"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills
After a worship service at First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year-old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet.
About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, "If you don't be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!" It worked.
Received from Pastor Dave Charlton
It's Teddy Bear Picnic Day! A day for family time, a day to take family and bears out to the park for a picnic. Throw off the mantle of serious reality and become one with the whimsical joys of make-believe.
--Collector Car Appreciation Day: observed on the 2nd Friday of July; today is about real cars, not models, that are considered collectible; today raises awareness of the role of automotive restoration and collection in American society.
--Don't Step on a Bee Day: originally meant as don't get stung but as bee populations are being decimated, the day has come to mean be careful and protect them; society needs to be mindful of how important bees are to the Earth's food supply through pollination and how they are being threatened by insecticides, pollution, chemical exposure and climate change.
--National Kitten Day: we are in the midst of kitten season and the shelters are getting overcrowded with these little darlings; today is about helping by adopting a shelter kitty or donating to your local shelter.
--National Motorcycle Day: observed on the 2nd Friday of July; no specific info but there are several events around the country for this day; a good day to get out on the road; celebrates the bikers' bond through the shared sense of freedom and adventure.
--National Pina Colada Day: today is a salute to the drink of light rum, coconut cream and pineapple (add umbrella); in Spanish, it means "strained pineapple"; one main origin story says the pina colada was created in 1954 at the Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
--Pick Blueberries Day: today is the day for some fresh blueberries; if you have access to a local farm, have fun picking your own yummy berries; no fair eating them before you get them home.
--World Kebab Day: observed on the 2nd Friday of July; today is a salute to a method of meat preparation; from the Middle East, heavily seasoned meat is skewered then grilled.
--Clerihew Day: an interesting story, so straight from Checkiday; (are you game to write your own clerihew?).
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, commonly known as E.C. Bentley, was born on today's date in 1875. He was a British writer known for clerihews: four-line biographical poems of a comedic nature and an AABB rhyme scheme. The subject of the poem is usually named in the first line, and other characteristics of the poem are its clumsy rhythm and irregular number of accents.
Bentley came up with his first clerihew at the age of 16, while in a science class. It was about a chemist named Sir Humphry Davy and was later published in 1905 in Biography for Beginners. The clerihew is as follows:
Sir Humphry Davy
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
Bentley followed this clerihew collection with More Biography in 1929 and Baseless Biography in 1939. Clerihews Complete, released in 1951, included all of his works.
One of his most well-known clerihews was about Christopher Wren:
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, 'I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's.'
Bentley's work influenced many other writers, who went on to write clerihews themselves. Some of them include W.H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, George Starbuck, Sir Francis Meynell, and Clifton Fadiman. On Clerihew Day, the clerihews of Bentley are read, as well as of these authors. People also write their own clerihews.