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April 21, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Yom HaZikaron – This is a day of remembrance for Israeli soldiers that have fallen since 1860, and for victims of terrorism, and is also known as Israel's official Memorial Day.  It begins at sundown today.

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day – This day is not only about appreciating bulldogs, who are beautiful in their own way. It is also about celebrating the beautiful differences between people of all sizes, shapes, colors and coordination.

National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day – I have yet to find out where to buy these chocolate and cashew little pieces of heaven.  Does anyone have any ideas?

Kindergarten Day – Today we celebrate the birthday of Friedrich Froebel who was born in Germany in 1782 and started the first kindergarten in 1837. It was a very popular concept but the government chose to stop it in 1851. A year later Friedrich died and so wasn't able to see that his idea was resurrected in Germany in 1860 and in 1873 the first public kindergarten was opened in St. Louis Missouri.  They blossomed from there so that now there are multiple options for kindergartens for your children no matter where you are.

John Muir Day - Born on this day in Scotland in 1838, John Muir was a wilderness explorer and writer.  He was also the first President of the Sierra Club.  He came to the U.S. in 1849 and lived in California.  He traveled extensively and made it his mission to encourage people to protect nature and beauty.  He helped to establish Yosemite National Park in 1890.

To celebrate today, drop off the little kids at Kindergarten and head to the SPCA to look at the bulldogs.  This afternoon, have a snack of chocolate-covered cashews while you remember the victims of terrorism and fallen Israeli soldiers.  Finally, read a book about John Muir’s life to your children.

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