• Philosophy

    Year of Celebration: October 2017

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    I realized, putting this one together, that I didn’t actually write a post in this vein for September. I’ll put the days celebrated at the bottom of this post, with less commentary (probably none).


    01 October 2017: World Vegetarian Day

    And the first day of Vegetarian Awareness Month, bringing awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Done preaching.

    It’s also Change a Light Day. Got a burnt bulb you’ve been ignoring? Maybe one you’d like to upgrade from incandescent (who still has those) to fluorescent or even LED?

    02 October 2017: Name Your Car Day

    In my case, the Personal Shuttlecraft, NCC 1701-5.

    03 October 2017: Virus Appreciation Day

    And if you’re not interested in that, remember that a virus was the first vaccine and helped rid us of Small Pox.

    04 October 2017: World Animal Day

    A day to think about the important roles animals play in our lives and to act to decrease some of the suffering some of them experience as a result.

    05 October 2017: World Teachers Day

    Have a teacher in your life? Maybe one in your past that was a huge influence on you? If not, you’re probably not looking hard enough. Or didn’t listen in school.

    06 October 2017: Mad Hatter Day

    “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”

    Also, it’s Noodle Day. Celebrate the humble noodle in all its forms.

    07 October 2017: Random Acts of Poetry Day

    Have you ever written any poetry? Today is a good day to give it a try. And don’t be afraid to post or share.

    08 October 2017: World Octopus Day

    These are neat creatures, for a lot of reasons, but I’m going to pick out that they’re neat because they’re likely one of the smartest animals on the planet, with the ability to learn new skills and solve problems. I don’t think we should be worried about competition, but maybe we should encourage them just a little.

    09 October 2017: Moldy Cheese Day

    Danish Blue, Roquefort, Stilton… mmm, moldy cheese.

    On my side of the border, it’s also Thanksgiving. Hope everyone has a good one with friends and family, as they choose.

    10 October 2017: Metric Day

    Celebrate a system of measurements that actually makes sense.

    And it’s World Mental Health Day. Believe it or not, most of us have some kind of mental issue, and they’re just as important to take care of as physical ones. Some of us have a harder time and may need a little extra support, so remember to be understanding.

    11 October 2017: Coming Out Day

    Whatever some folks might think, gender and sexuality are both on a spectrum (most things are) and not necessarily on the same one. Whatever some folks might tell you, it’s okay not to fit their definition of normal. Whatever some folks might shout, diversity is a strength. A good day to remember that and just be inclusive.

    It’s also Pet Obesity Awareness Day. We have two we’re working on right now, both cats. One came to us that way and one who ballooned after moving in with us having been a stray for most of his life and experiencing a lot of food scarcity. Both of them are happy, but rounder than they need to be. It’s a slow process.

    12 October 2017: International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day

    How publicly you want to exercise this is up to you. It’s more about catharsis than shocking people, though.

    13 October 2017: International Skeptics Day

    Having an attitude of doubt is a good thing. Somewhere out there, someone wants you to believe something ridiculous to generate fear, amuse themselves, or sucker money out of you. Demand evidence and be open to it. Question statements of fact that don’t have any attached. Be understanding of your friends who believe weird stuff, but don’t be afraid to talk to them about that weirdness, or of trying to talk them out of it.

    14 October 2017: Bald and Free Day

    Grass doesn’t grow on a busy street. It’s a solar panel for a sex machine. Insert your favourite line here. Really, though, I don’t know how you people with hair do it; I’m uncomfortably warm about half a second after I put on a hat unless it’s below freezing.

    15 October 2017: National Grouch Day

    Whether we’re talking about Oscar or that guy down the street who wants to make sure you stay off his lawn, don’t stress too hard about the grouches in your life. Smile and wish them a grouchy day.

    16 October 2017: Dictionary Day

    You’ve been on social media. You know how many people need a dictionary and a spell checker. ‘Nuff said.

    It’s also Feral Cat Day. Every stray may be looking for a home, but ferals are a little different, and if they don’t necessarily have the instincts to become a house cat (some do, some don’t), they do have a role in our society, whether most of us realize it or not. They keep the rodent population down to levels we poor humans can tolerate or even fail to notice. The problem is more about unrestricted breeding, and that’s something that can be worked on with some aware humans.

    17 October 2017: Spreadsheet Day

    Is there anything more beautiful than a well-designed spreadsheet?

    18 October 2017: Chocolate Cupcake Day

    Mmm. Chocolate cupcakes. I can probably stop at one…

    Also, it’s No Beard Day. The days of the lumber-sexual are, thankfully, in the past. Even hipsters are trimming back. Believe it or not, you’ll look younger if you get rid of it, and people you kiss will be less likely to complain about how scratchy and itchy you are.

    19 October 2017: Evaluate Your Life Day

    Is your life where you want it to be? Do you have dreams you’re not working towards? Think about them. Find a path. Take the first step.

    20 October 2017: Information Overload Day

    Yes, we’re constantly bombarded, drowning in a sea of information. Take today and turn a few of the streams off. Breathe deep. Smell the pizza. It will all still be there tomorrow.

    21 October 2017: Reptile Awareness Day

    Some of the coolest critters on the planet are reptiles. We’ve shared our house with a couple of them, and one, a 1.5-metre long corn snake by the name of Sonic, still lives with us, and probably will for a decade or so yet. They’re not slimy, they’re not icky, and most of them aren’t dangerous. Some of them are even affectionate with a little handling. Or maybe they just want to stay warm and you’re a good source of heat.

    22 October 2017: CAPS LOCK DAY


    23 October 2017: Mole Day

    Avogadro’s number, 6.02 x 1023. 10 to the 23. 10-23. Get it? The number of atoms of something that gives you its atomic weight in grams. But you didn’t come here for a chemistry lesson, even if everything is made of chemicals.

    24 October 2017: United Nations Day

    Anniversary of the UN charter. First steps along the path to giving all nations and peoples a voice and a place to speak. Still not very far along that path, are we?

    25 October 2017: Karate Day

    For those of you who study some flavour of an Okinawan or Japanese art that falls under the umbrella of karate, or one of its descendants, take a moment and remember. Then do a few kata.

    26 October 2017: Howl at the Moon Day

    And then maybe wonder why it’s taken us so long to get back there.

    27 October 2017: Black Cat Day

    Cats haven’t always had the best reputation in Western society. For some, black cats still have some kind of stigma attached as a witch’s familiar, the devil’s helper (and I wish I wasn’t being serious on those two) or just being bringers of bad luck when they walk in front of you. But a black cat is just a cat that happens to be black. They’re just as varied and loveable as the rest of our domesticated felines. Makes me wonder a bit what the problem is.

    28 October 2017: Animation Day

    How to celebrate? Well, watch a cartoon, whether it’s traditional animation or some of that new fangled CGI stuff. Pick a favourite and remember why love the medium.

    29 October 2017: Hermit Day

    Spend some time alone today. We all need it. Go somewhere you can enjoy the quiet without interruption.

    And directly opposite that, it’s also Internet Day, the anniversary of the very first transmission on the network that would someday grow into the internet. The world wide web came much later, and started simple. Check out the first web page ever. http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

    30 October 2017: Checklist Day

    Make a list. Check it twice. Then start checking things off it. Feels good, no?

    31 October 2017: Halloween

    Does Halloween really need any explanation? It’s all about fun and candy. Have some of each.


    So that’s what I’m thinking about in terms of celebrations in October. Have any you like better?

    Be well, everyone.


    Oh, and things Celebrated in September

    01 September 2017: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

    02 September 2017: Calendar Adjustment Day

    03 September 2017: Pet Rock Day

    04 September 2017: Wildlife Day

    05 September 2017: Voyager 1 Day

    06 September 2017: Read a Book Day, Star Trek in Canada Day

    07 September 2017: Buy a Book Day

    08 September 2017: Star Trek Day

    09 September 2017: Wonderful Weirdos Day

    10 September 2017: World Suicide Prevention Day

    11 September 2017: Make Your Bed Day

    12 September 2017: Battle of the Planets Day

    13 September 2017: Scooby Doo Day, Defy Superstition Day

    14 September 2017: Cream Filled Donut Day

    15 September 2017: Make a Hat Day

    16 September 2017: Eat an Apple Day

    17 September 2017: Battlestar Galactica Day

    18 September 2017: Respect Day

    19 September 2017: Talk Like a Pirate Day

    20 September 2017: Magellan Day

    21 September 2017: International Day of Peace

    22 September 2017: Equinox, Bilbo’s birthday

    23 September 2017: International Rabbit Day

    24 September 2017: Punctuation Day

    25 September 2017: Princess Bride Day, Comic Book Day

    26 September 2017: Batman Day

    27 September 2017: Ancestor Appreciation Day, Crush a Can Day

    28 September 2017: Confucius Day

    29 September 2017: Ask a Stupid Question Day

    30 September 2017: Blasphemy Rights Day

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  • Philosophy

    Celebrations in August

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    The Year of Celebration Continues!

    I’ve been crazy busy of late, so this post didn’t go up before August started, mostly because I couldn’t find time to write it. Because it’s so late, it isn’t going to have the same level of detail as the last one, but here’s what I’m celebrating in August.

    01 August – World Wide Web Day – surf a little, just for fun, and without feeling guilty about it.

    02 August – Ice Cream Sandwich Day – mmm, ice cream

    03 August – White Wine Day – a breakfast sort of wine, no?

    04 August – Dad’s Birthday (he’s 73 this year)

    It’s also International Beer Day – make sure it’s a good one

    05 August – Underwear Day – please wear clean ones

    06 August – Friendship Day – remind a friend you’re happy they exist

    07 August – Civic Holiday – it’s this thing in Ontario to get an extra long weekend. We like it.

    08 August – Happiness Happens Day – help it happen for someone

    It’s also International Cat Day – different from every day how?

    09 August – Book Lovers Day – again, different from every day how?

    10 August – Duran Duran Day – possibly the greatest hair band of the 80s

    11 August – Mom’s Birthday (she’s 70 this year)

    It’s also Play in the Sand Day – even if you don’t have small children, playing in the sand is worth the time once in a while

    12 August – World Elephant Day – keep an eye out, they’re smarter than you think

    It’s also Vinyl Record Day – vinyl never really went away, but it’s just not integrated into our culture the way it used to be. Nostalgia anyone?

    13 August – Left Hander’s Day – it’s not always easy to be left handed in a right handed world.

    14 August – Creamsicle Day – haven’t had one in years. It might be time.

    15 August – Relaxation Day – ah, if only I had the day off.

    It’s also Pythagorean Theorem Day – that piece of high school geometry no one thought they’d ever use, but everyone remembers.

    16 August – Sister’s Birthday – let’s just say she’s younger than I am and leave it at that.

    It’s also Wave at the Surveillance Cameras Day – am I the only one who doesn’t need a special day to do this?

    17 August – Get Smart About Credit Day – it’s never too soon or too late to start.

    18 August – Men’s Grooming Day – really, guys, take a little time.

    It’s also Bad Poetry Day – release your inner Vogon.

    19 August – Homeless Animals Day – ever thought about taking one in?

    It’s also International Geocaching Day – download the free app and go find a secret treasure you didn’t know was there.

    20 August – World Mosquito Day – not my favourite disease carrying insect, but at least they’re food for animals I do like.

    21 August – Poet’s Day – and you should be one of them.

    22 August – Take Your Cat to the Vet Day – if you’ve been holding off, now is a good time to ensure your Feline Overlords’ health.

    23 August – Ride the Wind Day – get out and enjoy the air in your face.

    24 August – Vesuvius Day – on this day in 79CE, Vesuvius erupted, wiped out two cities, and killed thousands. That we still know about this today is a joint tribute to Roman record keeping and archaeological persistence.

    25 August – Sean Connery Day – not just the original James Bond, but if that’s what you remember, hum the theme song.

    26 August – Dog Day – give yours a treat and take them for a walk. You know, like every other day.

    27 August – Just Because Day – do something just because you want to. Make it fun. And preferably legal.

    It’s also International Bat Day – mosquito hunters extraordinaire in my neck of the woods.

    28 August – Bow Tie Day – make no mistake, they are cool.

    29 August – Individual Rights Day – there’s a long history of struggle and fighting for individual rights. It’s not over here, much less in other parts of the world.

    30 August – Grief Awareness Day – remember that everyone you meet has lost someone close to them. A lot of us may still be grieving.

    31 August – We Love Memoirs Day – your grandchildren might, too. Write down some treasured memories and keep them safe.

    It’s also Burger Day – this year, make mine vegetarian.

    Be well, everyone.

    And celebrate something.

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  • Life,  Philosophy

    Year of Celebration – July 2017

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    The Year of Celebration Continues!

    July has some odd and interesting holidays and awareness days. Plus one or two things that are a little more personal. Here’s what I’m celebrating in July.


    01 July – Canada Day (and Canada is 150)

    So it’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year. On this day in 1867, the British North America Act took effect, creating the Dominion of Canada as a separate nation and setting up the basic functionality of the Canadian government system. A sesquicentennial may not make Canada old as far as nations go, but it’s a mark worth celebrating.


    02 July – World UFO Day

    Ever seen a UFO? No, I don’t mean aliens landing to make crop circles. The U stands for Unidentified, as in Unidentified Flying Object, as in an object in the sky that you can’t identify. I saw one as a kid living in Sudbury. Pretty sure at this point that it was a weather balloon of some kind launched from the airbase we lived near, but at the time, it was a distinct dark circle against a light cloud cover, moving just a little differently than the clouds themselves.


    03 July – Plastic Bag Free Day

    While I find the 5-cent charge for a plastic bag at most places has certainly decreased my plastic bag consumption (and data seems to bear this out for almost everyone), I’m moving in the direction of refusal to use them at all. We have a couple of dozen heavy-duty reusable bags, and I don’t mind cardboard from the grocery store when it’s available.

    It’s also Disobedience Day. Which doesn’t mean you should go out and break the law or do something just for the sake of being disobedient to some rule or authority. What it does, or should, mean is that you should take the time to break a mould or habit. Take a different route or method to work. Refuse to settle into your normal habits and try something new or twist something into a new path. Disobey your own ingrained ruts.


    04 July – Independence from Meat

    I’m not telling you to become a Vegetarian or Vegan, though if you’re considering moving in that direction, you could look at this as drawing your attention to the idea a little more forcefully. There are health benefits to be found be decreasing the amount of meat in your diet. There are environmental benefits to be found in farming less meat. There are also gains to be made in the number of people who can be fed by farming less meat. Think about it for one day.


    05 July – Bikini Day

    Seriously? This is a thing? How about we celebrate Wear Whatever Makes You Happy Day instead?


    06 July – International Kissing Day

    Kissing has a lot of different levels and meanings. Pick one and kiss someone today. Make sure you have permission first.


    07 July – Tell the Truth Day

    The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. I don’t recommend telling only the truth for the entire day, because that isn’t what every situation needs. Does my ass look fat in these jeans? How do you like my son’s band? I just got a new piercing, what do you think? None of these are likely to warrant a strictly honest answer.

    But if there’s something that’s been bothering you, that you’ve been keeping under wraps so that it sizzles in your guts, maybe it’s time to come clean and talk to whoever else might be involved, being honest about how you feel and being kind to them.


    08 July – Video Games Day

    Yeah, like I need to find a reason to celebrate this one. Pull out something you haven’t played in a while and revel in the nostalgia it brings you.

    But maybe you’d like to celebrate Math 2.0 Day instead. Yeah, I know. Math probably wasn’t your favourite subject in school. But anytime you need to figure out a tip, how long it will take you to get somewhere, how much tax there’s going to be on something, you use it. And you almost certainly use some of the thought processes involved in the course of rational decision making. Don’t be afraid of math. Celebrate it.


    09 July – French Fries Day

    Ah, the lowly potato. A little oil, some properly applied heat, and perhaps some seasoning, and you’re left with some form of fry. Shoe string, crinkle cut, wedge, curly, waffle, or just regular. Add what you want in terms of seasoning and sauce, but don’t be afraid to enjoy some today.


    10 July – Clerihew Day

    A clerihew is a four-line poem making light or fun of a famous person. They’re supposed to be mentioned in the first line, and the poem follows an AABB rhyming scheme with a meter up to the poet. One I wrote in 2007 for our then-Prime Minister:

    My greatest wish for Stephen Harper:

    That he were just a little sharper.

    A few more neurons to realize

    He leads a nation.  It’s not a prize.

    A little more recent:

    President Donald Trump

    I wish, instead of tweeting, you’d use that giant lump

    Of useless clay between your ears

    To allay your self-generated global fears

    Okay, I tend towards biting when I write at all about politics.


    11 July – World Population Day

    Noting the anniversary of Day Five Billion which occurred on 11 July 1987. We hit 7.5 billion in April this year. When I was born (at the end of 1970), there were fewer than 4 billion. If you’re keeping track, that means growth is actually slowing down, maybe even fast enough to help the increasing stress we’re putting on the global ecosphere overall.

    A lot of the population growth comes from developing nations where there’s insufficient access to contraceptives. This is improving all of the time, but then you can look at how certain developed nations <cough>United<cough>States<cough> are trending and you might find some things to be worried about.


    12 July – Simplicity Day

    Simply put, we have too much stuff. Today is a day to look around and see if there are things you can do without, if there are things you can stop doing, or if there are things you can start, all with the objective of simplifying your life.


    13 July – International Rock Day

    Whether you realize it or not, a big part of the world is made up of rock. There are a lot of different kinds of rocks, broadly fitting into three categories (Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic), and those rocks come in a variety of sizes. Look at a rock, of any size, you haven’t noticed before. Find something to appreciate about it. Think about all of the things rocks have given you. There are far more than you realize.


    14 July – Shark Awareness Day

    Cue Jaws theme song.

    Not really. Sharks may be super predators in their element, but they aren’t really any threat to people. The chance of getting killed by a shark is roughly one in 3.8 million. Only 5-15 people die per year from shark attacks. Know how many sharks die from people attacks? Estimates usually ballpark around 100 million. I’d love to put a set of odds on that, but there are no reliable estimates on how many sharks might remain in the world, and isn’t it enough of a horror that we kill ten million of them for every one of us they accidentally try to eat?

    Sharks are actually pretty cool creatures, and come in a surprising variety (something to the effect of 450 known species). Find something to like about one.


    15 July – Be A Dork Day

    I’m not going to define dork for you, but we all have dorky things we like or enjoy. Today, do something dorky and fun without being ashamed that you find it fun.


    16 July – World Snake Day

    Snakes are pretty neat creatures and they can be really interesting to watch. We have one as part of our household menageries, a cute little corn snake who goes by the name of Sonic. Affectionate, as far as reptiles go, and interactive in his way, too.

    Oddly, it’s also Guinea Pig Appreciation Day. We used to keep a few of those loveable little fur balls as pets, too. Closest thing you can get to a tribble in the real world, right down to the purring.


    17 July – Hug Your Kid Day

    Never miss an opportunity to hug one of your children, the ones that will let you, at least. There may come a time where they merely tolerate it, and don’t want to be touched. When that happens, remember when you could and take your warmth from the memory.


    18 July – Nelson Mandela International Day

    It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. – Nelson Mandela

    Do something today to make a difference, no matter how small, in your community. Mr. Mandela devoted his life to human rights and spent a significant time in jail as a result of this pursuit. That didn’t stop him. What’s stopping you? What’s stopping me.


    19 July – Take Your Poet to Work Day

    I’m taking Piet Hein.

    The road to wisdom? Well, it’s plain

    And simple to express:


    and err

    and err again,

    but less

    and less

    and less.


    20 July – Our Family Day

    Assign the days from January 1st to December 31st values from 1 to 365 in order. Add the numbers for our anniversary and the birthdays of all five of us, then take the average. You get 201, which is July 20th.

    And today also happens to be Space Exploration Day, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. I wonder what we can do to get back.


    21 July – No Pet Store Puppies Day

    Adopt a rescue. You’re changing a life.


    22 July – Pi Approximation Day

    For a couple of thousand years, an approximation of Pi was used (accurate to 2 decimal places) of 22/7. So, the 22nd of July. Geek alert.


    23 July – Hot Enough For Ya Day

    It’s been hot enough for me for a couple of months by this point, but we’re far enough into summer that it’s time for people to start longing for the cooler days of autumn or even winter, right? I wonder if there’s a “Cold Enough For Ya” day in January or February.


    24 July – Cousins Day

    Some of us had cousins we played with as kids. Or second cousins, or whatever. Maybe we only have sporadic contact with them at major family events as adults. This is the day to reach out to your cousins and remind them you know they’re alive. Probably on social media since it doesn’t involve all that much effort and you can send a quick greeting. Maybe that will even spark some of them to respond and maybe you’ll talk to each other a little more often in the future. You’ll never know until you try.


    25 July – My Wife’s Birthday

    And if that’s not reason for you to celebrate (and why isn’t it?), it’s Hot Fudge Sundae Day. Mmmm… hot fudge.


    26 July – One Voice Day (read the Universal Peace Covenant)

    One Voice Day is a global movement to unite the world in reading the Universal Peace Covenant, a pledge aiming to bring people, nations, and the world together in peaceful co-existence. Not the easiest thing to contemplate given the general state of international interactions most days. To bring the “unite” into things a little more closely, the idea is for everyone to read it at the same time, 6 pm Universal. That’s 2 pm Eastern Daylight for me. I may record. Here’s a link to the text. Don’t get too hung up on the punctuation.


    27 July – Walk On Stilts Day

    Once upon a time, I could make a set of stilts work. If I had a set of stilts, his would be the day I’d try again. But, and let’s be completely honest, it’s been decades, so there’s some chance of hilarity for the people nearby if I find a set.


    28 July – Milk Chocolate Day

    I like chocolate. Dark chocolate, light chocolate, and just about everything in between. My basic school of thought: dip it in chocolate, it’ll be fine. Unless there’s mint involved. Mint is for toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum and doesn’t belong anywhere near chocolate


    29 July – International Tiger Day

    There are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. Some estimates say twice as many. Beautiful giant cats, but the kind you want to admire from a distance. I’d like to keep admiring them, so it would be really nice if conservation efforts were successful in bringing them back from the edge.

    Not entirely unrelated, today is Don’t Be A Dick Day, a celebration of Wheaton’s Law, namely, “Don’t be a dick.” Seems like it should be easy, but I see people screw it up all the time. We should all try just a little harder today.


    30 July – Paperback Book Day

    Sometime today, curl up with a paperback. Not an e-reader. I love me an electronic book, but not today. Engage a few more senses and celebrate how many more people got to read and own books because someone figured out how to make them smaller and lighter. Celebrate the explosion of reading and stories throughout the twentieth century because of them.


    31 July – Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day

    How many instruments can you name? There’s a lot more out there than what you see in the typical pop band or high school concert band. Watch a video of someone playing a theremin or a glockenspiel or a glass armonica. Or pick one of your own. Maybe learn to play a few notes?

    So there’s the celebrations I’m picking for July. Feel free to find your own.

    Be well, everyone. And celebrate.

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  • Life,  Philosophy

    Year of Celebration – June 2017

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    So a few years back, I tried to christen the calendar The Year of Celebration. The idea was to have something to celebrate every single day of the year if I wanted to. I don’t remember if I got bored writing things up, or if I got distracted by some other part of life, or something else, but I don’t think I made it through even half the year. Which doesn’t really explain why I’m starting in June (or with my anniversary in May, which is when I really started but haven’t written about it before now.

    Leaving that aside, here are the things I’m celebrating or marking in June 2017

    01 June – Say Something Nice Day

    Seems easy, right? So why do we need a day for it? It’s a Thursday and I’m probably at work. I’ll find lots of nice things to say, I hope.

    02 June – Hug Your Cat Day

    Something that should be every day, and probably is for most cat people. Make a special point of it today.

    03 June – Drawing Day

    Visual arts aren’t my thing. I have problems getting the proportions right on stick people. Still, sometimes it’s fun, right? On June 3rd, I’ll draw something, scan it, and post it.

    04 June – Cancer Survivor’s Day

    You know someone who beat cancer. Today, remind them that you’re glad they’re still around.

    05 June – World Environment Day

    Pick something up off the ground and recycle it if you can. Water a plant. Help a turtle across the road. Take a deep breath and think about how clean the air could be.

    Veggie Burger Day

    It’s also Veggie Burger Day. These come in a lot of varieties from “clearly seaweed and tofu” through to “I can’t believe it’s not meat”. Pick your favourite. Have one.

    06 June – D-Day

    Seventy-three years ago today, the largest amphibious assault in history marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. Something to think about.

    07 June – VCR Day

    Ah, the humble VCR, with us for far too short a time but whose influence is felt even now.

    Running Day

    And it’s a good day to go for a run. Especially if it’s been a while. But take it easy.

    08 June – Mom & Dad’s 49th Anniversary

    But for those of you who might be less interested celebrating my parents’ anniversary, it’s also World Oceans Day. We should be a little more worried about how much crap we’re dumping into them.

    09 June – International Archives Day

    Be glad there are people whose job it is to preserve things. Some day, you might want to know.

    10 June – Missing Mutts Awareness Day

    Have you ever had a dog go missing? This was a huge deal for us at one time when I was a kid. We were lucky enough that Alexander turned up a week or so after he disappeared. Not everyone has that luck.

    11 June – Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day

    I think the name speaks for itself. That this is an issue large enough that it warrants a day of recognition shouldn’t surprise me, but somehow, it still does. It also offends me.

    Ferris Bueller Day (released on this day in 1986)

    If that’s a little too depressing for you, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off released today in 1986. That might be depressing in a different way.

    12 June – World Day Against Child Labor

    How to celebrate this? Take a minute to be sure you don’t by your clothes or other products from companies you know use child labour.

    13 June – World Pet Memorial Day

    We took in a pair of rescue cats just before our first anniversary and had them until just before and just after our seventeenth. I still miss them both.

    14 June – World Blood Donor Day

    If you haven’t given blood in a while, this might be a good day to think about it a little harder. Maybe even do it.

    15 June – Nature Photography Day

    Take a picture of something interesting outside in the natural world. A plant, an animal, a cloud, whatever. Post it.

    16 June – Fudge Day

    Do you really need a reason to celebrate fudge? I’m sure there’s some around here somewhere.

    17 June – World Juggling Day

    What might be really funny is if I posted a video of me trying to juggle. I can juggle two things, but that’s not really juggling, is it?

    18 June – Father’s Day

    Call Dad. Give Dad a hug. Remember Dad. Whatever you can do, do.

    19 June – Viking Day

    As in the Mars probes. On this day in 1976, 41 years ago, Viking 1 Entered Mars orbit. I don’t remember it. I was only five. But it’s pretty cool to think about the awesome planetary science being done when I was a little kid.

    20 June – World Refugee Day

    Depending on how you count things, and I “like” UNHCR’s numbers, there are as many as 65 million people in the world who can be counted as refugees. That’s equivalent to the entire population of the UK or France. Tell me again how the world is at relative peace?

    21 June – Solstice

    Depending on whose calendar you use, it’s either midsummer or the first day of summer. Either way, it’s warmer than it was three months ago on the equinox.

    World Humanist Day

    It’s also World Humanist Day, a day to celebrate, as openly as your own situation allows you to, that people are more important than ideas.

    22 June – Onion Rings Day

    So I could probably give up everything fried without too much in the way of regret or problem, and still nom the next onion ring offered to me.

    23 June – Take Your Dog to Work Day

    I wish. Aside from the fact that my dog is an incredibly anxious Saint Bernard rescue, I work in a casino. He’s not a service dog and the lights and sound would drive him completely insane in a few minutes.

    24 June – International Fairy Day

    The Fair Folk have, in some way, been with us in our stories for centuries and across dozens (hundreds?) of cultures. Remind yourself of the huge collection of myths we all have available to us.

    25 June – Colour TV Day

    How could we live without colour TV? The world would be a very different place.

    Global Beatles Day

    Or, if you want to think a bit about music, remember that fifty years ago today, the Beatles participated in the first ever global transmission broadcast by singing All You Need is Love.

    26 June – Chocolate Pudding Day

    Mmmm. Chocolate pudding.

    27 June – Sunglasses Day

    I’m trying to remember the last time I actually wore sunglasses. I used to have a prescription pair, but it’s been a while. I’d love a set again.

    28 June – CAPS LOCK DAY

    Ah, how to celebrate. Should I post gentle reminders to avoid this key? Or should I take the ironic route and use it all day myself?

    29 June – Camera Day

    Don’t limit yourself to nature today. Take some cool pictures of whatever you want and throw them up on your social media.

    30 June – Meteor Day

    Hope for clear skies and spend a little time looking up tonight. Maybe you’ll catch a shooting star as it consumes itself in the upper atmosphere.

    So there you have it. Celebrations for June. I do intend to do this every month for a year. We’ll see if I get further than last time.

    Be well, everyone. And celebrate.

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