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March 26, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Mothering Sunday - Celebrated three weeks before Easter in the United Kingdom, this is a day that was originally for Christians to go to church with their families. But it has changed over time to be a day to appreciate and honor their mothers much like we do in May.

Purple Day - This is an Epilepsy awareness day. People around the world are to wear purple to show their support for people who suffer from epilepsy and their families that support them.

Solitude Day - This is a day for Wiccans and Neo-Pagans. I’m not sure what a Neo-Pagan is but if you are one, I’m sure you are aware of it. So today you should meditate in solitude in order to reconnect with your inner self.

National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day – Well, someone needs to create all these crazy days that we celebrate, they don't make up themselves and apparently whoever is doing it is running out of ideas. So today you'll just have to make up your own. Make it a good one.

National Nougat Day – Nougat, a part of many of our favorite candy bars, is thought to be thousands of years old and possibly originated in Rome. There are many different recipes for it used by many different candy makers. So pick the one you like the best or make up your own and stick with it.

National Spinach Day – Spinach is an excellent source of iron, calcium and folic acid and scientists are investigating reports that it is useful in preventing a few different kinds of cancer. Now, aren't you sorry you have turned up your nose at it for so long? Spinach is actually quite delicious if you cook it correctly. If you don't like it, perhaps you just haven't tried the right recipe.

Legal Assistants Day – This is a day to recognize the hard work of legal assistants everywhere who do everything they can to make the lawyers look good. Lawyers would have a tough time helping as many clients as they do if they had to do their work and the work that they assign to their legal assistants as well. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and the libraries full of law books are tedious to wade through.

Neighbor Day - Always on the last Sunday in March, this is a day to celebrate communities in Australia. So today, gather with your neighbors and build relationships that will last a lifetime. You will all benefit in many ways.

March 25, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Earth Hour - Celebrated on the last Saturday of March at 8:30pm, this is a day to team up and work to overcome climate change by influencing legislation, changing our own individual behaviors and more. But much, much more needs to be done.

Old New Year's Day – Until 1752, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted, this day was celebrated as the beginning of the New Year in England because of Archangel Gabriel's message to Mary. I think this was before the whole waffle craze started.

National Medal Of Honor Day – This is a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. Medals of Honor are given to citizens who have displayed courage and heroism beyond what you normally see. This day was chosen for the celebration because on this day in 1863, the first Medals of Honor were awarded to 6 brave men.

Tolkien Reading Day – Created by the Tolkien Society in 2003 for the purpose of encouraging people to read J. R. R. Tolkien's works. This day was chosen because it was on this day in the Lord of the Rings that Sauron fell in defeat.

Maryland Day – This is a legal holiday in Maryland commemorating the landing of the first European settlers on this day in 1634. Approximately one hundred and fifty settlers from “The Ark” and “The Dove” landed at St. Clement's Island in the Potomac river.

International Waffle Day – Not to be confused with National Waffle Day on August 24th, this day originated in Sweden and is supposed to commemorate the day the Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was pregnant. I am not sure how waffles connect to that momentous occasion, but I'm sure someone in Sweden could answer that question.

International Day Of Remembrance Of The Victims Of Slavery And The Transatlantic Slave Trade – This day honors the lives of all those who suffered and/or died as a result of slavery and those who endured the horrors of being transported across an ocean in slave ships. The transatlantic slave trade lasted for four hundred years and is a serious blight on the history of mankind. While this was not the first time that the forced slavery of almost an entire race has happened, it is the most recent episode that I can think of.  

Greek Independence Day: A National Day Of Celebration Of Greek And American Democracy – Every year on this day we celebrate Greek Independence Day because democracy was born in Greece and it is the world's oldest republic. The President of the United States issues a proclamation to that effect every year.

National Lobster Newburg Day – In 1876, Sea Captain Ben Wenburg, showed Chef Charles Ranhofer and Charles Delmonico, of Delmonico's restaurant, a new dish that they altered a little then named after the Captain, “Lobster a la Wenburg”. Alas for the Captain, Mr. Delmonico and Captain Wenburg had an argument and Wenburg was kicked out of the restaurant and never allowed to return. Delmonico then renamed the lobster dish to Lobster Newburg.

Pecan Day – Native Americans used pecan trees as a major source of food in the fall. They are also said to be the first to have purposefully cultivated this particular tree. Not very surprising, they were very good at cultivating lots of different sources of food.

Brother & Sister Day - Always on the last Saturday in March, this is a day to celebrate the bond between siblings. Most of us grow up hating or at least barely tolerating our siblings. There are a few who love each other from day one, but they are pretty rare. However, something almost magical happens as we grow and mature and see our siblings as people instead of rivals for the last scoop of ice cream, our love for each other grows as well. My sister and I fought constantly when we were very young, then as teenagers we began to really get to know each other and now I love her like crazy and can’t imagine life without her.

March 24, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Day for Achievers - This is a day to honor achievers around the world. It doesn’t matter what subject area you are talking about, there is someone somewhere who has earned an outstanding achievement award in it. Whether you are focused on sports of any kind, science of any kind, business of any kind, volunteerism of any kind, education of any kind...if you can name it, you can find someone who excelled in that area. Achievers stand out from the crowd by being passionate about what they do, they deserve recognition, but they also serve to inspire the rest of us to find something that we can be passionate about so we can be achievers as well.

National Cocktail Day - Cocktails are typically a mixture of many ingredients, at least one of which is alcoholic. There is an incredible number of different cocktails that bartenders need to memorize the recipes for. I don’t know how they do it, but I plan to enjoy the fruits of their labors today anyway.

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day – These delectable treats were first created in 1927 by Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company in Philadelphia and named Raisinets. While covering fruits and nuts with chocolate was occurring long before then, it was purely a homemade endeavor, not a branded and publicly sold treat. They changed hands over the years and surprisingly, at least to me, the brand wasn't acquired by Nestle until 1984.

World Tuberculosis Day – Today is a day to remind everyone that tuberculosis is still a huge health problem in many parts of the world. On this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of the disease, the TB Bacillus. This paved the way for a cure to be found. Well, the cure that was found is not enough for everyone and even in this country, people die from TB. In many other countries, this disease runs rampant and it is difficult to get lifesaving medicine where it is most needed.

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice - According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie D. Abbey, this is a day for the citizens of Argentina to remember the 30,000 or more people who were kidnapped, tortured and killed during the 8 years after a military dictatorship seized power on this day in 1976. They continue to seek justice for the atrocities that were committed during that time.

March 23, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Puppy Day – Created by Colleen Paige, today is a day to celebrate puppies and the joy they bring to the people who love them, and also to fight against the puppy mills and the tragic plight of the dogs within them. If you wish to get a puppy, look for one at your local animal shelter. If you're looking for a specific kind of dog and your shelter doesn't have that breed, there are websites such as that will help you find one from another shelter or a foster family.   

Cuddly Kitten Day - This is not just a day for dog lovers, cat lovers can participate too. This is a day that gives you another excuse to cuddle, play with, and just generally heap lots of love on your kitties today. I know... you didn’t really need an excuse, but there is no need to burst my bubble like that. Just go ahead and let me feel like I’ve made your day.

National Chip and Dip Day – The original party food, I often serve these as one of the hors d’oeuvres at our parties. It's easy and delicious.

National Melba Toast Day – Believed to have been created in 1897 by Auguste Escoffier, it was named by Cesar Ritz after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of an Australian opera singer. It is a very thin and crunchy bread that is usually eaten combined with something else like a salsa topping.

Near Miss Day – On this day in 1989, a large asteroid missed hitting the Earth by only about 500,000 miles. Which is just a little farther away than the moon. In space terms, it was pretty close, but close is way better than a direct hit, so it's all right.

OK Day – There are many stories about the origins of this slang word. One of the stories is from English professor, Allan Metcalf. Mr. Metcalf believes that this slang word was first used on this day in 1839 by a journalist, Charles Gordon Greene, who, following the craze of the time of abbreviating everything possible, used OK to abbreviate 'all correct'. It was just fine, except for the fact that he misspelled his abbreviation. So if Mr. Greene had been a better speller we would all be using AC instead of OK, which I don’t think would have stuck around for as long as OK has. Interestingly, OMG is also older than the kids today would probably imagine, having been first written by a British Naval Officer in 1917.

World Meteorological Day – On this day in 1950, the World Meteorological Organization was created. There is a theme every year and this year's theme is, “Hotter. Drier. Wetter. Face the Future.” Some areas of the world are hotter than they have ever been. Others are experiencing record breaking droughts and still others are trying to cope with record breaking rainfall. We are making great strides in reducing emissions that contribute to climate change, but lots more work needs to be done by everyone.