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April 27, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Prime Rib Day – Are you a beef lover? Well, then, today is your day. Have some prime rib for dinner tonight.

Babe Ruth Day – Proclaimed by Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler, this was a day to support Babe Ruth during his fight against cancer and it has endured, particularly with the Yankees, ever since.

Tell A Story Day – Today is a day for stories. Tell your kids a story today. You don't need to read it out of a book, try making one up. Maybe a story about when you were a kid or a completely made up story. You could even write it down for them so they can read it again and again.

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day – This day is not only about appreciating bulldogs, who are beautiful in their own way. It is also about celebrating the beautiful differences between people of all sizes, shapes, colors and coordination.

Mantanzas Mule Day – On this day in 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Navy bombarded a village in Cuba named Mantanzas. They hit it with everything they had. I'm sure it was impressive for its' time considering how long ago it was. When it was over and the villagers looked for dead bodies, they discovered that the entire village suffered a casualty count of: 1 mule.

Morse Code Day – On this day in 1791, Samuel Morse was born. He, of course, created the Morse code which was used regularly to pass telegraph messages for many years and is probably still used today in certain circumstances, if only on television to broadcast SOS messages by banging on pipes with a wrench.

Eeyore's Birthday Day – Always celebrated on the last Saturday in April, this is Eeyore's birthday! The idea came from one of A.A. Milne's stories where Eeyore thinks everyone forgot his birthday only to find out that they had been planning a party all along. Ever since 1963, Austin, TX has had a huge all day festival to celebrate this day.

National Rebuilding Day – The non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together, works hard to rebuild and repair homes and community centers for low-income families. This day is always celebrated on the last Saturday in April and the goal is to bring attention to the organization's mission and the sad plight of the low-income population of this country.

Save The Frogs Day – We've been saving frogs on this day for five years now. If you have been unaware of that, now is the time to get with the program and focus on amphibian conservation efforts. The frog population is dwindling all over the world and we need to do what we can to save them. Even simple things like not polluting their habitat and cleaning up our garbage is a step in the right direction.

Sense Of Smell Day – Today is a day to celebrate your nose. The world would be a pretty bland place without the ability to smell. Granted, when we smell stinky things, we're not so pleased about it, but the good generally outweighs the bad. In fact, I think that a smelling app is going to be the next new invention for the next generation iPhone.

World Veterinary Day – The theme for this years event is vaccination. Make sure you get your pets and farm animals vaccinated against the diseases that can kill them.

World Healing Day – Always on the last Saturday in April, this day is focused on healing in all forms. The following celebration days fall under the World Healing Day umbrella and all organized events associated with them are meant to focus our consciousness on personal and global healing for 24 hours:

     World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Celebrated in 60 countries around the world since 1999, this a
     day to spread awareness of the two related disciplines. The goals of today are to educate the world
     about the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong and to encourage people to embrace wisdom from
     all countries and cultures of the world.

     World Native Aboriginal Sacred Ceremony & Dance Day – On this day at 10am around the
     world, native and aboriginal groups hold sacred ceremony and dance events including meditation
     and participation programs.

     World Yoga Day – Their focus this year is to support FIAN International which works toward
     making the world free from hunger.

     World Reiki Day – Also at 10am today, Reiki groups around the world are teaching Reiki
     meditations and holding participatory exhibitions.

     World Art Day – This is a day to visit museums and really look at the art. Take your time,
     examine all the details, find out what it says to you.

     World Prayer Day – This is a day to pray for healing for yourself, your neighbors, your city,
     your state, your country and your world.

To celebrate today, blow your nose really well so it's ready to take in all the scents you come across in the course of the day. At 10 am, head to the closest art museum and really look closely at a few of the pieces that catch your eye. Think quality instead of quantity today so if you only have time to really look at 3 or 4, then don't skimp because you think you have to see as much as possible in a short period of time. While you're there, take the time to pray for healing and maybe spread out a yoga mat and strike a few poses. As you leave, drive around town to see if you can find a Tai Chi or Qigong class. Then on your way home, track down some natives or aboriginals and ask to participate in their dance events today. When you get home, make up a story about bulldogs and mules and frogs and tell it to your kids. Next you can use Morse code to create a secret message about Eeyore's birthday for your kids and see if they can figure it out. Then you can volunteer for a few hours to help Rebuilding Together on a project they are working on in your area. Later this afternoon, take your pet to the vet for it's vaccinations and then head to Yankee Stadium to see what events they have going on to celebrate Babe Ruth today. Finally, tonight find a Reiki class (look online, you can find anything online) and practice on your family.

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