In times more fractured since the 60's (not sure if that means 1960's or 1860's), the day commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. arrives with more pertinent lessons than ever. You will find much good writing about his life and lessons. Why not take some time to read lessons by him? I have several in my … Continue reading Martin Luther King Day 2021
I've covered Manhattanhenge many times on this blog in the past. You can search the blog to find out the scientific detail but essentially it is the dates where the rising or setting sun perfectly aligns with the cross streets of Manhattan. Tomorrow is a rising sun date so set your alarm to be able … Continue reading First Manhattanhenge of 2021 is tomorrow morning
May you have a happy and loving and prosperous New Year. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
I do not know of anyone who will not be happy to have 2020 behind us. It has been a year of pain and struggle and stupidity in measures heretofore unknown. Manmade dates are somewhat arbitrary in the scheme of the Creator. But this year has been a compacted, concentrated, dumpster fire of an event. … Continue reading The last day of 2020
Today is Bacon Day and I don't mean Kevin. Enjoy your bacon all year long and share it on social media today with the hashtag #BaconDay. Bacon improves anything and is my favorite food group. Some people choose not to eat bacon and I respect that. It just means more bacon left for me! Happy … Continue reading Bacon Day! Bacon Day! Bacon Day!
Merry Christmas. May you and your family celebrate this very special day in the spirit of the season and not in gutter this year has become. May we find a better 2021. We need it more than ever. Merry Christmas. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Our ancestors were not distracted by streaming services and smart phones. They were much more focused on natural phenomenons. They charted stars and measured closely the rising and setting sun. Before they understood the tilting of the earth on its axis they knew. The winter solstice was the longest night and shortest day of the … Continue reading Winter Solstice 2020
The spun sugar treat we call Cotton Candy was invented centuries ago but was popularized at the 1904 Worlds fair marketed as Fairy Floss. It has been raising glucose levels ever since at carnivals, circuses and ballparks ever since. In the 1950's a home version was introduced to send your children into sugar shock and … Continue reading National Cotton Candy Day
Today is #RoofOverYourHeadDay and is intended to remind us to be grateful for what you have, starting with the simple things like a roof over your head. So many struggle because of the hard times this country and the world find themselves in. While I have my own challenges in this department, I am grateful … Continue reading National Roof Over Your Head Day
For decades, nay centuries, little girls have been encouraged to dream of and dress up as little princesses. It was extremely unrealistic that any of them would ever meet a prince, let alone live a storybook life. Along the way it taught them to give up agency and wait to be rescued. Various animation houses … Continue reading National Princess Day
During recent lockdowns some people reveled in discovering sourdough bread and banana bread recipes. You can find many sourdough and banana bread recipes on this blog. But maybe you are one of the many people who find bread too challenging and have no need to knead. Good news, here is a recipe for No-Knead Bread. … Continue reading No Knead to celebrate National Home Bread Day
Back in 2001, when this National Day was established, it was imagined as a resource for parents augmenting the teaching of their children. Sort of a PTA outreach service. During this pandemic it has become so much more and parents have taken over an entire new role in this difficult age. Thanks to all of … Continue reading National Parents as Teachers Day as never before imagined
I know you are all calm and balanced and just fine today, but just for fun, know that this is National Stress Awareness Day. What in the world would you be stressed about? Maybe a national election? Or maybe a pandemic reaching record levels of infection heading into a winter flu season? If for some … Continue reading Believe it or not, today is National Stress Awareness Day
Today, November 3, 2020, is Election Day. If you do not vote you are not permitted to complain about the results for the next four years. If I am not mistaken this is a federal law. Hopefully one day our government will treat this day with the respect it deserves and make it a federal … Continue reading V O T E
The end of Daylight Savings Time means you should have set your clocks back one hour last night. The good news is you get an extra hour of sleep. The bad news is the year 2020 just got one hour longer. Good luck to you and stay safe out there. As always you can find … Continue reading Good and Bad News for the Autumnal Time Change
Traditional Halloween frights don't seem quite as scary or pertinent this year Entirely new frights are in order in 2020. Whole new categories have emerged to fear this year. There is still a "parent tax" from trick or treating and here is a new way to protect your take! The good news is the year … Continue reading A Pictorial Ramble on Halloween 2020
I do not currently have a pet but I have been owned by several cats. Tops among them was my favorite little guy - Macaroon. I have very fond memories of little Mac. An acquaintance had a cat who recently had a large litter and wanted to give most of them away. I was seated … Continue reading International Cat Day on a Throwback Thursday!
Here is a perfect recipe for National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day that would be great for a Halloween Party or Thanksgiving Get-Together. ===============Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan, these are sliced into bars that are easy to serve and eat. If you want to make them a bit fancier, you can reserve some of … Continue reading National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
This is the second best way to consume delicious Gin (a martini up with olive is the best, but that is a whole other day). That is, of course, if you like Gin as much as I do. It is not a taste that everyone appreciates. It has long been my theory that Gin and … Continue reading International Gin and Tonic Day
For a long time the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Columbus Day here in the United States. As we have gained a better understanding of the truth and impact on peoples of the Americas that Columbus "discovered" many states have also incorporated the term Indigenous Peoples Day for the holiday. If, like … Continue reading What Shall We Call Today?
Autumn motorcycle riding is exhilarating. For various reasons I have not been able to ride my bike lately. That is unfortunate but I hope to address it soon. Meanwhile, I have some terrific memories of rides past. Riding Sylvia the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, here at its highest point. Riding Josephine alongside … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
Chili con Carne is a wonderfully warming dish for this weather and celebrating both in this week and this month. There are endless varieties and recipes to be found for this favorite food. Personally, I love Cincinnati Chili but it is certainly an acquired taste. You likely remember the quick weeknight version cooked up with … Continue reading National Chili Week in National Chili Month
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There is nothing better than starting the day with a really fine coffee. My favorite coffee is Cafe du Monde, the chicory laced delight from New Orleans. The very finest. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy it and start your morning right! Happy National Coffee Day! As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter … Continue reading National Coffee Day Again Already?
In a time of social media, where punctuation is evolving and seemingly random, it is good to remember how simple punctuation marks can change the meaning of a phrase, create misunderstandings, and seemingly encourage run-on sentences. Take this sentence for example: I'm giving up drinking for a month. This sentiment can be utterly altered by … Continue reading #NationalPunctuationDay