Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy 104th Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
~~ William Shakespeare

(1564 – 1616), English poet and playwright, greatest writer in the English language, world's pre-eminent dramatist, often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon"; quote taken from The Merchant of Venice. Act II. Scene II

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Happy 104th Father’s Day! Did you know that the first Father’s Day celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910? Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with a simple click.

Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.

For those of us whose dads are no longer with us, (an estimate of about 100 million folks in the U.S.A.) and for the many more who still have their dad, there are so many things to do to keep his memory in your heart. Do things that your dad loved and things that brought out the best as well as visiting your dad's friends and family.
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I have so many fond memories as a child with my dad and other family members at the Jersey Shore that I was inspired to write a short story in memory of my dad, “The Painting Ballerina".

The short story (published in 1999) was about a young girl by the sea who with the help of her animal friends, creates a new art form “ paint-dancing.”

The Founder and CEO of real estate firm, City Connections, David Schlamm, was interviewed by his oldest daughter, Emma, on the firm’s 25th anniversary.

The article, titled Schlamm Dunk: City Connections Turns 25! celebrates her dad and discusses his thoughts on the success of his 25 years with his company.

(photo right courtesy of City Connections Realty

Resources for Father’s Day: Take the Fatherhood Pledge

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