POTUS and Pup

Don’t yell “King me” yet, it doesn’t mean what you think it means.  It’s Checkers Day! Checkers, in this case, doesn’t mean it’s time to pull out game pieces or hop in your car for some fast food. Also known as Dogs in Politics Day, we’re celebrating pets of the White House.  This isn’t a PETA or SPCA ploy, it’s a Nixon thing.  In his 1952 speech refuting the mishandling of $18,000 in campaign fundsCalifornia Senator Richard Nixon admitted to one political gift he intended to keep, their dog, Checkers.

Today, $18,000 is probably a drop in the bucket when compared to the amount of mishandled funds it would take to garner a televised press conference,  but we have this accusation to thank for today’s holiday.  Celebrate by visiting the Presidential Pet Museum and meeting the POTUS’s and their pups.  Maybe they will inspire a new addition to your family.


Today’s References: Wikipedia, Youtube, Presidential Pet Museum


It’s Fall y’all (in my hemisphere) and we’re celebrating Autumnal Equinox Day!  Today, if you live near the equator, you’ll get just about an equal amount of day and evening hours.  If you live anywhere in my neck of the woods, today will be the longest day of your year.  Even though the Autumnal Equinox is only a moment in time,  you can celebrate all day.  If you’re Pagan, there are several gods you can celebrate.  If you’re not, celebrate the refreshing of the Earth.  After all, a moment can change your entire life (insert all decisions that resulted in bankruptcy, baby, marriage, divorce here).

Autumn is the season for change, shedding the old for the new, refreshing, transforming; it’s a new season and my favorite time of the year! I look forward to seeing the leaves turn red and enjoying the smells of Autumn. Celebrate today but stepping out of your comfort zone and making an exciting change.


Today’s References: EarthSky, How Stuff Works

2 Fingers Up

If you remember a few celebrations back, you can pull out your purple armbands today, too.  It’s International Peace Day!  Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, today requests 24 hours of non-violence.  Does this include Mother Nature?  She certaintly has been having her way with the world the past few weeks.  Everyone dealing with a natural disaster is in my prayers.

Since we aren’t all running for Miss America or Miss Universe, please answer my questions truthfully.  Is World Peace really an option?  What would it take and what would it look like?  The dinosaur age comes to mind.

Celebrate by being individually peaceful to the people in your neighborhood, friends, and family.  This means putting away guns, if you have them, and admitting that your older sister is always right.  Be peaceful and…


Punch Drunk

I’m not referring to love.  It’s National Punch Day!  I’m also not referring to giving someone the old “what for,” but if you choose to go in that direction that’s your prerogative (see paragraph 4).  I am referring to the party drink that’s in a punch bowl, ingredients unknown, sometimes revolving and occasionally spiked.

Punch has a long tradition as does the punch bowl, which used to be considered a family heirloom.  Punch dates back to 17th century India and trade ships.  The word, punch, is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, for the five base ingredients – alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.  The fruit and spices varied depending on where ships were docked.  Since you were a pirate yesterday, it only seems right to drink the drink of pirates today.  Celebrate with punch, punch, and more punch.  Drink well and…



IN THAT DIRECTION…  Sometimes people just deserve the old what for and it’s your job to give it to them.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to press charges, so take it there in a back alley with a mask over your face (not that I’m condoning violence or telling you how to get away with it).  The punch dates back to the beginning of time, beginning with Cain and Able, although Adam may have thought about it after getting kicked out of the garden. The word punch is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, just like the five fingers used to make a fist.  Should you choose to celebrate today crossing folks off your “punch them in the face list” I suggest you don’t, at least not without a written waiver.


Today’s References: Bible Gateway, History


You know how sometimes you and your friends are playing around and make up a new word, then use that word in public and all of a sudden everyone is using that word?  Well, that’s basically how today’s holiday began.  It’s Internationally Talk Like a Pirate Day!  The pirate guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, are friends who spontaneously started talking like pirates and made it a personal holiday that eventually became an international celebration.  What do you do when pirates take over the world?  Join or walk the plank.  If you don’t plan on walking the plank, brush up on your pirate lingo and join the celebration.  You have permission to go all out.  This is an international holiday.  So, pull out your eye patch, parrot, and hook. Walk the walk, talk the talk, and…



Today’s References: Talk Like a Pirate, Pirate Glossary


hamburgerhelperToday may seem redundant, but apparently, a slice of cheese makes a big difference.  It’s National Cheeseburger Day!  National Cheeseburger Day is just like National Hamburger Day except with cheese.  Now that we realize cheese is so important its entrance requires an extra day of celebration, I’d like to point out a peculiar fact. Why is Hamburger Helper called Hamburger Helper instead of Cheeseburger Helper?  The box doesn’t come with burger meat and most of the dishes have cheese in them.  I guess alliteration bested cheese from its spotlight.

Celebrate today with a cheeseburger.  Grill if you can, if not, don’t.  I’ve recently become a pescatarian, so I’ll be celebrating, but the burger to my cheese will be made of brown rice, black beans, and mushrooms.  Remember the cheese and…


27 times

Today is a good day to think about what you stand for; what are your principals and the truths you hold to be self-evident?  It’s National Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed.  It still had to be ratified and accepted by the states which would take 2 more years, but today is the day 39 men gathered in agreement to sign their collaborative work after understanding the Articles of Confederation needed revising.  Since 1787, the U.S. Consitution is still the spine of our government. Regardless of how rigid in their views at the time, those original 39 authors, expected and made provisions for changes they knew would be necessary. Maybe it is because their aim wasn’t to simply satisfy their own needs but to create an inclusive document that reflected the needs and wants of citizens during their time. The Constitution has been and revised 27 times. Since 1787 the definition of a citizen has changed as have the needs and wants of citizens.  Today is a good day to think about change.

Celebrate by reading the Constitution of the United States.  Have a dinner party, discuss it with friends and ask yourselves, in light of today’s circumstances, what changes are needed for today’s “citizens”?  We the People…


Today’s References:  U.S. Constitution, History, Art & Archives, Scholastic, History