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August 29, 2014

Today we celebrate:

According to Hoyle Day – On this day in 1769, Edmond Hoyle died. Mr. Hoyle was an Englishman who was the first to publish a book of rules for the game of Whist. He went on to publish other books with rules for other games like chess and backgammon to name just a few. He became known as the authority for game rules of all kinds and the phrase, “according to Hoyle” was used to indicate the right way to play and even eventually the right way to do anything.

National Lemon Juice Day – Lemon juice has so many different uses from drinking to cooking to skin care to cleaning your house. You name it and you can probably find a way to utilize lemon juice for it.

Marine Corps Reserve Birthday – The mission of the Marine Corps Reserve is to provide reinforcements for the active Marine forces whenever needed. They are called during wars, national emergencies and for a host of other reasons. They are also very involved in community events such as Toys for Tots at Christmastime. They were established by Congress on this day in 1916. Most of the time, unless they have been called for duty, Marines in the reserve units have training on one weekend a month and two weeks a year to keep up their skills so that they are ready when they are needed.

Individual Rights Day – On this day in 1632, John Locke was born. He was a popular philosopher who argued that humans had basic rights simply because they were human and the government's job was to protect those rights and not enslave it's citizens with laws that took their rights away.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests – Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, this is a day to increase awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

More Herbs, Less Salt Day – Today we need to focus on how healthy you are eating. If you have a tendency to put salt on your food, try using some interesting herbs instead. Fresh herbs are better than dried ones, but even dried ones are better than nothing. Here is a picture of a basil leaf to get you started.

Chop Suey Day – This is a day to head to a good Chinese restaurant near you and enjoy some chop suey. It's a stir fry with eggs, meat, and vegetables and usually some rice or noodles.  My mother used to make chop suey but it was very different.  Her chop suey had elbow macaroni, spaghetti sauce and whatever vegetable and meat happen to be leftover in the fridge. The first time my husband took me to a Chinese restaurant and I got the Chop Suey, I thought they made a mistake when they brought it out.

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day – President George Bush proclaimed this day in 1991 to increase awareness of the disease and to support those suffering from it and those who are working to find a cure. Doctors are not yet sure, but it seems likely that Sarcoidosis is caused by a virus. They do know that it is an immune system disorder and some people can recover with few symptoms while others get very sick.  It mimics a lot of diseases so it can be difficult to diagnose.  It mostly attacks the lungs although it can attack other organs as well.

To celebrate today, make some lemonade using lemon juice and and play a fun game of backgammon with your friends, making sure you follow Hoyle's rules. Then teach your children all about their rights as humans before you head down to the Marine recruitment office to enlist in the Marine Reserves. Next, write a letter to someone in your government to let them know where you stand on the nuclear testing issue. Have some chop suey with lots of herbs and very little salt for dinner and tell your friends about the symptoms of sarcoidosis so if any of them have it, they can get treated quickly.

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