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March 4, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Pound Cake Day – This dessert is called pound cake because the traditional recipe used 1 pound each of flour, sugar, eggs and butter. That makes a pretty big cake so you can adjust the measurements down for a smaller cake as long as you keep the 1:1:1:1 ratio. Although today's recipes have altered that ratio a bit for health reasons, the cakes that result are not really pound cakes. Recipes for this delicacy date back to the 1700's and call for beating the ingredients for an hour. And, I'm not sure if you know this but, they didn't have electric mixers back then. Those cooks must have had some muscles.

Holy Experiment Day – Today is a day to try something new with your religion and see what happens in your life. Whatever you do, make sure it is in keeping with your faith. For example, you could increase the amount you usually give to your church or temple for a period of time and see how your life changes. You could also try fasting if you've never done that before. If you need help figuring out something that you can change, feel free to talk to your religious leader. I am sure they will have lots of ideas for you.

Courageous Follower Day – Most cultures are more likely to honor the leader than the follower, but there can't be a leader if there aren't any followers and sometimes it takes a great deal of courage to follow where someone else leads. Especially if you are playing Follow the Leader with a Toddler in the Lead.

International Scrapbooking Industry Day – May I just say that scrapbookers tend to be just a little bit obsessed with their scrapbooking activities. I have a scrapbooker in the family so I know what I'm talking about. Well, today is a day for all of you scrapbookers to indulge in your favorite activity. Get a group together today and scrapbook to your hearts content. Not that you need my permission, you know you'll be doing it today anyway.

March Forth-Do Something Day – This is a perfect day to get out there are do.....something. It doesn't matter what that something is as long as it makes a difference. Volunteer to clean up something or help someone out today.  I know it’s in the middle of the week and you are probably busy working, but I’m sure you can find a few minutes if you try.

Hug A GI Day – We need to show our appreciation for the GI's and all that they do to keep us safe. So find one to hug today as a way to thank them. Just make sure you don't try to surprise hug any of them. It's REALLY not a good idea to try to surprise a GI. You could get hurt.

Benjamin Harrison Day – Our 23rd President was sworn into office on this day in 1889. He was sworn into service as a Senator on this day in 1881 as well. Clearly this was an important day of the year for him. He is known for adding more states (6) to our union than any other President in one term.

National Grammar Day – Created in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Make sure that today you are extra careful with your “its”, “it's” and “its'”, and of course, “their”, “there” and “they're”. I know the rules are confusing and plentiful and you’re not alone if your grammar skills need a little refresher course.

Toy Soldier Day – Today is a day to have some fun. Dress up as a toy soldier, arm yourself with your nerf guns and invade someplace. Be careful with your choice of location as some places, like banks, tend to not have a sense of humor about things like this. Many people like to invade a theme park as you will see on this link.

Old Inauguration Day – This day was the original day to swear in a new President. It was chosen because it was the day in 1789 when the Constitution first took effect. It was changed to January 20th in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, or to the 21st if the 20th happens to fall on a Sunday. The last inauguration on this day took place in 1933 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term. So he was the last President sworn in on the old date and the first President sworn in on the new date when he was re-elected.

Learn What Your Name Means Day – Today is a research kind of day. Use whatever resources you have available to find out what your name means. I talked a little bit about this two days ago during the fun facts portion of this week, this is a good site to use for this purpose.

Ta'Anit Esther – (The Fast of Esther) This is a Jewish fast that begins at dawn and ends at dusk on the eve of Purim.

Purim – This celebration begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow. The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther. It is a celebration of the time when the Jewish people in Persia escaped extermination. It's also a very good day to make delicious hamantaschen cookies.

To celebrate today, fast until dusk and learn what the name Esther means before you march forth to find something good to do.  Then, join a toy soldier invasion of a nearby theme park.  At lunch time, have some pound cake and stop at a religious to donate a little more than you usually do. Keep your eyes open for a GI to hug before you find a leader worthy of following.  When you find one, tell him/her all about President Benjamin Harrison. Make sure you use proper grammar and take lots of pictures to scrapbook with when you get home tonight.

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