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08/09/19 Other Side

Friday, August 09, 2019

"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear."

Harold’s wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger.

After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the “miracle” products, she asked, “Darling, honestly, what age would you say I am?”

Looking over her carefully, Harold replied, “Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five.”

“Oh, you flatterer!” she gushed.

“Hey, wait a minute!” Harold interrupted.

“I haven’t added them up yet.”

It's Book Lovers' Day! Today is a salute to bibliophilia and the love of the written word. The form of the written word has evolved over the centuries, from the clay tablets inscribed with Cuneiform and Sumerian in 3000 BC, through the papyrus made with the marrow of the papyrus reeds, and parchment in 300 BC. Paper came from China in the 3rd century and the printing press of 1440 expanded the ease of people having books. Today, we're seeing more of the digital versions even though the die-hards swear by the scent of a new book.
--International Day of the World's Indigenous People: an UN initiative to honor and protect the rights of indigenous cultures and populations around the world.
--National Rice Pudding Day: I loved it when mom had left-over rice and would make a pudding out of it; the pudding recipe evolved from the pottage of the Middle East; different versions are according to local customs such as savory or sweet.
--National Polka Day: the polka originated in Bohemia around the 1830's and debuted in ballrooms 1835; its popularity expanded then declined over the years but rebounded after WWII; the different localities have different types of instruments but most use the accordion.
--National Hand Holding Day: a day for all forms of holding hands such as parent and child, boyfriend and girlfriend, and the hand of a friend during a time of need to give comfort; gatherings will hold hands to show solidarity; the gentle touch of hands can bring a sense of closeness.
--National Kool-Aid Day: my teeth quiver when I think of how I used to like that sugary drink when I was a kid; Edward Perkins of Hasting, Nebraska, created Fruit Smack in 1920's in his mother's basement; it started as a liquid concentrates but he created the powder version in 1927; in 1931, the name was changed to Kook-Aid.
--National Veep Day: today commemorates when President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 and Vice-President Gerald Ford was sworn in; today celebrates the succession of power as described in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution for the transfer from President to Vice-President.
--National Peacekeepers' Day: observed in Canada; a remembrance day for all peacekeeping activities, this day is marked on August 9 and observed on the closest Sunday; in 1974, 9 Canadian peacekeepers, serving on UNEF II, were killed when their plane was shot down over Syria.
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