"I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list." Susan Sontag
"This new shopping site helps you enjoy the convenience of Cyber Monday without losing the experience of Black Friday. I just got punched by a guy in Walmart!"
A woman is standing looking in the bedroom mirror… She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, “I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly… I really need you to pay me a compliment.”
The husband replies, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.”
It's Global Hug Your Kids Day! A reminder to give our kids hugs every day, often. We get busy with our day and forget to say and do the little things that reassure our kids that they are loved and they matter.
--Gummi Worm Day: a salute to a wiggly, yummy and chewy treat; the first gummi was the Gummi Bear, created in the 1920's by Hans Riegel, founder of Haribo; in 1981, a German company, Trolli, created the Gummi Worms.
--I Love Horses Day: a salute to the creatures that were important to our history; horses helped us explore new territories; deliver mail and served in wars; if you can, give a treat to a horse (with the owner's permission).
--National Pet Fir Safety Day: today raises awareness of not only how to keep our pets safe during a fire but also the fact that some fires are caused by our pets knocking things over; in one example, a dog was trying to reach a cake on the stove and its paws rubbed against the stove knob and turned on the gas burner (a lot of smoke, fire dept. called--dog and house were okay); look around your home and check for anything that could be a potential fire hazard, just as you would for a toddler.
--National Get Out of the Doghouse Day: are you in someone's proverbial doghouse or maybe is someone in yours?; today is about letting go of the issue and letting everyone out of the doghouse; our canine friends want their homes back.
--National Be a Dork Day: today is the day to act like a dork; make goofy selfies, dress goofy and act goofy; let your inner dork free without worry.
--National Give Something Away Day: today is the day to clear out your closets, or even buy coffee for the person behind you, or donate to the food pantry; today is about giving of yourself for someone else.
--National Tapioca Pudding Day: one of my favorite desserts as a kid; tapioca is a starch from the cassava root, native to North Region of Brazil.
--National Respect Canada Day: today is for Americans to show respect to Canada; take time to learn of Canada's rich history, culture and traditions; we have several Sparkers from Canada, so today is a good day to ask them about their cities.
--National Orange Chicken Day: a version of a recipe for chicken; not a reference to a certain person; a North American Chinese dish of chicken, ginger, garlic and sesame oil in an orange sauce.
--World Youth Skills Day: an UN observance; young people are 3 times more likely to be unemployed than adults, often because they lack certain skills; today raises awareness of the need for training in relevant skills to assist our youth.
"--Saint Swithin's Day: observed in the UK; for our history lesson, from checkiday.com: Saint Swithin (or Swithun) was born in Winchester, England, in about 800. He became counselor of the Saxon kings Egbert and Ethelwulf, and then Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester from 852 until his death in 862. He was originally buried in front of the Old Minster Cathedral—the cathedral that preceded the Winchester Cathedral—as he had requested. He wanted this to be his resting place so that rain would fall on his grave, and because ""the feet of ordinary men could pass over him.""
After becoming the patron saint of the cathedral's Benedictine monastery, his body was dug up on July 15, 971; his bones were placed in a reliquary and he was buried in a shrine inside the cathedral. This was seen as going against Swithin's wishes, and legend has it that it then rained over the cathedral for 40 days—a sign of heaven's anger at the reburial. The earliest reference of the weather on the day was in the thirteenth or fourteenth century, in a manuscript from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Saint Swithin's Day takes place on July 15, the day that his remains were moved. According to legend, whatever the weather is on that day, it is supposed to be the same for the next 40 days. If it is rain, then it will continue to rain; if it is sunny, the sun won't let up for 40 days. This is best summed up in a poem from shortly after the day began being observed:
St Swithin's day, if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithin's day, if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain na mair
The Royal Meteorological Society said there is no evidence that it has ever happened since records began being recorded. Although, in mid-July, the jet stream usually has a consistent pattern. If the jet stream is in the northern part of the United Kingdom, continental high pressure moves in and brings warmth and sunshine. It the jet stream is further south, Arctic and Atlantic weather systems bring colder and wetter weather. Still, there has never been 40 days without some sort of change in the weather.
And whatever became of the remains of Saint Swithin? After the current Winchester Cathedral was built in the eleventh century by the Normans, Swithin's reliquary was placed behind the altar. Many made pilgrimages to the site and believed his remains brought healing. In the sixteenth century, King Henry VIII took control of the Catholic Church in England and declared himself the leader of the Church of England. On September 21, 1538, the king's commissioners smashed up Swithin's shrine and took its valuables. Nothing remains of it today except a memorial."