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April 19, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Garlic Day – These seasoning powerhouses do more than keep away vampires. They have been used to season food for over 6,000 years according to the website. It has well known and proven health benefits as well as being rich in vitamins and minerals. It also has a great side benefit of helping to get rid of unwanted boyfriends/girlfriends. All you have to do is eat enough of it.

John Parker Day – On this day in 1775, John Parker, a farmer and Captain of the Lexington Militia, commanded his men at the famous Battle of Lexington.  He is credited with saying to his men, “Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” Of course, his men either ignored his order or didn’t hear it because by some accounts one of them fired the shot that began the war.  It is sad to note that John Parker was sick with Consumption at that time and died a few months later so he didn’t see their victory in the war that began with his men.

National Hanging Out Day Do you have a clothesline? Well, if not, you might want to hang one up today because this day was created by Project Laundry List and is a day to focus on conserving energy and saving money by hanging out your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer. Did you know that clothes dryers emit nearly 20 percent as much carbon dioxide as an average car?

Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day – On this day in 1995, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah federal building killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring hundreds more. Two people were responsible, ( I will not name them because I don't want their names to be remembered, it would be far better to remember the names of the victims.) one of the perpetrators was executed, and the other one is serving life in prison.

To celebrate today, look up the names of the victims of the Oklahoma bombing before you hang out your laundry to dry.  Dinner tonight features garlic as an important ingredient, and while you eat, tell you children all about John Parker.

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