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April 19, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Garlic Day – These seasoning powerhouses do more than keep away the vampires. They have been used to season food for over 6,000 years according to this website: It has well known and proven health benefits as well as being rich in vitamins and minerals. It also has a great side benefit of helping to get rid of unwanted boyfriends/girlfriends. All you have to do is eat enough of it.

National Day Of Silence – This is a day to take a vow of silence of some kind to take a stand and make a statement against bullying, specifically against bullying the GLBT community. Bullying anyone for any reason is just wrong. You don't have to agree with the choices other people make, or the lifestyles they live, you can even flat out disagree with them, but no one has the right to bully, or persecute anyone for those choices or lifestyles. On this day, if you are a student you are encouraged to inform your teachers ahead of time about your vow of silence but you must know that during classroom instruction time, if a teacher requires you to vocally participate in any way, you must do so. Some teachers, if they know ahead of time, might support your stand, but not all will and so you need to be prepared to suspend your vow of silence during classroom time.

John Parker Day – On this day in 1775, John Parker, a farmer, mechanic, soldier and Captain of the Massachusetts Militia, commanded his men at the famous Battle of Lexington. Although, his men either didn't hear him or they ignored his command to disperse and let the British go through, and someone, either a Militiaman or a British soldier, ignored the command to hold their fire and started the battle with a single gunshot. He is credited with saying, “Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” It is interesting to note that John Parker was sick with Consumption at that time and died a few months later.

National Hanging Out Day – Do you have a clothesline? Well, if not, you might want to hang one up today because this is a day to focus on conserving energy and saving money by hanging out your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer. This day was created by a group called Project Laundry List and they got together with lots of other organizations to promote this day so I'm sure you'll hear about it from other sources as well.

Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day – On this day in 1995, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah federal building killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring hundreds more. Two people were responsible, ( I will not name them because I don't want their names to be remembered, it would be far better to remember the names of the victims.) one was executed, and one is serving life in prison.

To celebrate today, make your vow of silence and don't say anything to anyone all day (unless you have to go to school and talk to your teachers). Then, wash your laundry and hang it out to dry. Make sure you do this early so it has plenty of time to dry. Next you can have a silent reenactment of the Battle of Lexington in your backyard, you can be John Parker. For dinner have something with lots of garlic in it.

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