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April 15, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Griper’s Day - A gripe is a small complaint. Something that is relatively inconsequential but irritating.  And this is the day to get it out into the open and stop bottling it up inside. For example, when my daughter gets ready for school in the morning, she brushes her hair over the sink and leaves little pieces of hair all over the sink.  Then she goes to school and I go in the bathroom to find a sinkful of little bits of hair.  Now I have asked her to clean up after herself, but she doesn’t.  This isn’t a huge deal...but it’s annoying to me so that makes it a gripe.  Anyone else want to share?

World Art Day - This is a day to unite the entire art world in all of it’s many forms.  It was created by the General Assembly of the AIAP/IAA (International Association of Art) World in 2011 and today we are asked to spread “art awareness” all around the world. They suggest that museums and galleries stay open late into the night. They would like there to be conferences and panel discussions about art, and perhaps artists could venture into public places where they can share their skills with their communities and inspire others to find their inner artist.

Jackie Robinson Day - On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first man of color to play major league baseball. It was a rough time for him. Well, that’s putting it mildly. It was an EXTREMELY rough time for him, but he kept his temper in check and proved his ability over and over again until his teammates, opposing team players and the fans finally accepted and then loved him. Now, because of him, we can’t imagine having segregated teams today.

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day – Well, make sure you have enough time to bake one of these today because this is dinner. And no cheating with the uncut hams, this is a day for the spiral cut ones only.

Rubber Eraser Day – My children and I go through erasers at an alarming rate. Are we the only ones who are so mistake prone?  All I know is that I definitely appreciate my erasers.

Titanic Remembrance Day – This is a day to remember the victims of the Titanic which struck an iceberg on April 14th at 11:40pm and sank shortly thereafter on the 15th in 1912 causing the deaths of over 1,500 people.

McDonald's Day – On this day in 1955, the first McDonald's franchise opened in Des Plaines, Illinois. While it is not known as the healthiest place to eat, if you want to eat healthy you can choose to do so and have their salads, which are not too bad.

Take A Wild Guess Day – This is a day for making guesses, following your gut instinct and trusting your intuition. Go ahead and try it!

That Sucks Day – I'm not a fan of bad language and I contemplated changing the name to That Stinks Day, but then I would be giving you false information so I'm bearing with it in the spirit of the day. This is a day for wallowing in misery and not seeing the good in anything, not a state of being that I am comfortable with, I prefer to be positive but I guess that will have to wait until tomorrow. It is a bit ironic that this day falls on the same day as Titanic Remembrance Day.

National Day Of Silence – Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, celebrated on the third Friday in April, and begun in 1996 by the students at the University of Virginia, this is a day to take a vow of silence of some kind to take a stand and make a statement against bullying, specifically against bullying the GLBT community. Bullying anyone for any reason is just wrong. You don't have to agree with the choices other people make, or the lifestyles they live. You can even flat out disagree with them, but no one has the right to bully, or persecute, anyone for those choices or lifestyles. On this day, if you are a student you are encouraged to inform your teachers ahead of time about your vow of silence but you must know that during classroom instruction time, if a teacher requires you to vocally participate in any way, you must do so. Some teachers, if they know ahead of time, might support your stand, but not all will and so you need to be prepared to suspend your vow of silence during classroom time.

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