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History of the 4th of July

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: The Art of Apology!

by Rob Zwemmer

“To forgive is divine.” That’s wonderful for the one who forgives, but what about the one who is apologizing? How do you say you’re sorry without making things worse? What’s the best way to make reparation and regain your integrity?
None of us are saints. For any number of reasons, we’ve committed any variety of offenses. Maybe we did or said something unkind, or made a mistake that cost someone time or money. The question isn’t about making mistakes, because we all do that. The question is how to apologize after the fact. It has become a lost art.
First and foremost in regard to saying “I’m sorry” is to do it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more it sounds like “I’m sorry . . . I got caught.” Next comes the explanation of what you did wrong and why it happened. Just be careful not to put more emphasis on the “why” than the “what,” because apologizing is not the same as justifying.
You don’t necessarily have to go whole hog, either. “I regret what happened” sounds a little weak, but “Everything was my fault” can be downright dangerous! Hopefully there is a middle ground where you can simply express how badly you feel about what you did or said.
Now that you’ve shown your repentance, your “victim” can relax, you can relax, and now you can take the opportunity to do something especially nice for the wronged party. Just be sure to say you’re sorry and THEN do something nice – otherwise, you might just arouse suspicion! Oh, and don’t forget – don’t make the same mistake twice!

Celebrating the 4th of July

by Rob Zwemmer

Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert

The two cities have joined forces for a combined July 4th party starting at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert, 73510 Fred Waring Drive. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. There will be live music from Swing Cats Big Band. Bring your picnic dinners and chairs. You can also view the fireworks from the Palm Desert Aquatic Center, 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, from 7-10 p.m.

Palm Springs

Start with America's favorite pastime and take in a POWER baseball game at 6:05 p.m., followed by free admission to the fireworks show at 8 p.m. The rockets red glare begins at 9:15 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road.

View fireworks from the historic O'Donnell house, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, as part of a benefit for AIDS Assistance Program. Cocktails and nibbles and a great view of the city's fireworks.

Gain an aerial perspective of the Coachella Valley's fireworks by boarding the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The last tram up the mountain boards at 9 p.m. and the last return trip is at 10:30 p.m.


The town has a host of activities during the day starting with a parade through the downtown streets at 10 a.m., plus a chili cook-off, music, vendors, and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Starts at 5 p.m. with food and entertainment with fireworks set for 9 p.m. at Stewart Park, 9th and Orange. Free admission.

- Palm Springs Life magazine

Inspiration For Today: Age Doesn't Matter

by Rob Zwemmer

Whether you're 23, 43 or 73, ask yourself this wonderfully refreshing question: "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Regardless of our age, it's so easy to lose sight of the specific "somebody" we always wanted to be. What's more, the "somebody" we had in mind in our 20's may be someone different in our 50's.
Worse yet, maybe we grew up to be the "somebody" someone else had in mind - like our mother or father. The influence of those around us often prevents us from even asking the question "What do I want to be . . . ?" We try so hard to be their somebody that we don't allow ourselves to grow up at all.
So . . . going back to the matter of age, it doesn't matter WHEN we decide who we want to be so much as that we DO decide. It is at that moment that a catharsis takes place, and we rid ourselves of everyone else's determination of our identity. We are free . . . free to become the person of our dreams.
Is it easy to develop and maintain our new identity? No. Our day-to-day activities will still attempt to distract us from our new persona. Nevertheless, as artist D. Morgan points out in one of her paintings, "The impossible dream - isn't!" Take a quiet moment today, just for yourself, and ask, "Am I the somebody I wanted to be?"

History of Father's Day

by Rob Zwemmer

Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA, was inspired to create Father's Day after witnessing a sermon about Mother's Day back in 1909. "Don’t you think fathers deserve a place in the sun, too?" she had asked the minister. Dodd's mother had died, and her father was left to raise their family as a single dad.

Dodd had selected June for the celebration (the month of her dad's birthday) and in 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane. The day didn't become an official holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon officially declared the third Sunday of every June to be the Father's Day observance.

Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day Tribute

by Rob Zwemmer

The Summer Solstice

by Rob Zwemmer

Solstice brings extremes of daylight and darkness. Earth’s orbit around the sun, and tilt on its axis, have brought us to a place in space where our world’s Northern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night. June solstice brings the shortest day and longest night south of the equator.

In N. Hemisphere, noontime shadows are shortest at this solstice The sun takes its most northerly path across the sky for the year. It’s the year’s highest sun, as seen from the tropic of Cancer and all places north, so noon time shadow is the shortest. It's the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere where this solstice marks the lowest sun and longest noon time shadow for those on the southern part of the world.

Each solstice marks a “turning” of the year. Even as this northern summer begins with the solstice, throughout the world the solstice also represents a “turning” of the year. To many cultures, the solstice can mean a limit or a culmination of something. From around the world, the sun is setting and rising as far north as it ever does. The solstice marks when the sun reaches its northernmost point for the year. After the June solstice, the sun will begin its slight shift southward on the sky’s dome once again.

Water Conservation at Home

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Give Yourself A Lift!

by Rob Zwemmer

Have you ever aspired to be deeply depressed? On your list of major life's achievements, have you included becoming an itinerant ne'er-do-well? Does your daily task list include hanging out at the local pub, gossiping over the back fence with nosy neighbors, or spending time with a loser who does nothing but grouse about how the world has dealt him a lousy hand?
Did that first paragraph seem to pull you down? Did you say, "Ridiculous! Who would want to do those things?" If so, congratulations, you've already received this week's message.
Now, let's give this message a lift. Have you ever met someone with a bright inspiring spirit about them, and thought to yourself, "Wow, I'd like to know them better!" Have you noticed that when you attend a community education course, you leave with many fresh new ideas and a powerful boost in your attitude?
A well-known quote says, "You are what you think about all day long." If you hang out with the losers, your thoughts are likely to be dark and depressing. Spend time with those who possess magic in their attitude and enthusiastic vitality in their work ethic, and your thoughts are likely to soar.
Take a close look at your list of goals for this year. Have you included the addition of positive new personal relationships in your work and play environment? Remember that "to have a friend, you must first be a friend." Consider expanding your sphere of contacts to include those who would inspire you to greatness!

Inspiration For Today: Back to School!

by Rob Zwemmer

BACK TO SCHOOL! Turns out the children are listening, too. The question is, what are they learning and what are we teaching?
No matter whom we interact with, we should all take some time to reflect upon how our practices are matching up to our ethics and beliefs. We all have the potential to produce a profound effect on the people in our lives, both directly and indirectly. How we choose to act in our encounters helps define who we are: are we good stewards, good managers, good parents?
Consider the language we use when we deal with other people. Those who value power over action will use the language of judgment and superiority: “That idea is doomed..." or "You will never succeed..." or "That project is a waste of time.” Such language only serves to predict its own end and unfortunately, that end is often failure.
Now consider language that recognizes individuality while setting us up as collaborators: “I understand what you want..." or "I can only imagine how hard this is for you..." or "I'd like to help.” As we acknowledge the needs and feelings of others, we have better opportunities to show the same respect we’d expect in return. The encounter becomes a win-win situation.
As we interact with others, a good yardstick by which to measure our actions is to imagine how children would perceive them. Do we play by the rules? Are we being fair? Do we share? Are we doing unto others as we would have done to ourselves? During your next meeting, imagine a seven year old is watching the proceedings. Would you conduct yourself any differently?
Before children start to learn the later lessons of failure and success associated with competition, they first learn to “play well with others.” The politics of the playground still hold some powerful lessons for us, too!

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