Christopher's Corner

March

Christopher’s Corner March 18 

2415 The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. 

Liberty Wildlife 

Liberty Wildlife envisions a time when wildlife is recognized as an integral part of our natural world, and a precious natural resource, to be protected and preserved. 

Liberty Wildlife envisions being a permanent community resource, a place to instill compassion and stewardship in young minds and a place to reconnect the public with the beauty and benefits of native wildlife and habitat. 

Liberty Wildlife envisions a time when the community as a whole participates in the safekeeping of the natural world. 

·         National Sloppy Joe Day


April

Christopher’s Corner April 1 

The Kuwait Towers 

A beloved and undisputed national symbol, the three slender, sky-piercing figures of The Kuwait Towers, were created to represent independence and sovereignty. Opened in 1979, the landmark is a futuristic vision with thousands upon thousands of enamelled steel discs reflecting myriad shades of the sea and sky. Designed with practicality rather than tourism in mind, all three towers have an everyday purpose; the smallest tower supplies electricity, and the middle functions as a water reservoir, but nothing beats the spectacular panoramic view of the city and Arabian Gulf’s serene blue waters from the platform inside the upper sphere of the 187-metre-high Main Tower, which rotates 360 degrees in 30 minutes and houses a cafe; entry is $9.70. Make it an occasion and book a table for an international buffet at Horizon Restaurant or Japanese cuisine at Amimoto Restaurant also inside the upper sphere, in which case entry to the Towers is free.


Christopher's Corner April 8 

The name Philip means the “lover of horses”.

Horse enthusiasts will once again get a chance to enjoy the Annual Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Equestrian Center.

The event, which is set for April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all and will include an equestrian demonstration, a variety of horses in a Parade of Breeds, speeches by expert speakers, and businesses offering horse-related products and services.

“This featured event is for everyone — experienced riders, beginners, and anyone who loves horses or hopes to become a rider,” the Fairfax County Park Authority said in a press release.

Pony rides are also available for $10, though pre-registration is required. Registration for the overall expo is free.

This year’s expo features new and additional vendors onsite as well as new topics for demonstrations and speakers, such as trailer safety, equine entertainment and liberty training, according to FCPA spokesperson Roberta Korzen.

The equestrian center is a public facility in Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road). It offers rental events, horse shows, trailer-in schooling options and short-term stabling. It also features two full-size outdoor riding rings and a rally field.

Know about Equine-Assisted Therapy for Autism

Equine therapy and other equine programs for military veterans & families

Christopher’s Corner April 15 

The Avenues 

Kuwait reflects the ideal image of modern architectural design, as it is at the forefront in terms of space and number of visitors in Kuwait and the region. The Avenues includes 12 districts, inspired by both modern and classic engineering styles namely 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, Prestige, Grand Avenue, SoKu, The Mall, The Souk, The Arcades, Grand Plaza, Electra, The Forum, and The Gardens. 

A world-class architectural masterpiece, The Avenues is the hub for international and local brands, ranging from retail stores and high-end fashion brands to exquisite cuisines and unique entertainment experiences. 

The Avenues covers a gross land area of 360,000 sqm with over 1,100 stores and a spacious multi-level parking lot with a capacity for 13,000 cars. 

Why is it important to offer Masses for a deceased loved one?[1]

The offering of Masses for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory.  We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul.  After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven.

Today we are offering a Mass for Joseph Su a deceased relative.

Event:

Coachella--April 15-23--Get your music fill at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The annual 2-weekend, 3-day fest kicks off in Indio, CA, with more than 150 performances.


Christopher’s Corner April 29

History of Kuwait[1]

Kuwait is a sovereign state in Western Asia located at the head of the Persian Gulf. The geographical region of Kuwait has been occupied by humans since antiquity, particularly due to its strategic location at the head of the Persian Gulf. In the pre-oil era, Kuwait was a regional trade port. In the modern era, Kuwait is best known for the Gulf War (1990–1991).


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Kuwait

May

Christopher’s Corner May 6

26th Annual Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park

Mason neck state park, 7301 high point rd. Lorton, va 22079

(703) 339-2385

10:00 am TO 4:00 pm

May 11, 2024

Overview

Join US FOR A FULL DAY OF LIVE ANIMAL SHOWS, HANDS ON EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, AND OUTDOOR RECREATION CLINICS THAT ALL AIM TO HIGHLIGHT THE RICH NATURAL HISTORY OF northern virginia AND FOSTER STEWARDSHIP OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.

 see LIVE WILDLIFE UP CLOSE 

 learn ABOUT OUR RESIDENT BALD EAGLES AND SEE THEM FLY OVERHEAD

 visit EXHIBITS FROM OUR MANY CONSERVATION PARTNERS

 enjoy LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, AND MORE

All EVENTS FOR THE FESTIVAL ARE FREE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY!

Today is Orson Welles' birthday.

May 6th (1915)

In honor of him we will be also watching

CITIZEN KANE (1941)

 
5 Life Lessons from the Film ‘Citizen Kane’[1]

·         Seek Challenges… Not Comfort

“If I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.” — Charles Foster Kane

As a young boy, Charles Kane is sent away by his parents in rural Colorado to live under the guardianship of an austere banker. After a valuable gold mine was discovered on the Kane family property, his mother wanted him to be raised in a manner befitting his future inheritance. Later in life, Kane saw this wealth as a curse, shielding him from the adversity that could have forged him into a “great man.”

·         Set Goals… Then Work to Achieve Them

“There's only one person who's going to decide what I'm going to do and that's me.” - Charles Foster Kane

Kane resolved as a young adult to direct his energy towards making a positive impact on his country. He grew a floundering city newspaper into a national media empire, and ran for Governor of New York on a progressive and anti-corruption platform.

·         On Friendship: Quality Beats Quantity

“I know too many people. I guess we’re both lonely.” — Charles Foster Kane

Although he was always surrounded by people, Kane kept most of his acquaintances at arm’s length. Demanding loyalty from his friends and colleagues, but offering little in return. As a consequence, he often felt lonely and isolated.

·         Principles Are More Valuable Than Possessions

When Kane took the helm of that first newspaper, he promised (via a front page cover story), to operate the periodical according to the principles of truth and honesty. As his empire expanded however, he chose to compromise these principles in service of his ambition.

Kane attempted to fill the resulting void in his life by collecting art and curios from around the world. In the end, he died alone in his cavernous mansion, surrounded by his collection destined for an auction house or incinerator.

Scene from end of Citizen Kane

·         We Are All Tapestries of Diversity

“Mr Kane was a man who got everything he wanted, and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything. I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle… a missing piece.”

— Jerry Thompson

Christopher’s Corner-Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait May 13

Escape the city heat for a couple of hours and wander Al Shaheed Park; an impressive cultural complex and immaculately kept green space, fringed with Kuwait's signature skyscrapers, it welcomes rise-and-shine walkers and moonlight strollers all keen to embrace its tranquility. Conceived by the late emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to honour those who have died fighting for Kuwait, including in the Gulf War, the ambitious infrastructure project currently consists of two complete phases with museums, botanical gardens, cafes and walkways. For an insight into Kuwait’s heritage, a visit to Phase One is recommended for its award-winning art, striking architecture, and two noteworthy museums: The Habitat, an environmental museum and The Memorial Museum.

Christopher’s Corner-Bucket List item: Visit Canterbury, England

 

Today is “Nothing to Fear Day”

Have you ever tried to conquer your fears in one day?

Nothing to Fear Day, celebrated on May 27th, encourages people to face their fears head-on. It is a day to step out of your comfort zone and confidently tackle life’s challenges. Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous phrase, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” this day reminds us that fears can be overcome with courage. The importance of this day lies in empowering individuals to challenge and surpass their limits. Facing fears leads to personal growth and a renewed sense of bravery. People feel encouraged to tackle anxieties and uncertainties. Overcoming these fears helps open up new opportunities and brings a sense of freedom. On this day, individuals are urged to acknowledge and embrace the things they fear. The celebration aims to build self-confidence and a positive mindset. Encouraging a spirit of courage is the core goal. Nothing to Fear Day inspires everyone to be bold and take on the world with unwavering bravery.

History of Nothing to Fear Day

Nothing to Fear Day draws inspiration from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous speech on March 4, 1933. Roosevelt, addressing a nation gripped by the Great Depression, offered words of encouragement. His most memorable line was, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This resonated with many Americans, offering hope during those tough times. Over the years, this idea evolved into a celebration that encourages people to face their fears. Although the exact origins of this day remain unclear, it aims to promote courage and self-confidence. People believe it serves as a reminder that overcoming fear is essential for growth and success. It is not just a random date but a powerful statement to reflect Roosevelt’s message. This day symbolizes hope. It calls upon individuals to embrace challenges with bravery. The day has grown beyond its historical roots to become a celebration of resilience and personal development. It reminds everyone that conquering fears opens up new opportunities. Roosevelt’s message from 1933 still resonates, urging us to be courageous in the face of adversity.

How to Celebrate Nothing to Fear Day

Face Your Fears

Nothing to Fear Day calls for facing fears head-on. Try something you’ve always been nervous about. Perhaps public speaking, skydiving, or chatting with that neighbor you’ve never spoken to.

Face the fear, feel the thrill, and relish the satisfaction.

Seek Out Adventure

Adventure awaits for the brave! Take this day to plan an exciting outdoor trip. Maybe it’s a hike up a challenging mountain or a spontaneous road trip. Whatever it is, make sure it pushes your boundaries.

Expand Your Horizons

Expand horizons by trying something new. Take up painting, join a dance class, or cook a dish you’ve never tried before. New experiences broaden your perspective and give you the confidence to tackle the unknown.

Spread Positivity

Celebrate by inspiring others to conquer their fears. Share positive messages and encourage people to be bold. Your encouragement might be the boost someone needs to face a challenge head-on.

Meditate on Courage

Meditation helps to cultivate courage from within. Spend a few quiet moments reflecting on times when you’ve faced fears and overcome them. Visualizing past successes can inspire you to embrace new challenges.

Make a Fear List

Grab a pen and paper to list fears you want to tackle. Putting them down makes them more manageable. Then, create an action plan to tackle them one by one, turning fear into opportunities for growth.

·         Scarborough Renaissance Festival--April 6-May 27th --Travel back to the 16th century at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. This annual fest in Waxahachie, TX, kicks off the first weekend in April, drawing crowds upwards of 200,000 to view some 200 performances.

Next weekend get out to a concert at Tyson Corner Center, VA

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Join us 4-630 & 7-9PM! Grab Takeout and Cocktails from our restaurants while dancing and singing along to your favorite tunes! June 1 (RESCEDULED May 18): Juniper Lights followed by Tunnel's End June 15: Party Fowl and Risky Shenanigans July 20: Cazhmiere and Billy Twilde

June

 Christophers Corner June 3

National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 as National Fishing Week. Its main goal was simple: get more people hooked on fishing. In 2002, this week got a significant boost when President George W. Bush declared it a national holiday.

This declaration recognized fishing and boating as pastimes and as important parts of American culture and lifestyle.

After political instability in the early 1990s, Kuwait has returned to its modernizing path. Its booming tourist industry makes use of the rich fishing on offer in the Persian Gulf. Explore the wealth of islands a stone’s throw from shore and discover these unearthed gems. With warm temperatures year-round, there’s never a bad time to go fishing in Kuwait!

Christopher’s Corner-June 10

One of the most well-known landmarks in Fairfax County is the mighty Potomac River, running 405 miles long into the Chesapeake Bay. There's nothing like feeling the wind in your hair and gliding through miles of natural scenic landscapes. Whether you're kayaking, paddleboarding, or canoeing, there are plenty of places to go. Find your picture-perfect paddling adventure here on our boating page.[3]


Christopher’s Corner-June 17

·         World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought



·         National Apple Strudel Day-It’s hot enough in Kuwait to bake in the sun.

·         Antarctica is really a frozen desert

·         First Kidney transplant 1950

One wonders if the Biden crime syndicate is involved in this

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