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November 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Beautiful Day - I’m not sure who created this day or why but do you really need a reason? It doesn’t even matter what the weather is doing today, there is no reason that you cannot find something to appreciate about today and every day for that matter. Yes, life and the world in general is filled with ugliness. There were the terrorist attacks in Paris just last week, and the other terrorist attacks that you may not have even heard about the  day before that in Beirut. But even in the midst of disaster of these proportions, there is beauty to behold. Because times like this are when good people shine the brightest and give of themselves the most without expecting something in return. And times like this are when we most need to take a breath and look around us and seek out the beauty that is there in the sunset that lights up the sky, or the smell of the bakery around the corner or the sound of someone telling someone they love them, or the sight of someone giving someone in need a hug of support.

Future Teachers of America Day - Where would our children be without their teachers? And since teachers don’t work forever, we need a constant supply of new ones to replace the ones who retire. So for everyone who wants to be a teacher some day whether you are presently in college working on your teaching degree or you are in Kindergarten wanting to be just like your wonderful Kindergarten teacher, this is a day for you.

National Absurdity Day - Do not worry about making sense today. This is a day for doing fun and crazy and totally absurd things. It’s also a great day to look at our history and even some of our laws and making note of the absurd things that at some point someone thought was reasonable. Such as in Hartford Connecticut where it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday. And in Alabama where it is illegal for a driver to wear a blindfold while operating a vehicle. This website has some pretty good absurd information for you to learn about.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day – This is a day for fudge, but not just any fudge. Today you must make and eat, or buy and eat, peanut butter fudge. Creamy and delicious, but filled with nuts so I will excuse you from this celebration if you have allergy issues.

Universal Children's Day – There are many Children's Days celebrated around the world on different days, but this one is the day that was recommended by the United Nations. So let's all celebrate our children today.

African Industrialization Day – Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, and first celebrated the next year, this is a day to encourage the countries of the world to support the industrialization of Africa.  

Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D. - Begun in 2011, this is a day to support people who are motivated to run. I am not a runner, but I have a lot of respect for those who are. So wrap your arms around a runner today no matter where you are in the world. You don't even need to know them personally. Although, perhaps an hug accompanied by an explanation would be appropriate in that circumstance.

Name Your PC Day – This is another unexplained, odd day. Today is a day to pick a name for your computer. I'm not one to go around naming things. I don't name my car or my stuffed animals (when I was young enough to have them) and I found naming my children to be a difficult proposition so I'm not sure why we need to name our computers. But I don't create the days, I just tell you about them.

Transgender Day of Remembrance – This is a day to remember all those who have lost their lives in anti-transgender violence. It's hard for me to understand why someone who is opposed to a transgender lifestyle would resort to violence. I have never heard of anyone forcing anyone else to be transgender. If it's not for you, just go about your business and let them go about their business. If you are opposed because of your religious beliefs, please remember that killing is a sin in almost every religion I have ever heard of and it’s not our job to judge others. That responsibility belongs to whatever higher power you believe in.

November 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Mother Goose Parade Day - Celebrated 3 days after third Thursday of November, this is a day to find a fun parade to watch or participate in. I’m including a link to one in San Diego but there are probably more elsewhere in the country. You can find the usual parade participants, bands, artists of various kinds, floats, fire trucks, but you can sometimes also find Santa Claus bringing up the rear to kick off the Christmas season. If you miss him, don’t worry, there will be a parade on Thanksgiving that you can watch as well and he’ll be there too.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day - Begun in 2014 by the United Nations, this day has been held on November 19th in the past, and the website says it is to be held on the 19th every year. But it also says that it will be celebrated on the 18th this year (2016). I have no idea why there is that discrepancy. But I do know that we celebrate this day by highlighting and honoring the work of female entrepreneurs all over the world. We want to support them by enabling connections and improving networking that will help help to empower women and their businesses.

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day - There aren’t too many carbonated beverages with caffeine that I am aware of. I can really only think of soda. If there are others out there, let me know because I’m thinking that the powers that be could have saved themselves some space if they called this National Soda with Caffeine Day. Maybe the problem lies in the fact that different parts of the country call soda something different. Would anyone like some pop?

Play Monopoly Day - Is there anyone out there who has never played Monopoly? I don’t know if you can find a plain old Monopoly game board any more. They make them all with themes these days like Harry Potter Monopoly. Well, whatever kind of Monopoly you have, dig it out because the family is going to be playing it today.

National Blow Bagpipes Day - Now you may know that the Scottish are not the only ones who like to play the bagpipes, but whenever any of us hear or see bagpipes, we think of the Scottish first. I think it is a requirement that all Scottish people have to listen to bagpipe music at least once a year or they are no longer allowed to call themselves Scottish. It looks like a difficult instrument to learn but I enjoy them when I hear them in the local parades.

American Made Matters DayThis is a day that is a “Call-to-Action” for American consumers. We can change our economy for the better if more of us buy American made products than imported products. The goal is to encourage everyone to buy at least one American made product today so check those tags and look for American made products when you are shopping.

Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day) – On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Now considered one of the greatest speeches of all time, at THAT time it was just another speech that was thankfully short. Unlike most politicians, President Lincoln didn’t believe in talking just to hear himself talk. This speech was only 272 words.

International Men's Day – Begun in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, this is a day to focus on Men's health (when I say 'men', I mean all males whatever their age), gender equality and promoting positive male role models. We need to celebrate their achievements in life and particularly their importance to their communities and families.

Rocky and Bullwinkle Day – An animated television series that began on this day in 1959 and was originally called Rocky & His Friends. For those too young to remember or to have seen the reruns, this is a show that featured a flying squirrel named Rocky and a moose named Bullwinkle who was his best friend. It was big on puns and satire and was enjoyed by adults as well as children.

World Toilet Day – Designated by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day to focus on the lack of clean toilets in the world. More than a billion people in this world do not have a toilet at all and more than 2 billion do not have a clean toilet. That's a lot of people living in unsanitary conditions that spread disease.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – Observed on the third Sunday in November every year, this is a day to remember all those who have died or been injured as a result of a traffic accident. This day was created by the United Nations in 2005 to support the victims and their families and communities all around the world.

Guinness World Record Day – Celebrated on the third Sunday in November, (although some celebrate on the Thursday of the second full week of November) this day is all about world records. On Nov. 10, 1951, after being involved in an argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe, an issue that couldn't be resolved because of a lack of available information, Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Guinness Breweries, decided that a book that could answer questions like that might be a good idea. The first edition came out in 1954 and one thousand copies were printed and given away. The next year they had a 197 page edition that sold enough to go to the top of the British bestseller lists. In 1956, it came to America and sold 70,000 copies. It has been produced yearly ever since. It has the distinction of being the most frequently stolen item from public libraries in the United States.

November 18, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Vichyssoise Day - This is a soup made from potatoes, cream, leeks, onion and chicken stock. It was apparently invented in 1917 in America by French chef Louis Diat at the Ritz-Carlton in New York where he worked at the time. It is usually served cold, which I’m not sure I would enjoy, but I’ll have to reserve judgement until I try it.  

William Tell Day - According to legend, it was on this day in 1307 when William Tell was forced to shoot an apple off his son’s head with his crossbow. He succeeded but the man in charge of the area, Albrecht Gessler, saw that he had a second arrow readily available and asked Tell what it was for. Tell replied that if he had killed his son with the first arrow, he would have killed Gessler with the second. This caused him all kinds of more trouble and shortly thereafter led to a rebellion that eventually led to the Swiss Confederation. Now, the historians dispute that this ever happened and that someone named Wilhelm (or William) Tell ever existed, but I wouldn’t mention that to any Swiss people you might know because I’ve heard that they get somewhat aggravated.

Married To A Scorpio Support Day – I guess that it must be very challenging to be married to a Scorpio because this is the only birth sign that I have found that has a support day for spouses. Kind of bizarre and if anyone who is married to a Scorpio could enlighten me as to why a support group is needed, I would be very interested.

Mickey Mouse Day – On this day in 1928, Steamboat Willie was released for the first time. This is, of course, the beginning for Mickey Mouse....the most famous mouse in the world.

Push-button Phone Day – On this day in 1963, the push button phone (As opposed to the rotary phones of old – one of which still resides in my parent's house on the wall in the hallway, where for years it was our only phone.) was officially introduced. And most of us, except for my parents, have never looked back.

Occult Day – This is a day to celebrate the occult. You may do so by visiting your favorite psychic, reading your horoscope, charting your stars or simply reading a book about it.

Family Volunteer Day – Celebrated on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this is a day to get your whole family involved in volunteering. Pick your favorite activity whether it's helping your local food pantry, helping at a local homeless shelter, picking up the garbage at your local park or any other worthy cause and get the family working on it today.

National Adoption Day - Celebrated on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, today we celebrate a day that was begun in 2000 by several organizations including: The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Freddie Mac Foundation and the Children’s Action Network. Thousands and thousands of adoptions from foster care have been finalized on this day over the years and we celebrate both the families who adopt and the children who are adopted.

International Survivors of Suicide Day – Also celebrated on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this is a day for the friends and family members of those who have died by suicide to join together and share a healing spirit. There will be events happening all over the world for the purpose of uniting these survivors. This day was begun by Senator Harry Reid in 1999 and started out as a National Day but when other countries began celebrating it as well it was changed to an International Day.

International Games Day @ Your Library – On the third Saturday in November we have a day to celebrate games and libraries, so today libraries all over the world are playing all different kinds of games. Check with your local library to see if they are participating.

November 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Sigd - Celebrated by the Ethiopian Jewish Community on the 29th Heshvan in the Hebrew calendar which is exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur. This is a day to prostrate yourself in worship. It symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah. This day was recognised as a state holiday for all Israelis in 2009. It begins at sundown tonight and ends at sundown tomorrow.

International Students Day - On this day in 1939, the German Nazi’s stormed the University of Prague, executed eight students and one professor, and took 1,200 off to concentration camps. Then they closed all the universities and colleges in Czechoslovakia. So this is a day to remember that tragedy. Many universities and colleges also use the opportunity to celebrate the multiculturalism of their international students today.

National Farm Joke Day - Do you know any good jokes centered around farming? No? Well, allow me to start you off: How did the farmer find his lost cow? He tractor down. Now it’s your turn. No? Need another one? OK, what do you call a crate full of ducks? A box of quackers.

National Take A Hike Day - I’m not sure if this is a day to get some exercise or a day to tell someone to get lost. So you’ll have to feel free to put your own spin on things today. Just make sure that the one you tell to take a hike is not your spouse or your boss.

The Little Mermaid Day - This famous animated movie was first released in theaters on this day in 1989. It made millions of dollars for the Walt Disney company and is still popular among young children, particularly girls, today.

National Baklava Day - Baklava is a delectable dessert cake that originated in the region of Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. It uses layers of phyllo dough and finely chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts or almonds with a syrup mixture poured over the top.  

Homemade Bread Day – This is a day to make some homemade bread. If you are baking challenged, don't worry. It doesn't say anything about making homemade bread from scratch so feel free to make something from a mix. You also don't need to use yeast if you don't want to, quick breads count, don't use yeast and are very easy to make.

National Unfriend Day – Declared by Jimmy Kimmel in 2012, this is a day to clean out your Facebook friends list by weeding out or “unfriending” anyone you would really rather get rid of or maybe those that you just don't have anything in common with.

World Prematurity Awareness Day – This a day to spread awareness of prematurity and the challenges that preemies and their families can face as they grow. Sometimes premature babies have significant health difficulties so more work is needed to spread the use of intervention strategies that decrease the risk of premature births.

World Peace Day – Created by Don Morris in the 1990's, this is a day that reminds us to be kind to everyone around us and to pray for peace. One thing you can do is drive with your headlights on so everyone will know that you are demonstrating for peace. Yes, I know that many cars have their headlights on all the time, let's not burst Mr. Morris' bubble, after all, he created this day back when that wasn't an automotive reality.

International STAND UP to Bullying Day - This day is celebrated twice a year. On the last Friday in February and the third Friday in November during Anti-bullying week. It is a day to sign a pledge and wear a pink pledge shirt in order to publicly announce to the world that you are against bullying. And no, it doesn’t matter if pink clashes with your hair. That is not the point.