April 25th, 2020, or the last Saturday in April is National Sense of Smell Day. Sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, this annual event is held in children’s museums and science centers to highlight the importance of olfaction – that which pertains to the olfactory nerve inside the nose.
Julius Morton quote: why Tree Appreciation Day is not like other holidays
Julius Sterling Morton said: Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.
Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.Julius Sterling Morton
History of Arbor Day [video]
The last Friday of April is Arbor Day, Tree Day or Tree Appreciation Day, an annual celebration in which people are encouraged to plant trees.
Book: Black letters on a white page [video]
Go beyond your story, beyond borders… Read till no strangers remain.Sharjah WBC
Jhumpa Lahiri quote: the thing about books
Jhumpa Lahiri said: That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.Jhumpa Lahiri
Frank Zappa quote: a bookworm’s perspective
So many books, so little time.Frank Zappa
World book and copyright day: history and coincidences
April 23rd is World Book Day and Copyright Day, a worldwide celebration of literature and reading.
In 1995, during its general conference in Paris, UNESCO announced the 23rd day of April as World Book and Copyright Day. To globally pay tribute to well-known authors and books, this “symbolic date” was particularly chosen due to the following:
10 coincidental births and deaths in literature
- 1616, April 23 – death of Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, also known as El Inca or Inca Garcilaso de la Vega; Spanish-Incan chronicler of Inca and writer of influential books
- 1616, April 22 – death of Miguel de Cervantes, greatest Spanish writer and novelist; author of Don Quixote
- 1616, April 23 – death of William Shakespeare; greatest writer in the English language; author of Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet
- 1850, April 23 – death of William Wordsworth; major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads
- 1899, April 22 – birth of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Russian-born American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist who achieved international prominence after writing (from Russian to) English prose
- 1902, April 23 – birth of Halldór Kiljan Laxness; Icelandic writer and 1955 Nobel Prize winner in literature
- 1918, April 23 – birth of Maurice Druon; French novelist and “Perpetual Secretary” of Académie Française, the pre-eminent French council for matters pertaining to the French language
- 1923, April 23 – birth of Manuel Mejía Vallejo; Colombian writer and journalist
- 1981, April 23 – death of Josep Pla i Casadevall; Catalan journalist and a popular author
- 1996, April 23 – death of Pamela Lyndon Travers; Australian-English writer best known for the Mary Poppins series of children’s books
1. World Book and Copyright Day 23 April. Retriveved April 21, 2019 from https://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/.
2. Wikipedia (author list). Retrieved Spril 21, 2019.
April 22: Earth Day
April 22nd is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day, friends! 🌏🌍🌎
Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: earth on flowers
Earth laughs in flowers.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy Bench Monday Earth Day! 🌏
Richard Neville quote: why marijuana is addictive
Richard Neville said: Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.
Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.Richard Neville
Long-term effects of marijuana on brain and body
I have no interest in even trying to smoke weed. But neither do I oppose its use, especially for therapeutic purposes. Yes, the key is moderation. Definitely not for kids though… Great post!
There’s a lot to be said about that Socratic statement “Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess,” especially when it comes to tripping out on weed.
Marijuana or cannabis is psychoactive, meaning it’ll screw your mind if you take too much in excess and don’t exercise moderation. You’ve got to get the “high” right and this means self-discipline.
Long-term weed use is a lot more dangerous than it is fun. Ask doctors and they’ll tell you the same thing. A lot of medical studies show the long-term effects on the brain and body make marijuana dangerous to a lot of people.
These long-term issues with weed have to do with THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC, which triggers the marijuana high, mimics substances called endocannabinoids the human body naturally produces.
Endocannabinoids control the production of neurotransmitters in the human brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that facilitate communication between the brain and the central nervous…
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Henry Rollins quote: no reason to light up
Henry Rollins said: I have no interest in smoking marijuana, but I can’t see any reason to keep someone of age from lighting up.
I have no interest in smoking marijuana, but I can’t see any reason to keep someone of age from lighting up.Henry Rollins
Willie Nelson quote: the best stress medicine
Willie Nelson said: The biggest killer on the planet is stress, and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.
The biggest killer on the planet is stress, and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.Willie Nelson
420 weed day
April 20th is Weed Day, the day when “adult” potheads will officially come together and celebrate their 420 marijuana holiday.
Only for adults and moderately please
The recreational drug or so-called medical marijuana is for adults only. Kids beware! Researchers found out that the hippie’s 4-20 alters young developing brains, which may result to poor memory and other cognitive decline later in life.
Another reminder: everything in moderation
It was said that you easily forget things that do not really matter. So, I guess having less-than-good eyesight and misplacing my reading glasses are not important. Ha!
Above all of the things we lose memory of, there is one thing I wish – that we forget the heartbreak given to us by this Coronavirus pandemic!
The health benefits of garlic
April 19th is National Garlic Day. This is a perfect re-blog!
This is great info… Garlic, I like. 😀
Garlic is one of my top three healthiest things that you should use daily, along with green tea and lemon juice.
Adding garlic to your diet can keep you alive for longer
If your parents were as health-conscious as mine, you’ve probably been told how garlic is a basically cure for everything. Is garlic really that good for you? Let’s find out.
Garlic is actually a part of the onion family, along with leeks and shallots. There are usually 10-20 cloves per head of garlic.
Hippocrates used to prescribe garlic for a variety of ailments
The father of medicine was a big fan of the medicinal properties of this bulb, and he wasn’t on his own. In fact, many ancient civilizations recorded the health benefits of garlic. These include Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome and China. Was it garlic that gave them the power to conquer the world?
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Thomas Merton quote: what art does to us
Thomas Merton said: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.Thomas Merton
George Inness quote: the true use of art
George Inness said: The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.
The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.George Inness
Henri Matisse quote: creativity
Henri Matisse said: Creativity takes courage.
Creativity takes courage.Henri Matisse
Pablo Picasso quote: what every child is
Pablo Picasso said: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
March 15th is World Art Day. Happy International Day of Art!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.Pablo Picasso
Happy Bench Monday Art Day!
Anni Albers quote: what art is
Anni Albers said: Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.
Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.Anni Albers
Jackson Pollock quote: what painting is
Jackson Pollock said: Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.Jackson Pollock
David Allen quote: where stress come from
David Allen said: Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.
Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.David Allen
Steve Maraboli quote: what to do with stress
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.Steve Maraboli
Tao Porchon-Lynch quote: power over stress
Breath is the power behind all things… I breathe in and know that good things will happen.
Breath is the power behind all things… I breathe in and know that good things will happen.Tao Porchon-Lynch
Terri Guillemets quote: what to give your stress
Terri Guillemets said: Give your stress wings and let it fly away.
Give your stress wings and let it fly away.Terri Guillemets
Hope within our poetry
April is both Poetry and Hope Awareness month. This is awesome and just perfect to re-blog!
Scars won’t keep our hope in the darkness,
instead our words will live
within our poetry,
each and every day.
Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies
Hans Selye quote: what kills us
Hans Selye said: It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.
It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.Hans Selye
Christopher Reeve quote: hope and possibilities
Christopher Reeve said: Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.Christopher Reeve
Review: 365 ways to beat stress by Adam Gordon
Oh, this is a must-read book 🤓📘 and a must-reblog write-up 😊💻
Title: 365 Ways to Beat Stress
Author: Adam Gordon
Type: Personal Development
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Date published: February 19th 2019
Page Count: 224
With a different technique or tip for each day of the year, no other book offers such a wide range of ways to release stress and anxiety, all set in an attractive illustrated design that will make dipping in for inspiration a joy. All the practices are effective yet also easy to follow, even if you have never tried them before, and range from energy techniques such as simple shiatsu, to quick stress fixes such as visualizing a blue bubble, to methods of life simplification such as avoiding a news overload and rationing your evenings out, to inspiring visualizations such as imagining yourself as the sky or as a lotus floating on water. There is…
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Stress buster: avoiding negative energy
This is so true. Avoiding people who are negative releases you from tension and stress. You have to be around those with positive vibes.
Nice write-up! 😊
There are only two ways to live your Life :
- One is as though Nothing is a Miracle;
- the Other is as though Everything is a Miracle !!!
Next time you are stressed…. Take a step back, sit down, take a deep breath – inhale, relax yourself and Smile.
Remember who you are and why you are here. You are never given anything in the world that you can’t handle. Be strong. Be flexible. Love yourself and love others. Always remember to just keep moving forward.
Don’t cry over the past, it is gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it as much beautiful as you can.. Don’t let the sadness of your past and the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present…
Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an…
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