August 1st Spiderman Day

Peter Parker first appeared in Marvel Comics “Amazing Fantasy #15”. Unlike other superheroes, Spiderman did not have a mentor like Batman or Captain America.

He made his way on his own via stories by Stan Lee and artwork by Steve Ditko in the Shared Universe.

He was raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben in a fairly normal environment using his spider-sense to combat evil in the world.

How to celebrate: Buy a Spiderman comic book. Go to a Spiderman movie.  Get a Spiderman outfit for your walks around the neighborhood.

July 14th National Shark Awareness Day

July 14th National Shark Awareness Day

We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are  average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of your getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11. Million chances. Lightening is 1- 500,000 chances.

How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance. Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Kids love it, adults love it, even most dogs and some cats love it! Today we celebrate that love for our pasta and cheese products combined, normally adding either some cream or milk to make it a little more savory and creamier. There are even some restaurants that serve Mac and Cheese as a dish. It’s normally warm and creamy, filled with cheese and sometimes other spices but is always a comfort food.

How to celebrate – Fix some Mac & Cheese. Look for a restaurant that serves Mac & Cheese. Make up your own recipe for Mac and Cheese adding flavors you and your family like.

August 24th International Strange Music Day

What really constitutes as strange music anyway? This can be very subjective. However there are some strange ways of making music. There are famous sculptures that create music. Common household items can be used to create a symphony – hence the musical, Stomp. And then there is just weird music itself. But I believe the strangest music probably comes from instruments that are not common today…. There is a bubble organ (which is relatively new on the scene), a clackamore…and a laser harp (wonder if it’s dangerous). Who knows?????

How to celebrate: Look up some of the forgotten, and newest, instruments used to make music. Try to obtain one of these instruments and learn how to play it. Amaze your friends with a concert on your newly acquired musical instrument.

July 20th International Chess Day

The International Chess Federation was founded on this day in 1924. The celebration was set on this date by UNESCO in 1966. There are over 605 million chess players today, many organized into the 181 Chess Federations in 178 countries across the world.

The modern game of chess is believed to have started somewhere in the 1200’s.  There are tapestries depicting Knights of the Templar playing chess during the Crusades.

How to celebrate:  Find someone to play chess with, perhaps in a park. Join the International Chess Federation. Play an online chess game.

July 4th Hop-A-Park Day

Living here in Orlando, Florida, hopping a park means something entirely different than it does across most of the rest of the world. Here for us to park-hop means to go from Disney to Disney Studios to EPCOT to Animal Kingdom. This can be fun but it also sort of stressful and really, really hot during the summer.

For most of the rest of the world, hopping a park means going to some place you can relax and enjoy your day with a picnic or just laying out in the shade. Parks are genuinely beautiful. They are nature’s way of telling us to slow down and enjoy mother nature, even if it’s man made!

It’s a place to reflect or just let your mind go free. A chance to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a nice refreshing breeze. Maybe go boating, or swimming, or play volleyball. To enjoy the company of those around you.

I don’t know if there is anything as refreshing as jumping into a body of water to cool down on those really hot days. Floating leisurely around a lake as the sun sets and diving off wooden platforms into crystal clear water… now that’s the life!

Some parks have been the site of some past not-so-pleasant historic events. It may have been where a Civil War or Revolutionary War battle took place. These sites seem particularly quiet as people pay reverence to those who fell on the field.

The main thing is to just get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

You might want to wear a little sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses (seeing how it is UV Safety Month).  Shorts and t-shirts are just fine, you don’t need to dress up – the trees won’t care.

How to celebrate: Look for parks in your area where you can spend some time. Plan a picnic for your friends and family.  Go for a walk by yourself and get your thoughts together.

July 31st National Mutt Day

Everyone knows I love dogs. You can just look in their eyes and see the love there. They instantly become your best friend in the whole world and ask so little in return. A little food, water and love buys a lifetime friendship that will go with you anywhere you will allow it to go with you.

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I think some of the mutts in the world are the most precious. They have nothing to prove, won’t win any ribbons and may get a bit goofy from time to time but they are always there. I wish they could live longer because the only bad thing about having a dog is losing them.

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There is nothing wrong with a pure-breed. They are cool but a mutt just has that something extra. They aren’t perfect, they make mistakes and sometimes even do something bad but it is never intended. They really do only want to make you happy.

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They laughs, they smile and they even cry… just like us humans. They play fetch, they cuddle and they are there for you when you need them. Please be there for them when they need you. Dogs are one of the best things in life, mutt or pure-breed. Love them and they are guaranteed to love you back.

How to celebrate – Consider adopting a homeless dog. Treat your dog like the friend they are. Make today all about your dog, I’ll bet you get more out of it than they do.

July 30th National Father-In-Law Day

Today we celebrate that long lost hero, our father-in-law. We hear a lot about our mother-in-law, of course our mothers and our fathers… but not much about our father -in-law. That guy that generally sits in the corner keeping to himself and trying desperately not to get in the way.

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I don’t know about you but I really appreciate my father-in-law.  He is always there to be supportive but never forces his will, or thoughts, on me. That’s really cool. He is more like a friend than a father-in-law. In my case, like a best friend.

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Now I have to admit my situation is a little unusual. My father-in-law is younger than me. A little weird, huh? Well, it works out well. (My wife is 19 years younger than me) That said, I still notice other father-in-laws being really cool people anyway. I got really lucky, but most seem to live and let live.

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Now, in thinking of Father-In-Laws I got wondering about Joseph and Mary. Yes, they had their own parents and in-laws… but Jesus’ Father is God. So if anyone had married Jesus, not that it would have ever happened, that would have made God someone’s Father-In-Law. Wow.

How to celebrate – Appreciate your father-in-law. Surprise him by throwing him a party! Make a list of all the help he has given you without expecting a thing in return.

July 29th International Tiger Day

There are probably only 3,000 tigers left in the world… that includes those captive in zoos. This majestic animal has been hunted, it’s habitat destroyed and, of course, the natural course of life. The day was created at the 2010 International Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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It’s a shame that man feels so compelled to destroy what comes naturally in the world. If man was not able to arm himself with guns the tiger would probably remain the King of the World. There are few animals that can tangle with a tiger and survive. But the tiger rarely kills just for the sport of it, unlike man.

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And by building on the land the animal lives on, there are few places left for it to go. It does not own land. It has to be able to hunt and live in an environment it can function in. The only safe place for the tiger to live anymore is in a zoo, maybe someday the only safe place for man will be in jail cells as well.

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Now I know many don’t care. They only live for what they want when they want it… but boy will they fight back if they can;t have it. Same for the tiger. Why we feel superior to the creatures of the world we should learn the planet does not just exist for humans.

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So help those around you to understand that they aren’t more important than the other creatures of the world. Live and let live. The majestic tiger deserves a place in this world just like the rest of us.

How to celebrate – Study the plight of the tiger. Visit a zoo to see tigers. Support those who want to save the tiger.

July 28th National Day of the Cowboy

Yee-haw, today is the National Day of the Cowboy! It’s created by the National Day of the Cowboy group in 2005. Who doesn’t like a cowboy? Rough, rugged and always polite.  It’s a really hard job but someone’s got to do it.

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Cowboys do live by a code. They are to be honest and have courage, Take pride in what they do, be curious about life, finish what one starts, keep any promise made, be tough but fair, maintain clean thoughts and deeds, always be tolerant, be a steward of the land and animals and stand up for what you believe in.

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And, of course, the unspoken rule made by the ladies… be a beef-cake. For most cowboys this isn’t too hard because the work they do makes them stay fit. They may not always be real clean and smell good, but looking good is half the battle!

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Cowboys have always been around, in one form or another. There job was to bring the animals in their charge to where they are needed. Along the line they had weather, other animals and people they had to protect the herd from. With many learning the art of horseback riding during the Civil War, they went west to ply their trade, settling a wild land as they did.

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So go ahead, and make their day by celebrating their heritage with them. They have never been perfect, but they never tried to be. They just did the best they could with what they had.

How to celebrate – Live by the code of the cowboy. Read about the cowboy.  Take a vacation, living the life of a cowboy.