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06/20/20 Don't Be Afraid

Saturday, June 20, 2020

"Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try."

"Happy, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy--it's like living in a house full of mood swings!"

Bill and Doug were having a beer at the neighborhood bar.

“What’s the matter?” asked Bill of his buddy. “You look kind of down.”

“My wife just told me that my lovemaking is just like a news bulletin.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because it’s brief, unexpected and usually a disaster.”

It's the First Day of Summer! Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day we've been waiting for so long, is when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun and gives us our longest day of the year. It's winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere as the opposite pole is at its maximum tilt away from the sun.
--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."
--Anne and Samantha Day: observed on winter and summer solstice; today is dedicated to Anne Frank and Samantha Smith as part of a movement to get both girls on postage stamps for their positive influence on the youth; Samantha wrote to Andropov in 1982 regarding the Cold War.
--Cuckoo Warning Day: observed on the solstice, today is a superstition that if you hear a cuckoo today, it will be a wet summer.
--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.
--International Surfing Day: observed on the first day of summer; today celebrates the sport of surfing, the surfing lifestyle and sustainability of ocean resources.
--Midsummer: period of time center upon the summer solstice, prevalent in northern Europe.
--National Daylight Appreciation Day: observed on the solstice, today is a day to really appreciate the sunlight, especially after a dark winter or gloomy spring.
--National 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.
--National 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.
--National Kouign Amann Day: today is 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.
--National Seashell Day: observed on the first day of summer; today is a fantastic way to spend a summer day on the beach.
--National Smoothie Day: observed on the first day of summer; today is a salute to a perfect treat for the first day of summer.
--National 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.
--New Identity Day: today is 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.
--Nystagmus Awareness Day: today raises awareness of this form of visual impairment and establishes connections for those living with the disease; nystagmus is a serious, lifelong, incurable form of visual impairment where the eyes constantly move uncontrollably, affecting focus and depth perception.
--Plain Yogurt Day: in the midst of the marketing of flavored yogurts, today is to remind us of the simplicity and purity of plain yogurt with no added sugars.
--The Longest Day: observed on the solstice; today is a movement to raise funds for Alzheimer's research to shed light on the darkness of Alzheimer's.
"--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."
--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.
--World Humanist Day: observed on the solstice, today raises awareness of Humanism as a philosophical life stance as a way to change the world; a philosophy of belief that indicates that humanity is more than just the puppets of some divine being or subject to a list of metaphysical oddities and creatures with their own designs. Instead, humanism believes that we are whole in and of ourselves and that our good behavior and civility is not reliant on anything except a true and honest desire to be decent people
--World Juggling Day: always on the closest Saturday to June 17; today is a worldwide celebration of the art form of juggling; centers around the world will have events where you can learn how to juggle those plates.
--World Peace and Prayer Day: observed on the solstice but no clear info as to sponsors; watch for listings in your area if you're interested.
--World Productivity Day: today honors the professionals who guide and educate companies toward being more productive and efficient.
--World Refugee Day: today is 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; by end of 2018, 70.8 million people were forced from their homes due to persecution, conflict violence or human rights violations; and 25.9 million of the group are classified as refugees, half of which are younger than 18, as well as 41.3 million internally displaced people and 3.5 million asylum seekers.
--In 1837, Victoria became the Queen of the United Kingdom. From bing: "During the 64 years of her regency, the United Kingdom became one of the world's most potent powers. The British Empire soon encompassed large parts of the planet. Queen Victoria died in 1901."
--In 1975, "Jaws" premiered. From bing: "Steven Spielberg's thriller about a rogue great white shark terrorizing a summer resort town is often regarded as one of the greatest films of all time."
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