Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day!
My sincere hope is that everyone marks this day on their calendar and observes it. Why? Because with so much going on every day, every week, every month, every year—kindness can get pushed to the side, in favor of what is urgent or trending.
So on this day, please take a moment to be still and reflect on the kindness you have experienced in your life and what that has meant to you, or how it has shaped you.
Everyone has at least one story to share. And the World Kindness Movement has this little activity that anyone can do to take part in World Kindness Day:
Ask yourself or others the question, “What does kindness mean to you?” Record or write out your answer and tag @theworldkindnessmovement on FB! Or @WKMovement for Twitter.
And for those who would like to learn a little more about WKM and the history of World Kindness Day, read on!
HISTORY OF WORLD KINDNESS DAY – NOVEMBER 13
World Kindness Day is observed around the world on November 13. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of kindness NGOs. This date is observed in many countries, including in Australia where the Minister of School Education placed World Kindness Day on the National School Calendar. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community, focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness that binds us. (Click here for World Kindness Day’s banner image to share on social media.)
WHAT DOES KINDNESS MEAN TO YOU?
In honor of World Kindness Day, we asked children and adults around the globe what kindness means to them, and here are their answers.
Hashtags: #WorldKindnessDay #WKM #WorldKindnessMovement
WKM’S MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The mission of the World Kindness Movement is to inspire individuals and nations to create a kinder world through establishing independent kindness programs and projects in cities, schools, and communities across the globe.
WKM’s objectives are as follows:
· To raise awareness of WKM
· To share ideas and projects of kindness programs worldwide
· To increase international membership
· To provide opportunities for members to network and collaborate
Want to find out more about The World Kindness Movement and how you can be a part of the global conversation on kindness? Send in your questions to Gabriella van Rij | Secretary General of the World Kindness Movement.
,I was shocked and heartbroken to learn that Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movement that has been taught in countless classrooms and influenced generations of readers.
The book last year was temporarily removed from the library shelves of a school district in Virginia along with “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” after a parent of a biracial student complained that the language in the novels was divisive. The Accomack County School Board voted to reinstate both books less than a week later.
In the midst of this controversy, I was overjoyed to be contacted by a thoughtful husband whose wife, an 8th-grade teacher whose favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird"! He asked for a "read" fold in this magnificent classic.
Perhaps if we talked about race more there would be fewer people cavalierly tossing out hurtful racist language.
For a list of "The Banned Books Your Child Should Read" click here.
Yes, I know... I know... I have been very bad and I have not gotten back to you. (I'm slapping my own hand right now).
But how could I let a special day like today slide by?
NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY Observed each year on August 9, (and sometimes on the first Saturday in November) bibliophiles get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!
From the scent of a rare first edition book found in an old time book collection, to a crisp, fresh book at the local supermarket, the very sight of a book can bring back memories. Reading as a child, enjoying the short stories, the long books and the ability to lose yourself in a story so powerful that at the end your asking yourself where to get the next book in the series. This is for the reader in all of us, the celebration of Book Lovers Day!
History of Book Lovers Day
While the day’s origins may be shrouded in mystery and rumor, the books themselves are not. Started from carving on stone tablets, the book was designed to make portable the writings and drawings of those that could not carry around stone tablets. Originally it was parchment or vellum (calf skin, in case you were wondering)was bound tightly with a wooden cover. Often the wooden cover was tightly wrapped in leather to prevent the wood from getting wet and had clasps or straps to hold it shut. In the more modern age, printing capabilities made books cheaper, and easier, to print. The printing press, the typewriter, and the computer all had an effect on the market of books. But more so than most, is the upsurge in electronic devices that can be used to read on. Computers, tablets, and most cell phones now have the ability to read books, making it that much easier to carry around a small library to enjoy not matter where you are.
How to celebrate Book Lovers Day
In order to truly appreciate Book Lovers Day, one must only find a story and read it. Maybe you wish to dive into the unknown with a good mystery, or see magic in a high fantasy setting, or be enthralled in a steamy romance. The individual genre of your reading is not the big piece of this, just that you do read is. Maybe a visit to your local library is in order? After all public libraries existed even way back in the Middle Ages, but they didn’t really let many folks take books home. The librarians in those days chained books to shelves or desks in order to prevent theft of the carefully hand written tomes. Many librarians will gladly help you find a title to read, giving a brief explanation on what it is about if they have read it, or giving it a little flip and reading about it quickly in the synopsis. But no matter your preference, if you read it at home with a cup of tea, share a book meeting with friends or go to the library and make use of the wonderful pieces on those shelves, just enjoy your reading, revel in the book and find a way to read during Book Lovers Day!
From the moment I got the go-ahead to be included among the 50+ vendors featuring handcrafted items at Gore Mountain's Harvest Festival I kicked into high gear. This will be my very first craft fair. I have A LOT to do!
Of course, I had my reservations about doing the festival. I thought it would be too big for my debut as a craft vendor. I was a bit intimidated by the number of vendors and even the high-profile venue. Would I be able to pull it off? Make enough inventory? Design an interesting booth? Be able to be friendly and greet customers? And what about the logistics of loading in and out. What if I didn't sell a single item? (Yes, I do have nightmares about that!)
But it is an opportunity I couldn't turn down. It seemed like the logical next step in running a craft business.
Not only as a chance to sell items, but to:
*Promote my business to those who don't know my business or who don't even shop online.
*Meet potential customers in person and get feedback face to face.
*Get press attention as one of the vendors.
*Meet other crafters.
*Just to check it off my list of things I want to do.
Once I committed to doing the show, I had about a couple of months to prepare. The first thing I did was read all I could find on the topic of craft shows. I searched the web and pinned inspiring booth displays. I talked to other makers who already had a few craft shows under their belt. I read forum threads. All this research helped me figure out what I needed to do, what I needed to buy and most importantly let me know that everyone is nervous their first time selling at a craft fair!
I am not usually a to-do list kind of gal, but because I had so much to accomplish before I was ready for the show, I decided to make a list. I listed all the things I needed to do and put them in my planner. I spaced it out so each week I had one or two tasks to do. For example: Order a credit card reader. Create and make business cards. Make a store sign/banner. These were manageable chunks I could do and check off my list.
Some of the things on the list couldn't be done in one sitting. For example, I had to create enough inventory to fill my booth. Most of my items are made-to-order or personalized, so I didn't have much inventory to start with. Creating and designing a decent stock of items took me several weeks. But I did it a little at a time.
The other task that took several weeks to complete was: designing my booth display. This, in fact, turned out to be my favorite part of the entire process! For this task, you can break it down even further: choosing table/chairs; picking out and ordering table cloths; deciding on lighting; creating signage; choosing display items (racks/shelves/etc.).
Looks like I exhausted the dogs
Wish me luck. Next time we meet I should be able to tell you all about how the Festival went.
Oh my gosh... after I finished writing this and got back to work, there was so much more...
You can see it here.
Birthday week. My birthday week! I'm not tooting my own horn, nor looking for congratulations, but I do love to celebrate birthday's. Not just mine, but everyone's birthday! And, while I'm at it, why not celebrate for a whole week! It's a thing. I looked it up.
According to the Urban Dictionary (a reputable source), Birthday Week, "The week surrounding one's birthday when they SHOULD get any wish they desire and all of their friends and family should bow to all of their whims of fancy." YES!
My family did just that for me. Mom made my favorite Almond Paste Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust and Raspberry Sauce. Oh... My... Gosh.
It starts with Oreo Cookies crushed and mixed with melted butter.
Then, the Almond Paste... oh yum, the almond paste.
Eggs, cream cheese, etc., etc.
And then into the oven.
And if that wasn't enough! My husband made my favorite... Alaskan King Crab Legs!
Yes, I've seen "Deadliest Catch". I think it's dreadful. If you haven't seen it, I don't recommend it. (I hope the Discovery Channel doesn't get wind of this blog) Well, honestly... every episode is just like another. Seen one, seen 'em all.
I digress. King Crab Legs. When I lived in NYC I LOVED to go to City Island for my birthday. Crab Shanty is THE place. If you've never been, I highly recommend it. Although... I haven't been in 12 year so it could have changed. I remember the BEST crab legs and garlic bread. Oh! The garlic bread! Big chunks of garlic and butter. Heck, why not give it a shot.
My point was... my husband. My husband made me King Crab Legs. What a sweetheart. And... they were GREAT.
And then, just when you think you're going to explode. It's time for Birthday Cake! Remember the cake? Served with a good cup of coffee and raspberry sauce. Mmmmmmm
There were trips to the Adirondacks and visits with friends and family. All in all, a wonderful Birthday Week. Thanks for sharing it with me! And when it's your Birthday Week. Let's celebrate that too!
So I started a blog... and NOW what?
There are so many thoughts going through my head but to write them down? That seems almost impossible. Perhaps that is why my creativity lies not in the written or spoken word. I have always admired those who can so eloquently express themselves. Me? I'd rather knit, crochet, tat, dance or book fold. ;)
First, I must thank those of you who took the time to read my very first blog! THANK YOU. And thank you to all of you who wrote to me such lovely words of encouragement. I can't begin to express how much that means. (REALLY... I can't express it... you see what I mean?)
But... I've started something and I must see it through. So, if you will bear with me, I'll start the process of working things out.
I'm writing this as I sit in the garden looking at the lovely flowers (hence the picture of the amazing center of the sunflower and maturing seeds above). The dogs are playing and the sun is getting lower in the sky. But what do I write about? What is anyone interested in reading about? Are they interested in my art? Do they want to know the story of how I came to book fold? About the stories behind some of the works that I have completed?
Perhaps you can give me a hint... What Now?
But it's not impossible. Or so they say...
“Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator” is one of my favorite sayings, because it tells us about human nature. We all delay taking action, but, usually, it doesn’t define us. It’s not a habit. It’s not something we do all the time.
Only about 20% of the U.S. population are procrastinators, so the chances are, I'm not one of them. Procrastinating, what I'm doing right now, isn’t a habit of mine. So, you ask, why haven’t I written my first blog post yet?
I need to do more work on the website first. I need to do more research before typing down my thoughts. I need to figure out how to write code, SEO's, set up a my site, price my product. I need to align my blogging goals with my business’ goals. What do my followers want to know? Oh gosh! Will I have any followers? Will anyone read this blog? Will anyone WANT to read this blog?
But here’s the reality: I’ll never be prepared to write my first blog post. You know why? Because there’s always going to be a great reason why I should do it tomorrow. (Aside from the fact that I am completely intimidated by writing - thanks to many years of Catholic Schooling). I'm stuck inside my own head. So here goes, I'm bucking up and writing... just writing.
Will anyone read this? Who knows? But I'll give it a go...
Wish me luck!