Kev’s Daily Take On 05/13/2023

 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Awareness Spotlight shines on…

Starting in 1991, STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE DAY has become the largest single day food drive in America.  The food is collected by your mailperson, and volunteers at the post office help organize the donations and get them to food banks across the area.  All you have to do is give your donations to the letter carrier and you will have participated.

CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY shines a light on a genetic disorder that happens at birth but is hard to diagnose.  Also called Amsterdam Dwarf Syndrome or Bushy Syndrome, it affects the physical and intellectual development of the child.  Continuing research needs to be conducted to be able to better diagnose this disease and learn more about it.  Visit the CdLS Awareness Day website.

Family and Friends

Every dog has its day and so do the moms who take care of them.  NATIONAL DOG MOM’S DAY celebrates the moms who feed them, clean up after them, pamper them and love them.  If you are a dog mom, give that pooch an extra hug and give yourself a pat on the back.  This day was actually founded by Dig – The Dog Persons Dating App.

Our Froggy Friends

You never see a frog so modest and straightforward as he was, for all he was so gifted. And when it come to fair and square jumping on a dead level, he could get over more ground at one straddle than any animal of his breed you ever see.” – Mark Twain 

So goes our introduction to Dan’l Webster in Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.  There really is a Calaveras County, in California, and they really have a frog jumping contest, and Mark Twain really did write a short story about it.   NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY falls on the day the first contest took place in 1849.  As good as Dan’l was, he would have to really launch himself to beat Rosie the Ribeter who holds the longest jump record at 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.  It is quite an amusing tale and if you want to see how Dan’l fared in the contest, you will have to read it for yourself

For Fun

Time to hit the mark with NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY.  We celebrate one of the oldest sports that predates 2500 BCE when bows and arrows were used for hunting and battle.  Today, they are still used for hunting but not so much in battle.  The equipment has evolved a lot – even since my elementary school gym days where Mr. Tidd taught us how to shoot with the basic fiberglass recurve.  Stabilizers, sights, and finger releases all help get the arrow to where you want it to go and the arrows themselves have become technological wonders.  This is a fun sport that is good for upper body workouts, focus and always feeling the thrill of hitting your mark.


Next, we aim to hit the hole with NATIONAL MINIATURE GOLF DAY.  Hit the ball through the blades of the windmill, bank it off the board exactly right and get that hole in one.  After listening to my brother-in-law, I am fairly certain that South Carolina is one of the golf meccas of the U.S. and they host the US Pro Mini Golf Association Championship Tournament at Myrtle Beach.  Yep, there is an association and a championship.  Some of the courses out there are simply amazing, but if you can’t get out there, find one closer to home and have a good time.

On Today’s Menu…

Time to add a little crunch to our salads on NATIONAL CROUTON DAY.  These crusty seasoned salad toppers come from…where else…France – a country known for great bread. Adding these tasty cubes to any salad will also add texture and taste.

Here is a cocktail we don’t have to raise a glass to and doesn’t have any alcohol.  NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY celebrates a delicious side that is healthy.  Any kind of fruit will do, just mix some together in their own juices and, voila, you just made some fruit cocktail.

Our dessert of the day is as American as…well… NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY.  Best served warm, and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a nice slice of this pie really hits the spot.  The traditional dish is quite tasty but full of sugar.  If you want a healthier version, there are plenty of recipes out there.

Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Events and Celebrations

Mother’s Day

National Decency Day

Buttermilk Biscuit Day

On this day…

 1630 – Cardinal Richelieu invents the table knife, with rounded tips, to stop dinner guests from using the sharp points to pick their teeth with

1846 – The United States congress declares war on Mexico

1890 – Nikola Tesla receives the patent for the electrical generator

1918 – The first Airmail stamps are printed, which starts the airmail service

1973 – Bobby Riggs defeats Margaret Court in a “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match 6-1, 6-2.  Later this year, he would take on Billy Jean King who would soundly beat him 6-4, 6-3,6-3

1981 – Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt in St. Peter’s Square

1995 – Alison Hargreaves becomes the first woman to scale Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen or Sherpas.

Happy Birthday to…

Famous People
Inge Lehman (1888-1993)
A Danish Seismologist who discovered that the Earth has a solid inner core
Gil Evans (1912-1988)
He was a huge influence on modern jazz music

Joe Louis (1914-1981)
Longest reigning heavyweight champ – who, during his 12-year reign, defended the title 25 times with twenty-one knockouts

Bea Arthur (1922-2009)
This actress’s wry sense of humor brought her characters Maude Findlay – Maude (1972-1978) and Dorothy Zbornak – Golden Girls (1985-1992) – to life

Jewish Journal
Harvey Keitel (1939- )
Award winning actor known for playing tough guys

Stevie Wonder (1950- )
He was born in Saginaw Michigan and has entertained us for decades.  His immense talent has earned him numerous awards thanks to hits like Superstition and You are the Sunshine of My Life

Dennis Rodman (1961- )
A.K.A. “The Worm” was an outstanding defensive player, quite a character and made it into the NBA Hall of Fame

Late Night On
Stephen Colbert (1964- )
Comedian and late-night talk show host

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the food drives that bring help to those in need.  May they be bountiful and a continual source of food.  Soften our hearts that we may give what we can to help.  Thank You for the food on our tables.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Thank you to National Day CalendarNational TodayHistory.comBritannica.comWikipediaon this

#StampOutHungerFoodDrive, #CorneliadeLangeSyndromeAwareness, #DogMomsDay, #ApplePieDay, #ArcheryDay, #CroutonDay, #FrogJumpingDay, #FruitCocktailDay, #MiniGolfDay

Happy Birthday to #IngeLehman, #GilEvans, #JoeLouis, #BeaArthur, #HarveyKeital, #StevieWonder, #DennisRodman, #StephenColbert


2 responses to “Kev’s Daily Take On 05/13/2023”

  1. Another awesome post Kev! One of my treasured moments happens when I enjoy a taste of pie with plenty of coffee. In her youth, Bea Arthur lived in my wife’s hometown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (Cambridge). My father-in-law knew her.

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  2. Pie and coffee sound great. That is very cool about your wife’s connection to Bea Arthur.


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