World Creativity and Innovation Day, Kindergarten Day, Chocolate Cashew Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥
April 21, 2013

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★~Today’s Quote:“Reject the tyranny of being picked. Pick yourself.” ― Seth Godin, Poke the Box

★~  World Creativity and Innovation Day:

creative Imagination.

It’s World Creativity and Innovation Day! Think of the word “create” for a moment. When we think of creativity and play, it could almost seem like a frivolous pursuit, until we think of the word, “creation” — like bringing something into being. This is where universes are created, dreams are built, and empires are overcome! World Creativity and Innovation Dayhas been celebrated in over 46 countries since 2002 and encourages people to make the world a better place. The best way to celebrate today is by using your imagination but Did You Know (below) has a few idea to help spark your imagination. One of the best places I know to feel creativity buzzing is Kickstarter.

★~ Kindergarten Day:

Waldorf Kindergarten

♥~ Kindergarten Day celebrates the birth of Friedrich Froebel (1782).  Friedrich’s experience as an educator led him to the conclusion that playtime can be very instructive; an essential part of a child’s education. He founded the first kindergarten for this purpose in 1837 in Blankenburg, Germany.  This directed playtime led to his invention of a series of toys that were designed to stimulate learning. He called these toys, gifts. The mother of famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright gave her son some of these gifts … in the form of maple wood blocks. Wright often spoke of the value the gifts had brought him throughout his life. The picture above is of a Waldorf classroom, where the value of play is held very high and is never a step child to the rigors of writing and reading.

★~ Chocolate Covered Cashew Day!

Roasted cashews coated in rich milk chocolate! And it gets even better…Cashews are rich in all kinds of things that are good for you so they are a treat you can eat without guilt.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1856 –The first rail train to pass over the mighty Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, IL made its journey across a newly completed bridge between the two rail centers. Check out the video above of the 112-foot long train that set a new Guinness World Record as the longest chocolate structure.

♥~ 1959 – The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was landed by Alf Dean. Ol’ Alf told the fellas down at the marina about the 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed in at 2,664 pounds!  Dean made the historic catch in South Australia.

♥~ 1963 –The Beatles and The Rolling Stones met for the first time together, at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Stones opened show.

♥~ 1984 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller album slipped a couple of notches from number 1 to number 3 on the pop album charts.  Thriller was number one for 37 weeks, setting a record in music history for the longest run at the top.

♥~ 1986 – A record audience watched as the long-sealed vault of racketeer, Al Capone was opened during a much-hyped TV special. Guess what? All that Geraldo found were broken bottles and no trace that Capone and his gang had ever stashed anything there.

♥~ 1997 – The ashes of 1960s LSD guru Timothy Leary and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were blasted into space (actually an orbit of the Earth) in the world’s first space funeral.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 753BC -Happy 2,766th birthday Rome! Though Rome may be the Eternal City,  she never misses a birthday celebration. According to legend – and the calculations of Lucius Taruntius Firmanus, a Roman astrologer and mathematician who lived in the 1st century B.C. – Romulus founded the city on April 21, 753 B.C.  Romans mark their city’s birth, known as the Natale di Roma, with raucous popular festivals involving large quantities of eating, drinking, joke playing and other forms of merrymaking. Feel free to do as the Romans do, and celebrate Rome’s birthday. I would skip the candles, just sayin’

♥~ 1915 – Anthony Quinn Academy Award-winning actor: Viva Zapata! [1952], Lust for Life [1956]; The Guns of Navarone, The Inheritance, The Old Man and the Sea, Zorba the Greek; died June 3, 2001

♥~ 1926 – Queen Elizabeth II (Elisabeth Mary) Queen of the United Kingdom [1952- ]; eldest daughter of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon; married Philip Mountbatten [1947]: four children: Charles [Prince of Wales], Anne, Andrew, Edward

♥~ 1951 –Tony Danza actor: Family Law, Who’s the Boss, Taxi, Angels in the Outfield, Baby Talk; TV talk show host: The Tony Danza Show [co-executive producer]

★~ Good To Know:


“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

What makes someone an artist? I don’t think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren’t artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.

An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.

That’s why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That’s why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artists, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.

Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artists, even though his readers are businesspeople. He’s an artists because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn’t care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it’s important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”
― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


Seth Godin, is such a gem. What ignites your creativity?

Check out this weeks Odds and Ends. I’m off to post another Shoe Review.

By the way, I’ve decided to take a more positive approach to the weather…


Any plans for the day?

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10 thoughts on “World Creativity and Innovation Day, Kindergarten Day, Chocolate Cashew Day

  1. Morno,
    Creative and innovative on a Sunday might be pushing it. Unless it includes a few creative golf shots. I’m off to play some golf, and hook up with some friends for a late lunch. I still hate my kindergarten teacher. Might be time to let it go.
    Chocolate covered cashews are tasty, I will try to eat enough to cover your other readers that are nut haters. Happy to do my part.
    Have a good one.

    • Golf shots would count. Sounds like a good news today. Thanks for doing more than your share, on behalf of all Odd readers we appreciate it.

  2. Flowing with the ideas of Creativity and innovativeness. My husband and I are going to start to paint the house today. We got everything ready yesterday, and my husband took most of next week off, so we are going to dig in and get it done. Hope we don’t kill each other in the process. My daughter is only 2, but Waldorf would be our first choice of schools if we can afford it. I have friends who send their kids to the Denver Waldorf school and love it. I am wait listed for the parent/child program.
    Grandparents showing up to take my little one for the day, so I better get ready to start my day.
    Hope you have a lovely Saturday.

    • Wow, painting the house is a big project! Good luck to you both. The Denver Waldorf school is awesome. I know tuition is such a stretch! We started in Parent-Child. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

  3. Good Morno!
    It was a such a fun night out and now we have the house to ourselves until the kids come home after lunch. My in-laws rock.
    Hubby is out running, while I sip coffee and slowly start my day. Not sure how or if we will be creative and innovative, and not sure I should share….
    Hope you have a beautiful day.

    • Well…mmm. No better not share, it’s a family blog and we don’t want to shock my sweet mom 😀 Glad you had such a great time.

  4. I have to fire up my creativity today — there’s a writing contest I want to enter, and I have to get my submission(s) edited and ready to go! Wish me luck — wait, today isn’t Good Luck day, is it?!
    You know I can’t eat nuts. How about if I just lick the chocolate off the cashews? Or take a nibble off the ginormous chocolate choo-choo??!

    • Quick, put on your lucky green shoes!! Yes, you can lick the chocolate off the cashews, as long as you don’t return the cashews to the bowl. Do you promise?

  5. creative, innovative, an artist i am not. i may have had a moment at one time or another.
    the over testing of school kids has descended upon kindergarten & has for some time now in school districts around here. the barely 5 yr olds are tested early in the school year, too. crazy.
    chocolate covered cashews!! my two favorite things!
    good afternoon!

    • Craziness..Cole did not read a word until he was in 4th grade. We didn’t test, we didn’t worry (much) his teacher said she felt it was maturity issue–When he started reading the second month of 4th grade he took off like a bat, and this is what he said, ” Mom, I like reading, but the world is so much louder now. There are words every place.” I can not imagine putting that pressure on a 5 year old that wasn’t ready. And yet, I know early intervention when there are problems can save a kid a lot of pain.
      Really? Chocolate covered cashews are a favorite thing? They are very good!

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