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August 7, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Braham Pie DayCelebrated on the first Friday in August, this is a day to go to Braham, Minnesota for their famous Pie Day. They turn this delicious dessert into an all day festival with pie baking and pie eating contests, collector car shows, church suppers, musical concerts, and plenty of children's events.

Purple Heart Appreciation Day – This is a day to celebrate the 231st Anniversary of the Badge of Military Merit (which came into existence by order of General George Washington) which inspired the creation of the Purple Heart we use today.

Raspberries 'n Cream Day – Raspberries mixed with cream. Light, summery and delicious.

National Lighthouse Day – On this day in 1789, Congress approved an Act that established lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. Two hundred years later, Congress established National Lighthouse Day to celebrate these structures, many of which are still used today and allow our waters to be safely navigated.

Professional Speakers Day – This is a day to celebrate the professionals who use their public speaking skills to help people. Not everyone is comfortable talking in front of large groups of people. So those who are, and are very good at it, can accomplish a great deal for a good cause.  My husband is one of those people who is very comfortable speaking to any size group.  I, on the other hand, am only comfortable speaking in front of a large group of 1 to 3 people.  Fortunately for me, my husband is a very accommodating person and he has agreed to deliver his own eulogy at his funeral when the time comes.  I don’t know how he is going to do that, but he’s a smart man so I have faith that he will figure it out.

International Beer Day – On the first Friday of August we gather together to celebrate beer and have done so since 2007. But not just to have a beer at dinner and be done with it. No sir, this is INTERNATIONAL Beer Day which means that beer is going to be celebrated all over the world so you need to go out into the world in order to celebrate. And if you can find an international friend to share a beer with, so much the better. If you do go out to a bar or restaurant or friend's house to have a beer, please be mindful of the dangers of drinking and driving and either limit yourself to one beer or arrange for a designated driver or taxi for the ride home. You may find others claiming that this day is celebrated on a different day than this and they might even be right. Do you care?

India Pale Ale Beer Day – India Pale Ale is a special kind of beer that is made a different way than regular beer. Do not ask me for the technical details. I found the information but I didn't understand it well enough to explain it to you.  Just know that it is different, so if you haven’t tried it, maybe you should.

To celebrate everything in one day, buy a microphone and speakers and take them to the nearest lighthouse where you can give a speech to the tourists there about how the Purple Heart came to be and how deserving the recipients of that honor are. Then relax over some raspberries and cream with your favorite pie and a India Pale Ale beer with an international friend.

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