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It’s Social Media Day!  Obviously one of the newer holidays, it was created in 2010 to celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.  Seven years later, that global communication includes extreme terror, bullying, pet videos and every other impulse and human emotion one can experience.  Way more than just “social” the slogan for social media should be, “If you can feel it, you can post it.”  

Celebrate today responsibly! Post, Share, Tweet, only that which you want to relive 20 years from now because what goes on the internet, stays on the internet.  Have fun and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!

 

Portraits to Selfies

A picture is worth a thousand words and the moments they capture are priceless.  It’s time to celebrate Camera Day!

child-2299483_640The history of the “camera” goes way back, I’m talking 391 B.C. back.  The desire to capture our existence with images is as old as the human race.  So today we salute the camera and the significant inventors who paved the way for the selfie stick; Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, Louise-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, William Henry Fox Talbot, and George Eastman.  Like computers, the first cameras were entire rooms.  I’m sure the fathers of photography never thought a camera would be carried around in our pockets on a mini device that has a thousand other functions.

The design and ingenuity of cameras have come a long way, but they have consistently captured the good, the bad, and the embarrassing of generations for centuries.  From your first bath to your prom photo, someone has captured a blackmail photo for the record.  In addition to being a crucial part of the millennial lifestyle, photographs are used in every profession.  Preserving crime scenes, historical events, scientific research, and ending the careers of many public figures, we trust cameras to capture the often debated truth.  Without cameras, there’d be less accountability and sometimes less drama.  Of course, we’d miss the drama.  From the flick of a snapshot to the flicker of the “silver screen” cameras have propelled aspirations into reality and reality T.V.

photographer-1080016_1280Have fun and celebrate today!  Do not celebrate by placing any pictures on social media you don’t want your great-grandchildren to ask you about in 20 years.   Do not celebrate today by recreating that family photo where you were sitting half dressed on your rocking horse swinging a lasso.  You may celebrate today by creating a Sci-fi pet calendar, but I don’t want to see it.  You may celebrate today by creating a photo album where you’re dressed up as every Marvel comic book character, but I don’t want to see it.  You may have the cutest kid on Earth, but I don’t want to see a million flicks of her eating a cupcake, using the toilet, or doing nothing at all whatsoever but sitting on the bed. Have fun, explore nature, learn to develop a photo in a dark room (which was offered as an elective when I was in middle school, but we’ll not discuss my age), or admire the photography of professionals.  Say, “Cheese,” and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!

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Today’s References: Wikipedia, Biography, Photododo, History

Health, Home, and Life

Most of us don’t get excited about insurance until we need it.  It’s Insurance Awareness Day and here’s your chance to either get excited or informed!  Insurance commercials are amusing and the information can be confusing, but most people agree things can get really expensive when you don’t have insurance.

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“Not having it is a scam, but so is having it!  That’s how they getcha.” -Papa Soap Box

 

There is SO MUCH INSURANCE out there!  How do you know if you need one policy or all of them?  It seems like almost everything under the sun can be insured, but is it worth it to insure? That’s the question!  The answer is, if you can pay for it yourself, then don’t insure it.  If paying for it will put you in the red for life, insure the heck out of it!   Life insurance? No family, no kids, no debt?  Set aside $1,000 bucks for a box and a shovel, then take the elevator six feet deep in peace.  Better yet, donate your body to science and get rid of the bill all together. Health insurance?  If you’re really into the holistic lifestyle and completely reject western medicine and technology, live in peace, get sick in peace, and die in peace, the healthcare debate doesn’t concern you. Stop paying insurance, just don’t ask to see my doctors, hospitals, or pharmacies.  Are you a billionaire not concerned about the bill when you ram your new Bugatti into a vintage Rolls Royce?  Then get the bare minimum required by your state and drive happy with your checkbook in the glove compartment.    Insurance is a gamble. Either you’re gambling something you can’t afford will happen, or you’re gambling it won’t.  Choose a responsible side and stay there or win Powerball for $398 million.

I am in no way an insurance professional, so research insurance and the abundance of coverage available, then decide what’s best for you and your family.  In the midst of the current state of healthcare and the debates around insurance and coverage, remember none of this is to be taken lightly.  There are people whose life and death depend on a health care system that works and keeps them alive.

Celebrate today by reading your insurance policy from cover to cover and making certain you understand every word.  I won’t be doing that.  I’ll be Youtubing a few of my favorite insurance commercials.

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!

Today’s References: Investopedia

 

So Bright

If your future is so bright you have to wear shades, today is the day to wear them. It’s Sunglasses Day!   Sunglasses, one of the coolest unisex accessories, have evolved with fashion over time, but that’s not where they got their start. The history of “sunglasses,” although they weren’t called that, can be traced to ancient Rome (of course, because they created almost everything) and 12th-century Chinese judges.

cool glasses2From protecting your eyes from the sun, hiding your glance, black-eye, or hangover to improving your vision, sunglasses do more than pump up your outfit.  Their protective lenses and fashionable frames add glamour, allure, and mystery. No wonder almost every designer and some engineers have placed their logo on a pair.  So, whether you have a prescription or you’re just too cool for school, put on or flip down your shades and celebrate.  With all the different styles available, from Gucci to Oakley, you’re bound to find a pair that expresses your brand of cool.

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You look good!!!

Maybe you’re born with it.  Maybe it’s Maybelline, a nail technician, beautician, model-1439909_640and esthetician working together with what God gave you and some modern technology. It’s Beauticians Day and you have some people to thank.  Whether it’s a special occasion or your everyday routine, today is the day thank anyone and everyone that had something to do with you leaving the house looking presentable.   When I look back over the years, beauticians have been creative artists willing to go anywhere your imagination can take you.  They are the artistic therapists who know your natural hair color,  actual length, and biweekly drama.  My esthetician knows about as much about me as my GYN. So, when you look at your reflection today, say “Amen” to Jesus and “Thank you” to your beauty technicians.

beard-698509_640Men, you are not exempt from today’s holiday.  Although manscaping may be a newish term, men have clocked just as many therapeutic beauty hours as most women.  All the time spent removing your back hair, dying those beards, lining that neck, edging those sideburns, and separating those eyebrows, we know you weren’t born that way.

In addition to distributing thank yous, celebrate today by taking a trip down memory lane.  Yes, that was your mohawk, designer dye job, and curly perm.  Even though you may contort your face when you see the style today, at the time, you thought you were hot stuff. Don’t be embarrassed, just be grateful you’ve evolved.  Wash, rinse, repeat, and…

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A Simpler Time

leon robinsonI was super excited to celebrate a few of today’s holidays and then I realized LEON Day is not celebrating my Boo from the 5 Heartbeats, Leon Robinson, but rather Christmas in July. LEON IS NOEL spelled backward and LEON Day marks the halfway point in the year for Christmas.  Then I found out National Catfish Day is actually about catfish and not online Boos whose profile pic looks like this and when their actual profile is this. Catfish Day is also an actual National holiday created by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 as a reminder to celebrate or eat catfish.  I feel like I’ve been holiday catfished.Catfish

You can choose to celebrate either of these holidays.  I’m choosing to celebrate Log Cabin Day and reflect on simpler times.  Actually, if I were around 100 years ago when people were discovering the mid-west and first building log cabins, a simpler time for me it would not be.  So, to celebrate Log Cabin Day, I’ll click through a few modern day Log Cabins, made in the rustic west, with the same beautiful scenery and many modern amenities.  Choose this Sunday to celebrate the holiday that rings true to your soul.  Have a Happy mid-Christmas, a brilliant catfish dinner and…

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Use them all

wall-2041760_640It’s a beautiful sunny, breezy day where I am. The sun is bright, the breeze is steady and the air is warm.  Today is the perfect backdrop for Celebration of the Senses Day!  Most of us rely so heavily on our eyes, we can almost forget the others are there.  Although we’re touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting things every day, many of us are on autopilot unless using one of our senses is tied to our profession; like a cook, musician, or armpit sniffer (it’s a real thing).  So, today is dedicated to closing off your superior sense and exercising the others. Lay outside and smell the scents carried in the air. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the wind, the tussle of the grass, and insects fighting in midair (birds are so cliche).  Feel the hair move on your skin, your clothes on your body, and your back on the lawn.  Taste something new, like a fruit you’ve never heard of before or sample a cheese plate.  Explore the world with a new perspective and see what you find.

Celebrate with friends or lovers in the after dark version of Celebration of the Senses Day. Cuddle and Watch Senseless with Marlon Wayans.  It’s sure to tickle your funny bone.  Today, hear, see, taste, touch, smell and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!

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