Life Day 24019: Happy National Library/Librarian/Library Workers Day

April 16, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bookworms. Today is Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The first three holidays today are National Library Day, National Librarian Day, and National Library Workers Day. Although listed separately in my sources, are all interconnected and all celebrated on the same date; the first Tuesday of National Library Week. Libraries are a great place to go if you want to relax in a peaceful, serene, quiet environment. Today, they not only have hard-print books, magazines, periodicals and newspapers; but audio books, music (on tape or CD), and even computers with access to the internet. Libraries provide access a wealth of information, on virtually any subject.
Librarians possess a vast amount of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. They, and their assistants, are there to help you in any way they can. Chances are, if you have a question on any given subject, the librarian will be able to direct you to the exact book or reference material you need. Visit your local library today; and don’t forget to tell the librarian, or any other library worker you encounter on your visit, how much you appreciate them and what they do.

The second (or fourth, depending on how you are counting) holiday today is Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day. It encourages raising awareness of volunteerism by “stepping out and volunteering together” with your daughters or younger women. Wait! What? How the HE double hockey-sticks is a sexist, blatantly discriminatory holiday such as this even allowed to exist in today’s climate of “Political Correctness”? You know that if today were “Teach Your Son to Volunteer Day”, feminists (probably the same ones who created this holiday) would be protesting nationwide, demanding that girls and young women be included? Where is the outrage? Where is the Main-stream Media? Where are Congress and the President? Why aren’t they speaking out on this deplorable, outrageous exclusion of nearly 50% of the population in this age group? I thought that gender bias was no longer acceptable. Evidently, I was wrong. Hypocrisy! Oh well. Whatever. Jeez!

The next holiday is National Stress Awareness Day. Stress Awareness Day was started by the Health Resource Network in 1992 to raise awareness of stress. It is always celebrated on the 16th of April (or the day after the Income Tax deadline if the 15th fall on a weekend).This is one of the most stressful times for many Americans. Take a look at the causes of stress in your life and learn to  deal with them in a healthy manner.
Here are some ways to effectively deal with stress:
1) Prioritize. Deal with the larger causes of stress in your life first. In other words, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. This will give you a greater sense of accomplishment.
2) Don’t worry if you don’t get through all of the things you have planned in one day. As long as you remain focused on the most important things on your list first, you are making progress.
3) Take a break. Take a day off from the list occasionally and spend the day in a stress free way with your loved ones.
4) Go nowhere. Plan a day at home doing absolutely nothing. Stock the fridge the day before with easy to prepare meals. Rent or buy stress-free movies. Clean your most comfortable clothes and get in them. Sleep in late and stay in bed or lounge on the couch all day. Pamper yourself with a nice, long, hot bath and relax in the tub until you become a “happy prune”.
5) Take up a new hobby, something that you enjoy doing, but that doesn’t create any stress in your life.

The final holiday today is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Emancipation Act, which freed the city’s 3,128 slaves. This came nine months before the actual Emancipation Proclamation.

The remaining two holidays are even more insipid than the ones above, so I am not going to waste my time covering them. I will, as always, provide a link so that you can enlighten yourself about them if you so desire.
National Health Care Decisions Day.
One Day Without Shoes Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Eggs Benedict Day. Eggs Benedict was created in New York City at Delmonico’s Restaurant by chef Charles Ranhofer, sometime in the 1860’s, for a wealthy patron named  Mrs. LeGrand Benedict. The original recipe consisted of two toasted English Muffin halves, topped with a piece of ham 1/8 inch thick and trimmed to the size of the muffin, topped with a poached egg for each muffin half, then topped with Hollandaise sauce. Although Eggs Benedict is not that difficult to make at home, it is most often eaten on “take the family out to breakfast” occasions. There are several different variations of Eggs Benedict, each claiming to be “the original”, but the one outlined above seems to be the most credible. The French version consists of cod and eggs on fried bread topped with a Hollandaise sauce. I have seen versions using turkey, and even a vegetarian versions. Yes, today there are more varieties of Eggs Benedict than stories of it’s origins. Besides toast or English muffins breads such as waffles and biscuits are also used. A variety of meats and vegetables are used in place of the traditional ham. Because of my love/hate relationship with Hollandaise sauce (love to eat it; hate to make it), even I developed a version which I like to call Eggs Benedict Arnold. I start with two biscuit halves, buttered and lightly toasted butter side down in a skillet. I top that with a thin sausage patty (unlike Chef Ranhofer, I don’t care if it protrudes over the edge of the biscuit). Then I top that with an over-medium, over-hard, or scrambled egg (depending on my mood) for each biscuit half. For the last step, I top everything with either a Velveeta™ cheese sauce, or some sausage gravy (again, depending on my mood). It’s pretty yummy!

The other food-related holiday is Day of the Mushroom. Three Cheers for the Fungus Among Us! In the not too distant past, “gourmet home-chef” meant that you used fresh white button mushrooms instead of canned. Today, there are a wide variety of wild and specialty mushrooms available fresh in your local market, each with their own distinct flavor and texture. Enjoy some today. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new variety.

On this date in 1943 – In Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hoffman accidently discovered the the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 while working on the medicinal value of lysergic acid. Those of my generation know how well that worked out.
In 1705 – Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton.
In 1818 – The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
In 1862 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
In 1900 – The first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
1905 – Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
In 1912 – Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
In 1917 – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.
In 1922 – Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women’s record.
In 1940 – The first no-hit, no-run game to be thrown on an opening day of the major league baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
In 1947 – In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions and resulting fires killed 576 people
In 1953 – The British royal yacht Britannia was launched.
In 1962 – Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News”.
In 1968 – Major league baseball’s longest night game was played when the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 1-0. The 24 innings took six hours, six minutes to play.
In 1972 – Two giants pandas arrived in the U.S. from China.
In 1982 – Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada’s new constitution in effect. The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.
In 1985 – Mickey Mantle was reinstated after being banned from baseball for several years.
In 1987 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
In 1987 – The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering.
In 1992 – The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
In 1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting a divorce.
In 2002 – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned major parts of a 1996 child pornography law based on rights to free speech.
And, in 2007 – In Blacksburg, VA, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Wilbur Wright 1867 – Pioneer aviator.
Charlie Chaplin 1889 – Actor, comedian.
Les Tremayne 1913 – Actor.
John Hodiak 1914 – Actor.
Barry Nelson 1917 – Actor.
Sir Peter Ustinov 1921 – Actor.
Henri Mancini 1924 – Composer.
Edie Adams 1927- Actress.
Herbie Mann 1930 – Jazz musician.
Bobby Vinton 1935 – Singer.
Dusty Springfield 1939 – Singer.
Lew Alcindor 1947 – Basketball player.
Gerry Rafferty 1947 – Singer, songwriter.
Jay O. Sanders 1953 – Actor.
Ellen Barkin 1954 – Actress.
Jimmy Osmond 1963 – Singer.
John Cryer 1965 – Actor.
Peter Billingsley 1972 – Actor.
And finally, Lukas Haas 1976 – Actor.

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