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April 17, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Haiku Poetry Day – Poetry lovers everywhere rejoice! Today is a day to celebrate the Haiku form of poetry.

National Cheeseball Day – My husband loves a good cheeseball to have with his crackers at a party. I'm sure all of you cheese lovers do, too.  I didn’t know it was popular enough to have a day, but then I’m not as big a fan of cheese as most people are.

Blah, Blah, Blah Day – This is a day to do all the things that you have been asked to do but don't remember because you tuned out the asker and didn't really listen when they gave you the list.  Yeah, that would be my kids.

International Bat Appreciation Day – Created by and sponsored by Bat Conservation International, this is a day to admire everything about bats, including the fact that they eat insects. Consider putting up a bat house in your backyard to help them have a place to live.  This day may be changing to November 1st, I haven’t found out for sure yet.

Ellis Island Family History Day – This day was officially proclaimed by the nation's Governors, “to recognize the achievements and contributions to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendents.” This day was first celebrated in 2001 when the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island was opened.

Ford Mustang Day – On this day in 1964, Henry Ford II unveiled the first Ford Mustang at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY. The same day, they were put up for sale at Ford showrooms around the country and 22,000 were sold. 400,000 were sold within a year.  This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and  you will find celebratory events happening all over the country all month long.

Nothing Like A Dame Day – This is a day to honor the “Dames” of the old movies.  Today you are encouraged to watch and learn from these ladies and to bring out the “Dame” that lies within all of us.

National Day Of Silence – Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and begun in 1996 by the students at the University of Virginia, this is a day to take a vow of silence of some kind to take a stand and make a statement against bullying, specifically against bullying the GLBT community. Bullying anyone for any reason is just wrong. You don't have to agree with the choices other people make, or the lifestyles they live. You can even flat out disagree with them, but no one has the right to bully, or persecute, anyone for those choices or lifestyles. On this day, if you are a student you are encouraged to inform your teachers ahead of time about your vow of silence but you must know that during classroom instruction time, if a teacher requires you to vocally participate in any way, you must do so. Some teachers, if they know ahead of time, might support your stand, but not all will and so you need to be prepared to suspend your vow of silence during classroom time.

To celebrate today, pledge to be silent today before you dress up like a Dame and act like one when you go out to look for Ford Mustangs.  Write a Haiku about cheeseballs and work on your chore list when you come back, assuming you made one, and then head to Ellis Island to learn more about immigrant history.  Finish up the day by keeping your eye out for bats flying around.

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