You can always tell about somebody ~ Betty White
by the way they put their hands on an animal.
American – Actress / January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021
Holidays and Celebrations:
The Third Monday in January is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr Day. A day in the USA to remember Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is also Tu Bishvat. The Jewish people give tithes to the poor or Levites today. Or the new year for trees. Any fruit on trees more than 4 years old may now be eaten. Today is also celebrated by planting new trees.
In celebration of what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday many are taking the Betty White Challenge to give $5 to their Humane Society, Shelter or other animal welfare group. $5 is such a small amount, but just imagine if everyone in North America were to give $5. My little Rickie came from the Animal Shelter in Tampa Florida. The shelter was a capacity and all the excess dogs were going to be euthanized, when the local radio station heard, they sponsored the dogs for adoption, only $20 for any dog to spare them from being euthanized. Neutered, shots, microchipped and licensed. There were over 250 to choose from. We adopted Rickie almost 8 years ago. Although my husband will tell you he wanted a chihuahua, Rickie has been the love of our lives for the past 8 years.
For all you hot heads, today is National Hot Heads Chili Day. So spice it up a bit and enjoy some hot peppers. 😉
There are three hundred and sixty-four days ~ Lewis Carroll (English – Author / January 27, 1832 – January 14, 1898)
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know.
Holidays and Celebrations:
We only learn if we remember the terrible things in History, that’s why Holocaust Remembrance Day is so important. We remember the attempted genocide of Jews in Germany and the horrors of the second world war and to ensure that the world never sits idly by and watches this type of massacre again. However, genocides continue in the world and what are we doing about it? According the the Business Insider (article by Michal Kranz Nov 22, 2017, 4:59 PM https://www.businessinsider.com/genocides-still-going-on-today-bosnia-2017-11) there are genocides still going on today and he describes 5 of them.
- The Rohingya in Myanmar
- The Nuer and other ethnic groups in South Sudan
- Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria
- Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic
- Darfuris in Sudan
I’m hoping everyone takes a moment today to remember the people of the world that have and still are being killed because of religion, skin colour or heritage differences.
That’s also why Family Literacy Day is so important. Every time we read a book with our children and grandchildren we are working to build literacy and understanding in the world. We build our future generations stronger when we give them the gift of the love of books. Story telling from generation to generation passes on more than just cute stories, it also passes on our culture, history, values, morals and views of the world. Even if it is in fantasy, as the stories written by Lewis Carroll, there are universal dreams and truths hidden in parables and stories.
But to end on a happier note: Happy Tu Bishvat. Celebrating the new Year for Trees (similar to Arbor Day). Increase the tree of knowledge. Learn one new thing today.
For most people today: Happy Unbirthday. For the rest: Happy Birthday. ❤