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March 10, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Today is a day to teach girls and women about the prevention of HIV and AIDS, get tested for it if you are at risk, and to learn how to treat it if you have it.

International Day Of Awesomeness – On this day in 1940, Chuck Norris was born. As so much has been made of the myth of Chuck Norris' awesomeness, this was the day chosen to celebrate the awesomeness of each of us.

National Blueberry Popover Day – Who better to demonstrate the best way to make popovers than Martha Stewart. There's a video demonstration on this link.

Land Line Telephone Day – I know that some of you have ditched your landlines and use only your cell phones. But I still say that there is nothing like curling up on the couch with the big old handset that is easy to hold and talking with your sister for an hour or so.

Mario Day – I'm not sure if today is a day to celebrate everyone named Mario, or just THE Mario, the plumber.

Salvation Army Day – On this day in 1880, Preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine, founded the organization that became known as the Salvation Army. The organization was dedicated to helping people and spreading the word of God at the same time and was modeled after the British Army so William Booth called himself General William Booth. It was ahead of its time in one regard, women and men held equal ranks. Initially the work could be hazardous and many of its' officers and soldiers were imprisoned and even killed.

US Paper Money Day – On this day in 1862, the first paper money was issued is the United States. The denominations were $5, $10 and $20. This money became legal tender on March 17th of that year.

Check Your Batteries Day – This coincides with Daylight Savings Time and is a time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This way you will be sure they work fine and you won't have to put up with the persistent and irritating, periodic little beeps that the detectors emit when your batteries are low. Then you have to hang out by every smoke detector in your house for several minutes while you attempt to figure out which one is beeping.

To celebrate today change the batteries in your smoke detector. Then you can call your family members from your landline (don't forget Uncle Mario) to make sure they change their batteries too. Next, stuff some paper money (the real kind, not Monopoly money) in your pockets and head off the the store to purchase the ingredients for the popovers you are going to make for your family today. While you are at the store, make sure you display your own personal awesomeness by putting your unique talents to work to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic for women and girls by stopping each and every person in the store all about it. Don't miss anyone. Then you can stop off at the Salvation Army on the way home and volunteer your time and/or money to help their mission.

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