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March 1, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Pig Day – started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. According to Rave, the purpose is to “accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals.” I have heard that pigs make great pets and they are cute but I'm not sure I could have one in the house.

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day – We all know about President Jimmy Carter, but did you know that President Thomas Jefferson was also a peanut farmer? This web site is full of fun facts about peanuts:

National Fruit Compote Day – I know you're thinking what I was thinking, “What is compote?” Well, I have the answer for you. Compote is the French word for “mixture”. So fruit compote is a mixture of fruit and syrup. Sounds good to me, I think this is going to be dessert tonight.

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day – On this day in 1942, the American Cruiser Houston, the Australian Cruiser Perth and the British Cruiser Exeter were outnumbered and outgunned by the Japanese. But they fought bravely and went down with their guns blazing in the Sunda Strait.

Employee Appreciation Day – The first Friday in March, this day was begun in 1995 by Workman Publishing in order to focus attention on all employees in every industry.

National Horse Protection Day – My daughter's favorite animal, the horse has brought this country to where it is today. Without this amazing creature, people would have had great difficulty traveling anywhere before the invention of automobiles. Sadly, not everyone in this country who owns a horse, should own a horse as far too many of them suffer from neglect or mistreatment.

Peace Corps Day – On this day in 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corp. The purpose of which was to send trained American men and women into foreign nations to help them develop.

Plan A Solo Vacation Day – Why wait until your family has time to go somewhere together. Get away by yourself and recharge for a few days.

Refired, Not Retired Day – Retirement isn't the end of an era, it's the beginning of a new one! The retired people I know are even busier than they were when they worked for a living. But now they are busy with things they WANT to do instead of things they HAVE to do. So fire up your enthusiasm for a new life.

World Compliment Day – Begun in the Netherlands as National Compliment Day, there is a movement afoot to spread the positivity of this day around the world. Find something in everyone you meet to compliment today.

World Day Of Prayer – The first Friday of March, this day is a day to bring together Christian women of all different races, traditions and cultures. The goal is to become closer in fellowship and actions. This year, France is the host country.

Dress In Blue Day - Today we will wear blue to raise awareness of colon cancer.

NEA's Read Across America Day – This day is usually celebrated on March 2nd which is Dr. Seuss' birthday, and many people have proclaimed it to be celebrated on March 2nd this year as well. I can only assume that the rest of the people say it's on March 1st this year because the 1st is a Friday and teachers want to celebrate with their children on a school day.

To celebrate this busy day you have your work cut out for you. First, I bet you think I'm going to tell you to fly to France in order to pray, but you're in luck, you can pray right where you are. You do have to wear something blue today, then race over to your children's school and read some books to some of the classes (if you're a homeschooler, you are lucky you don't have to go far.), then offer a compliment to your child's teacher (even if it's you), and head home to call up and join the Peace Corps for your solo vacation while you eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some fruit compote. Then you can seek out some fellow employees and wish them a happy Appreciation Day while you distribute pictures of pigs and horses seeking adoption into a loving home. You can finish up your day by planning what you want to do upon your retirement and reading about the Asiatic Fleet's heroic actions. That is sure to bring you good dreams tonight.

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