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March 23, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Ta'Anit Esther – (The Fast of Esther) This is a Jewish fast that begins at dawn and ends at dusk on this, the eve of Purim.

Purim – This celebration begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow. The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther. It is a celebration of the time when the Jewish people in Persia escaped extermination. It's also a very good day to make delicious hamantaschen cookies.

Holy Wednesday - In the Christian faith, this is the Wednesday before Jesus died.  It is also the day that Mary anointed the head and feet of Jesus with expensive oil, which ultimately let to Judas becoming greedy and making arrangements to betray Jesus for money.

National Puppy Day – Created by Colleen Paige, today is a day to celebrate puppies and the joy they bring to the people who love them, and also to fight against the puppy mills and the tragic plight of the dogs within them. If you wish to get a puppy, look for one at your local animal shelter. If you're looking for a specific kind of dog and your shelter doesn't have that breed, there are websites such as: that will help you find one from another shelter or a foster family.

Cuddly Kitten Day - This is not just a day for dog lovers, cat lovers can participate too. This is a day that gives you another excuse to cuddle, play with, and just generally heap lots of love on your kitties today.  I know... you didn’t really need an excuse, but there is no need to burst my bubble like that.  Just go ahead and let me feel like I’ve made your day.

National Chip and Dip Day – The original party food, I often serve these as one of the hors d’oeuvres at our parties. It's easy and delicious.

National Melba Toast Day – Believed to have been created in 1897 by Auguste Escoffier, it was named by Cesar Ritz after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of an Australian opera singer.  It is a very thin and crunchy bread that is usually eaten combined with something else like a salsa topping.

Near Miss Day – On this day in 1989, a large asteroid missed hitting the Earth by only about 500,000 miles. Which is just a little farther away than the moon. In space terms, it was pretty close, but close is way better than a direct hit, so it's all right.

OK Day – There are many stories about the origins of this slang word.  One of the stories is from English professor, Allan Metcalf.  Mr. Metcalf believes that this slang word was first used on this day in 1839 by a journalist, Charles Gordon Greene, who, following the craze of the time of abbreviating everything possible, used OK to abbreviate 'all correct'. It was just fine, except for the fact that he misspelled his abbreviation.  So if Mr. Greene had been a better speller we would all be using AC instead of OK, which I don’t think would have stuck around for as long as OK has.  Interestingly, OMG is also older than the kids today would probably imagine, having been first written by a British Naval Officer in 1917.

World Meteorological Day – On this day in 1950, the World Meteorological Organization was created. There is a theme every year and this year's theme is, “Hotter. Drier. Wetter. Face the Future.” Some areas of the world are hotter than they have ever been.  Others are experiencing record breaking droughts and still others are trying to cope with record breaking rainfall.  We are making great strides in reducing emissions that contribute to climate change, but lots more work needs to be done by everyone.

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