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February 3, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Patient Recognition Day - This is a day for everyone in the health care industry to “seriously reflect on their stewardship of patient care and their dedication to patient satisfaction.”  Basically, think about what you can do to improve the experience that patients have at your office.  How can you make them leave happier and more satisfied than when they came in?

Elmo’s Birthday - I have no idea how old Elmo is.  Before he was Elmo, he was just one of the background puppets in the early Sesame Street episodes.  In 1984, one of the puppeteers, Kevin Clash, created his personality and Elmo was born.  This is his birthday, according to Sesame Street.  According to Elmo, he is 3 ½ years old.  So I’m not sure if this is his 28th third birthday, or his 27th 4th birthday.

Four Chaplains Memorial Day – This day was declared by the United States Congress to be a holiday honoring the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the United States Army Transport Dorchester. Four Army Chaplains from four different religions went down with the ship that day when they gave their life jackets to other passengers. They sacrificed their lives for men of all faiths.

National Wedding Ring Day - This is a day to think about wedding rings.  If you have one, show it off and think about what it means to you. If you don’t have one yet, think about getting one for the significant other in your life.  Is it time?

The Day The Music Died – A line from Don McLean's song “American Pie” used to describe how the music world felt after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and their pilot, Roger Peterson on this day in 1959.

National Cordova Ice Worm Day – Cordova is a city in Alaska which explains a lot about this holiday. The winter is so dark and cold and difficult to endure that the people decided to have a celebration to lighten their spirits. They have an ice worm parade (the ice worm, by the way, is a real worm that lives in Alaskan glaciers.) with an ice worm King and Queen and a whole winter carnival.

National Carrot Cake Day – This is one of my favorite cakes since it carries with it the illusion of healthiness in the form of vegetables. You can sneak some pureed zucchini into it too and no one would ever know the difference. It was created hundreds of years ago when sugar was hard to come by so people learned to use sweet vegetables to sweeten their baked goods. It became useful again during World War II when the British government had to ration lots of things including sugar. Housewives around the world shared lots of different recipes like this cake that used carrots as sweeteners.

National Girls & Women In Sports Day – Women are still often discriminated against in sports. Many people feel that sports played by women are not really sports worthy of watching. This is a day to fight against discrimination in the sporting world and focus on the benefits that girls receive from participating in sports.

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