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National Barbecue Month

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” – Anthony Bourdain

“It’s better to have burnt and lost, than never to have barbecued at all.” – Unknown

“All you need is love, but a little bit of BBQ now and then doesn’t hurt either.” – Red Gum BBQ

Space Day – May 1

“If you are a spaceship traveling at the speed of light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?” – Steven Wright

“Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.” – Stephen Hawking

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” – Carl Sagan

Be Kind to Animals Week – May 3-9

“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people.” – Cesar Chavez

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

National Teachers Day – May 5

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun

 “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein

 “The word ‘education’ comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.” – Muriel Spark

“A policeman pulled me over and asked for my papers. I gladly gave him all my students’ essays and drove off.” – Heidi McDonald

“A teacher’s job is to take a bunch of live wires and see that they are well-grounded.” – D. Martin 

“Been homeschooling a 6 year-old and an 8 year-old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.” – Shonda Rhimes on Twitter

Response from a teacher – “Now imagine 25 of them in one classroom.”

National Nurse Day – May 6

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” – Dag Hammarskjold, diplomat

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
– E.E. Hale, American writer

“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams

“A nurse dispenses comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” – Val Saintsbury

“Nurses may not be an angels, but they’re the next best thing.” – Unknown

Mother’s Day – May 10

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake

“No matter how much I say I love you, I always love you more than that.” – Unknown

“My kids call it yelling when I raise my voice. I call it motivational speaking for the selective listener.” –

 “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” – Tina Fey

“Nothing is lost until your mother can’t find it.” –

National Police Week – May 17-23

“Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.”  – Barbara Boxer

“It’s a lot harder to be a police officer than what it used to be.” – Steven Seagal

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.” – Sidney Sheldon

International Museum Day – May 18

“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.” – Maira Kalman

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“A country that has few museums is both materially poor and spiritually poor …
museums, like theatres and libraries, are a means to freedom.”- Wendy Beckett

Memorial Day – May 25

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Adlai Stevenson

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” – William J. Clinton

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