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April Fools’ Day – April 1

“Today is April Fools’ Day. Believe nothing, trust no one – just like any other day.” – Unknown

“April Fools ‘Day Cookies –

Whip up your favorite mashed potato recipe. OMIT spices that would add specks of color (i.e. pepper). Stir in a can of drained and rinsed black beans. Place spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.” – Unknown

“Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and leave it in the shower.” – Bored Panda

International Children’s Book Day – April 2

“Reading never wears me out.” – Olivia by Ian Falconer

“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child, listen to the DON’TS. Listen to the SHOULDN’TS, the IMPOSSiBLES, the WON’TS. Listen to the NEVER HAVES, then listen close to me – anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

“Let the wild rumpus start!” – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”-The Twits by Roald Dahl

Passover begins – April 8

 “Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.” – Morris Joseph

Some Jewish humor: A Passover Warning – Just in time for this year, a group of leading medical people has published data indicating that seder participants should NOT partake of both chopped liver and charoses. It is indicated that this combination can lead to charoses of the liver.

Encourage a Young Writer Day – April 10

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”  Annie Proulx

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Stephen King

“The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line.” – Amit Kalantri

Civil Rights Act Signed – April 11, 1964

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free, so other people would be also free. – Rosa Parks

“There is no noise as powerful as the sound of the marching feet of a determined people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There are those who say to you – we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.” – Hubert Humphrey

“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” – Coretta Scott King

Easter – April 12

“Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.” – Charles M. Crowe

“I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had three eggs, but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.” – Caroline Rhea

Webster’s Dictionary first published – April 14, 1828

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

“If a word in a dictionary was misspelled, how would we know?” – Stephen Wright

“I studied the dictionary obsessively when I was a kid and collect old dictionaries. Words, I think, are very powerful and they convey an intention.” – Drew Barrymore

Pet Owners Day – April 18

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” – Christopher Hitchens

Earth Day – April 22

“I only feel angry when I see waste – when I see people throwing away things we could use.”– Mother Theresa

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry

“He who plants trees loves others besides himself.” – Dr. Thomas Fuller 

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