celebrate the day: National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29 - 03/28/22 02:46 PM
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29
If you are privileged to know someone who served during the Vietnam War, I hope you’ll take this day to thank them for their service.
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 is bi-partisan (don’t you love that word) legislation that was introduced by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Donnelly on February of 20 17 and signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 28, 2017. 

Who is a Vietnam War Veteran?

They are anyone who was on active duty in the United States Armed Forces from November 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975. There … (28 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy St Patrick’s Day!!! - 03/16/22 02:28 PM
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!
You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate and appreciate St. Patrick’s Day. 
When we lived in Delray Beach, we looked forward to the St. Patrick’s Day parades that would take place on Atlantic Avenue. 
One very special parade had as the Grand Marshalls veterans from World War II. The turnout was phenomenal!  
It may not have been as large and grand as the ones held in New York or Boston but the Irish heart was ever-present. 
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet. Oliver Herford
Ireland is where strange tales … (37 comments)

celebrate the day: Random Acts of Kindness Day-ActiveRain Style - 02/16/22 03:43 PM
Random Acts of Kindness Day-ActiveRain Style
Random Acts of Kindness Day is one of my favorite days of the year to celebrate and as I’m sure many will say…it’s a day to be celebrated every day of the year.
This is such a giving community that a list of tips to inspire acts of kindness would be like preaching to the choir. 
However, I did think about some Random Acts of Kindness we could share with our fellow members…
Random Acts of Kindness in our ActiveRain community:

-Leave a comment on a post you see with zero comments

-Call, text, or email a blogger when you … (43 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Valentine’s Day! - 02/13/22 02:17 PM
Happy Valentine’s Day!
There’s still time (depending on when you’re reading this) to get your significant other a special Valentine’s gift!!!
This is a busy celebratory week…Super Bowl Weekend followed by Valentine’s Day! 
Outside of Valentine’s Day cards and chocolates…flowers and jewelry, I’ve never known that much about the history of Valentine’s Day. There seem to be some different theories as to its true origins though.

Larry and I have celebrated 44 Valentine’s Days together so
jewelry, flowers, dinner, chocolates aren’t something I expect anymore. Wellllllll…maybe chocolate!!!
We may head out for some pasta from one of our favorite restaurants. My annual football withdrawal has begun … (34 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Chinese New Year…Happy Year of the Tiger! - 01/31/22 02:37 PM
Happy Chinese New Year…Happy Year of the Tiger!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year…2022…celebrating the Year of the Tiger!
My niece had to remind me that Chinese New Year was this week, so I decided to do a little research. You see, growing up, this holiday meant 9-course Chinese dinners given by several of the main family associations in our area. For example, there was the Gee dinner (my father’s name) and the Chan/Chin Family dinner, as well as the Lim/Lum Family dinner. 
When you’re young, all you care about is 
-when do we eat?
-are we getting red envelopes?
How to say Happy New Year…
Contrary … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: Friday Fun…It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day - 01/20/22 12:50 PM
Friday Fun…It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day
Yes, they’re rodents but they’re so darn cute!!!

When my uncle retired as an architect, he had fun doing two things…growing his roses and feeding his squirrels. 
In Florida, we had squirrels that would come to see us as soon as we opened our garage door, or when Larry was in the driveway working on a car. 
When we drive up after our morning walk, one is usually on the fence waiting for his morning treat.  If we forget about them, they are at the window begging for their peanut.
Some are shy. I can tell that they want to … (29 comments)

celebrate the day: Is Yours Still Up? - 01/05/22 02:22 PM
It’s National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day!
You don’t have to answer that question but I have a feeling I know who few who have already removed any trace of the holidays from their home. 
Once again, I was roaming around Cyberville and learned that this was Take Down the Christmas Tree Day. Who knew?! 
Some choose January 6 because it is the end of the Christmas Season…the twelfth day after Christmas. 
When I worked in an office 5 days a week, I tried taking everything down on January 1 while I still had the time. Now, it comes down when I'm ready for … (37 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy New Year 2022 - 12/31/21 02:18 PM
Happy New Year 2022
The clock strikes midnight and whoosh…it’s a New Year. For some, it’s just another day and for others, it carries with it the opportunity to begin anew.
Wherever you land, I wish you a wonderful 2022.
May you encounter kindness wherever you go. 

May Wisdom and Compassion become your companions. 
Thank you ActiveRain family for making my 2021 amazing. 
Happy New Year!!!

No matter how hard the past, … (23 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy New Year and So Long 2021 - 12/30/21 01:51 PM
Happy New Year and So Long 2021
Last year there were many who could not wait for the door to hit 2020 on the behind! And here we are about to say adios to 2021. 
A Memorable Event…
Valentine’s Day we had snow…and not just snow but a hard freeze that caused many water pipes to burst and a power outage for many of us. 
Houstonians are prepared for hurricanes and floods and the rare light dusting of snow, however, this took all of us by surprise.
We were without power for 3 days but thank goodness no burst water pipes. For those who had … (32 comments)

celebrate the day: Merry Christmas to All - 12/24/21 06:04 PM
Merry Christmas to All
Merry Christmas wishes to all my wonderful ActiveRain friends. 
Our Christmas celebrations with the family will be spread out this year. My cousin is hosting their annual Christmas lunch for my side of the family, and then my sister-in-law's side (which includes us) is Christmas night. We'll have our family (my brother and his family) over Monday night for another gathering.
We have made 4 different kinds of Christmas cookies (over 25 dozen) and 16 small carrot raisin cakes. Now I understand why we only make these cookies once a year!!!
Whether you are spending it with your family or … (30 comments)

celebrate the day: A Christmas Poem... - 12/23/21 01:19 PM
A Christmas Poem...
Eleven years ago, on a whim, I began my “Night Before Selling” poem and have tried each year (although it seems I missed one) to continue it with some small changes to reflect the time.  2020’s Poem reflected that thing that shall go unmentioned. 
Well, it’s 2021 so here’s this year’s Holiday Poem...2021 Style...

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was sleeping, not even a mouse. 

All the closets were empty, the boxes still packed
The movers were gone and not coming back. 

The children were worried…would Santa be able
To find their new home near … (30 comments)

celebrate the day: Happy Birthday... - 11/30/21 02:46 PM
Happy Birthday…
It’s hard for me to imagine what my life would have been like had I not met Larry over 44 years ago. 
Today is his birthday and I cannot gush enough about him!  He may not have been who I’d ever imagined I’d end up with but he’s definitely the person I needed. 

To my outdoor sportsman who never met a gadget he couldn’t fix, a plane he didn’t want to fly or a boat he didn’t want to take out on the water...Happy Birthday. 
A soulmate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take … (33 comments)

celebrate the day: Celebrate the Day...The International Day for Tolerance is November 16 - 11/15/21 05:30 PM
Celebrate the Day...The International Day for Tolerance is November 16
“Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.” UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
If ever there was a time to celebrate and acknowledge the International Day for Tolerance it is now. 
As I see it, being tolerant isn’t solely about race or ethnicity, whether from the north or south, which political party you belong to,  rock and roll or country, or whether you are vegan or eat meat. 
Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. Joseph … (24 comments)

celebrate the day: A Heartfelt Thanks to All Veterans - 11/10/21 01:31 PM
A Heartfelt Thanks to All Veterans

“ Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.”
We have learned to say “thank you” to those we meet who are serving or have served in the military but do we truly … (23 comments)

celebrate the day: Thankful Thursday...for Chocolate - 10/27/21 12:22 PM
Thankful Thursday...for Chocolate
When I read that today is National Chocolate Day, I thought it only fitting that I express my deep appreciation and love for chocolate, and in particular dark chocolate. 

There is a piece of dark chocolate waiting for me every day after dinner. With the exception of apple pie, my dessert of choice is always something involving chocolate...chocolate pie, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate ice cream with hot fudge sauce.
I am also thankful that one mile from our home is the Copper Kettle Chocolate Factory. It is family-owned and operated and you can tell how much they enjoy … (38 comments)

celebrate the day: Read a Child a Book You Like...What’s Yours? - 09/27/21 02:00 PM
Read a Child a Book You Like...What’s Yours?
Any holiday that has to do with reading is one where you can count me in. This day, from what I’ve read, is in honor of Kate Douglas Wiggin, a children’s author. One of her books was “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms.”
Reading is so important in our lives, and it all begins before we even make an entrance into the world. 
If nothing else, it can create a bond with the child that will last a long time. Children look forward to that time of day or night when you or some other parental figure sits … (26 comments)

celebrate the day: Flag Day is June 14...And We Fly It Proudly - 06/13/21 05:38 PM
Flag Day is June 14...And We Fly It Proudly
Clearly etched in my memory is the period of time after the attacks of 9/11 when we as a nation came together. Part of that solidarity was the flying of our Flag and many wearing the flag on whatever we were wearing. 
You can learn more about Flag Day as well as Flag etiquette. 
For me, displaying the flay is more than raising it up a flag pole or placing it somewhere outside my home. 
I hope that I display how proud I am of My Country every day that I live by my acts and … (19 comments)

celebrate the day: Say Something Nice Day...It’s Good for You! - 05/31/21 01:47 PM
Say Something Nice Day...It’s Good for You!
If you think about it, saying something nice to someone sounds very simple...a no-brainer. However, I think whoever created this day meant for what you say to be sincere and well thought out. 
Take just a moment to think about the last time someone said something nice about you...paid you a compliment. It might have been in person or on social media. 
We’re all human and when someone says something nice about us and means it, then we can’t help but feel good...we get a nice warm smile on the inside. 
We remember that person and in fact, … (31 comments)

celebrate the day: Memorial Day...Service, Honor, and Sacrifice - 05/30/21 05:22 PM
Memorial Day...Service, Honor, and Sacrifice
It has been refreshing to see so much written about what Memorial Day is about...not the barbecues or time off...or trips to the beach...but the lives given while in service to our country. 
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. George William Curtis
Those were lost lives who would never get married or grow old and play with their grandchildren. There were dreams that would not be fulfilled. 
This Memorial Day, let’s say a prayer for those who paid the … (27 comments)

celebrate the day: Red Nose Day 2021 - 05/26/21 03:30 PM
Red Nose Day 2021
For most of us, the thought of any child going without the very basics in life...food, shelter, education, medical care...is unthinkable. And yet, in our wonderful country that we live in, there are children who live with food insecurity. 
“In 2019, more than 1 in 7 children—10.7 million—were food insecure, meaning they lived in households where not everyone had enough to eat”
Red Nose Day was established to raise awareness of the existence of childhood poverty. So far, more than $240 million had been raised. 
“More than 1.5 million children enrolled in public schools experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year.”
Covid-19 … (32 comments)





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