Life Day 24079: The Nature of Things

June 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Today is Saturday, June 15, 2013. Good morning nature lovers. Today’s first holiday is Nature Photography Day. Nature Photography Day was created in 2006 by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). It was created to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide. NANPA encourages you to celebrate today by taking your camera out into your backyard, a nearby park, or nature trail. Capture images of flora and fauna at its finest. You won’t find a better time of year to do this. Most plants are in bloom or producing fruit. Many species of animals have borne their young. The opportunities are endless. Just be aware that no matter where you go you leave a carbon footprint, so try to keep your impact on the environment to a minimum. Don’t trample all over a micro ecosystem just to get “the photograph”. You can take good pictures and still remain on the prescribed trails. To illustrate my point, I captured all of the photographs below without deviating from the beaten path.
Big Lagoon Park DSC90719_1631 Ducks in Logan River
Cedar Breaks National Park Cedar Breaks National Park Spring Valley Reservoir, Eastern Nevada
Spring Valley Reservoir, Eastern Nevada Spring Valley reservoir, eastern Nevada Spring Valley reservoir, eastern Nevada
Happy trails to you.

The next holiday is Smile Power Day. Smile Power Day was created to make people aware of the power of a good smile. There is an old saying: “Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” That is certainly  apropos today.  Smiles are infectious. If everyone around you is smiling, it is hard not to smile yourself, even if you’re in a bad mood. This may be nothing more than trying to fit in with the group, but no matter why, it works. Broadcast your most toothy smile to everyone you encounter today. Who knows, you might just turn someone’s bad day around. Just make sure that your smile is sincere. People can spot a phony smile a mile away.

The third holiday today is Hollerin’ Contest Day. Each year since 1969, the sleepy hamlet of Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, population 50, has been host to National Hollerin’ Contest. For this one day, an estimated 5,000-10,000 people come to enjoy this event. Did you know that there are different types of hollers? This link will give you insight on the different types, and their purpose. If you can’t make it to Spivey’s Corner this year, but still want to participate,  celebrate this holiday by revving up your vocal cords and commence to hollerin’. However, if you’re like me, you probably don’t give a hoot and holler about this holiday. It’s nothing to shout about.

Another holiday today is World Juggler’s Day. World Juggler’s Day is always held on the Saturday closest to June 17th. In April, we celebrated International Juggler’s Day, but this holiday is listed separately. It is unclear why there is both an International Juggler’s Day and a World Juggler’s Day. According to Juggler James Reid: “World Juggling Day was originally established in the mid 1980’s as “National Juggling Day” by the International Jugglers’ Association.” I have covered the history of juggling before, so I won’t bore you by repeating myself here.

The fifth holiday today is Magna Carta Day. The Magna Carta was the “great charter” of English liberties, which the tyrannical King John I was forced by the English nobility to sign on June 15, 1215. Although this day does not appear in the official calendar of any church, it is a day of great religious significance throughout the English-speaking world. One of the 48 personal rights and liberties guaranteed by the Magna Carta was freedom of worship; in fact, the opening words of the document were, “The Church of England shall be free.” The Magna Carta is regarded as one of the most important documents in the history of political and human freedom. Although it may seem remote to Americans, who sometimes take freedom for granted, for the English this date marks the first time that the basic belief in the value of the individual was recognized by the ruling government. Our “Bill of Rights” is based upon this historic document.

The final holiday today is National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement. National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement urges you to take a moment today to remember those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their communities. Reflect upon all that the law enforcement community does to make your lives better. If you can, make a donation to an organization such as Wives Behind the Badge, or other similar organization, which are dedicated to serving the families of law enforcement.

The remainder of today’s holidays warrant little more than a passing mention. As always, the links are provided below.
Native American Citizenship Day.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Worldwide Day of Giving.

The food-related holiday today is National Lobster Day. National Lobster Day celebrates that sweet, succulent seafood; lobster. Did you know that lobster was once considered peasant food? In the 1800s, lobsters were incredibly plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often you could serve lobster to your servants. It was a modest three times a week. Today, lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a $1 billion industry. There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling. As I have pointed out in prior posts, I am not a big fan of seafood, but I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Lobster is a  bit “pricy” for my budget, but I may go out for some “surf & turf” this evening anyway. It is Saturday after all. What the heck, I’m worth it.

On this date in 1992 – U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell “potato” with an “e” on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student’s teacher. Much ado was made of this so called error by the “loony lefties” at the time. The fact is that potatoe (with an “e”) was the original proper spelling of this word. Linguistic laziness or functional illiteracy is the reason why the “e” was dropped. Just goes to show how snarky and nitpicky politicians and media pundits from all spectrums have become.
Also on this date in history:
1607 – Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown, VA.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
1836 – Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for the process that strengthens rubber.
1846 – The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada, by signing a treaty.
1864 – An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
1877 – Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
1898 – The U.S. House of representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.
1909 – Benjamin Shibe patented the cork center baseball.
1911 – The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in the state of New York. The company was later renamed International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1938 – Johnny Vandemeer (Cincinnati Reds) pitched his second straight no-hitter.
1978 – King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.
1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
1986 – Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, reported that the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant was dismissed for mishandling the incident at the plant.
1992 – It was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the government could kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.
1994 – Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
And, in 1999 – South Korean naval forces sank a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea.
If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
David Rose 1910 – Band leader.
Erroll Garner 1921 – Jazz pianist.
Mario Cuomo 1932 – Politician.
Waylon Jennings 1937 – Country singer.
Harry Nilson 1941 – Musician.
Janet Lennon 1946 – Singer.
Jim Varney 1949 – Comedian.
Terri Gibbs 1954 – Singer.
Jim Belushi 1954 – Actor.
Julie Hagerty 1955 – Actress.
Brett Butler 1957 – Baseball player.
Wade Boggs 1958 – Baseball player.
Helen Hunt 1963 – Actress.
Courteney Cox 1964 – Actress.
Leah Remini 1970 – Actress.
Neil Patrick Harris 1973 – Actor.
And finally, Elizabeth Reasor 1975 – Actress.

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