Daily Thoughts & Issues

IN THIS ISSUE:

APRIL 25

Days left until the next millennium 01.01.3001

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Achieve Your Dreams

April 25 - Arbor Day - Day to honor the trees, and to plant trees. For centuries, trees have been considered the abodes of the gods. Knocking on wood asks the tree god for good luck. Tree tag, with the safety zone being the tree, comes from the same theory. * Italy Liberation Day, Portugal Liberty Day. Siani Liberation. * Abortion First Legalized, Colorado, 1967. * In the Gallipoli Expedition during World War 1 (1916), combined Allied naval and military forces tried to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in order to effect an open route to Russia via the Black Sea. One French and four British divisions were forced back by a strong Turkish-German defense after almost nine months of fighting. The Australian-New Zealand Army Corps took much of the brunt of the battle. * Hubble Space Telescope deployed (1990), the largest on-orbit observatory to date and is capable of imaging objects up to 14 billion light-years away. The resolution of images was expected to be seven to ten times greater than images from Earth-based telescopes, since it wasn't hampered by Earth's atmospheric distortion. Unfortunately, the telescope's lenses were defective, so the anticipated high quality of imaging was not possible. In 1993, however, the world watched as a shuttle crew successfully retrieved the Hubble from orbit, executed the needed repair and replacement work and released it into orbit once more. * US Army Lieutenant Albert Kotzebue encountered a single Soviet soldier near the German village of Lechwitz, 75 miles south of Berlin. (1945) Soldiers of both nations embraced and exchanged toasts. * Union forces seized the city of New Orleans resulting in the surrender of several Confederate forts along the Mississippi in subsequent days. * New York began requiring license plates on automobiles (1901), the first state to do so. * Birthdays: Meadow George Lemon III "Meadowlark", Al Pacino, Robert Q. Lewis, Hank Azaria, Jeffrey DeMunn, Tim Duncan, Paul Mazursky, Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the wireless telegraphy. Martin Waldseemueller, the German geographer and mapmaker who gave America its name.

DAILY THOUGHTS

There are some who believe it is possible to skip over the discipline, to find an easy shortcut to sainthood. Often they attempt to attain it by simply imitating the superficialities of saints, retiring to the desert of taking up carpentry. Some even believe that by such imitation they have really become saints and prophets, and are unable to acknowledge that they have still children and face the painful fact that they must start at the beginning and go through the middle. The Road Less Traveled

If we are going to tend the soul in a relationship, we have to use means which match the soul's sacred dimensions that approach the realm of fate and providence where a spiritual attitude respecting destiny creates a much deeper intimacy. Soul Mates

Who was the first African American to be appointed to a permanent position as a symphony orchestra conductor in the U.S.? Answer below. African American History

Every man loves fellatio while he's driving. - Harry, 38 Best of 1001 Sex Secrets Every Man & Woman Should Know

Why are boys' bicycles different from girls' bicycles? Answer:  Queen Victoria of England thought the bar on a boy's bike made it too difficult for women who wore skirts, to ride. So a drop bar was invented, and the difference stuck. Dr. Buff's 365 Day Parenting Calendar

Before entering Second Adulthood, there is inevitable anger and frustration at physical changes in the body. Disillusion and ennui are just as natural to this passage as mood swings are to adolescence. It leads naturally to a pause, an intermission, a "little death" of the perspectives and pretenses and hormonal imperatives of our young adulthood. New Passages

Life must be lived forwards. - Soren Kierkegaard Achieve Your Dreams

 Things to Be Happy About: Yellow houses with white gingerbread trim. Cherry-vanilla milkshakes. Sudden, quick thunderstorms. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About

If you don't run, you won't trip, but you may never get there. Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me

A good laugh can diffuse tension, relieve stress, and release endorphins into your system, which act as a natural mood elevator. Laughter causes misery to vanish. It teachers you to lighten up and take yourself less seriously, even in the most serious of situations. It can also help you gain some much-needed perspective.  If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

When two people in a marriage are more concerned about getting the golden eggs - the benefits - than they are in preserving the relationship that makes them possible, they often become insensitive and inconsiderate, neglecting the little kindnesses and courtesies so important to a deep relationship. They begin to use control levers to manipulate each other, to focus on their own needs, to justify their own position, and look for evidence to show the wrongness of the other person. The love, the richness, the softness and the spontaneity begin to deteriorate. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Learn to be more realistic about the amount of time it will take to complete the tasks on your to-do list. Realize not everything has to be done today.  Simplify Your Life

A+ Approach to Stress Management:  Alter what you can. Avoid what you can. Adjust yourself to the rest.  Stress Busters

 Share this with your kids:  Stick your favorite stickers onto rocks!  Place a smooth-sided rock on top of a paper cup. Press the sticker onto the rock. Now brush over the sticker with clear nail polish. Let dry. To Do Today

 The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few. - Phil Knight Win the Day!

Answer:  William Grant Still.

TODAY'S ISSUE: PERSONAL LIMITATIONS

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. - Marian Wrights Edelman

This business of one hour at a time, one day at a time is especially hard for those of us with work addictions. We want the whole pie, so that's the bite we take. We crave instant results, so we ignore what's good for the long haul.

We need to be mindful of the small differences we can make. We know only "large." We need to be aware of what "large" is composed of.

Today is a good day to make small changes - changes that, if maintained, will make me happier and healthier. Meditations For Men Who Do Too Much

Hey Man: Did you make a difference yesterday? Let us know at Contact Us. Join a sports league. It's not too late. What Every Man Needs to Know Want to make a difference but you don't know where to start?.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

Opposites as Equals: Standard differences between men and women and how to resolve them by Richard and Nancy Ann Driscoll. We can not longer afford to so misunderstand our opposites. See why men are more intrigued by casual sex and tend to be opportunists, but try to conceal it; while women are more easily offended and are more insistent in arguments, but insist that it is not so. See why men are more highly stressed in personal confrontations and withdraw to avoid unpleasantries, which women interpret as indifference. And much, much more. This book finds ways to bridge our differences based on traditional principles of equal concern and shared advantages for men and women. theOppositeSex.info Westside Psychology, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9634126-6-9

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  • David Copeland - How to Succeed with Women - www.menstuff.org/columns/howtosucceed/archive.html
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  • Doc Love - Women Don't Lie, Man Don't Listen - answers to relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/doclov/archive.html
  • Barry Durdant-Hollamby - Creating Change - creating change in your life - www.menstuff.org/columns/durdant/archive.html
  • Irv Engel - The Real Deal - www.menstuff.org/columns/engel/archive.html
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  • Ron Louis - How to Succeed with Women - www.menstuff.org/columns/howtosucceed/archive.html
  • Wendy McElroy - Wendy McElroy on Feminism, www.menstuff.org/columns/mcelroy/archive.html
  • Robert N. Minor - Minor Details - on GBT sexuality - www.menstuff.org/columns/minordetails/archive.html
  • Robert L. Moore - Man & Mythology - www.menstuff.org/columns/moore/archive.html
  • Dennis W. Neder - Being a Man - general questions about men's lives - www.menstuff.org/columns/neder/archive.html
  • Marty Nemko - Worklife - general questions about men and work - www.menstuff.org/columns/nemko/archive.html
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  • Linda Nielsen - Embracing the Father - working with the father/daughter relationship. www.menstuff.org/columns/nielsen/archive.html
  • Kathy Noll - Bullies and Youth Violence - working with schools, teachers and parents to end school violence - www.menstuff.org/columns/noll/archive.html
  • Mark Phillips - Stay-at-Home-Dads - helping men maintain that which makes us men, instead of becoming hairy Mom-substitutes - www.menstuff.org/columns/phillips/archive.html
  • Carey Roberts - Socialism & Feminism - is a social commentator on political correctness. www.menstuff.org/columns/roberts/archive.html
  • Perry Rose - Dating, Relationship, Sex
  • Glenn Sacks - His Side - on fathering - www.menstuff.org/columns/sacks/archive.html
  • Trudy Schuett - Domestic Violence - serving the under-represented www.menstuff.org/columns/schuett/archive.html
  • Carl J. Schutt - Circumcision - social commentator on circumcision - www.menstuff.org/columns/schutt/archive.html
  • Hugo Schwyzer - A Pro-feminist's Response - www.menstuff.org/columns/schwyzer/archive.html
  • Michael Shaffran - Men's Issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/shaffran/archive.html
  • Judith Sherven - Judith & Jim - discussion and answers regarding relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/judith&jim/archive.html
  • Judith Sherven - The New Intimacy - www.menstuff.org/columns/newintimacy/archive.html
  • George Simons - Bellicose Veins - is a US specialist in intercultural and gender communication who hangs out in Mandelieu - la Napoule, France, as well as in Santa Cruz, CA. www.menstuff.org/columns/simons/archive.html
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  • David B. Smith - Fighting Father Dave - www.menstuff.org/columns/smith/archive.html
  • Jim Sniechowski - Judith & Jim - discussion and answers regarding relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/judith&jim/archive.html
  • Jim Sniechowski - The New Intimacy - www.menstuff.org/columns/newintimacy/archive.html
  • Reena Sommer - Custody - is an internationally recognized relationship and divorce consultant. www.menstuff.org/columns/sommer/archive.html
  • R. Don Steele - Don Steele - relationship questions answered -
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  • David Steinberg - Comes Naturally - on sexuality - www.menstuff.org/columns/steinberg/archive.html
  • Mary Lou St Lucas - A Mother's Love - www.menstuf.org/columns/stlucas/archive.html
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  • Steven Svoboda - Fatherhood, Activism and the Law www.menstuff.org/columns/svoboda/archive.html
  • Michael Taylor - A New Conversation with Men - www.menstuff.org/columns/taylor/archive.html
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  • Michael Webb - Secrets of Blissful Relationships - on relationship - www.menstuff.org/columns/bliss/archive.html
  • Stuart Wilde - Spirituality - www.menstuff.org/columns/wilde/archive.html
  • Dr.Williams - Sex Health - on sexual health - Dr. Williams, www.menstuff.org/columns/sexhealth/archive.html
  • KC Wilson - On Gender Politics is a social commentator and author. www.menstuff.org/columns/wilson/archive.html

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AWARENESS EVENTS THIS MONTH

April is Alcohol Awareness; Animal Cruelty Prevention; California Earthquake Preparedness; *Cancer Control, Community Spirit; Couple Appreciation; *Child Abuse Prevention; Holy Humor; Home Improvement Safety; International Amateur Radio; International Customer Loyalty; International Daffynitions; International Legacy; International Twit Award; International Work Life Enrichment; Keep American Beautiful; Mathematics Education; Month of the Young Child; National Autism Awareness; National Humor; National Knuckles Down; National Lawn and Garden; National Poetry Month, National Self-Publishing; National Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education and Awareness; National Youth Sports Safety; Occupational Therapy; Prevent Injuries America; School Library Media; Spring Ahead for Life; Stress Awareness (breathe); World Habitat Awareness; Zam! Zoo and Aquarium Month. And, depending on the school system, it's also Spring Break.

Mar 13-Apr 15: Deaf History Month. Mar 25-Apr 4: Muharram. Mar 26-Apr 2: Navaratri/Gangaur. And Apr 1-7 Testicular Cancer Awareness Week - Get a Grip!, Genital Integrity Awareness Week, Washington, D.C.; Golden Rule; Dumb; International Building Safety; National Blue Ribbon; National Library; National Medical Patient Advocacy; National Occupational Therapy; National Pecan; National Pet First Aid Awareness; National Poetry; Passion; Week of the Young Child Week. Apr 2-6: Strolf-Stretch Week. Apr 2-8: National Public Health Week. Apr 4-10: Hate Week. Apr 6-8: Alcohol-Free Weekend. Apr 8-14: National Garden; National Week of the Ocean; Network Marketing Professionals; *Pan American; Holy Week. Apr 12-18: National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Apr 15-21: Grange; National Infant Immunization; *National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness; Reading is Fun Week. Apr 16-20: Consumer Awareness; Egg Salad; Explore Your Career Options; Family Laughing Through Stories; *National Crime Victims Rights; *National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness; National Organize Your Files; Young People's Poetry Week. Apr 17-23: National Park Week. Apr 21-22: Just Pray No: Worldwide Weekend Prayer. Apr 21-23: Earth Day Weekend. Apr 21-May 2: Festival of Ridvan. Apr 22-28: Administration Professionals; National Karaoke; *National Volunteer; Sky Awareness Week. Apr 22-29: *Jewish Heritage Week. Apr 23-29: Astronomy; National Playground Safety; National TV  Turnoff; National YMCA Week. Apr 29-May 5: *National Science and Technology Week.

Apr 1: April Fools'; Check Your Batteries; Lupus Alert; National Repot Your Plant; Sorry Charlie Day; Testicular Cancer - What is it?, Apr 2: International Children's Book; Reconciliation Day, Testicular Cancer - Symptoms. Apr 3 - Testicular Cancer - What the doctors look for . Apr 4: Thank You, School Librarian; Victims of Violence Holy; Testicular Cancer - Prevention, Apr 5 - National Alcohol Screening; *National Equal Pay; National Fun at Work; National Tomb-Sweeping (Taiwan); Tartan Day; Testicular Cancer - Treatment, Apr 6 - Testicular Cancer - Prognosis, Apr 7 -National Hug Your Newsman; UN World Health Day. Testicular Cancer - Automatic monthly reminder, self-exam and other resources. Apr 8: International Feng Shui Awareness Day. Apr 9: *National Former Prisoner of War Recognition; Winston Churchill Day. Apr 10: National Siblings; Salvation Army Founder's Day. Apr 11:  Barbershop Quarter Day. Apr 12: Vote Lawyers Out of Office Day. Apr 13: Blame Someone Else; National D.A.R.E. Day, Apr 14: International Moment of Laughter; *Pan American; Remembrance Day. Apr 15: National Coin Day. Apr 17: Blah Blah Blah; National Stress Awareness; National Positive Alternatives for Living; Verrazanoo Day. Apr 18: Pet Owners Independence; Third World Day. Apr 19: John Parker Day. Apr 20: Holocaust; National Youth Service Day. Apr 21: Earth Environmental Angels; Kindergarten; San Jacinto Day. Apr 22: Earth Day Anniversary; Girl Scout Leader Day. Apr 25: Administrative Professionals, Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive Parenting Awareness Day. Apr 26: Day of Silence; Hug an Australian: National Playground Safety; Richter Scale; Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Apr 27: Hug a Prom Sponsor; National Arbor National Child Care Professionals; National Hairball Awareness Day, Apr 28: Astronomy; Kiss Your Mate; National Sense of Smell; Native American Heritage Day. Apr 29: Mother, Father Deaf; National Puppetry Day. Apr 30: International Dare of Live; International Walk; National Honesty; Spank Out Day USA.

In all of this, don't let Child Abuse Prevention get lost. Check out our extensive sections of issues: Abuse, Circumcision, Gangs, Hazing, Incest/Molestation, Ritual Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Suicide, TV violence, Violence, Domestic Violence, Women's Violence and Prisons. and Books - Abuse of Boys, Child Abuse, Abuse - MPD, Ritual Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Circumcision, Anger, Forgiveness, Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Women's Violence.

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