March 30, 2015 – NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY – NATIONAL PENCIL DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY – NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

29 Mar National Doctors Day March 30

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National Doctors Day March 30

National Doctors Day March 30

NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day,  we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and for our loved ones.

March 30, 1933 was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers were placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.

The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

“On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30, 1991 as “National Doctors Day.” ” (Wikipedia)

Doctors perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care 365 days per year, this is the day to honor them.

THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY IS DISCUSSED IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE.  This day is an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Pencil Day March 30

National Pencil Day March 30

NATIONAL PENCIL DAY

Each year, March 30th is National Pencil Day.  Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858.

The majority of pencils made in the United States are painted yellow.  It is believed that this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond.  This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil.  Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high quality brand.

Notable pencil users (Wikipedia)

  • Thomas Edison had his pencils specially made by Eagle Pencil. Each pencil was three inches long, was thicker than standard pencils and had softer graphite than was normally available.
  • Vladimir Nabokov rewrote everything he had ever published, usually several times, by pencil.
  • John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day. His novel East of Eden took more than 300 pencils to write.
  • Vincent van Gogh used only Faber pencils as they were “superior to Carpenters pencils, a capital black and most agreeable”.
  • Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.
  • Roald Dahl used only pencils with yellow casing to write his books. He had 6 sharpened pencils ready at the beginning of each day and only when all 6 pencils became unusable did he resharpen them.

NATIONAL PENCIL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Pencil Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

National Take A Walk In A Park Day March 30

National Take A Walk In A Park Day March 30

NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY

National Take A Walk In The Park Day is observed annually on March 30th.  After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, long, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking a walk at a local park is definitely a good way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energizing yourself and at the same time, help to improve your health.

Make sure you take a camera with you during your walk as parks offer many opportunities to photograph nature. There is the possibility of capturing some great photographs of birds or other wildlife, flowers, budding trees, clouds or the sunset.

On National Take A Walk In The Park Day,  enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside.

NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Take A Walk In The Park Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

National I Am In Control Day is observed each year on March 30th.  Secretary of State, Alexander Haig’s words “I am in control here” have never been forgotten:  ”In 1981, following the March 30 assassination attempt on Reagan, Haig asserted before reporters “I am in control here” as a result of Reagan’s hospitalization, indicating that, while President Reagan had not “transfer[red] the helm”, Haig was in fact directing White House Crisis Management until Vice President Bush arrived in Washington to assume that role.” (Wikipedia)

Sources believe that this was the beginning of National I Am In Control Day.  This day has evolved and taken on a different context.  It is a day to get things under control in your life on a day to day basis.

There are ways to help the “out of control” feeling.  One way to begin is to take a break for a minute and evaluate your situations.
Then you may want to:

  • Start using a daily planner
  • De-clutter
  • Make lists
  • Tackle one project at a time
  • Learn organizational skills
  • Ask for help
  • Talk with someone
  • Feel confident with your decisions

On National I Am In Control Day,  begin the steps that are needed for you to feel that you are in control of the things, that one can be, in your life.

NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

Our research was unable to find the creator of this day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

Also observed on March 30th is National Turkey Neck Soup Day.

March 29, 2015 – NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY – NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY

28 Mar National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day - March 29

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National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day - March 29

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day – March 29

NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed annually on March 29th.  This day honors all small business owners.

Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy.  These businesses are not always appreciated, as they should be, for the vital role that they play.  We can show them their much deserved appreciation on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.

Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive for.  It takes long hours, hard work and much dedication.   Countless hours of nurturing  the business are needed in the process of growing the business, while following the owners desire of reaching their goal in having  a successful business venture.

Some of these businesses are handed down from one generation to the next while others are new start-ups.   “Mom and Pop” businesses generally offer superior customer service as the owners take personal pride in their operations as well as pride in their communities.

 According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States.

To celebrate, support the privately owned small  businesses in your communities.

NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day - March 29

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day – March 29

NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY

Lemon Chiffon Cake Day is celebrated annually on March 29th.

For a nice refreshing spring dessert, chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings.  A fluffy texture is made by beating egg whites until stiff and folding them into the cake batter before baking.  Chiffon cakes tend to be lower in saturated fat than butter cakes, potentially making them healthier than their butter-heavy counterparts.

“The chiffon cake was invented in 1927 by Harry Baker, a California insurance salesman turned caterer. Baker kept the recipe secret for 20 years until he sold it to General Mills. At this point the name was changed to “chiffon cake” and a set of 14 recipes and variations was released to the public in a Betty Crocker pamphlet published in 1948.” (Wikipedia)

This would be a good day to find a recipe, that you love,  for Lemon Chiffon Cake and bake up a delicious dessert to enjoy.

Here are a few “tried and true” cake recipes:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-chiffon-cake

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/lemon-chiffon-cake/ef1ca334-5665-4da2-a03b-3a92a5f8767e

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-chiffon-cake/

NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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March 28, 2015 – NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY – NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE – NATIONAL WEED APPRECIATION DAY

27 Mar National Something on a Stick Day - March 28

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National Something on a Stick Day - March 28

National Something on a Stick Day – March 28

NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY

Celebrated each year on March 28, National Something On A Stick Day is a food holiday that lets you use your creative talents.  Once you get started, the possibilities are endless.  Foods that comes on a stick are fun and easy to eat.

The most common one that we all think of is the Popsicle, fudge bar, ice cream bar or any of that type of  frozen treat.  Next on the list might be the corn dog or the caramel apple and of course the lollipop.  Also, as summer nights are drawing near, we might hunger for roasted marshmallows on a stick.  Of course we must mention, one of the newest popular treats on a stick, and a favorite to many, is the cake pops.

Now that some of the regular ones have been mentioned, get inventive and make up some ones of your own.   How about a pear on a stick, meat and cheese squares, brownie bites and marshmallows, fruit and chocolate kabobs or a waffle on a stick?  Have a very creative breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and fun with the day!!

NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator and the origin of National Something On A Stick Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Black Forest Cake Day - March 28

National Black Forest Cake Day – March 28

NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY  

March 28th celebrates a food holiday known as National Black Forest Cake Day.  Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte”.

Most often, the Black Forest cake is made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings.   In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake.  In the United States, alcohol is usually not used, however,  in Germany the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient otherwise the cake can not legally be sold under the  Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name.

The cake is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.

To celebrate, try one of the following, “tried and true”,  Black Forest Cake recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-forest-cake-i/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/jennys-black-forest-cake/

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/black-forest-cake/4e66caed-4e29-4154-a92d-27332162baa4

Remember to share!

NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Black Forest Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

National Weed Appreciation Day - March 28

National Weed Appreciation Day – March 28

NATIONAL WEED APPRECIATION DAY

Did you know that some weeds are actually beneficial to us and our ecosystem?  National Weed Appreciation Day is celebrated on March 28th of each year and it is a good day to learn more about weeds and their benefits.

Weeds have been used by humans for food and as a herb for much of recorded history.  There are the weeds that are edible and nutritious while other weeds have medicinal value.

Do you remember as a small child the fun you had with dandelions?  They actually serve many useful purposes.  Dandelions are a food source for insects and certain birds.  Humans eat young dandelion leaves and enjoy dandelion tea and dandelion wine.  The Native Americans used dandelions to treat certain ailments.  Nutritionally, dandelions contain a source of vitamin A and  C, calcium, iron, and fiber.

There are also other edible and medicinal weeds, some of which include:

Yellow Dock/Burdock: The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear.  The young stalk taste resembles that of artichoke.   It is a good source of dietary fiber and certain minerals, including calcium and potassium. It is also used as a medicinal herb.

Lamb’s Quarter: (also known as goosefoot) The leaves of lamb’s quarter are excellent added to lettuce salads, or cooked and used as a replacement for spinach. Lamb’s quarter seeds our also edible.  They are a good source of protein and vitamin A.

Amaranth: (also known as pigweed)  Amaranth species are cultivated and consumed as a leaf vegetable in many parts of the world.  Its leaves can be cooked and its seeds can be harvested and cooked the same as quinoa. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and usually cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline.  It is high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, B6, calcium and iron, and the seeds are a good source of protein.

Purslane: is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste.  The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its sticky quality it also is suitable for soups and stews.   It is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Purslane can be found growing in all 50 states.

Dollarweed: (also known as pennywort) is an aquatic plant that thrives in wet, sandy habitat.  It is native to North America and parts of South America. It can also be found growing as introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed on other continents. It is an edible weed that can be used in salads or as a pot herb.

Before using any weed as a food source, make sure it is correctly identified and that it is free of herbicides and pesticides.  Research the safe edible part of each weed and find useful cooking and preparation tips.

Enjoy National Weed Appreciation Day.

NATIONAL WEED APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Weed Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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