ON THIS DAY: August 11, 2020

August 11th is

Ingersoll Day *

Daughter and Son Day

Play in the Sand Day

Presidential Joke Day *

Raspberry Bombe Day


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ON THIS DAY: August 10, 2020

August 10th is

International Biodiesel Day

World Lion Day *

S’Mores Day

National Lazy Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day *

Smithsonian Charter Day *


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TCS: The Way to Treat a Lion

. . Good Morning!  


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers
on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in
your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


Did you think the lion was sleeping
because he didn’t roar?

― Friedrich Schiller

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ON THIS DAY: August 9, 2020

August 9th is

International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples *

Book Lover’s Day

National Veep Day *

Rice Pudding Day


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A Poem for Happiness Happens Day

Judith Viorst (1931 – ) American author, poet, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher, known for her humorous observational poetry and children’s books. She was honored with the 2011 Foremother Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Research Center for Women & Families.


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ON THIS DAY: August 8, 2020

August 8th is

Dalek Day *

National Dollar Day *

Frozen Custard Day

Happiness Happens Day

International Cat Day *

Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day


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ON THIS DAY: August 7, 2020

August 7th is

National Lighthouse Day *

National Purple Heart Day *

Professional Speakers Day

Raspberries n’ Cream Day

Sea Serpent Day *


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On August 7, 1789, the U.S. Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” Two hundred years later, the Congress designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day.

All over the world, lighthouses have long been essential to preventing shipwrecks, but they have also become symbols of our fascination with the ocean, and the subject of romantic, often melancholy, musings about the lives of their faithful but isolated keepers.


The Lighthouse

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

Not one alone; from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean’s verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o’er the restless surge.

Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night-o’ertaken mariner to save.

And the great ships sail outward and return,
Bending and bowing o’er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn,
They wave their silent welcomes and farewells.

They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.

The mariner remembers when a child,
On his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink;
And when, returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o’er ocean’s brink.

Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!

It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace;
It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up, and shake it like a fleece.

The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
And steadily against its solid form
Press the great shoulders of the hurricane.

The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
Of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.

A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of Jove,
It does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
But hails the mariner with words of love.

“Sail on!” it says, “sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!”

“The Lighthouse” is in the public domain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), was the most popular American poet of his day, and one of the first American celebrities who was also known in Europe. Though he was a very private man, who suffered greatly from neuralgia (nerve pain), his public reputation was as “as a sweet and beautiful soul,” as his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson called him at his funeral. His reputation declined quickly after his death, and he has long been overshadowed by the more modern American poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Carl Sandberg.


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ON THIS DAY: August 6, 2020

August 6th is

Fresh Breath Day

Hiroshima Day *

Root Beer Float Day

Wiggle Your Toes Day


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ON THIS DAY: August 5, 2020

August 5th is

Oyster Day

Underwear Day

Work Like a Dog Day


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