National Airborne Day - August 16


National Airborne Day on August 16th honors the military’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces.    

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting U.S. ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. These sky soldiers represent some of the most prestigious and expertly trained forces in the United States Army. 

In the U.S. Army currently, two airborne divisions operate. The 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina began as an infantry division. During World War I, the 82nd Division activation on 25 August 1917 at Camp Gordon. In 1918, they earned the nickname All American for the composition of their division. Since the soldiers came not from all across the country, but several were immigrants, too. The 82nd Division represented all of America as few other divisions did at the time.

The second and still active airborne division had a short-lived beginning. During World War I, the 101st Airborne Division organized for a short while during World War I on 2 November 1918. However, the war ended shortly after. During World War II, the Screaming Eagles were activated on 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. They currently make their home at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Both units have served around the world in combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAirborneDay

The United States military in all of its branches provide the most professional military men and women of the world. Thank a paratrooper and use #NationalAirborneDay to post on social media.


President George W. Bush proclaimed National Airborne Day on August 14, 2002. On August 3, 2009, the US Senate of the 111th Congress recognized National Airborne Day with Senate Resolution235.

“Learn to Fly – just as soon as possible – both of my sons, Al and Lee – LOVE to Fly!”

And,  my younger brother,  Tom McClarren – well he just likes to jump out of Airplanes –  because that is what he did when he was  a –  #1 Paratrooper  for our  A#1 Uncle Sam, in the 1950’s – and is now called, “Mr. Wonderful” – as he is so…”Wonderful” … with  so many stories!”

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National Relaxation Day - August 15


National Relaxation Day on August 15th encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to focus on taking care of ourselves and take a moment to relax. 

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks.  Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.  

But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically.  Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.

What is your favorite relaxation activity?

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing with a friend
  • A picnic in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Taking a drive in the country
  • Spa
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • A movie
  • Window shopping
  • Lunch with friends
  • Drinks with friends
  • Watching sports
  • Swimming

These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRelaxationDay

Take a deep breath, unwind while viewing your favorite TV show or just find a quiet spot in a park and enjoy the summer breeze.  Use #NationalRelaxationDay to post on social media and spread the word.


Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader.  In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value.  Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.

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“Today is the 13th and MOM was 13 on this PHOTO”

1913 Marie Brady age 13!

Marie Brady on the right – standing.MOM 13 001Irene Brady,   Mae Lauth,  and  Marie Brady are standing and sitting on left  is Jimmie Brady (adopted) and  the  little  boy is not known to me. 

 The eldest brother, James D. Brady and his wife adopted little “Jimmie” as a baby,   and  while they are visiting FAMILY in Missouri, have a real good  “baby-sitter, Marie.” 

In the above PHOTO – the ladies all have some fancy caps on their heads – so a wild guess – they were all working in the kitchen – making some kind of a good meal – for all of the FAMILY to enjoy. That is what I remember my MOM telling me – that when all the FAMILY would gather – they had a feast – so many and they all enjoyed eating the best  of foods!

In so many of  the pictures  that I have, there  are a good many of  “little Jimmie”   as they  did  live in Missouri  with a place to stay – as they did believe in traveling  as family from here would go to their place in El Paso, Texas.   Always   work and family  invitations requiring many trips  to come up from Texas for “FAMILY” get-to-gathers – and  vise versa.

Long before they moved to Texas,   James  D. Brady, the eldest in the “BRADY FAMILY”  had an important position with the  “Swift Packing Company,”  which required that  Jim  and  his family would  move to  that big STATE of   Texas.

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On August 9th many enjoy their favorite dish on National Rice Pudding Day.

A variety of recipes exist for rice pudding. All of them include cooked rice as the base ingredient and combine a milk (such as cow’s, coconut, evaporated or cream) with bread. Sugar, molasses or honey gives the pudding a sweet taste along with other flavors such as vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Eggs hold the dish together and butter gives it a rich, creamy consistency. 

While many enjoy rice pudding as a dessert, it’s also ideal for breakfast or as a side dish. Add fruit, nuts, raisins or enjoy it with whipped cream. Since there are so many recipes for rice pudding, the opportunity to sample more than one presents itself

Dating back to the Tudor period, the earliest rice pudding recipes were called white pot.  One of the first-known methods was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615.

After being baked, serve the pudding hot or cold. Add fresh fruit, nuts or whipped topping. However, raisins are traditional. Other spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and even cayenne, add variety to rice pudding recipes. Citrus zests bring brightness to the dessert that can at times be rich and heavy to the palate.  Although most recipes call for sugar, alternatives include monk fruit, agave syrup or palm sugar. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRicePuddingDay

Have fun in the kitchen by trying this Rice Pudding Recipe and then share it with your family and friends!  Have a rice pudding bake-off and relish tasting the different recipes. Bake one large batch and offer a buffet of toppings. If there are any leftovers, server them up on Lazy Day! Use #NationalRicePuddingDay to post on social media.

 Rice Pudding Recipe

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 1 hour

Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 


4 cups cooked white rice (not instant)
1 teaspoon salt
6 slices white bread, cubed
2 cups whole milk
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup raisins
5 eggs beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter


Add 1 teaspoon of salt while rice is cooking.

In a large bowl, stir together bread, milk, sugar, raisins, eggs, and vanilla.  Add rice and mix well. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot with pats of butter. Bake 1 hour at 350°.

This is so different from the  many ways that I made “Rice Pudding”  in the past – that – Now, I will have to  try this new way to make an old  favorite  and  luscious dessert, for our Family!

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“We LOVE the NAVY”

“How does that song go, “Your in the NAVY,  NOW”  – – and you are the  best NAVY MAN in our FAMILY!”

If the music for the “NAVY” does not put you in the mood to rush on down to your   nearest, NAVY Requiter’s Office  – – right,  NOW  –  Put some blood in those veins! Open up a can of  “Pop-Eye’s” best Spinach, and turn yourself into one of  “AMERICA’s”   finest NAVY MEN, for all TIME!

“Thanks for serving, when called on to do so! Your COUNTRY,  “AMERICA  loves you” -and the  “ALMIGHTY  YAHWEH”  loves and strengthens you,  and I am praying for each and everyone,  every day and night.”  “Thank You!”  DV

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“HAPPY Memories Last Forever”

“Denny is NOW by the SEASHORE”

“I sure am glad,  that Mom took this PHOTO of  “DENNY and  ME” when he came home for his first Leave.” 

At this time, I  was working for “Krey Packing Co.”  in the bookkeeping section,  and as an employee, was allowed to have a discount on one of their very best whole HAMS! “In all of the excitement of Denny’s home-coming,  I am trying to slice the “HAM” and do a whole lot of talking – all at the same time, so that is what I have in my hand while talking to “DENNY”  – just have to try a sample, and since we were  laughing and catching up on all the things that “Denny” was doing and learning in the “ARMY”  just going over-board with FUN,  the “HOLIDAYS”  help with  having such a wonderful  time,  MOM took this shot of us , which was one of the best things to happen, and without knowing, that this PHOTO would become  one of my most favorite  of all time PHOTOS, because DENNY is so  extra happy and he has that “million dollar” smile, right there for “ME” to enjoy – for all of my LIFE!

“I only wish that, that is if  “WISHES” would even or ever come true,  that  I would have had “color film” in the camera,   that way, “everyone” would  be able to see  just  exactly  and how “IRISH”  DENNY  is! 

With such a  beautiful  shade of red hair,  and  with some freckles  to match,  and in a most distinguished  “United States Army”   uniform,  and has  always  been a meticulous dresser,  Blessed with that  wonderful “smile”  that is given by our CREATOR, to those that he LOVES, would melt  the heart of any  one,  just to  have the chance to get to know  DENNY, and to LOVE  DENNY, forever!

This  now, is in  the mid 1940’s,  at the “Fairgrounds Park” and for this PHOTO of us, taken by Mama,  I am most grateful! 

It is with some of these old PHOTOS, that  I can see and remember  as far back to these days and times  – during the days of WWII – when we all did our part in helping with the “WAR” effort.

We all did our best to help where ever we could and at the same time learn to do without the luxuries of LIFE  – as the times were so different from what children have and take for granted, today.

But, one thing for sure, we were HAPPY  and safe and  when we  did things – we did them together as a FAMILY having so much FUN!   I am so  THANKFUL to Almighty Yahweh,  that He gave us a terrific FAMILY,  one filled  with so  many marvelous  memories of of times when a FAMILY enjoyed being together  having rules to keep – and played with friends and neighbors  in their own neighborhoods and could even go to the near by PARKS  safely walking – never needing a vehicle to get to go  places –  as we could walk for hours, never ever getting tired  – seeing and learning about all of the wonderful “Landmarks”   that were  established there,  for us  to learn about the history of those, that had settled here in the early 1800’s.

All of those and so many more memories, that will last  and be remembered,  forever!

The music is especially for “DENNY” since he  was living in Florida, with his boat  docked  just past the back yard,  able to enjoy the “Seashore”   and all the fruits of his labor,  here on Earth!  NOW,  “Denny” is enjoying a  far greater  and so much better place, being now at  home with his CREATOR!   D.V.

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