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May 24, 2018

Today we celebrate:

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day - You hear all about the Wright Brothers, but you never hear about Charles Edward Taylor. Without Mr. Taylor, the Wright Brothers wouldn’t have gotten too far. Mr. Taylor built the engine that was used to power the Wright Brother’s airplane that made them so famous. So today, in honor of his birthday, we honor the hard work of all aviation maintenance professionals.

Asparagus Day - This is a vegetable that I didn’t have much of when I was growing up. I probably wouldn’t have known what to do with it. I was an obedient child and I ate whatever my mother made. That didn’t mean I always enjoyed it, but I learned at a young age that you don’t have to like it in order to eat it. But I think that my parents didn’t have much experience with asparagus either. They grew up on family farms and grew their own food, so they probably didn’t grow asparagus. The first time I remember eating it was after I was married to my husband. He had a much more refined palate than I did and assured me that this would be a tasty vegetable. It turns out that he was right. I can’t say it’s my favorite vegetable, but it definitely tastes better than I expected it to...enough so that even if he isn’t around, I would still be willing to buy it, prepare it and eat it.

Scavenger Hunt Day - Scavenger hunts can be lots of fun. The idea is that someone hides something and then individuals or teams try to find that item (or list of items). Sometimes the hider leaves clues for the finders and sometimes those clues can be in the form of a puzzle or riddle.

International Tiara Day – This day was first celebrated in 2005. The day was created by Barbara Bellissimo and seems to be related to bridal attire. Lynanne White received permission from Barbara to take over the day with the idea of making every woman feel like a princess. This particular day was chosen for the celebration because it is Queen Victoria's birthday.  

Brother’s Day - This is a day to celebrate the unique bond between brothers. We have celebrated brothers and sisters in the past, but this day is just for the boys. If you are male and you have one or more brothers, give them a call today and tell them, in a manly way, that you care.

National Escargot Day – This dish is a French delicacy that I have never been tempted to try since I know that the English translation is “snails”. Now before you run out back to find that snail you just saw the other day (they’re slow, he might still be there), be warned….these are not just any old snails that you might find in your garden because not all snails are edible. In my opinion, no snails are edible, but the French did not ask my opinion.

May 23, 2018

Today we celebrate:

Jerusalem Day - Beginning at sundown this evening and ending at sundown tomorrow evening, this day recognizes and celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem and the creation of Israeli control over Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967.

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - A lot of these “holidays” are intended to spread awareness of various diseases. This one is not a disease, but an injury. Obstetric Fistula is an injury that can happen during childbirth. A hole is created between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum during particularly long or difficult labour. It’s a condition that is preventable in most of the world, but in poorer countries lacking good health care, it is a serious problem. It results in incontinence which can cause these women to be shunned by their societies and can cause severe depression and isolation. In 2003, the United Nations and their partners began a Campaign to End Fistula and they have been making progress, but much more work needs to be done.

Lucky Penny Day – Pennies are made from copper, or at least they used to be, these days they are mostly zinc with a little bit of copper. Anyway, copper represented the Greek Goddess Venus and the Greeks believed it could protect against evil and attract love. That feeling lasted over the centuries into the time when pennies came about and since they were made of copper, finding a penny meant you were protected from evil and might find love soon. That is what makes them lucky. Keep your eyes peeled for pennies today, maybe they still have enough copper in them so that their power still works.

National Taffy Day – Taffy is soft, and chewy and can be many different flavors. See if you can find some today, it would make a great dessert.

World Crohn's and Colitis Day - Not to be confused with the World IBD Day back on the 19th, this day was created by Josh Golder in 2007 and is recognized by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Josh has Crohn's disease and is a prominent figure in the Crohn's community. This day is about bringing together people who have been affected by either disease as well as their friends and family to spread awareness of these diseases.

World Turtle Day – This day is sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue and has been around since 2000. The idea for today is to encourage people to take action to help turtles and tortoises survive. They emerge from their eggs into a very dangerous world where everyone is waiting around for a chance to eat them. You name a critter that is not an herbivore and that’s a critter that would love to have these tiny little babies for an appetizer. So there are groups of people who take it upon themselves to help these turtles and tortoises to at least make it to the water alive where they have at least a chance at survival.

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day - On Wednesday of the 3rd full week of May, we use this day to spread awareness of the need to improve specialized care for children in emergency situations. The theme this year is “EMS STRONG: Stronger together.” Many hospitals, schools and community groups will be having activities today.

May 22, 2018

Today we celebrate:

Sherlock Holmes Day - Created in 2014 by fans of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this is a day to celebrate the great detective by reading his stories, watching his movies, solving some mysteries on your own or in some other way immersing yourself in Sherlock Holmes. This day was chosen for celebrations because it was on this day in 1859 that the Great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born.

Harvey Milk Day - Harvey Milk was a gay rights activist who was assassinated back in 1978.  He was born on this day in 1930 and was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

World Goth Day - This is a day for the goth aficionados of the world to get together and spread awareness of the goth lifestyle. This day began in 2009 in the United Kingdom and has since been spreading around the world.

Canadian Immigrants Day – This is a day to celebrate immigrants to Canada and recognize the contributions they have made to that great country. Celebrate by participating in a lively discussion about the Canadian immigration policy and your experiences with Canadian immigrants.

International Day For Biological Diversity – Created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is the variety of life in a particular habitat. December 29th was the date originally chosen for celebration because that was the date of the beginning of the Convention of Biological Diversity. However, in 2000, the date was changed to today partly because many countries have a large number of celebrations already around that time of year and it was difficult to plan and carry out appropriate celebrations for this day.

Buy A Musical Instrument Day – Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument and never got around to it? Well this is the day to get an instrument and get started. If you don't want to spend the money to buy a new one, you can always get a used instrument that is just as good as a new one, or you can rent one for a while to see if you like it.

Declaration Of The Bab Day – On this day the Baha'is celebrate from sunset tonight to sunset tomorrow night. They are celebrating the origins of their faith which began in 1844 when Siyyid Ali-Muhammad announced that he was the bearer of a Divine Revelation, which would prepare humanity for the arrival of the Promised One which has been foretold by almost all the world's religions.

National Maritime Day – On this day in 1819, the SS Savannah, an American sailing ship/sidewheel steamer, set sail and became the first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Although most of the distance was not covered using steam power, it was still a historic event.

National Vanilla Pudding Day – A simple, but delicious dessert. I tend to prefer vanilla over chocolate and you can mix other things in to get other flavors like strawberries or ice cream or bananas. Yum, I'm making myself hungry.

May 21, 2018

Today we celebrate:

I Need A Patch For That Day - There are a many different groups that use patches as a way of recognizing an achievement, or keeping a memory of an event, by using patches. The Girl Scouts, for example, have patches for absolutely everything that you sew on a vest or sash or bag and keep forever. But you don’t need to join the Girls Scouts to do this for yourself or your family, you can order patches for events you do with your family and display them however you want.

National Strawberries and Cream Day - This is a simple, but oh so delicious dish. All it is is a dish of sliced strawberries, freshly picked from the farm if possible, and a dollop of whipped cream, freshly whipped with fresh cream if you have it. Put the two together and you have a little piece of heaven to enjoy.

Military-Amateur Crossband Communications Day – On this day, usually celebrated on the same day as Armed Forces Day, the Military Auxiliary Radio System conducts a traditional military to amateur crossband communications test and a message-receiving test. This gives amateur radio operators an opportunity to display their skills and receive recognition from the Secretary of Defense. This radio system is in place so that the military, as well as state and local emergency response organizations, have access to communications in the event of an emergency.

Rapture Party Day - A few years ago, this day in 2011 to be exact, was the day that Harold Camping predicted that the end of the world would begin. He had a lot of followers who planned for that event, called The Rapture, and fully expected to be taken up to heaven. Prior to this, Mr. Camping predicted the Rapture would happen in September of 1994. Most Christian groups did not believe him, and it turned out that he was indeed incorrect.

Sister Maria Hummel Day – Born on this day in 1909, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F., was an artist and a German Franciscan Sister. She created the artwork for the Hummel figurines which are very famous in the art world. It should be noted that Adolf Hitler hated her art and although the Nazi's allowed her to work, they banned distribution of her work in Germany. In 1940, the Nazi's seized the convent that she lived in and forced many of the 250 Sisters to leave. The 40 Sisters that remained there lived without heat or a means of support so Hummel continued to work, sometimes even drawing pictures with a Jewish theme which was very dangerous. The Nazi's took half of the money she made and the rest went to buy food for the Sisters. Sister Hummel became ill during this time and never recovered. She died in 1946.

National Memo Day – While the memo is occasionally a useful method of conveying information, sometimes it is overused. Other times it seems that important information still doesn't get to the people it needs to get to. But I don't think it's the memo's fault. I think that most likely it is the fault of whoever is sending the memo. So we should still celebrate the memo today.

National Waiters And Waitresses Day – Waiters and Waitresses put up with a lot of grief from their customers. Not you, of course, I'm talking about other customers with unruly children, obnoxious manners, poor tippers and humongous mess makers. But in spite of all that, most of them are able to keep their friendly attitudes and do a great job providing excellent service. So let’s give them a hand today, and maybe an extra big tip.

American Red Cross Founder's Day – Clarissa Harlowe Barton founded the Red Cross in 1881 at the age of 60. The age when most people are beginning to think about retirement and golfing 24/7. Then, she ran the organization for 23 years. Prior to that she provided assistance to Union troops during the Civil War. She led an amazing and inspiring life, you can read about it here.

World Day For Cultural Diversity For Dialogue & Development – This is a day proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2001 for the purpose of promoting diversity around the world. The UN would like communities to understand the value of cultural diversity, realize that we can all learn from each other, and live together in harmony.

Victoria Day – The last Monday before May 25th is a federal Canadian Public Holiday in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. This has been a holiday for Canada on different days around the 24th of May, (the Queen's actual birthday) since 1845 but was finally put on this Monday format in 1953.