My visions of August include the perspiring faces of children running around
the yard. The shiny, excited faces of adults rooting for a team. I remember the
coolness of the evenings, where the windows would be pushed up, to capture
the cool and let out the heat.
Today, the United Nations celebrates its International Friendship day. It was
first initiated on July 30, 2011. I appreciate my friends of ‘far and wide,’ most
whom I have met here on wordpress.com. The idea of everyone being friends,
is one we start with our family and people in our neighborhood. We learn as
we grow older, especially ones who grew up in larger urban areas, that we
still must be ‘careful’ who we talk to. Children love to hug strangers, but we
need to discourage this action, since one never knows who is ‘dangerous.’
At least here, we writers, poets, artists, musicians, photographers, cooks
and everyday ‘folks’ can come together, trying to unite a fractured world.
Summer’s coming to a close. Sadness for those children who wish for the days
to linger longer with little to do. Books to read, places to go, activities and some
restful, lazy moments, too.
Hurrah for School! (I can hear my daughter-in-law shouting! With hers and my
son’s crew of four children, all going for the first time to school. The ‘baby’ goes to
preschool this Fall. My son married a wonderful and special woman, with her two
children from a previous marriage that made her a ‘packaged deal’ for him! They
had a ‘built in’ flower girl and ring bearer, married 7 years ago!)
Here is my monthly calendar, with some historical dates, some activities and
holidays included. I always try to make this a well-rounded ‘treat’ for you to
Please feel free, in the Comments, to add any sporting or musical events, holidays,
festivals, special cultural celebrations or religious dates for us to know about.
I truly treasure all of my international connections!
1- Colorado Day.
Let’s hear about what goes on there!
Anyone know someone out there in Colorado?
4- Civic Holiday for Canada.
“National Bargain Hunting Week” starts today, too. Incorporating ways to save and to
shop thriftily go hand in hand. (Right up my ‘alley!’)
5- Quarter Moon.
Also, the book, “Top Secret,” found on many popular books’ lists, will be released today.
Written by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth, a military and espionage thriller.
7- Fifty years ago, today on 8/7/1964:
Encounters between two U.S. Destroyers and North Vietnamese patrol boats.
This leads and results in Congress passing the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” on
August 10, 1964. This paves the way for escalation of U.S. involvement in Viet Nam.
8- A meaningful and ‘my kind of movie’ release:
“The Hundred Foot Journey,” has had a lot of ‘hype’ due to its star is beautiful Helen Mirren,
who plays an owner of a special ‘elite’ or ‘posh’ restaurant located in Southern France. Her
restaurant’s competition is one that is a family-owned Indian restaurant. It promises the
interaction, connection and understanding between the cook who is from India and the cook
who is from England.
Lasse Hallstrom directs this. His previous movies include, “The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,”
and “The Shipping News.”
9- “Jeff’s Jam” (Delaware, Ohio. It is a musical festival where one block of our downtown is
cordoned off, with one big stage for local musicians to perform. It was started by the death
of a local guitarist, named Jeff. Every year, someone gest honored to be added to a plaque,
given scholarships and money from donations. It is a great big party, right in front of my
10- Full Sturgeon Moon,
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2014.
Also known as the Full Corn Moon, the Full Red Moon and more.
On this date, in Delaware, Ohio, my youngest daughter’s friend will sing with a young man
from my church, Andrew Shaw. They will gather at the Bicentennial Park Gazebo behind the
Fire house. There will be people with lawn chairs, blankets and some sit in the grass. There are
sidewalks and places where dogs may sit, too. Be there by 6:30 to get a great location due to the
limited spaces, concerts all summer on Sunday evenings start at 7:00 p.m.
14- V.J. Day- Victory in Japan. “Fly your flag proudly and show honor to our Veterans!”
Also, the Columbus Clippers celebrate people over 50! AARP Day at the ball park!
15- 3/4 Moon.
The moon is waning, I believe.
17- The last quarter Moon.
19- National Aviation Day.
Also, Discovery Day,
Yukon territory, Canada. This is held on the third Monday in August.
20- 45th Anniversary Celebration of Woodstock.
The iconic symbol of the poster for Woodstock, has a hand with its fingers wrapped
around the guitar bridge, with a dove, symbol of Peace. It was called an “Aquarian
It was originally a man named Max Yasgur’s farm land that allowed the tents and
concert stages to be constructed on, with people in masses to attend.
The poster announces that it was held in White Lake, N. Y.
It turned into one of the most notable concerts that went on for days.
The Love, Peace and Musical Event of the Century.
This being its historical impact on our culture.
A fact that I did not know about this place is that on this property, a
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was built. It holds concerts and the
ones performing on its schedule for August include Keith Urban and
Kings of Leon.
22- “Be an Angel” Day.
Time to do a ‘random act of kindness,’ a small act of service, or Pay Forward.
25- Summer Bank Holiday (UK)
Also, 8/25/1964 was the first United States Tennis match, known as the U.S.
This tennis championship runs from August 25 until September 8th, held
in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, N. Y.
26- Women’s Equality Day.
27- New Moon.
So, get your ice cold lemonade, beer, ice cream, popsicles, sweet tea
or icy concoctions here!
Memories of ‘soda fountains’ fill my mind where some examples of iced
drinks could be found there.
You may still find them: Frappes, Black Cows, Fruit Smoothies, Malts
and Milk Shakes.
Moisture condensing, dripping off glass bottles or cups. . .
Water is a natural way (and the ‘best’ way) to quench your thirst in one
of the hottest months (in our part of the world.)
This month of August, have a seed spitting contest with children around
you, while indulging in the sweet, pink watermelon fresh from a garden.
Try to keep calm and stay “Chilled” in August!