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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Happy Pi Day by Bea Tifton


Oh, Lordy. We’ve made it. Do you know what day it is? Do you? Do you?  Durned if it isn’t an international holiday that I can fully support, despite my inherent distrust of anything math related. It's Pi Day, founded in 1988 by a physicist named Larry Shaw.

Yes, it’s that wonderful day when the date spells out, 3.14, March 14. And 3.14 is the numerical term for pi. What is pi, my little English major friends? “Pi (often represented by the lower-case Greek letter π), one of the most well-known mathematical constants, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.  For any circle, the distance around the edge is a little more than three times the distance across.”
Now, if you’re like me all you heard when you read that was the static of an old fashioned TV set between channels. Don’t worry, my friends. There will be no math involved today. Because Pi Day has cleverly morphed into Pie Day, and I can get right behind that.  

Ahhhh, pie. I love pie. And, as a patriotic human, of course I’m going to give this day my all. Pizza pie for lunch, dessert pie to top it off. And all over the country, places who serve one or the other will have sales and specials. 

There are so many ways to celebrate.  

       1.  Eat as much pie as possible.
       2. Have pie for dessert.  
       3. Have pie with friends. (Warning, this may involve having to share the pie.) 

      Or, if you’re on some obscure pie free diet (shudder), why not sing about pie? Here is just a sampling of some great pie song. 
       1. American Pie sung by Don McClean
       2. Sweet Potato Pie sung by James Taylor 
       3. Where’s My Apple Pie? sung by Joan Baez.  
       Or, since we are readers and writers, you can simply wax poetic about pie. Here are some friendly pie quotes to memorize and amaze your friends.
  1. “Cut my pie into four pieces. I don’t think I could eat eight.” Yogi Berra
  2. “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie.” David Mamet
  3. “The future… seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never                quite done.” Edward Young

 Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful Pi Day. What’s your favorite type of pie?




  1. Woke up crazy early this morning had leftover pizzaπ had a bite of cherry π. Later on today I will have more cherry π

    1. Pizza for breakfast is always great. I love cherry pie! (Topped with Bluebell Homemade vanilla ice cream, of course.) Thanks for your comment.

  2. If I had to pick just one, I'd choose pecan. However, I love coconut meringue and chocolate meringue and peach and apple. Of course, fruit pies need a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream on the top.

    1. You can't go wrong with pie. Why just choose one? Lol. Thanks for your comment.

  3. I love pie but really can't say I have a favorite. If I did though, it'd be a fruit pie.

  4. I love fruit pie. I have a friend who makes the best ones from scratch. I hope she had pie today. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. I love pie of all desserts. And if it can be eaten with ice cream, so much the better. My favorites are pumpkin, blueberry, and coconut cream. Nice post. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, Judy Ann Davis. I love pie the most, too. My Mamaw used to make the best coconut cream pies.

  8. Margret Amos FieldsMarch 16, 2020 at 11:24 PM

    I didn’t make the connection between pi and March 14 until way later in life. I know look forward to it because who doesn’t love to eat pie! My favorites are pumpkin and apple!

    1. Exactly, Margret Amos Fields! I love pumpkin and apple, too. A friend makes wonderful versions of both. Thanks for commenting.


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