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April 23, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Cherry Cheesecake Day – If you love cheesecake and cherries, here's a recipe you can try.

National Lovers' Day – This is a day that is less about spending money, to give your significant other a card and a gift, and more about spending time together doing things you enjoy.   You could ask someone to marry you or take them to the beach at sunset to tell them how much you love them.  Let your inner romantic out today.

National Zucchini Bread Day – One of my kid's favorites. They hate zucchini, but if I put it in a bread product with lots of sugar, suddenly it's ok. Call me suspicious, but I suspect it's more because of the sugar than the zucchini.

Take A Chance Day – This is a day to try something new that you’ve never done before.  Take a chance that you will like it.  If you are very adventurous, take a chance with your life and do something I consider really radical like bungee jumping or skydiving. 

World Laboratory Day –There are laboratories all over the schools, hospitals, or research facilities.  These are places where magic is made.  Science is kind of magical, because in laboratories, scientists find answers that no one else can find.  They solve problems that no one else can solve.  They cure diseases and save lives that would otherwise not be saved.

National Teach Your Children To Save Day – If we do not want to raise the next group of debtors, we need to teach our children how to save their money. Many financial institutions visit schools on this day to talk to the kids about how important it is.

Talk Like Shakespeare Day – England's National Poet, and one of the greatest poets and playwrights ever. Historians believe that this is the anniversary of his birth as well as his death.  We don’t know exactly when his birthday was, but people who study such things believe it could be today in the year 1564.  It is definitely the day he died in 1616.  Today you should grab one of his works and bone up on your Shakespearian language skills because you will be talking like one today.

World Book and Copyright Day (International Day of the Book) – The day was officially begun in 1995, but in 1932, Spanish booksellers connected this day to the date of the burial of author Miguel de Cervantes according to the Gregorian Calendar. Then England jumped in and decided that they would indeed celebrate this holiday but it was because Shakespeare died on this day according to the Julian Calendar. However, the interesting thing is that because of the use of different calendars by the different countries, the two men seem to have died on the same day, but Shakespeare actually died 11 days after de Cervantes.

UN English Language Day - One of the six main languages used in the United Nations, this is a day to celebrate the English language.  This day was chosen because once again, it is believed to be William Shakespeare’s birthday.

Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day – Celebrated on Wednesday of the last full week in April, this is a day to recognize the hard work of receptionists, secretaries, administrative assistants, and other administrative support personnel. Without their support, the management of almost any company would not be able to function. Other countries also have special days like this celebrated at different times of the year.  Australia, for example, celebrates on the first Friday in May.

St. George’s Day - This is a feast day celebrated by Christians in England and other countries where St. George is the patron saint.  It is believed to be the date St. George died in 303 AD.  Churches that use the Julian calendar celebrate this day on what would be May 6th for the rest of us.  This day could be moved to another if it interferes with Easter.  Which it doesn’t this year.'s_Day

To celebrate today, take a chance and find a laboratory near you and see if you can brainstorm with the scientists to help them with whatever they are working on.  I’m sure they will appreciate your input, especially if you speak English like Shakespeare because that will make you appear even more intelligent than you already are.  Then teach your children about saving money so they don’t have to live with you forever.  Next, buy a book and give it to the Administrative Professional you rely on the most before you go home to make a feast of zucchini bread and cherry cheesecake for your lover.

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