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June 21st Go Skate Day

Today we celebrate the skateboard. Remember when we actually use to walk to where we were going? Or maybe we’d roller skate, which sort of gave way to riding bikes. Now the idea seems to be riding the skateboard.

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I mean it’s really cool. And, you get to do all those tricks along the way. We’ve even built mini-stadiums to make getting where we are going a little harder! It’s even become a professional sport!

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I do admire what they can do, those that are good enough that they actually handle the skateboard show that it is an art. We do need to remember though, that it began as a means of transportation. Of course “Back To The Future” really promoted the idea of the skateboard. And the hover board, thought to be impossible, turns out to be possible! Of course it does catch on fire a lot but that’s a minor disappointment.

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Personally, I can’t even stand on a skateboard let alone ride one.  I also am not sure of it’s true value as a means of transportation because what do you do with when you aren’t riding it? If you park it, believe me… it will be gone when you come back and have you ever tried to lock one of those things up? Doesn’t work real well.

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But they are fun and give one a great workout! (Even if like me that workout mainly involves getting back up off the ground) Today was created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies or IASC.  Better known as GSD, cause we have to shorten everything today, it is a day well worth celebrating… even if you don’t know exactly why!

How to celebrate – Learn how to skateboard. Learn what makes one skateboard better than another. Design a new type of skateboard.

June 20th National Bald Eagle Day

I do not know of a more majestic bird than the Bald Eagle. I am proud it is the symbol of America. It has been our national bird since 1782. As the national bird it is portrayed with 13 arrows in it’s left talon symbolizing the original 13 colonies and an olive branch, the symbol for peace, it it’s right talon.

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Had Benjamin Franklin had his way our national bird would be the turkey. Even Turkey doesn’t use a turkey as it’s national bird. I’m not sure if Franklin had just finished a Thanksgiving meal or what but making the turkey our national symbol would not have been a very good idea. After all, turkeys are known for drowning because they look up at the rain for too long.

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Though we called it our national bird the day was not official until January 28, 1982 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed it, Congress passing it into law on June 20, 1982. How it took over 200 years to make is official is beyond me!

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The eagle is a bird of prey, it does not kill for the joy of it but when it does strike, it is fast and deadly. Sort of like our special services are. It just looks like the kind of bird you don’t want to mess with but admire from afar.

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There is something about the Eagle that reminds us of freedom as well. It should never be caged, and in fact it is illegal to restrict one in any way.  It is a true symbol of what America, and Americans, stand for.

How to celebrate – See if you can spot an eagle in the sky where you live. (I am lucky, they are all over the place!) If you can’t find one locally, check at a zoo where those no longer able to fly find a home. Read about Eagles.

June 19th Juneteenth Day

The American Civil War had little, and everything, to do with slavery. Slavery became a cause, not of the war, but for those who both wanted the war to continue and those who wanted it to stop. No man should ever be another slave, but in the mid 1800’s it was a way of life.

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Most soldiers on either side of the conflict knew much about slavery. In the north, the industrialization no longer required such cheap labor (In fact, many slaves in the south earned more than freedmen in the north). The average Confederate soldier could not afford slaves. So neither side had first hand dealings with slavery, regardless of the stories told.

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It was a political situation and things were not going well for the north. So on September 22, 1862 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation interestingly freeing the slaves in only the states he no longer had control over. It was an effort to keep England out of the war and from siding with the south. (England had already outlawed slavery). It worked. I am quite sure Lincoln had the best of intentions ending slavery but it is not why he made the proclamation.

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No doubt if Lincoln had lived he would have made slavery illegal in the U.S. but when he died, it was only the law of the land in the south. He avoided nation wide because Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee could have left the Union if he had freed slaves countrywide.

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Freedom came when General Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1965 officially ending the war. The 13th Amendment freeing all the slaves came on January 31st, 1865 declared by Congress.

How to celebrate – Learn more about slavery in America. Learn more about the Civil War in America. Celebrate freedom.

June 18th National Splurge Day

You owe it to yourself to splurge every once in a while, and since you need to, today is the day. You don’t have to go hog wild (Whatever that means) just do something, eat something or try something you normally would pass on.

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Yes, it will probably cost you something but sometimes it’s healthy to spend on yourself the same way you would to others. Buy yourself that gift that no one else has picked up your hints on or treat yourself to something you really want but have been denying yourself.

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Okay, you may not want to do it all the time. That could get costly. But one day is okay, unless you are thinking of buying a yacht you can’t afford or eat more than what your stomach will hold. You may not want to over do it, if you’ll still be paying for it by the time Splurge Day comes around again next year.

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But it is healthy to fulfill some of your dreams occasionally. It allows you to know things are always within reach, even if you have to save for them or struggle to achieve them. And it will always benefit others as well! It benefits the salesperson, the store, your family and those around you!

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No, money can’t buy happiness… but it can get you close! Buy, do or say something you normally wouldn’t today… you’ll feel better for it. Today was created by Eventologist Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith.

How to celebrate – Do something you normally wouldn’t do. Buy something you normally wouldn’t buy. Eat something you normally wouldn’t eat.

June 17th Father’s Day

Well, we’ve already had Mother’s Day so we might as well move on to Father’s Day. It seems like a lot of us celebrate the day because we are expected to. We give Dad a tie or a golf club, fix his favorite meal or let him sleep in but that means we are missing the point. Dad’s, however, are people too.

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We may not show it as much, we may not fix all the boo-boos and prepare the every night meals but it does not mean we love our kids any less, it’s just in a different way. Dad’s are supposed to show strength, temperance and logic, even if they are none of those things themselves.

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Dad’s are often quiet when it comes to raise children. It’s not because they don’t care, it’s because they seem to think others know better. But they are there, supportive and doing the best they know how to do. (Of course there are exceptions) The day was created in Spokane, Washington on May 18th, 1910. Somehow it got moved to June (And Dad was okay with that) and became the third Sunday in June.

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I know in my case, my Dad tried to teach things he thought were important, things that interested him and things he knew I would benefit from. Some took, other things didn’t but I do remember the Christmas that he first gave me a gift from him. I think I was thirty or so and the gift was a hammer. It meant more to me than any other gift I had gotten to that point and I still have it today.

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No, Dad’s aren’t perfect. They make a lot of mistakes and sometime even say, or do, the wrong things. But you know what, it doesn’t matter. They are your father and all they want is your love.

How to celebrate – Just tell your dad you love them… no ties, no golf club… give them your own hammer.

June 16th National Hollerin’ Contest Day

So you think your kids can be loud? Well spend a day in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina today and you’re gonna hear some real hollerin’! The contest was started in 1969 and takes Spivey’s Corner from a town of 50 people up to 5,000 to 10,000 people for the day.

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Hollerin’ probably started with Cave Man when he was trying to communicate that a dinosaur was about to eat his/her mate. It probably spread to battles during the Middle Ages when no radios or cell phones were available to reach the troops.

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And during the turn of the century many women use to holler to call in their families when supper was ready. It it’s own right, it is an art. Maybe not a great art, but still an art. Deep breathing exercises help develop the lungs to gain the ability to be heard for a long distance away! Recent contests involve a microphone which seems like cheating to me. Maybe it is just used to measure the decibel the caller is creating.

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But should you not mind the noise, or being yelled at, today you need to visit Spivey’s Corner so you can hear, or participate in the festivities. Though I have never been there I am told it gets pretty darn loud. Even worse than a playground at recess.

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Oh, and take your pet along with you. They will either love you for it, or hate you. Just remember it is always better to be the holler, than the hollie.

How to celebrate – Visit Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina today. See how loud you can holler. (I suggest warning the neighbors first.) Never yell when you can holler.

June 15th National Nature Photography Day

Nature provides us with more beautiful scenes than we could ever create on our own.  It also provides humor and awe and in an attempt to capture some of that we take pictures so that we can remember.

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Nature photographers don’t often get the glory that other photographers get. After all, they are just capturing something that is already there… but there is an art to it, just like any other kind of photography. Actually, there may even be more of an art to capture Mother Nature than in any other form of photography.  While nature provides the subject, it often requires a lot of effort to get the shot.

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It can  require traveling and planning, having to be at the right spot at just the right time with the right equipment exactly when nature provides the opportunity. It also takes more observation, the photographer seeing things most of us just take for granted.

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Anybody can create a shot in a studio. It’s a totally controlled environment using material set up by set decorators and lighting that can be adjusted to make the shot look, natural. Nature does not offer those same opportunities.

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And occasionally, even the nature photographer is surprised by the results. The day was created by the North American Nature Photography Association in 2006. (NANPA was created 1994.)

How to celebrate – Grab you camera and become a nature photographer yourself. Go to an art exhibition featuring photography taken in nature. Make a picture say a thousand words.

June 14th Flag Day

It has become popular not to honor the American Flag anymore. I don’t know when that started and I have no idea when it will end but I know it’s wrong.  The flag represents everything good about America, not the bad, but I guess it’s all about how you look at life. If you can’t be proud of yourself, you can’t be proud of a flag.

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Yet, it seems to be okay for other countries to honor their flags. Just not us. Maybe if one saw it tattered and filled with bullet holes they might consider it a little more. It represents a people, a nation and all the ideals ever created for it and those that live under it.

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There are certain rules for handling the flag. It is to be flown from sunrise to sunset, never at night without a light on it. You raise it quickly in the morning and lower it slowly at dusk. You do not let it fly in rain or any bad weather and should be flown at half-staff when you, or the country, are in mourning. Half-staff remains for 30 days, no more, no less. The flag should never touch the ground and you fly no flag over your countries flag. And when it gets too tattered and worn to fly anymore it should be buried or burned, don’t just wad it up and throw it away.

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It’s not the cloth itself, nor the pretty colors, it is the symbol of what it stands for. Of course, there are those who stand for nothing and believe in nothing. Those millionaires who kneel when all those who ensure their expense accounts are met are standing. And when they say it’s not the flag they are against, it’s the government or elected officials, the past and their own personal observations, they are just telling you about themselves. That they are more important than anyone, or anything around them.

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So I say, grow up… the reason no one cares about your woes is because you don’t really care about theirs. A flag represents a nation. Can that nation be better? Yes! But nothing ever gets better by tearing it down first.

How to celebrate- Learn what a flag is all about. Fly a flag today. (An American flag, not a Disney World flag, not  rainbow flag, not a football flag.) If you want your views to be  taken seriously, take the views of others in to consideration as well.

June 13th National Weed Your Garden Day

Okay, so you planted you garden… flowers or veggies, whatever it doesn’t matter. The thing you will find grow fastest are the weeds. (No not that kind of weed) So, unless you want a garden of weeds you will need to weed it!

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I guess there are some pretty weeds. Maybe there are even a few that have uses (Though I doubt it) but they definitely will destroy whatever else you have planted. Isn’t it interesting that we call our new found friend “weed” and nickname it for something absolutely useless! Oh well.

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Weeding your garden does have benifits. It is calming and relaxing if done right. That means don’t start weeding 2 months after you’ve planted your garden because you will lose that calming effect. You may be litterally lost in the weeds.

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It is also a great way to teach children about gardening and get them interested in planting their own sometime in the future. There is nothing that compares to watching a plant grow, something that you planted and cared for. It is somewhat like watching a child grow itself.

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So if you are responsible enough to plant a garden be repsonsible enough to weed it! You will also need to water it and keep animals out of it that might cause damage or even eat your newest friends.

How to celebrate – First, start by planting a garden! Next weed your garden. Make sure you know the difference between your plant and a weed.