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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Batman Day
International Day of Peace

Quotes of the Day:
“What if you try one more time and it works?”- Maxime Lagacé

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”- Oscar Wilde

“Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”- John Steinbeck

“Courage is grace under pressure.”- Ernest Hemingway

Music of the Day:

Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends [Official Music Video]

On This Day In History:
1958 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas Tx

1961 Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.

1964 Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1964 The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California

1965 Singapore admitted as part of the United Nations.

1979 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

2016 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century"

2016 Genomic study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilisation on earth published in "Nature"

2017 Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in "Current Biology" by Caltech scientists

2018 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia

International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) celebrated annually on September 21 is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. At a time when war and violence often monopolize our news cycles, the International Day of Peace is an inspiring reminder of what we can create together. Peace. Let’s give it a chance!

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly declared the third Tuesday of September as International Day of Peace. This day coincided with the opening day of the annual sessions of the General Assembly. The purpose of the day was and still remains, to strengthen the ideals of peace around the world.

Two decades after establishing this day of observance, in 2001, the assembly moved the date to be observed annually on September 21. So, beginning in 2002, September 21 marks not only a time to discuss how to promote and maintain peace among all peoples but also a 24-hour period of global ceasefire and non-violence for groups in active combat.

Peace is possible. Throughout history, most societies have lived in peace most of the time. Today, we are much less likely to die in war than our parents or grandparents. Since the establishment of the United Nations and the creation of the Charter of the United Nations, governments are obligated not to use force against others unless they are acting in self-defense or have been authorized by the UN Security Council to proceed.

Life is better in a world where peace exists and, today, we look to those who have been peacemakers and peacekeepers to learn what we can each do individually to make the world a more peaceful place.

Peaceful Iceland

Iceland was ranked the most peaceful country in the world in 2008, according to the Global Peace Index, and they hold that title still today.

A Bed-In for Peace

John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent 8 days in bed to promote world peace; the song Give Peace a Chance was recorded during this eight-day period.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded

The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

989 & 1027 AD
First known Peace Movements

The first recorded peace movements were the Peace of God (989 AD) and Truce of God (1027 AD) brought about from the desire to curb violence by limiting the days and times nobility could practice violence.

Why is International Day of Peace celebrated?

We celebrate to recognize the efforts of those who have and are continuing to work hard to end conflict and promote peace.

Who created the International Day of Peace?
The United Nations created the International Day of Peace to create awareness and promote the ideals of peace.

How do we celebrate Peace Day?
Celebrate however you see fit, so long as it is peaceful! There is a minute silence at midday which creates a “peace wave” across the planet, observing this is a good start.

Observe the global “Minute of Silence”

In 1984, the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Pathways to Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence. At noon in each time zone, this observance of silence creates a “Peace Wave” around the world. Individuals, organizations, communities, and nations are invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peace-building.

Host a global peace feast
Bring people together with a 'global' potluck, encouraging your friends and neighbors to share a unique dish from various countries or cultures. Breaking bread together is one of the oldest yet most effective ways to bring peace into your life. Interfaith and intercultural discussions can make the evening even richer.

Foster peace through education
Let peace begin at home with you and your family. Teach your children key concepts that promote peace such as conflict-resolution, peaceful dialogue, consensus-building, and the choice of non-violence.

Seek to understand

Around the world, we are more alike than different; seek common ground, understand and value the differences you find in the people you meet and cultures you experience different from your own.

Promote economic and social stability
Eliminating poverty, food insecurity, and social injustice leads to a stronger culture of peace because it removes common causes of unrest and violence.

Respect all human rights
At the core of peaceful relations is the belief that all humans are valuable - no one group being better than another; see how you can contribute to this understanding in your sphere of influence.

Advocate for equality
Support the advancement of women in society through political and economic initiatives; actively oppose violence against women and girls in your community and promote the elimination of discrimination in the workplace.

Choose democratic principles
Encourage the democratic participation of all peoples in your community so that every voice is heard in civic decision-making and corruption in political leadership and operations is eliminated.

It connects us to each other

Nations and communities around the world struggle with poverty and disease, education, and healthcare. The International Day of Peace reminds us that regardless of where we come from or what languages we speak, we are more alike than we are different.

It reminds us to believe in something bigger than ourselves
We can get caught up in the day-to-day of work and family. But sometimes, it's healthy to reflect on how communities and nations need to get outside our comfort zones. We can have peace when we make an effort to see someone else's perspective or, put another way, to "walk a mile in their shoes."

It demonstrates that small actions can make big impacts
We can all contribute to the worldwide culture of peace be that through prayer, advocacy, education, and respecting others. If each of us did one small thing to bring about peace, even each week, think of the global impact this would have!

Batman Day

Batman Day is a global celebration. Picture the most timeless superhero ever — we’re sure you’re picturing Batman and Batman only. Of course, we’re all aware of his epic look, his classic partner Robin, and his ever popular Batmobile.

Because of this, every September 21, we celebrate Batman and the ageless storytelling of his life through comic books and movies. Citizens of Gotham and of the world honor Batman’s legacy on this fun filled day that celebrates a pop culture icon. This day is celebrated across the globe due to Batman’s popularity in TV, film and comics. For 80 years, Batman has gained much popularity as a character who reflects justice for fans all over the world. This Batman Day, let’s celebrate by practicing our own superhero qualities within.

Batman’s success over the years makes him a household name, but this day is actually celebrated to commemorate his first appearance ever in ‘‘Detective Comic’’ back in 1939. The day was originally in June in its first year, but was moved around a few times until it found its place on September 21.

The first Batman Day was officially on July 23, 2014 to make sure it coincided with Comic Con International in San Diego that year. At Comic Con, Batman’s 75 year anniversary was celebrated through Batman merchandise sales, and participating stores sold Batman stock from four different eras of the protagonist’s career. Classic original to modern design.

In 2015, special Batman publications and merchandise were released especially for Batman Day. From then on, September 21 was ultimately decided as the final date for Batman Day. It was discovered that the popularity of this day compared to other characters such as Wonder Woman and Superman, was the humanistic component. Batman is known to have no super powers though he is in fact viewed as a superhero. His relatability, bravery and pure athleticism over time gained the brand all its hardcore fans over the years.

The Bat signal became known worldwide, as one of the most identifiable images amongst other superhero iconography, making Batman capable of transcending cultures and language throughout the world. For the past five to six years, ‘’Warner Bros’’ and ‘‘DC Entertainment’’ have had Batman Day celebrations memorializing this classic character; This year’s Batman Day is promised to be the biggest and best one yet. This year is also Batman’s 81th anniversary.

September, 2019
Simply Iconic

Batman day celebrated 80 years in the superhero game, commemorating the dark knights legendary status.

September, 2015
Hosting the Gang

Comic book shops host Batman comic creators such as Jim Lee, Brian Azzarello, Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison on Batman Day.

September, 2014
Batman Forever
This particular Batman Day fueled the heightened popularity of this holiday, helping it to gain notoriety through small and big events held in the U.S.

May, 1939
Batman Begins

Batman bursts onto the scene in his first appearance in the ‘‘Detective Comics’’ and a year later debuts his own comic book series.

What other fun things are happening on Batman Day?

In honor of Batman Day, the Empire State Building is usually set to glow yellow. Check out ‘‘’’ and look for Batman day maps to find the closest bookstores, comic bookshops, and more holding events near you. There’s Batman day reads, a Batman playlist and deals and promotions to use.

How do we follow the Bat signal around the world?
Fans can download the Batman Bat Tracker from ‘‘’’ to follow the bat signal around the world. You can find details of cities and other activities, including what the creators will be up to on the day.

How was the character Batman created?
Batman’s character was originally created by Bob Kane based off the ‘‘Mask of Zorro.’’ Kane created a character based in a complete suit, and who was hiding his identity. He originally had wings under his arms, which then turned into a cape. The superhero element was inspired by ‘‘Superman’’ in comic books, released in 1939.

Watch the movies

Where do you begin? From ‘‘Dark Knight’’, ‘‘Joker’’, ‘‘Batman Forever’’, to ‘‘Batman and Robin’’, the choices are endless. You’re in for a treat because Batman movies are always epic and there’s just so much choice. Plus, there’s great star appearances from Jim Carey, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton.

Do Batman related activities
Create your own Batman related costume or props. If you have kids, you can dress up together or read a batman comic or book together. There’s Batman 5-minute stories, perfect for kids. There’s also an archive of great Batman television shows dating back to 1966.

Take away
Many comic book stores are doing giveaways, signings, exclusive deals and lots more to honor the dark knight. Some libraries are also highlighting the day by putting comics on display. Get out in your local area and explore what’s on offer.

It’s Bat-tastic

The decision for Batman Day to be in September is still unexplained and as mysterious as Batman himself.

Dark as the knight
In Washington DC, Tokyo, Berlin and Paris, cities known as Gotham cities, real life bat signals are set to shine in the sky.

Holy cow, Batman
There’s a Batman themed 5k marathon planned for this day in Los Angeles.

Riddle me this
Every year on Batman Day, a panel discussion with the Batman writers is held in New York.

He meets his match, it's him.
In 2019, there were uniquely two Batman days. March 30th and September 21.

A little help from my friends

The Batman series introduced us to many classic characters like the Joker, Robin, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Cat Woman, the Penguin and so much more. These characters made the narrative original and though some were evil, they were pivotal to the plot and stories. On this day, we get to celebrate these characters too.

All at once
The choice of content to binge on on Batman day is endless. Batman appears in television, comic books, movies and pop culture. This day allows fans to connect with the caped crusader and his adventures all over again.

Batman returns
There’s a fabulous panel every year on this day at ‘‘WonderCon’’ in Anaheim where fans can go and listen in on others celebrating Batman.

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Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 17: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!


1. Go to to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner