June 22nd National Chocolate Eclair Day

Why are so many of our National Holidays related in some form or way to food? For all those on a diet I apologize. Today is Chocolate Eclair Day, perhaps the most fattening and tempting treat on the planet.

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Chocolate covered dough with a creme or custard filling. Once again, thank Christopher Columbus because if it weren’t for him we would probably all have to just settle for an Eclair without the chocolate.

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How to celebrate – Have a Chocolate covered eclair today! Be thankful you can have a chocolate covered eclair today. Try making your own version of a chocolate eclair adding something that makes yours even more delicious.

June 21st Summer Solstice

Today is the first day of summer according to the Meteorological Organizations. For those of us who live in the south and feel the heat…they are just a little behind. However, it is recognized as the longest day of the year, I guess we have to go along with that.

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In fact, the daylight will never go away today at the North Pole so if your thinking of napping and live there, you’ll need some sort of blinders. We call it summer solstice but it is also known as “Midsummer” (which makes no sense to me at all) or “Litha” (which I guess is Latin).

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Whatever you call it, sit back with a glass of iced tea and maybe some fruit and enjoy it. You’ll have a little longer to relax in the sun today than normal, so even though it’s the middle of the week, find a spot and relax.

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Even the ancient Brits studied today. It sort of makes me wonder why? We can’t change it, we can’t argue it, but I guess we can study it.  It is not the favorite day of the year for Polar Bears or Owls (owls like to hunt in the dark so they’ll have to wait a little longer for supper tonight).

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I’m not really sure how to celebrate today. Maybe by tanning for an extra hour (watch out for the burn!), or maybe just enjoy a little extra daylight for whatever it is you like to do in the daylight. Sorry for those of you who are vampires.

How to celebrate – Go to the beach today and soak in the rays. Study why the summer solstice is important to us. (then let me know). Have a summer solstice party!

June 20th National Ice Cream Soda Day

Seems like there are a lot of things developed for our refreshment during the summer months. In some cases it is really needed. At least Robert McCay Green needed it in 1874 when he ran out of ice to cool down his customers in Philadelphia, Pa.. There was a convention taking place in Philadelphia and Green was getting a lot of customers but he ran out of ice. Now hot soda is hot soda and doesn’t sell all that well so in order to keep the soda cold he added the only thing he had handy to cool them down, and that was ice cream.

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Now others have claimed to be the first to add ice cream to their sodas but this sounds the most convincing. The nice thing about the ice cream soda, or ice cream float as it was better known then, is that it can use any flavor soda and any flavor ice cream. For example, in the UK, the most popular ice cream soda is made with Coke!

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But there is little doubt that in America A & W Root Beer made the most popular ice cream soda. Root Beer soda and vanilla ice cream, better known as a “Black Cow”.

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But if you don’t like root beer, or you don’t like vanilla ice cream it is perfectly acceptable for you to make it out of anything you like. Cherry ice cream and Cream Soda, Chocolate ice cream and coffee soda, Strawberry ice cream and Mountain Dew. It’s your choice, cool down and enjoy yourself on any hot summer day.

How to celebrate – Fix yourself an ice cream float. Throw and ice cream float party. Experiment with different sodas and different ice creams until you find your very favorite. Then find a good name for it!

June 19th World Sauntering Day

So what is sauntering. It’s not running, it’s not strolling, it’s not jogging… it’s walking, but not exactly. It’s putting your life in stride and letting your walk follow. Some people use big steps, some small, some almost skip, but once you have begun sauntering, you’ll never go back.

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It’s walking but with style and whether you are headed somewhere or just out for a stroll, it sets your gait to a beat, a beat inside your head that only you can hear. No two people saunter exactly alike and that’s the way it should be.

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You can saunter by yourself, or with a crowd. You can saunter at the mall, school or even in church. It’s all in your frame of mind. It was started by W. T. Rabe on Mackinac Island. He was a Public Relations Director for a hotel back in the 1970’s. He created the day and his style of sauntering as a publicity stunt but it stuck.

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You must be conscious of your sauntering until it comes as second nature to you. You need to look just as good walking away as you do approaching. And you never know who may be watching so you can’t let up.

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And soon you will be sauntering without even knowing it. And you will be cool, whether you really are or not.

How to celebrate – Begin creating your own sauntering style. Try and figure little things you can do to make your saunter even more unique. Pick out your sauntering song and learn it well so it will never leave you.

June 18th Father’s Day

I am not qualified to talk about your father, or any one’s father, other than my own. I literally owe him everything. He made me who I am, both the good and the bad, and though I have not always agreed with him I have always trusted him and loved him without condition, just as he has me.

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He taught me things I did not even know he taught me. (Very possibly he didn’t know either!) He has always surprised me with the littlest of items but ones that have meant the most to me. Anyone can give you a gift, anyone can spend money on you and you will appreciate it but only a few people can give you things you cannot buy anywhere.

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We take them for granted. They are sort meant to be that way. Dads do not want credit or awards, they just want their children to grow up happy and contribute something to life. That might sound a little odd but as I get older I understand what that means. Living without giving anything, participating in life is not living at all, it is existing. And dads don’t just want their children to exist.

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My father spent his younger years as a farmer, growing things and working hard. As a child he made his children work in the fields, not doing anything hard, but doing something to contribute. At the time I hated every second of it, but now they are some of the fondest memories I have. It makes me think he knew that all along.

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So here’s to my father, and I hope to all of yours. He is the greatest man I have ever known and I hope he realizes that, though I bet he would disagree. It’s what we hold in our hearts that matters and in mine, my dad will always be my hero, my mentor and… well… my dad.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your father today, or more importantly let him enjoy you. Don’t give your dad a tie, he already has enough! Think of a gift that will mean something to him, more than just spending money make it something worthwhile.

June 17th World Juggler’s Day

Juggling has been around since man can remember. Cavemen probably juggled dinosaur eggs as they ran from the nest they took them from (what else did they have to do, they had no internet). Kings and Queens in the Medieval times were highly entertained by juggling, if for no other reason than if the juggler wasn’t all that good, they could put them to death.

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According to James Reid, a professional juggler, The International Jugglers Association (IJA) founded World Juggler’s day, always the Saturday closest to June 17th, in the 1980’s. There is also an International Juggler’s Day in April but that’s to be expected, since they have to juggle the days they celebrate (wink).

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Today jugglers are associated most with the circus and birthday parties. A good juggler can juggler up to ten items at one time. Those items can be balls, clubs, swords, rings, flaming sticks, plates, chainsaws, jobs, girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives… well you get the idea. This explains why I am not a good juggler because I have a hard enough time with one item at a time.

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It’s really all just a matter of concentration, good eye sight, soft hands, good balance, years of practice, being bored out of your mind and having nothing better to do, shopping with kids, a natural desire to show off… and so on.

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How to celebrate – Buy a book on juggling and learn how to juggle. Go to a Medieval festival and watch the jugglers.  Try and balance your checkbook.

June 16th Fresh Veggie Day

Just look at the color of a table filled with fresh veggies and you are instantly transformed into, at least a momentary, vegetarian. All the senses are filled, color, scent, touch… okay maybe not hearing unless these vegetables speak to you.

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I think one of the reasons vegetables are so colorful is because they want you to eat them. If not, they rot and become ugly, but when they are fresh they are more inviting than nearly any other food available to man. (Fruit is right up there too)

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Not only are vegetables pleasant to look at and smell good, they are good for you too! Anything that is that beautiful outside has to make you beautiful on the inside. I don’t know if you have ever had a garden where you grow your own food but I can tell you, there is nothing as thrilling as seeing your plants come up and grow into something that you can eat. It doubles the pleasure.

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The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” I think can be applied to eating vegetables as well. They are filled with vitamins and antioxidants to not only make you healthier but also leave you healthier.

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How to celebrate – Have a plate of vegetables today instead of yoiur normal lunch. Plant a garden. Go to the fresh foods market and see what they have to offer.