1. World Art Day—celebrating since 2012 the contributions of fine art to our culture and well being; great day to go to a museum to escape the drabness of a 1040.
2. 42 Day—commemorating April 15, 1947 the day number 42, Jackie Robinson, took the field on opening day for the Brooklyn Dodgers to finally integrate the sport of baseball. Officially observed since 2004.
3. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1967 on a four week run Something Stupid by that great father and daughter duo Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Here is a music video of the Frank and Nancy performing Something Stupid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f48fpoSEPU
4. National Glazed Spiral Ham Day—Nothing like a ham to share with friends and family especially on an Easter Sunday. Since Easter is on the first Sunday of the full moon following the vernal Equinox and this holiday is constant, almost seems like we are in a Ptolemaic holiday universe where the Sun revolves around the Earth as opposed to vice versa.
5. If Only He Would Have Gone Into the Priesthood Day—bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1912 of Kim II Sung, autocrat of North Korea for 46 years who plunged the world into the Korean War and worse had a son who kept his cult of personality alive by producing the current president Kim Jong-un, Dennis Rodman’s hero and a real loose cannon determined to make North Korea nuclear armed while his people starve.
On this day in
a. 1802 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy while walking together saw a belt of daffodils which prompted him to write the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
b. 1923 insulin became generally available for the treatment of diabetes.
c. 1952 the maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress occurred; the plane is still in active service today and with the ability to carry 26 tons of bombs is a very potent aircraft.
d. 1964 the first Mustang rolled off the showroom floor, two days before it went on sale to the public nationwide.
e. 2014 the radical Islamic group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Christian girls; they are still missing although most have been most likely sold into slavery or married off in AK-47 weddings.A few reflections on taxes to bring a bit of laughter or reflection on this Tax Day when the only good thing a poet can stay about the IRS is that there are a lot of words it rhymes with like suppress, repress, depress, oppress, stress or distress to name just a few.
a. “Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?” Peg Bracken, noted author of humorous cook books (recipe for Lerner L’Orange?)b. “We must care for each other more, and tax each other less.” William J. Archer, retired Republican Representative after 30 years in the House (no matter how competent another reason why we need term limits).
c. “Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.” Robert Heinlein, noted American science fiction writer, often called the “dean of science fiction.” No wonder there is the NRA’s mantra that in hunting guns and alcohol do not mix
d. “Did you ever notice that when you put the words "The" and "IRS" together, it spells "THEIRS?" ~Author Unknown Very observant but I think the IRS is driven by the acronym MINE More is never enough!
e. “Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.” Will Rogers, noted American humorist Certainly want to get less IRS.
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