‘Summer breeze makes me feel fine’

The goofy golden doodle enjoying the summer breeze on her perch on the deck.

See the curtains hangin’ in the window
In the evening on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window
Lets me know everything’s all right

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin’ though the jasmine in my mind

— Seals and Crofts

Clouds hanging low over Drayton’s Passage early in the morning.

Good morning Longbranch.

It may be cloudy outside but it sure is starting to feel like summer. The weather geeks are saying it is currently 58 degrees, a high of 64 today, and a light breeze. Oh, that summer breeze.

With a whiff of jasmine, I give you today in history:

Today in 1910, the first Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Wash., after the state’s second governor, John McGraw, proclaimed it so. However, according to history.com, “it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.”

This is how pbs.org characterized the glaring difference in the relative popularity of mother’s and father’s days:

“The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, ‘fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.’ On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.”

The Indian Paintbrush are beginning to flourish on the banks of Drayton’s Passage.

In 1912, the U.S. government established the 8-hour work day, according to onthisday.com. The nation’s labor unions had been pressing for a shorter work day for decades, often to violent ends.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Well, most American workers were feeling just that. This according to pbs.org: “Around the turn of the twentieth century, a popular movement for the eight-hour day in the U.S. rippled from coast to coast. At least fifty years earlier, working Americans were pushing for a ten-hour day standard. But by the 1880s, many Americans called for an even shorter workday of eight-hours.”

And finally, this day in 1944, The U.S. Navy won the battle of the Philippine Sea against the Imperial Japanese fleet, paving the way for American forces to retake the archipelago island by island.

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