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April 3, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Education And Sharing Day – Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1978 and renewed each year since, this day celebrates the birthday of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rabbi was an advocate for youth and for education.

Passover - A Jewish holiday celebrating the time when God saved the Jewish people from death and enslavement in Egypt.  It lasts a week beginning at dusk this evening and ending at dusk on April 11th.

National Chocolate Mousse Day – Rich and creamy, sweet and chocolatey, what could be a better dessert?

Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day – If work is a drag, don't go today. Take a fun day off. If, on the other hand, you have fun at your job or your boss has fun activities planned for today, you don't want to miss out on that.

Tweed Day – You appear to have a choice today. You can either celebrate the fabric called tweed by wearing tweed clothing, or you can celebrate the Senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed who was born on this day in 1823. This famous evil-doer stole up to $200 million from the public, which back in the 1800's was a whole lot more than it is now and even now it’s a lot of money.  He was convicted in 1877 and although he managed to escape once, he was recaptured and shortly after died in jail in 1878.

Find A Rainbow Day – Keep your eye on the skies today and see if you can find a rainbow today. If you just can’t find one, make your own. There are a multitude of rainbow crafts that you can do with your kids. Be creative!

Pony Express Day – On this day in 1860, the Pony Express began operations. As I’m sure you know, the Pony Express delivered mail by horse and rider relay teams.  A braver set of mailmen has never existed in my opinion. The hazards these men endured just to deliver mail were incredible. They cut the time for mail delivery across the country from a month or more to approximately 10 days which was amazing back then.

Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds Of Greatness Day – On March 7, 1965 (50 years ago) there was a civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama, that met with violent resistance from the police.  This is known Bloody Sunday.  We’ve come a long way since then, but we still have a ways to go.  We need to teach our children love and tolerance instead of hate and distrust.

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in April, this is a day to recognize the contributions of Hospital Admitting Clerks.  The admitting clerks are vital members of the hospital staff. It's not just about the doctors and nurses, without people to handle the paperwork and administrative details, the hospital would not be able to function.

National Walk To Work Day – Always celebrated on the first Friday in April, get those sneakers laced up and let's hope it doesn't rain today or snow for that matter considering the winter we experienced this year in the Northeast.

World Party Day or World Singing Day – Begun in 1996, this day is focused on a world wide synchronized celebration hoping to bring about improved social conditions. The idea being that the opposite of war must be a great, big, humongous party.  Your celebrations can be in the form of a big party with fireworks, food and music, or something quieter with just you and a friend or two having a quiet dinner, or anything in between.

To celebrate today, wear tweed and walk to work so you can have fun and write letters to the hospital admitting clerks at the hospital near you.  Then, borrow a pony and be your own pony express while you ride around town delivering your letters.  Sing while you ride and keep your eyes open for rainbows.  Then stop at a school to educate the youth about Passover and how to spread positive feelings instead of negative ones.  Finally, celebrate the end of a day well done with a party for your neighbors during which you can serve them bowls of chocolate mousse.

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