Ridley's Believe It Or Not—May 28, 2014: Hope all had an enjoyable and reflective Memorial Day Weekend and will enjoy these holidays, or celebrate in a culinary fashion, found for today along with the factoids and quote.
1. National Hamburger Day—ecoli fears notwithstanding, what a great way to launch into the summer season of barbecues and social gatherings; if burger is rare, marinate in lime, garlic, pepper, and some red wine overnight—ecolis are totally wasted and rendered incapable of causing problems.
2. National Senior Health and Fitness Day—celebrating the fact that being 65 plus is a state of mind to be avoided at all costs and exercise is a great concept---Go Senior Sneakers (24 Hour Fitness in conjunction with Blue Shield of California)
3. Sierra Club Day—honoring the formation of the oldest grass roots environmental protection organization in the United States by John Muir on May 28, 1892.
4. World MS Day—promoting awareness and seeking a cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease now without a cure and which strikes almost three million people a year, a large percentage of which are women.
On this day in:
a. 1934 the Dionne quintuplets were borne, the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
b. 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to traffic by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from Washington, D.C.
c. 2002 in a where was the reset button moment, Russia was admitted to NATO as a limited partner while today we wonder if Putin will want more than Ukraine and move to the Baltic Republics which as a partner in NATO we are obligated to defend. Scary thoughts.
John Muir founded the Sierra Club; as a person who grew up in Alaska I often disagreed with the Sierra Club, especially with respect to TAPS but this quote is worthy of reflection: “The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains - mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature's workshops.” John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938 Anyone who mentions poets is completely worthy of respect.
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©May 28, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet