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November 9, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Go To An Art Museum Today Day - This is the perfect day to go to an art museum.  I’m sure there must be one near you somewhere.  It doesn’t have to be a big one, it just needs to have art that makes you think and feel inspired.

National Scrapple Day - Yes, I mean Scrapple, the food, not Scrabble, the game.  It is a combination of scraps of pork, cornmeal and spices that is formed into a loaf, almost like meatloaf, then sliced and fried in a pan before eating.  Apparently it was created by Dutch colonists more than 200 years ago and is usually eaten for breakfast with either syrup or ketchup.

Kristallnacht – This year is the 76th anniversary of the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution, Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of the Broken Glass. On this terrifying night, Nazi soldiers, Hitler's Youth, and the German police destroyed thousands of Jewish homes, synagogues and shops. Thirty thousand Jews were taken from their homes and nearly a hundred were killed that very night. Many more thousands saw what happened and did nothing either out of fear of repercussion from the Nazi's or Hitler-inspired hatred against the Jews. The really sad thing is that the world didn't learn from history as the Nazi party is rising and gaining power in Europe again, particularly in Greece.

International Tongue Twister Day - Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in November, this is a day to tie your tongue into knots by reciting tongue twisters as quickly as you can.  Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers… know that one I’m sure.  If you are looking for some new ones to try, this web site has an enormous collection:

Chaos Never Dies Day – This day brings out into the open the fact that almost everyone has a chaotic lifestyle that the upcoming holiday season will escalate to sometimes unbearable levels. This day is about stress, whether it's from work, school, homework, chores, activities, deadlines and endless lists of things that “have to be done”.

To celebrate today, tell your children about the chaos suffered during Kristallnacht, then teach them some tongue twisters to practice while you eat scrapple.  Spend the rest of the day exploring art museums.

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