March 15th Ides Of March

Today marks the first day of the New Year, in old Roman! It also is a reminder of why one should “Beware of the Ides of March” particularly if that one is Julius Caesar! March 15th marked the beginning of the new year in Roman in 44BC. It also marked the first day of spring for the Roman Empire. And, if that was not enough, it was when Caesar’s friends, Romans and countrymen did not lend their ears, but murdered Caesar on the steps of the Senate. So you have a lot to celebrate, or a lot to mourn, depending on your version of what history has provided.

How to celebrate – Visit Rome. Celebrate the New Year! Throw a wake for Julius Caesar.

March 2nd Old Stuff Day

This is a pretty interesting day actually. It’s all about “old stuff”. People can be old stuff, places can be old stuff and items can be old stuff. But when we generally take about the old stuff in our lives it is those invents we live through and share with others that we are referring to. “The same old stuff” that got us where we are today. The funny thing about old stuff is, the older it gets the newer it becomes to someone. There is also something comfortable about old stuff, they take us to places we feel warm and safe in, even if they do smell funny!

How to celebrate – What is your old stuff!?! How old does something have to be to be old. If you keep something long enough it may come back into style again!

February 27th National Retro Day

February National Retro Day

Remember the good ol’ days? Most of us think of the good old days as days when we were young and life was easier and more fun. As we age things generally become more complicated and difficult to deal with. Moments of pure joy are harder to find and a number of our dreams are lost to the vacuum of time. Well today is the day we revisit those dreams, moments of joy and our youth. Going back to when things were easier and every day was a present from God to open up and enjoy. Just as it should be today.

How to celebrate – Break out the photo album and take yourself back to when you were happiest. Allow others to celebrate their favorite era without judgement. Make the good ol’ days a part of your everyday.

October 11th National Fossil Day

They are all around us, or rather below us. The term “Older than dirt” actually becomes dirt one day. We uncover them nearly daily now and wonder at what life must have been like for them, or perhaps what our lives might be like if they were still around. And, of course, many consider those of us that are older as fossils ourselves. The day was created by the US National Park Service in 2010 in order that we may think about what lived before us and to take care as fossils are uncovered. The only real problem with today is that the date varies, and for us already that are considered “fossils”, that makes it hard to find, and remember. Maybe we should celebrate fossils every time we think of them. Guess that’s sort of the point anyway.

How to celebrate – Go looking for fossils. Visit a National Park. Make sure that rock you just stepped on is really a rock!

October 17th National Fossil Day

This week is Earth Science Week and every Wednesday of Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day. (It only comes once a year) But if you think about it this is an important day, after-all, some animal, or person, gave their all to make today possible.

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And if it wasn’t for fossils, we wouldn’t ever have had a Jurassic Park movie! Not 1, 2 or 3… 4, 5 or 6! We can learn a lot from fossils… like never bring them back to life! And we wouldn’t have oil if not for those fossils. Geez, there must have been a lot of them!

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Today was created by the National Park Service which actually makes it a National holiday! Now I am actually big into history, we do have a lot to learn from history and fossils are a part of history. It is amazing that creatures so large, and so violent, could have walked he earth at one time.

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Although, since we weren’t around back then maybe it is us that made them violent, our imagination which made them so mean and horrifying. Maybe they were nice and loved each other. Although, one look at them and they did look a little scary.

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I am not sure what we learn from an animal that went extinct except maybe how not to go extinct ourselves. But, I am not sure what we learn will save us from massive fires and a world wide flood.

How to celebrate – Spend the week learning about science. Become a paleontologist. Give your pet dinosaur a hug.