Barbershop Music Appreciation Holiday

Barbershop Music Appreciation Holiday

 

Date When celebrateed : July 13 th

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day is a day to relax and enjoy the sweet voices of the Sweet Adelines, or a Barbershop Quartet.

Barbershop Music Appreciation Holiday
Barbershop Music Appreciation Holiday

Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma invited some women to her home to sing on July 13, 1945. Their husbands were members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The ladies wanted to participate in the singing fun and enjoyment. On that evening, the “Sweet Adelines” were born. The group later became Sweet Adelines International., which now boasts hundreds of groups and thousands for members.

Also see Barbershop Quartet Day in April.

 

Today is a great day to listen to barbershop music. Better still, join a Barbershop Quartet, or the Sweet Adelines.

 

The Origin of Barbershop Music Appreciation Day:
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. This organization boasts over 300 choruses, and 15,000 singers.

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Let Kissing Liven Up Your Meetings (and More Kissing Tips)
by David Leonhardt

Every now and then a quarrel breaks out down at the barber shop, lines are drawn, challenges leveled and, with any luck, somebody walks out with very few blood stains. All over a seemingly innocent discussion: What is the greatest sport ever?
Some say “football”. Some say “baseball”. Canadians say “hockey”. The rest of the world says “soccer”. (Actually, they say “football”, too…but they mean “soccer”.
I say: “kissing”. Yes, kissing is the greatest sport ever. Allow me to recount just a few of the reasons.
Kissing is a very versatile sport. There are so many kisses – at least one for each occasion. There is the peck on the cheek kiss, the peck on each cheek kiss, the peck on your nephew’s cheek kiss while grabbing the other cheek flab with your hand, the madly passionate kiss, the kiss on the hand, the kiss of death, the “Hey you! Kiss this!”, and even the town of Kissimmee (founded by early Italian pioneer kissers) in Florida.
Kissing is easy to transport. It really doesn’t matter where you are. You can kiss: at the gym, in the boardroom, in the space shuttle, even in Alaska from June through September.
Kissing requires very little equipment, meaning you can do it even when unprepared, and even when you have to travel light. This makes it the ideal participation sport for businessmen, world travelers and hang gliders
Kissing always livens things up. Try this: the next time you are in a booooring meeting that seems to last foreeeeever, why not just kiss somebody. See how it livens things up?
Kissing is legal in all 50 states and most countries. Rumors are circulating that kissing will even be legalized soon on Mars, Jupiter and in Afghanistan.
Kissing is 100% biodegradable, so when you kiss somebody, you help the environment.
Kissing is safe to do in a moving vehicle, as long as you are not driving.
Kissing is non toxic…unless you kiss somebody who has just swallowed a bottle of Drano. Even so, kissing is still safe, as long as you avoid the mouth area.
Kissing is non-fattening. This is perhaps the best news of all, because now dieters have something to keep their mouths busy while not eating, and smokers can quit smoking without having to chew candies until they a) need to diet or b) induce diabetes. (Read the headline: “Kissing prevents diabetes”)
Kissing is organic, low in sodium, preservative-free, low in saturated fats and does not contain dozens of delicious ingredients that cannot be pronounced, like javelchromopntheoremicherbicidic acid.
Most kisses are not tested on animals, but who am I to stifle your sense of adventure.
You can kiss just about everyone: your boyfriend, your aunt, your wife, your veterinarian, the Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick and your pet aardvark. Don’t try kissing them all at the same time, though…especially not your boyfriend and your wife.
Kissing meets the toughest safety regulations of any national or international sporting organization. Kissing has a tremendous safety record, except for the occasional locked braces. But a quick call for a AAA tow truck fixes that problem (CAA in Canada, AA in the UK, the local plumber in France)
The only recorded deaths involving kissing are by third parties, usually wives, husbands, spurned lovers and other spectators who somehow get past security and storm onto the playing field.
There are a few kisses we recommend you avoid. These are often referred to as “extreme kissing”. Don’t kiss an on-duty sumo wrestler; it is considered dangerous. Don’t kiss a metal fence-post in sub-zero weather; readers in northern climates know exactly what I mean. Don’t kiss any electrical outlets. Don’t kiss the vacuum cleaner if you want to retain all your vital organs. It’s OK to kiss sandpaper, just don’t use your tongue. Don’t kiss a chainsaw; we feel this one is self-explanatory. And don’t kiss your office manager while on duty…unless you happen to be a work-from-home hermit like me.
But overall, kissing is so great that it makes baseball, hockey, football and soccer seem like bush league sports. Next time you hear a brawl at your local barbershop, just go in and give everyone a kiss. I guarantee that you will win the argument hands down. And if not, at least you will make some new friends to argue with.

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Blueberry Muffins Holiday

Blueberry Muffins Holiday

Date When Celebrated : July 11 th

Now here is a special day you can sink your teeth into. Blueberry Muffins are one of America’s favorite muffins. And, the blueberry harvest is occurring right now!

Blueberry Muffins Holiday
Blueberry Muffins Holiday

European settlers brought with them a recipe for “Bilberry Muffins”. Bilberries were not to be found in the New World. Wild blueberries, native to the Americas, were both plentiful and delicious. The wild blueberries were substituted for Bilberries, and the Blueberry Muffin recipe was born.

Did You Know? Native Americans called blueberries “star berries”.

In addition to tasting delicious, blueberries are very healthy for you. They are one of the best foods you can eat. Blueberries can help fight or avoid many ailments, including cancer, dementia, promote heart health, and much, much more.

BTW: Three of the past four days have a special day with something to do with blueberries. Yet, the creator is not known in any of them. Perhaps, one blueberry loving person created all three days!?

National Blueberry Muffins Day is celebrated by:

Baking blueberry muffins. Use fresh picked blueberries.
Eating Blueberry muffins at for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack.
Have a happy and healthy National Blueberry Muffin Day!

 

Blueberry Trivia

The Origin of the National Blueberry Muffins Day:
Our research has not yet uncovered the creator of this special day, or when it was first celebrated.

Neither the U.S. Congress, nor any President of the United States has proclaimed today to be National Blueberry Muffins Day.

 

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Eating Healthy On The Run

Whether your traveling on the go or around the
home, you don’t need to give up healthy eating
simply because you are on the run. The fact is,
healthy eating is even more important when your
trying to keep up with a busy schedule.

Having a good diet will help your body to handle
stress better. As you hustle about, a healthy meal
is probably the last thing you think about. The
following tips can help you eat when your on the go.

Restaurants
With tempting menus, large portions, and a festive
atmosphere, it’s easy to skip healthy eating. It’s
okay to splurge every now and then, although you’ll
pack on a lot of weight if you make it a habit.
When you eat out at restaurants, always be smart
about it.

Airports
An airport can be a very stressful place, although
you shouldn’t scrap your diet because of it. Eat
because you are hungry, not because of stress,
boredom, or to kill time.

In your car
Keep some healthy snacks in your car at all times,
so that when you get hungry – you have them.

At home
Evenings and mornings are busy times in most homes.
Making the time to eat can be hard, although you
shouldn’t run out the door without eating breakfast
first. Cereal with milk, a banana, muffin, or even
a bagel is a great way to start the day.

Anytime you are on the go, always make sure that you
make the right food decisions. You can take healthy
food with you if you need to, so that you have it
when you need it. Eating healthy on the go is easy
to do, once you know how. Never sacrifice healthy
food for junk, as your body will regret it later.

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Surviving an Unfair Boss

Surviving an Unfair Boss
by Gary Mosher

Every job has stress, but the workplace environment can seem almost unbearable when working for an over-demanding or unfair boss. You don’t have to like your boss, but you do need to be able to co-exist and co-operate with him for you to be productive and successful at your job.

Surviving an Unfair Boss
Surviving an Unfair Boss

Other than a change taking place, as I discussed in the article ‘Unhappy at Work? A Change is Coming,’ there is no perfect solution for dealing with a difficult boss, but here are five suggestions that might make your situation a little less painful.
#1) Think of your boss as a parent and you as his teenage child.
This sounds silly at first, but the relationship between you and your boss is very similar to that between a parent and child. Teenagers often have problems with authority and experience disagreements with their parents. Meanwhile, parents often create rules the child believes to be unfair. If the situation gets bad enough, as soon as the child is old enough he finds a way to move out and make it on his own. Parents aren’t perfect and neither are bosses – both will make mistakes.
#2) Do the absolute best job you can.
Sometimes the child misbehaves.
J. Paul Getty once said, “The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.”
Make sure you are the type of employee you would want working for you if you were the boss. I know this goes against the notion of revenge and tucking it to an unfair boss whenever possible, but by doing the best job possible you give the unfair boss less ammunition he can use to make your life miserable. He also might think twice about upsetting one of his better employees when there are plenty of other, easier targets he can take aim at.
Don’t draw attention to yourself. Unless you are the only one your boss has it in for, there should be plenty of others to draw his wrath away from you. Let someone else wear the target on their back.
#3) Learn all that you can from an unfair boss.
We can learn something from everyone we come into contact with. While from a good boss we can learn good management techniques, it is also true that from a poor boss we can learn how not to act. Don’t just suffer, gain something from the situation that will benefit you in the future. Watch how your boss handles different situations and make a mental note of which techniques worked and which failed.
#4) Forget about yesterday.
Yesterday is history, it’s over with. Try not to let your issues from yesterday spoil today. Instead, start each day with a new, positive outlook, telling yourself that today is going to be better.
Sometimes we get into a rut, expect the worse and act accordingly – we subconsciously force a person (in this case, our boss) to act the way we expect him to act. Make sure you are not unintentionally adding fuel to the fire. Starting each day with a fresh slate is the best way to get past previous differences. Holding onto a grudge only hurts yourself.
#5) Take responsibility.
Don’t expect someone else to end your suffering.
Complaining is easy, but it accomplishes very little. Worrying about a problem won’t make it go away while losing sleep and dwelling on an issue only makes it seem worse. You will never be happy if you are focusing on worry. If you are truly in a situation that is causing you pain, you need to begin taking steps to improve the situation.
The Roman Philosopher Sallust said, “Every man is the architect of his own fortune.”
Have you actually looked for another job? Have you tried to improve your skills through in-house training, adult learning centers, books or correspondence courses? Even the smallest step in the right direction is progress. An obstinate boss won’t change his ways, but you can improve your own skills. Why not let your difficult boss be the motivation you use to better yourself?

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Cheer Up the Lonely Holiday

Cheer Up the Lonely Holiday

Date When Celebrated : July 11 th

Cheer Up the Lonely Day is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you’ve done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself.

Cheer Up the Lonely Holiday
Cheer Up the Lonely Holiday

Lonely people have few friends and loved ones. They may have lost loved ones over the years. They may be elderly. They see people on an infrequent basis.

Spend some time today cheering up lonely people. It’s easy to do…..just spend some time with them. When you visit, bring happy things to talk about. Keep the conversation upbeat, and lively. When you leave, give a big hug and let them know you enjoyed the stay. Sending cards or making a phone call is okay, only if they live too far away to visit. What a lonely person really needs, is face to face time with other people.

 

The Origin of Cheer Up the Lonely Day:
According to L.J. Pesek, Cheer Up the Lonely Day was created by her father, Francis Pesek from Detroit, Michigan. She told us that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. He got the idea as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes with no relatives or friends to look in on them.” Francis Pesek chose this day, because it was his birthday.

 


Alone But Not Lonely
by Denni Gill

In today’s faced paced society, we’ve become accustomed to filling the eeriness of silence with fluff. We turn to many distractions as a means of escaping feelings of idleness or boredom. But the main thing we wish to elude is loneliness. Solitude does not have to alienating or lonesome. In fact, solitude and loneliness are distinctly separate.
The death of a loved one or the inability to find people who understand you can leave you feeling isolated. Webster’s dictionary plainly describes loneliness as “being without companions.” It’s natural to experience an emptiness while longing for love or acceptance. Loneliness is therefore an emotive state that can be experienced whether or not one is physically alone.
It was Geoffrey F. Fisher who said, “In cities no one is quiet but many are lonely; in the country, people are quiet but few are lonely.”
We tend to fill loneliness with all types of distractions. For example, some single women would rather spend a Friday night with a man they have no genuine interest in, than spend the night alone. They long for a way of killing time while they await the man they are actually seeking. Then there are young adults who are involved in cliques where they can’t really relate to their companions. However, they would rather feel accepted on a superficial level than risk feeling outcast. So what is it about being alone that scares us?
Do not be spooked by the unfamiliarity of silence. Silence can be an amazing thing. It teaches you how to truly listen. It teaches you to pay attention to what’s going on inside of you. Only when we are alone, can we have the space and peace we need to think without being outwardly influenced. It therefore becomes easier to make important decisions as well as identify whatever feelings are culminating within.
Get in touch with yourself so that you can make conscious decisions rather than simply react to emotions. Appreciate the time you have to yourself. Let the peace and understanding you find better equip you for the commotion of today’s world.

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Body Painting Holiday

Body Painting Holiday

body, painting, day

Date When Celebrated : – always on July 8th

Body Painting Day celebrates the serious work of art and self-expression.of painting on a nude or largely nude, live human body. Consider the art of body painting. First of all, while it is partially about nudity, it is not about sexuality. Body painting is a 3-D artwork and a form of self-expression and body acceptance, that can not be captured on a two dimensional canvas. And, unlike a stone statue, body art captures a unique, live and moving picture, that cannot be expressed in a piece of stone, no matter how good the artist is.

Body Painting Holiday
Body Painting Holiday

New York City artist Andy Golub is the founder and promoter of body painting. Golub started the art of body painting on the streets of New York City in 2007. For this first public, non-commercial event, Golub used models in g-strings. In 2011, he used totally nude models, both male and female, for the first time. The models are ordinary people, not professional models. Along the way, Golub was arrested, but ultimately charges were dropped, as this art was proven to be legal under the Constitution, and a legal expression of art, just like any painting or sculpture you will see on the streets of Rome, or in an art museum.

Body Painting has spread in popularity. Among the cities formally holding an annual Body Painting Day are: Amsterdam (2015), San Francisco (2016) and Berlin (2017)

Also see:

International Body Piercing Day, another form of self-expression

National Nude Day

 

The Origin of Body Painting Day:
After holding several annual body painting events on this day, Artist Andy Golub formally created this special day in 2014. he continues to promote it.

 

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Essential Body Language

The secrets of our body language have been around forever yet people constantly fail to recognize the importance of using body language to their advantage. Did you know that people only pay attention to 7% of what we say? Where does the rest of their attention go? You guessed it right: our body language. Now let me give my 7 BLT’s so that you can use your body language much more efficiently when interacting with people.
Always look at someone directly in their eyes when they are speaking to you. This may seem difficult at first but it’s definitely the #1 body language ingredient to make you successful when interacting with others. Note: Do not ever stare at someone.  Always stand up straight. You never want to slouch. Not only does this make you appear shorter but it projects an image of someone who has low self-esteem.  Smile. Smiling is your most powerful body language signal. Though it is not recommended to smile constantly (people will be under the impression you are searching for approval), you should still make an effort to appear happy and optimistic.  Do not make repeated, nervous like gestures. When speaking to someone it’s important to use body movements but never fast and repetitive ones (picture someone who is nervous while public speaking; this is exactly what you’re NOT aiming for).  Create your own personal space. Make sure you let others know you have your own personal space and do not let them walk all over you. Note: you never want to invade someone else’s personal space.  Dedicate all of your attention to the person you are speaking with. Do not constantly look around as if you are uncomfortable or not interested.  Make sure to emphasize all of these tips when you meet someone new. First impressions count for a lot.  You want to make the best impression you can.
Most people are unaware of the way they are projecting themselves because in general, people will detect body language signals subconsciously. Make an effort to apply all seven of these tips and people will react differently when you are speaking to them. 

 

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National Bikini Holiday

National Bikini Holiday

Date When Celebrated : July 5th

On July 5, 1946, the first Bikini was worn and modeled. That makes this a very special day, National Bikini Day. Oddly, it is referred to as “National”, but it did not originate in the U.S, At that time, conservative Americans largely shunned the bikini, until the 1960’s. Perhaps the word “national” refers to France, where the Bikini was first modeled.

National Bikini Holiday
National Bikini Holiday

The Bikini is worn by tens of millions of ladies, from very young girls, to not so young ladies. Hard to believe, there are a few ladies in their 80s who wear bikinis!

How to Enjoy Bikini Day:

Ladies…….put on your bikini and get out in the sun.While poolside or at the beach is most desired, it not a requirement.

Gentlemen………….  Today is an absolutely beautiful day. Go out and take in the scenery. But, by all means, be gentlemen!

History of the Bikini:

Two piece bathing suits were around long before 1946. They covered most of the body, and showed only a little midriff. In the 1940’s, a good looking woman was referred to as a “Bombshell”. Some called them Nuclear. There were two French clothing designers of two piece bathing suits. One bathing suit was called the “Atome”, and the other called “Bikini”. Both bathing suits were in reference to Bikini Island, where the United States tested atomic bombs. The name Bikini won out.

The Bikini was first modeled on July 5, 1946, at the Piscine Molitor Swimming pool in Paris, France. French Designer Louis Reard could not get models to wear the “indecent” bikini at the show. So, he turned to a showgirl, Micheline Bernardini.

The first bikini was made of just 30 square inches of fabric. Since then, the amount of coverage has continually shrunk.

Famous Bikini Wearers:

  • Raquel Welch has honors for the most famous bikini shot in One Million Years B.C.
  • Ursula Andress in Dr. No
  • Bridget Bardot on the beach at St. Tropez during the 1953 Cannes Film Festival
  • Bo Derek in the movie “10”
  • Princess Leia wore a metal bikini in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Halle Berry- A Bond Girl in Die Hard with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
  • Marilyn Monroe in any one of a number of bikini pictures.
  • Goldie Hawn in the Television comedy show Laugh-In

Bikini Trivia:

At first, Spain and Italy banned bikinis at beaches

Bikinis are memorialized in song: Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow polka Dot Bikini

Movies have been made immortalizing the Bikini: How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, with Annette Funnicello

The world’s largest bikini parade was held in Johannesburg, South africa on November 9, 2009, It included 287 bikini clad girls.

The world’s Largest Bikini photo was in Sydney, Australia. It included 1,010 girls on September 25, 2001.

Ancient Minoan paintings, circa 1600 B.C., show women in two piece suit, similar to bikinis.

St. Tropez claims to be the bikini posing capital of the world.


The Origin of National Bikini Day:

It is clear that this day marks the modeling of the first bikini. Our research has not revealed who declared this a special holiday. We are glad they did.

Neither the U.S. Congress, nor the President of the United States has proclaimed today National Bikini Day.

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Compliment Your Mirror Day

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Date When Celebrated : July 3

Today  is Compliment Your Mirror Day.

Now, here is what you need to do………

Stand in front of your mirror with your

Compliment Your Mirror Day
Compliment Your Mirror Day

eyes closed. Put a big smile on your face…. a big smile. Now, open your eyes. Isn’t the picture of the person in your mirror absolutely stunning!? The person in your mirror is beautiful (or handsome).

Do not let this special holiday be overshadowed by the 4th of July. Make sure to compliment your mirror for displaying this beautiful person.


The Origin of Compliment Your Mirror Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. July 3rd is by far the most common date referenced for this day. There is however, a scattering of references to July 4 and July 5.

We found no factual documentation on this day.


A Look In The Mirror
by Selena Richardson

That’s all it takes to change the world. Take a long hard look in the mirror and really notice who you are.
We’re all screaming for peace right now – not just world peace – but peace in our cities, in our workplaces, in our homes and in our minds. There has to be a better way to end this madness.
We need a new way of doing things. Yet we seem to be stuck in outdated modes of thought that have not been working. For if they did, we wouldn’t be in the predicaments we are in now. The past will keep repeating itself until we make a conscious choice to go in a new direction.
Going in a new direction begins inside of you, of me, and of us as individuals. Until we change as individuals, only then can the world change.
One of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi – ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world.’ So to have world peace we have to look in the mirror. Take a look and try to find the peace you’re searching for in your heart.
If you can’t find it ask yourself why. It’s not missing – it’s been there with you all along waiting for you to begin your search within. Peace isn’t hard to find at all. You just have to dig from underneath all of the rubble – fear and anger. Once you push the fear and anger to the side peace will be in plain view.
When you find the peace in your heart you start to exude it. It becomes infectious. Joy soon follows and a sense of calm is not too far behind. All of this from one good look in the mirror. One hard look at who you really are. That’s all it takes to get the ball rolling.
And it’s easy to pass it on. Remind your loved ones to find their peace within. They’ll know it can be done because they would have seen the transformation in you. Be a walking example of peace and watch how it spreads.
When others come to you full of fear and anger remember the peace within yourself and gently remind them that no matter how bad it gets it will eventually work itself out for the best.
We get what we dwell upon so if we keep our thoughts based on fear and anger that’s what we’ll continue to get. Instead let’s focus on peace – peace within ourselves and let these thoughts multiply. Remember, be the change you want to see – so be peaceful within your heart and watch your world begin to mirror that.

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