World Kindness Day, Diwali, National Indian Pudding Day!

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
November 13, 2012

I thought it would fun to enjoy a cuppa with the Beatles this Good Morno! 

★~ Today’s Quote: Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.~H.Jackson Brown,Jr.

★~ World Kindness Day:

No matter where we are, today is our day to change the world with one simple act of kindness.Conceptual physics teaches us that the world has a “matching program.”  Each time we are kind (the world does not judge big or small) our kindness is repeated somewhere in the world. Celebrate today by being kind in a worldly sort of way.

★~ Diwali:

Diwali is a the five-day festival of lights that begins today, is the prettiest of all Indian festivals. It celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. Thousands of flickering lights illuminate houses and transform urban landscapes while fireworks add color and noise. The goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, is worshipped in Hindu homes on Diwali. Houses are whitewashed and cleaned and elaborate designs drawn on thresholds with colored powder to welcome the fastidious goddess. Because there is no one universally accepted Hindu calendar, this holiday may be celebrated on a different date in some parts of India, but it always falls in the months of October or November.

★~ National Indian Pudding Day:

Indian pudding is custard made with molasses, cornmeal, milk, butter, spices, eggs, and sometimes apples. Once baked, Indian pudding looks like an inedible mush, but after one bite rumor has it you will be hooked!

This recipe has been around for centuries. Early American colonists did not have the necessary ingredients to make plum pudding, so they created an alternative using cornmeal. Indian pudding is still a popular dessert around New England and other parts of the country. Today, enjoy some Indian pudding.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1789 –  In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

♥~ 1805 – The people of Vienna (Wien), Austria point to the word wiener to prove their claim as the birthplace of the hot dog. It is said that master sausage maker Johann George Lehner, who made the first wiener this day, got his early training in Frankfurt, Germany. He called his sausage the wiener-frankfurter. But it was generally known as wienerwurst. The word wiener comes from Wien (the German name of Vienna) and wurst means sausage in German.

♥~ 1952 – The first press-on fingernails were sold in the U.S.

♥~ 1968 – This was a good day for The Beatles. Their movie, Yellow Submarine, premiered in the U.S. and the single, Hey Jude, topped the pop music charts (it was in its 7th of 9 weeks at #1).

♥~ 1982 – Business as Usual, the smash album by Men at Work, started a fifteen-week run at number one in the U.S. The tracks: Who Can It Be Now?, I Can See It in Your Eyes, Down Under, Underground, Helpless Automation, People Just Love to Play with Words, Be Good Johnny,Touching the Untouchables, Catch a Star, Down by the Sea.

★~Born Today:

♥~354 – St. Augustine, born in Thagaste, in what is now Algeria. He said, “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

♥~ 1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson author: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, A Child’s Garden of Verses; died Dec 3, 1894

♥~ 1934 – Garry Marshall producer: The Odd Couple, Mork & Mindy, Happy Days; director: Pretty Woman, Beaches; comedy writer: Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show; actor: A League of Their Own, Lost in America; brother of actress Penny Marshall

♥~ 1954 – Chris Noth actor: The Good Wife, Law & Order, Burnzy’s Last Call, Jakarta, Baby Boom, Sex and the City

♥~ 1955 – Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson) Academy Award-winning actress: Ghost [1990]; The Color Purple, Sister Act series, Made in America, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Comic Relief, The Whoopi Goldberg Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bagdad Cafe, Whoopi; Grammy Award-winning comedienne: Whoopi Goldberg [1985]

★~ Did you Know:


On November 13, 1946, an airplane flew over Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts and seeded the clouds with super-cooled ice crystals. The first-ever artificially-produced snow melted before it hit the slopes below, but the event created a national sensation. It marked the first field test of scientist Vincent Schaefer’s laboratory experiments in which he produced precipitation by adding dry ice to lower the temperature of a chilled chamber. Although some people protested that tampering with nature might not be safe or proper, within three years ski resorts in the U.S. were experimenting with snowmaking. By 1952 the first snowmaking machinery was in regular use at a Catskill ski resort. Today, virtually every American ski area produces artificial snow, and snowmaking is a multi-million dollar global business.

Did you snow, that you can send family or friends a little snow for Christmas? Or perhaps you would just like to add a real snowman to your front yard. Or perhaps we could have an Odd snow party in July–Ohhh Cousin Carla!!

Make Snow

Buy fake Snow


The first snow flakes fell in Chicago last night and Cole and I acted like it was the first time we had ever seen snow.  The snow barely frosted the fall leaves, but the first snowfall is always exciting. We love snow in November and can go on and on about its wonderfulness! We prefer to live in the moment and not consider how we will feel about the awfullness of snow in February. In any case, I just stuck my head out the door and was blessed with an arctic blast of cold, clean air. Time to put the hot chocolate on . . .

What are your plans for this Terrific Tuesday?  Odd Loves Company!

10 thoughts on “World Kindness Day, Diwali, National Indian Pudding Day!

  1. Morno!
    Snow? Wet, cold, slippery…hard to play golf in. Not a big fan but I will agree it can be pretty for a day looking at it from a window.
    Indian pudding, did we have this last year? I am getting old. The Beatles picture is classic.

    Have a good one.

  2. I would love to have my kids experience a white Christmas. More than likely we will have rain. The snow project looks fun but you try it first and let me know how it works.
    Kindness the gift that keeps on giving.
    Off to have my hair done. Wish me luck!

  3. So much meaty stuff going on with this post, Kb! We had a heavy frost overnight, but no snow yet — I, too, love that first snow, when it blankets the yards with white and quiet! But its charms wear off by January.
    Whoopi’s real name was Caryn? Hmm, I’m not sure she made an improvement, though “Whoopi” is certainly more memorable!
    Bobby Flay made an Indian Pudding on an Iron Chef rerun last night — the judges raved about it.
    Never heard of Diwali before. Sounds like an interesting celebration.

    • We have a street in Chicago called Devon which hosts a lot of Indian culture and when I drove down it it was awash in color. Funny, I have been driving down Devon for years and never noticed until this year. Did Bobby put raisins in his Indian pudding? I bet he did. It’s beautiful snow in November and December and god awful snow by Jan. Now sure about down state but we are suppose to have a lot of snow this year.

  4. can never have enough beatles. thanks for the picture.
    i tend to think of real snowfall as currier & ives. not reality, i know. i’ve been away from having to deal with it for too long.

    • Isn’t that fun picture? I loved it. Most Chicagoans are surprised by the cold and the ones that have lived here their whole life are the worst! “Guess it’s going to be getting cold.” Or “Think we might have snow this year.” Now some winters have been colder than others and some winters have had more or less snow but winter does come every single year in Chicago. Denial I guess. 😀

  5. Thanks for explaining about Diwali. My son has a friend who celebrates and I was never sure what the celebration was about. There house sure is pretty during the holiday and smells great!

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