Every day is a Day. March 7 is Mariah’s birthday!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Today is…

Mariah Jewell’s birthday. It’s a national celebration! Or should be!

Happy birthday Mariah, firstborn, beautiful and kind, bright and witty.


Today in history

In addition to Mariah’s birth in Evansville, Indiana, on this day in history Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone in 1876.  At 29, Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone. (Unlike today’s phones, the primary purpose of this device was to make and receive phone calls). The Scottish-born Bell worked in London with his father, Melville Bell, who developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf.

 Scripture of the Day

Psalm 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

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Every day is a Day. March 6 is National Oreo Cookie Day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Today is…

National Oreo Cookie Day. the Oreo cookie has become the best-selling cookie in the United States.

The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at its Chelsea factory in New York City.


Today in history

Michelangelo was born in 1475. Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist’s apprentice at age 13.


Scripture of the Day

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

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Every day is a Day. Monday, March 5, 2018 is National Cheese Doodle Day

Monday, March 5, 2018

Today is…

National Cheese Doodle Day

Today in history

The Hula-Hoop was patented in 1963

Scripture of the Day

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Every day is a Day. Sun., March 4 is National Grammar Day

Today is…

National Grammar Day

Today in history

On March 4, 1966, John Lennon’s inflammatory comment appears, in the London Evening Standard: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink…We’re more popular than Jesus now.” 

Scripture of the Day

2 Samuel 22:28 You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.

And all that

Since becoming co-editor of my high school newspaper decades ago, through two degrees in communications, and a 40-year career (and counting) in the communications arts, public relations and marketing, language has been central to my adult life. Here’s to being understood!  #NationalGrammarDayEver

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Every day is a Day. Sat., March 3, 2018 is National Anthem Day

Today is…

National Anthem Day commemorating the day our nation adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem.

Today in history

Congress passes the Missouri Compromise

Scripture of the Day

Ecclesiastes 5:22: Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.


Fort McHenry

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Every day is a Day: Feeling Blue? March 2, 2018

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Today is… National Dress in Blue Day
Today in history 1807 Congress abolishes the African slave trade
Scripture of the Day Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
And all that We begin the Every day is a Day series, looking at a national observance, the day in history, and a look at eternal truth.  Let’s see how long it goes!
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Sad to say good-bye so soon

At 9:05 tonight my baby sister, Pamela Jewell Hartung, succumbed to a fast-moving cancer that stripped away her strength, breath and ultimately her physical life. With a final breath of earthly air, she stepped through the portal from this world into the arms of her Savior. From the temporal to eternity.

It is a shocking and agonizing loss for all of us who love her, with the only solace knowing that our beloved sister, wife, mother and friend has taken up residence in heaven, where there is no pain, no death, no cancer.

Today we expressed our love, told stories of days past, and said our goodbyes. We know for certain that as Pamela crossed over to a new world, she had ringing in her ears fervent words of love from the throng of family and friends that had gathered. The loving and passionate send-off is dwarfed only by the celebration of the heavenly hosts, and the Father saying, Well done, good and faithful servant.

We are so sad to say good-bye so soon, dear little sister


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Of note. Oct. 4, 2017

highs & lows observed


  1. It is homecoming week at Aurora Christian School, where Diana is a freshman, but their world has been upended by a tragic home going.  Two students were in a  head-on accident returning from a golf tournament last evening, and Nate Kok, a junior, did not survive the crash.  The ACS community is mourning the loss, with all high school students together this morning for prayer and grieving.  Diana did not know Nate, but a recognition of the thin line between life and death has hit her hard. There has been a theme/activity planned for each day this week, and today’s was Disney.  That was, of course, called off, as the hard bite of reality superseded Disney fantasy.
  2. We haven’t had rain here in Chicago for weeks; it seems like months. Even the most fastidious lawn care neighbors have given up keeping their yards green. Mine looks like a hayfield.  So, when I headed out the door this morning for the annual grade school walk/bike to school event with my 2nd grader and 4th grader, it is–of course–raining.  We persevered and it was fun.  It was a light rain and easily navigated with two umbrellas.  But I didn’t see the usual Chick-fil-a cow greeting kids outside the school.  That’s OK.  I don’t like soggy cattle.



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Of note. Oct. 3, 2017

Highs and Lows Observed


  1. We learn and teach that you should never give up, and that if you fail, pull yourself up and try again. In my life that axiom came up hard against…plumbing.  After trying to fix a leak late at night many years ago and making it far worse, with a newborn in the home, I decided to yield that discipline to professionals.  We have some plumbing projects here today, for which we have a dear friend and a great plumber, JR Nasti and his son, here to complete. I embrace this failure; I am at peace with it!
  2. Abject human suffering from disaster, tragedy and terror (the worst evil among us) elicits the “better angels of our nature.”  It’s encouraging to see this in Las Vegas in many ways, including 8-hour lines of people giving their blood; as we saw in the volunteer navy in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.  By nature, we are a selfish lot, with only great vulnerability and acute suffering moving us to higher moral ground. I wish it didn’t take such carnage to move us closer to each other and closer to God.
  3. Just reading the transcript of President Trump’s address to the nation on the Las Vegas massacre.  It’s well done.  One passage:  “We call upon the bonds that unite us, our faith, our family, and our shared values. We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today.”



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Of Note, Oct. 2, 2017


Highs and Lows Observed

  1. The Las Vegas shooting was such base, mind-blowing, and as yet unexplained, barbarity. Not that there can be an explanation for such horrid evil. What deep sadness. We speak often of God’s love, for good reason. But God hates, too. Proverbs 6:16-19 speaks of the six things God hates.  Among them: “Hands that shed innocent blood”— cold-blooded murder. This murderer provided his own earthly justice, making himself his weapon’s final casualty. But God’s judgement is next, and God hates what he did.
  2. We bought an evergreen yesterday and planted it in our front flower bed, in memory of Debbie’s Dad, the incomparable Ernie Payton. We bought this with funds given by group of our neighbors as a condolence. The tree is a “Captain.” Dad was a Salvation Army Captain for years before his higher offices. But his other title was Father Christmas and this tree will be a perpetual Christmas tree in his memory. It was a really good moment, with the brushing aside of a few appropriate tears.
  3. We were sickened to see that our Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill HB40, which will allow the use of taxpayer money to pay for the abortions of state workers and Medicaid recipients in Illinois, This, after he promised to veto the bill. My taxpayer monies at work to kill the unborn. What a travesty.
  4. The Cubs won their division for the second straight year and are in the MLB playoffs for the third straight year. They’re not favored this year, as they were last year, and went on to win it all. But they had the best NL record after the All-Star break, and these young players are already playoff tested. In baseball, anything can happen, and I’m sure a number of teams are hoping they don’t have to face the reigning World Series champs.


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