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March 20 - Spring/Vernal Equinox - Marks the beginning of Spring and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates first, annual and perpetual creation with egg hunts and exchanges. * A New Holiday - Steak and a BJ. * Twelve people were killed and 5,000 injured in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system during rush hour. Suspected in the attack was the Japanese religious sect Aum Shinrikyo, founded and led by Shoko Asahara (real name Chizuo Matsumoto). The group, which professes belief in a hybrid of Buddhist-Hindu teachings, predicts an apocalypse. In a raid conducted against the sect's main compound on the 25th, police seized literature that predicted 90 percent of the people in the world would be killed by poison gas. Also seized were two tons of chemicals for making sarin, the poison used in the Mar 20 attack. This cache was reported to contain enough materials to fill five million people. In a second raid, Asahara was arrested. * Celebration of Holi. Great American Meat Out. * Independence Day in Tunisia. * AZT, the first drug to treat AIDS, is approved by the federal government. Gay & Lesbian Calendar * Birthdays: Spike Lee, Henrik Ibsen, B.F. Skinner, William Hurt, Hal Linden (Harold Lipshitz), Marian McPartland, Robert Gordon (Bobby) Orr, Jerry Reed (Jerry Hubbard), Carl Reiner, Patrick James (Pat) Riley, Fred Rogers, Paul Junger Witt.
Aqua Tofana: A poisonous liquid which excited extraordinary attention at Naples at the end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth centuries. Tofana, a Sicilian woman, was strangled after having murdered hundreds of men (with it). The drink is described as a transparent, tasteless water, of which five or six drops are fatal, producing death slowly, without pain, inflammation, convulsions or fever. Gradual decay of strength, disgust of life, want of appetite, and constant thirst were its more immediate effects, speedily causing...consumption. It was probably the same poison of which Pope Alexander VI died in 1503 and so fearfully celebrated in history as the Wine of Borgias. - T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia, 1981 Forgotten English (Editor: See Today's Issue.)
Did you know Sugar Ray Robinson's real name is Walker Smith. African American History
Nuzzle your face in my cleavage instead of hurrying it there. - Jackie, 33. Best of 1001 Sex Secrets Every Man & Woman Should Know
Want to increase your children's self-esteem? Teach them how to do something well. Their self-esteem is directly related to the number of behaviors they do well. Dr. Buff's 365 Day Parenting Calendar
In 1978, filmmaker Peter Adair released the groundbreaking film Word is Out, giving voice to the lives and civil rights struggle of the gay community. Beginning his film career when he received a movie camera as a high school graduation present, Adair released his first feature film, Holy Ghost People, when he was twenty-one. Gay & Lesbian Calendar
Since 1980 the proportion of the American week force employed by Fortune 500 companies has shrunk by 25 percent. Many companies today hire "contract workers" and call it "outsourcing". Peter F. Drucker, dubbed the godfather of modern management, predicts that "ten years from now a company will outsource all work that does not have a career ladder up to senior management. New Passages
The decision to withhold the truth should never be based on personal needs, such as a need for power, a need to be liked or a need to protect one's map from challenge. The Road Less Traveled
It's easy to be cynical about marriage. It's more difficult to look at marriage as we actually experience it, asking what the soul is doing when it entices us toward such a demanding form of relationship. Soul Mates
Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit - and enjoy the influences of each. - Thoreau. Achieve Your Dreams
Things to Be Happy About: The Whale Conservation Institute. Bohemian idleness. Graham crackers and milk late at night. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About
Sometimes you have to take the test before you've finished studying. Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me
There may be times when you have difficulty seeing the light within you. You may experience "power leaks" that rob you of your ability to manifest reality. In those times, you will need to identify what is robbing you of your power and patch the leaks. If Life is a Game, These are the Rules
The single most powerful investment we can ever make in life is investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute. We are the instruments of our own performance, and to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time regularly to Sharpen the Saw in all four ways - the physical, the mental, the spiritual and the social/emotional. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Cut your grocery shopping time in half by typing up a list of all the food items you might possibly buy. Arrange them in the order they appear in the aisles of your favorite grocery store. Run off a couple dozen copies of the list, and keep it in one of the kitchen cabinets so a fresh one is there when you need it. Before you go shopping, draw up a quick meal plan for the week, go through the computer list, and check off the items. Since you're right there in the kitchen, you can quickly see what you're out of, and note those items on the list. Simplify Your Life (Editor: When you run out of something, check it on the list so you don't have to spend time thinking or worrying about if you'll remember.)
Treat yourself to a massage today. Visit a professional massage therapist (some will come to your home or job site) or ask a close friend or family member if they would give you a massage in exchange for one from you at another time. Stress Busters
Photograph a special place in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Take the picture when the weather's noticeable - after it snows or after leaves turn red. Always keep the camera in the same place and at the same height. To Do Today
Name a true success story that involves someone giving up before the job was done. - Wess Roberts. Win the Day!
El exito (EHKseetoh) Success. La fiesta fue un exito! The party was a success! Living Language
Rockne wanted nothing but "bad losers." Good losers get into the habit of losing. George E. Allen
Coaches can be important, not only for teenagers and not only in sports. A coach is a kind of mentor, one who can help us in many areas of life. He knows about the nature of certain things - such as teamwork. Coaches teach us about our bodies and how to strengthen them and use them. Some men's groups have drumming coaches, men who are further along than the others and who help the group keep the beat.
Is there anyone coaching you now? Could you benefit from coaching? If so, go and find a good coach. Are you coaching someone? It can be a great experience, in either role. Do you remember a really good coach whom you had? He probably gave you good attention and somehow inspired you. What were some of his qualities you admired? You can internalize those qualities when you work with others.
Is there someone whom I could coach? Someone who needs my coaching?
Hey Man: Did you make a difference yesterday? Let us know at email@example.com. Talk with your parents about their hopes, fears, and wishes for their future. What Every Man Needs to Know Want to make a difference but you don't know where to start?
Every Moment Matters: Savoring the stuff of life by John St. Augustine. Life is filled with moments that change us, teach us, make us catch our breath, and sometimes make us happy just to be alive. But too often they go unnoticed. In this book, popular radio personality offers compelling stories from his own life that remind us all of the importance of the ordinary moments in our lives. He shows us the lessons and gifts hidden in the everyday moments that make life more vibrant and worth living. This book offers a prescription for a way out of the maze of our rushed and hectic lives by pausing to pay attention to the present. Hampton Roads, www.hrpub.com, 2009 ISBN 978-1-57174-589-7
March is International Listening Awareness, International Mirth, *Irish-American Heritage, Mental Retardation Awareness, Music in Our Schools, National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness, National Collision Awareness, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Ethics Awareness; National Humane Education Awareness, National Kidney, National Nutrition, National On-Hold, National Professional Social Worker's, National Talk with Your Teen about Sex, Optimism, Play-the-Recorder, Poison Prevention Awareness, Red Cross, Rosacea Awareness, Workplace Eye Health and Safety; Youth Art; Humorists are Artists and Gender Equality Month: Time to honor both genders; time to meditate on the equality of women and men, on the respect due to both women and men, and on Goddess-God manifesting as woman and man. The Mystic's Wheel of the Year. In keeping with this, be sure to read our writing under "Newsbytes" called Mothers Aren't Essential in Raising Children. Also, check out our books on Feminism, Sexism, Sex Roles, and Social Theory in this regard. Month.
Mar 12-Apr 14: Deaf History Month. Mar 1-5: No Name Calling Week. Mar 1-7 The day the production and use of land mines was outlawed world-wide. The Mystic's Wheel of the Year. National Write a Letter of Appreciation; Return the Borrowed Books; Universal Human Beings Week. Mar 1-10: Bike Week. Mar 2-9: Autograph Collecting, Conserve Water/Detect-a-Leak; National Professional Pet Sitters; *Save Your Vision Week. Mar 4-8: Human Resource ; National Procrastination; National School Breakfast; Newspaper in Education Week. Mar 10-16: Girl Scout; Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. Mar 11-17: Camp Fire Boys and Girls Birthday Week. Mar 13-20: Education Advocacy; National Toad Hollow Week. Mar 17-23: Anonymous Giving; Jobs for Teens; National Agriculture; National Poison Prevention Week. Mar 18-24: National Bubble; National Clutter Awareness; National Secondhand Shopping; National Spring Fever Week. Mar 20-26: Week of Solidarity with the People's Struggle Against Racism and Racial Discrimination (UN). Mar 24-30: National Cleaning Week. Mar 29-Apr 2: National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. Mar 1: National March to College; National Pig. National Salesperson's; "Read Across America Day" sponsored by the National Education Association in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theordor Geisel). Mar 2: I Want You to Be Happy; National Anthem; What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day. Mar 3: Hug a GI; Old Inauguration Day. Mar 6: Stop Bad Service Day. Mar 8: Panic Day. Mar 10: Dream 2002; Johnny Appleseed Day. Mar 11: National Organize Your Home Day. Mar 12: National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day. Mar 14: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. Mar 15: Curlew; Freedom of Information Day. Mar 16: Save the Florida Panther Day. Mar 17: St. Patrick's Day. Mar 19: Great American Meatout; National Agriculture; Proposal Day. Mar 20: Flower; National Tree Planting, Memory; Single Parents; South Africa Human Rights Day; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN). Mar 21: As Young as You Feel; New Year's Day (India). Mar 22: Near Miss; World Meteorological Day (UN). Mar 23: World Tuberculosis Day (UN). Mar 24: Mothering Day (ENG); National Family; Old New Year's; Pecan Day. Mar 25: Legal Assistants; Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Mar 26: American Diabetes Alert. Mar 27: Qing Ming Festival (China). Mar 27: National Mom and Pop Business Owners; Youth Day (Taiwan); Texas Love the Children Day. Mar 29: I Am in Control; Doctor's Day.
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