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April 23, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Cherry Cheesecake Day – If you love cheesecake, here's a recipe you can try.

National Lovers' Day – Less well known, hyped up and expensive than Valentine's Day. This is a day to appreciate your lover with a picnic and a bottle of wine, or a cozy night on the couch eating chips, or a moonlit stroll on the beach holding hands. Whatever it is the two of you like to do together, this is the day to do it.

National Zucchini Bread Day – One of my kid's favorites. They hate zucchini, but if I put it in a bread product with lots of sugar, suddenly it's ok. Call me suspicious, but I wonder if it's more because of the sugar than the zucchini.

Take A Chance Day – Prepare yourself because today you will be moving outside of your comfort zone. It means different things to different people but whatever it is you are comfortable doing, do the opposite today. Take a chance and expose yourself to new experiences.

World Laboratory Day – Sometimes it seems like we live in one giant laboratory. The ones in the schools where our children are learning different sciences. The forensic laboratories that the police use to solve crimes. The medical laboratories where diseases are studied in the hopes of finding cures or blood samples are studied so we can find out what is wrong with us. I could go on and on but you'll stop reading so I won't.

National Teach Your Children To Save Day – If we do not want to raise the next group of debtors, we need to teach our children how to save their money. Many financial institutions visit schools on this day to talk to the kids about how important it is.

Talk Like Shakespeare Day – England's National Poet, and one of the greatest poets and playwrights ever. Today you should grab one of his works and bone up on your Shakespearian language skills because you will be talking like one today on the anniversary of his death in 1616.

World Book and Copyright Day (International Day of the Book) – The day was officially begun in 1995, but in 1932, Spanish booksellers connected this day to the date of the burial of author Miguel de Cervantes according to the Gregorian Calendar. Then England jumped in and decided that they would indeed celebrate this holiday but it was because Shakespeare died on this day according to the Julian Calendar. However, the interesting thing is that because of the use of different calendars by the different countries, the two men seem to have died on the same day, but Shakespeare actually died 11 days after de Cervantes.

To celebrate today, get out your favorite Shakespeare play and bone up on your Shakespearian language because that is how you will communicate with people today. It will make teaching your children about saving their money a challenge, but take a chance and go for it while you ply them with zucchini bread to get them to sit still long enough to listen. Then, read them your favorite Shakespeare play so they can enjoy him as well. Next, you can turn your kitchen into a laboratory while you mix certain ingredients, apply heat where appropriate in order to change the chemical composition of the original ingredients and magically create a cherry cheesecake that you can later share with your lover while you snuggle on the couch watching a movie.

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