Shakespeare Day, Administrative Professional Day, World Book Night, Take a Chance, Picnic Day, Cherry Cheesecake Day

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April 23, 2014

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

★~Today’s Quote: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men & women merely players”  ~ William Shakespeare 

★~Shakespeare Day:


Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare? No? Me neither. But today hath been proclaimed “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.”  in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday we’re all supposed to be good sports, and walk speaketh like a Shakespearean. I suppose that means that in Chicago we’re supposed to say, “Where are dou at?”

★~ Administrative Professional Day: 

Miss Moneypenny

Administrative Professionals Day (also known as Secretaries Day if you’re not big on political correctness)  honors those who make the workplace run smoothly, we’ve gathered some of the most memorable office pros from pop culture. Many of them are tough, some of them have inappropriate or questionable relationships with their bosses, but all of them make the workplace memorable. Take a look at the office pros who make work interesting.

★~World Book Night:

World Book Night

“World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.”  World Book Night.

Blogger and El Morno Friend Beth Ann was chosen to give away books in her home town--click over and read more! 

 ★~Take a Chance Day:

take a chance

Once you ask, you’ve cut off your options. Don’t ask. Take a chance. If it doesn’t work out, ask for forgiveness and try something else. Asking is overrated. Be bold. Today you’re being challenged to take a chance and try something new.

★~ Picnic Day:


Our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.

During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal!

The American picnic is a casual affair. Any meal eaten outdoors can be called a picnic. So grab your sammie and head outdoors.

★~ Cherry Cheesecake Day:

Black Forest Cheesecake 2

What’s creamy, tangy and sweet all over? If you guessed Cherry Cheesecake you would be correct.

Cherry Cheesecake can be served  drowning in cherry compote or sauce, or the cheerful cherry flavor can be baked right into your cheesecake. The best part is that cheesecake pairs well either way.

Or maybe today you will want to try a Black Forest cherry cheesecake, which combines the best of all cheesecake worlds. Cherry-flavored chocolate cheesecake with a fresh cherry topping!

I will make a stop at the Cheesecake factory today, which is conveniently  located  very close to home. Sara Lee also make a  good cherry cheese cake or you could go all out and bake a cheesecake...Black Forest Cheery Cheesecake 

 ★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1896 –  The first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall at New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope, a boxlike “peep show.” This was the first time in the US that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together. I wonder if they had popcorn?

♥~1900 – The word, hillbilly, was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled a little differently, as the story said that a Hill-Billie was a “free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills.” The article continued that “he has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him.”

♥~ 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run.

~ 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts tossed the first no-hit game — for a loss — in baseball history.

♥~ 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, GA, made a showy, glitzy announcement that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was called “the most significant soft drink development” in the company’s history. Yeah, well, so much for history. It turned out to be one of the biggest corporate flops ever.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1564 – William Shakespeare poet, playwright: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth and at least three dozen more plays and over 150 sonnets; died Apr 23, 1616

♥~ 1914: Wrigley Field, the venerable, longtime home to the Chicago Cubs, is now a century old. The first game ever played in the historic venue took place on April 23, 1914. So everyone please wish Wrigley Field a happy 100th birthday! Please don’t wait until next year!

♥~ 1928 – Shirley (Jane) Temple Black child actress: Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, Heidi, The Little Colonel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; U.S. delegate to the United Nations and chief of protocol

♥~ 1930 – Alan Oppenheimer actor: Murphy Brown, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Home Free, Eischied, Big Eddie, Trancers 4 and 5, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Bionic Woman, The Groundstar Conspiracy, Star!

♥~ 1932 – (Roy) Halston (Frowick) fashion designer: created famous pillbox hat [1962] worn by Jackie Kennedy at JFK’s inaugural; his designs set standard for American designers in 1970s; died Mar 26, 1990 1936

♥~ 1936 – Roy Orbison singer: Only the Lonely, Running Scared, Oh, Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby, It’s Over; died Dec 6, 1988

♥~ 1939 – Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary II) actor: The Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, The Bionic Woman, The Covergirl Murders

♥~ 1960 – Craig Sheffer actor: The Second Front, Dracula II: Ascension, Final Breakdown, Deadly Little Secrets, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal, Without Malice

★~Good to Know:A few favorite Shakespeare Comebacks

shakespeare comeback

♥~ “There’s small choice in rotten apples.” (Shakespeare:Taming of the Shrew. I could have used this in the last election.

♥~ “I desire that we may better be strangers.” (Shakespeare: As You Like It). I like it.

♥~ “Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.” (Shakespeare: King Lear). When you want to tell someone how you really feel about them

♥~ “She hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults.” Wealth can forgive a lot.

♥~  “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare: Macbeth). A short quote that sums up a lot of today’s media coverage.

♥~ “I do wish thou were a dog, that I might love thee something.” (Shakespeare: Timon of Athens).  I bet a few of us can relate to this one.


Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I must go and pick up my teen from the airport. I’m looking forward to hearing all about his trip and more about the Grandmother and Grandson Assassin business plan that he and GrandMarcie are formulating–get your list ready I think they are offering an early bird discount. I hope they came up with a pithy name – -something like: To Kill, No Question; Over and Done; Sorrow is Sweet? I am sure they would welcome any suggestions.

Odd affects consort!


12 thoughts on “Shakespeare Day, Administrative Professional Day, World Book Night, Take a Chance, Picnic Day, Cherry Cheesecake Day

  1. I am over the top excited about World Book Night if you couldn’t tell already! Thanks for the shout out! I am hoping to be able to actually give the books to those who will really appreciate having one! I am not sure if that is going to happen at the library and if not I am taking it to the streets—-well—don’t worry. Mr. Diamond will be with me!!!

    • I’m glad that alls well that ends well. Not exactly what you expected but the deed is done. Hope you and Mr. Diamond treated yourselves to ice cream, or something!

  2. Holy Wednesday El Morno girl there is a lot going on today. I’m going to need another cup of coffee.
    I’ll start with wishing a Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field. I saw one of my first professional baseball games in that park long before night games.
    Shakespeare comebacks are good. They should have taught those in school. Would have made him a lot more interesting.
    Good for Beth Ann for encouraging more readers. Good Luck.
    I knew about Administration Professional Day. Done. We are all going to lunch on Friday and calling it a half day.
    Have a good one.

    • Hope you caught up. Sometimes these holidays and celebrations all run together.
      Night games started at Wrigley after I moved here. It was such a heated controversy. I was an apartment dweller in the neighborhood but everyone had a word to say…
      Nice way to celebrate Administration Professional Day!

  3. Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field..I remember going to a game there as a child..years ago..glad it is still there.
    Must have some cherry cheesecake today…. 😀

    • Did you have Sara Lee’s Cherry Cheesecake? It really is good.
      Wrigley Field brings back a lot of good memories for a lot of people. It is smack dab in the middle of a pricey Chicago neighborhood. Very yuppie.

  4. We have a great secretary at work. I wouldn’t want her job!
    I’d have a picnic with those pups in the basket.
    Happy Birthday Wrigley Field! Don’t remember if I ran past you in 2000.
    Congratulations, Beth Ann……put on those walking shoes!
    We can relate to Shakespeare a lot better now.
    Good morning!

    • You did run past Wrigley–more or less.
      Secretaries do deserve the day, many times over.
      Yes, I plan to remember a few of those insults to mutter under my breath!

  5. How cute are those puppies on the picnic basket??!

    Hope Cole has a safe flight home — looks like the weather should hold, too. I know you’ll be glad to see him again!

    Shakespeare had a way with words, didn’t he? (even if “they” say he pilfered from others!)

    Good luck, Beth Ann — have fun with your give-away!

    I remember New Coke. Bet somebody got “canned” over that fiasco!

    Happy B-day, Wrigley Field!!

    • Those pups are cute. Golden’s are always adorable. Shelties too, of-course.
      Shakespeare can be amusing especially now that both Cole and I are done with mandatory Shakespeare.
      “canned” over that? Good one.

  6. We are having a beautiful Spring. Very unusual in this part of the country. April is usually our worst month.
    I miss Cole already. He really is the most fun company.

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