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Not to be confused with International Pink Day in April, today is National Pink Day (although I think they are pretty much the same). “Pink” has been around since the 14th century – the word, not the color. In 14th Century France,”To Pink”, was to decorate with a perforated or punch pattern.
During the Middle Ages, pink came into it’s own as a color. Probably some Knight washed his red flag with his white flag in hot water and the color pink was invented – LOL! Apparently no one wrote down when the color was actually created. It was occasionally used in women’s apparel but was more common in the art work of the Middle Ages when used for hands and faces. Christ as a babe was often wrapped in pink swadling.
The Rococo Period became the golden age of the color pink. Nearly every court was draped in pink to show nobility. From 1728-1777 pastels became very popular with the people, perhaps boosted when King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompador, wore pink nearly exclusively to “please” her king.
In 1931 “Shocking Pink” was added to the spectrum to usher in a new era of color and fashion. Pink is, however so much more than just a color, it has all sorts of meanings.
The biggest today is, of course, breast cancer awareness. Which may in a round about way have some connection to being “In the pink”, an old saying about feeling at the top of your game, or at least what we wish would be the case.
To “see the pink elephant” is a polite way to say smeone is drunk.
To be tickled pink is to be thrilled or find something very enjoyable, maybe like the Pink Panther.
Then there is the “Pink Slip”, which none of us ever want to see – meaning you’ve been fired. There’s “Pink Collar” workers – which is what one might call “Women’s work” (I did not create this, just reporting). There’s “Pink Money” , which is symbolic of the money the LGBT puts into the community.
And the picture above – well… it’s just wrong.
The color pink is most associated with femininity, sensitivity, childhood, and romance. When pink is mixed with violet or black, it also means eroticism and seduction. The innocence of white mixed with the passion of a little red.
How to celebrate: Wear something pink today. Have some pink lemonade. Put up a pink flag, maybe with a little black lace or black ribbon to show your passionate about the day.
This day was established to raise awareness of this majestic bird. Eagles are in the “Accipitridae” family and come in many varieties around the world. 60 species are in Eurasia and Asia. In the rest of the world there are 14 varieties of the Eagle, 2 in America, 9 in Central and South America, and 3 in Australia.
Perhaps the most famous is the Bald Eagle in America which became our national symbol. Thankfully Ben Franklin’s turkey did not win or else we’d all be known as a bunch of turkeys here in the US – LOL! The Eagle is a bird of prey, meaning it hunts, in some cases animals larger than themselves. It has very keen eyesight and nests in tall trees or on cliffs (Eyries).
The smallest eagles are called boot eagles, 10 pounds and under, living mainly in Asia. The largest are the Philippine Eagles with a wing span that covers over 7 feet.The Eagle has talons that can cut like razors and shred any victim, but its main weapon is its hook like bill, capable of crushing bones.
Suggested ways to celebrate: Watch a documentary on Eagles, Climb a tree and look around like an eagle (first make sure the neighbors aren’t watching), Close your eyes and imagine you are soaring over the land like an eagle.
Father’s Day, in some places better known as St. Joseph’s Day, was first thought of in the US by Grace Golden Clayton in December 1907 when she brought the idea up to her pastor. Mother’s Day was already being celebrated and only seemed fair that there should be a day for Father’s as well. Fairmont, West Virginia celebrated the day on July 5th, 1908 with Grace and her church celebrating a “Day for Father”. It didn’t go over too well, it seems it conflicted with the celebration on July 4th, our Country’s birthday.
So Father’s Day disappeared for a while. Sonora Smart Dodd brought the idea up again, placing the date on June 19th, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. It fared a little better but still did not take off until she brought in back in the 1930’s. Maybe it had something to do with the depression and people needing a reason to celebrate, or maybe it was because so many fathers were disappearing because they coud not deal with the pressures of having to take care of a family when they had no way to do it. It made those fathers that stuck it out seem all that much more valuable. Still, Congress refused to allow the holiday as a national celebration.
Then finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated by the entire country to honor their fathers.
Now I know fathers can be good, or bad, or even non-existant. I can only speak about my own father. My father has been an inspiration to me. He always seems to know the right thing to do, the right things to say and what is important. He is always there when I need him. Whether I agreed with his opinion or not growing up, I felt the need to respect what he said. I have learned a lot of very valuable things from him.. it wasn’t math or science, reading or writing… it was about showing up, about standing up for people that could not stand up for themselves, and it was about listening.
A father doesn’t always say things but they nearly always do something. He doesn’t have to be a carpenter to build you a tree house. He doesn’t have to be a teacher to educate you. He just has to be there. Here’s to all the fathers that show up. Happy Father’s Day!
How to celebrate: Just spend some time with your dad. Buy him a gift that means something, not that just satisfies your need to give something. Take an interest in what your father does, even if it isn’t something you understand, after all, he’s done that for you all your lifetime.
We all have some talent that we can share with the world. We may be really good at sports, or with computers, or maybe at politics, but not all of us shine in the kitchen. In fact some are so bad that in certain households they are banned from the kitchen altogether.
I have known many like this. They can burn water, bandages are found in every drawer (and some dishes), and that tell-tale hair that seems to pass from one entrée to the next.
Even the very best can make a mistake here or there. A tad bit too much salt, maybe a little too spicy for some, and the steak either too well done or not done well enough. But the true Klutz (a clumsy person) can destroy everything from the appetizer to the desert. They can make too much of one thing…
…and not enough of another.
Give them credit though, they will always do their best to satisfy. It may never quite work out and may at times even be dangerous but you have to admire their tenacity and will to succeed.
How to celebrate: Enjoy some klutzes meal no matter how bad it is. Try cooking something with your eyes closed. Find something else for that “would-be” klutz to get into, the world will thank you.
One of the best summer treats anywhere in the US is an ear of corn, the fresher the better. Whether you boil it, steam it, roast it, or grill it, an ear of corn is enjoyed by nearly everyone you set it down in front of. I grew up on a farm where one of the crops we grew was sweet corn. I remember times, when everything was just right, when you could walk out in the field and actually pick an ear of corn and if it was in the milking stage you could actually eat it right there and then.
Of course it was better when it was boiled, heaping with butter, and just enough salt to add flavor. Ah, there’s nothing better.
Roasting it with the husk still on it was another way to cook it. This is really popular in the south where clam bakes are going on. Everything is thrown into a hole in the ground and cooked together at one time.
Naturally steaming the corn is another popular way to cook it. The corn doesn’t become waterlogged so it is always crisp, plump, and full of flavor.
Grilling the corn is now becoming one of the most artistic ways to prepare corn on the cob.
Wrapped up in tin foil it is easy to cook on the grill, or in the oven, adding extra flavors to the ear of corn. You can add garlic, ginger, harissa, mint, chili, cheese, or even coconut to your grilled corn while it cooks (there are three recipes there for you to look over).
But the best way, in my opinion, is the easiest. Boil it and butter it. That’s good eating.
How to celebrate: There are normally numerous corn festivals going on, go visit one. Try going to a farm where you can pick your own corn. Buy some corn and cook it what ever way you want for dinner tonight.