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06/20/19 Love Yourself

Thursday, June 20, 2019

"You cannot be lonely if you have learned to love the person you're alone with." Roxana Jones

"I'd love to hear a man say those three little words…"I've got money.""

Oldie but goodie:
On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

“One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me ….”

He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

“Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard! The Devil and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!”

The man said, “Beat it, kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.

Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”

The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord…?” Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last, they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”

The old man beat the boy to the gate.

It's Dump the Pump Day! For today, leave the gas-guzzler at home. For today, use alternatives to get around such as mass transit, carpooling, walking or biking. If you truly have to use the car, keep it to a minimum and look for ways to eventually cut back on the gas consumption.
--American Eagle Day: this noble bird is the national symbol and emblem of the United States as well as the national bird; today commemorates when the Great Seal of the United States, with the eagle, was officially designated as the official seal of the US on June 20, 1782. As a side note, Ben Franklin was against the bald eagle as a symbol of our country as he felt the eagle was " Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly."
--Corpus Christi: a Christian observance to commemorate the Holy Eucharist.
--Hike with a Geek Day: for today, get your geek friends away from the computers and outside for some time in nature and a hike.
--Ice Cream Soda Day: though the origin story details are vague, it is agreed that Robert McCay Green created the first ice cream soda in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1874.
--Vanilla Milkshake Day: the term milkshake was first noted in 1885 but for an alcoholic drink of whisky and eggs; by the 1900's, milkshakes were made with syrup.
--Kouign Amann Day: a round crusty cake, made similar to croissants but fewer layers; comes from the Breton word cake (kouign) and butter (amann) and was popular in Brittany in 1860.
--Recess at Work Day: here's one for WATERMELLEN; recess is a temporary cessation of customary activities; today recognizes that workers are more productive and efficient after a break and is a day for morale and team building activities.
"--Toad Hollow Day of Thank You: an unusual day, from Chekiday: Toad Hollow Day of Thank You began in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ralph C. Morrison, who taught at a local community college, had an elderly student named Eunice in his class. One day he was reading a story in a local paper which had profiled her. It mentioned the school she had attended while growing up: Toad Hollow Country School. The name of the 1834 schoolhouse, which once stood at the end of Knox Street in Kalamazoo, resonated with Morrison. Being that he was a storyteller, he began incorporating Toad Hollow into his fictional stories. He turned it into a town, and when people would ask him where it was, and he would tell them, ""In your heart.""
Eventually, Kalamazoo County said he could use a local park to tell his stories. In 1992, he formed a non-profit society to operate the park; it was made up of volunteers called ""voluntoads."" They built a nineteenth-century homestead and town, and refurbished the already-existing grist mill. They called their creation Toad Hollow. Classes in blacksmithing, quilting, and candle and soap making were held, as were events such as Renaissance Fairs and Civil War reenactments. This lasted just three years, until when the county apparently took back the land.
The voluntoads went on to teach in nearby schools until 2003, where they shared the arts, knowledge of trades, storytelling, writing, and even did some barbecuing. At some point, the voluntoads also came up with Toad Hollow Day of Thank You, when thanks is shown to others. The voluntoads also created the Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement, which appears to be the more celebrated of the two holidays. They also created the Toad Hollow Week of Encouragement."
--Plain Yogurt Day: in the midst of the marketing of flavored yogurts, this is to remind us of the simplicity and purity of plain yogurt with no added sugars.
--New Identity Day: for those who have pondered being someone else, today is to reflect on who or what you might want to be for a day; to have fun with day, maybe dress differently or wear a disguise to fool others.
--Productivity Day: honors the professionals who guide and educate companies toward being more productive and efficient.
--World Refugee Day: an UN initiative to raise awareness of the millions of people who are displaced from their homes due to wars, oppression, man-made and natural disasters; at the latest count, 68.5 million people were forced from their homes and 25.9 million of the group are classified as refugees, half of which are younger than 18.
--West Virginia Day: observed in West Virginia, commemorates when West Virginia was accepted into the Union in 1863 as the 35th state, called the Mountain State, after seceding from Virginia.
--Flitch of Bacon Day: an English custom, from Wiki: The awarding of a flitch of bacon to married couples who can swear to not having regretted their marriage for a year and a day is an old tradition, the remnants of which still survive in some pockets in England. The tradition was maintained at Wychnoure until at least the eighteenth century, but now the flitch required to be held remains only as a carving over the fireplace. At Little Dunmow in Essex a similar ceremony also survived into the eighteenth century. The tradition can be traced back to at least the fourteenth century at both sites and the Dunmow flitch is referred to in Chaucer. The awarding of a flitch at both sites seems to have been an exceedingly rare event.

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