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April 4, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Victims of Violence Holy Day – This is the anniversary of MLK's death. The second of three Emancipation Days of Respect which honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting respect, unity and remembrance.

National Cordon Bleu Day – Get yourself a tenderized chicken breast, wrap it around some sliced ham, roll it in some breading and bake. There's dinner for you.

School Librarian Day – Another day with some controversy regarding when it should be celebrated. But it definitely should be celebrated at some point. Where would we be in our educational lives without the School Librarian. I have heard that some schools have had to cut their librarians to save money and I think that is a disservice to the children of those schools.  Librarians are an invaluable resource for almost any situation you can think of.

Hug A Newsman Day – We depend on our newspeople to keep us informed about what is going on in the world as a whole as well as in our own little piece of it.  Sometimes they do sensationalize a bit to get us to read/watch their reports because ultimately it all comes down to making money.  We all have to eat after all and newspeople are no different in that regard.

Walk Around Things Day – I am really going to celebrate this day with every fiber of my being.  I am determined that I am not going to walk into one single thing today.  I am going to join in the spirit of the day and walk around and not through everything that even comes close to being in my path.  The bruises that I already have on my legs do not need any friends to join them.  Just keep in mind that obstacles that need to be avoided are not always physical, they can be emotional as well.  Contemplate that one for a while.

International Carrot Day – Begun in 2003, this is a day for carrot lovers all over the world.  Apparently, these were first grown as medicine instead of food centuries ago. There are many different kinds of carrots so experiment a little, I'm sure you will find one to your liking.

Tell A Lie Day – I have seen a website that links this day to George Orwell's 1984 because the main character was forced to live a lie. Whatever the origin, today is a day to be less than truthful, not something I normally encourage so I'm hoping my children don't look at this today.

International Day For Mine Awareness & Assistance In Mine Action – There are many places in this world where hidden landmines left over from past wars make life very dangerous for the people who have to live in those former war zones.

Vitamin C Day – Focus on what you are eating today. Are you getting enough Vitamin C in the foods you eat? Maybe you need to eat more spinach or citrus fruits. I know, not exactly what you wanted to hear.  But it’s important to maintain a healthy body and it’s better for you to get your vitamins from fruits and vegetables rather than from pills.

World Rat Day – This is a day to highlight the fancy rat and how it is a great pet to have. But I'm not going to tell you that because I don't want my children to start wanting one. So you'll have to look at the web page and decide for yourself.

National D.A.R.E. Day – Every year, the President of the United States designates a day around this time of year to be a National D.A.R.E. Day. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and it involves police officers educating kids in school about the hazards of drugs.

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in April, this is a day to recognize the contributions of Hospital Admitting Clerks.  The admitting clerks are vital members of the hospital staff. It's not just about the doctors and nurses, without people to handle the paperwork and administrative details, the hospital would not be able to function.

National Walk To Work Day – Always celebrated on the first Friday in April, get those sneakers laced up and let's hope it doesn't rain today or snow for that matter considering the winter we experienced this year.

To celebrate today, while you are out and about walking to work, make sure you watch for land mines and carefully walk around them.  Walk by a hospital and stop in to thank the admitting clerks with a gift of carrots.  Next stop should be the newspaper office where you will find a newsman to hug, then when you get to work, call up your school librarian and invite her over for a dinner of cordon bleu.  While you are at work, lie to your co-workers and tell them you love rats.  When you get home to prepare the cordon bleu, tell your kids all about D.A.R.E., add something full of Vitamin C to your dinner menu and say a prayer for all of the victims of violence in the world.

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