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February 4, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Liberace Day – On this day in 1987, Wladziu Valentino Liberace died at the age of 67. He lived a very flamboyant lifestyle that was not an onstage act. That was really the way he was. He also worked very hard on the career that he loved.

Quacker Day – This is a QVC holiday to celebrate the Quacker Factory line of clothing and accessories. I've never watched QVC so I don't know what this clothing looks like but it seems to be pretty popular among the 2 million Quackers who wear it.

USO Day – The United Service Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides programs, services and entertainment to U.S. servicemen and women and their families. It has been in operation, with brief breaks between wars, since 1941 doing everything they can do to support our troops.

World Cancer Day – This year, World Cancer Day will focus again on dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer using the tagline, “Debunk the myths.” They had success with this theme last year so they are going to try to take it further this year.

National Create A Vacuum Day – When my husband heard about this day, his eyes lit up. I think he is under the impression that I don't clean enough when I am home. I don't know where that came from but he was so happy that I didn't bother correcting him. He'll find out soon enough that this is not a cleaning holiday. This is a day for science. A vacuum is an area of space that is empty of matter as much as possible. Why are we celebrating it? I'm glad you asked because I want to ask the same thing. I have no idea.

Facebook's Birthday – On this day in 2004, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow college students. Today, just ten years later, they have more than billion users and Facebook is worth many billions of dollars.

National Stuffed Mushroom Day – I'm not a fan of mushrooms generally, but if you stuff them, I'm all over it. Stuffed mushrooms have been around since the early 1900's and they have been served in restaurants since the 1940s.

Thank A Mailman Day – Mailmen and women have a tough job delivering our mail in all kinds of weather. Make sure you thank them for their hard work today.

National Homemade Soup Day – The ability to make homemade soup is a gift that I did not receive. Fortunately for me, my husband did receive it and makes delicious homemade soups. They are especially good at this time of year.

African American Coaches Day – Celebrated on the first Tuesday in February, this is a day to bring attention to the African American Community and the benefits of working with a coach, whether it's for personal or business interests. And just for a little clarification, this does not necessarily have anything to do with sports. There are many kinds of coaches and strong African-Americans can have a very positive influence over the lives of young people who just need someone to guide (or coach) them.

To celebrate today, wear your best Liberace style clothing while you watch QVC to see what the Quacker line looks like. Then watch some old recordings of USO events for the troops while you figure out the logistics of how to teach your children how to create a vacuum. Then take some homemade soup and stuffed mushrooms to a Facebook friend and talk about the cancer myths you know. Find a mailperson on your way home and stop them so you can thank them for their hard work. Just don't hit them with your car while you're at it. Finally, talk to an African-American (or yourself if you are African-American) about becoming a coach.

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