Daily Archives: July 2, 2021

Hike Fun Forward: Special Days July 4 to July 10

July 4 – Independence Day

Happy 235th Birthday, America! May we all celebrate God’s blessings upon our country. Let our neighborhoods and parks be filled with picnics and barbecues, hot dogs and hamburgers and iced tea. May we lift our voices across all 50 states singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” “My Country, Tis of Thee,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and may we listen and march around to a powerful rendition of John Philip Susa, “Stars and Stripes Forever.” May we dress in red, white, and blue and enjoy fireworks as we rejoice in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

July 5 – Two Historical Events

On July 5, 1865, Methodist minister William Booth establishes a mission to help feed and clothe poverty-stricken inhabitants of London’s East End. He and his wife Catherine would rename the organization the Salvation Army. In the early 21st century the Salvation Army is at work in more than 130 countries where it preaches the Gospel of Jesus and operates thousands of evangelical centers, social welfare institutions, hospitals, schools, and other agencies.

Sylvester Graham was born on July 5, 1794. Sylvester was an American Presbyterian minister who had a strong conviction for a wholesome diet. This led him to the creation of the Graham Cracker. The first Graham Cracker was a slightly sweetened cracker made from whole wheat flour with added bran and wheat germs. Sylvester believed his snack would be healthy for the body and the soul. The Graham Cracker today are made from bleached white flour and blend a variety of flavors including honey, cinnamon, and chocolate; they also come in smaller bite-size snacks and fun shapes – a far cry from the original Presbyterian version. July 5 is National Graham Cracker Day

July 6 – Fried Chicken Day

Celebrate the day by feasting the delights of one of America’s favorite foods, Fried Chicken.  Enjoy some legs, breasts, or wings at a nearby restaurant, or at home, or at an outdoor picnic.

The origin of fried chicken is wonderfully confusing. Some believe that it was the Scottish immigrants to America who brought their culinary tradition of deep-frying chicken to the American South. Others contribute this delicious food preparation to West Africans who have a similar tradition of frying food in hot oil. So, African slaves began to produce meat familiar to the food of their homeland. I like this confusion because it can blend us all into what we are – Americans!

July 7 – Father Daughter Take A Walk Day

This self-explanatory day celebrates relationships, exercise, conversations, bonding, and time together. If you are close enough to your daughter, meet at a local park and enjoy a stroll in the woods. If you live too far apart to see each other face to face, go for a hike separately but connect on your cell phones. If your dad is not around or has passed away, consider arranging a walk with an older man who serves as an advisor or mentor, or take a solo walk in his memory reflecting on your dad’s life, or take a walk with mom and share memories of times growing up. With so many families broken in our society, this might be a day you choose to ignore. Know that you are not alone and remember there is a Heavenly Father that will never leave of forsake you. Maybe you could take a prayer walk and seek the comfort and encouragement that comes for walking with HIM.

July 8 –  Freezer Pop Day and Chocolate with Almonds Day

John D. and Nelson Rockefeller

Choose a treat and enjoy or combine both celebration into one day.

I found a couple of interesting birthdays to share with you while you cool down with a cherry freezer pop:

John Pemberton was born July 8, 1831, in Knoxville, Georgia. He was a pharmacist and Inventor. He served as a lieutenant colonel during the Civil War and almost died during the fighting. I am glad that he survived because he later became the inventor of Coca-Cola.

John D. Rockefeller and his grandson Nelson Rockefeller were both born on July 8. John D. in 1839 in Richford, NY and Nelson in 1908 on Bar Harbor, ME. John D. was the co-founder of the Standard Oil Company and the world’s first billionaire. Nelson served as Governor of New York between 1959 and 1973. After the Watergate scandal, President Gerald Ford selected Rockefeller as his Vice President. He retired from politics in 1977.

July 9 – Sugar Cookie Day

Making sugar cookies has been a popular activity with my wife and our kids and the my wife and the grandkids for decades. The special day for sugar cookies is July 9, but for my family it was always an event leading up to Christmas. Out would come the Christmas cookie cutters and bowls of colored icings. The dough was cut into angels, and trees, and stars, popped into the oven and when the timer went “ding,” the kiddos would go crazy painting the cookies with icing, adding sprinkles, m&m’s, and other candies to make each one special. After all the cookie cutters were adequately used, each kid made a blob of sugar cookie and decorated loke a blank canvas – some of the art pieces were almost too pretty to eat….almost!

Historical Fact: the sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. German Protestant settlers created a round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

July 10 – Clerihew Day

Clerihew Day in the United States celebrates a poem style created by Edmund Clerihew Bentley who was born July 10, 1875. The Clerihew is a four-line biographical poem that offers a brief, though whimsical approach to poetry.

Edmund Clerihew Bently

As with most poetry, the Clerihew is defined by a set of rules. It must:

Include four lines; Contain rhyming couplets of AA/BB; Include a person’s name in the first line; Say something about that person; Be humorous. It is meant to be a funny poem, of course.

Here are couple of my favorite Clerihew examples (straight from my pen):

FRED: by Rowdy

There once was a principal named Fred.

He worked so hard and never went to bed.

The teachers thought he was sad and blue,

But the students knew what his paddle would do.

TOODLE: by Rowdy

We had a pet named Toodle

He was a cross between a toad and a poodle.

Toodle could not bark and that’s no lie,

But he ate flies and could jump real high.

Now it’s your turn…..

Photos: Flag – Rough Collection; William Booth –  Christians for Social Action; Sylvester Graham – Sylvester Graham Invented Graham Crackers to Curtail ‘Evil’ Urges | HowStuffWorks; John and Nelson – Biography: John D. Rockefeller, Junior | American Experience | Official Site | PBS; Fried Chicken – Best Deep South Southern Fried Chicken – Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen (wildflourskitchen.com) Father Daughter Walk – Daddy Daughter Walk Week (activerain.com); Sugar Cookies- Rough Collection;  Edmund Clerihew Bentley Edmund Clerihew Bentley – Poems by the Famous Poet – All Poetry

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