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03/02/21 Try Me!

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

"When life puts me in a tough situation, I don't say, 'Why me?' I say, 'Try me!'"

The visiting church school supervisor asks little Johnny during Bible class who broke down the walls of Jericho.
Little Johnny replies that he does not know, but it definitely is not him.
The supervisor, taken aback by this lack of basic Bible knowledge, goes to the school principal and relates the whole incident.
The principal replies that he knows little Johnny, as well as his whole family very well and can vouch for them, and if little Johnny said that he did not do it, he, as principal is satisfied that it is the truth.
Even more appalled, the inspector goes to the Regional Head of Education and relates the whole story.
After listening, he replies: “I can’t see why you are making such a big issue out of this; just get three quotes and fix the darn wall!”

It's the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Born in 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss has delighted and taught many generations to read with his fun books of quirky characters and rhythmic verses. While attending Dartmouth in the early 1920s, at the height of Prohibition, Geisel was caught drinking alcohol. Part of his punishment meant no longer working at the college humor magazine. But Geisel stayed on by signing his work with his middle name, ‘Seuss’, originally pronounced 'zoyce'. He added the ‘Dr.’ in 1927, for fun. Dartmouth awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1956. Seuss wrote ‘The Cat in the Hat' in 1957, using just 236 vocabulary words. The challenge had been to write a beginner’s reading book that kids might actually enjoy. So, when Seuss’ editor dared him to write a book using even fewer words, Seuss came back with ‘Green Eggs and Ham’—which uses only 50 words. The book, published in 1960, went on to become one of Seuss’ best sellers.
--International Rescue Cat Day: observance was started in Yorkshire, England and is just starting to take root in the US; today is a reminder that there are many cats in the shelters waiting for their forever homes and would love to join yours.
--National Banana Cream Pie Day: today is a salute to a yummy dessert of sliced bananas in a custard or pudding filling and topped with a layer of meringue; the military says studies show it's the favorite dessert of the service members; I think they're on to something.
--National Read Across America Day: today is a reading program sponsored by the NEA that takes place on the school day closest to March 2 which is Dr. Seuss' birthday; students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading.
--National Sportsmanship Day: observed on the first Tuesday of March; no info as to the source, but it is a good reminder of playing fair and being a good sport with others.
--Old Stuff Day: today can be taken in 2 directions; in opposition to the usual statement "same old stuff", make today a day to try new things; it's also a day to appreciate all things old, antique, or vintage; to be antique, the item must be over 100 years and vintage has to be over 30 years; yeah, most of us are "vintage" and we can be appreciated.
--World Teen Mental Wellness Day: today is a very recent celebration that aims to raise greater awareness of mental health issues among teens, as well as provide education about removing stigmas surrounding preventative mental health; according to the American Psychological Association, Gen Z has the worst mental health of any generation, with 91 percent of teens reporting they are stressed about school, family, friends, health and money; furthermore, 64 percent of Gen Z say they want to achieve a healthier lifestyle for overall happiness, including a stronger self-care routine, and 94 percent consider mental health very important to their well-being."

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