Archive for July, 2009

(July 19) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Ice Cream Day

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

National Ice Cream Day
Who can say no to a cold ice cream treat on a hot summer day? On Sundae Sunday, you can say Yes — guilt free — to America’s favorite dessert.

photo credit: via flickr

(July 19) Today we're observing . . .  Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad)

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Isra Al Mi’Raj (Ascent of the Prophet Muhammad – Islamic)*
Commemorating the Prophet Muhammad’s journey to Jerusalem and his ascent into heaven where he prayed together with Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.

“The rock in the center of the dome (The Dome of the Rock) is the spot from which, according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad ascended for a night-long journey to Heaven in AD 621, accompanied by the angel Gabriel. There he met many prophets like Abraham and Moses and was given the (now obligatory) Islamic prayers before returning to Earth…A Qur’anic verse says that Muhammad took an instantaneous night journey on Buraq from al-Masjid al-Haram (“the sacred mosque”, interpreted as being in Mecca) to al-Masjid al-Aqsa (“the farthest mosque”, interpreted as being in Jerusalem).”**

**Photo credit & quote source: Jerusalem – The Dome of the Rock at Night via flickr

*US date. Date may vary depending on where one lives in the world.

Happy Birthday Madiba!

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

nelsonmandelaphoto3Happy Birthday Madiba!

On this day, we raise our hands in celebration and renewed commitment to the making of a just society. Nelson Mandela teaches us that every human being can make a positive imprint. One by one, and together, we must continue to encourage open dialogue around social issues. We must transform discourse into action. We have work to do.

Today is the 91st Birthday of Nelson Mandela. Make an imprint  and join the Mandela Day celebration at

(July 18) Today we're celebrating . . .  Mandela Day

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Mandela Day
This is the first celebration of what will be an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

More info: Mandela Day

(July 17) Today we're celebrating . . .  Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Friday, July 17th, 2009

07172007wwc.jpgWrong Way Corrigan Day

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan … was an American aviator … (who) In 1938, after a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, to New York, he flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Ireland, even though he was supposed to be returning to Long Beach. He claimed that his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass…

Corrigan’s “error” caught the imagination of the … American public and inspired many jokes. The nickname “Wrong Way’ Corrigan” passed into common use and is still mentioned (or used as satire) when someone has the reputation for taking the wrong direction

source / photo source: wikipedia – Douglas Corrigan

(July 16) This week we're celebrating . . .  National Rabbit Week

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

National Rabbit Week
From Peter Rabbit to Pat the Bunny, rabbits are literary — and real life — favorites. Honor these adorable little house pets this week and raise awareness about inhumane practices such as buying (and then discarding a week later) an “Easter” bunny.

photo credit: via flickr

(July 15) Today we're celebrating . . .  Saint Swithin’s Day

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Saint Swithin’s Day
On this day in 971 CE, the relics of the Bishop of Winchester, Saint Swithin, were entombed in Winchester Cathedral.

English tradition teaches that since it rained heavily that day, July 15th will mark the start of a 40-day rainy season.

photo credit: via flickr

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