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July 2, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Special Recreation for the Disabled Day - I have seen this in enough places to know that it is a real thing. But the only two web sites that had any kind of description both used the same words to describe it and those words were: “In many cases it does not take a lot of time or money to make a business more accessible to disabled people.” This does not tell me what this day is about since there is nothing about ‘business’ in the name. It seems pretty clear that it is a day about recreation for the disabled. So I speculate that it is about making recreation sites more accessible for the disabled, or perhaps certain kinds of recreation that are disabled-friendly. But I’m not sure. I would be very interested if someone could comment and share more information. I will be sure to update this post if that happens.

World Sports Journalists Day - Created by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994, this is a day to celebrate the creation of the AIPS on this day in 1924 during the Paris Summer Olympics. We also honor sports journalists and encourage them to work to be the best they can be and to share the sporting world with the rest of the world as accurately as possible.

Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day - This is a day to face your fear of public speaking and overcome it. Some people are very stressed to the point of getting sick at the very idea of standing up in front of people and speaking. There are techniques that you can use to relieve this stress and you can also practice, practice and practice some more which helps a great deal.

National Anisette Day – Anisette is a sweet anise-flavored liqueur. It is not to my taste but I'm told that if you like black jelly beans, you will like this drink because it tastes very similar. It is popular in areas around the Mediterranean.

Hop A Park Day – July is National Parks and Recreation Month so there will likely be special events going on in the National Parks all over the country. This is a day for you to visit each of the parks in your area to see what special events they have planned. It is always on the first Saturday in July. This is a picture of a park, The Valley of Fire in Las Vegas, that I have actually seen with my own eyes and loved every minute of it. Breathtakingly beautiful.

I Forgot Day – There is something significant about this day but.......I forget what it is. This day was created by Gaye Anderson who went through a very forgetful period of time, so she created a day to celebrate that, although she forgets exactly when she created it. It is for occasions that you have forgotten and for occasions that you might forget one day.

Made In The USA Day – There is a foundation called The Made in the USA Foundation and their purpose is to promote products that are manufactured or assembled in the USA. We need to support industry in our country and reduce our independence on foreign made products.  The Foundation created this day in order to encourage that goal.

World UFO Day – This is a day dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. It was begun in 2001 by diehard believers in the phenomenon. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the existence of UFO's and the accompanying intelligent beings from outer space.

International Day Of Cooperatives – Celebrated on the first Saturday of July, this is a United Nations day that has the goal of increasing awareness of cooperatives. The United Nations wants to strengthen the partnerships among cooperatives, as well as between cooperatives and their supporting governments.

International Cherry Pit Spitting Day – On this day, compete with your family and friends from all around the world to see who can spit their cherry pits the farthest. I'll set the bar right here. You have to at least beat a distance of 2 inches because that's how far I can spit my pit. I know, it's pretty sad. I’m sure that almost everyone out there can do better. We celebrate this day on the first Saturday in July.

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