June 18th Go Fishing Day

There was a time when going fishing meant getting supper for the night. Not so much anymore, it’s become a sporting event more than proving a meal for the family. Most fishermen I know throw the fish back in the water after catching it, hoping the next time they go fishing they will catch a bigger fish and have a harder challenge. Since fish don’t supposedly feel the pain, fishing has become a more humane sport. I am not sure anybody actually asked the fish that. There is something about the calm and quiet of fishing, it becomes a time when we can think and reflect on life and get in touch with nature. In fact I know a lot of people who go fishing that hope they don’t even catch a fish!

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Learn what fish it is you are trying to catch. Enjoy being in nature.

May 13th Frog Jumping Day

First, before anything else, Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Today we celebrate Frog Jumping Day, whatever that is. In fact, though it is a national holiday, no one seems to have ever defined exactly what it means!  Nor has anyone ever revealed who created it!  So the next question is… does it really exist?  Well, I’m writing about it and you are reading about it so let’s pretend it does.

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Perhaps it’s to celebrate the game of Leap Frog? Though I am not sure why anyone would celebrate jumping over someone. in fact, it’s hard to imagine celebrating this game since it normally isn’t too long before someone falls and the other falls on them.

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Or perhaps the Day really is for those who enjoy watching frogs jumping?  Sitting out by a pond just waiting for that frog to jump on to that lily pad.  Come to think of it, I think I’d rather play Leap Frog!

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Or maybe the Day has something to do with Mark Twain’s 1865 “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” (better known as “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”). Samuel Clemens was a riverboat pilot in St. Louis before the Civil War. When the war broke out he joined the Marion County Rangers, a Confederate company, where he was elected 2nd Lieutenant. This adventure ended promptly two weeks later when Clemens decided war was not his thing. To escape any retribution Clemens moved West and started writing under the name of, Mark Twain. Mark Twain, is actually a depth call on a Riverboat. He moved from Nevada to California in 1864, where he wrote for newspapers and ultimately wrote the short story,”Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”.

How to celebrate:  Read Mark Twain’s short story. Go to a pond and watch a frog jump. Or play Leap Frog with someone you know really, really well.