Daily Archives: July 9, 2021

Hike Fun Forward – Special Days July 11-17


People across the United States and around the world are lonely. Let’s use this day to motivate ourselves to make a special effort to uplift someone who finds themselves lonely and alone. If you know someone who is lonely or going through a difficult time, be a bright spot in their life with a little extra thoughtfulness today. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” One of the mottos in the life of my family is, “Go into the day and be the light – don’t forget to shine.”

Loneliness can be a result of many factors: illness, or grief, or immobility due to COVID just to mention a few. Isolation can be a matter of choice or circumstances or consequences. This would be a good day to communicate, visit, encourage, and connect with those who might be alone. Consider those people in your life who might need a little extra love and attention. Plan some small acts of kindness and discover what a big difference they might make. One short conversation, a hand-delivered card, a cuppa of tea, or a long-distance phone call may brighten the world of an individual who is longing for a personal connection with you. One act of kindness can turn a Lonely day into Lovely day.


Simplicity Day honors transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) who proposed a simple lifestyle. His book, Walden, is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. I do not agree with the total philosophy of Thoreau but here are seven interesting quotes from him that warrant some reflection. Henry David Thoreau Quotes – BrainyQuote

#1 It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

 #2 What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

#3 I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

#4 An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

#5 I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.

#6 Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

#7 If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

As I began to think about Simplicity Day, I thought about removing myself from the man-made and focus on the gifts of God. I am going to try to stay away from technology and the need for screens. I am going to try to place a ban on video games, social media, TV, YouTube, smart phones, and tablets. Instead, I am hoping to read, study, pray, visit, verbally communicate. I also plan to stay away from driving my car (if possible) by walking and getting outside to enjoy the creation. His might not be possible for you, but consider ways that you might be able to simplify your day and enjoy a relaxing change of pace. You might enjoy it so much that you will desire a long-term change.  

July 13 Three special days combine for an interesting meal.

COW APPRECIATION DAY.  Visit Chick-fil-A today and get a free meal (chicken of course: eat more chicken!).

FRENCH FRY DAY. Today recognizes a staple food on menus across the country.

BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY – This simple side would go well with your chicken sandwich and French fries. Just make sure the franks are made from pork or turkey – the cows would appreciate it.


On July 14, 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut was granted a patent for the retractable tape measure. This ingenious invention transformed the lives of carpenters, electricians, seamstresses, students, tradesmen and craftsmen. In today’s world, we have tape measures in our junk drawers, garages, tool kits, backpacks, purses, glove compartments, and pencil boxes. They’re undeniably useful.

Celebrate the day by going crazy and measure all kinds of stuff. Give a tape measure to every member of the family and send them on a “treasure hunt” to measure stuff around the house. Just to get you started: the height of the refrigerator, the diameter of a dinner plate, length of a table fork, the width of their bed, the height of the front door, the biggest book they can find, and the length of their shoe. Check for accuracy and give prizes for the winners (measure the prizes!)   


Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. Give Something Away Day offers us an opportunity to share some of our bounty.  

Here are some ideas to consider:

Consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line (especially if you happen to be right in front of me).

Clean out your closet or your dresser or your garage or your attic and give some stuff away.

Go through your bookshelves and find some good reads to share with others.

Set up a free garage sale with a free lemon-aid stand.

Donate to the local food pantry.

Give your time away – Volunteer your time or skills – mow the grass of a neighbor that might need it.  

Create gift baskets for shelters or nursing homes, or shut-ins.

July 16 – Remembrance Day:

July 16 is Corn Fritters Day and Personal Chef’s Day. Neither of these caught my imagination so I took some time and reflected on fourteen major events that happened on July 16 in history:

July 16, 1439 – Kissing is banned in England (to stop the Black Death from spreading). I am not sure when the ban was lifted, but I am pretty sure they kiss in the UK today.


July 16, 1755 – John Adams (2nd President of the US) graduates from Harvard.

July 16, 1782 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (The Abduction from the Seraglio) premieres in Vienna with Mozart conducting.

July 16, 1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States.

July 16, 1867 – D.R. Averill of Newberg, Ohio, patents ready-mixed paint & Frenchman Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete.

July 16, 1880 – Dr. Emily Stowe becomes the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada. (38 years before women were given the right to vote.)

July 16, 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos.

July 16, 1935 – First automatic parking meter in the United States is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

July 16, 1941 – Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game (a record that stands to this day).

July 16, 1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J. D. Salinger is published by Little Brown and Company.

July 16, 1969 – Apollo 11 is launched, carrying the 1st men to land on Moon.

July 16, 2005 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the 6th book in the series by J.K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs.

July 16, 2018 – Twelve new moons are discovered orbiting Jupiter bringing planet’s moon total to 79. Twenty-six of those moons are still awaiting official names.

July 16, 2021 – What can you do today to make this a special day in your history?

More cool stuff can be found at Historical Events on July 16 – On This Day

July 17 – Yellow Pig Day

HISTORY OF YELLOW PIG DAY: In the 1960s, students Michael Spivak and David Kelly were studying math at Princeton. Together, they spent a lot of time considering the qualities of the number 17 and became obsessed with its incredible combination of simplicity and complexity. Their obsession grew into a desire to celebrate the number 17 with its own special day, and they created a mascot for their event in the form of a yellow pig. Their special yellow pig mascot has evolved into a creature with 17 teeth, 17 toes, 17 eyelashes. From its small beginnings, Yellow Pig Day has become a huge hit in the academic calendar, with students and teachers alike coming together to celebrate this special number, as well as math in general. Classes sing yellow pig songs, share yellow cake, and play games based around the number 17. Some people even create origami yellow pigs and yellow pig T-shirts which are worn with pride.

Truth be told the day really centers on the number 17, not the yellow pig. So what is so special about the number 17? Here are 17 reasons:

#1. The number 17 is a prime number that has significance in mathematics. It is the sum of the first four prime numbers – 2, 3, 5, and 7. A prime number is a number that can only be divided by 1 and by itself.

#2. The average school bus weighs 17 tons with passengers inside (this one is a little hard to verify but I love it).

#3. I know the meaning of each of the following 17 words that have 17 letters (altough I am not sure that I can spell them):

interdisciplinary                      adventuresomeness                 superconductivity

telecommunication                  particularization                      counterproductive

misinterpretation                     irreproachability                      nondenominational

commercialization                   comprehensiveness                  ultraconservatism                   

indestructibility                       electrocardiogram                   understandability

tenderheartedness                   interrelationship

#4. The atomic number of chlorine is 17, but 17% of people admit to having peed in a swimming pool! (the other 83% won’t admit it)

#5. There are 17 syllables in a traditional haiku, a Japanese three-line poem.

#6. Want to reach the police in France? Dial “17.”

#7. Some cicadas have a 17-year life cycle (and this was the year!).

#8. The number 17 is the smallest whole number whose reciprocal contains all ten digits 1/17 = 0.58823529117647.  

#9. Apollo 17 was the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program

#10. There are 17 steps leading up to Sherlock Holmes’ house at 221B Baker Street.

#11. A Sudoku needs at least 17 clues to have a unique solution.

#12. The Beatles hit song “I Saw Her Standing There” was originally going to be called “Seventeen”.

#13. The youngest person to have ever played in a Football (Soccer) World Cup final was the Brazilian superstar Edson Arantes do Nascimento, otherwise known as Pelé, who was 17 at the time.

#14. The youngest recipient of the Nobel prize was Malala Yousafzai, who was just 17 at the time. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her struggles in advocating the rights for young women and children to have fair access to education.

#15. The stegosaurus had 17 bony plates on its back.

#16. The middle verse in the New Testament is Acts 17:17. “So he (Paul) reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.

#17 Noah’s flood started on the 17th day of the second month; and the ark ended up resting on Mount Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month. (Gen 7:11; Gen 8:4)

For more crazy facts check out – 17 Facts About the Number 17 | EverQuest; 17 Cool Facts About The Number 17 | The Fact Site; The Monstress: 17 facts about the number seventeen;

Photos: Alone – Sad lonely girl isolated stay at home in protective sterile medical mask on face looking at window | Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez (osolawfirm.com) ; Simplicity – 5 Ways to Unplug from Technology for a Healthier Lifestyle | GVEC Internet;  Cow Day – Happy Cow Appreciation Day 2014 HD Wallpapers, Images, Wishes For Pinterest, Instagram – BMS | Bachelor of Management Studies Unofficial Portal;  Measuring Tape – Buy Online from GZ Industrial Supplies 5M Stanley Measuring Tape- Stanley Powerlock (gz-supplies.com);  Closet – Closet Organization in 10 Steps – Sunset Magazine; Mozart – Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail (npw-opera-concerts.blogspot.com); Yellow Pig Pin on Sunfrog T-Shirt (pinterest.com)

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