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08/15/19 Happiness

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people."

"Humpty, Mike, Yellow, Pac-Man and R2D2 all show up in the same costume."

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they laid down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?”

Watson pondered for a minute.

“Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?”

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. “It tells me that someone has stolen our tent.”

It's National Relaxation Day! Chill! Take the load off your feet! Give yourself a break today! Started by a 9-yr-old boy, today is a reminder to have balance in your life.
--I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day: today is a celebration of the legacy of the cowboys and cowgirls; it started when the Spanish brought cattle raising traditions and horses to America in the 16th century; the word cowboy comes from the Spanish vaquero who managed cattle while on horseback; the biggest push was the cattle drives to the railroads in the 1860's.
--National Lemon Meringue Pie Day: a salute to one of the most popular desserts, made with shortcrust pastry, lemon custard and meringue topping; the lemon custard was around from the Middle Ages and the meringue was created in 17th century Switzerland but as a pie, that happened during the 19th century.
--Assumption of Mary Day: a major feast day in Christianity; celebrates the assumption of Mary into Heaven.
--National Failures Day: today is dedicated to examining past failures and using them as a path to success by learning from them and moving on.
--National Leathercraft Day: a salute to the art of working with leather; "The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather can be transformed into many items. From hard-working saddles and stylish boots to supple clothing or beautiful artwork, the options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give mankind a durable material. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever."
--Nicolas Chauvin Day: Chauvin was a French patriot in the 1800's and a staunch believer of Napoleon; his support of Napoleon was so extreme and his patriotism so excessive, the word chauvinist is his legacy and meant extreme adherence to a belief.
--Chant at the Moon Day: today was inspired by Stemilt's cherries, nicknamed Moon Cherries, based on the superstition that chanting at the moon encourages the growth and harvest of the moon cherries which only grow at high elevations; the chanting is supposed to be done with the full moon but it's celebrated today, no matter the moon phase.
--Check the Chip Day: today is a reminder to make sure your pets are microchipped and, if they already have one, have the chip parameters checked for the correct names and addresses.
--Arcadian Day: honors the culture of Acadia which used to encompass what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island plus parts of Quebec and Maine, USA; "National Acadian Day celebrates the origin, unique history and vibrant culture of the Acadian people of Canada. In 1605, France established the first permanent settlement in North America, located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. As a result of the Great Upheaval from 1755 to 1763, many thousands of Acadians were forced to leave their homes and relocate elsewhere. Although many eventually returned to the Acadian region, others never returned home. "
--In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair kicks off its first day of three in Bethel, New York at Max Yasgur's farm; 400,000 will rock to some of history's best bands and create lots of memories.
--In 1947, India gains independence from the British Crown Rule.
--In 1914, the Panama Canal opens after 33 years of construction of the 51-mile-long channel.
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