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March 16, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Goddard Day – Robert Goddard, born on October 5, 1882, was the first to launch a rocket propelled by a liquid fuel. He accomplished this feat on this day in 1926 on his Aunt Effie's farm in Massachusetts. He may also have been the first to state that space travel to the moon was possible. He was ridiculed in the New York Times and other papers for this belief. It's a shame that he died in 1945 before seeing the papers eat their words.

Lips Appreciation Day – This is a really important day. Make sure you take good care of your lips because it's really hard to kiss your honey without them.

National Artichoke Heart Day – Artichoke heart lovers! Today is your day! For those of you who aren't sure yet about this crazy looking food, you can try this web site for recipes:,1-0,artichoke_hearts,FF.html

Freedom Of Information Day – Recognized by Congress in 1989, this day was chosen for the purposes of highlighting the importance of the freedom of the press, religion, the public library system and the public's right to know.....stuff. It is celebrated today because today is the birthday of President James Madison (our 4th President of the U.S.) who was the biggest contributor to the writing of the Bill of Rights.

Curlew Day – A curlew is a bird with a long bill. And they are busy practicing for their extravagant courtship flights. So if you see one, make sure you don't do anything to break their concentration. May the best bird win. This is the date that they usually arrive at the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge for their nesting season.

St. Urho's Day – I could not determine who created the story of St. Urho, but it apparently began in the 1950's and involves a man driving grasshoppers out of Finland, saving the famed Finnish grape crops. Wear purple and green during your celebrations today.

National Everything You Do Is Right Day – You knew this was coming right? After all you can't do everything wrong every day. There had to be a flip side. So whatever it is you want to do today, do it with confidence because you're in the groove today!

To celebrate today, have confidence that everything you do will be right today while you go forth and attempt to find a curlew which you can share your artichoke hearts and grapes with. When you get home put on some chapstick to take care of your lips while you freely share any information have and remind your children to not make fun of anyone's ideas because today's crazy notions are tomorrow's inventions.

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