Category Archives: Random

April 9*: Dyngus Day

Happy Dyngus Day! I had never heard of this until yesterday, and I couldn’t quite pass this up.

Dyngus Day is a Polish celebration of the end of Lent. After 40 days of fasting and seriousness, the tradition is for boys to throw water on girls and even hit them lightly on the legs with switches. Of course, the girls can get them back the next day by throwing dishes at them. Weird, huh?

“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.”

 

Song of Songs 2:7

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April 4: Walk Around Things Day

I’ve been doing some googling here, and I still can’t determine the answer. Is Walk Around Things Day for

  1. Superstitious and/or safety conscious types who want us all to avoid walking under ladders?
  2. Exercise fanatics who simply want everyone to take more steps by walking around buildings, parking lots, and everything else?
  3. Those of us who are willing to do practically anything to avoid conflict?
  4. All those who have watched “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and know beyond a doubt that we shouldn’t cross the seal?

Personally, I suspect it’s a combination of #1 and #3, but . . . who knows? If you do, leave me a comment! Even if you don’t know, leave a comment to tell me how you are celebrating Walk Around Things Day.

Today’s verse is for those who want to avoid conflict at any cost:

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

Proverbs 27:6

March 31: Eiffel Tower Day

On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was completed (more or less) in time for the Exposition. Several officials and journalists climbed to the top with the engineer Gustave Eiffel to tour the new structure, even though the elevators and some of the guest facilities weren’t quite completed yet.

Today’s verse comes in honor of the City of Lights.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”

Philippians 2:14-16a

Now, some people will try to convince you that the Eiffel Tower is too popular and not actually worth the visit. Seriously? It’s the Eiffel Tower. You can’t have bacon without eggs, there’s no Batman without Robin, and if you’re going to say you’ve seen Paris, then you’ve got to visit the Eiffel Tower at least once.

Of course, afterwards there’s the Louvre to visit, crepes to drip on your shirt, plenty of shops to browse, and a host of other things to do.

 

 

March 30: I Am In Control Day, et al.

I Am In Control Day

I am in control. Yep. Just in case you missed the memo, I got it.

Yeah, right.

This day exists because of a political slip of tongue back in 1981. In the chaos after President Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt, Secretary of State Alexander Haig held a spur of the moment press conference while they waited for vice president to arrive. It seems that Haig was trying to explain that he was temporarily, unofficially taking care of the White House, while they waited to figure out what should happen next.

Self control is very important, but, on the other hand, most of us need to remember that we aren’t actually in control.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.”

Galatians 5:22-23b

National Doctor’s Day

Today is also the day to stop and appreciate all the doctors in your life – those men and women who have made your life better, and maybe saved it a time or two, even though we don’t always like what they have to say.

Take a Walk in the Park Day

I love our local parks. A picnic, round of basketball,  paths to walk, even a playground to goof off in – it’s great. Now that it’s officially spring, stop by sometime today and enjoy being outside.

Possibly the coolest park I've ever seen! (located in Poland)

March 29: Festival of Smoke and Mirrors

The Festival of Smoke and Mirrors every March 29 remembers the old magician’s technique, as well as a favorite debating technique for a lot of people who might not win the argument otherwise.

Old magic shows (such as “Pepper’s Ghost” in 1800s London) used carefully placed mirrors to produce the illusions for the audience. Bursts of smoke at certain times would cover any sudden changes and distract the audience.

Today the phrase “smoke and mirrors” is used for any thing that distracts from the real issue (in other words, it’s the perfect description of just about every political statement! 🙂 )

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

1 Corinthians 13:12

 

March 28: Weed Appreciation Day

Happy Weed Appreciation Day!

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“The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8

 

 

For years I tried to convince my mother, “They’re not weeds!” Later, I changed my tactics to “Weeds are beautiful! Why should we pull them out?” Beautiful, determined, survivors . . . shouldn’t we be trying to imitate them? 

As Five Iron Frenzy sings in “Dandelion,” see a flower, where others see only weeds. Or, if you’d rather, you can see food like this fun article here about the benefits and uses of weeds.

Obviously, I couldn’t let Weed Appreciation Day pass me by. At some point today, stop and smell the flowers, even if they are weeds.

March 27: Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Happy Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day!
This day hardly needs any explanation, since we all know how amazingly hilarious country music lyrics can be. There are dozens of lists across the internet of strange country music titles, so I just compiled a list of a few of my favorites. I know most of these are old school, but the titles are just too good to pass up.
Make sure you celebrate today with some crazy country music (and turn it up loud for all those who can’t stand it!)
  • “I’m Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life” (I’ve only found 1 version, here)
  • “You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd” (by Roger Miller here)
  • “Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart” (by Johnny Cash here)
  • “You’re the Hangnail in My Life” (Hoyt Axton)
  • “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goal Posts Of Life)” (by Bobby Bare here)
  • “I’d Like to Check You For Ticks” (Brad Paisley)
  • “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna be a Diamond Someday)” (written by Billy Joe Shaver, you can hear it here)
In honor of the last song, today’s verse is about persevering and growing better every day:

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

2 Peter 1:5-7