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August 15, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day – My FAVORITE pie! I eat a diet that is gluten, dairy and egg free right now, all three of which appear in this particular dish, but I tell you what...I don't care. When it comes to lemon meringue pie, I will cheat on my diet every time and happily accept the consequences.

Assumption Day – This is a feast day for the Catholic Church. It celebrates the day that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

Chauvin Day – Nicholas Chauvin was a French soldier who was loyal to Napoleon even when it became obvious that any kind of loyalty in that regard was misplaced. He was ridiculed because of that blind loyalty and his dedication to anything French. Chauvinism now refers to intense and unreasonable attachment to any cause. It is celebrated today because it is Napoleon's birthday. Chauvin's birthday is not known.

Julia Child's Birthday – Born on this day in 1912, Julia Child was a chef who revolutionized American cooking. She brought the art of cooking gourmet meals to the average American housewife in the form of cookbooks and television cooking shows.

Victory Over Japan Day – V-J Day, on this day in 1945 (Japanese time) Japan surrendered, ending World War II. It's sort of odd that the same event happened on two different days. Thinking too hard about the time differences makes my head hurt so I don't go there often. If I did I would get lost in the idea that the United States received Japan's surrender the day before Japan issued it.

National Failures Day - This is a day to think about and recognize the failures in your life and learn from them.  Once you have figured out the lessons that you can learn, stop dwelling on the past, and move on with your life with a renewed positivity and determination to avoid repeating past mistakes.  Don’t be afraid of failure because sometimes we learn more about life from them then we do from our successes.  

National Relaxation Day – This is a day to do whatever you like to do for relaxation. Do you like to lounge on the beach? Sit in a cozy chair and read a book? Get a massage? Whatever it is that relaxes you, that is what you should do today.

International Geocaching Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday in August, Geocaching is an activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find containers called “geocaches” or “caches” hidden anywhere in the world. These caches can be any kind of container and usually contain a log book for the finder to sign and date and replace for the next geocacher to find. Sometimes they contain little trinkets or toys for the geocacher to take as a momento of the hunt.  This is a great activity to do with your kids if you are looking for a way to get them off the video games and out of the house.

International Homeless Animals Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday of August, this is a day to raise awareness about the problem of pet overpopulation. There are too many pets and not enough loving owners. Make sure you spay/neuter your pet so you don't add to the problem.

To celebrate today, head out with your kids on a geocaching adventure.  While you are out in nature, examine your life and ask yourself if you are chauvinistic toward any causes and think about whether or not you should reexamine your priorities. Then you can think about all the failures of your life and figure out what you can learn from them.  Next, take your kids to a pet shelter and consider adopting one of them.  When you get home, relax with a great book about V-J Day. Finally, when you are thoroughly relaxed, create a gourmet meal in honor of the Virgin Mary and follow it up with some homemade lemon meringue pie.

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