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August 27, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day – This is a state holiday in Texas to honor President Lyndon Baines Johnson who was born on this day in 1908.

Just Because Day - This is a day to do something….well, just because.  Is there something you would like to do but don’t really have a good reason to do it?  Well, now is your chance.  Do it today just because.

National Petroleum Day - This is a day to think about petroleum.  We use it every day, whether you have a car or take public transportation and there is a lot of buzz about how we should conserve our fossil fuels and use alternative energy, which is a great idea. But like all great ideas, it takes time for them to become mainstream.  So until that happens, we must be grateful for the petroleum fuel we use right now.

National Pots de Creme Day – Pots de Creme (pronounced poh-deh-krem) is French for “pot of cream.” It is a custard that is heavier than you are probably used to and is baked in a small, single serving pot or ramekin. They can be vanilla or chocolate and they look delicious.

Banana Lover's Day – I love bananas and have one nearly every day in my cereal in the morning. How do you feel about them?  They are not just delicious fruits that have only been readily available in this country for about a hundred years, but they are full of potassium which is very useful for preventing muscle cramps, something that I used to suffer from on a daily basis.  But not since I started eating bananas every day.

The Duchess Who Wasn't Day – You have probably heard the quote, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Who hasn't. But you may not know who said it. It comes from a novel I had never heard of, Molly Bawn, which was written by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford who used a pseudonym, “The Duchess”, which was also the title of her most popular book. She was born in Ireland on this day in 1850 and died in 1897.

To celebrate today, find a copy of Molly Bawn and read it and make sure you use that famous quote at least once or twice today. Also read a biography about Lyndon B. Johnson while you enjoy some Pots de Creme and a banana.  Then, hop into your petroleum fueled vehicle and take a road trip somewhere, just because.

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