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October 3, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Yom Kippur - Celebrations for this day begin at sundown today and end at sundown tomorrow. This is a very important holy day for the Jewish people. Most celebrate the day with fasting and prayer that sometimes lasts all day.

National Virus Appreciation Day – I'm not too sure about this one. Well, I’m sure that it exists, I’m just not sure why.  Perhaps someone can enlighten me about what there is to appreciate regarding viruses of any kind. There are living organisms that we call viruses that make us sick and there are computer viruses that make our computers sick. Either way, I don't appreciate them one little bit.

Butterfly and Hummingbird Day – Now this is a day I can appreciate. Who doesn't love butterflies and hummingbirds. I could watch them flit around all day.  Beautiful and graceful and only around at certain times of the year, see if you can spot one today.

National Caramel Custard Day – I never eat custard, although right now I can't think why. I absolutely love caramel so I'll have to give this a try today.  Here’s a recipe you can try that looks pretty easy:

World Smile Day – This day is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year. It was created in 1999 by Harvey Ball, the artist who created the smiley face in 1963. He felt that his smiley face symbol was over-commercialized and was losing its intended significance. So he decided that the world needed a reminder that we should smile more often. So today, you should smile at absolutely everyone.

World Temperance Day – I haven’t found out anything about this day other than the fact that it exists and can be found on the calendars of several countries. I can only speculate that this is a day to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Many of us drink too much anyway, so drink some water instead.  

Look at the Leaves Day - Are the leaves changing near you?  You won’t know unless you look so take some time to look at the leaves today.  Hopefully they are very colorful where you are and making the trees look beautiful instead of already all sitting on the ground waiting to be raked up.

Lee's National Denim DayCelebrated on the first Friday in October, this is a day for everyone to work together to fight against breast cancer by wearing jeans to work in exchange for a $5 contribution toward breast cancer research.

National Family TV Show Day - This is a day to have some family time.  There are those who believe that it would be a good idea to have this particular day at least once a week.  Sit down with your family and watch a TV show together.  It might spark an important opening to talk about your values on a multitude of issues.

National Techies Day - A hundred years ago a techie would have had a hard time finding a job.  But these days, we can’t go a day without needing a techie to help us with at least one of the multitude of gadgets that we use every day.  Make sure you thank your favorite techie today.

To celebrate today, put away the alcohol and put on some jeans and a smile while you look at the colorful leaves and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds in your back yard.  Then call a techie to come and clean viruses off your computer while you sit with your family, to watch a TV show about a Jewish Family celebrating Yom Kippur.  Then make some caramel custard for dessert tonight.

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