Honoring Cancer Survivors Today . . .

Jun 1st

The first day of June always represents the beginning of summer to me.  I know, I know, the TECHNICAL first day isn’t until the 21st, but that doesn’t make any difference to my personal inner clock, this just seems like summer!   I am sitting here, still in my robe, on this quiet Sunday morning, the windows are open to let in the fresh air, and I can hear the sounds of neighbors working in their yards.  A veritable flock of birds, and our resident squirrel, are on the back porch at the feeders.  Hubby is in his chair, sipping his coffee, and Tibbi is across the room playing with her toys.  For an old gal, she does love playing with her “babies”.  This is a form of bliss for me – the peace and the comfort of a quiet morning at home. 

In addition to the peace and quiet of a morning at home, we have other things to celebrate!  As with most months, the 1st few days are pretty busy.  I started out with a few more, but when I have the name of a celebration with nothing to back it up, I delete it.  We are left with the following celebrations for this first day of June:

Dare Day – Are you a dare devil?  I am the first to day that I am NOT!  I never liked playing truth or dare when I was a kid because the questions were usually embarrassing, and the dares were just too much for me to deal with.  As an adult, I like to plan each day – and though a little spontaneity is nice, doing something daring usually makes my insides all tight and nervous.  It isn’t a bad thing to take on a challenge though, a dare to yourself that pushes you to do something outside of your comfort zone.  Today is a call to action for dare devils and the not-so dare devils a like.  If there is something you have been thinking about trying, no matter what it is, and have been hesitating, maybe today would be a good day to stop procrastinating and go for it!  What is a dare?  A dare can be almost limitless in what it is, because they take all shapes and forms.  It could be a prank, a challenge to get something done, or a personal action – like asking someone out (IF YOU ARE SINGLE!) that you’ve been wishing to get to know better.  Make sure that whatever dare you take on, it is safe, and of course, legal.  Now – remember that is someone challenges you to a dare, and they’ve taken it to the maximum challenge level . . . perhaps to the “double dog dare” sage, or even the highest degree of challenge – the “triple dog dare”. . . it shouldn’t be taken lightly or frequently, and remember – make sure it is safe.  *** The Triple Dog Dare always reminds me of that scene is A Christmas Story where Ralphie’s friend Flick was triple dog dared to stick his tongue on the frozen flag pole.  I giggle every time I think about it!  Some dares just stick with you!  hahahaha    

Flip A Coin Day –  You ever have one of those days when you just can’t make up your mind about what to do about something?  Well, that’s the day to flip a coin to decide!  This tradition goes back to Julius Caesar.  Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice wasn’t clear to him.  The correct answer was “heads”, which of course was his own picture on the coin.  Just for giggles, find something to flip a coin over today.


Heimlich Maneuver Day – Today is Heimlich Maneuver Day.  This maneuver was created by American physician Henry Heimlich in 1974, and it has since been made the standard practice for helping choking victims by the American Red Cross.  It isn’t just for choking though, the Maneuver is also used commonly on drowning victims before performing CPR.     I’m sure we’ve all seen educational videos, or taken a first aid class, that showed us how to perform this technique, but if you haven’t learned it, please watch this video and learn.  You could need it to save a life someday.   Here’s also a video for Heimlich for dogs!    Good to know!    

National Cancer Survivors Day – Today is the 27th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day.  I am sure we all know people who have survived this horrible disease, and I’m sure we all know people who have been victims of it.  As far as I am concerned, cancer is a very dirty word, and it always will be.  Today we are called upon to support caner survivors, their families and friends, and to pay tribute to the researchers and healthcare providers who work tirelessly to increase the length and quality of the life of survivors.  I did not know t his, but a person with cancer is considered to be a “survivor” from the time they are diagnosed, through the balance of their lives.  In the United States alone there are more than 14 million cancer survivors.  Over 64% of them were diagnosed 5 or more years ago, and 40% have survived 10 years or more.   Many survivors can now expect to live a full life following a diagnosis of cancer.  We now know that the possible effects of cancer do not end when the treatment is completed, and that survivors go through ongoing care, which is a vital part of maintaining good physical health and well-being.  Every person who has had cancer, both the ones who are newly diagnosed, and the ones who have been cancer-free for years, lives each day with courage and determination.  The loved ones and caregivers who support them contribute to their strength and courage.  To the cancer survivor’s today – know that you are some of the strongest people in the world, and your strength is an inspiration to people everywhere.

 

National Go Barefoot Day – Ahhhh, just kick off your shoes and stretch your toes.  It’s been a long week with our feet stuffed into our hot shoes, so embrace the beginning of summer – and the fact that it’s Sunday – by going barefoot today!  This day was first launched by a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls.  The real purpose behind the day was to encourage people to donate new and used (in good condition) shoes to the victims of natural disasters.  Take a moment and do a little spring cleaning to give away the gently worn shoes you rarely wear or no longer need.  You could even organize a shoe drive in your neighborhood or community.   Other ways to celebrate?  Take a barefoot walk on the beach, in freshly cut grass, or go treat yourself to a pedicure! Now there’s a great way to  celebrate!

Say Something Nice Day  – How many of us have heard from the time we were very small, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”?  Today is Say Something Nice, with the idea being to counteract the near epidemic of bullying and lack of civility and common courtesy among people today.  The thought is that if you can be aware of what you say to people today and only say nice things, then maybe you can stretch that practice into two days, then three, then more, until saying nice things to people becomes second nature.  It used to be something taught to nearly every child in nearly every home, but somewhere along the line this way of raising children has been lost.  Not sure why, since you’d think it would be common decency to do be nice!  As you go about your day, be aware that the others around you may need one nice thing said to them to make their lives better in that moment, and may be the only nice thing they hear that day.   

This Day In History

1813 – The term “Don’t give up the ship!’ is coined by Captain James Lawrence, U.S. Chesapeake.
1843 –  Snow falls in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, Cleveland, Ohio and other places.           1938 –  Superman Comic is published.      1971-  Ed Sullivan’s final show.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Candy Month – Americans have a serious sweet tooth: On average, each of us eats up to 25 pounds of candy per year! Change things up this month by mixing your favorite candy treats into these fun, decadent desserts.

 

 

Well, there you go, some serious, some not so serious and who doesn’t love to celebrate CANDY?  I’d love to, but as usual, I’m back on the healthy food wagon.  Again. No candy for me.  I’ll live vicariously through all of you though, ok?  Have a lovely Sunday!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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