July 17th World Emoji Day

We all use them, some of us more than others, but they are there so… why not? The Emoji. You know, I’m not even sure where the name came from and though it’s probably important, I don’t care either!

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There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Emojis. There are supposed to be Emojis for every human emotion and feeling ever felt! And every day there seems to be another one or two of them, which means our emotions must be growing!

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They were first created in Japan during the 1990’s, mostly for cell phone use. They are based on Harvey Ball’s smiley face created in 1963 and placed on t-shirts. (No, sorry, for those that thought it was Forrest  Gump.) Jeremy Burge invented the Emojipedia in 2013 and World Emoji Day in 2014.

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They have become almost as real as people themselves. (Many are much cuter than we are) If you have ever had a friend that sends you emails or text messages that always include Emojis and then suddenly you get one with out and Emoji you wonder what is wrong.

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There may even become a day when all we use are Emojis for communication. Why use words when you can use pictures!?! After all, isn’t that what cave man did so long ago?

How to celebrate – Use an Emoji. Create your own Emoji. Become cave man (Or is that cave person?).

June 20th National Bald Eagle Day

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

June 14th Flag Day

It has become popular not to honor the American Flag anymore. I don’t know when that started and I have no idea when it will end but I know it’s wrong.  The flag represents everything good about America, not the bad, but I guess it’s all about how you look at life. If you can’t be proud of yourself, you can’t be proud of a flag.

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Yet, it seems to be okay for other countries to honor their flags. Just not us. Maybe if one saw it tattered and filled with bullet holes they might consider it a little more. It represents a people, a nation and all the ideals ever created for it and those that live under it.

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There are certain rules for handling the flag. It is to be flown from sunrise to sunset, never at night without a light on it. You raise it quickly in the morning and lower it slowly at dusk. You do not let it fly in rain or any bad weather and should be flown at half-staff when you, or the country, are in mourning. Half-staff remains for 30 days, no more, no less. The flag should never touch the ground and you fly no flag over your countries flag. And when it gets too tattered and worn to fly anymore it should be buried or burned, don’t just wad it up and throw it away.

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It’s not the cloth itself, nor the pretty colors, it is the symbol of what it stands for. Of course, there are those who stand for nothing and believe in nothing. Those millionaires who kneel when all those who ensure their expense accounts are met are standing. And when they say it’s not the flag they are against, it’s the government or elected officials, the past and their own personal observations, they are just telling you about themselves. That they are more important than anyone, or anything around them.

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So I say, grow up… the reason no one cares about your woes is because you don’t really care about theirs. A flag represents a nation. Can that nation be better? Yes! But nothing ever gets better by tearing it down first.

How to celebrate- Learn what a flag is all about. Fly a flag today. (An American flag, not a Disney World flag, not  rainbow flag, not a football flag.) If you want your views to be  taken seriously, take the views of others in to consideration as well.