April 13th International Plant Appreciation Day

We can never appreciate the plants in out lives enough. After all they give us oxygen, are generally pretty to look at and for the most part smell good. They provide medicines, food and make our lives better just for being there. Every country in the world shares plants, some take better care of them than others’ help your country appreciate the plants native to your region of the world.

How to celebrate – Learn the difference between a plant and a weed. Grow a garden. Learn what plants are native to different regions of the world.

March 11th Johnny Appleseed Day

Today we celebrate the life, and perhaps myth, of John Chapman who was born in 1774, and spread apple seeds across the Untied States growing an entire industry. Or at least supposedly. There are rumors that he wasn’t the generous humanitarian that many believe him to be. In fact, he may have found a ploy to take people’s property away from them. But, it’s always better to remember the legends of the people rather than what they really may have done. So here’s to Johnny Appleseed!

How to celebrate – Have an apple. Plant an apple tree. Visit an apple orchard.

December 19th Look For An Evergreen Day

If you haven’t already got your Evergreen Christmas Tree for the season you’d better hurry. The Evergreen Tree was chosen to represent Christmas because of it’s three distinct points, indicating the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. There is little doubt that the scent of the tree in your home brings some of the Christmas Spirit to life. How about setting up your tree, decorating it and then make some hot chocolate and settling the family around the tree as you read, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green.” https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Get your Christmas tree. Enjoy the holidays. Read, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green”.

June 28th Paul Bunyan Day

Paul Bunyan and his pet cow “Babe” are known for roaming the Northern Mid-West and advancing the logging industry particularly during the French Canadian Papineau Rebellion in 1837 where his legend apparently was created. His is one of those stories hand down over the years by word of mouth and not written until many, many changes were added to the original. The Great Lakes were created by Bunyan as water bowls for “Babe”, Bunyan cleared the land in North and South Dakota for farmers, Bunyan trained Carpenter Ants to do logging to save men from the back breaking work and the 10,000 lakes in Michigan were created by “Babe”s” footprints walking across the land. I don’t know, I think I believe all that. Why not?

How to celebrate – Read about Paul Bunyan. Become a lumberjack. Visit the Northern Mid-Western states.

June 25th Log Cabin Day

Early American settlers found building log cabins the best way of providing housing for them selves, and their families, was to cut down trees and assemble them into a log cabin. Nothing fancy, the wood did not need to be turned into planks, just use the whole tree trunk. It provided warmth in the winter and for the most part kept rain and snow out. Today log cabins actually represent the wealthy, people who can afford to put up log cabins to vacation in, often reaching several stories tall with central heat and air. A far cry from the original one room cabins meant to provide shelter until something more permanent could be built. This day was created by Virginia Handy in 1986 as a part of the Bad Axed Historical Society/Log Cabin Society.

How to celebrate – Build your own log cabin. Get some Lincoln Logs. Become a pioneer!

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.

November 6th Marooned Without A Compass Day

Well if you are planning on getting marooned without a compass, today is the day to do it. Naturally, most of us don’t plan on getting lost in the first place but if you do, and you don’t happen to have a compass with you then there are a few things you should know. Like the positioning of the sun and stars. Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west this should give you a little guidance. The positioning of the constellations help your night time travel. And, of course, you should remember that moss only grows on the shady side of trees which indicates north.

How to celebrate – Always keep a compass with you. Learn the constellations. Don’t go anywhere, that way you can’t get lost!

May 16th Plant A Lemon Tree Day

May 16th Plant A Lemon Tree Day

Lemon trees provide us with lemons, obviously, but also a wonderful fragrance and they give off oxygen. That’s a win, win, win! There is a tradition a lot of people do when buying a new home. They plant a tree and watch it grow as they live in the house. If that sounds like a good idea to you, try planting a lemon tree. Once it starts producing fruit you can open a lemonade stand to help pay off that mortgage too!

How to celebrate – Plant a lemon tree. See how many different types of lemon you can name. Learn all the different things you can create from a lemon.

April 24th National Arbor Day

Celebrate the last Friday of April, today is the day we honor trees. Actually, we honor the planting of trees. It is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and began in 1872. The Latin word for tree is Arbor. I love trees. I can’t tell one from the other nor can I tell you their names. There are the obvious ones like the Apple tree or an Oak but for the most part, I just appreciate them for being a tree. It’s roots, no pun intended, began when American’s started moving west and came to the vast sections of treeless land. As they settled the people planted trees for numerous reasons, food, shade, oxygen, shelter are just among a few.

How to celebrate – Plant a tree today. Visit a forest. Help save the rain forest.

March 30th National Take A Walk In A Park Day

You could take a walk anywhere today but why not make it a park!?! national park, state park, county park… it really doesn’t matter. The weather is hopefully nicer now where you live, the full color of nature is beginning to return and animals are once again out and about. It is the perfect time to get out among it and become a part of nature. It’s peaceful, calming and can bring us to an understanding of what is really important in life and what’s not. (This will vary with each and every person you talk to) Look at a tree and remember that no tow leaves are perfectly alike. There are thousands, maybe even millions of leaves in a park… do the represent the people on the earth? Think about it while you go for a walk in a park.

How to celebrate – Find a park close to you. Go for a walk. Take friends with you so you can share what you see, hear and feel.