Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 22, 2014: Trust your Poet’s Day is super productive so you can leave early and that you enjoy the holidays of some distinction along with the factoids and quote from The River of Winged Dreams with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and a large pecan torte in front of you before calling it quits for the day but in great anticipation of the weekend secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
, 1. Poet’s Day—celebrating not the most loved and valuable people on the planet—poets like me—but rather in the UK and Australia celebrating the last day of the work week each Friday in accordance with the day’s acronym: Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.
2. National Pecan Torte Day—celebrating one of the great high caloric and tasty deserts.
3. National Tooth Fairy Day--celebrating a tradition that goes back to Middle Ages—the tooth fairy leaving a gift usually money under a child’s pillow where the child has lost a baby tooth. Maybe because of inflation (the quarter per tooth I received in the early 50’s is now several dollars) it is usually the last childhood belief to go.
4. National Be An Angel Day—established by Jane Howard Feldman in 1993 to promote random acts of kindness to your fellow human beings, like buying the person behind you in the Starbucks coffee line that person’s coffee order; great idea but probably would be better if it were celebrated more than just one day a year.
On this day in
a. 1849 Austria launched the first airstrikes in history against Venice using pilotless balloons.
b. 1851 the first America’s Cup was won appropriately by a ship named America.
c. 1952 the French penal colony Devil’s Island, located off the coast of French Guiana in South America was permanently closed. The hell hole was memorialized by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the movie Papillion.
d. 1996 President Clinton signed welfare reform, the cornerstone of the Republican’s Contract with America into law.
What is remarkable about this day is how little effort or expenditure it takes to be an angel with a random act of kindness: Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace. Even when muddy your wings sparkle bright wonders that heal broken worlds.” Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams.
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© August 22, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet