National Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Today is National Cheer Up the Lonely Day. With social distancing, isolation, and quarantine, this holiday is important now more than ever. I’m certain many people have never heard of this day. The holiday was founded by Francis Pesek. His daughter, L.J. Pesek said he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. The idea came to him as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes.” July 11 is also Francis Pesek’s birthday. I have yet to find any other information such as when Francis was born or what year the holiday was founded.

Autophobia is the fear of being alone. While many may not have the full-blown phobia, everyone at one time or another is afraid of being alone. For me, I’ve feared people would leave me which added to my insecurities and caused me to drive them away. I created my worst fear. When one feels this way, the smallest gesture can have the biggest impact. Sending a short message, an email, or letter can brighten their day. On social media, tagging a friend or sharing a link or post in a direct message (DM) can bring a smile to their face.

Remember, if you spend most days having conversations with several people, that doesn’t mean everyone else does. You may be the only person one of those people talks to for the entire day. There was one time a couple years ago when I went an entire week with no contact or conversations with anyone outside of work. I felt ignored and unwanted. I know others have felt this way. It takes little effort to remind people that you care about them. It’s also important to not assume someone is lonely because they spend a lot of time alone. Don’t jump to conclusions. Just tell them you care about them.

Remembering Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born at midnight on July 10, 1856. To celebrate his birthday, I would like to share 10 things most people probably don’t know about Tesla. These things were pulled together from David J. Kent, author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. He shared these exciting things on his own website where you can read further these fun things about Nikola Tesla. The first were published on January 4, 2013.

  1. Tesla was a showman, but also a recluse.
  2. Tesla inspired Google’s Larry Page to become an inventor.
  3. Nikola Tesla was a proponent of renewable energy.
  4. Tesla was from Venus (not really).
  5. Wardenclyffe Lives!

You can read more by following this link. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Kent listed five more things about Tesla on his website on July 10, 2017.

  1. He was actually born on the cusp of July 9th and 10th.
  2. He was fond of practical jokes.
  3. The sight of pearl earrings would make him nauseous.
  4. He invented robotics.
  5. He was a science fiction star.

You can read more by following this link. 5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla is one of my favorite historical figures. As the world remembers who he was, more and more information about his life is surfacing. He was almost forgotten to time and history. I’m happy people, not just me, are making an effort to remember him. There was a great show on the History Channel where a few scientists search for Tesla’s missing trunks and documents titled The Tesla Files. Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Wacky Wednesday: July 8

It’s time for another Wacky Wednesday. This week is pretty chill when it comes to holidays and as always, I have a couple fun words to expand your vocabulary. Our first word of the day is Screenager. A noun referring to a person in their teens or early twenties who has an aptitude for computers and spends much of their time on the internet. There is also a 2016 documentary titled Screenagers where a mother must decide if she should give her daughter an iPhone, directed by Delany Ruston. 

Our next word is Wayzgoose. A noun referring to a holiday or party for the benefit of printers, usually held in August. Most often on or around St. Bartholomew’s Day. The term initially meant a fat goose suitable for stuffing. The term was used for parties for printers because it marked the end of the Summer season and goose was often the dish of choice for that time of year. This holiday also marked the start of the season of working by candlelight.

As usual, our wacky holidays revolve around food. Today is the first annual celebration of National Freezer Pop Day. That’s right, 2020 is the first year to officially celebrate freezer pops. How do you observe the holiday? Pick up and eat some freezer pops. Easy enough. Today is also National Chocolate with Almonds Day. The origins of this holiday are unknown, but it still sounds delicious. My apologies to anyone with a nut allergy, but hopefully you can still enjoy the chocolate. Be sure to share some pictures celebrating these foods or using the new words you’ve added to your vocabulary. It’s hot outside. Get a freezer pop!