May 12th International Nurses Day

Having spent a few days in the hospital over the last couple of months, and then going to doctor’s offices afterwards, I have come to appreciate the Nurse for all He/She does. Doctors are far too often too busy to really care about the person they are giving care too. I get it, they have a lot to do and a lot of people to see. That leaves the daily hands on work to the nurse that builds a relationship with her charge. Today was begun back in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent in the idea to honor nurses with a week (May 7th- 13th) and a day May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It didn’t catch on at first. Nurses deserve a lot more credit than they get. They save lives while showing compassion as well.

How to celebrate – Thank any nurse you may know. Read about Florence Nightingale. Consider becoming a nurse.

May 8th National Train Day

Trains built America. Oh sure, today they don’t seem nearly as important even though they haul more freight than any other cargo container other than a ship. We forget about them and get annoyed when we have to wait at a train crossing but we owe an entire country to them. Today was created by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation in 2008 so that we would remember. The date is the closest Saturday to May 10th when the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific officially met at Promontory Summit, Utah completing the Transcontinental Railroad on May 9th, 1869. Oddly, or perhaps on purpose, it was exactly 1,776 miles long.

How to celebrate – Take a train ride. Read about the history of trains. Build a model train diorama.

May 7th Space Day

The first Friday in May is always Space Day. Why, well… that’s not really clear but let’s just accept it and go with it. The day was created by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997 in order to try and get more students interested in space and the complex industry that goes along with it. Today, depending on which political party is in control, the space industry is more private than public, which actually makes things great for workers but not so much for the industry itself. Space may hold many answers for mankind as we progress, it’s too bad the progressives can’t see that.

How to celebrate – Find something about space to become interested in. Become an astronomer. Watch Star Wars.

May 6th International No Diet Day

Most of us have on on some sort of diet at one time or another. Sometimes they work, most of the time they don’t and sometimes they are very, very dangerous. Today was created in 1992 by Mary Evans Young of the British “Diet Breakers” Group to fight Anorexia world wide. Common sense needs to be followed with every diet and while carrying around excess weight is not good for us, neither is crash diets that never work anyway. Be logical, create some cheats and enjoy your life… it doesn’t have to be a never ending battle.

How to celebrate – Workout and exercise. Create a sensible diet if you feel like you need one. Try to eat healthy to start with so you don’t have to go on a diet.

May 5th Roller Derby Day

May 5th Roller Derby Day

This is actually a fairly interesting day, or at least how it got started, which no one seems to know why May 5th was selected but I guess it’s as good a day as any. Roller Derby, or a form of, was created in 1884 when an Endurance Race was started to promote the use of Roller Skates. The races would last for days and in order to win those participating sometimes pushed or shoved others out of their way. The Endurance Race ended in 1885 when Joseph Cohen and William Donovan (The winner) died just after the race. It turned into a Walkathon in 1929 promoted by Leo Seltzer. But that got boring pretty quickly and the pushing and shoving got started again. It soon became Roller Derby as we know it today and first appeared on television (CBS) on November 29th, 1948.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Roller Derby, its kind of interesting. Buy some roller skates.  Join a Roller Derby team.

May 5th National Cartoonists Day

May 5th, 1895 “Yellow Kid” appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World as the first cartoon in a newspaper. It was created by Richard F. Outcault who continued the cartoon strip from 1895 to 1898. It then appeared in William Randolph Heast’s New York Journal. This is the first recognized cartoon in print form. The first moving cartoon was created by Emile Cohl in France in 1908. The day was created by the National Cartoonist Society with Ken Alvine leadership in 1999.

How to celebrate – Look for the funnies in your local newspaper. Watch cartoons on television, usually early morning. Watch for “shorts” at the movies.

May 4th Star Wars Day

So I keep telling this story and some people say it’s right, and some say it’s wrong but I am sticking with it. The day began as a mistake by a German News TV company, N24, in 2005. Via a translation mistake they took “May the force be with you” as “May the 4th be with you” and hence “Stars War Day” was created on May the 4th. Right or not it’s a good story and at least sort of makes sense. Or at least just as much sense as “May the force be with you” because isn’t the source already something with you whether you want it or not?

How to celebrate – Watch Star Wars. Visit Germany. Learn to become a translator.

May 4th Bird Day in the USA

May 4th Bird Day

Today was created by Charles Babcock from Oil City, Pennsylvania in 1894. We cherish the birds around us today, although I do not recommend standing under them as you admire them. It is hard not to be cheered up by a singing bird…unless of course, they are singing at four in the morning. From the majestic eagle to the ugly vulture, every bird serves a purpose. They are beautiful to look at (well most of them anyway), and aid our environment while putting a smile on our faces.

How to celebrate – See how many types of birds you can name. Go outside and see how many different types of birds you can find. Put out bird feeders to attract birds to your yard.

May 3rd Paranormal Day

Today is… May 3rd #Paranormal Day

The term Paranormal (Meaning: Para- above or beyond and Normal – Ah, well, normal) has only been around since 1920. Paranormal is the phenomena in pop culture, folklore and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. This includes; angels, demons, ghosts, extraterrestrial life, UFO’s, psychic abilities, extrasensory perception and Cryptids (Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, etc.). Anthropologist George Frazer, in his book “The Golden Bough” explains the soul is a creature in an animated body.

Sometimes we find ourselves caught between what we can understand and what we can’t.

Are there ghosts, monsters, UFO’s in the world? Maybe, it all depends on what you believe in. Perhaps they are nothing but our imagination, coming alive in the right setting at the right time.

May 3rd Garden Meditation Day

Created by C.L. Formari of Osterville, Ma, an author and radio personality in 2010, garden meditation day is all about becoming an artichoke! No, not really, it’s all about spending some time in nature and enjoying something so simple, and yet so complex at the same time. A garden gives you the chance to experience growth and how you can change the course of time with your own hands. So it’s not about becoming an artichoke, it’s about helping something beyond yourself live and grow and give back to you everything you have put it in.

How to celebrate – Plant a garden. Spend time in your garden. Talk to your plants… it may not help them as much as it helps you.