April 14th

Another book signing done.  Would have liked to sold more but I only have four copies of “Dreams of Yesterday” left. It’s surprising always what the public wants.

The day was to nice and people were outside heading for gardening supplies and working in their yards. Can’t blame them for that. I enjoyed my time at the bookstore however, and now I will move forward.

I will be getting out going orders ready to ship through the next couple of weeks along with working on “Tribute to the Red, White, and Blue.” I said I want to write as much as I could until June and see what happened and I have been accomplishing that goal so I am happy with myself.

I think I will take a break from the writing after I finish Tribute and work on contacts and marketing for the remainder of May. I have started some manuscripts that are going to take a while to write so I will work around them.


National Days:

Let’s see what we have in store for us.

14 Look up at the Sky Day – don’t you have anything better to do?

The origins of National Look Up At The Sky Day are nowhere to be found although it seems to have some longevity. I found this charming blog post all about the sky & famous happenings on April 14th . However, two things come to my mind when I see Look up at the Sky Day. The first remembering when we use to look up and point and see how many other people we could get to look up and point to. (Although there was nothing there). It was a game we played.

However, today I would be more concerned about tornado alley and areas being affected on this special day of weather watches.  This is scheduled to be a horrific day for tornadoes only I wouldn’t want to stand around and look up at the sky. The warnings said the only way to survive was to be underground or in a tornado shelter. So if you live in tornado country please be in a safe place today and  don’t look up at the sky. Instead go underground.


14 National Pecan Day


On 14th April National Pecan Day is celebrated. As the name suggests, it is a day where people enjoy the delicious nut called pecan. Although high in fat content, these nuts are good source of minerals like potassium, thiamine, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorous, iron, folic acid and vitamin B6.

The scientific name for the pecan tree is Caryaillioensis and is native to North America. The pecan nut is an important food source for all the American Indians for many years. In fact the name pecan has been derived from a Native American word of Algonquin origin that is used for describing “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

The United States is the largest producer of pecan nuts in the whole world. Their economic contribution from harvested pecans is around nine percent.

People have adopted their own style of celebrating this National Pecan Day by cracking open and eating few pecan nuts. They also prepare pecan pies, smash-up the nuts into oil. Also they enjoy the taste of ice cream by sprinkling chopped nuts on it.

Pecan trees are the only nut trees that are native to North America, which is a good reason to celebrate National Pecan Day on April 14 every year. Pecans can be used in many interesting and surprising ways thereby suiting personal tastes. Besides their delightful taste, pecans also are quite useful for health. Research also has revealed that peanuts are antioxidants that help in reducing the threat of cancer.

Experts opine that pea is such a great nut, that they have allotted two days for enjoying the taste of pecan nuts. One is in March while the other is in the month of April.

So far as the origin and history of National Pecan Day is concerned, researchers are unable to find out the details viz. its creator, exact date of origin. Only it is known that since April is acclaimed as the National Pecan Month, it becomes more logical to celebrate National Pecan Day in the month of April only.


14 Reach as High as You Can Day

For me this title means to follow your dreams and reach as high as you possibly can. If you have a passion for something go after. However, there is a team that goes around to work groups and teaches them how to Reach as high as they can. Here is a game that they have used. For more information check out their site on-line. For me I encourage you to go after what it is you are passionate about.

Teambuilding Game: Reach As High As You Can

Here’s a quick, simple and no prop teamwork exercise that helps you teach a foundational principle of “possibility thinking” or “tapping into our individual or team potential”.

Have the group (or individual) stand up and ask them to do the following:

“Reach as high as you can.”

As the facilitator, you should demonstrate as the group does this by reaching toward the ceiling.

Then ask the participants to relax and remain standing.

Once everyone is relaxed and standing, make the following statement:

“Now, I want you to do that again, only this time reach even higher!”

Amazingly, everyone will reach even higher.

Why did they reach higher the second time?  Where did the extra effort come from?  The answer is simple – – you (their coach) ASKED them to stretch, to go further.

The lesson?  We are all capable of way more than we are currently exhibiting.

We’re more likely to “stretch” or go for it when we work with a coach who asks more from us.

View the video clip below of my (then) 8-year-old son Joseph.  He doesn’t know that I’m going to ask him to “Reach even higher”.  Watch his reaction when he reaches higher the second time – – he has a big smile.  Why is that?  Because reaching higher (going for it) is fun.

Would you like to learn how to help your team “reach even higher”?  Check out the IATF Leader As Coach Fast Track Program



Titanic Museum Attractions Rose Petal Ceremony on the North Atlantic
Roses expected to reach Titanic’s resting place on April 14, 2012

On April 10, 2012, a press conference was held at the US Coast Guard base in Boston, Massachusetts where two large wooden crates of our 1.5 million rose petals were carried on to the deck of the cutter Juniper. During this conference, Kevin Boland, a bishop emeritus from Savannah, Ga, blessed the crates with holy water.

Now, our rose petals are traveling out to the exact place in the Atlantic Ocean where Titanic went down. They will be dispersed directly above the wreckage exactly 100 years after that fateful night.

We have received many questions about the distribution of our Rose Petals in the Atlantic this weekend. This is what we know so far:

  • The US Coast Guard International Ice Patrol is on the cutter Juniper on their way to the site of the sinking in the North Atlantic.
  • The Coast Guard plans to arrive on April 14th to distribute our 1.5 million rose petals.
  • The Coast Guard will take pictures AND VIDEO during the release.
  • The Coast Guard plans to upload the pictures and video to their Public Affairs Visual Gallery website (http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php) as soon as they are finished releasing the petals while on the ship.
  • They cannot tell us at this point, what time the photos and video will be available for the public on their website. This all depends on weather and signal strength in the North Atlantic.
  • We will monitor the Public Affairs website throughout the evening on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 until we see the images. We will then immediately post them to our websites (www.titanicbranson.com  and www.titanicpigeonforge.com) and social media channels for the world to view.
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Well it looks like there is plenty going on today and you can decide for yourself what it is that you want to do with your day. However, we should all remember the Titanic as that was a terrible loss.

Be thankful for the small things in life and remember there is always someone else worse off than you.

Enjoy your favorite food today whether it is pecans, or something else.

Share with a friend you dreams, passions, and aspirations.

Until next time 🙂


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