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May 29, 2013

Today we celebrate:
World MS Day– Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 2 million people worldwide. It usually shows up in young adults and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 31. More women than men are affected. There is no cure and no one knows what causes it. The type and severity of symptoms vary widely from person to person but can include weakness of limbs, dizziness, fatigue, tingling sensations, and vision disruptions. Sometimes patients can be in remission and be symptom free for days to even years and then it will relapse. Others never get a period of remission. Some can live a reasonably healthy life for many years and others become severely debilitated very quickly and do not live long at all. There is no predicting the course of the disease in anyone. Find out more here:

Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day – Back in the day before there were refrigerators, it was fairly common practice, or so I understand not being old enough to have experienced it, to put cloth in your larder as it was believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the family. Well, no one has a larder any more and not too many of us have piles of cloth lying around so we are encouraged to put a pillow on or in (if you have room) your refrigerator. If you do this, let me know if it works and you end up having good luck and great wealth.

Ascension Of Baha'u'Llah – On this day in 1892, Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, died and ascended into Heaven. He left his followers teachings which he believed would lead all of humanity to a “true and abiding peace.”

National Senior Health & Fitness Day – This year is the twentieth anniversary of the first celebration of this day. The goal is to keep older Americans healthy and fit. It is always celebrated on the last Wednesday in May and you will find events happening all over the world. The theme for this year is: “Get Moving....Start Improving!”

Learn About Composting Day– This is a day to learn about composting. The basic idea is to reuse our food scraps by collecting them in a compost bin and over time, turning them into compost which would make good, natural, fertilizer.

International Day Of United Nations Peacekeepers - This is a day to remember all those who have worked in UN peacekeeping operations as well as to honor the memories of all those who have died in the name of peace.

End of Middle Ages Day – According to historians, this day in 1453 was the last day of the Middle Ages. I don't know about you but my first question was: How do they know that? Well, I'll tell you. May 29th, 1453 was the day that Constantinople fell, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire. Goodbye, Middle Ages: Hello, Renaissance.

National Coq Au Vin Day – Chicken and wine. Really, that is all this is. Have some chicken and wine for dinner tonight. Oh, you can follow a traditional recipe and make it all fancy if you want or have time. If not, any old chicken and wine will do.

To celebrate today, put a pillow on your fridge, (if it's like mine, there is no room inside and who wants to do that anyway...although it might be amusing when the kids go in there to get a snack.) Next, find a middle ages costume to wear (maybe you can be a knight in shining armor) and head to the nearest senior center to cheer on the seniors who are exercising. When you get home tonight, take some time to research the right way to compost and learn some more about MS and if you are so moved, donate to the research being done to find out what causes it and what can be done to cure it. Have some chicken and wine for dinner while you explain about Baha'u'Llah to your family. Then when your kids are fighting over who gets to use the bathroom first tonight (or if your house is like mine the kids fight over who gets to use the bathroom last since no one wants to go to bed), you can practice your peacekeeping skills.

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