Wednesday, May 31, 2023

SriKanth Bolla, an inspiration to everyone

SriKanth Bolla is an incredible young man. What would you do if you were born blind in India, where children with disabilites are shunned? His parents believed their child was capable of anything and they instilled that confidence in him. Although his parents were poor, they found ways to help their son acheive remarkable things.

At first, SriKanth's parents sent him to a regular school, but he was ignored and lonely so they put him in a school with other special needs students. SriKanth kept overcoming every obstacle in his path. But his big dream was to become an Engineer and no school in India would admit him, even though he scored 90% on the entrance exams. Instead of becoming discouraged, he applied ot MIT in MA and received a full scholarship!

SriKanth dedicated his talents to helping others. How did he do that? He chose to return to India,where he started his own company with 8 special needs employees. In just four years he employed 450! Seventy percent of the personnel has a disability of some sort.

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SriKanth is a stellar example of perseverance and dedication to others.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

What are some National Holidays today?


Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying your day. Today, I'll share some of the national holidays celebrated on this day.

Did you know it's E-Bike Day? 

I had no idea these interesting bikes have been around since 1895.They were invented by Ogden Bolton, Jr. Today, they're very popular because they're reasonably priced and anyone can ride them. Over 3000 of them have been bought since 2019.

National Mint Julip Day:

Mint Julips are popular on Kentucky Derby Day, even though they often cost $1,000 each, when the money is donated to charity. Usually, Mint Julips are made with bourbon, sugar and mint and ice. What if you don't like some of these ingredients? You can order a cherry-lime one, a watermelon one, or a blackberry julip. How do some people celebrate Derby Day? They may have a costume party where ladies dress elegantly with big hats. Or you may hire an experienced bartender and ask friends to bring a bottle of lesser-known liquor to make drinks.  Many people believe that Mint Julips were first created in Virginia, where the drinks were called a "spiritous liquor."

National Hug Your Cat Day:

Although cat owners, hug their cats regularly, this is a day when you can give your kitty extra attention. Maybe even buy it a gift.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Monday, May 29, 2023

An interview with Wilbur the Tractor

 "Have you met Wilbur? He's a cute, friendly tractor whose stories help children learn about lasting friendships and coping with changes in their lives. Wilbur loves making new friends and today he's stopping by for an interview with me." 

"Wilbur, welcome to my blog."

"Thank you Deanie. I'm so excited to be spending time with you today." 

" I can see how happy you are Wilbur, because your bouncing on all four tires."

"Yes, that's one of my favorite things to do when I'm happy."

  "Wilbur, tell our readers how you gave me the idea for your story."

   "When I came to your house, you thought I was so cute that I'd be the perfect character for another children's book so you talked to your sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, about illustrating the book for you."

 "Thats right, Wilbur. Tell our readers more about your first book."

"Jim McNab is my best friend. He bought me a few  years ago and he takes good care of me. I have my own tool box with my name on it and even a green blanket that says 'Wilbur' on it. And Jim always washed my tires if they were muddy. And he had an Irish accent. He'd come into my barn every morning and say, 'Top o' the mornin' to you, Wilbur. ' But one day Jim didn't smile and say 'Top o'the mornin' to you, Wilbur.' He looked sad. Then he told me he'd have to sell me because I was getting o-l-d-e-r, Wilbur whispered. Big tears splashed from my headlights, thinking about being without my best friend. But Jim reminded me I might make new friends in my new home. He knew I love animals and he told me I might make new animal friends.'

"Jim is wise. I bet that helped you feel much better, Wilbur."

"Yes, it did. And Jim said he'd come to visit me in my new home. My book, A Tractor Named Wilbur" shows children that friendships can last a long time."

"That's a good thing for children to learn, Wilbur."

Tell us about your second bookWilbur's New Home.

    "In Wilbur's New Home, Jim puts me up for sale. People come to see me and Jim tells me it will be fun, but most of the visitors are grumpy and unkind. I would've hated being with them. But in the end, I  found the perfect family. And at the end  there's a special surprise for me."

"That sounds like the perfect story for someone who is moving or changing schools."

 Yes, it is. And I love making friends. Readers will meet some of my favorite friends in my books. One is Hattie the chicken. Guess what? She loves wearing pretty bonnets. And she specializes in planning parties. She's terrific at that. My readers love her.

Now you know more about my stories. Here are links where you can purchase them or find out more about them.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

What National Holidays are celebrated today?


Good morning everyone, I hope you're enjoying the weekend. Today we'll talk about some holidays that are celebrated today . I hope you enjoy reading the post and learn new things.

National Hairdresser's Mental Health Day:

Have you ever considered how friendly and helpful your hairdresser is?  He or she  often listens to  your problems and may even offer advice. Plus, you feel so much better once your hair is styled or cut. You're ready to take on the world with your new look. Did you know we started celebrating National Hairdresser's Awareness Day in 2021?

National Aaron Day:

Today is the big day if  your name is Aaron. You can celebrate how special you are, even if you're not as famous as Aaron Judge!  The name Aaron has Hebrew roots and means "Mountain of Strength." Parents who choose the name Aaron imagine their son will be a strong, steadfast person. It's easy to pronounce and has been one of the most popular boy's names for years.

Scotch Tape:

Where would we be without cellophane tape, often called Scotch tape? We wouldn't be able to wrap packages, do homework, put up charts, or several other tasks without it. Richard Drew had the idea of inventing cellophane tape in 1920 when he was working at 3M.  He began marketing it in 1925 and it's been called Scotch Tape since 1930.

National Asher Day:

The name Asher is of Hebrew origin. It is unique,but it isn't new. The name Asher has been circlating for centuries. The name was given to one of  Moses' 12 sons!  The original Hebarew name for Asher iw "Osher"  No wonder the name is popular. It means "happiness,"

As a special note, I'd like to add that it's Tourette's Syndrome Awareness month.  You'll find a post about my friend, Jo Fashank. She is a talented artist with Dementia and Tourette's Sydnrome.

I hope you had fun learning these facts about some of today's holidays.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Friday thoughts: National Holidays Today And Memorial Day

 Good morning everyone.  I hope you have a lovely day and weekend. Please take time to honor our military heroes, whether they served,( or are serving) in the Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Special Forces. We should honor and treasure them every day, in my opinion.

Today we'll learn some new things about some of the National Holidys that are celebrated today.

National Paper Airplane Day:

National Paper Airplane Day has been observed for many years. How do people celebrate? There are contests and winners are chosen based on how far their airplane travels and how long it stays in the air.

Blueberry Cheesecake Day:

I love cheesecake. We  lived in FL for several years and there were two specialty cheesecake restaurants about half an hour away. We'd go there for special celebrations.

National Cherry Dessert Day:

Do you love cherries? If so, be sure to party today and enjoy your favorite treat. I'm not a big cherry fan,but many people are. You might enjoy cherry tarts, or cherry pies.

National Don't Fry Day:

I've never heard of this holiday. Have you? It's meant to encourage your family to use any other method of cooking than frying.

National Road Trip Day:

In America, many families love to travel so we have a National Day to honor that. 

National Carb Day:

I bet you're thinking this day was named for all of the carb foods that so many of us love, but that's not entirely true. National Carb Day actually refers to the last day of practice for the Indy 500 Race. T he full name is National Carburetor Day. This holiday was first celebrated in 1963. After practice, the drivers and crew celebrate by partying and enjoying as many tasty carbs as they'd like.  

I hope you enjoyed learning about these holidays.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Wednesday's thoughts from Bill Watterson, Stephen Chbosky, J.K.Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Oscar Wilde


Hi everyone, Here are some entetraining quotes from famous authors. Enjoy!

 “You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help.” ―Bill Watterson

 "Even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there." —Stephen Chbosky

 "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." —J.K. Rowling

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." —Ray Bradbury

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” —Oscar Wilde

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Amazing Art by Jo Fashank


 These are more beautiful examples of artwork by Jo Fashank.. I love them. She is talented and passionate about her work. Jo has Demenia and is approaching 80 years old. She coud not paint at all until she got dementia. Isn't that remarkable?  Jo is a true warrior who also has Tourette's Syndrome. If you'd like to purchase some of her work, please email her at:
She specializes in paiintings of birds, animals, and flowers.She is passionate about her work and I think that shows in her work. Don't you agree?