National Wrong Way Corrigan Day on July 17th commemorates the transatlantic flight of an Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas. Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938.
Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938, the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York. Upon his arrival, he asked for permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. Unfortunately, the flight service quickly denied his request due to the age of his 1929 Curtiss Robin aircraft.
With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California. According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. When Corrigan dropped below the clouds hours later, he saw nothing but water. Then Corrigan realized his navigation was off. Despite the confusion, he continued on his journey. Surprisingly, 28 hours later, he landed in Ireland.
Corrigan’s story of his flight never faltered. Despite accusations that he secretly planned this flight, Corrigan held fast to his original explanation.
After the Flight
The wayward pilot wrote about his misadventure in his memoir, That’s My Story. While out of print, you can find a few copies for the right price. Corrigan also received a movie deal and soon played himself in The Flying Irishman. During World War II, he tested bombers. After the war, the stunt man toured the country with other familiar war heroes in parades. As the notoriety died down, Corrigan settled into a quiet life with his wife and family. Occasionally fame would catch up to him again when Corrigan would run into a reporter who wanted to question the veracity of his story.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WrongWayCorriganDay
Explore the history of transatlantic flight and more stories like Douglas Corrigan’s. Watch The Flying Irishman or visit an air museum. Use #WrongWayCorriganDay to share on social media. Explore these other 8 Amazing Firsts in Flight, too!
NATIONAL WRONG WAY CORRIGAN DAY HISTORY
National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938. The first celebration took place in 1987 when Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of Corrigan’s flight. The city hosted a parade in honor of the 80-year-old pilot. The celebration was given the name “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” In 1992, Corrigan’s hometown of Galveston, Texas, also proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day. They chose the date of January 22nd, celebrating their hometown hero’s birthday.
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- The clock struck 12 and made me realize… that I am happier than you are for your birthday.
- Happy birthday.
- Today is when you can expect anything and everything from us.
- Giving it is our choice!
- Shake your legs, because it is your birthday today… and you would not like to miss a chance to make it very special.
- Happy birthday.
- May your life be like wine… tasty, sharp, clear and improving with every year.
- Don’t forget to write down which wishes you like most …in a comment section and yeah…
- don’t forget to share with us…on your social media accounts Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, etc..
“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Happy Birthday – – – – xoxoxoxoox D.V.
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“You are carrying your HAND… with you – – so let “IT” guide you as to the amount of food… you are putting into your MOUTH!”
A Handy Guide to Portion Sizes
Here’s how to roughly measure portion sizes using your hand.
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“Looks like the “BIRTHDAY PARTY” is over… so may as well get ready for some “HOUSE” cleaning – – but will just take this last “PHOTO” – – to remind me … “A GOOD TIME was HAD by ALL!”
“Let’s have one of your “BIG” smiles … for the camera!”
My “DADDY” said – that when … ” You want it clean… You will use “Spic and Span” – – to clean everything – – and just to prove to me – – that he was right… he purchased this package of “SPIC and SPAN” – – and went to work in my Kitchen.”
So… what could I do – – but get my camera and take “DADDY’s” photo – – while up on the ladder.
To prove that DADDY was using the package of “SPIC and SPAN” – – I put the package on top of the oven – – and if you look up to the ceiling – – you can see the area that DADDY has clean – – and the area that he is working toward – – “WHAT a difference in the ceiling – – the clean side and the side in need of cleaning!”
Just so you know…The ceiling and walls of your “HOME” – – do not get dirty all by their selves – – – “they” collect all of the smoke from you and your family – – every time you feel the “urge” to light up – – one of those expensive cigarettes!
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I recently read a book called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz that opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and way of living. The premise is that there are four agreements you make with yourself and when followed miraculous things will happen.
As you practice living these four practices your life will dramatically change. In the beginning these new habits will be challenging and you will lapse countless times. With practice these agreements become integrated into your being and every area of your life and become easy habits to keep.
The Four Agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
For more on this, check out the book, The Four Agreements. It has the power to transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, love and true happiness.
Jaime Aldrich Cardwell
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Say you have $86,400 in your bank account and someone stole $10 from you. Would you be upset and throw all of the $86,390 away in hopes of getting back at that person who took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, move on and live.
See, we have 86,400 seconds in every day so don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds ruin the rest of the 86,390. Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is bigger than that.
I heard a story recently about staying optimistic and having a good outlook on life and I’d like to share it today…
There were once two boys; identical twins in fact—Jason and Peter. From the day they were born, they were anything other than “identical.” Jason was born an optimist and Peter was a pessimist. No matter what happened, Jason saw the positive side of life. He was usually happy, easily satisfied, and he saw the possibilities in every situation. As positive as Jason was, his brother was equally negative. He was rarely satisfied, usually unhappy and, regardless of the situation, he predicted gloom and doom.
Needless to say, the boys’ parents were very concerned about Peter, for as hard as they tried to treat the boys equally, Peter was always unhappy.
With nowhere else to turn, the boys’ parents turned to a local Psychiatrist. After a great deal of thought, the good doctor had what he felt was a brilliant, “sure thing” solution. His suggestion was this. He said, “You know the holidays are coming. Here’s what’s going on, and here is my suggestion. Obviously, Peter feels that you favor Jason and that you give more to him than you do to Peter. So, what I want to do is to fill up Peter’s room with as many toys as you possibly can—all the greatest stuff. Then, and this is going to be hard for you to do, I want you to fill up Jason’s room with horse manure. Then what’s going to happen is that Peter is going to finally feel that he is the favored one—and thus, he will be happy. Obviously, this will hurt Jason, but he is strong and will get over it.”
Well, the parents were stunned by what seemed like an odd suggestion, but they were desperate and decided to follow his instructions.
Then, the morning arrived. As crazy as it was, the parents had done what the Psychiatrist recommended. They darted down the hall to Peter’s room, hoping to see him excited and happy for the first time. But when they opened the door, they were sadly disappointed. Peter was miserable. He was complaining about the toys and moaning and groaning about how they weren’t “the best.”
The parents then went down the hall to Jason’s room, expecting to see him very unhappy and depressed. They loved their son so much and didn’t want to hurt him, but they were just following instructions.
Well, they were stunned when they opened the door. Rather than acting depressed, Jason was throwing the manure all over the room. He was happy and excited and yelling out, “Whoopee!” When he saw his parents, here is what he said. “You can’t fool me mom and dad. With all this horse manure all over the place, there has to be a pony in here somewhere!”
The moral of the story is that optimism comes from within ourselves. We tend to find what we’re looking for, so if we want to be optimistic, we really do have the power to do so. And, when we are optimistic, we are generally happier people.
Jaime Aldrich Cardwell
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