Sometimes We Take The Little Tools We Use Each Day For Granted . . . Happy Birthday Ball Point Pen!

Jun 10th

Good Morning and a Happy Tuesday to you!  Before I go forward with today’s celebrations, I just wanted to let you know ahead of time, very soon I will be missing some time posting.  My son and his wife are expecting their baby girl’s arrival . . . I’m just waiting for the phone call, and I’ll be jumping in the car and hitting the road to the hospital.  They have blessed me with an invitation to join them in the delivery room . . . I just hope I can get there in time!  They live about three hours away! As a matter of fact, I’m getting ready to pack an overnight bag and stash it in my car . . . just in case I need to head straight out from work.  You may not be able to tell, but I’m pretty excited!

Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day – How many of us have watched helplessly as loved ones and/or friends have destroyed their lives, families and careers with alcohol?  I’m sure we all know at least one person in that ever sinking ship.  It’s sad, and it’s something that has been a problem for as long as any of us can remember, and back into history.  Because of this, we’ve all heard of Alcohol Anonymous, but how many of us know how or when it started?   Well, I can tell you that!  Amazing what a little bit of a Bing search can find . . .In 1935, an unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio between two men, both of them termed “hopeless” alcoholics, began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity.  Bill W. was one of those men.  While he was fighting his own battle against drinking he learned that helping other alcoholics was the key to maintaining his own sobriety.  This principle would later become step twelve in “The Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Bill W. was a stock broker from New York, and had traveled to Akron, OH on May 12, 1935 for a shareholders meeting and proxy fight, which did not turn out his way.  At the time he had been sober for about five months.  After losing the proxy fight he found himself alone in a strange town, feeling depressed, and felt himself being drawn to the bar in the Mayflower Hotel where he was staying.  While fighting desperately to maintain his sobriety his immediate thought was that he needed to find another alcoholic.  There are conflicting versions of exactly what happened next, but the result was that Bill W ended up meeting with an Akron surgeon, to be remembered forever as Dr. Bob.  Dr. Bob had struggled for years with his own drinking problem.  The effect the meeting had on Dr. Bob was immediate, as he tells it in his own words, and soon he also put down the bottle – June 10, 1935, never to pick it up again.  A bond formed between the two men that would grown into a movement that would literally affect the lives of millions of people.  Starting in an upstairs room at Dr. Bob’s home, the two men began helping alcoholics, one at a time.  It took four years to get the first 100 alcoholics sober in the first three groups that formed in Akron, New York and Cleveland.  In 1939 they published the group’s “text book” and the publication of a series of articles about the group.  The development of A.A. from that point on was rapid.  Membership in Cleveland soon grew to 500.  By 1951 A.A. had helped more than 100,000 people recover from alcoholism, and by 1973 more than one million copies of The Big Book had been distributed.  By 2000, the number of copies had reached 20 million, and by 2010 more than 27 million had been purchased.  Since that time the fellowship has continued to grow, and is now worldwide.  Dr. Bob died on November 16, 1950 and Bill W. passed away on January 24, 1971.  The legacy they left behind continues to touch the lives of millions.  

Ball Point Pen Day– I use a pen every single day at work.  As a matter of fact, it’s likely that ALL of us use a pen at least once a day.  Because of how familiar this little item is to each of us, I’m sure it is something we all take for granted, but we have two men to thank for this little invention that plays such a big part of our daily lives.  On this day in 1943, brothers Laszlo and Georg Biro filed a patent for what is now one of the world’s most common writing instruments.  Other people had tried to design a self-inking mechanical pen that rolled on a ball, but without much success.  The biros perfected the design, named it the Birome and opened up a pen shop in Argentina.  In 1945 the pens went on sale in the U.S. at Gimbel’s in New York, for $12.50 each (that would be $145 now, if you take inflation into consideration).  The store sold $125,000 worth on day one, and Bic, which bought the patent, has sold 100 billion-plus since 1950.  What a happy little thing to create, right?



This Day In History

1610 – Dutch colonists settle on Manhattan Island.     
1752 – Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a lightening storm and discovers electricity.  

Food Celebration of the Day

National Iced Tea Month – I love iced tea.  There’s something about an icy cold glass on a hot summer day.  This time of year I try to keep a pitcher on hand most of the time.  Iced tea can be enjoyed plain, sweetened (or not), with lemon, with mint, any way you’d like!  No matter how it’s fixed, it’s refreshing.  The wonderful thing about tea is that it has many health benefits! Since ancient times people have used tea for a wide range of medicinal uses.  Tea has been known to assist with the avoidance of heart disease, to help with cancer or tumors, with stomach ailments, sore throats and colds, and to be soothing and relaxing – to name only a few.  So where did tea start being iced, rather than just hot?  Well, in 1904 English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair.  It was a sizzling hot day, and the fair visitors didn’t want anything hot.  They wanted something to quench their thirst . . .something cold.  He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold.  It was an immediate hit and was the first known use of iced tea.  I have always enjoyed iced tea, but the tea I grew up with was slightly sweetened with a tiny bit of sugar.  I was SHOCKED nearly into a choking fit the first time I tasted Southern Sweet Tea. BLECH!  I realize that a lot of people enjoy it, but I’d rather eat sugar straight from the spoon than to over sugar my tea that way.  To each his or her own though. Some people absolutely love it.  My personal favorite is tropical green tea sweetened slightly with either a little fruit juice, or a bit of raw sugar.  Just a bit though, so I can completely enjoy the tropical fruit flavors in the tea.  Here are a few iced tea ideas from to try out.  Have fun! 

Well, that’s a good reminder, I am nearly out of iced tea! Time to brew some more!  As you head out about your day, remember to celebrate every day – the big things, the little things, the exciting things, and the ordinary ones.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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