Life Day 25061: Walk Your Dog Day

February 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning canine connoisseurs. Today is February 22. The first “holiday” today is Walking the Dog Day.  This holiday does not refer to that classic yo-yo trick ‘Walking the Dog’ that every kid from my generation had mastered by the third grade; nor does it refer to the Korean culinary practice of  “Woking the Dog”. Walking the Dog Day simply encourages you to walk your beloved canine companion today. I know that if you have a dog, you probably walk him/her every day anyway.  But today, don’t just walk him/her around the neighborhood. If your dog has a favorite trail, beach, or  ‘no leash’ dog park, take him/her there. Be sure to lavish extra praise and treats on them as well. If you don’t own a dog, ask a friend who does have a dog if you can join them on their walk.

The next “holiday” today is  Be Humble Day. In this era of “the selfie,” and wanton self-promotion, there has never been a greater need for a holiday such as Be Humble Day.
Some of the world’s greatest minds have pondered humility and what it means to be truly humble. Author C.S. Lewis said that “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” — Criss Jami, an American poet and philosopher observed that “The biggest challenge after achieving success is shutting up about it.” — And consider the words of Albert Einstein: “A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing.”
Humility may be the most difficult of all the virtues to truly attain. There seems to be a paradox in that claiming to be humble may, in fact, make one guilty of not being humble. The final answer may be that the seeking of humility is more important than achieving humility.

The last ‘holiday” today is World Thinking Day.  World Thinking Day  is celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. The reason that this date was chosen is that it is the birth date of Lady Baden-Powell who founded Girl Guides in the UK in 1910. This day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world  to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to “sister” Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women.

The food-related “holiday” today is Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Sweet potatoes are a distant cousin of the potatoes that you find in markets everywhere. Sweet potatoes are known for their soft, orange insides that are a lot sweeter than a normal potato. They can also get a lot longer than a potato and have pointed ends. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber.
When most people think of sweet potatoes the think of  that candied side-dish served on Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, they can be enjoyed in virtually any dish in which you would use a ‘normal’ potato. Why not experiment with a new way to serve sweet potatoes tonight.

The adult beverage-related “holiday” today is National Margarita Day. The margarita cocktail – a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice – has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender tries to put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original. Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the margarita for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila but didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels. While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks in America.

On this date in 1855 – The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for a continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be another 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project. I see that Congress hasn’t changed much in 150+ years.

Other historic events that happened on this date are:

  • In 1819 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States. It didn’t become a State until 1845.
  • In 1860 – Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.
  • In 1865 – Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.
  • In 1879- In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.
  • In 1885 – The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889. Finally!
  • In 1920 – The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA.
  • In 1924 – President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
  • In 1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
  • In 1984 – The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with a 19.2 percent population increase.
  • In 1994 – The U.S. Justice Department charged Aldrich Ames and his wife with selling national secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was later sentenced to life in prison. Ames’ wife received a 5-year prison term.
  • In 1997 – Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. “Dolly” was actually born on July 5, 1996. She was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable individuals:

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