Okay, so it’s National Pink Day. I hope you are feeling in the pink, meaning well. Pink is also breast cancer awareness. It’s the color of a baby girl. The mixture of white and red, blended to make an entirely third color, one that means something different to nearly everyone… and that’s okay!
Pink seems to always stand out. Bright or pale, people just seem to notice it. There is an innocence to pink, though it is not pure, a calmness though it can be very hot and feels like love though it isn’t as enveloping as the color red.
It is a fun color. It’s hard to depressed when you are in the middle of something pink. It goes with practically ever other color of the rainbow and is rarely over powering or overwhelming.
Naturally there are those that get carried away with their love of pink. That’s going to happen with any color. Pink hair, pink dogs and pink airplanes may be a little over the top but they aren’t exactly offensive either.
The perfect blend of innocents and passion, it can lead you in any direction but it will keep you calm and peaceful. After all, how many armies have you ever seen wearing pink!
How to celebrate – Wear something pink today. Discover the different shades of pink. Plant some pink flowers.
You already know your dog is your best friend. They don’t care how you look, how you smell or what you are wearing, they are going to love you anyway. So why not take someone who loves you to work today!
Sure, they may be in the way a little and you will probably need to walk them at least once while you are at work but they will make you smile and definitely make your day better. They will also probably make your co-workers day better as well. (Unless they are allergic to dogs which you may want to check on before you take your dog with you.)
And dog are really smart too! They may even be able to figure out things you have been working on for months! Maybe they will even save your company from failing! You never know unless you try!
I love my dog… I really do. I would take her everywhere I go if I could. Since I mainly work in front of a computer I am also sure I bore her to death. But she will remind me when I have spent enough time at the computer and take me for a walk so I can get some exercise and a little fresh air. And more often than not, she is right!
There are dogs we humans take to work everyday as a part of life. Seeing eye dogs, special care dogs and military dogs risk their lives for us every day. They don’t care how many hours they put in, they don’t care about what the latest fashions are and they are not impressed by who makes the most money. These are our true friends and we really should take the time to thank them. We celebrate today, the first Friday after Father’s Day and was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999.
How to celebrate – Take your dog to work today. Spend more time with your dog. Give your dog a hug and thank them.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.