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November 10, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Young Readers Day - Celebrated on the second Tuesday in November, this is a day to encourage the love of reading in children. Start reading to your children or grandchildren while they are babies. While it does not guarantee that they will grow up with a love of books (My two daughters love to read, my son does not.), it gives them a better chance. And I used to read to them all since they were first born. The more children love to read, the better they will do in almost all subjects in school.

International Accounting Day - This is a day to celebrate accountants all over the world.  Whether your accountant is for your business or for your personal finances it doesn’t matter.  They handle the money and taxes for us and are a huge time saver for anyone who doesn’t really enjoy handling this on their own.

World Science Day for Peace and Development - Created by the United Nations General Conference in 2001, this is a day “to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society.” Science is powerful and if used for the right purpose and the right reasons, it can save our world.  But it can also damage or even ultimately destroy the world either on purpose or accidentally so we must be very careful.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day – Not just any old cupcakes, no....only vanilla cupcakes are allowed.

United States Marine Corps Birthday – On this day in 1775, the Marine Corps was created by the Second Continental Congress. They served on land and at sea and were involved in many important military operations in the Revolutionary War. After the war (1783), they were disbanded until they were reformed in 1798. As far as I know, they have been in continuous service to the United States since then. You may have heard of celebrations happening over the weekend because that is frequently a more convenient time to have special events since most people work during the week.

Sesame Street Day – First broadcast on this day in 1969, Sesame Street is a show that I loved as a child and was thrilled to allow my children to watch when they were young. It almost felt like coming home when I tuned back in to see what was new and what I remembered from when I was a kid. This day was established in 2009 by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. I don't know if the rest of the country celebrates it, but if they don't, they should.

Area Code Day - This is a day to remember area codes, which we still use but they no longer have the same significance in this age of cell phones moving from place to place.  It used to be that an area code meant a call to a specific area.  Now it just means the area where the phone was when it was first activated.  I have a friend who lives in my state on the East Coast, and has for years, but has a cell phone with an area code from across the country.

Windows Day – On this day in 1983, Microsoft announced their new product called Windows version 1.0. This was their graphic operating system that was intended to compete with other systems like Apple. It was not released to the public until 1985 and didn't become widely accepted until version 3.0 was released.

National Forget-Me-Not Day – This is a day to keep your loved ones in your heart. We don't want to forget those we love, whether they are living or deceased. You can celebrate by sending Forget-Me-Not flower seeds to your family and friends or a card that says you're thinking of them. If the cemeteries will allow it, you could plant Forget-Me-Not flowers at the graves of your loved ones as well.

To celebrate today, shake hands with any Marines you encounter today and wish them a Happy Birthday. Then invite some orphans in your area code over to watch Sesame Street while you eat some vanilla cupcakes, look up some good tongue twisters on your Windows computer to try out and send your loved ones some Forget-Me-Not seeds. Finally, read some good science and accounting books to your kids.

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