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June 15, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Smile Power Day – This is a day to share the power of your smile with the world. Your smile has the power to brighten the lives of everyone who sees it. Your smile will encourage others to smile which will have a cascade affect causing even more people to smile. Smiles have been known to save lives as some who might have caused harm to themselves have received an unexpected smile that encouraged them that someone really does care. Share yours with everyone you meet today.

National Hollerin' Contest Day – Celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in June, this is a day to exercise those vocal cords of yours. In Spivey's Corner, North Carolina, there has been a Hollerin' Contest every year since 1969 for the purpose of commemorating and possibly reviving (though I'm not sure that's practical in this high tech telephone age) the fine art of hollerin', a long lost, long distance means of communication between people (probably mostly mothers to their children).

World Juggling Day – Celebrated on the Saturday closest to June 17th, this is a day that is sponsored by the International Juggler's Association (IJA). The goal of today is to spread the fun that juggling provides and bring jugglers everywhere together. I know a juggler personally and he never ceases to amaze me with his skills whenever I see him perform. Events will be held all over the world.

Magna Carta Day – This is a document that the King of England was forced to sign on this day in 1215. No, that is not a typo. It was an attempt to limit the King's powers by law so certain high level political people could protect themselves. The document basically said that the King was not all powerful and that the law took precedence over the King's wishes.

Native American Citizenship Day – On this day in 1924, the US Congress recognized the citizenship of Native Americans. Kind of ironic since they were here before the US Congress, but Congress needs to pass legislation before it does anything so there you have it. That is why it took so long.

Nature Photography Day – This day has been celebrated for 8 years now. This day is sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association. The NANPA encourages people all over the continent to take pictures of nature today and share them with the world. Get out there into the nature that is available to you no matter where you live. Explore, and take plenty of pictures.

National Day Of Prayer For Law Enforcement Officers – This day was begun by the Wives Behind The Badge organization. They are asking that everyone, regardless of your religion or personal beliefs, take some time today to pray for the families of fallen law enforcement officers and for those law enforcement officers who are still risking their lives to protect all of us. We need to show our officers appreciation and support instead of giving them grief for doing their jobs.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – This is a day to make people aware of how vulnerable the older generation can be. Many times they are as helpless as children and at the mercy of sometimes not so merciful caregivers. Elderly people can be abused physically, emotionally and financially. Check on your elderly relatives and neighbors often so you will be more likely to recognize the signs if they are being abused.

Worldwide Day of Giving – Begun three years ago by Reed Sandridge who began a year of giving on December 15, 2009. This was started as an exploration into the act of giving and what that would mean to him. To participate today, choose one of these three activities: volunteer with any organization, give a stranger ten dollars, or donate ten dollars. If you chose to donate ten dollars, there are many worthwhile organizations you can donate to, be careful you donate to a legitimate organization that you know well and can be sure it will use your money wisely. Do not donate to a brand new, untested organization especially now following the Oklahoma tornado because right after a disaster strikes, scam artists come out in force.

Global Wind Day – This is a day that is celebrated worldwide for the purpose of discovering wind and the possibilities contained within its' power. Work to encourage the leaders of the world to utilize more wind power and have less emphasis on non-renewable power sources.

To celebrate today, smile at everyone you see and carry three balls with you everywhere you go so you can practice your juggling. Then head out to find an elderly, Native American citizen so you can give them ten dollars. Next, holler for your kids so you can explain to them what Magna Carta means. Do that outside so you can take some pictures of nature being blown around by the wind. Finally, share your smiles and your pictures with the law enforcement officers in your area and make sure you offer up a prayer for them before you go to bed tonight.

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