Happy Earth Day. Happy birthday.

To me, anyway! I am now no longer restricted to a vertical drivers license! 

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. -Jean Paul Richter

Happy birthday also to all these grand folks:

-Glen Campbell, 1936, actor/singer
-Margaret Pereira, 1929, forensic scientist
-Victoria Opoku-Ware, 1929, Ghanaian queen
-Yehudi Menuhim, 1916, violinist
-Isabella I of Castile, 1451, Queen of Spain 1479-1504 

Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth. -Ralph Parlette

On this most auspicious day in history, these events occurred:

-1056: Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye!
-1370: Building of the Bastille in Paris commences!
-1500: Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil and claims it (of course) for Portugal!
-1509: Henry VIII ascends to England’s throne!
– 1823: R.J. Tyers patents roller skates!
-1861: Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces!
-1864: U.S. mints 2 cent coin! (Also the first appearance of “In God We Trust”…)
-1876: Tsjaikovsky completes his ballet “Swan Lake” !
-1889: Oklahoma land rush officially *nudge nudge* begins!
-1884: Thomas Stevens embarks on first bike trip around the world! (Accomplished in 2 years & 9 months.)
-1906: New rule puts umpires in sole charge of all game balls!
-1914: Babe Ruth’s first professional game as pitcher!
-1922: South Ossetian Autonomous Region forms in Georgian SSR!
-1927: First performance of Roger Sessions’ “Symphony in E”!
-1937: NYC college students stage fourth annual peace strike!
-1945: Concentration camp at Sachsenhausen liberated!
-1952: First atomic explosion on network news in Nob, Nevada!
-1955: Congress orders all U.S. coins bear motto “In God We Trust”! 
-1969: Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312-day nonstop sailing! 
-1969: First human eye transplant performed!
-1970: Flat Earth celebrated!
-1970: First Earth Day held internationally to promote conservation of natural resources!
-1976: Barbara Walters becomes first female nightly network news anchor!
-1983: Stern mag announces major historical find: discovery of 60-volume personal diaries of Adolph Hitler! (Hoax!)
-1988: Women are now allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race in Indiana! (Um, what took you so long?)
-1994: Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gilloly for $42,500! (Tonya Harding! Don’t even get me started on Tonya Harding!)

 I’ve been around for a little over twenty years, and for anyone who needs advice on getting here, well, don’t ask me. The path I took was not exactly by the book. –Jon McLaughlin

 Twenty-one and strong as I can be. I know what freedom means to me, and I can’t give the reason why I should ever want to die. Got no cause to be afraid or fear that life will ever fade ’cause as I watch the rising sun I know that we have just begun. –The Eagles

Let me just take a second to pause and reflect, check the cause and effect. I find myself askin’ how did this happen so fast? Can’t imagine. Man, I remember back when I thought I knew the deal, but I didn’t understand it was never in my plans to become a grown man. Hopped on a plane, destination Thailand, where nobody was there to hold my hand. And that’s when I believe it started. See, I became part of a culture. Meanwhile my partner was guarding the sacred gardens and it’ll take that inspiration to create an artist. And through the hardships, I grew regardless of how much I was still stuck in the ways on the sidewalk, some duckin’ the strays, some repeating the mistakes their own parents made. Look, kid, you don’t even know the half. True, but it’s you I will outlast. I’ma be around to see what’s to come, ’cause at twenty-one I’ve only just begun, I’m told. Look, kid, you don’t even know the half. True, but it’s you I will outlast. I’ma be around to see what’s to come, ’cause at twenty-one I’ve only just begun. Twenty-one times around the sun. Take it in. I knew this day was bound to come. Illmatic had told me that the world was mine, and I realized it was way before halftime. Listen…I’ve done what some couldn’t. Given a chance all because of one woman who taught me knowledge of self, always prayer books on the shelf for me to delve into myself. Trained my voice and my soul from an early age. Gave what I can take with me through the pearly gates. Fought for opportunities for me, mentored me even when it didn’t make sense to me. I never knew who to blame. See, there’s a lot more significance to the name because he once did the same, so why would I bother to be anyone but Badí, spiritual descendent of the Pride of the Martyrs? -Badí

Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty-one is a menace to the community. -Brigham Young (Ha! That’s me, the rabblerouser! I know where you sleep at night!)

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. -Franz Kafka

My father told me all about the birds and the bees, the liar–I went steady with a woodpecker ’till I was twenty-one. -Bob Hope

In the brave days when I was twenty-one… -William Makepeace Thackeray

At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable. -Orson Welles

The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one, or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality. -Heywood C. Broun

+: Some Earth Day links & information for you. :]

earthdaynetwork, Wiki, .gov, Earth Day 2009, EPA, top 10 Earth Day movies, books, International Earth Day, Earth Society Foundation, EnviroLink, ways to celebrate, Earth Day Canada, Keep America Beautiful, AMAZING amount of links, teaching resources & lesson plans, WWF, Every Day is Earth Day, PlanetPals, NG, Earth Day facts, fun facts, and more facts, DisneyNature, and info on Disney’s Earth. Yay! :]

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2 Responses to “Happy Earth Day. Happy birthday.”

  1. Tracie Says:

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday!!!!

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