pups was missing. I quickly ran outside, checked the gates, and called her name. She came right back, under the fence from the neighbors’ side—the neighbors with the bunny. I snuck in the neighbors’ side gate to check on the fate of the bunny, and the news was not good. I then had the unfortunate task of knocking on my Polish-speaking neighbors’ door and telling them, with hand gestures, what had happened. As one might expect, there was a lot of drama. After I left my neighbors’ place, I quickly ran across the street and knocked on the door of my Polish-English speaking neighbors (who are also our friends) and asked them to speak to our next-door neighbors on my behalf, to tell them how sorry we were and to offer them some sort of compensation. My Polish friend listened to my story and said, with a fair amount of indignation, “A bunny on a leash? How stupid!” I explained that while I appreciated her support and friendship, that might not be the best approach. We then discussed the importance of the “I’m so, so, so, sorry!” part of the conversation, and she agreed to speak on my behalf. It ended as well as could have been expected. When Joe learned what had happened, he looked at me and said, “Did you have Anna tell them it was pretty stupid to have a bunny on a leash when they lived next to people with dogs?” “No, Joe, I didn’t. I told them we would reinforce our fence.”
★~ It’s Oatmeal Cookie Day!
Oatmeal cookies have been around since the late 1800s. They originated in England, and evolved from the savory oatcake. In the Middle Ages, soldiers carried oatcakes with them in case they needed a quick boost of energy during battle. Although our modern-day version is much sweeter, oatcakes and oatmeal cookies share many of the same ingredients including spices, nuts, and raisins. Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1931 – The first electric razor was marketed by Schick, Inc.
♥~ 1850 – Businessmen William Fargo and Henry Wells combined their express mail businesses to start American Express. They started another famous delivery and banking company a short time later, with Wells getting first billing.
♥~ 1893 – Lord Frederick Stanley, the former governor-general of Canada started a tradition on this date when he pledged to donate a silver challenge cup to the best hockey team in Canada. The cup still exists, only now it’s awarded to the best team in the National Hockey League. And it still bears the name of its donor
♥~ 1937 – A public school building in New London, Texas was destroyed by a natural gas explosion. An investigation later determined that a gas leak in the large, unvented basement of the school had been ignited by an unknown spark in the building. The death toll was 298. The natural gas used in the building was raw, unprocessed natural gas, which is virtually odorless. As a result of the disaster, the Texas Legislatures passed regulations requiring that all utility gas must be odorized so that leaks could be more easily detected.
♥~ 1978 – The Bee Gees started an eight-week stay at the top of the pop music charts with Night Fever (they had a total of nine #1 hits) from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
♥~ 1995 – Michael Jordan announces that he will be returning to the NBA; changing Jersey to #45.
♥~ 2004 – A 100-foot diameter asteroid passed within 26,500 miles of Earth. It was the closest recored brush by an asteroid.
♥~ 1858 – Rudolf Diesel – Invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. Diesel originally designed the engine to run on peanut oil and was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from any fat or vegetable oil. This day honors the man whose vision comes full circle as biodiesel becomes an increasingly popular fuel.
♥~ 1927- John Kander, Composer (“Chicago”), turns 85
♥~ 1938 –Charley Pride Country Music Hall of Famer: Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’, Why Baby Why; member of Grand Ol’ Opry, CMA Entertainer of the Year , Male Vocalist of the Year [1971-1972]; semipro baseball player
♥~ 1943 – Kevin Dobson, Actor: Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon, Dirty Work, Code of Honor, Midway
♥~ 1950 – Brad Dourif, Actor: Phoenix, Color of Night, Wild Palms, Final Judgement, Jungle Fever, Body Parts, Mississippi Burning, Blue Velvet, Dune, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Studs Lonigan
♥~ 1962 – James McMurtry, Rock singer, songwriter
♥~ 1963 – Vanessa Williams singer: LPs: The Comfort Zone, The Sweetest Days; actress: Eraser, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man; Broadway: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Into The Woods; Miss America 1984
♥~ 1979 – Queen Latifah, rapper, Hip-hop’s first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker is Dana Owens. She came from a police family–both her father and older brother were cops, which would later influence her rhyming style and life philosophy. Owens witnessed both sides of Black urban life in the USA while growing up. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee, she soon found herself making waves in the hip-hop music scene.
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ The Ancient Egyptians regarded frogs as fertility symbols
♥~ Apples, hazel nuts, avocado, were often used in ancient fertility rites.
♥~ The Lotus is the plant symbol for fertility, creations, and purity.
♥~ Infertility affects 7.3 million people of childbearing age in the United States — about 10-15 percent of the reproductive-age population, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
♥~ 7% of married women are infertile by age 30, 11% by age 35, 33% by age 40, 87% at age 45.
♥~ Approximately 40 percent of infertility is due to female factors, 40 percent is due to male factors. The remaining 20% of cases are either a result of both partners or for unknown reasons.
Good News! Mercury is out of retrograde today! Sun is in Aries on Wednesday joined by Venus on Thursday! Fire, Fire burning bright….we will talk more about this later.
Why is El Morno late? Well, lets just say Cole and I had a bonding moment last night, and I will be back to share later! Hope your Monday is marvelous!
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