"If you are holding onto regrets of the past, how do you move forward with an open heart of love, peace and joy? Sometimes we have to take the time and journey down a path of inner healing." Tracey Smith
"Today I stopped at this roadside stand that said lobster tails $2. So I paid my $2 and the guy said, 'Once upon a time there was this lobster…'"
Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, "Jesús is watching you." He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, "Jesús is watching you." In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, "Was it you who said Jesús is watching me" The parrot replied, "Yes." Relieved, the burglar asked, "What is your name?" The parrot said, "Clarence." The burglar said, "That's a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Clarence?" The parrot answered, "The same idiot that named the rottweiler Jesús."
It's Black Friday! Observed on the Friday after Thanksgiving and, whether you love it or dread it, it's the unofficial start of the Christmas season. The phrase has been used since 1951 but originally referred to people calling in sick for a longer weekend.
--Buy Nothing Day: observed the day after T-Day; today is an international day of protest since 1992 against the consumerism of the holidays.
--Fur Free Friday: observed the day after T-Day; today is an annual protest to raise awareness of the atrocities inflicted upon fur-bearing animals.
--Green Friday: observed the day after T-Day; From bing: "The idea of 'Green Friday' began several years ago, when outdoor retailer REI shut its doors on Black Friday so employees and customers could spend quality time with their loved ones—and Mother Nature—over the holidays. Millions of people and hundreds of organizations have since joined the #OptOutside initiative. And some national and state parks across the country will be offering free or discounted admission today to encourage folks to explore outdoors."; some retailers are commiting all or part of their profits made today to charity and social causes such as climate change.
--International Systems Engineer Day: observed on the last Friday of November; today is a salute to the engineer who develops good engineering practices that are at the heart of innovation, design and architecture.
--Maize Day: observed the day after T-Day; today commemorates the history and impact on American history made by maize; the grain has been around since 1500 BC and is a staple food of the South American countries.
--National Bavarian Cream Pie Day: today is a salute to a luscious pie and, maybe, a tie to the Pie in the Face Day; the cream pie is usually filled with a custard or a pudding made of milk; Bavarian cream is made with milk thickened with eggs and gelatin and then folded with whipped cream.
--National Craft Jerky Day: from the description Craft Jerky is the gold-standard of jerky; different recipes are handed down through the generations, using different spices and woods; taste nothing like the mainstream jerky in the grocery stores.
--National Day of Listening: observed on the day after T-Day; this day is for you to encourage all to share their story and for the rest of us to really listen; listening can be the greatest gift given; though observed the day after Thanksgiving, listening is a gift to be celebrated everyday.
--National Electric Guitar Day: the electric guitar is celebrated on Jimi Hendrix' birthday; there are different variations of solid-body and hollow-body electric guitars; consisting of components such as the neck, bridge, pickups, and frets, electric guitars are most commonly found with six strings, but there are also seven, eight, and twelve-string guitars, among others; some guitars even have two necks and are called double-neck guitars.
--National Flossing Day: observed the day after T-Day; today is a day to remind us of the importance flossing is to our dental care; dental floss came out around the 18090's when toothbrushes were expensive.
--National Leftovers Day: observed the day after T-Day; one guess what this day is for; what is your favorite way of fixing leftover turkey?
--National Native American Heritage Day: observed the day after T-Day; today honors the history, achievements and contributions to society by the Native American people.
--National Pins and Needles Day: originally, this day celebrated the pro-Labor play "Pins and Needles" that opened in 1937; nowadays, most celebrate this day for the nervous and anxious feeling when we're anticipating an event.
--Pie in the Face Day: first and foremost, if you participate, make sure you have permission from your victim; today is supposed to be about fun, and often, fundraising; the pies are usually cream pies without a crust (such as the Bavarian Cream Pie we're celebrating today.
--Sinkie Day: observed the day after T-Day; today is a day for those who dine over the kitchen sink; you know who you are.
--Turtle Adoption Day: a salute to a denizen of the oceans; not very much information; raises awareness of the endangered turtles and the hazards facing their habitats.
--You're Welcome-giving Day: observed the day after T-Day; after a day of saying thanks, now we say 'you're welcome'.
--Macy's had its first Thanksgiving Parade in 1924; no balloons, it had clowns, cowboys, and animals from the Central Park Zoo. Side note: there's some concern there won't be balloons in the 2019 parade due to high winds.
--HEADS-UP: Tomorrow is Small-Business Saturday to encourage you to patronize the small shop businesses in your area.