Today is June 19th (aka Juneteenth). It may seem like an unremarkable day, but I assure you it is not. The fact that its significance is not widely known says a lot about how our nation deals with its own dark moments.

The original Juneteenth occurred on June 19, 1865. The Civil War had ended months earlier, the Emancipation Proclamation signed years before, but it was on this day that all enslaved people in the United States were finally emancipated. Read the rest of this entry


…pack it in

Grab your baskets and blankets, crusaders, it’s International Picnic Day!

As we head into another week, there are few things more motivating than food, and in these warm summer months enjoying those meals outdoors is a seasonal pleasure for many… Read the rest of this entry

…Have Some Fun

Happy Father’s Day! I’ll keep this short since I know all the awesome dads out there have things to do or not do (it’s your day, no judgement).

To those who are dads, thanks for being the outstanding fathers you are. To those who are children of those same dads, don’t forget to visit or at least call them.

In honor of Father’s Day this #SundayFunday is all about fathers (and father figures) of the Pixar variety.

Thanks for all that you do. Enjoy your day, and these videos celebrating dads like you. Read the rest of this entry

…ride it out

With everything that’s happening in the world, it can sometimes feel like things are going a little bit off the rails, so it feels appropriate to acknowledge that on this day in 1884, the first American roller coaster opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Read the rest of this entry

…Give It Another Go

Every summer has its fair share of sequels. After all, it is blockbuster season. However, this summer seems exceptionally crowded.

So far this summer we’ve seen another “Avengers”, “Oceans”, “Deadpool”, and “Star Wars.” It doesn’t stop there, this week sees the release of “Incredibles 2,” and next week comes, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

With “variety” like this, it’s important to remember that sometimes the sequel is better. Read the rest of this entry