The Cafe for April

In a rut? Out of creative ideas? Look in the cafe for ideas and links to help you find your creative self once again.

April's birthstone: diamond
April's flower: Daisy

April 1- April Fool's Day

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
-Mark Twain


April 2- Hans Christian Anderson's birthday, and Children's Book day
Here is a short biography and links to many of his stories. Above is a picture of the little mermaid fountain in Solvand, CA.

April 3- Find a Rainbow day. If you can't maybe you can make one...this one is delicious! Click here for the recipe.

April 7th- No Housework Day! Ways to celebrate:

-Take the kids to the park, beach, or somewhere else and spend some quality and quantity time with them.

-Eat out (let someone else cook and do your dishes)

-Use paper plates and plastic forks that don't have to be washed

-If you don't usually do housework anyway, give the person in your house who does all the work the day off, and actually do all the housework today.

-Have a movie marathon day, or, if your budget allows, go out to the movies. Catch a matinee and an evening show.

-Get a manicure (and then don't worry about chipping your polish because you aren't doing any housework today)

-Send all your friends a card a few days before to warn them not to do housework today.

April 8th- Passover begins. Below is a video that parallels Jesus and some of the customs of the Passover.

April 10th- Encourage aYoung Writer Day, Click here to see a website for ideas about encouraging young writers.

April 12- Easter! He is Risen!
Click here to find a website with many creative Easter stories.

April 14th Titanic struck an iceberg. Although a major motion picture has been made, there are plenty of angles an artist or writer could take with this tragedy. To learn more, click here.

April 16th National Eggs Benedict Day. Although eggs benedict is one of my favorite foods, I could not find an acceptable picture of the dish that I could use for this page. Instead, however, I found an interesting site about photographing food. Click here to read tips and tricks to photographing food.

April 18th- Great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906

Amid all the death and destruction, Julia Morgan, California's first woman architect, used the circumstances created by the 1906 earthquake to rise in her profession. She had opened her own architectural firm just two years before the quake, and after the quake and subsequent fire leveled many buildings in San Francisco, there was plenty of work for an architect. Later, she would be hired by William Randolph Hearst to design and build Hearst's Castle in San Simeon. Morgan has an Inland Empire connection. She designed the YWCA building in Riverside. Today, that building, located down the street from the Mission Inn, houses the Riverside Art Museum. Learn more about Julia Morgan here.

See some of the buildings she designed here.

April 22- Secretary's Day (Administrative Professional's Day)

April 23- National Sing Out Day. Click here for information.

April 23- Take our daughters and sons to work day

April 24- Arbor Day-- Plant a tree today. Or, if you can't plant one, try painting one. Below is a tutorial on painting trees with oils.

April 27th- Tell a Story Day. Click here for more inspiration on telling stories.

April 30th- National Honesty Day (we need a day for that?.

And, to round things out a bit, here are some interesting videos you might like:

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