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August 29, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Swiss Winegrowers Day - I’m thinking this should be a grape growers day or winemakers day, because you don’t grow wine, but no one asked my opinion when choosing the name for this day which honors the winemakers of Switzerland. In any event, this is a day to focus on a skill that the Swiss are not famous for, but I understand that even though we typically think of chocolate, clocks or cheese when we hear “Swiss,” they are actually quite good at making wine as well. Give them a try and judge for yourself.

According to Hoyle Day – On this day in 1769, Edmond Hoyle died. Mr. Hoyle was an Englishman who was the first to publish a book of rules for the game of Whist. He went on to publish other books with rules for other games like chess and backgammon to name just a few. He became known as the authority for game rules of all kinds and the phrase, “according to Hoyle” was used to indicate the right way to play and even eventually the right way to do anything.

National Lemon Juice Day – Lemon juice has so many different uses from drinking to cooking to skin care to cleaning your house. You name it and you can probably find a way to utilize lemon juice for it.

Marine Corps Reserve Birthday – The mission of the Marine Corps Reserve is to provide reinforcements for the active Marine forces whenever needed. They are called during wars, national emergencies and for a host of other reasons. They are also very involved in community events such as Toys for Tots at Christmastime. They were established by Congress on this day in 1916. Most of the time, unless they have been called for duty, Marines in the reserve units have training on one weekend a month and two weeks a year to keep up their skills so that they are ready when they are needed.

Individual Rights Day – On this day in 1632, John Locke was born. He was a popular philosopher who argued that humans had basic rights simply because they were human and the government's job was to protect those rights and not enslave its’ citizens with laws that took their rights away. Our founding fathers used some of his ideas when they created our Constitution.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests – Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, this is a day to increase awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

More Herbs, Less Salt Day – Today we need to focus on how healthy you are eating. If you have a tendency to put salt on your food, try using some interesting herbs instead. We tend to eat too much salt with our food which isn’t good for us, and we have a tendency to forget that anytime we purchase food that was prepared by someone besides us, it probably has a lot of salt in it.

Chop Suey Day – This is a day to head to a good Chinese restaurant near you and enjoy some chop suey. It's a stir fry with eggs, meat, and vegetables and usually some rice or noodles. My mother used to make chop suey, but it was very different. Her chop suey had elbow macaroni, spaghetti sauce and whatever vegetable and meat happen to be leftover in the fridge. I didn’t have Chinese chop suey until I was an adult so that was a bit of a shock for me the first time I ordered it. My husband was with me and laughed his head off when I told him that I thought they gave me the wrong food.

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day – President George Bush proclaimed this day in 1991 to increase awareness of the disease and to support those suffering from it and those who are working to find a cure. Doctors are not yet sure, but it seems likely that Sarcoidosis is caused by a virus. They do know that it is an immune system disorder and some people can recover with few symptoms while others get very sick. It mimics a lot of diseases so it can be difficult to diagnose. It mostly attacks the lungs although it can attack other organs as well.

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