by Steve Wood
April 10, 2008
I got a late start on updating my Educators' News web site today, as I'd hustled outside to topdress and hoe in some peat moss into a section of the garden before it rained (again). After feeding the indoor cats and our parrot and starting a load of laundry, I caught a quick shower and shave and glanced at the morning paper. At the bottom of section D in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star was the banner, "Honor the little piggies in April during Foot Awareness Month." Today was April 10, and I'd already missed nine whole days of being aware of my feet!
I can only excuse my oversight by noting that I was already observing Autism Awareness Month and had faithfully reminded my readers of the upcoming Earth Day and Reading is Fundamental Week observances. Wondering just how negligent I'd been about my responsibility of being aware of good causes, I did quick Google and Yahoo searches for "April Awareness Month," which confirmed my worst fears. I was missing being aware of a great many good causes as noted on Google, Yahoo, and the Awareness Calendar at fundraisers.com.
Simply being aware of all of special days, weeks, and months made me a good candidate for Stress Awareness Month. But after looking through the list for April and other months, I realized that I needed to add a few of my own awareness moments, days, weeks, months, and years.
After running through all the awareness days, I think I'm going to throw my undivided support to Alcohol Awareness Month by having my own Alcohol Awareness Evening!
Now, where is that jigger?
Odd Thoughts While Shaving Between Paragraphs
Yes, I'm writing again...sort of. A month ago I published An Ode to my "Slab-O-Mac" just to get my feet wet again with an online column. I'm also back to doing weekday updates to Educators' News. I realized after a month of updates that I was merely posting linked headlines without much commentary. The commentary seemed to be the thing that made Educators' News appealing to many readers in the past (along with some software tips), so this week I stopped being quite so objective and detached. An endorsement this week for Barack Obama with some comments about public education should reaffirm my credentials as a "Mac-toting, bleeding-heart liberal, Christian educator."
One More National Day... (4/28/2008 update)
I just received an email from my good buddy, Paula Borders, who teaches at South Adams Jr.-Sr. High School. She's a great science teacher and friend and also an avid biker. She sent along:
Bike To Work Day -- Friday, May 16th
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