Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018 March Events
2018 March
Saint Patrick‘s Day 17th

March 17, 2018, Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration. Feast day of Saint Patrick, commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

Also called: Feast of Saint Patrick, Patrick's Day, Lá Fheile Pádraig, (St) Paddy's Day, (St) Patty's Day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 March Events

2018 March
World Wildlife   March 3rd
International Women’s Day  8th
World Kidney Day   8th
Saint Patrick‘s Day 17th
First Day Spring   20th
World Poetry Day   21st
World Water Day 22nd
National Puppy Day 23rd
Earth Day  24th
Palm Sunday 25th
Passover/Pesach begins 30st

Women's History Month

National Nutrition Month

American Red Cross Month

Fruit & Veggies for the Month of March



Canistel (EggFruit)




                                                           Red Banana

Kiwano Melon

March Flower   

Daffodil -                            Easter Lilly     

Daffodil - Narcissus Flowers

St. Patrick’s Day 
March  17th

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17.  What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.



Making St. Patrick’s Day Foods: Irish stew

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 2018 Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

Parents and Guardians:

Caring for infant’s gums and children’s teeth should start early. Our motto: it contributes to- “Healthy Teeth – Healthy You!”

In the US and Canada Dental Hygienists – suggest these simple tips on caring for your child’s teeth to reduce the risk of oral infection and Early Childhood Caries/cavities [ECC]. 

With the arrival of the new teeth coming in children’s diet changes to eating more like an adult, and bacteria continue to produce acids and toxins that are harmful to hard and soft tissues in the mouth.

• Keep your own teeth and gums as healthy as possible to minimize transmission of strep bacteria.
• Develop a routine for cleaning your baby’s mouth. Wipe their mouth and gums using a clean, wet cloth or piece of gauze after each feeding.
• Gently clean newly erupted teeth with gauze or a washcloth, or with a small soft toothbrush (no toothpaste) specially designed for baby teeth.
• Keep non-nutritious, sugary fruit punches and other drinks out of baby bottles.
• If you do use a bottle or sip cup at naptime during the day or at bedtime, avoid juices, milk or formula, as all of these contain some amount of sugar. Use plain water instead.
• Reduce the frequency of nighttime feedings. Frequent feeding at night, when saliva flow is at its lowest, increases the risk of ECC. The pooling of any liquid (except water) around teeth at night also increases the risk.
• If your baby uses a soother, check its packaging and shape to ensure it has an orthodontic design, which will help prevent teeth from moving. The best ones are nipple-shaped, keep baby’s lips closed and encourage natural breathing through the nose.
• Never dip soothers in anything sweet; honey is one of the worst offenders.
• If your baby is on liquid medication (usually sweetened for taste), rinse and brush their mouth with clear water immediately after the medication is given.
• Check for early warning signs of ECC by lifting up baby’s lips. White, chalky teeth signal a mild case; brown or black-stained teeth and erosion indicate a more serious case. Contact your dental hygienist immediately.
Note: Early Childhood Caries (ECC), formerly known as nursing bottle caries, baby bottle tooth decay,…

• Gradually introduce foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables to the diet. These foods, which require hard or long chewing, cause saliva to flow, which removes the acid and returns cavity-protecting calcium to the teeth.
Find more information at

A public service to the community by the ADA’s state or local dental societies, chapters of the Alliance to the American Dental Association, departments of health or the armed forces’ dental clinics.  For information contact

Coming Soon long awaited 
My Pal Buddee: The Checker King,  book 2 in series -

Buddee and Friends: I don’t like going to the Dentist!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 2018


                Our Deepest Fear – is not that We are in Adequate.
Our deepest fear – is that We are Powerful Beyond Measure
We ask ourselves – who am I to be Brilliant – Gorgeous – Talent and Fabulous?
Actually who are You not to be!
It is our light – not our Darkness that most frighten us.
You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlighten about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of G-d that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; but in every one.
And as we let our own light shine – We unconsciously give other people, permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear - Our presence automatically liberates others.

Note: Nelson Mandala did NOT use this amazing and thought-provoking piece in his 1994 Inaugural Address. Although, he has written wonderful material as such.
However, this was written by Marianne Williamson, from the 1992 book 'A Return To Love.'
We love you both!

February 2018
Valentine’s Day   February 14th
Chinese New Year 16th
President’s Day February 19th
Child Passenger Safety Week 20- 27th
Black History Month
American Heart Month
Children’s Dental Health Month

Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2018

Black History Month

These women are just a handful of the many who have made a huge difference to the world through their work and hopefully they will inspire even more women to go on and do great things.

Rosa Parks
Best known for her refusal to leave her seat for a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks sparked a citywide boycott of buses that led to a law desegregating buses across the nation. She was a trained civil rights activist, who worked as the secretary to the President of the NAACP until 1957
Marjorie Joyner
Marjorie was a beauty salon owner, who changed the game of hair styling when she invented the “permanent wave machine.” Her perm machine simplified the process of straightening and curling hair for all women; it allowed women to achieve a long-lasting style without the hassle of heating up numerous rods in an oven.
Mary Kenner
Mary received five patents in her lifetime for household items including the sanitary belt (maxi pads), the bathroom tissue holder, a back washer that mounted on the wall of the shower and the carrier attachment on walkers for disabled people.
Ruane Jeter
Ruane was most notably the inventor of the toaster, but along with the help of Sheila Lynn Jeter, they created many items of stationery. This included sheathed scissors, the stapler, a staple remover and many multi-purpose office supplies

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen is the world’s first elected Black female President and Africa’s first female Head of State. During her campaign for Presidency, she vowed to boost Liberia’s economy and get rid of the corruption and civil war plaguing the country.

Coretta Scott King
Coretta is known as the wife of Dr Martin Luther King, but she was also a famed activist in her own right for civil rights, women’s rights and against war. She participated in the Montgomery bus boycott, worked to pass the Civil Rights Act and founded the Center for Non-Violent Social Change after her husband’s assassination. She was a talented singer and violin player with multiple degrees, which is how she met Martin, while studying at university in Boston.
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza was the first Black woman to serve as the US National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. She was also the first Black female to hold the position of provost at Stanford University, where she also worked as a professor and went back to after her time in the White House. She has written several political books and has broken down many typically male employment structures.
Josephine Baker
She also toured France and the States as a comedian and Broadway actress. She performed in controversial, revealing outfits, such as a skirt made entirely out of bananas, which made her memorable to French audiences. In her home country of America, her performances were met with racist reactions and so she tended to embrace her French audiences more.
As a dancer and singer, Josephine was one of the most popular and highest-paid entertainers of her time.
She married multiple times and earned military honours for her efforts during the French resistance. She had 12 adopted children from different ethnic backgrounds, who she referred to as the ‘rainbow tribe’, and used as an example of how different races can live together harmoniously.
Oprah Winfrey
Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, is one of the most influential people in the media industry and one of the few female billionaires in the world. She is a producer, philanthropist, actress, publisher and talk show host. She has her own television network and magazine and is one of the most respected interviewers in the world, often getting her subjects to reveal deeply personal stories. She has given authors a huge platform on her shows and has written many books about her experiences.
Harriet Tubman
Even when a law was made allowing escaped slaves to be returned to slavery in the North, she adjusted her plan and got them to safety in Canada. She used her role as a cook and nurse in the Civil War to gain intel on her enemies and led an armed expedition to liberate over 700 slaves. She was buried with military honors in 1913 and was commemorated with many schools, museums, plaques and statues for her efforts in the abolition of slavery.
Harriet was a true warrior in the battle against slavery.
Ella Baker
Ella was a dedicated civil rights activist, who worked with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee among other organizations. Spurred on by her grandmother’s tales of slave master cruelty, Ella spent her life fighting for equal rights while single-handedly taking care of her niece. A documentary chronicled her story in 1981 entitled ‘Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker’. ‘Fundi’ was her nickname, which came from the Swahili word for a person who passes down her craft to the next generation. Ella definitely left an impressive legacy behind for us to be grateful for.
Hattie McDaniel
Actress and radio personality, Hattie McDaniel, was the first Black woman to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role in Gone With The Wind. She was also one of the first Black women on the radio. As one of 13 children and one of a handful of Black children in an all-white school, Hattie used her talents of singing and dancing to gain attention and make friends. She used these talents to make ends meet as a Blues singer and a Broadway performer before her career in radio and acting. In the mid-1940s Hattie was criticized by the Black community for accepting stereotypical roles that portrayed Black people in a negative light. This was something that plagued the rest of her career as an actress. Since she passed away, she was given two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
Maya Angelou
Her professional name was inspired by the surname of one of her ex-husbands ‘Angelopoulos’ and her childhood nickname ‘Maya’. She lived in Egypt and Ghana in the 1960s, writing and working in a University. In 1993 she recited one of her poems at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and won a Grammy for the audio version of that poem. She was on the bestseller’s list for two years straight, which was the longest-running record in the chart’s history. She was close friends with MLK and Oprah; after Dr. King’s assassination on her birthday, she stopped celebrating it for many years.
Maya was a legendary poet and award-winning author. Her 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings made history as the first non-fiction bestseller by a Black woman. She won numerous accolades for her books, poetry, acting and essays over the years. She also worked as a dancer, actress, director and screenwriter after a tough childhood of sexual abuse, racial prejudice and family-member crime.
Ida B. Wells
In the 1890’s Ida led an anti-lynching crusade with her work as a journalist. She wrote as a columnist for various Black publications detailing her experiences as a Black woman in the South, before owning and publishing two magazines of her own: ‘Memphis Free Speech and Headlight’, and ‘Free Speech’. She also worked as a teacher and ended up losing this position for her vocal criticism of the condition of Black schools in the city. After a few incidents of race-related murders involving local business owners and friends of hers, she decided to focus her writing fully on the injustice of white on Black murder, despite receiving death threats.
She lectured abroad to find further support from open-minded white people and took her complaints to the White House in an effort to spark legal reform to protect Black people from lynching. She also founded several civil rights organizations to help women, children and people of color and continued to write and protest until her death in 1931.

Shirley Chisholm
Way before Hillary Clinton had her sights set on being the first female President of the United States, Shirley Chisholm put in a bid for the role in 1972. She was the first Black congresswoman and the first major-party Black candidate to run for President. Her main passions were educational reform and social justice, which explains why she left politics in 1983 to teach.
Before her time in Congress, she worked with organizations concerning child welfare and education. In 1969 she was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She also wrote two books in her time and was known for her caring nature in paying attention to the needs of the individual. In 2015 she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom nearly 11 years after her death.
Sojourner Truth
Sojourner was a true feminist and fought tirelessly for women’s rights and to abolish slavery. After her escape from slavery with her infant daughter, Truth learned of the illegal sale of her son into slavery and successfully took his owner to court for his freedom. This was one of the first cases of its kind. She gave herself the name of Sojourner Truth when she decided to fully dedicate her life to activism and her memoirs were published in 1850.
She regularly protested and delivered speeches about human rights. Her main concerns included; prison reform, universal suffrage, women’s rights, criticizing capital punishment and property rights. Her most famous speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention later entitled ‘Ain’t I A Woman’ earned her a place in the history books, as it is still frequently referenced today. She recruited Black troops for the Union Army during the Civil War and brought her beliefs to President Abraham Lincoln, whom she still had issues with even after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Diahann Carroll
Academy Award nominee Diahann Carroll dominated Hollywood, the Broadway stage and the silver screen in the 1960s. Her leading role in Julia made her the first Black woman to star in her own television series and scored her an Emmy and Golden Globe. Before becoming a household name, Diahann was also a singer and model. She has been nominated for an Emmy three times and married four times. In recent years she has made some notable guest appearances on Grey’s Anatomy to prove that once a starlet, always a starlet.
Dame Eugenia Charles
The Caribbean’s first female Prime Minister, who held the position in Dominica for 15 years until 1995, was the longest serving female Prime Minister in world history. Before her time working in Parliament, she became the first Dominican woman to work as a lawyer. Not afraid to go toe to toe with the overbearing male politicians in her cabinet, she once arrived in a bathing suit to Parliament to make a mockery of her predecessor’s ridiculous dress code act. Affectionately dubbed ‘Mamo’

President’s Day
Monday February 19th


Can you name the oldest living president?

The oldest living U.S. president is George H. W. Bush, born June 12, 1924 (age 93 years). The second oldest, Jimmy Carter, has the distinction of having the longest post-presidency in U.S. history, currently at 37 years, 16 days.

Courtesy data: en-Wikipedia

1.  Which president is credited with the creation of the phrase “OK” or “Okay”?

Martin Van Burren
John F. Kennedy
Zachary Taylor
James Buchanan

2. George Bush said that this president was “known to receive guests in his bathrobe and slippers.”

Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
James Madison
Martin Van Buren

3. Which president was n born on July 4th?

John Quincy Adams
Gerald Ford
Lyndon B. Johnson
Calvin Coolidge

4. Who was the youngest president to be elected?

John F. Kennedy
William Clinton
James K. Polk
Grover Cleveland

5. Who was the oldest president to be elected?

Zachary Taylor
William Harrison
Ronald Reagan
Gerald Ford


1.    Martin Van Buren
He was nicknamed “Old Kinderhook” after his hometown [in Kinderhook, NY].  This was later shortened to O.K. and the phase “it’s OK” was born.

2.    Thomas Jefferson
3.     Calvin Coolidge   in 1872 on July 4th
4.    John F. Kennedy
5.    Ronald Reagan

Courtesy data: BOYS TOWN