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February 11, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Pro Sports Wives Day – Everyone needs a good, strong support system and the wives of professional sportmen fill that role in both their personal and professional lives. I haven't seen a pro sports Husbands Day, however, and I think there should be one. After all, not all professional sportspeople are men.

National Shut-In Visitation Day – It's important, especially in the wintertime, to remember to visit people who are, for a variety of reasons, unable to leave their homes. Make sure they are okay and just offer a little companionship. Many times shut-ins lead a very lonely existence and you have the power to make them a little less lonely.

White Shirt Day – This day honors the men and women who were the sit down strikers at General Motors in 1937. They helped the United Auto Workers Union become strong enough to be in a position to negotiate a much better situation for the auto workers. The strike ended on this day in that same year. These are the rules of White Shirt Day: You must wear a white shirt; You must not allow your shirt to get dirtier than your boss's shirt; You must follow all safety and work rules. Sounds like fun!

National Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day – This is a day to look on the bright side. There is always a bright side if you look hard enough. Don't make a big deal of small issues and remember that we all make mistakes.  As long as we learn from our mistakes and don’t repeat them, mistakes can be a good thing.

Be Electrific Day – Thomas Alva Edison was born on this day in 1847. Without Mr. Edison, we would likely still be using candles, or celebrating the birthday of someone else who eventually would have invented something like light bulbs. After all, someone would had to have come up with a good way for people to stay up all night to read books and annoy their little sisters by keeping the light on way past bedtime like my sister did.

National Make A Friend Day – You can never have too many friends. So make a new one today. Who knows, maybe it will be a friendship that will last your whole life. Some of my best friends are people I have only known for a few years so don't close yourself off to the possibility of making new friends everywhere you go.

National Peppermint Patty Day –Invented in 1940 by the York Cone Company, this was different from other chocolate covered peppermint candies because it was as firm and crisp as a cookie.

Get Out Your Guitar Day – This is a day for all the Jimi Hendrix wannabies to have a chance to shine. Get your guitar out of the closet, dust it off, tune it up and get out there and play.

World Day of the Sick – Begun by Pope John Paul II, this is a day to pray for those who are suffering from illnesses. There are a lot of sick people out there in the world and they could use all the prayers they can get.

To celebrate today, wear a white shirt, grab your guitar, peppermint patties, and positive attitude and go visit a sick shut-in. Turn on the lights, play your guitar and watch some sports with your new friend while you're there and pay special attention to the wives in the stands supporting their husbands.

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