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March 8, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Be Nasty Day – I'm not sure who made this day up but it was probably a grouch plotting revenge for last month's Do A Grouch A Favor Day. You are encouraged to be nasty whenever possible today, so go ahead and tell someone how you really think they look or what you really think about them.

International Women's Day – Created by the United Nations in 1975, it used to be called International Working Women's Day and is a day to celebrate women's social, political and economic achievements. In some countries it is an occasion for men to show their women how much they love and appreciate them much like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day in this country. In other countries it is more likely to be about highlighting the unique challenges that women face in what is still, a man's world. The theme for this year's celebrations is “Equality for women is progress for all.”

National Peanut Cluster Day –This is a delicious treat that began simply...someone mixed peanuts and chocolate. But these days you can get very complicated. It doesn't matter which you prefer, they are all delicious.

National Proofreading Day – Created by Judy Beaver in honor of her mother, this is a day to double or triple check anything you write to make sure you correct any mistakes. Making this a habit will help you to maintain your professionalism.

Girls Write Now Day – Today is a day for females of all ages, all cultures, and all countries to write. Women need to mentor women to help each other achieve their great potential. Girls Write Now is an organization that was founded in 1998. They have a mission to help underprivileged girls in public high schools in NYC to improve their writing skills and and find out if a career in writing is the right choice for them.

Genealogy Day or Descendents Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in March, this is a day to dig deep. Unearth your family tree and dig out all the skeletons that are lurking there. Who did you come from? Who and where did they come from? Genealogy is a mystery and you need to start finding clues in order to solve it.

International Fanny Pack Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in March, this is a day to remember when you got your first fanny pack and if you still have one, wear it today out of nostalgia. While I wouldn't go so far as to call a fanny pack fashionable, it is certainly useful. Something I appreciate more, the older I get. Interesting correlation, don't you think? Maybe I really am turning into my mother!

To celebrate today, wear your fanny pack and let loose the nastiness you usually keep contained while you fight for equality in your workplace. When you get home, get to work on your family tree, then write about your experiences of the day while you eat peanut clusters. Finally, make sure you proofread everything you wrote today.

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