“Meet Joe”

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Joe Wos

Meet Joe

Joe Wos makes his home in Pittsburgh, PA and has made his living as a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 35 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.

Some highlights include spending 30 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with Orchestras nationwide and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide.

An A-Maze-ing Cartoonist

Joe has also been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for the past 19 years. With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages.

Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. One of his mural-sized mazes is on permanent display at StarKist’s international headquarters.

National Day Calendar is thrilled with this A-maze-ing Ambassador who has developed over 1,500 mazes so far. Joe is frequently inspired by National Days and his prolific creations can be seen on his website https://mazetoons.com/

Of course, his favorite day to celebrate is International Left-Handers Day, being a lefty himself.

Look for our live coverage of events that feature Joe, including Wizard World Comic-Con. You can also follow Joe on Social Media using the links below. What a perfect way to Celebrate Every Day!

Right-click on the maze above, save it to your computer and print it for your enjoyment.

If you would like to follow Joe on social media, visit any of the sites below.

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Joe is also on: TikTok

“Make copies for the kiddos to play with”

 


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“Pay Attention to THAT Which You are TOLD”

When you are young… you are being told so many important things … that you are also being told to remember always.

But… with so many of us… we hear some stuff, and think  that will never apply to me,  and just so super fast…  that message falls into a trash can… never to be surfaced, until it is too late!

These are old Photos of my, “Father to be”  while he was still in the Army in the Philippines,when “U.S. General Douglas MacArthur “

was there…  as a reminder that due to my Father’s injuries… as his back was broken while carrying out orders… therefore  he was in this  “body” cast for over six months… the picture of him on the right shows, that  in his recuperating, he was eating very  well…  as he was unable to do much  work while still in service… so they had to remove part of the cast … so that his stomach could come out… as it was increasing in size as they could not remove the cast… his back was in very bad shape.

Over the years…I heard that Daddy’s  back was in bad shape and  to never do anything that would cause you to ever have to have  a  “back” surgery… as you will never  ever… be the same.

My problem today is that I did have to have  two back surgeries and a couple of  other surgeries all from a fall here and there… one too many…  and NOW…  I am wondering if those surgeries were really the right procedure at that time… or was my problem that I did have too good of an Insurance plan… that takes  good care of the doctors…. better than  they cared for me… because,  my back is trying to kill me!

So if it is  at all possible, to save another person from having back problems and pain … try to remember that it does not pay to over work your body and back.  “Take it easy… for your “BACK’s” sake!”

You only receive one good working back, in the beginning…try to keep it  in good working order and do not  pretend to be  a “Super ” person… that can do everything and anything,  because there will come a day… much later, when you are old and grey… and you will wish you did not do all of those dumb things… that are now causing you to be in pain… mostly  NOW… because you can not do all that you wish that you could do… if only you were in the best shape  as that you could  have been in, with only some fore thought of having a better life… if you only took good care of yourself… when all is said and done!        D.V.


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“ACCORDING TO HOYLE DAY”

According to Hoyle Day - August 29

ACCORDING TO HOYLE DAY

According to Hoyle Day on August 29 encourages individuals to honor the rules and regulations in particular situations. It’s also a day to pay tribute to a man by the name of Edmond Hoyle, an Englishman who was thought to be the first technical writer on card games.

Hoyle was born in 1672. At the age of 69, he began teaching a card game called Whist to wealthy high-society members in London. Whist is a game that is played by two teams of two players and requires logical skills, along with skills in mathematics. The card game was especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many people in the United States and all over the world still play Whist.

Along with playing and teaching the game, Hoyle wrote a manuscript on the subject. He sold this manuscript to his card-playing students. He later published his manuscript under the title, “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist.” The rules of the card game were regarded as authoritative until 1864 when new rules were established. These new rules were eventually adopted by card-playing clubs in London and private social clubs in the United States.

Along with Whist, Hoyle wrote about the laws and strategies of hundreds of games, including Chess and Backgammon. Hoyle died on August 29, 1769, at the age of 97.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AccordingToHoyleDay

When people utter the phrase, “according to Hoyle,” it’s like saying, “according to the accepted standards.” According to Hoyle can also mean to keep doing something the way it’s normally done.

To observe this day, try working this phrase into your conversations as much as possible. For instance, if you’re teaching someone to bake a lasagna, you could say, “according to Hoyle, this is the right way to do the layers.”

Other ways to observe According to Hoyle Day include:

  • Play a board game, like Chess or Backgammon
  • Find someone who knows how to play Whist and have them teach it to you
  • Host a card-playing tournament
  • Brush up on your game-playing skills
  • Learn a new game, including all the rules on how to play it

ACCORDING TO HOYLE DAY HISTORY

Unfortunately, it’s not known who came up with this day to commemorate Edmond Hoyle. However, we can certainly still celebrate it in fun, game-playing, phrase-saying ways.


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RNC ends with stunning performance of ‘Ave Maria’

RNC Day 4 – Opera Singer Christopher Macchio WOW!!

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The Republican National Convention concluded with what one commentator has called “the most Catholic moment in American history”: the performance of “Ave Maria” – the “Hail Mary” prayer, put to music. 

Opera singer Christopher Macchio offered a beautiful rendition of the song, cherished by Catholics, from the Blue Room balcony of the White House after President Donald Trump’s speech officially accepting his party’s nomination to run for reelection. 

After the sung prayer to Our Lady, Macchio invited the Trump family and guests gathered on the south lawn of the White House to join in singing “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.”

“God will honor those who honor Him (and those who honor the Mother of God the Son),” proclaimed Dr. Taylor Marshall, Catholic author and a member of Catholics for Trump advisory board.  “Ave Maria!!!!”

and… Just to hear  a terrific voice…

Tenor Christopher Macchio performs US National Anthem at METS’ Citi Field 6/19/11

Just a little something for all Americans… if only we could all sing so well!


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“Denny Left Earth this Month…but Not Forgotten”

Some times you run across something that reminds you of something that is very important… and in my case… my younger brother, Denny Jr.,  left Earth this month just a few years ago.

In Life… it is hard to forget those of the family that are no longer here… as they were, when we were all having FUN doing things and living just as if we would always be here…. just doing the same things  just as if this was the LIFE of Riley!

 Just have to  add this previous post of  and for DENNY… just in case others are also thinking about “DENNY”  as this is the month he decided to travel to Heaven… as they were waiting for him… they have wonderful accommodations for those of us… that have done their fair share  of their LIFE for the Love of our Creator!

One of  the things that I have always done… was save stuff that did belong to those in the family that  have passed on to a much better LIFE… and had some things that they wanted someone to take care of as they did… and remember them with a little Thank You…now and then…

I wish that I could just throw out stuff that has memories of those that I LOVE… but something in side of me… just will not let me do that. I am  now finding that I must pass on to others… some things that maybe…  that they would like to enjoy for as long as they would like… and then find a new  home and person… so inclined to think the same way as I have done all these years.

So … the following is an old post… with prayers for Denny and all those that are in need of prayers for whatever will heal you in  body and soul!

 

A Prayer for “Denny”

Now is the time for all our “Prayer Warriors”  to say a  “Special Prayer of Thanksgiving”, for my  brother, Denny.  He was in the hospital, in Florida, all last week, because of a  “Blood Clot ” behind  the right knee.  We know that  “Almighty Yahweh”,  answers  Prayers of “Thanksgiving”   faster than any  other!

I picked up a book of my Mother’s, and out fell a   “3 x 5 card”, with  a “Prayer” she wrote when she was in the hospital,  and I felt this prayer must also be for “Denny”!   Read it!

“A Prayer of Hope –  Our heavenly Father as the sun brightens the earth  and gives it  warmth and love, it reminds  us of  Your love.  For it is  in You  that  we live  and move  and have our being.   As  You have been  with us many times  during difficulties   in the past  so continue  to bless us  with Your  help  now. Look graciously upon  Your servants here in the hospital   and bless  all that is being done  for their care.   Guide with wisdom and skill  all those who are ministering  to our needs.  Lend   Your  healing forces  so  that the health and strength of all the sick  may be restored.    We  will always be thankful for  Your generous   and  loving care  of us.    Amen.”

“The Lord is my shepherd:  I shall not want.  I fear  no evil for You  are with me!”       D.V.


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“National Thoughtful Day”

National Thoughtful Day - August 28th

August 28th brings with it an opportunity to demonstrate how we value each other. National Thoughtful Day sets aside a celebration meant to bring goodwill in a variety of ways. By serving the day with a spirit of generosity toward others, a ripple effect takes place.       

What encompasses a thoughtful day? Sometimes it’s an awareness of fulfilling another’s needs. Whether they are celebrating something already or need a pick-me-up, being aware generates a multitude of thoughts that result in thoughtful acts. It can be a small token or an inspirational word. Either way, your thoughtfulness makes others feel special.

And many times, those special people in our lives will reciprocate in kind. While it is usually not expected when we’re being thoughtful, it tends to happen anyway.

Being thoughtful also creates an interchange of thoughts and ideas that spur even more thoughtfulness. One simple act or word can generate new friendships, cause a plan to develop or a garden to grow. Who knows where your thoughtfulness will lead!

A thoughtful day also gives us perspective. We pause a moment to think of another and not ourselves. Our consideration for others brings kindness to the world that would otherwise be missing.

And while all these reasons matter, one of the most important reasons to celebrate National Thoughtful Day is that it is necessary. Imagine all the lives we touch and how a single thoughtful act can impact them for a lifetime. Thoughtfulness is a necessity we cannot live without.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalThoughtfulDay

Put your stamp on the day – your own style of thoughtful. Then put it into practice. Maybe you’ll become the aunt known for her sweet treats or the friend known for surprise coffees at work. Some other thoughtful ideas include:

  • Mail cards to several people in your address book. A handwritten note means so much since they are rare these days.
  • Deliver small treats to friends and family. They won’t be turned away, we promise!
  • Bring fresh flowers to your neighbor. They will brighten the day and make a connection.
  • Surprise someone with a new book. Inspirational stories bring comfort and joy.
  • Take a child to the park. Children always appreciate one on one time.
  • Visit Pinterest for inspiration or Thoughtful Pinch for more ideas.

Most importantly, share your thoughtful day on social media. Include your inspiration and plans while tagging them with #NationalThoughtfulDay.

NATIONAL THOUGHTFUL DAY HISTORY

Thoughtful Pinch founded National Thoughtful Day to celebrate all the ways being thoughtful brings beauty, inspiration, and empowerment to our lives. According to the creator of Thoughtful Pinch, Barb Paton, “By being thoughtful, one size does not have to fit all. In fact, the more unique the celebration, the better!”

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the celebration to be observed on August 28th, annually.


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