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October 11, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Yom Kippur - Celebrations for this day begin at sundown today and end at sundown tomorrow. This is a very important holy day for the Jewish people. Most celebrate the day with fasting and prayer that sometimes lasts all day.

National Food Truck Day - Created by DJ Rick McNeely of Fishbowl Radio Network, this is a day to enjoy the food from the multitude of food trucks you can find most anywhere in the country. There are some really inventive ones out there along with the standard hotdog and hamburger trucks.

“You Go, Girl” Day - Today we recognize the courage of Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three space shuttle missions and did her space walk on this day in 1984 during Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-G. So in her honor, today we celebrate all females who have done something outstanding this year.

National Sausage Pizza Day – Not a day for people like my youngest daughter who will only eat cheese pizza, but the rest of you will rejoice because everyone loves pizza, and sausage pizza is, in my humble opinion, the absolute BEST kind there is!

General Pulaski Memorial Day – This is a day that has been celebrated by Presidential Proclamation almost every year since 1929. It honors General Casimir Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolution who was Polish. He died on this day in 1779 from wounds that he suffered at the Siege of Savannah two days before. Devoted readers of my blog may remember this name from back in March when we celebrated Casimir Pulaski Day which honored the General's birth.

International Day of The Girl – Created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 19th, 2011, this is the second year of celebration for this very important day for girls. Today we recognize the rights of girls and the unique challenges girls face all around the world. We don't really think about it much in this country, but in many countries girls are not allowed to go to school because they consider an education to be wasted on females who are just going to grow up and be wives and mothers. In other countries girls are only allowed to go to school for a few years before they are kept home to carry out household chores or care for younger siblings.

Southern Food Heritage Day - Southern food has a reputation for being the best kind of comfort food.  Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, real barbeque, I could go on and on. If you are in the need for some comfort today, or even if you’re not, look up one of your favorite recipes.

National Coming Out Day – This is a day of civil awareness which celebrates people who are willing to publicly identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Otherwise known as “coming out”. Coming out is considered to be a rite of passage for LGBT people. For some it’s easy to do, for others it’s incredibly hard and takes everything they have inside to gather the courage to do so. It all depends on their personality, and the level of support or condemnation they face from their family, and friends.

It’s My Party Day - I can’t seem to find an explanation of this day anywhere. I suspect it has something to do with Lesley Gore’s song, “It’s My Party” from 1963 but that is just my speculation, not fact. It does seem to be a great opportunity to throw a party, so live it up today!

Myths and Legends Day – This is a day for making up and telling creative, fantastic stories of cephalopod (creatures with 8-10 tentacles or arms) animals.

Ada Lovelace Day - Ada Lovelace is believed to have been the first computer programmer. She was close friends with Charles Babbage, and inventor and she was very interested in his Analytical engine and she wrote several early computer programs, that I’m sure looked nothing like the computer programs of today, but you have to start somewhere. Unfortunately she died of cancer at the young age of 36. This day was created by Sue Charman-Anderson in 2009 in order to raise awareness of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This day is celebrated on a middle Tuesday in October.

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