Thursday, August 15, 2013

Holidays for August 15th 2013

I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day

Cowboys and cowgirls are the stars of the show, both on and off the stage (or stagecoach) on August 15th. It's I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day.

How about saddling up for a scenic trail ride with a cowboy or cowgirl? Why not plan to attend a traveling Wild West Show or a real-life rodeo on August 15th? On the other hand (or foot), you might simply step into a pair of stupendously stunning cowboy boots to kick up your heels for a night on the town on August 15th.

Here are a few cowboy-loving items that might raise a Western mood: "A Cowboy's Name: A Poetic Song on a Love Lifelong," "And Style to Boot: A Pocket of Bills for Footwear Frills," "Chaparral Chic for City and Country Folk," "His Perfect Passion: A Rhyming Whoa on Love Let Go," "It's a Wild Ride: A Poetic Tribute to the Rodeo Cowboy," "Olympic Dreams: A Limericked Lament for a Western Event" and "The Boot Salute: A Quatrain Mix for More Than Kicks."

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

Meringue, which is a dessert made from stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar, is said to have been invented by a Swiss chef. It was a favorite of Marie Antoinette, and, as such, was introduced to the whole of France.

Today meringue is most often used as a topping for pies and cakes, where it is finished off under the broiler until the soft peaks are perfectly browned and just barely crisp.

Refreshingly zesty, lemon meringue pie is the dessert of the day for many holiday celebrants on August 15th. Do you have a wonderful recipe for light and delightful lemon meringue pie to share? What restaurant serves your favorite lemon meringue pie?

Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th.

National Failures Day

How do you feel about failure? Have you ever known the feeling of falling somehow short of success? (Don't answer that.)

August 15th is National Failures Day (in the United States and certain other locations). Many famous people have proclaimed their own personal failures proudly, insisting these life lessons actually contributed to their ultimate successes.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States, insisted that failure could be a starting point for personal motivation towards ultimate success. "My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure," Abraham Lincoln said.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) said this about success and failure: "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm."

On August 15th, folks everywhere ponder their own personal disappointments and the times they may have missed the mark - and extend grace to others who may occasionally fail as well. After all, who does not possess personal experience with failure at some point?

National Failures Day offers an excellent opportunity for new beginnings and emboldened fresh starts.

National Relaxation Day

What do you do to relax? Some listen to music, some take a bubble bath, and others meditate or read a book. It really doesn't matter what you do to relax, just as long as you do it.

We all know that stress can negatively affect both our mental and physical health. Consequently, many doctors agree that taking the time to relax may reduce some of those stress-related health risks.

Here are some quick things you can do to relax on the spot that result in less stress and a better mood.

* Take 10 deep breaths, relaxing more fully each time.

* Be mindful of the here and now; focus on one thing and forget multitasking.

* Hug a loved one or pet.

* Give yourself a neck and shoulder massage.

August 15 is "National Relaxation Day." Since nothing relaxes us like a good laugh, why not celebrate by watching the 1987 classic comedy "The Princess Bride," starring Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin?

Lion Day

Did you know you can hear a lion's roar from as far as five miles away? But if you're thinking that will give you plenty of time to escape, you might want to think again. Lions can run as fast as 50 miles an hour, and leap as far as 36 feet!

Here are some other interesting facts about lions:

* Generally speaking, the darker a lion's mane is, the older he is.

* Lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day.

* Although female lions do most of the hunting, male lions are the first to eat.

Lions are currently on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is estimated that their numbers decreased by 30 percent between 1992 and 2012.

Aug. 15 is "Lion Day." It's a day to celebrate the unique role lions play in our ecosystems, and raise awareness for their fight for survival in the wild. You can celebrate by supporting any of the numerous non-profit agencies that fight to protect the lion in their natural habitats.

Chauvin Day

A day named for Nicholas Chauvin, French soldier from Rochefort, France, who idolized Napoleon and who eventually became a subject of ridicule because of his blind loyalty and dedication to anything French. Originally referring to bellicose patriotism, chauvinism has come to mean blind or absurdly intense attachment to any cause. Observed on Napoleon’s birth anniversary because Chauvin’s birth date is unknown.