It’s National Donut Day – Get Your Free Donut

On the first Friday of June, donut lovers celebrate and sometimes get a freebie.   Started as a fundraiser in Chicago in 1938, the day honors Salvation Army women who served donuts to soldiers during the first World War.

Somehow, I’ve missed this holiday all these years, but an article in the Honolulu Star/Advertiser luckily gave me a heads up.  National “hot now” Krispy Kreme offers free donuts, and I plan to find the Regal Bakery near the Honolulu airport featured in the article.

I missed my free pancakes from IHOP on March 1, National Pancake Day; my free ice cream cone at Ben and Jerry’s on April 12th; and free coffee from Starbucks on Earth Day, April 21st.  Clearly, I need a new calendar – one that lists holidays for free treats.

I found a cookbook on donuts, with history and recipes.  But frankly, I’d rather just eat them – especially when they are free.

Happy Donut Day!

Related Post:  Fried Dough – The Italian Version of the Donut

Earth Day is Good Friday

Earth Day falls on Good Friday this year – Mother Nature’s message to atone?  The first Earth Day was more spectacular and with more commitment over forty years ago when the earth was actually in better shape.  But then it was a novelty; now it’s a necessity.

Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson created a picture book in 2006 with photographs by Dan Lipow – I Love Our Earth – that celebrates nature and diversity.  Despite the poetic license of a picture of a young Hawaiian with a red hibiscus (which blooms year round) tucked behind her ear, and standing next to a spread of tulips, with the line…

“…and spring blossoms show,”

I Love Our Earth connects children to the blue oceans, the gray mountains, warm sunsets, and more – with vivid pictures and smiling faces.

The Honolulu Star/Advertiser had another suggestion with an article on vintage clothing – Style Renewed   – be earth friendly and trendy – buy recycled clothes and jewelry – goes well with this year’s Earth Day logo.

Earth Day at 40

Some “green” reads to remind us that Earth Day is not just an excuse to make green cupcakes or watch movie stars on the National Mall…

Michael Pollan’s piece two years ago in the New York Times magazine is worth a look…

Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe sent out a warning in 2006; is anyone listening yet?

Need a little humor with your environmental friendly reading? Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot about an endangered miniature owls is fun with a lesson.

More inspiration? Watch The Ballad of Thoreau

Better yet – read Waldon (first published in 1854)

“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”                                                Barbara Ward, Only One Earth, 1972