June 18th Go Fishing Day

Since you are already out on the road from yesterday, why not use one of your days to fish!?! It is relaxing for the most part because most of us never catch a fish anyway so it’s all about sitting there, having a beverage of your choice and enjoying nature. (Unless, of course, you have stocked your pool with fish and are fishing at home.) Oh, and general practice today is to throw the fish back in after you’ve caught it. I am told fish do not feel pain so they should be okay. I wonder who asked the fish that but that’s another subject entirely. Don’t forget the worms!

How to celebrate – Go fishing. Find a favorite fishing spot. Try deep sea fishing for something different.

June 10th Herb and Spices Day

In our efforts to make our food taste better and help us be healthier, herbs and spices have led us to eat numerous things we probably would never have even tried from just looking at them. The most common, of course, are salt and pepper, basil, oregano, cinnamon and garlic but there are literally hundreds more we use to spice up things and help with bad breath, cancer, diabetes, stomach disorders, skin ailments and much, much more.

How to celebrate – Open an apothecary. Start an Herb and spice garden. Learn what herbs and spices are used for what.

May 3rd Garden Meditation Day

If you need a place to get in the mood to meditate, just go to your garden! There is probably not a more serene place to go that you will be familiar with and it is filled with sights, smells and sounds that should put you in the mood to meditate. That is, unless as with my garden, you look around and see all the weeds growing and plants that need trimming. So maybe you should keep your garden up so that you can go there to meditate and enjoy nature as it was meant to be! Today was created by author/radio host C.l. Fornari in 2010.

How to celebrate – Tend your garden. Go to a park. Visit a Botanical Garden.

March 30th Take A Walk In The Park Day

Spring is already here and summer is coming soon. The weather now should be fairly nice, not too hot and not too cold. Most of the plants should have fully recovered from winter and be green again and animals are out and about searching for food and playing in their protected environment. It is a great time to go for a walk in the park, to enjoy nature and visit with as friend or go solo to contemplate everything going on around you. There is something about a park, whether with friends or alone that makes us feel better about everything.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk in a nearby park. Have a picnic. Learn about the trails in your area.

May 16th Love A Tree Day

Don’t you just love trees? I do! They provide oxygen, shade and are beautiful to look at. You can hang swings from them, climb them and just admire them from both afar and up close. There are at least 101 different types of trees, far too many to list here but a few of the tops, to me, the Redwood, the Evergreen and the Elm… and my favorite the Whispering Willow. (Actually my favorite is the Evergreen because of what it stands for) We do need to protect our trees and understand what makes them special, and vital, to us all.

How to celebrate – Learn the different types trees and where they are found. Protect the forests. Read “Evergreens” available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other e-book providers.

April 29th Greenery Day

You would think that on Greenery Day we would celebrate trees or plants or maybe even Kermit the Frog but today is all about the 124th Emperor of Japan Hirohito’s birthday. Born in 1901, Hirohito served the Japanese people until his death in 1989. He lead Japan through some of it’s best, and some of it’s worst , times. His part in World War 2 will never be known for sure, though he was put on the same level as Hitler at one time he did not face the same fate that other war criminals faced. It is good he is remembered for the beautiful country Japan was before the war and after the war because the ugliness it caused during the war should never be forgotten.

How to celebrate – Visit Japan. Read about Hirohito’s involvement during World War 2 and decided his guilt or not for yourself. Spend your day gardening.

April 7th National Walking Day

There is no doubt that walking is good for us. Most of us do not do enough walking, just like most of us do not drink enough water. You can complain about how you feel, how you look or your lack of energy but are you doing the things that will restore all of those things to you? The American Heart Association created today in 2007, suggesting that we walk at least a half hour a day. That’s really not too much to ask and it is a really good idea. That exercise can add years to your life, quality years and it costs you so very little!

How to celebrate – Get a dog and take them for a walk. Start a walk group in your neighborhood. Get out and allow yourself to think about things other than immediate issues by enjoying nature.

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.

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. 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.

June 1st National Trails Day

One of the world’s most loved pastimes is hiking the trails that nature has provided (And generally man has created). Trails are often human made roads, of a sort, made by foot traffic covering the same path over time. Visit practically any park or forest and you will find some kind of hiking trail for you to explore. They are generally safe to travel on, some having been there for hundreds of years. Since the weather is generally better now and people are beginning to be able to get out and enjoy nature, exploring trails can be both exciting and healthy exercise for you.

How to celebrate – Go for a walk. Travel a famous trail. Enjoy nature.