Monthly Archives: August 2013

September 1: National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

On September 1, we celebrate National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, and all those words that don’t have any perfect rhymes. (Here’s to you, “orange!”)

The Phantom TollboothThis day has nothing whatsoever to do with Norton Juster’s amazing story The Phantom Tollbooth. Nevertheless, if you’ve never read this great kid’s chapter book, read it now! I don’t care how old you are! Then you’ll know all about the Princess of Sweet Rhyme and the Princess of Pure Reason, and what happens when they are sent into exile. 🙂

In the meantime, perhaps we can celebrate National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day with some nice nonsense poems, blank verse, of course.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14

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August 31: National Trail Mix Day

woodland-trail-walkWhat do you put in trail mix? Cereal, granola, nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, even coconut or chocolate . . . pretty much anything that makes good finger food (but beware melting chocolate). I even found a recipe for Texas Cowpoke Trail Mix!

National Trail Mix Day is the perfect day to make some trail mix, and then take it on a hike.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11

August 30: College Colors Day

Harding UniversityI know I’m posting this a little late, but I hope you can still grab your college colors.

August 30 is College Colors Day, dedicated to wearing colors from your alma mater (or just your favorite college’s colors). Go show your school pride!

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”

Ecclesiastes 12:12b

August 29: According to Hoyle Day

Edmond_HoyleApparently this is one of those phrase’s I’ve missed out on. “According to Hoyle” is a way to figuratively appeal to a high authority, as in “this is how things are done in polite society.” It’s also a way to literally introduce a rule from one of Edmond Hoyle’s many instruction books on various games, such as whist, backgammon, chess, and quadrille.

whist - image credit Jane Austen Society of North AmericaHoyle, who passed away on August 29, 1769, worked as a game tutor for the upper class, particularly in the card game whist (somewhat similar to bridge). If you ever read a Jane Austen book, you can easily picture people hiring a whist tutor in the hope that improved whist skills will result in improved social lives during long winter evenings in the drawing room.

During his tutoring, Hoyle began giving extensive notes to his students. Eventually, he published these as A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist in 1742. The small book sold so well that it went through several printings and remained THE authority for over a hundred years.

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.”

Romans 13:3

August 28: National Bow Tie Day

Fred Astaire with bow tieAugust 28 is a very dapper day: it’s National Bow Tie Day! You can go dressed to the nines in the full tux with black or white bow tie look or go more casual with plaid or polka dots. Either way, be sure to break out the bow ties today. Have fun! 🙂

 

“You turned my wailing into dancing;
Groucho Marx bow tie    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

August 27: National Banana Lovers Day

bananaI don’t know about you, but I love a plain, perfect, ripe banana. And then, the things you can make with them! You can chop a fresh banana in a salad or make a peanut butter and banana sandwich. You can make banana pudding or banana splits for dessert, and you can always bake those nasty leftover bananas into some seriously delicious banana bread! And nothing beats a warm, gooey, banana and nutella crepe!

banana-delivery-truck-panamaI think it’s official. I am ready to celebrate National Banana Lovers Day. 🙂

“Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 128:1-2

P.S. August 27 is also Just Because Day!

August 26: Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, and women across the U.S. received the right to vote. Suffragists had been actively campaigning for this right the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

Suffrage_parade-New_York_City-May_6_1912U.S presidents have proclaimed Women’s Equality Day on August 26 of each year since 1971. The holiday commemorates the passing of the 19th Amendment and commends women everywhere for their “continued fight for equal rights.”

Now it’s time for a poll: who else started reading about this holiday, and immediately started singing “Sister Suffragettes” from Mary Poppins? 🙂

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:30