BACKWARD DAY

TL 1-31 BACKWARD DAY

What is Yad Drawkcab???  Well…  it’s BACKWARD DAY!!!  This is the time to do everything backward.  It’s so much easier for kids in school to do this.  Adults have been conditioned and need to literally make themselves do things backward.  Oh to be young again – and have the ability to be silly.

Write backward, talk backward. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat a steak dinner for breakfast, and pancakes for dinner. Play a board game from the finish line to the start. Put a masking tape line on the floor and practice walking backwards.  Whatever you do, make it fun!

Just remember to post every selfie you take today – you can’t pick and choose which ones you put on facebook!

To see a person’s true face, look at the photos that do not get posted.  – Brandon Specktor

Use your imagination!  The sky is the limit.  What sort of backward things can you think of???

 Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.  – Faith Whittlesey

This would be so much fun to celebrate with your kids or grandkids – and make sure you have the camera handy because you will definitely make some great memories for that scrapbook!

If you do decide to celebrate, make sure to share your photos with me on facebook!

Some parent is very talented with their video camera!  I really like the game of pool.  The spaghetti…  um – not so much.  I wonder how they did that.  

 To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.  – Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender

For one day, bond with your children in a most unusual way.  Live life to the fullest with your little ones while you have them.  You want to look backwards in time and remember more laughter than tears.

Again with the food…  LOL!!!  Oh well…

 In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.   – Friedrich Nietzsche

Today I read about a mini-golf place that advertised they will celebrate Backward Day.  They will have everyone play the course backwards from hole 18 to hole 1.  Admission is also backwards – adults pay as children.  How fun would that be?

 Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.   – G.K. Chesterton

That looks like fun.  The goal is to spend time with your kids and be happy!  May you and your family have a lovely Backward Day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

FUN AT WORK DAY

TL 1-30 FUN AT WORK DAY

Follow your dreams – unless it’s that one where you’re at work in your underwear.  – Unknown

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Do you have fun at work???  Well, today you should!  If you are a boss, I have news for you.  Did you know you will get much more productivity from your employees if you make a fun work environment for them?  That’s right!  Nobody wants a job that seriously affects their ability to giggle.  I’ve had a few of those jobs in my life, and I found I made more mistakes and took more “sick” days because I just did not want to be there.

 Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.   – H. Jackson Brown

I’m not saying a workplace should be a circus (unless you actually work in a circus), but there needs to be a bit of fun every day.  Make your employees want to come to work with emotional incentives and a positive overall attitude.

I had three children while I was earning my PhD at Harvard.  When I met with a therapist, one of the first things she asked was, “When was the last time you read a book for fun?”  That day, schlepping my preschoolers through the grocery store, I picked up a copy of Jurassic Park.  I read all night.  That question became a pivotal part of my career as a coach and self-help author.  Inject fun into any joyless portion of your life.  Everything can change.  – Martha Beck, PhD

Positivity works from the top down – not from the bottom up.  If you as a boss have a great outlook and make things more fun for your people, then your people will respect you and work well with and for you.

I’ve worked for some great people, and I’ve worked for some not so great people.  The great ones make sure you know you matter and make sure the work environment is friendly and not hostile or overly competitive.  They don’t micro-manage, but they know what is going on in their department.  There is always an element of FUN with a great boss.

 Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.   – Charles Kingsley 

Leadership is a gift some people naturally possess.  It’s important to learn how to be the best leader you can be for the sake of those under you.  The bottom line is, the better you treat your people, the more work you will get from them.  You have to earn their respect and their commitment.

All happy companies are different:  Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem.  All failed companies are the same:  They failed to escape competition.  – Peter Thiel

For most people, committing time to a job is not just about getting a paycheck.  It’s about knowing you can have a bit of fun along the way and not get in trouble for it.  🙂

 

 

FREE THINKERS DAY

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DYSLEXIA
Today we celebrate those who think for themselves…  it is the birthday of Thomas Paine and is also FREE THINKER’S DAY!!!  Did you know that Christians can be free thinkers???  Yes, they sure can!  I am one to weigh everything in my mind and come to my own conclusions.  Of course, being dyslexic, sometimes the process is – shall we say, hilarious!?!?!

If you struggle with reading and writing, I want to encourage you to keep reading and keep writing. I know that learning is difficult and when you read and skip lines it can make you want to pull your hair out. Or when you read quite as quiet or stuck as struck or… well there are many examples.  And keep your wits about you, your sense of humor by your side, and weigh your thoughts for yourself.  Be a free-thinker.  Take everything to God – weigh it against His Word.  Figure it out.

God had His hand on me. I made some great friends in school who were in the advanced classes. Some of them even helped me with homework. They didn’t make fun of me and I learned a great deal from them.  They let me grow at my pace and let me reason things out.

If you struggle with dyslexia, you are not alone. It will take you longer to learn, but you can learn. You are not stupid. Don’t let anyone tell you that! Do you know to this day I skip lines when I’m trying to type things up? I was a secretary! Can you believe that? I had a very patient boss who understood because his son was dyslexic too. Once in a while I would just miss an entire line on something and have to do it over again. I’m fine if I can use either the cursor on the computer, or my finger on the written page. I get into trouble when I’m trying to put something from a printed page onto a computer screen. No finger to help me follow the lines, so often times the lines get skipped completely! Take a look at what I see. I fall into the “wavy words” category. I wish they’d just stop moving ‘cuz it makes me sea-sick! Oh, and don’t even ask me to read while I’m riding in a car – huh-uh, no way!

I’ve used HUMOR to cover up for a great deal of frustration.  One example is this:  When life hands you LEMONS you make LEMONADE.  But guess what?  Life hands a dyslexic person MELONS and we make MELON BALLS!!!

Just this morning I was designing one of my own poems and skipped an entire line when I was typing it up! It’s just a quirk that will probably be with me forever, I guess. The important thing is to surround yourself with understanding people who encourage you and support your dreams! You can do anything you want to do. Just do the very best you can! Hold on to hope and don’t let anyone do your thinking for you!  You can DO this!!! 

NATIONAL KAZOO DAY

TL 1-28 NATIONAL KAZOO DAY

What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a “modem” can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo.  – Dave Barry

Well, that’s one description for a kazoo.  It’s about the most creative one I’ve ever heard.

If you don’t think you can play a musical instrument, I have news for you!  You can play a kazoo!  No, I’m not kidding, you really can.  Today is NATIONAL KAZOO DAY!!!  Just give it a try.  A kazoo is a very inexpensive but addictive instrument.  Oh, but make sure you hum into it – don’t blow air in it or it won’t work.  And you have to hum into the big end, not the little end.

A kazoo is not the same thing as a vuvuzela.  They are not even kissing cousins.  Some folks think a kazoo is just a child’s toy, but it is really a musical instrument in the mirliton or membranophone family.

The kazoo was first seen in 1852 at the Georgia State Fair.  It was called the “Down South Submarine” because it looks very much like a submarine.  It was mass-produced and sold by Emil Sorg and Michael McIntyre, a tool and die maker.  Production began in Buffalo, New York but moved to Eden, New York where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.

I had a metal kazoo when I was a kid.  It was bright yellow with red and blue design on it.  I drove my folks crazy with it.  Daddy used to tell me, “You put the ZOO in kazoo!”  I suppose that meant that I was making him nuts.  I remember thinking, “Well, YOU gave it to me!”  LOL – funny what you remember sometimes, isn’t it?

The kazoo was played often in popular music back in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s.  They can be made of metal like mine, or plastic or other materials.  Each has unique sound qualities.  The tone is determined by the quality of the membrane or resonator.

LOL – you don’t tune a kazoo – that was just for fun.  If you hum off-tune, guess what???  Yeah – you’ll be off-tune!  But if you’re having fun, WHO CARES???  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

TL 1-27 HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah”— in Hebrew literally translated as the “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you’re scared.   – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

We should never forget. I pray nothing like the holocaust ever happens again. History is bound to repeat itself if we don’t study and learn from the past.

 Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.  – Corrie Ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord

Today I want you to watch “The Hiding Place”. I saw this film when I was 14 years old. The film was in theaters in April 1975. Yeah – do the math – you know how old I am. It’s not an ear tickler, but it’s something we need to see. Throughout the life of Corrie Ten Boom she kept her faith in Jesus Christ. She is truly an awesome inspiration!  Please go to You Tube to watch this great movie.

 Weave in faith and God will find the thread.  – Author Unknown

May God’s Holy Spirit speak to you as you watch this.

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I have had the flu for the past couple of days and have not been able to keep anything down. As God always does, He used humor to cheer me up. I asked my husband, “Do you suppose this is sort of like fasting?” You can imagine the look he gave me. I think he was about to call the men in the white jackets to come take me away.

Of course it’s not the same as fasting. Illness does not count because when you fast it is a willing act of obedience and devotion to your Lord, not a flu bug! Fasting and prayer makes the devil start taking prozac. I like that statement from Paula White!

Fasting has always been an interesting ritual for me since I’m diabetic. Many diabetics do not take part in fasting because they believe it to be too risky. I don’t judge them one way or the other. I choose to go ahead and fast, but it is between me and God. Not a big deal, and sometimes I don’t fast for a very long while, but I don’t believe it’s supposed to be some sort of contest to see who can go without nourishment the longest! It’s a spiritual act of worship, and that’s all.

There is nothing magical about fasting except it affords you more time to pray and study God’s Word. The time you would usually spend nourishing your body, you spend nourishing your soul. It’s my personal belief that God speaks more clearly and honors my sacrifice. I believe He in turn blesses my life abundantly! But it’s not a big deal and most of the time no one knows I’m in the midst of a fast. It’s a secret time between God and me (as it should be).

Some people think that a fast has to be done in a ritualistic way and that it is always about denying yourself food, but I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking. I believe God honors any sacrifice we make, on purpose, to be closer to Him. If you can’t go without food for a whole day, just fast one meal and spend the time in prayer. If you are afraid to do without food, skip your favorite T.V. show (but don’t record it – that’s not denial). Spend that time in prayer. There are many variations to a fast. It’s like Lent, really – only for a shorter time. ❤

NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY

TL 1-25 NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY

When the weather is cold, isn’t it tempting to make a big pot of soup or stew?  Well, in our house, it never gets eaten up in a day.  Since there are just two of us, it takes several days for us to eat it all, and we are sick of it by the time we’ve finished it.  It takes so many days to finish off the Potato Soup – ugh…

Today is NATIONAL SOUP SWAP DAY!!!  They make it clear that even though this is the official day to swap soup, it is not by any means the only day you can do it.  All you have to do is find a friend who thinks this is as good an idea as you do and coördinate, then SWAP!

I’ll make you some great German Potato Soup if you will fix me some of your grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup.  See how simple it is?  All you have to do is find a partner (or two or three).

There are a couple of things I would suggest, just to make the whole process easier and avoid some hard feelings down the road.

  • It’s okay to make the soup in your best pot or crock pot, but I wouldn’t transport it in the same pot.  Pots grow legs and walk sometimes.  It could lead to some hurt feelings if you have to go out and buy a new one because it does not come back home.
  • Be sure you and the one you are in cahoots with share the same kinds of tastes.  If I make a mild lentil soup for you, don’t make your four alarm chili for me.
  • This can be a hoot at first, but take a break from it once in a while.  Sometimes people just want to eat something besides soup or stew.  I know it’s hard to believe, but on occasion I like a steak cooked on my George Foreman.
  • If you swap with someone and for any reason do not like, or are unable to eat what they give you, don’t tell them.  That just hurts the person and puts a strain on your relationship with them.  I’m not saying you should lie, just say, “My the stew you made was quite remarkable.”  Or, you could just say “Thank you” and leave it alone.  If you over-state, you will undoubtedly get it again…  often.
  • This may or may not work, depending on your partner.  You could plan to meet with cookbooks and make a list of soups or stews that you think you and your family would like.  Leave your list with your partner and that would ensure that you don’t get an unpleasant surprise.  For instance, if there is a recipe for Turtle Soup in her cookbook, just don’t put it on your list if you don’t want to try it.  I mean, that’s what I’d do.

WORRIES GO DOWN BETTER WITH SOUP

Give it a try this winter.  It could be a fun time and a great learning experience.  You’ll never get bored with soups and stews again!  Wink!  😉

GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY

TL 1-24 GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY

LAUGHING HEARTS

Today is GLOBAL BELLY LAUGH DAY!!!

It’s not too late to laugh! In case you are in a situation where you feel life is a bit hopeless and there will never be any laughter in your future, I’m here to tell you that’s not true! If you can find just one good friend who does not confine your thoughts and make you stifle the giggles you would love to set free, you are blessed in this life.

I have one good friend who does not mind that I speak freely or laugh randomly. What a blessing! Sometimes I laugh so hard I begin to cry. What good does laughter do?

Laughter can give you an instant workout, physically and emotionally. The “core” benefits when you laugh. A minute of laughter equals about 10 sit-ups. Emotionally, when you laugh, endorphins release. Those are the “feel-good” hormones that keep us from being down and depressed all the time.

Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.  – Proverbs 27:17

Have you ever heard two people engaged in a conversation and one says something, then the other “feeds” off of them and says something else that makes both of them laugh even harder? Well, that is what iron sharpening is all about. It’s a type of “feeding” – but in a good way. If you have a friend who understands how important that kind of relationship and conversation is, you have hit the jackpot! God has provided the best thing ever with that kind of friendship.

Those who bring sunshine to others can not keep it from themselves.  – Sir James M. Barrie

Count your blessings if you have a good friend; someone you can be yourself with; someone who will neither judge you nor scold you for the things you choose to say. Life can seem so long if you have to guard every word that proceeds from your mouth. There should be one soul in this world who will let you be yourself, no holds barred, and no walking on eggshells.  Wink!  😉

LAUGHTER

DATA INNOVATION DAY

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The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that have come from the data revolution.  From education to transportation, virtually every state agency is looking to data to improve performance.

There’s a joke that goes…  There’s an APP for that!  Indeed there is.  No matter what you want to do with a computer, the technology is available to make it happen.  Are there more programs to advance our lives via technology?  Of course, we are always striving to improve, aren’t we?

I appreciate the advancements for businesses and government, but most people would like to know how this progress affects them personally.

We all know that progress is not always good, or we exchange something for it.  In the future, I wonder how much more of our personal information will be “out there” for others to get access to?  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything to hide.  My life is an open book.

 It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.  – Albert Einstein

I suppose the advances I have taken advantage of are the different “themes” I’ve used for my blog here on WordPress.  I won’t lie, the ones I used in the past have left me wanting something more, but this one is different.  I wanted color and variety from page to page.  This one is a keeper.  It’s just what I wanted!

The idea of progress is to make things easier and give us more choices online.  We’ve noticed changes in social media and in our local internet service – some good, some bad.  Sometimes you wonder who came up with that “brilliant” idea.  It’s not a compliment, but sarcasm.  I have earned a black belt in sarcasm.

We roll with change and get used to it because we have no choice.  It doesn’t mean we like it, but if we want to keep using our computer, we must learn to adapt.

Um…  a mental nudist colony???  No thanks!!!  🙂

 Technology: “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.”  – Max Frisch, c.1960s

As performance is improved in the business world, may we not forget that there is a real world out there to be experienced.  Take some time away from your computer today and call a friend or take a leisurely stroll.  Stay in touch with people and nature.  🙂

 

ANSWER YOUR CAT’S QUESTIONS DAY

TL 1-22 ANSWER YOUR CAT'S QUESTIONS DAY

FORGIVE ME
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My cat is so independent.  He does not jump up on my lap every time I invite him.  This morning for ANSWER YOUR CAT’S QUESTIONS DAY, he asked me why I can’t say no to people as easily as he says no to me.  Good question!

I have a problem saying NO.

I say YES when I so desperately want to say NO. It has happened a few times in different churches. If it’s not something in the music department, it is a teaching position that needs to be filled. I get hooked in, and once you are there, you have to be dependable and reliable in your duties.

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.  – Helen Keller

Without a true JOY and passion for the job you do, you will either do a half-hearted job or find excuses to not do it at all. No one deserves that kind of worker in a church. Whatever job you take on in the body, make sure you do it to the very best of your ability. Be dependable and reliable. Do what GOD has called you to do. It’s His approval that matters, after all.  JOY = JESUS FIRST, OTHERS SECOND AND YOURSELF LAST.

It’s not fair to tell someone you will do something when your heart is screaming NO with every fiber of its being! Be honest and sincere in your response. It’s really the right thing to do for all concerned. The right and honest response is, “Thank you for asking me. Would you please give me some time to pray about it?” That buys you time to think and pray instead of beat your head against a post because you said YES when you should have just taken some time to ponder and pray about the added responsibility. And yes, you do need to ask GOD what you should do. Don’t get caught up in the rationalization that you don’t have a career, a job, kids, grandkids or anything else that takes your time, so maybe you should do this. Huh-uh. If GOD says DO IT – then… yeah – DO IT!

I used to be a member of the club of Christians (a large club) who thought that God would strike us down with lightning if we said NO.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I’m no longer a member of that group of unhappy Christians.  I won’t be renewing my membership this year.  It has finally dawned on me that I serve God – not people.  My people-pleasing ways of the past are over.  For years I fell in this trap – do what others want me to do and be their very good friend.  Then when I show a little backbone and initiative – begin to let them know I no longer want to do what they want me to do – and suddenly, I am no longer their friend – hmm…  funny how that works!  Not ha ha funny – sad funny.

Know this… when you give an insincere answer without at least praying about it, you have basically lied. To lie is a sin, and sin needs to be forgiven. So before you get your nose out of joint with someone who has backed you into a corner, you’d better seek their forgiveness for agreeing to take on a job that your whole heart was not in to begin with. You should just say NO and let your No… be NO!