Special Dates in May and June Coming Soon!

May 31 2020 Pentecost Sunday, 5 & June 1 2020 Pentecost Monday, 6: Pentecost, also known as White Sunday, is a religious holiday that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus Christ and also recognizes the day that the church was established.

June 14 2020 Flag Day Sunday, 19: Flag Day 2020, is a holiday observed annually on June 14. It is a day that commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States that took place in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date.

June 21 2020 Father’s Day Sunday, 26: Father’s Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the third Sunday of June. It is a day that commemorates fatherhood and appreciates all fathers and father-figures (including grandfathers, great-grandfathers, stepfathers, and foster fathers) as well as their contribution to society.

History of Father’s Day

The History of Father’s Day 2020 dates back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honour the man (a civil war veteran William Jackson Smart) who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father’s Day, which would mirror Mother’s Day but be celebrated in June, her dad’s birthday month.

It is said that she was inspired after hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, and she therefore told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. A bill to nationally recognize the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, with the fear that it would just another commercialized holiday. The movement grew for years but only became popular national in 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge.

The holiday gained population during World War II, with most men leaving their families to fight in the war. In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be celebrated by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.

Two attempts to formally recognize the holiday had earlier been rejection by Congress. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Traditions of Father’s Day 2020

Traditionally, families gather to celebrate the father figures in their lives. Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions.

Many people send or give cards or traditionally masculine gifts such as sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance. In the days and weeks leading to Father’s Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers. Additionally, the US Open golf tournament is scheduled to finish on Father’s Day. ~ https://www.calendar-365.com/holidays/father%27s-day.html

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Welcome May, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day and More

May, 2020 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

 May 1

Hawaiian Lei Day

International Tuba Day – first Friday in May

Loyalty Day

May Day

Mother Goose Day

Save the Rhino Day

Space Day – first Friday in May

May 2

Baby Day

Brothers and Sisters Day

Free Comic Book Day – first Saturday in May

Herb  Day – first Saturday in May

Kentucky Derby Day – first Saturday in May

National Fitness Day – first Saturday in May

May 3

Garden Meditation Day

Lumpy Rug Day

World Press Freedom Day

May 4

Bird Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

Renewal Day

Star Wars Day

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

National Hoagie Day

National Teacher’s Day – Tuesday of first full week of May

Oyster Day

May 6

Beverage Day

National Tourist Appreciation Day

National Nurses Day

No Diet Day

May 7

National Tourism Day

May 8

Child Care Provider Day or Daycare Provider Day – Friday before Mother’s Day

 Iris  Day

Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother’s Day

National Outdoor Intercourse Day

 No Socks Day

V-E Day

World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

May 9

Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day

 International Migratory Bird Day the second Saturday in May

Lost Sock Memorial Day 

National Train Day– Saturday closest to May 10th

National Windmill Day – the second Saturday in May

May 10

 Clean up Your Room Day

 Lilac Sunday second Sunday in May

 Mother’s Day second Sunday in May

May 12

Fatigue Syndrome Day

International Nurses Day

Limerick Day 

May 13

Frog Jumping Day

Leprechaun Day

National Receptionist Day the second Wednesday in May

School Nurses Day the Wednesday during Nurse’s Week

May 14

Dance Like a Chicken Day

May 15

National Bike to Work Day – third Friday of month

National Chocolate Chip Day

Police Officer’s Memorial Day

May 16

Armed Forces Day – third Saturday of month

Love a Tree Day

National Sea Monkey Day

Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

Pack Rat Day

May 18

International Museum Day

No Dirty Dishes Day

Victoria Day(Canada) – Monday preceding the 25th

Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

Boy’s Club Day

World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day

May 20

Be a Millionaire Day – now we all can go for that

Pick Strawberries Day

May 21

National Memo Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

 May 22

Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Don’t Fry Friday – Friday before Memorial Day

World Goth Day

May 23

International Jazz Day – Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Lucky Penny Day

 May 24

National Escargot Day

May 25

Memorial Day last Monday of month

National Missing Children’s Day

National Brown Bag It Day

National Wine Day

Tap Dance Day

May 26

Sally Ride Day

 May 27

Sun Screen Day

May 28

Amnesty International Day

National Hamburger Day

May 29

Learn About Composting Day

May 30

Mint Julep Day

Water a Flower Day

May 31

National Macaroon Day

Save Your Hearing Day

World No Tobacco Day

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We’ve been doing a little research and some much needed reading during this tragic pandemic that’s “no April Fools’ Joke”!

We’ve been doing a little research and some much needed reading during this tragic pandemic that’s “no April Fools’ Joke”! It is hard to believe that this is our reality at this time.

Here are a few blogs, info, ideas and websites that could come in handy in the next few weeks and perhaps month (Let’s all hope not!).

1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!

2. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.

3. If it won’t bother your neighbors: Dust off that old instrument and practice.

4. Text all your exes just in case you have one more thing you wanted to get off your chest.

5. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft a haiku for Mother’s Day, or something without a specific structure. Just try it!

6. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.

7. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.

8. Finally read “Infinite Jest,” “Les Miserables” or even “The Stand.” Go all in and read “Ulysses.” You got this.

9. Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting crosslegged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)

10. Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.

  • Are your kids at home and incredibly bored right about now? Then take a look at this list of “TO DO IDEAS” put together by Monica Housewright (www.housewrightfence.com – co partner and owner of House of Mo’s Boutique) after she surveyed moms and mom groups all over the DFW areas. https://www.housewrightfence.com/100-ideas

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February 25th. is Fat Tuesday… Are you a fan?

Mardi Gras is believed to have arrived in North America on March 3, 1699, when the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville camped about 60 miles downriver from the future site of New Orleans. Knowing it was Fat Tuesday back in France, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a small gala.

9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

1. Mardi Gras and Carnival are the same celebration.
Though Mardi Gras technically refers only to Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras season actually begins on Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6 that is otherwise known as Three Kings Day or the Twelfth Day of Christmas. In Brazil and many other countries, this period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival. Whichever name you prefer to use, the revelries of Mardi Gras last until midnight tonight, when Ash Wednesday ushers in 40 days of Lent.

2. Mardi Gras may or may not have pagan roots.
A popular theory holds that Mardi Gras’ origins lie in ancient pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, such as Saturnalia and Lupercalia. Some experts contend, however, that Mardi Gras-type festivities popped up solely as a result of the Catholic Church’s discouragement of sex and meat during Lent. Church reformers may have helped to propagate the pagan rumors, these experts say, in the hope of dissuading pre-Lenten hedonism.

3. New Orleans did not host the first North American Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is believed to have arrived in North America on March 3, 1699, when the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville camped about 60 miles downriver from the future site of New Orleans. Knowing it was Fat Tuesday back in France, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a small gala. A few years later, French soldiers and settlers feasted and wore masks as part of Mardi Gras festivities in the newly founded city of Mobile (present-day Alabama). To this day, Mobile claims to have the oldest annual Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.

4. Mardi Gras in New Orleans survived early efforts at suppression.
Mardi Gras got going in New Orleans soon after the city’s founding in 1718. The Spanish, who ruled the Big Easy from 1762 to 1800, apparently cracked down on certain Mardi Gras rituals (though documentation from that period is scarce). U.S. authorities did much the same after taking control in 1803, banning both masked balls and public disguises. Nonetheless, they eventually accepted the festival’s existence. The first recorded Mardi Gras street parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, by which time the city had transformed from a small backwater into a major metropolis. Twenty years later, six men organized a secret society called the Mistick Krewe of Comus. By holding a parade with the theme of “The Demon Actors in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” along with a lavish grand ball, Comus reversed the declining popularity of Mardi Gras and helped establish New Orleans as its clear epicenter in the United States. This year, more than 1 million visitors are expected to attend.

5. Other secret societies quickly followed Comus’ lead.
In 1872 the Krewe of Rex and the Knights of Momus began paying for parades and balls of their own. They were followed a decade later by the Krewe of Proteus. Since these early societies were exclusively male and white, women and blacks formed their own groups, such as Les Mysterieuses and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Dozens of krewes of all types have proliferated since then, including the science fiction-themed Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, whose name is a hybrid of the “Star Wars” character and the Roman god of wine. Despite being less than three years old, this krewe convinced Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the movies, to ride in its parade last month atop a Millennium Falcon float and alongside a mascot called Bar2D2.

6. Some krewes refused to racially integrate.
Racial exclusion has not been limited to the distant past. In 1992, after an acrimonious debate, the New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance that prohibited krewes from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. Rex pledged to immediately integrate, but Comus, Momus and Proteus chose to stop parading rather than open up their ranks to blacks. Comus has not yet returned to the streets, Momus spun off into the Knights of Chaos and Proteus came back in 2000 after signing the non-discrimination pledge.

7. Mardi Gras occasionally gets cancelled.
Since Comus ushered in the modern era of Mardi Gras in 1857, the New Orleans festivities have been cancelled about a dozen times. Most of those cancellations came during the Civil War, World War I and World War II, though revelers also stayed home during an 1870s yellow fever outbreak. The last time it was called off completely was 1945. A scaled-down version even took place in 2006, just months after Hurricane Katrina flooded the Gulf Coast and killed over 1,800 people.

8. The Super Bowl interrupted the 2013 parade schedule.
New Orleans hosted both the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras in February 2013, a potentially overwhelming combination that some called “Super Gras.” In an effort at crowd control, the city expanded its 12-day parade season so that no one would be marching on February 3, when the San Francisco 49ers battled the Baltimore Ravens. January 28-31 and February 4-5 likewise were kept free of parades. In a similar attempt at preventing mayhem, official parades have been banned from the narrow, tourist-filled streets of the city’s French Quarter since the 1970s.

9. King Cake is only eaten during Mardi Gras.
Available only during the Mardi Gras season, king cake is typically made with brioche dough. Braided and laced with cinnamon, the dough is then glazed with purple, green and gold sugar or covered in icing in those same Mardi Gras colors. What really sets king cake apart from other desserts, however, is the small plastic baby hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in his or her slice must buy the next cake or perhaps host the next party. Read the original article found: www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-mardi-gras

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Super Bowl Sunday is Almost Here!

“Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year. But there’s a lot even the biggest football fan may not have heard about the big game. Here are craziest and most interesting Super Bowl facts to keep you going until kickoff!”……….https://www.rd.com/culture/super-bowl-facts/

The ball is crafted by hand in the U.S.A.

No ordinary coin will do….. Don’t even think of flipping a penny or quarter to start off the Super Bowl. Each game gets it own unique coin crafted by the Highland Mint. The front of the coin features the Lombardi Trophy along with the helmets of the two teams playing. Super fans can purchase a replica coin after the game.

Each team gets a lot of balls. Over 100 each! Learn more: https://www.rd.com/culture/super-bowl-facts/

The players drive in style!

What really happens during halftime?

Super Bowl = big bucks………..You might have known this Super Bowl fact already, but getting to the big game isn’t cheap. The average cost of Super Bowl 50 tickets in 2016 was over $4,700, says Brisa Trinchero, founder of shoowin.com, a ticket sales site. But not back in the day…Tickets for the very first Super Bowl in 1967 cost an average of $6, which was apparently too pricey for many. According to Trinchero, there were 30,000 empty seats!

Halftime performers make how much? Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and even Beyoncé didn’t get paid a single dime to perform at past Super Bowls. But don’t feel too badly for them. Trinchero shares that although they don’t get actual cash, the exposure can be worth tens of millions of dollars, and often the halftime show scores higher ratings than the actual game.

No e-tickets here….Unlike attending most sporting events today, the Super Bowl only issues and accepts paper tickets, says Trinchero.

It wasn’t always “super”

The Lombardi Trophy

It’s good to be family—or a friend

Those crazy-expensive ads…. This is another Super Bowl fact you’ve likely heard about before: Those ads are big money. On average, a 30-second Super Bowl spot runs in the millions. The most expensive of all time? A $12.4 million ad by Chrysler in 2011.

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Wishing You a Happy New Year and More…….

Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come. ~ Melody Beattie
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/new-years-quotes

Here are just a few more inspirational quotes to help kick off the new year…………

2020… RING IN THE TRUE!! Let us all whisper the words ‘2020 will be happier!’

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. ~ William Shakespeare

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What Are You Thankful For? Happy Thanksgiving to All!

We are so thankful for our health, family, associates and our clients. What is it that you are most thankful for?

These Thanksgiving Day fun facts that we discovered……. will keep the conversation going, and you may just teach your loved ones a thing or two about the national holiday. Here are interesting bits to share throughout the day:

1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.

2. Benjamin Franklin wished the turkey was the national bird.

3. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had Central Park Zoo animals.

4. Snoopy has made the most appearances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

5. Sarah Josepha Hale was actually the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”

6. The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played 1920.

7. Thanksgiving was once celebrated on the third Thursday in November.

8. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.

9. Butterball has had a Turkey Talk-Line open for over 35 years.

10. Each year, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked.

11. The turkey’s tryptophan doesn’t actually make you tired.

12. Most Americans enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers more than the meal itself.

13. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.

14. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as “Drinksgiving.”

15. Black Friday, aka the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest day for plumbers.

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Thank you Anna fall fest for having us!

Thank you Anna fall fest for having us! We really had a great time talking to the families in the area.
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This cute family came for a picture at our booth!

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What Is On Your Fall Bucket List?

There are so many fall activities…. which one is your favorite?

1. Attend a football game (and tailgate).

2. Actually decorate for fall (i.e., more than just a few pumpkins).

3. Go to a pumpkin patch. Local Pumpkin Patches DFW and North Texas

4. Make your Halloween costume. 50+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults, Kids, and Everyone in Between

5. Go apple picking. Dallas area of Texas U-Pick Farms – 2019 PickYourOwn.org

6. Host a bonfire with s’mores. How to Make a Bonfire In Your Backyard

7. Bake a pie from scratch. 18 Tasty Pie Recipes

8. Update your fall fashion.

9. Take a scenic drive for some ‘leaf peeping’.

10. Pass out candy to *adorable* trick-or-treaters.

11. Attend a harvest festival. Fall Festivals in Dallas & Collin County

12. Try hiking in a forest preserve or state park. Hiking in Texas State Parks

13. Host a scary movie night or watch a back-to-school classic.

14. Learn to cook a new hearty soup, stew, or chili recipe. Best Chili Recipe

15. Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why you are thankful for them.

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What’s New and Happening at Lakewood Title

We have moved the Plano office from the 660 North Central Expressway location to:

101 E. Park Blvd., Ste 600

Plano 75074

Also, we were nominated for the 2019 Business of the Year Award with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

We did not receive it but at least we were in the running in this great networking group!

Congratulations to Business of the Year winners:

Business of the Year
Highland Park Cafeteria

Chairman’s Business of the Year Award
Ferguson Road Initiative

Entrepreneur of the Year
Element Dallas Downtown East

Live Local Business of the Year
20 Feet Seafood

Live Local Business of the Year
Good Local Markets

Live Local Business of the Year
Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

R. S. Munger Business Pioneer Award
Promise of Peace Gardens

People’s Choice Business of the Year
Jesse’s AC & Appliance Repair

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