National Grandparents Day, Literacy Day, Date Nut Bread

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September 8, 2013

★~ Today’s Quote: “So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

★~ National Grandparents Day:

My Grandaddy

National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. She wanted to bring attention to the lonely elderly in nursing homes and also persuade grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Today’s grandparents range in age from 30 to 110 years old, and grandchildren range from newborns to retirees. There are an estimated 65 million grandparents in the US. By 2020, the number of grandparents is projected to reach 80 million, at which time they will be nearly 1 in 3 adults.

About 1 in 10 households headed by someone who is a grandparent has at least one grandchild living with them. Part of the reason for this is the recession-driven high unemployment among their grandchildren’s parents. 34% of these households had neither parent of the grandchild in the household. About 2.5 million grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.

Growing up my grandparents were the grandest of the grand and Cole’s grandparents are equally grand!

Happy Grandparents Day to Grandparents everywhere.

★~ International Literacy Day:


Each year, International Literacy Day highlights the status of literacy and adult learning globally. There are now almost 4 billion literate people in the world, but universal literacy remains an elusive target. One in six adults is still not literate and more than 67 million children are out-of-school. In 1965 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. It has been observed every year since 1966.

Sixty percent of prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems

More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth grade level- far below the level needed to earn a living wage. The National Adult Literacy Survey found that over 40 million Americans age 16 and older have significant literacy needs.

One book site that I really like and hope to use more often is Goodreads. It’s a terrific place to find out about new books and check in to see what your friends are reading. El Morno friend, Beth Ann Chiles is much more proficient with this site than I am so check out her book list. My small but growing book list.

Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known and Lovely Posters Celebrating Books and the Joy of Reading: A heartening transaction of literary pleasure.

★~  Date Nut Bread:

Date Nut Bread

Date nut bread combines — you guessed it! — dates and nuts to bread  for a salty-sweet addition and added texture.  Great sources of protein and iron, dates have been part of the human diet for more than 5,000 years. As a result of its curious shape, the fruit is thought to have taken its name from the Greek word for finger, “daktulos.” Dates require warm climates, and thus grow most prolifically in the Middle East and Africa, or, stateside, Arizona and California. Toast a piece of date nut bread and spread cream cheese or butter on top to celebrate Date Nut Bread Day.

Date Nut Bread
Pumpkin Date Nut Bread

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1866 – James and Jennie Bushnell became the proud parents of sextuplets in Chicago, IL. Three boys and three girls were born. Though two babies died, the surviving four lived long lives. This was the first recorded birth of sextuplets

♥~ 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America was written by a former Baptist preacher, Francis Bellamy. It only took Mr. Bellamy three hours to write the original 23 words in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America.

♥~ 1930 – Scotch™ Cellophane Tape was developed by Richard Drew and on this day the first roll of the sticky stuff was sent to a prospective customer. That customer wrote back with the following comments for 3M, “You should have no hesitancy in equipping yourself to put this product on the market economically. There will be a sufficient volume of sales to justify the expenditure.” He was right.

♥~ 1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was first published.

♥~ 1966 – NBC-TV headed into “Space: the final frontier.” The first episode of Star Trek, was, The Man Trap.

♥~ 1990 – Jon Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory hit number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles list. The song, from the album of the same name, was the theme song from the movie Young Guns II and earned Jon Bon Jovi an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

★~ Famous Birthdays:


♥~ 1922 – Harry Harris Emmy Award-winning director: Fame [1982]; ABC Afterschool Specials, The Waltons, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Kung Fu, Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-O,Falcon Crest, Eight Is Enough; died Mar 19, 2009

♥~ 1925 – Peter (Richard Henry) Sellers comedian, actor: The Pink Panther series, What’s New Pussycat, The Mouse that Roared, The World of Henry Orient, Casino Royale, Dr. Strangelove, Being There; died July 24, 1980

♥~ 1932 – Patsy Cline (Virginia Petterson Hensley) Country Music Hall of Famer: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Heartaches, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Faded Love; killed in plane crash Mar 5, 1963

♥~ 1947 –  Ann Beattie American author writes short stories that examine the disappointments of modern life.  Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, and John Updike.

♥~ 1981 – Jonathan Taylor Thomas actor: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tom and Huck, Man of the House, Home Improvement, Itsy Bitsy Spider cartoon

★~ Good to Know: 


The books people are mostly to lie about having read

984 by George Orwell
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Bible
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
In Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I’ve read 3 and a bit of a few others. . .


I'm a flower

Off and running on this almost rainy Sunday Morno.

Hope everyone has a great Day and remember if it makes it makes you smile, giggle or laugh…Do it again!


12 thoughts on “National Grandparents Day, Literacy Day, Date Nut Bread

  1. Morno,
    Good thing we are going out for Sunday dinner, not sure date nut bread would make the best dessert choice.
    My Grandparents were a big part of sisters and my life. They use to take us on trips, ice cream at least once a week, and host sleepovers. My kids did not know either set of grandparents for very long, but the times they spent together were memorable.
    Looking at the book list I am going to have to lie. Does the movie count?
    Have a good one.

    • Yes, the movie counts. In my book, reading is suppose to be entertaining, introduce you to new things and not torture you.
      Joe’s dad use to take Cole out for ice cream and always had a Peeze dispenser in his pocket, my parents have always played a big part in Cole’s life and he loves taking off to see them.
      Hope you enjoyed your dinner.

  2. A gray and gloomy morning. Was quite damp walking and I’m glad I wore a lite weight jacket. NO TRUCK TRAFFIC today so had a great walk with peace of mind that I wouldn’t be squashed by one. Nice and peaceful to say the least. Now the question is???? Do I hang my wash out to dry and will it?Or should I just throw it in the dryer? Coin toss? Will get my vacuming done this morning and get line dance sheets in order for tomorrow. Have a good day. I’m sure Cole will have some good stories to share when he returns.

    • Well inquiring minds want to know? Did you hang the wash out to dry? We never got a drop of rain. Glad you enjoyed a peaceful walk without the roar of the four wheeler.
      Cole, not unlike his mother, usually has an adventure or two along the way. 😀

  3. I am so not cultured in the reading department. I have read two books on that list from start to finish. And now I am reading Chasing Fire on your recommendation. I like it.
    Banana bread rules in our house.
    Hi, i’m Liz, a scotch tape addict. When we are down to 5 rolls I start to hyperventilated. There are very few problems scotch tape can’t solve. Really big problems can be worked out with duct tape.

    • I hope you enjoy it. Not great literature but entertaining.
      Do you need a tape intervention? Shall we introduce you to velcro fasteners? What about all those new colors??

  4. Cloudy and cool today here in the Mason but going to be 97 tomorrow so today I am going to clean the birdfeeders and refill them so I don’t have to do it in the heat of the day tomorrow!
    Thanks for the Goodreads shoutout—-I am trying to use it diligently and my TBR list is growing by the minute. I like to actually look at the physical books to add them to my list for some reason. I am always jotting down titles at Barnes and Noble. 🙂 Some of my read books are not listed on Goodreads and I am too lazy to add all the info required to search for them. 🙂
    Hope you have a great day and that Cole had a great time—I am sure he did!

    • Funny, like you, I shop Barnes and Nobel, take pictures of the books that I like and then Kindle. I started a book today that is almost too insipid and poorly written even for me: HOTSHOT by Julie Garwood. The dialogue is driving me nuts. But after a dry spell, I’m back to reading again, nothing beats a book not even (gasp) Facebook.

  5. less stressful waking today without the jolt of yesterday???
    experienced only one grandparent briefly. grandparents are such an asset to families.
    date nut bread sounds good about now!
    the stylish red plaid on the scotch tape dispenser brought back memories. i still make a mess out of gift wrapping!
    some dark skies, thunder &, at times, lightening the past couple of days with nothing to show for it. send rain here please!
    good day!

    • Certainly true about my grandparents and Cole’s grandparents.
      I can’t gift wrap worth a darn, my mom can gift wrap anything, perfectly. I bow pretty good tho….
      No rain to send…nary a drop fell. What’s the deal!

  6. We could use some rain, too. Big cracks in the yard. Hope all grandparents are properly celebrated today.
    Loved the “husky-flower”! Sorry, not much on date nut bread — I’d probably eat dates but definitely no nuts!
    Most of those books on that list, especially the “classics,” are ones I’ve had to read. I’ve read bits and pieces of some of the others, but some I have no intention of spending time with (War and Peace?? Snooze!)

    • I don’t think a single soul has every really read War and Peace. The rain passed us by and tomorrow is suppose to be hot, but since the hot days have been so few and far between I am grinning and bearing it.
      For the record I do not eat dates, they remind me of raisins.

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