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November 14, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day – This is a day to loosen up by letting go of the stresses of your life and instead spend time doing what makes you happy.

National American Teddy Bear Day – Named after former President Theodore Roosevelt, this cuddly and cute stuffed animal was created in the early 1900's after the President refused to shoot a bear that had been tied up and clubbed. Although he didn't exactly save the animal since he ordered one of his men to shoot it to put it out of its' misery, the story resulted in a political cartoon being created featuring a cute bear. Two toy makers, one in the U.S. and one in Germany, unbeknownst to each other, each created a stuffed bear around the same time, both of which very quickly became known as Teddy's Bears.

National Pickle Day – I love pickles and my late uncle made some pretty delicious ones. If you are brave and have a good recipe, try your hand at making homemade pickles today. If that is not for you, buy some from the store, they have all different kinds that are delicious.

World Diabetes Day – This is a day to encourage the world to “Take a Step for Diabetes”. A step is any activity that helps promote diabetes awareness, improve the lives of people who have diabetes, and reduce your own risk of developing the disease according to this web site: . This is a site that you can use to join the program and record your steps toward their final goal. They also have a list of things that you could do for your steps.

International Girls Day - Today we need to encourage our girls to become leaders.  Our daughters can be anything they could possibly want to be if they are willing to work for it.  She could be a scientist, a professor, a CEO of a major corporation, a politician, an athlete of the highest levels.  Don’t let your daughter be put off by stereotypes or the expectations of others.  Let her dream of what she wants to be and if she is willing to work hard for it, don’t do anything to discourage her.

National Spicy Guacamole Day - This is a day that is not going to be for everyone.  Myself, for example.  I love guacamole, especially homemade guacamole, but I’m not so much into spicy.  So for those of you that are, enjoy this day.

Operating Room Nurse Day – This is a day to celebrate operating room nurses. Doctors cannot possibly do everything themselves in the operating room and rely heavily on nurses to assist them. Without nurses, I would venture to say that operations would not be possible.

To celebrate everything in one day, loosen up by finding your favorite teddy bear and keeping it around you today while you eat pickles and spicy guacamole and do an activity of your choice to help fight diabetes.  Let your daughter help, maybe she will be inspired to choose a lifelong ambition to work for.  Make sure you send a few teddy bears to the hospital to give to the operating room nurses.

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