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April 16, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Librarian Day - This is a day to honor and appreciate librarians all over the country.  Librarians do far more than simply help us find a book we might like to read, although they are happy to do that.  If you have a research project, a librarian can help you find the information you need.  They can help you find resources in your community to help you with any problem.  The libraries have many different kinds of public programs.  Of course, the larger libraries will have more than the small town libraries, but if your library doesn’t have the program you want, they can help you find it elsewhere.  Go ahead, ask them a question, I seriously doubt you will be able to stump them.

National D.A.R.E. Day – Every year, the President of the United States designates a day around this time of year to be a National D.A.R.E. Day. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and it involves police officers educating kids in school about the hazards of drugs.

National Eggs Benedict Day – To make this delectable dish you need warm, crispy bacon, a toasted and buttered English muffin, poached eggs and a warm and creamy Hollandaise sauce.  Put them all together and you have a delicious breakfast.  I couldn't determine which Benedict these eggs were named after, every Benedict in history seems to have some sort of story attached to them whereby they claim credit.

National Baked Ham With Pineapple Day – This must be a week for ham so I hope you’re not sick of it yet.  Although this ham is different from yesterday’s because today you can add pineapple.

National Healthcare Decisions Day – This is a day to educate and inspire you to make your health care decisions BEFORE you are in dire need because of an emergency. Plan ahead because no one leaves their house in the morning thinking that this is the day I'm going to have an accident and end up in the hospital before nightfall. Plan ahead people!

World Voice Day – As a species, humans depend on their voices to communicate with each other.  It is a tool for conveying emotion, as well as information.  We depend on our voices when we educate each other.  We also depend on our voices for entertainment, as well as for getting the attention of others when needed.  This is a day to get excited about voice science, and the vocal arts.

National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day – Celebrated on the day after taxes are due so you can have a day to decompress after all the stress of doing your taxes. So don't worry about picking out just the right outfit today and just stay in your pajamas. As long as you are decently covered. Just saying, I know how some of you dress to go to bed.

National Stress Awareness Day - This is a day to spread awareness of the fact that stress affects us in ways we don’t think about on a regular basis.  It can have a ripple effect throughout our bodies and show up in many ways such as heart disease, loss of hair, lines on the face and innumerable others.  So try to be aware of how much stress you are under today and look for ways to ease your stress so you can be healthier.

Get To Know Your Customers Day – We had this day in January and you will see it again twice more this year because it is celebrated on the third Thursday of every quarter as a reminder to business owners about how important it is to know who your customers are and what their needs might be.  Have a long conversation with your customers or take a customer out to lunch or dinner in order to get to know their needs so that you can better figure out how your business can meet those needs.

National High Five Day – Celebrated on the third Thursday in April, this is a day for saving lives.  This year they are partnering with Action For Healthy Kids and fighting childhood obesity.  The event is similar in spirit to a dance-a-thon or a running event, but easier because this is a day for giving high fives to strangers all day long. Register and/or find out more here:

National Ask An Atheist Day – Celebrated on the third Thursday of April, this is a day to ask an atheist anything you want about their beliefs, or rather, unbeliefs. They don't wish to be yelled at or chastised or converted, but will gladly participate in a civilized discussion.

Support Teen Literature Day – Always on the Thursday of National Library Week, this is a day to celebrate the amazing quality and variety of literature available for teens today.  There is so much more out there for this age group than there was when I was a kid.  I am envious and find I enjoy reading it just as much as my teens do.

To celebrate today, have some eggs benedict for breakfast and then head off to work in your pajamas where you will high five everyone you see and use your voice all day to communicate with your co-workers and customers.  At lunch, relieve your stress by reading a good teen book while you eat baked ham with pineapple, then stop in a local library to ask librarian about finding all the information you need to make an informed health care decision.  Tonight, talk to your kids about drugs.

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