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June 1, 2013

Today we celebrate:

World Milk Day – First celebrated in 2001, this is a day to focus attention on milk and the benefits the world receives from milk. It is an important source of calcium which is good for maintaining strong bones. Dairy farmers look after their cows every day. Cows have to eat, and be cared for, every day so that they are healthy and give good quality milk and so farmers don't get any days off.

Say Something Nice Day – Three years ago, Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston declared this day for the purpose of spreading healthy and positive communication. The plan is to start with saying positive things to yourself, then move on to smiling at everyone you see, graduating to contacting a friend you haven't talked to in a while and finally, writing a love letter to someone you love.
National Hazelnut Cake Day – Hazelnut adds a nutty flavor to any already delicious cake and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Stand for Children Day – Founded by Jonah Edelman in 1996, this is a day full of rallies organized by Stand For Children (an American education advocacy group) for the purpose of supporting our nation's children.
Flip a Coin Day – Some of the most important decisions in our lives are decided by a flip of the coin. I wouldn't pick a spouse that way, but picking a vacation spot or deciding who washes the bet!

Drawing Day or Pencil Day – This is a day to drop everything, except babies, and pick up a pencil and draw a picture. That's the easy part. The hard part, for some, is that when you are finished with your picture, you need to share your art with others. This is a day to encourage the love of art and drawing and to share art amongst ourselves.

National Trails Day – On the first Saturday in June, the American Hiking Society organizes the countries largest celebration of trails. There are thousands of events celebrating this day occurring all over the country. See this web site for information on how to find an event in your local area.

To celebrate today, have a glass of milk with your breakfast of hazelnut cake and an uplifting pep talk for yourself. Then flip a coin to decide which trail you are going to hike on today. Once you have decided that, gather a group of children, dispense paper, pencils and clipboards and have them draw the things they see on the hike. Make sure you smile at all the children and say something nice about each and every picture. When you get home, call up an old friend and see how he/she is doing and finish up the day by writing a love letter to someone you love.

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