National Cousin’s Day is celebrated each year on July 24. This day is another special day to let all of your cousins, those near and far, know how much you appreciate them. Take a moment to either call your cousins, text them, send a card or find a creative way to let them know you are thinking about them, whether they are a first, second, third or cousin twice removed! Use #CousinsDay on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts. If you are not yet connected to your cousins on social media, be sure to follow each other. This shows your support, love and ongoing connection. On your social media posts, use #CousinsDay.
To all of my cousins here and abroad, Happy Cousin’s Day! We are indeed a colorful group!
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon. Members of the crew included Americans Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, the duration of the Apollo mission lasted 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.
The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a Command Module (CM) with a cabin for the three astronauts, and the only part that landed back on Earth; a Service Module (SM), which supported the Command Module with propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a Lunar Module (LM) for landing on the Moon (which itself was composed of two parts). After being sent toward the Moon by the Saturn V’s upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event with the highly popular quote, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Command Module is displayed at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. It is in the central Milestones of Flight exhibition hall in front of the Jefferson Drive entrance, sharing the main hall with other pioneering flight vehicles such as the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1, the North American X-15, Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, and Gemini 4. Armstrong’s and Aldrin’s space suits are displayed in the museum’s Apollo to the Moon exhibit. The quarantine trailer, the flotation collar, and the righting spheres are displayed at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the U.S. Congress: “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property; its name was changed to Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.
Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. Walt bought a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955.
To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
—Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955
Today Tweetspeak Poetry celebrates their annual “Take Your Poet to Work” Day. Additionally, they sponsored Poet in a Coffee Shop, an animated GIF contest where you could go to your favorite coffee shop and make an animated GIF with your favorite poet illustration. Last year I took my Maya Angelou popsicle stick cutout to work, but this year I thought it would be fun to hit my local coffee shop. I decided to indulge in some delicious treats at Cathy’s Coffee, a quaint coffee shop in Indian Trail, North Carolina, as I enjoyed works by my favorite poet, Maya Angelou.
Today, take an illustration or snapshot of your favorite poet somewhere (a coffee shop, the park or to the beach) and bask in the essence of poetry in motion. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Have a poetically tantalizing day!
By Kym Gordon Moore
Like a theatrical performance or a cinematic snapshot of actors, comediennes and commentators, the Saturday Night Cinema of Poetry Open Mic, at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center set the stage for a “reel” good time. Based on the month’s poetry prompt “your favorite cinema experience,” the poems gave audience members a sprinkle of adaptations, animations, a bit of movie trivia and novel interpretations that were entertaining, educational and emotional. As always, I am constantly amazed by the courage of new poets and the diverse poetry portrayals by regular ITCAC poetry group members, presented each month I moderate these open mic readings.
Everyone attending the event was treated to popcorn and cheese nachos, sponsored by Sun Valley 14 Theaters, located in Indian Trail, NC. Sun Valley 14 is located at 6449 Old Monroe Road and is part of Stone Theatres. With State-of-the-Art sound systems, luxury “rocker” seating, wall-to-wall screens and gourmet concession stations, this theater is dubbed “A 100% Digital Luxury Movie Theatre.” The room popped with iconic movie props to make the atmosphere come alive with motion picture inspiration.
We were moved by all of the poems written and recited by Ruth Roth, Christian George, Cathy Shumway, Mia Younce, Catherine Ross, Norman Bartee, Bailey Workman, Vicky Blackwell, Cynthia Hunt, Matthew George, Christina Battle and Dwight Roth. The sister tag team of Isabella and Lilli Fish drew sketches of their inspiration revolving around the theme, and as a bonus, added a poem they each created, while completing their drawings. The Fish sisters also shared their poems before the audience. Multi-media artist, Erin Penland painted a triptych (a painting done on three separate blocks of canvas) to symbolically depict the poetic theme.
A special thanks to Susan Didier, Community Development Specialist and Stephanie Jones with the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, for making this poetry open mic a magical evening of cinematic fun! I am grateful to my dear friend Roger Fish for photographing these special moments of our poetry open mic, so before you leave this post, please glance through our gallery of the evening’s highlights! Stay tuned for the poetry prompt announcement for August.