Archive | June, 2011

Today is the June Solstice!

What is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice, or Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere, marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere. On the June Solstice, the sun’s rays fall directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, so those living north of this location experience the longest hours of daylight out of the year. On the June Solstice only, there are also 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle.

Learn more about the June Solstice by clicking here.

When is the June Solstice?

The June Solstice occurs anywhere from June 20 to 22 at a specific time.

Do people celebrate the June Solstice?

Learn about ancient and modern June Solstice traditions and celebrations by clicking here. then check out National Geographic’s slide show of June Solstice rituals around the world.

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What is Father’s Day?

What is Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is a day of parent appreciation dedicated to celebrating fathers, grandfathers and father figures. Although it was introduced as a holiday in 1910, Father’s Day didn’t become an official American holiday until 1972.

Learn more about the history of Father’s Day by clicking here.

When is Father’s Day?

The third Sunday of June. This year, Father’s Day falls on June 15.

How do people celebrate Father’s Day?

People celebrate Father’s Day by giving their fathers, grandfathers and father figures gifts and greeting cards. Typical Father’s Day gifts include electronics, tools, grills, sports and outdoor equipment, sports wear, men’s clothing and DVDs and CDs.  Many families also go out to dinner, have outdoor cookouts or barbecues or attend a sporting event.

Find Father’s Day facts  as well as celebration ideas and tips by clicking here.

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America The Beautiful – 4th of July Contest : Win $50

What’s your favorite place in the United States of America? Put your entry as a comment below. It can be anything from your favorite vacation spot, state, or the the backyard of your uncles house that was the annual meetup for a crochet tournament. It’s up to you!

The winner gets a $50 gift card to spend at or

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1. Leave a comment starting today. Click here to visit the comment section.

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Disneyworld!! Period!! The happiest place on Earth! The family and I are always talking about when we’re going back again and again! We still sing songs and tell stories all the time about our past trips!  -Steve, Customer Service

The great state of Texas! -Jay, Programmer

Arizona.  For its varying, incredibly beautiful landscapes, saguaro as tall as trees, and xeriscaped lawns. It’s also a short hop to California, Nevada, Mexico. As a teen and young adult I spent many a summer in the Phoenix area visiting family. Even at 124 degrees I still loved it.  Hey, it’s a dry heat! -Jessica, Merchandising

Mine is wherever I am relaxing with my family. It might be our back yard, a friend’s house, or a museum in another city. As long as I’m with them that place is my favorite. -Robert, Marketing

One of my favorite places to be in America is the San Marcos River sitting in a tube. Nothing is better than enjoying great scenery, good company, and lots of laughs. -Jordan, Customer Service

My favorite place in America is Redfish Bay in Aransas Pass, TX. There’s nothing like waking up early, getting on the boat, and then watching the sunrise with a fishing pole in your hand. Pure bliss! -Sarah, Marketing

Anna Maria Island, FL. This little known stretch of beach south of Tampa is the most pristine and beautiful place in America I have visited thus far. The water is always calm, clear, and turquois and the sand is powdery like walking on flour. There are no big hotels which leaves the you with plenty of room and they have a restaurant you can walk up to and eat at with an ocean view before you go back to some more sunbathing and relaxing. -Dennis, Analytics

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Smile Power Day

Senegalese boy smilingJune 15 is National Smile Power Day! Haven’t your heard? Not only is smiling contagious, but it has super powers, too! Flash a friendly (not fake or creepy) smile to all the friends, family, co-workers acquaintances and strangers that you cross paths with today and, instantly, people are happier, relationships are improved, fights are avoided, life is brighter, thoughts are positive and you’re happier than ever. You never know whose day you might brighten, so share your smile and spread the cheer!

1, 2, 3…Smile Power!

Find out how smiling leads to a healthier mind and body by clicking here.

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Happy Flag Day! June 14th

US Navy 060417-N-8157C-162 The American flag flies prominently during the World Patriot Tour performance at Hickam Air Force BaseNational Flag Day commemorates the anniversary of Congress’s adoption of the “stars and stripes” design for the U.S. flag in 1777. On June 14, 1885, Bernard Cigrand, a young teacher in Wisconsin, asked his students to observe this anniversary and began his efforts to bring about a national observance of Flag Day. In 1916, President Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a national observance of Flag Day, and in 1949, President Truman signed a legislation officially designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

Learn more about the history of National Flag Day here.

Before you fly your own U.S. flag on National Flag Day, learn flag etiquette and how to properly fold the flag.

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King Kamehameha Day – June 11th

Kamehameha I full 5111What is King Kamehameha Day?

King Kamehameha Day, first observed in 1872, is celebrated in honor of King Kamehameha, who united all of the Hawaiin Islands and established and became the first king of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Although King Kamehameha Day is a public, state holiday in Hawaii only, President Barack Obama encouraged all of America to celebrate the heritage, culture and spirit of Hawaii by proclaiming June 11 King Kamehameha Day in 2010. However, state offices, schools and some stores and businesses still only close in Hawaii.

When is King Kamehameha Day?

June 11 of each year.

How do people celebrate King Kamehameha Day?

In Hawaii, King Kamehameha Day celebrations include a floral parade and the annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition in Honolulu, the Kamehameha Festival in Hilo, parties and horseback riding competitions. The four statues of King Kamehameha, in the Hawaiin cities of Honolulu, Kapa’au and Hilo and in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol, are draped in lei.

Photo Source: J JMesserly (own photo) via Wikimedia Commons
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National Yo-Yo Day – June 6th

Wooden yo-yoWhat is National Yo-Yo Day?

National Yo-Yo Day celebrates the yo-yo! Not only is the yo-yo a classic toy, but it’s one of the oldest. The first yo-yos, made of terra cotta disks and decorated with paintings of mythological creatures and Greek gods, originated in ancient Greece around 500 BC. Archeologists believe that ancient Greek children offered their yo-yos to the gods as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Learn more about the history of the yo-yo by clicking here.

When is National Yo-Yo Day?

June 6, the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr., a businessman who made the yo-yo popular in America and began manufacturing the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s.

How do I celebrate National Yo-Yo Day?

“Walk the dog,” “shoot the moon,” “rock the baby” or perform any other yo-yo tricks. Don’t know how? Learn how to be a “Yo-Yo Ninja” by clicking here.

Photo Source: XuliánConX via Wikimedia Commons
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Hug Your Cat Day – June 6th

Harry and stellaJune 4 is the perfect day for cats and their owners – it’s Hug Your Cat Day! Ok, maybe this holiday is more for the owners than the cats.  Every cat owner knows that hugging your cat isn’t always easy, but today, give that kitty a hug anyway! And if your cat is feeling extra affectionate, curl up with your kitty for a quick cat nap.

Having trouble getting your cat to reciprocate your affection? Check out Petcentric’s five tips to bringing out your cat’s “inner cuddliness.”

Don’t have a cat? Luckily, June is the American Humane Association’s National Adopt-a-Cat Month, so go out and adopt a cat in need of a hug and a home.

Photo Source: Alarob (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
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Happy Flip Day™!

June is here! Each month at the office we look forward to flipping the hundred or so calendars hanging around. This month, it means even more. is proud to announce a new monthly tradition, Flip Day! This is celebrated  the first of each month when you physically change your calendar from one month to the next. To start the tradition of Flip Day, we thought this quote is most appropriate…

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Emerson

What does June mean for us?

Here are some things a few folks at are looking forward to:

“Father’s Day!! My little girls roll out the red carpet for Daddy!” – Steve S.

“I am going on a meditation retreat on Thunder Mountain at the end of the month. I will be offline for 10 whole days.  The name of the course is “Deep Spaces” which sounds pretty darn groovy to me!” – Christi G.

“Father’s day!” -Robert G.

Looking forward to Ian’s All Star games in Baseball! Also, I’m looking forward to watching the boys participate in the Great Outhouse Race at the Shrimporee on the 10th!  -Sarah T.

“June marks the start of the summer for my children.  Soccer camp begins this month and my parents are also traveling to Canada this month, which means they are bringing back some really cool souvenirs.” -Misty W.

I will be working on Continuing Education Credits to maintain my training certification. Looking forward to some great classes with some great trainers!”  -Elizabeth D.

I’m really looking forward to my vacation at the end of the month. It will be great to get away for a while and relax! -Ashton C.

Why is June special for you?


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