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March 4, 2016

Today we celebrate another very busy day:

National Snack Day - This is a day to enjoy a snack. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it is something you love and that you enjoy it while you are eating it. Are you a sweet or salty snacker, or do you prefer something with a little more substance.  

Dress In Blue Day – Celebrated on the first Friday in March, this is a day to wear the color blue in order to raise awareness of colon cancer. It is difficult to detect colon cancer without an exam because the early symptoms can be easily dismissed since they could be related to something minor that happens periodically, such as diarrhea.  So make sure you talk with your doctor about when and how often you should have your colon checked.

Courageous Follower Day – Most cultures are more likely to honor the leader than the follower, but there can't be a leader if there aren't any followers and sometimes it takes a great deal of courage to follow where someone else leads. Especially if you are playing Follow the Leader with a Toddler in the Lead.

International Scrapbooking Industry Day – May I just say that scrapbookers tend to be just a little bit obsessed with their scrapbooking activities. I have a scrapbooker in the family so I know what I'm talking about. Well, today is a day for all of you scrapbookers to indulge in your favorite activity. Get a group together today and scrapbook to your hearts content. Not that you need my permission, you know you'll be doing it today anyway.

National Dance The Waltz Day - This is a day to break out the slow music, grab your sweetie, and enjoy dancing a waltz in your living room or kitchen or anyplace where you have a little bit of room.

March Forth-Do Something Day – This is a perfect day to get out there are do.....something. It doesn't matter what that something is as long as it makes a difference. Volunteer to clean up something or help someone out today.  I know it’s in the middle of the week and you are probably busy working, but I’m sure you can find a few minutes if you try.

National Pound Cake Day – This dessert is called pound cake because the traditional recipe used 1 pound each of flour, sugar, eggs and butter. That makes a pretty big cake so you can adjust the measurements down for a smaller cake as long as you keep the 1:1:1:1 ratio. Although today's recipes have altered that ratio a bit for health reasons, the cakes that result are not really pound cakes. Recipes for this delicacy date back to the 1700's and call for beating the ingredients for an hour. And, I'm not sure if you know this but, they didn't have electric mixers back then. Those cooks must have had some muscles.

Holy Experiment Day – Today is a day to try something new with your religion and see what happens in your life. Whatever you do, make sure it is in keeping with your faith. For example, you could increase the amount you usually give to your church or temple for a period of time, or pray more often, or study your Bible.  Then reflect on the ways that this small change impacts your life.  If you need help figuring out something that you can change, feel free to talk to your religious leaders. I am sure they will have lots of ideas for you.

Benjamin Harrison Day – Our 23rd President was sworn into office on this day in 1889. He was sworn into service as a Senator on this day in 1881 as well. Clearly this was an important day of the year for him. He is known for adding more states (6) to our union than any other President in one term.

National Grammar Day – Created in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Make sure that today you are extra careful with your “its”, “it's” and “its'”, and of course, “their”, “there” and “they're”. I know the rules are confusing and plentiful and you’re not alone if your grammar skills need a little refresher course.

Old Inauguration Day – This day was the original day to swear in a new President. It was chosen because it was the day in 1789 when the Constitution first took effect. It was changed to January 20th in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, or to the 21st if the 20th happens to fall on a Sunday. The last inauguration on this day took place in 1933 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term. So he was the last President sworn in on the old date and the first President sworn in on the new date when he was re-elected.

Toy Soldier Day – Today is a day to have some fun. Dress up as a toy soldier, arm yourself with your nerf guns and invade someplace. Be careful with your choice of location as some places, like banks, tend to not have a sense of humor about things like this. Many people like to invade a theme park as you will see on this link:

Hug A GI Day – We need to show our appreciation for the GI's and all that they do to keep us safe. So find one to hug today as a way to thank them. Just make sure you don't try to surprise hug any of them. It's REALLY not a good idea to try to surprise a GI. You could get hurt.

National Day of Unplugging – Celebrated on the first Friday in March, this is a day to turn off your cell phone, computer, iwhatever, gaming device and any other electronic device you may have. It begins at sunset today and ends at sunset tomorrow. So get outside, enjoy some sunshine if you can find some, enjoy some peace and spend some quality time with your family and friends.

National Salesperson Day - Celebrated on the first Friday in March, this day was created in March of 2000 by Maura Schreier-Fleming, president of Best@Selling.  On December 5th, we celebrated Salesperson Day, which celebrated the salespeople themselves.  Today is a National day that celebrates the salespeople AND the hard work that they do every day. You see the difference?  Yeah, I don’t really either, but that’s ok.  Salespeople put up with a lot of abuse from people who are tired of standing on line, unhappy about prices, annoyed by the other customers, and frustrated by products that either don’t do what they are supposed to do or that they can’t make do what the customers think they are supposed to do.  So they deserve two days.

Employee Appreciation Day – Another holiday celebrated on the first Friday in March, this day was begun in 1995 by Workman Publishing in order to focus positive, appreciative attention on all employees in every industry.

World Day Of Prayer – Yet another first Friday of March celebration, this day is a day to bring together Christian women of all different races, traditions and cultures. The goal is to become closer in fellowship and actions. This year the host country is the Bahamas, you are invited to "come and be washed in God's ever-flowing ocean of grace: to bask in the iridescent light of Christ's love, and to be embraced by [God's] Holy Spirit with the cooling trade-winds of transformation."

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