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October 15, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Mushroom Day – This is a day to honor edible fungus. Doesn't sound so appetizing when you put it like that, does it? The men in my household love mushrooms. I tolerate them and will eat them when I’m a guest in someone’s home. My daughters absolutely hate them. But I suppose I could get some for my husband and son.

International Day of Rural Women – Created by the United Nations, this is an opportunity to recognize “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”  Who knew rural women had such an impact?  Do they know?  Let’s spread the news so rural women can feel more empowered and realize that everyone can make a positive difference in this world.

I Love Lucy Day – The first episode of this famous television sitcom aired on this day in 1951. I don't think there is an American over the age of 20 on this planet who hasn't at least heard of this series. I certainly loved Lucy, I bet you did too.

National Grouch Day – This is a day to celebrate your inner grouch. Everyone needs to be grouchy now and then, so release your normal inhibitions and let your misery take over just for today so you can share it with the world.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day – This is a day to spread awareness among the Latino community about the symptoms of HIV/AIDS and the best way to protect yourself from being infected or spreading your infection to others.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day – This is a day to show love and support to the many women who have lost a baby either through miscarriage or in infancy. I cannot even imagine anything more devastating than losing a beloved child so if you know someone who has gone through this, reach out to them today and make sure they feel your support.

White Cane Safety Day – Proclaimed by the President of the United States each and every year beginning with President Lyndon B. Johnson, this is a day to recognize the importance of the white cane as an instrument of independence for blind people. But however much independence the cane affords them, we have to help by remembering that they still cannot see you driving down the road so you have to be vigilant on their behalf and not run them over if they step into the road in front of you.

National Roast Pheasant Day – Pheasant can be a little bit hard to find in the grocery store, but you need to track one down and roast it today.  You will not regret it.  I assure you that it is delicious if you cook it just right and with the internet at our fingertips, I know you will have no trouble finding a great recipe.  If your husband is as good a cook as mine is, get him to cook it for you and you’ll have no worries.

National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day – This is a day to take your parents out to lunch and enjoy an afternoon with them. If you get along with your parents, this will be a great day. If you do not, it will be torturous. Good luck with it.

National Fossil Day – Celebrated on Wednesday of the second full week in October, this is a day to promote the finding and study of fossils. Fossils help us to understand our Earth's history, we can learn a great deal from these remnants of animals past.

Information Overload Day – Celebrated by some on different days, this is a day to back away from the information that bombards us all day long from a plethora of sources. We can't seem to escape it no matter where we are and sometimes it gets to be too much. Shut off your computers, televisions, radios and cell phones. Do not leave your house for a while and just bask in the silence.

National Chicken Cacciatore Day – This is definitely a fowl day today because in addition to the pheasant, you will be making chicken cacciatore, a delicious dish that originated in central Italy.  Cacciatore means “Hunter’s style” and the dish was developed sometime after the year 1450.  Even then, hunters didn’t generally hunt chickens, so this can probably be made with other meats as well.

To celebrate today, watch for anyone with a white cane while you are out and about finding rural women to wish a happy day to. Next, take your parents out to lunch, you can bring along your fossil collection to show them while you wait for your food.  Then, check in with anyone you know who has lost an infant or had a miscarriage to tell them that you love them. Do some research on the Latino issue with HIV/AIDS and watch I Love Lucy reruns. Then you can shut off all of your technology and let your inner grouch out while you make roast pheasant and chicken cacciatore with mushrooms for dinner.

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