I want mine!
Everyone gets one. Everyone. Except me.
MONTANA: Greetings from the Big Sky Country.
Christmas is over and this is my last newsletter of the year.
I don’t know how you work, but I’ve already begun blocking out my calendar for next year: projects I plan to work on, screenplays and novels I plan to write, conferences I plan to attend, podcasts I plan to produce, and all the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions I want to remember.
… which leads me to my story for this week.
As I worked on my calendar I noticed something that bothered me.
Okay, I have to admit this just may turn into a gripe session. That probably isn’t the best way to begin a new year, but it’s still 2021 so I’m not actually in the new year yet.
Have you ever noticed all the holidays and special days that are on the calendar?
Here are the United States holidays that appear on my Google Calendar:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Women’s History Month, Daylight Savings Time, Easter, Tax Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Columbus Day, American Indian Heritage Month, Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
That doesn’t include all the special days however. There is a website, Holiday Insights, that tracks holidays and indicates there are one or more holidays for every day in the year.
International Stop Spam Day, World Introvert Day, Festival of Sleep Day, National Bird Day, Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, National Hot Tea Day, National Take the Stairs Day, National Rubber Duckie Day, National Hat Day, Penguin Awareness Day, … to name just a few.
If I recognized a holiday every single day of the year, I wouldn’t have time to complete any of the projects I plan to work on in 2022?
But that isn’t my gripe.
Look again at the list.
Obvious isn’t it?
Some get months.
Some get weeks.
Everybody gets at least a day.
Well, not everybody.
I couldn’t find the “National Fat Old Bald Guy Day,” let alone the “National Fat Old Bald Guy Month,” on any of the calendars.
How can I celebrate all those other special days when my special day is being ignored?
It looks like I don’t have any choice.
Instead of celebrating a holiday or two every day in the coming year, I guess I’m just going to have to do something else.
I know, I could work.
Who knows, maybe then I’ll be able to complete some of my projects.
“These days much criticism is personal and blatantly dishonest because there are no truth police. Social media is a free-fire zone full of emotionally disturbed miscreants who nurture their sadism by trying to destroy people.
We all know what's going on but many of us are afraid to criticize the internet guttersnipes for fear we'll become a target.”
I run across a number of interesting items in the course of a week, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you. You may find some of them worth checking out.
“Marine surprised his little sister for Christmas” I have to admit I love these kinds of stories.
“LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva to Newsmas: ‘Hide the Kids, Hold on to Your Wallet’” by Eric Mack. Includes a 5 minute intervew about the rise of crime in Los Angeles from someone who should have an understanding of why this is happening.
“FDA Used Incomplete Data To Justify Deregulation of the Chemical Abortion Pills, Studies Show” by Patrick Hauf. Does the FDA really work this way? Do they choose to do what’s politically correct and ignore all that science stuff?
Before I go I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.
“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)
Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today!