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April 14, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Be Kind To Lawyers Day – Celebrated on the second Tuesday in April, this is a day to stop poking fun at lawyers.  After all, if your back is to the wall and you are in legal trouble of any kind, you’re going to need a lawyer on your side.  We depend on our lawyers for everything from getting out of jail to writing up a contract to making a will, so let’s remember that today and try thanking them instead of ridiculing them.

Equal Pay Day – This date represents how far into 2015 women must work in order to earn the same amount men earned in 2014 at the same job. Because of the fact that salary information for last year isn’t available until somewhere around August of this year, the creators of this day (the National Committee on Pay Equity) decided to pick a Tuesday in April to illustrate their point. They chose a Tuesday to illustrate how far into this week women must work in addition to last weeks work in order to earn as much as men in the same job earned last week.

International Moment Of Laughter Day – Created by Izzy Gezell, this is a day to acknowledge the power that laughter holds. Use humor to lift your spirits, relieve your stress, increase your self-confidence and optimism and boost your immune system.  Some celebration ideas are at the website I have referenced.

National Grump People's Day – Today is a day to get your inner grumpiness out and revel in it. Complain about your neighbors or your job or your family.  Whatever you can find to complain about, dig it up and get it out there.  

National Pecan Day – Did you know that there are over 1,000 varieties of pecans?  I didn’t know that but I found out here. Pecans are very good for you since they are full of vitamins and minerals but I think that some of that goodness gets negated a little bit when they are added to a pecan pie considering how much sugar goes into one of those.

Ex Spouse Day – While divorce is never a goal when you go into a marriage, it happens an alarming percentage of the time anyway.  Sometimes I think people give up on each other too easily, but sometimes people just aren’t meant to be together for a variety of reasons.  If you have children, I hope you make the effort to get along with your ex spouse for their sake.  If not, then today is a day to celebrate your freedom.

Look Up At The Sky Day – This is a day to take some time to smell the roses...whoops, wrong day.  I meant to say...This is a day to take some time to look up at the sky.  How often do we stop what we are doing and really look at the sky?  Are there any interesting clouds up there today?  Does it look like rain?  Can you see a rainbow or a meteor?

National Dolphin Day - This is a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite sea creature...the dolphin.  They are so beautiful swimming and jumping in the ocean, and they have been known to go out of their way to save humans from drowning.  But we can’t forget that they have many challenges as well, such as the pollution that humans have created in their oceans, the fact that some countries still hunt and kill dolphins and the fact that fishermen inadvertently kill dolphins when they get caught in the fishing nets.

Children With Alopecia Day – This is a disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair to fall out. It affects children’s self-esteem more than their health.  Unfortunately, other children can be extremely cruel and can unmercifully tease and torment any child that has a visible difference like Alopecia children have.  

Pan American Day – Celebrated every year on this day as a “commemorative symbol of the American nations and the voluntary union of all in one continental community”. This union was established in on this day in 1890. On May 7, 1930, this day was adopted by the Governing Board of the Pan American union in official legal language with all the requisite whereas's and pursuant to's included.

National Library Workers Day or National Library Day – Celebrated on the Tuesday of National Library Week (which would be this week), this day has a lot of different names but one purpose, which is to celebrate Libraries and everyone who works in them, including the Friends of the Library groups who work hard to help the Libraries fund the programs they have for their patrons.  Libraries are not just places to borrow books for free, although that is a great benefit for book lovers on a limited budget. They are also places for people to access the internet, learn how to use computers, learn how to read, get help with their resumes and job searching and countless other programs that are unique to each library.  Libraries located in urban areas are more likely to have more programs available to their patrons, than small village libraries.  But no matter what size your home library is, it contains a Librarian who wants to help you find whatever it is you want to find.

Reach As High As You Can Day – Today is a day to strive to go as far and as high as you can with whatever you are trying to do, whether you are trying to reach the cookie jar on top of the refrigerator or trying to get that big promotion at work.

To celebrate today, start the day out being grumpy and complain about your ex spouse, then relieve all that stress by making jokes and laughing at them.  Then, finish your work day and compare your salary to a male or female coworker’s salary.  Next, take some kids with alopecia to go swimming with the dolphins before you take a trip to a library to learn about Pan American countries.  Then look up at the sky and reach as high as you can to pick some fruit from trees to give you your lawyer.

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