Today, December 9th, is one of the hundreds of unusual, wacky, national holidays promoted on special calendars.
Today is “Weary Willie Day.”
This day is named after the sad-sack, down on his luck clown made famous by Emmett Kelly who was born on this day in 1898. Continue reading
“Watch your step!” is an admonition often given by parents to young children.
Kids can become distracted, lethargic, or passive regarding their surroundings and not be paying attention to potential pitfalls. This is particularly good advice when walking down stairs, hiking a trail with rough terrain or walking through a cow pasture. Continue reading
“How is thankfulness the solution for covetousness?”
This question was raised yesterday by Ryan Cummings in a sermon we heard at the Manslick Road Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a unique look at both the problem and solution we face in our hyper-commercialized culture.
This Thurdasy we will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving holiday in America, which began in 1621 after the colonists survived the rough first year in the New World and Governor William Bradford proclaimed “a day of Thanksgiving,” Continue reading
Today is Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day commemorating the end of WWI on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918.
In 1921 The United States laid to rest an American soldier, “his name known only to God”, on a Virginia hillside overlooking Washington D.C. and the Potomac River. The site was called “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” which is located in Arlington National Cemetery, where there will be a special wreath-laying ceremony today. Continue reading
Sunday there began a call from several theologically diverse religious groups to pray for “political civility” during the 2020 Presidential election, which will occur exactly one year from yesterday.
Identified as “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” the prayer campaign is overseen by the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse and Theo Brown, the director for their Faith-Based Programs. Continue reading
You may remember David Bloom, the Today show co-host on weekends, who died in 2003 while covering Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bloom, however, did not die from injuries sustained in conflict, but rather of a pulmonary embolism. This condition occurs among those who sit for long periods of time, and Bloom spent most of his time in a cramped Army vehicle. Continue reading
Today in Washington D.C. there is no Columbus Day. The D.C. Council voted to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It’s a temporary move they hope to make permanent.
This trend is gaining popularity in many states. Of course, Columbus Day is about as popular today in the media as the NFL Washington Redskins. Yet, tearing down and denying our history does not change history. Continue reading