In Other Words, Just Relax…

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I’ve had several friends recently who posted on Facebook about some people who got upset and angry about really stupid, simple things and vented their frustration at everyone around them, including my friends.  The reaction was certainly not commensurate with any provocation – it was totally overboard. We’ve all witnessed those kinds of things, and in fact, we’ve been guilty of doing the same thing, I’m sure. But it isn’t pretty when it happens, nor is it warranted.

The South is just full of colloquial expressions.  I took this photo a couple of weeks ago in a gift shop in Dahlonega, Georgia, and it is a southern way of saying, “Just relax…take it easy…have a lemonade and calm down!”

Good advice.  I’m sure things will happen this week that will test our patience and response…just keep this image in your mind, and don’t get your panties in a bunch about it!  Your week will be better for it!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  on August 16, 1948, baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth died from cancer in New York City. For two days following, his body lay in state at the main entrance to Yankee Stadium, and tens of thousands of people stood in line to pay their last respects. He was buried in Hawthorne, New York.

Ruth, who had a colorful personality and an unmistakable physical presence, began his major league career in Baltimore in 1914. That same year, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox and during the next five years proved himself to be a formidable left-handed pitcher and batter. In 1919, he was sold to the New York Yankees, where he played outfield to better exploit his phenomenal hitting talents. At a time when baseball was suffering through the disgrace of the Black Sox scandal, Ruth almost single-handedly salvaged the sport’s popularity, hitting a record 60 home runs in the 1927 season and leading the Yankees to seven pennants. Yankee Stadium, opened in 1923, came to be known as “the House that Ruth Built.”

However, the Babe also made headlines by his charitable actions, such as visiting sick children in hospitals. In 1935, he retired from baseball, having hit a record 714 home runs in his career. In 1946, Ruth was diagnosed with throat cancer, but doctors could do little. Early the next year, treatment ended. On June 13, 1948, a uniformed Ruth appeared at Yankee Stadium one last time to retire his number. On August 16, he died of cancer at the age of 53.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  At Italian weddings, it is not unusual for both the bride and groom to break a glass. The number of shards will be equal to the number of happy years the couple will have.

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