Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy 105th Father’s Day America! Sunday, June 15, 2014

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~~ Pope John XXIII
(Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. (photo above right, boy with hand-made gift for his dad, courtesy of

"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job. Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. "   ~~ Jim Carrey , Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at

Happy 105th Father’s Day America! The first Father’s Day celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910 (105 events ago and 104 years ago)?

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.

Last year, Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with simple clicks. This year, Google's doodle celebrates Father's Day and World Cup with an adorable doodle moustached dad with the letter O.

While I'm at it, I have to share a photo of my Grandfather (Angelo Buono) circa about 1908 with a similar moustache like Google doodle. Born in Naples, Italy my grandmother would tell me stories of how he became an engineer and seeked a better life. Around 7 years later, 1915, he moved to New York, NY and opened a fruit and produce business on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy. The business stayed in the family for over 80 years (1915 - late 1990's).

Did you know that "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.
(photo left courtesy of

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.”

Help an author reach his Kickstarter quota for his next book about his relationship with his father.

Bestselling author Scott Berkun has a 6th book coming out and has launched a Kickstarter project for the book titled, The Ghost of My Father.

Berkun is taking a big risk with this project as it's a departure from his other books.

More information at his kickstarter project at

Berkun's blog posting "Why Fathers And Children Don't Get Along is also an interesting post which provides an interesting perspective about Berkun's relationship with his father." Here are additional Berkun posts about The Ghost of My Father.

Berkun is such a brilliant speaker and writer and I felt that his latest work will be a tribute to all children and dads in our world and in spirit. A donation as little as $1.00 helps another great Berkun book get published. Visit at

(P.S. I learned about Scott Berkun from his previous business books and previous speaking engagements, including the Web 2.0 convention back in 2009, photos are on my Facebook the very last few are of Berkun speaking; Incidentally, as a social media evangelist I do not get monetary gain for any of my book reviews, pre-release mentions or announcements that I make on any of my blog posts or

What things does (or did) your dad enjoy? Are you planning anything special this Father's Day?

Lovingly and appropriately, I did things that my dad enjoyed this FD weekend -- dining out at fine restaurants with friends and having lots of laughs throughout the event. Here's a few photos posted on Facebook - Ladies Night Out to celebrate birthdays of Helen and Rosann.

Resources for Father’s Day: Take the Fatherhood Pledge 10 Freebies for Father's Day's_Day Father's Day on Wikipedia

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