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August 12, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Middle Child’s Day - Today is a day to focus on that person of the family who is stereotypically ignored.  This would, of course, be the  middle child.  My son is our middle child and he is always quick to point out that we spoil both of his sisters all the time, but not him.  Of course, his sisters each make the same claim, but this is not a day for first and last children so we will not pay them any attention right now.  

National Sewing Machine Day - This is a day to celebrate sewing machines.  The newest machines are computerized and can do some pretty impressive things.  If you don’t use yours too often, take it out and sew something today.  But if you use your sewing machine a lot, then today is a day to give it a well earned vacation.  Take it to a sewing machine spa to get a good cleaning and massage by a well trained professional.  These machines that are used every day should be cleaned and oiled every day.  If you only use yours sporadically then you should perform maintenance before each project.

International Youth DayThis is a day to celebrate and encourage young people all around the world. The theme for this years celebration is, “Youth Civic Engagement.” The goal is to increase participation of young people in all levels of the United Nations in order to achieve sustainable human development.

Vinyl Record Day – On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and the stage was set for the later invention of vinyl records. When I was young, I had a record player in my bedroom and I thought it was pretty cool that I could play my favorite records over and over again in my own room so no one else would complain. Now I have kids and my record player doesn't work anymore so they have never even heard a record play. They don't seem upset by that as they listen to their CD's and iPods.

IBM PC Day – On this day in 1981, IBM introduced its’ new 5150 Personal Computer. For a while, it blew it's competition out of the water and led the technological field . At least until the competition caught up.

To celebrate today, get on your PC and look up some pictures of vinyl records and record players and show them to the young middle child in your house.  Then sew a cover for your computer.

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