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November 8, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Election Day - Every four years on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in November, the United States of America votes for a President. This is one of those years. It is the most controversial election in my memory, although we have had some interesting ones in the past to be sure. But this is for sure the first time a woman has been on the ballot for the Democratic party. The Republicans have yet to put a woman on the ballot for President, but I imagine it will happen someday. There have been female nominees in the past in some other parties, but people have yet to take third parties seriously, which I think is a shame. I think we should have more than two viable candidates to choose from. Maybe if the media gave the other parties more coverage, more people would know about them and be more willing to support those candidates.

X-ray Day – On this day in 1895, Wilhelm Rontgen, a German physicist, discovered x-rays while experimenting with electricity. This achievement earned him the very first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 and he had a radioactive element named after him.

National Harvey Wallbanger Day - This is a cocktail that is made up of vodka, galliano and orange juice. I saw a reference to the possibility that it was named after a surfer but I’m not sure if that is accurate.  

National Cappuccino Day - This beverage gets its name from the Catholic Capuchins, a group of monks in the 1600s that wore dark brown robes and hoods. So clearly it’s a color connection because I seriously doubt the good monks drank frothy coffee type drinks. But regardless, have a cappuccino today and give the monks a toast.

National Ample Time Day - Oh boy, the idea of having ample time for doing everything that needs to be done in a day is intoxicating. What I could do with ample time is mind boggling. I could be a better mom, wife, sister, daughter, employee, baker, blogger, and volunteer. I would even sleep better because my mind wouldn’t be spinning with all the things I have left undone every night when I give up and crawl into bed. This website has some good ideas for celebrating this day.

Abet and Aid Punsters Day – Puns are so bad, they are good. Today, encourage the people who tell you puns by laughing instead of groaning, even if they are really bad puns. Here’s one to start you off: I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

National Parents As Teachers Day – Created by the National Center for Parents as Teachers, this is a day to pay tribute to all the organizations around the country that give parents of young children support, encouragement and the information they need to help their children learn and develop to their full potential.

National Dunce Day – On this day in 1308, John Duns Scotus died. He was beatified by the Catholic Church in 1993. Mr. Scotus believed that a pointed, conical cap worn on the head would increase the ability to learn by funneling knowledge into the head of the one wearing said cap. It eventually turned into something associated with stupidity or ignorance and was used to embarrass students who were slow learners or who didn't behave the way they should.

National Young Readers Day - Celebrated on the second Tuesday in November, this is a day to encourage the love of reading in children. Start reading to your children or grandchildren while they are babies. While it does not guarantee that they will grow up with a love of books (My two daughters love to read, my son does not.), it gives them a better chance. And I used to read to them all since they were first born. The more children love to read, the better they will do in almost all subjects in school.

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