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June 19, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Father's Day – Celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June, this is a day to celebrate the fathers in your life. There is speculation that this day began after a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907 when a large group of men, many of whom were fathers, were killed. Much like Mother's Day, this is a day to spend time with your father if you can, give cards or gifts or do something with your father that he enjoys.

Family Awareness Day – Celebrated on the third Sunday in June, this is a day that goes well with Father's Day as you are to reflect on the important role fathers play in our American families.

Husband Caregiver Day – Also going well with Father's Day, this is a day to honor husbands who become caregivers for their wives or children for a wide variety of reasons. This brings the meaning of love to a whole new level.

National Eat an Oreo Day - I’m not sure if this day takes place today or February 19th, or maybe both. I see no good reason why you should not celebrate twice.

National Pets In Film Day - I’m certain you can name at least one or two famous pets that were also movie stars. Let me give you a hand, there was Lassie, and Benji and Beethoven. I would even consider Trigger to be a pet, I’m not sure if a horse truly qualifies to be celebrated on this day but if they aren’t, they should be. Pets are such great actors that you actually believe them when the females are acting in male roles and vice versa.

National Martini Day - A martini is made with gin and vermouth (or sometimes vodka)  and garnished with an olive or lemon peel. I’ve never had one and I’m not sure I know anyone who has. I suppose I must, but clearly my friends don’t wax poetic over cocktails so they probably didn’t mention it to me.

World Sauntering Day – This is a day that reminds us to slow down and enjoy every moment of our lives. That is hard for me to remember to do during the daily rush to do this and go there. We only get one pass through this life and it goes by fast enough as it is. Let's take this day to appreciate everything and everyone around us. Take a moment and enjoy the sunrise or sunset, snuggle with your baby, notice the breeze and hear the animals scurrying among the trees. You won't regret having done this today, and maybe you'll enjoy it so much you will want to do it every day. That wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Garfield the Cat Day – Garfield is an animated, overweight and very lazy cat. He was created by Jim Davis and he loves coffee, lasagna, sleeping, and causing trouble. He was born on this day in 1978 and has appeared in newspaper comic strips, television specials, movies and even a commercial since then.

Juneteenth – Begun in 1865, this day celebrates the emancipation of African Americans. This is a day for being sensitive to, and learning from, the experiences of others in order to make lasting changes in our society today. You don't really know someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes and that is hard to do, racially speaking. I'm as white as white can be, I'm so white I get sunburn walking to the mailbox. So I while I have African American friends and I don't think I treat anyone of a different race any differently than anyone else, I probably do without even knowing. I will never know what it is like to be an anything but white woman in America.

World Sickle Cell Day – Sickle Cell disease is the most common genetic disease in the world. This day was sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the purpose of raising awareness of the disease.

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