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October 28, 2015

Today we celebrate:

International Animation Day - On this day in 1892 in Paris, France, the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique was shown at the Grevin Museum.  We started celebrating this and all the animated films that came after in 2002.  It has spread to countries all over the world and on every continent….well, except maybe Antarctica.  So today watch an animated film of some kind made with any kind of medium.

Lung Health Day - This is a day to focus on your lung health.  Having asthma myself, I know how debilitating it is to not be able to breath properly.  It is one of the most scary circumstances to experience.  There are a lot of lung related diseases.  So focus on your lungs and if you can do some deep breathing exercises, don’t that that ability for granted.  Be grateful for each breath you are able to take because not everyone can do it.

Statue of Liberty Dedication Day - On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was dedicated.  It represents the strong friendship between the U.S. and France since the American Revolution.  It is one of America’s most famous landmarks.  Millions of people have come from all over the world just to see it.  I guess that makes it pretty sad that I have lived in New York almost my whole life and I have still never been to Ellis Island to see it.

St. Jude's Day – This is a day to honor St. Jude, the Patron Saint for the Hopeless and Despaired. He was one of Jesus Christ's apostles and was martyred around 65 AD.

Plush Animal Lovers Day – This is a day to show your stuffed animals how much you love them. Carry them around with you as long as you don't have too many. If you have as many as my daughter does, you'll have to either pick your favorite to hug today or switch them out periodically.

Wild Foods Day – On this day we celebrate raw foods that are gathered outside and eaten without any kind of processing. Examples include nuts and fruit and vegetables straight from the gardens or trees. If you go out to gather your own wild foods, make sure you can identify the edible vs. non-edible (a.k.a. poisonous) varieties.

To celebrate today, take a deep breath and find a book about St. Jude and read it to your plush animals over a lunch of wild foods on Ellis Island before you tour the Statue of Liberty. Tonight watch an animated movie.

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