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March 2, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Fun Facts About Names Day – We continue Celebrate Your Name Week with this one. What is interesting about your name? Do you know any cool trivia about anyone else's name? Can you name all of the Von Trapp Family children? For some fun facts on names look here.   And this is a great web site to look at if you want to find out the meaning of your name. My name in England means “good”, in France means “sweet”, and in Scotland means “pretty, charming beautiful.”  I resemble all of those definitions.  If you don’t believe me, just ask my parents. Don’t ask my husband, he might have a little something derogatory to say about the “good” and “sweet” parts.

Casimir Pulaski Day – Celebrated on the first Monday in March, this is a day to remember Revolutionary War Cavalry Officer Casimir Pulaski. He was born in Poland but came to America and trained Revolutionary War soldiers and cavalry. In some states, there are laws making it mandatory for schools to celebrate this day with their students. You will hear about him later in the year as well. In 2009, President Obama signed a resolution making Casimir Pulaski an honorary American citizen.

National Banana Cream Pie Day – My kids are not fans of this kind of pie, but I am. Try out this recipe and let me know how you like it.

National Old Stuff Day – We have some choices in celebrating this day. We can revel in the old stuff we have, find all our old stuff and get rid of it, or forsake the old stuff and try something new this year. I plan to do a little bit of all of that. I certainly have plenty of old stuff that I can get rid of, I have some other old stuff that I’d like to last a little longer so I’ll try to fix it up a bit, and who doesn’t like to get a little something new now and then.

Dr. Seuss Day – On this day in 1904, Dr. Seuss was born.  Of course, his parents didn’t name him that.  They named him Theodor Seuss Geisel, but when he turned out to be a wonderful author, poet and cartoonist, he chose the name Dr. Seuss. He began publishing cartoons when he was at Dartmouth College. That was the first time he used the alias “Seuss”.

NEA's Read Across America Day – This day is officially celebrated today since this is Dr. Seuss's birthday. However, whenever this day falls on a weekend, most schools and other organizations celebrate on either the Friday before or the Monday after.  This year since it is a Monday, they don’t need to worry about it. This is the 18th year of celebrations for this day and the book they have chosen to focus on this time is Oh, The Places You’ll Go.

To celebrate today, discuss your name and read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go with your children, or by yourself if you don't have any children, then enjoy some banana cream pie while tell them about Casimir Pulaski and contemplate what to do with all of your old stuff.

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