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September 23, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Great American Pot Pie Day - Created by Marie Callender’s, a brand of ConAgra Foods, in 2002, this is a day to celebrate the meat and vegetable filled pies that American’s love so much.  Chicken pot pie is probably the most well known, but there are others as well.

Autumnal Equinox (Autumn) – In the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox occurs at 4:21 AM EDT. In the southern hemisphere, this would be the vernal equinox.

National Dogs In Politics Day – This is a day to celebrate the dogs that have been part of presidential families. On this day in 1952, President Richard Nixon gave a speech about not receiving illegal campaign contributions for personal use. He did receive a gift that he intended to keep for his daughters and that was a dog named Checkers. This day is sometimes known as Checkers Day.

Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day – This is a day for bisexual people, friends and supporters to celebrate the bisexual community and culture. It was first celebrated in 1999 and was created by Wendy Curry, Michael Page and Gigi Raven Wilbur.

See You At The Pole Day - At first glance this can be interpreted in different ways so be careful.  It is meant to be a Christian gathering for prayer.  It began in 1990 in response to the abolition of prayer in public schools.  Many people believe that public schools have created a hostile environment toward Christian students.  So on this day every year, Christian students gather at the flagpole in front of their schools for prayer, scripture reading and worship early in the morning before school starts.  It began small, but has grown to become an event that is celebrated by millions around the world.

Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day – Celebrated today on Swedish neurologist, Dr. Karl Axel Ekbom's, birthday, this is a day to spread awareness of RLS, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease. The most common symptom is an irresistible urge to move in order to stop odd and sometimes painful sensations. Most of the time it affects the legs, but it can affect other parts of the body as well. Moving the body part that is uncomfortable stops the symptoms for a moment, but they keep coming back making it almost impossible for many people to sleep.  I have begun experiencing some of these symptoms myself on occasion and I have discovered that for me, and possibly for others, if I drink plenty of water during the day, and stretch my legs and hips in the evening before I go to bed, I don’t have as much of a problem.  But I am still in the early stages and I don’t know if that will help later on.

To celebrate today, participate in a prayer at the flagpole of a local school before school begins.  Then, stretch your legs while you try to name all the presidential dogs from American history. Next, call up a bisexual friend or family member and wish them a happy day before you go out to greet the arrival of autumn (or spring depending on where you are). Then it’s home for a pot pie for dinner.

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