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September 28, 2015

Today we celebrate:

International Right To Know Day - Freedom of information is essential to a democracy.  Freedom of Information organizations created this day in 2002 to spread awareness about our right to access government information.  

National Good Neighbor Day - This is a day to recognize your good neighbors and to be a good neighbor yourself.  Some stores near you might recognize this day with a sale, and I suggest you recognize it with some good neighbor deeds.

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day – Who doesn't love strawberries? But as good as strawberries are, strawberries and cream are even better.

National Ask A Stupid Question Day – This is officially celebrated on this day every year. However, since it is usually celebrated by students and teachers, they tend to change the date to  the last school day of the month instead.  Anyway, this is a day to stop being afraid of looking stupid and ask any question you want to know the answer to.  They say that there is no such thing as a stupid question.  Well, if you listen to comedian Bill Engvall, you know that this is not true.  However, just because it’s a stupid question, doesn’t mean you can’t ask it.  Ask me anything you want to know. I’m listening…...OK, that was a stupid question.  Congratulations!  You got the right idea!

Family Day - Created by CASAColumbia for the purpose of reducing substance abuse in children and teens by helping parents become more engaged in the lives of their children.  It is celebrated on the fourth Monday in September beginning in 2001 by telling parents about the importance of regular family dinners.  It has since grown from there with more ideas about how to keep the communication open with your children.  On the website, there is a pledge that you can make to spend time with your kids, talk to them about anything and everything, answer their questions and recognize the power you have to influence them.

World Rabies Day – The Global Alliance for Rabies Control which has headquarters in the United States and the United Kingdom, coordinates activities on this day which honors the death of Louis Pasteur, who was a part of the team that developed the first rabies vaccine. They honor him by working to raise awareness of the dangers of rabies for humans and animals, and spreading information about how to prevent the disease. Humans and animals on every continent except Antarctica (I’m sure you don’t need me to explain why) are at risk although some continents, such as Africa and Asia, hold the most risk because of the large number of unvaccinated stray dogs.

Read A Child A Book You Like Day - If you have children, I am sure you have put in plenty of time reading the same book over and over and over again.  Some you have read so many times you would really like them to disappear so you never have to see them again, no matter how good the books were the first hundred times.  Well, this is a day when you get to pick which book you read.  Pick one that is age appropriate (although I am guilty of reading all kinds of weird stuff to my kids when they were babies and didn’t know what I was saying) and that you enjoy and have fun reading it to them.  You can even do this if you don’t have children, I’m sure you can find one to borrow if you look around.

National Drink Beer Day - I’m not a fan of beer and never have been, but I know it is an extremely popular adult beverage so if you enjoy a beer, have one today.  There are certainly a lot of different kinds to chose from.

To celebrate today, track down a good neighbor and ask him/her a whole bunch of stupid questions.  Next, take your pet to get their annual rabies shot and while you are waiting for your turn, read a book that you like to your child.  Finally, finish the day with your family having some beer for the adults and strawberry cream pie for everyone while you discuss everyone’s right to know.

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