The “Power of Words Award” …. from the Idealistic Rebel!!

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Thank you very much, Horty! I truly appreciate this, as with you, I wonder if what I write has any effect on those that read it.


I have designed this award because so many feel they can’t change the world. They can. You can. Your words, your blog can educate, raise awareness, change opinions and raise spirits. Through your blog you are reaching people you may never have effected any other way.

So this is for all who click away on the computer with a heart full of love, kindness, compassion and caring. For all of you who write to correct wrongs and injustices. For all of you who work to bring light into our world and hope to people’s lives. You are all heroes in my book.

Please accept this heart-felt award and pass it on to those in your WordPress family who deserve it. Let’s keep it going for the entire year. May it inspire all with light, words, and love for the human family.

You all know how much I hate rules, so please just

*post the award on your blog*

*thank the person who gave it to you*

*pass it on to those whom you deem worthy*

*let your nominees know*



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Calendar day; April 24, 2015

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Friday, the 24th of April, 2015 is the 114th day in 2015 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
World Meningitis Day
April 24, 2015 in the World
Held every year on 24 April, WMD is recognised to raise the global profile of meningitis, emphasise the importance of vaccination, and provide support to those dealing with the consequences of the disease.
Meningitis is a disease that can affect anyone, anywhere and at any time! It does not discriminate against age, gender or where we live in the world. You may think of meningitis as something that affects infants or university students. You are right, but meningitis can also affect young children, adults and the elderly. Meningitis can affect your babies, your friends, your parents or grandparents – it does not discriminate!
World Meningitis Day has been celebrated since 2008. Although Meningitis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease, many people do not realize that there are vaccinations that can prevent the illness. Around the world, people come together on April 24 to spread a message of awareness, information about prevention, and the consequences of infection. In addition to in-person events, online venues including social networks, video sharing websites and idea boards will promote the event and public awareness of this global health concern.
Where is World Meningitis Day?
Arbor Day 2015
April 24, 2015 in the USA
Arbor Day is in 2015 on the 24th of April. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Neb., in the United States in 1872. J. Sterling Morton is the founder of Arbor Day. The first Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.
In the US, the national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in Spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
Trees are an important component of the natural landscape because of their prevention of erosion and the provision of a weather-sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures.
They are also elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples). Wood from trees is a building material, as well as a primary energy source in many developing countries. Trees also play a role in many of the world’s mythologies.
Where is Arbor Day?
Nationwide USA
Genocide Remembrance Day
April 24, 2015 in Armenia
Genocide Remembrance Day is celebrated on April 24, 2015. Genocide Remembrance Day or Genocide Memorial day, is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the world. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, hundreds of thousands of people walk to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame. The date 24 April commemorates the Armenian notables deported from the Ottoman capital in 1915, of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, most of whom would be executed, which was a precursor to the ensuing events.
Where is Genocide Remembrance Day?
Nationwide Armenia
Yom Ha’atzmaut
April 24, 2015 in Israel
Yom Ha’atzmaut takes place on April 24, 2015. Yom Ha’atzmaut commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. It is celebrated on 5th of Iyar according to the Hebrew calendar. Yom Ha’atzmaut is preceded by Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day.
Where is Yom Ha’atzmaut?
Nationwide Israel
Día de la Chupina
April 24, 2015 in Rosario / Argentina
Día de la Chupina is celebrated on April 24, 2015. The Día de la Chupina is a popular event and self-styled “holiday” created by secondary school students in the city of Rosario, Argentina. It is held annually, on the last Friday of every April. On this day, the students do not attend their classes, but gather instead in some particular spots of the city center, especially the National Flag Memorial and the highly commercial pedestrian-only section of Córdoba Street.
Where is Día de la Chupina?
Nationwide Rosario / Argentina
National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day
April 24, 2015 in the USA
This delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic.
In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum!
No matter where you are or how you decide to cook your pigs-in-a-blanket, make this tasty finger food for dinner tonight and serve it with a side of ketchup. Happy National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 24th April:
1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date).
1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
1185 – Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto’s fleet beats imperial fleet
1596 – Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
1800 – Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation
1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain
1877 – Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire
1888 – Eastman Kodak forms
1898 – Spanish-American War: Spain delares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
1915 – German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper
1915 – Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)
1920 – British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
1921 – Under Allies supervision, a plebiscite in the Tyrol favors merging with Germany; unhappy with the outcome, Allies give the area to Italy
1950 – Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
1950 – Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
1961 – 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged
1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”
1970 – Senegal adopts constitution
1982 – 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany
1989 – 10s of thousands of students strikes in Beijing China
1990 – Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine


Zucchini Pineapple Bread Recipe

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Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Zucchini Pineapple Bread Recipe

“Meals are even more memorable when I complement them with this light garden-fresh bread. The zucchini makes it so moist and tender…and the pineapple lends a delicate tropical twist to every delicious slice.”
Prep: 15 min.
Bake: 50 min. + cooling
Yield: 2 loaves
3 eggs
2 cups finely shredded zucchini
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins, optional
1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, zucchini, oil, pineapple and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; stir into egg mixture just until moistened. Fold in nuts and raisins if desired.
2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool.

Originally published as Pineapple Zucchini Bread in Country Woman

Thank you, Skeen for the recipe!






Calendar day; April 23, 2015

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Thursday, the 23rd of April, 2015y is the 113th day in 2015 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
World Book and Copyright Day
April 23, 2015 in the World
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day) is observed on April 23, 2015. The annually celebrated day is organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It was first celebrated in 1995.
The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. Nowadays the World Book and Copyright Day is observed in over 100 countries, where schools, private businesses, voluntary organizations and lots of more people and groups come together to pay a tribute to authors and books.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that on this date the World Book and Copyright Day should be celebrated because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare and some other authors.
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. It is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and other, related rights. It is an intellectual property form.
Where is World Book and Copyright Day?
Canada Book Day
April 23, 2015 in Canada
On April 23, Canada celebrates Canada Book Day, an annual event aimed at promoting books and reading. It is celebrated on the dame date as UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day.Canada Book Day was first organized by the Writer’s Trust of Canada, a national charitable organization aimed at providing financial support to Canadian authors and supporting Canadian anglophone literature.
Unfortunately, Canada Book Day does not receive promotion and recognition it deserves. Most Canadians are unaware that April 23 is the day for celebrating Canadian literature and reading in general.
As no special events are held on Canada Book Day, you can celebrate it by picking a new book to read or re-reading one of your favorite books. It is also a good occasion to find a new book series to immerse yourself in or to learn more about Canadian authors. Dedicate April 23 to reading and encourage your friend to do so, too.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
World Laboratory Day
April 23, 2015 in the World
World Laboratory Day takes place on April 23, 2015. It celebrates the place where great inventions emerge which helps to make the world better. A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed.
Labs used for scientific research take many forms because of the differing requirements of specialists in the various fields of science. A physics lab might contain a particle accelerator or vacuum chamber, while a metallurgy lab could have apparatus for casting or refining metals or for testing their strength. A chemist or biologist might use a wet laboratory, while a psychologist’s lab might be a room with one-way mirrors and hidden cameras in which to observe behavior.
Scientific laboratories can be found in schools and universities, in industry, in government or military facilities, and even aboard ships and spacecraft. A laboratory might offer work space for just one to more than thirty researchers depending on its size and purpose.
Where is the event?
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
April 23, 2015 in the World
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed “to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free”. The purpose of the day, according to Walton was to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet.
The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the “webscabs” are “converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch.”
Many notable authors contributed to International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day 2007.
Where is the event?
UN English Language Day
April 23, 2015 in the World
UN English Language Day takes place on April 23, 2015. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. April 23 was chosen as the date for the English language because it is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. It is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations; and it is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states.
English is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union, many Commonwealth countries and the United Nations, as well as in many world organisations.
Where is UN English Language Day?
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
April 23, 2015 in Canada
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day takes place on April 23, 2015. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is an educational program in the USA and Canada that revolves around parents taking their children to work for one day. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters To Work Day, which was expanded to include boys in 2003. It occurs on the fourth Thursday of April every year.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
Take a Chance Day
April 23, 2015 in the USA
Take a Chance Day is celebrated on April 23, 2015. This day is your chance to … take a chance! What you’ve always wanted to do but had too afraid to do it? Today is the day to take the risk and try new things.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Zucchini Bread Day
April 23, 2015 in the USA
Zucchini bread is a delicious type of quick bread that is sweet and moist. The primary ingredient in zucchini bread is of course zucchinis, but you can also add various other ingredients. Many people like to add dried cranberries, orange zest, or cinnamon to make the bread spicy. Many chefs agree that zucchini bread is a great recipe for beginner cooks because it is so easy to make.
Did you know that zucchini is actually just a small summer squash? They’re usually yellow or light green in color and are shaped like a cucumber.
In addition to being used to make zucchini bread, zucchini is great when grilled or incorporated into stir-fry dishes. You can steam it, fry it, bread it, or grill it. Any way you cook zucchini, it’s healthy and delicious!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 23rd April:
215 BC – A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.
1014 – King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf freeing Ireland from foreign control
1348 – 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
1500 – Pedro Cabral lands & annexes Brazil (Terra da Vera Cruz)
1516 – Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria endorses “The German Beer Purity Law” (Reinheitsgebot) and adds to it standards for the sale of beer
1660 – Treaty of Oliwa is established between Sweden and Poland
1798 – Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1827 – William Rowan Hamilton presents his Theory of systems of rays
1867 – Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1900 – 1st know occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)
1908 – Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord
1925 – Having badly defeated Spain and driven her out of Spanish Morocco, the native Riffi, led by Abd-el-Krim, turn on the French in French Morocco
1932 – The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, the Netherlands burns down
1962 – 1st US satellite to reach the moon launched
1967 – Soyuz 1 launched; Vladimir Komarov becomes 1st in-flight casualty
1969 – Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
1977 – Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
1982 – Conch Republic is established – secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America
1984 – AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
1991 – USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
1993 – Eritrea votes to secede from Ethiopia
1995 – President Clinton declares a national day of mourning for Oklahoma City
2009 – The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 it’s observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe


Earth Day cookie idea ;)

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Awesome Sugar Cookie recipe


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar or colored sugar


  • 1Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2Heat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  • 3Divide dough in half. Roll each half 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 4Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.


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Calendar day; April 22, 2015

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Wednesday, the 22nd of April, 2015 is the 112th day in 2015 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
International Mother Earth Day
April 22, 2015 in the World
International Mother Earth Day was established in 2009, by the General Assembly under Resolution A/RES/63/278. The Resolution was introduced by The Plurinational State of Bolivia and endorsed by over 50 member states. It recognizes that “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.” The term Mother Earth is used because it “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit”. It is decided to designate April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.
General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann welcomed the creation of International Mother Earth Day, saying: “International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day; fostering shared responsibilities to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature is a cause that is uniting people around the world.”
Where is the event?
Earth Day 2015
April 22, 2015 in the World
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.
Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. April 22 corresponds to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, remains the principal United Nations environmental observance.
While some people celebrate Earth Day on April 22 each year,  others observe the occasion around the time of the March Equinox.  In 1978, American anthropologist Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, founded by John McConnell. She stated that the selection of the March Equinox for Earth Day made planetary observance of a shared event possible.
Where is the event?
Administrative Professionals’ Day
April 22, 2015 in North America
Administrative Professionals’ Day is celebrated on April 22, 2015. Administrative Professionals’ Day – also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day – is an unofficial secular holiday observed in several countries to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. In North America, it is celebrated on the Wednesday of the last full week of April.
Where is the event?
Nationwide North America
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day
 April 22, 2015 in the USA
Girl Scout Leader Day recognizes and honors the many adult volunteers to the girl scouting program. Girl Scout Leader Day began on April 22, 1982, when a flag honoring Girl Scout leaders was flown over the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. This day honors the thousands of volunteers who help to make the Girl Scout program a success.
Celebrate today, by thanking the girl scout leaders in your troop and area. Send a note, or card of thanks. Girl Scout groups can hold parties or have a cake at meetings. Gift are not a requirement, or an expectation. One of the ways girl scouts can thank their leaders, is to do their best in everything they do. Your leaders get their reward by seeing you grow into outstanding citizens and human beings!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Jelly Bean Day
 April 22, 2015 in the USA
National Jelly Bean Day is celebrated on April 22, 2015. It’s a special day for those who loves the sweet little candy. Jelly beans are a small bean-shaped type of confectionery with a hard candy shell and a gummy interior which come in a wide variety of flavors. The confection is primarily made of sugar.
Most jelly beans are sold as an assortment of around eight different flavors, most of them fruit based. Assortments of “spiced” jellybeans and gumdrops are also available, which include a similar number of spice and mint flavors. The colors of jelly beans often correspond with a fruit and a “spiced” flavor.
Some premium brands, such as Jelly Belly and The Jelly Bean Factory, are available in many different flavors, including berry, tropical fruit, soft drink, popcorn, licorice, and novelty ranges, in addition to the familiar fruit and spice flavors.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 22nd April:
1056 – Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye
1370 – Building begins of Bastille fortress in Paris
1500 – Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil & claims it for Portugal
1529 – Treaty of Saragosa: Spain & Portugal divide eastern hemisphere
1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposong flogging as cure for witchcraft
1769 – Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV’s “official” mistress
1876 – Tsjaikovsky completes his “Swan Lake” ballet
1898 – US President McKinley orders blockade of Cuban harbors
1915 – 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I
1930 – US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
1952 – 1st atomic explosion on network news, Nob, Nevada
1969 – 1st human eye transplant performed
1970 – 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources
1970 – Flat Earth celebrated
1981 – Almost 1 million West German metal workers in strike
1993 – Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Wash DC
1994 – 7,000 Tutsi’s slaughtered in stadium of Kibuye Rwanda
1994 – In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made



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