National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.
Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our personality develops as we go. We’re a bit like a scribble.
Children’s scribbles become more than just scribbles when eyes and a smile are added. Somehow a personality leaps onto the page and with it, encouragement for children to grow and express themselves. The positive result looking back at them spreads a surge of joy that is infectious.
That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from Grandpa to the smallest family member can join in the day. Gather up the crayons in every color and scribble up smiles for everyone!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Scribble with a child on National Scribble Day. Whether it laughs, dances or grins, it doesn’t really matter. The child can laugh, dance and grin, too! Educators, visit new.dianealber.com/scribbleday/ for resources and to sign up for stickers.
Use #NationalScribbleDay to share your scribbles on social media.
Diane Alber, author of I’m NOT Just a Scribble, founded National Scribble Day in 2019 to share a message of kindness and acceptance and to encourage children to create art no matter their ability. Every artist started with a scribble!The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Scribble Day to be observed annually on March 27th.
“Will just have to, try these Delicious cookies as soon as possible – LACY OATMEAL COOKIE DAY – and will let you all know, what happens!”
NATIONAL LACY OATMEAL COOKIE DAY
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day is observed annually on March 18th. This day is sometimes also referred to as National Oatmeal Cookie Day (which is celebrated on April 30th). The difference between the two is that lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet. Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. It is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle. Most research has found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896.Considered as a “health food,” the cookies quickly became popular, and by early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.
Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber
There are many different recipes for the lacy oatmeal cookies. They can be made with a variety of oats, such as old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour. For a healthier cookie, add finely chopped or ground fruits (such as raisins) or nuts and use a sugar substitute. Lacy oatmeal cookies are often decorated with icing drizzled on top of the cookie.
“Meet, “Mr. Trump, himself” our new “German Shepherd” – he is only, five (5) months old, on this PHOTO.”
“Mr. Trump” is still in the learning stage, of what is expected of him, to do – where to be – when to do it – and right off the “BAT” – he does receive credit – he knew, to go to the “DOOR” that leads for the outside – so as to let us know – when he has to take care of “Business” outside – and mikes, no mess in the house!
As with all new members of the FAMILY, “MR. TRUMP” is gong to be one of our “TOP” favorites’ – as he is getting along with all of the animals – and loves to be in our FAMILY – as we can tell, all of this – by his very good behavior. Also, as “GRANDMA” likes to tell us – that for “GOOD BEHAVIOR” in her day, and on her report cards – to receive a “GOLD STAR’ for being so good – at the end of the “SCHOOL YEAR” – she would receive “Fifteen Cents” a great big $00.15 – for each of those gold stars – can you just imagine, what that would equal to – in TODAY’s money or currency?
“It does pay, in some way, to be “TOP DRAWER” in whatever – you are aiming to do, “IT” does PAY off in the end!”
At the very top, of this second PHOTO is, our “BABY” a “first class” and number one “ankle bitter” if ever – there was one! This is a highly and aggressive dog for just a minute or so, and could, maybe even be classified as a “maniac” at times – or maybe even, what you might call, a “split personality” – as she can be so NICE for one minute and then, start attacking the ankles of someone – for no good reason, at all? But, she is still, our sweet little “BABY” most of the time!
At the bottom of this second PHOTO, is the PRIZE of all of our little ole dogies – “Miss Termite, herself” she, is the smallest of all, and is “sister” to “Miss Bebee, herself” – and is, even smaller than “Miss Bebee” and so lovable to all. Also, “Miss Termite” is what you might call a “Lap Dog” and is so happy to indulge in getting 100% of your attention – and, will LOVE you even more – for all of the attention, that she receives – as we all know that, LOVE being shared, will only make, for a much better LIFE for one and all! D.V.
10 Good Intentions That Aren’t Really Doing Any Good
by Jillee · August 6, 2015
Sometimes we have the best intentions and yet those “good intentions” actually make matters worse instead of better. Most of us have witnessed or felt the power of others’ good intentions on us and ours on them. But have we stopped to consider the power of our intentions, kind or unkind? Today’s post is about some of the ways our well-meaning ways may be going awry.
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#1 Saying “Let me know if there is anything I can do.
How many times have we heard (or uttered) this? While it’s a lovely thing to say, it puts the pressure on the other person to ASK for help. It may make you feel better because you OFFERED, but your friend in a crisis is too overwhelmed to remember that you did.
A better option: Take action! Drop off a dinner, pick kids up from school, go over and clean (or send a cleaning service), or help organize friends and neighbors to do whatever needs to be done. Take a cue from Nike and “Just Do It.”
#2 Indulging in back-handed compliments.
A couple of oldies, but not-so-goodies, that come to mind:
“You look great for your age.” — Nix the “for your age”…try “You look great!” Period.
“Have you lost weight?” — The implied unsaid words….”because you needed to.” I realize that’s not always the case, but it’s a tricky one. A better alternative, “You look happy and healthy!” Every person wants both of those things.
“Has anyone ever told you that you look just like [insert celebrity name here]? — Not every famous face is universally admired. I have a nephew who is a dead-ringer for Wil Farrell and HATES when people tell him that. Think twice.
#4 Apologizing for no reason.
“I’m sorry the house is a mess;” “I’m sorry I overcooked the steaks on the grill;” “I’m sorry for not calling you back.”
No one wants to be told how to feel, so a pre-emptive apology can seem controlling and off-putting. If someone is upset, wait for them to tell you, then apologize.
#5 Nursing your GUILT.
It’s OK to feel guilty about something and try to correct it, but then you have to let it go. When it drags on, guilt usually gets mixed up with shame and becomes more about who you are than what you did. Once a situation is properly addressed, guilt does absolutely nothing for you except cause pain.
#6 Indulging in these well-meaning but misguided zingers…..
“You’re so much better off without him/her!” — Umm….newsflash….people get back together! Can you say awkward? This also implies that the person just “get over it” which is just annoying! Other phrases to avoid: “I never liked him/her,” or “He/she was the worst!”
“When the timing is right, it will happen.” — This is usually said when referring to infertility issues…a touchy subject if there ever was one! This phrase is probably one of the worst you can use when talking to someone dealing with it. Chances are “That is not fair” is all she wants to hear
#7 Answering questions for your kids.
It may create a moment of social awkwardness, but kids need to learn that their parents don’t solve all their problems for them. Let your child struggle a bit. For example, resist answering for him or her when a waiter asks them how old they are. Watching them wrestle with shyness can be painful, but it’s better for them in the long term.
#8 Offering unsolicited advice.
Often, people know what they want to do or should do. They’re coming to you to feel understood and cared for, not because they want you to give them a solution. As they talk about their predicament, listen rather than try to control the conversation.
People who are suffering from trauma don’t need advice. They need comfort and support. Often, people know what they want to do or should do. They’re coming to you to feel understood and cared for.
Unless someone asks for advice, don’t give it. Instead say, “I’m sorry” or “This must really be hard for you” or “Can I bring you a pot roast?” Don’t say, “Here’s what I would do if I were you.”
#9 Encouraging your partner to lose weight.
Suggesting that a partner should lose weight or diet implies that the partner is overweight, unattractive, not sexy anymore, etc., which can be a painful message to hear. Hurtful comments, even if well-intentioned, may contribute to poor body image and unhealthy eating behaviors.
Chances are more than good that those who are overweight know it! They know donuts have more calories than celery. People who are constantly urged to diet and lose weight sometimes go out of their way to overeat, a kind of rebellion against their partner.
A better option: emphasize health rather than appearance, and focus on adopting a healthier lifestyle rather than dieting.
#10 Not understanding “The Ring Theory.”
I read about this theory by clinical psychologist Susan Silk in the LA Times a couple of years ago and thought it was brilliant!
It works for all kinds of crises: medical, legal, financial, even romantic! She calls it the Ring Theory and it works like this:
Draw a circle. This is the center ring. In it, put the name of the person at the center of the current trauma. For example, someone who has recently been diagnosed with an illness. Now draw a larger circle around the first one. In that ring put the name of the person next closest to the trauma. For example, the significant other of the person diagnosed.
Repeat the process as many times as you need to. In each larger ring put the next closest people. Parents and children before more distant relatives. Intimate friends in smaller rings, less intimate friends in larger ones.
Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, “Life is unfair” and “Why me?” That’s the one payoff for being in the center ring.
Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings.
When you are talking to a person in a ring smaller than yours, someone closer to the center of the crisis, the goal is to help. Listening is often more helpful than talking. But if you’re going to open your mouth, ask yourself if what you are about to say is likely to provide comfort and support. If it isn’t, don’t say it.
If you want to scream or cry or complain, that’s fine. Just do it to someone in a bigger ring.
Comfort IN, dump OUT. Don’t just avoid dumping into the center ring, avoid dumping into any ring smaller than your own.
Remember, you can say whatever you want if you just wait until you’re talking to someone in a larger ring than yours.
And don’t worry. We’ll all get our turn in the center ring. We can count on that. :-/
NATIONAL COUNTDOWN DAY 3…2…1…National Countdown Day on March 21 ticks down the minutes, seconds or days to events big and small.
3…2…1…July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launches into the atmosphere carrying the crew for the first moon landing.
3…2…1…Y2K, everyone partied like it was 1999 until the new millennium arrived.
3…2…1…January 19, 2013, Marlo Anderson quietly launched a website called National Day Calendar.
3…2…1…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
On National Countdown Day, 03/21, we can start a countdown to just about anything. Around the office, it’s a countdown to the next celebration every day! Consider past and present countdowns of significance.
Recently parts of the United States counted down to August 21, 2017, to a total solar eclipse. The event created road trip opportunities for those within driving distance and science party lessons on rooftops in the path of the eclipse. It was a memorable countdown, indeed. Did you miss it? Start your countdown for April 8, 2024. This solar eclipse will cover parts of Mexico, Central and Northeastern United States and just a bit of Canada.
ROYAL COUNTDOWNS Countdowns to royal weddings draw a lot of attention. The fanfare and commitment to tradition remind us of storybook weddings. There are several royal weddings to recall; Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981; Prince William and Catherine Middleton, April 29, 2011; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.
Another British countdown that keeps the world interested is the countdown to Brexit. Or is it not it?
UNITED STATES COUNTDOWNS Some favorite U.S. countdowns in the U.S. are countdowns to opening day – this could be the opening day of baseball, racing, the swimming pool or hunting season. The countdown to tax day, election day, or even the closing bell can be a positive or ominous one. It all depends on the outcome and sometimes one depends on the results of the other countdowns!
SUMMER AND SPORTS Countdowns to summer break may be started as early as September 1 or as late as spring break. Those who motor on two wheels like to countdown to Sturgis and sports enthusiasts have countdowns to March Madness, Gameday, and Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On National Countdown Day, start a countdown to something significant to you. Around National Day Calendar, we countdown to meaningful, useful, notable, unusual, quirky and remarkable events all the time. It makes us #CelebrateEveryDay.
Whether you’re counting down to a homecoming or a wedding, to your last chemo treatment or your graduation, start your countdown. What will you countdown to? Use #321Day to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a project dedicated to National Countdown Day.
National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Countdown Day to celebrate all the ways people countdown to important moments in our lives.