February 22nd – Walking the Dog Day

February 22, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my dog-walking friends. Today is February 22. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Walking the Dog Day

Walking the Dog Day 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 walk your canine compadre every day anyway.  But today, don’t just walk your furbaby around the neighborhood. If your dog has a favorite trail, beach, or  ‘no leash’ dog park, take them 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.

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.
Throughout the annuls of time, philosophers have pondered humility and what it means to be truly humble. In fact, some of the world’s greatest minds have pondered the question. 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.” The true answer may never present itself, but it may very well be that the seeking of humility is more important than achieving humility.
Humility is one of the most difficult of all the virtues to truly attain, and the paradox is that in claiming to be humble, you may, in fact, be guilty of not being humble at all.
So, to celebrate Be Humble Day, try to be as self-deprecating as you can. Give of yourself to others and then don’t brag about it. Today, it’s not “all about you”.

Cook a Sweet Potato Day

Sweet potatoes are a distant cousin of the potatoes that you find in markets everywhere. Unlike their conventional cousins, however, sweet potatoes like a long, hot growing season – which might explain why it is the state vegetable of North Carolina.
Sweet potatoes are thought to have originated in Central America or South America. It is known that in Central America, sweet potatoes were domesticated at least 5,000 years ago, and sweet potato remnants dating as far back as 8,000 BC have been found in Peru…part of South America.
Sweet potatoes are known for their soft, orange insides that are a lot sweeter than a “normal” potato. Their shape also tends to be much longer and more slender than a “normal” potato and tend to have pointed ends.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, which supports healthy vision, the immune system, and bone growth. Additionally, sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin B-6, magnesium and vitamin C. They are also great for the complexion. High in fiber and low in fat and calories, sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to snack foods…when prepared without added butter, sugar or salt.
When most people think of sweet potatoes they think about that candied side-dish served on Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in virtually any dish in which you would use a ‘normal’ potato. Boil them, bake them, mash them, fry them, put them in a casserole, or turn them into sweet potato fries. Why not experiment with a new way to serve sweet potatoes tonight.

National Margarita Day  

Known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail in America, the Margarita is a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice…and has been around since the 1930’s or 1940’s. While every bartender tries to put his own unique twist on the Margarita, no one actually knows who created the original.
Dozens of people claim to have invented the margarita. A bartender named Willie from Mexico City claims to have created the Margarita in 1934. He claims to have created and named the Margarita for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another claimant is Carlos “Danny” Herrera. He claims to have developed the Margarita at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He says he invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila but didn’t like its sour taste. Still another claimant is Dallas socialite Margarita Sames. She claims to have mixed up the Margarita in 1948 for a house full of guests at a cocktail party. One of those guests was Tommy Hilton, who later added the drink to the bar menu at his chain of hotels.
While the true identity of the original margarita maker may remain a mystery forever, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks in America. Celebrate National Margarita Day by imbibing in one today.

More Holidays

European Day for Victims of Crime

George Washington’s Birthday  – (Actual)

Inconvenience Yourself Day

Pink Day  

World Thinking Day

World Yoga Day

On This Date

  • In 1819 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States. It didn’t become a State until 1845.
  • In 1855 – 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 160+ years.
  • 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 1948 – Czechoslovakia became a communist state following a coup d’etat. Later, Czechoslovakia became a parliamentary republic following the non-violent “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 and was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in 1993.
  • In 1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
  • In 1983 – The play “Moose Murders” flopped spectacularly on Broadway According to critic Frank Rich, “a visit to Moose Murders is what will separate the connoisseurs of Broadway disaster from mere dilettantes for many moons to come.”
  • In 1984 – 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 1986 – The People Power Revolution began in the Philippines. The nonviolent campaign resulted in the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of the country’s democracy.
  • In 1987 – American contemporary artist Andy Warhol died.
  • In 1994 – The 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.
  • In 2011 – 185 people were killed during an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake, while having a magnitude of only 6.3, had one of the highest intensities ever recorded in an urban area.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

  • George Washington, 1732 – First Potus.
  • Rembrandt Peale, 1778 – Artist.
  • Frederic-Francois Chopin, 1810 – Composer.
  • Robert Baden-Powell, 1857  – Boy Scout founder.
  • Olave Baden-Powell, 1889, – Girl Guides Founder.
  • Robert Young, 1907 – Actor.
  • Sheldon Leonard, 1907 – Producer.
  • John Mills, 1908 – Actor.
  • Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, 1932 – Drunken, misogynistic, philandering “Trust Fund” baby, politician.
  • Oliver Swofford, 1945 – Singer.
  • Julius Erving II, 1950 – NBA.
  • Kyle MacLachlan, 1959 – Actor.
  • Jeri Ryan, 1968 – Actress.
  • Lea Salonga, 1971 – Actress.
  • Michael Chang, 1972 – Pro tennis player.
  • Drew Barrymore, 1975 – Actress.
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