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June 26, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Forgiveness Day - There is a Global Forgiveness Day later in the summer, but this is just a national one so you don’t have to forgive any international wrongdoers today. I’m not sure who created this day or when, but it’s pretty clear what it’s all about. And it is a very good idea to forgive anyone who has wronged you. So, OK, I forgive my sister for monopolizing the remote control when we were kids, and forcing me to watch Little House on the Prairie, which I probably would have actually enjoyed if it had been my idea to watch it. But I’m over it now, all is forgiven.

Tropical Cocktails Day - We just recently had a day for cocktails, but this is more specific. You can only have Tropical cocktails today. Did you know there is a cocktail that has the name “Tropical Fart”, ask your bartender for that one, I dare you. I am amazed at some of the names of these drinks we ask for. There’s another one called the “Great White Shark Attack”, who comes up with these names? And I have absolutely no idea how bartenders memorize all of the recipes.

National Chocolate Pudding Day – Chocolate pudding is pretty good, especially for a chocolate lover. Add a little vanilla ice cream and whipped cream and you have turned pretty good into delicious.

National Canoe Day – This is a Canadian celebration founded by the Canadian Canoe Museum with the idea of increasing participation in canoeing across the country. Whether you are new to the sport or you have been canoeing for years, get out and find some water to canoe in today. Enjoy the water, the quiet and the animals you find.

Beautician's Day – This is a day to celebrate the person who styles your hair or paints your nails. Most of us can't do that by ourselves and the people who do it for us help us to look the best that we can be.

International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking – This is a United Nations created day to raise awareness of the serious problems that illegal drugs bring to society. This day is celebrated by people all over the world with awareness programs.

International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture – Another United Nations sponsored day created in 1997 to condemn the act of torture which is a crime under international law. Sadly, many governments and individuals ignore this law but the United Nations is working toward completely eradicating this horrific act.

Please Take My Children To Work Day – Celebrated on the last Monday in June, this is a day to recognize stay-at-home mothers and the very difficult job they have every day doing pretty much every job there is. On this day, stay-at-home moms can kick back, relax a little and laugh at themselves.

June 25, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Leon Day - This is a day that marks the point in the year that is exactly halfway to Christmas. It is Noel spelled backwards. You may, or may not, see this celebrated by stores having Christmas sales (I really hope I don’t see this.), radio stations playing Christmas music, charity organizations asking for money, local communities having concerts, parties, or fireworks, friends and neighbors wishing you a happy Christmas 6 months early, or family members beginning to hint about what they might enjoy receiving as a Christmas gift.

World Vitiligo Day - Vitiligo is a skin disease that destroys the cells that produce melanin, which means that people with dark colored skin will gradually have larger and larger white patches on their bodies. It is often confused with leprosy in many countries and has a huge and negative social and psychological impact. People are suffering from this disease are frequently shunned by family and friends. This is a day to spread awareness of the disease and factual information about its’ causes and treatment.

National Strawberry Parfait Day – I understand that Parfait is French for perfect, and that is just what this dessert is, strawberry perfection.

Day of the Seafarer - This is a day to celebrate the people of the sea. Working on the oceans and seas is a dangerous profession but without them we wouldn’t eat fish, or be able to transport anything by water.

National Catfish Day – This day was created by President Ronald Reagan's Proclamation in 1987. This is a day to eat farm raised catfish, the farming of which has become a sizable industry in America.

Color TV Day (CBS)- On this day in 1951, CBS broadcast the very first color TV program which very few people could enjoy since nearly everyone in America who owned a TV, owned a black-and-white TV since color TV's hadn't taken off yet and wouldn't for another decade. After all, why spend more money to buy a color TV if most of the shows on it were still black-and-white. Besides, TV was still pretty new at that point and many households had just recently purchased their first one. I'm sure they didn't want to turn right around and buy a new one.

Global Beatles Day – This is a day to celebrate the Beatles and the gifts they gave to the world because of their promotion of peace and love and the expansion of the human consciousness. They started a wave of global changes in fashion and art, among other things. This day was chosen to honor the first live global television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love” by John Lennon which occurred back in 1967 on this very day.

America's Kids Day – Celebrated on the fourth Sunday in June, the goal of this day is to teach American children about what it is to be an American. We need to teach them our fundamental values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yes, there is a lot of cynicism out there, but it is still possible for children to grow up to be anything they want to be if they are willing to work for it. That's what it is to be an American.

Descendants Day – Celebrated on the last Sunday in June, this is a day to research your family tree to see if you are the descendant of someone (or a group of someones) important to history. Of course, everyone you are descended from is important to your personal history since you wouldn't be here if it were not for them.

Log Cabin Day – Celebrated on the last Sunday in June by most people, this day is sponsored by the Log Cabin Society of Michigan and has been an annual event since 1987. Michigan is so far the only state that celebrates this festival. They do so by conducting tours of many log cabins in the state.

June 24, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Celebrate Your Marriage Day - Celebrated on the last Saturday in June, this is a day to celebrate your marriage by spending quality time with your spouse. Gifts are optional but always appreciated, especially if it’s a very thoughtful gift. It doesn’t need to be big, a single rose is a lovely and loving gesture. A poem that you wrote, a letter expressing your feelings, a picture that you drew, a framed photograph of you and your spouse, are all good ideas as well. If you are far away from your spouse today, call and let them know they are on your mind. Skype if you can, tell them how much you wish you were together today.

Celebration of the Senses Day - This is a day to celebrate all of your senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and sound. How you choose to celebrate is left up to you so do whatever is most pleasing to these senses. It doesn’t need to be all at the same time, although if you can, it would certainly save time.

Museum Comes to Life Day - This day has been celebrated since 2006 and is a day to go to a museum and imagine what it would be like if everything in it came to life. Take your kids with you and see what scenarios their amazing imaginations come up with.

National Pralines Day – A sweet pecan treat that is very popular in New Orleans. It originally came from France and used almonds but when those Frenchmen and women arrived in New Orleans way back when, almonds were hard to come by, so they switched to pecans and now no one even thinks of using almonds in this delectable dessert.

International Fairy Day – This is a day that celebrates those tiny, winged, little people who are born on the laugh of a baby. I couldn't find out where this day came from or why we should celebrate it, but if you have children, particularly the little girl variety, you probably already celebrate this day every day.

Swim A Lap Day – This is a day to get a little exercise. Put on your bathing suit, (go ahead, I won’t look) and hop in the pool to swim a lap. Although since you went to all that trouble to get your suit on and find a pool, I don't know why you would stop at one lap. Go ahead and swim as many laps as you can.

Drive Your Corvette To Work Day - On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette was produced in Flint, Michigan. So this day is celebrated on the Friday before June 30th. If you have a Corvette, drive it to work today. If you don’t have one, you can either pretend and dress up your Civic as a Corvette, or you can rent one for the day.

Great American Backyard Campout – On this day, thousands of Americans will gather in backyards all over the country to have their very own campout. Experience the outdoors without having to travel too far. This is a great option for people with young children who don't want to get too far away from indoor plumbing or who think their young children will not be able to last a whole night outside. This day is celebrated on the last Saturday in June every year.

Bartender and Mixologist Day - This is a day that is also celebrated on the last Saturday in June and is a day to celebrate the people who mix up our drinks. They take perfectly normal ingredients and mix them in all kinds of crazy ways into things that we then decide to drink. It is debatable if all of it is actually tasty or if people are just really, really weird. But since most people don’t have the recipe for many of their favorite drink concoctions memorized, this is the day to thank the people who do, and maybe give them a little bit nicer tip than usual.

Global Smurfs Day - Celebrated on the Saturday closest to June 25th (or on June 25th when it falls on a Saturday like this year) this is a day to celebrate those lovable blue creatures that were created by Peyo, a Belgian comic artist. Peyo was born on this day in 1928 and created the Smurfs in 1958.

ARRL ( American Radio Relay League) Field Day – The most popular on-the-air event in the US and Canada. Celebrated on the fourth weekend of June every year by more than 35,000 ham radio enthusiasts and their clubs. Some celebrate with a contest, others by practicing emergency radio drills, still others with picnics and campouts.

International Ragweed Day - Ragweed is an invasive weed that many people are allergic to in some form or other. This day is celebrated on the first Saturday of the summer and was created by the International Ragweed Society on the suggestion of Prof. Dr. Kristof Nekam and Dr. Tamas Komives. I think that the main goal of celebrating this day is to work on reducing the number of ragweeds in the world. Dig it up people, bag it so it can’t propagate, and throw it away.

Eid-Al Fitr – This day is an important Muslim holiday that marks the end of the fasting of Ramadan. This is a day for the Muslims around the world to be united. This day does vary in different localities based on local religious authorities but most celebrate it today. Muslims celebrate with special ceremonies and prayers.

June 23, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Let It Go Day - I know that you instantly thought of the animated movie Frozen just now, but this is not a day for movies. As the name implies, this is a day to let go of whatever it is that is bothering you. If you’re feeling guilty about something, let it go. If you have a To Do list that is weighing you down, let it go. If you feel anger toward someone, let it go. If you follow this advice, you will feel so much better very soon.

Pink Flamingo Day – This day was declared by Dean Mazzaralla in 2007. Mr. Mazzaralla was the Mayor of Leominster, MA. He apparently really liked pink flamingos and felt that enough other people did as well. If you're a fan of pink flamingos, decorate your yard today with a flock of them. It is my understanding that less than 4 flamingos does not constitute a flock.

National Kissing Day - This began as a United Kingdom holiday, but we have joined in on the fun. It has been celebrated in the United Kingdom for about the last eleven years, according to the website. It is a day for kissing so pucker up and get the lip balm ready because you’ll need it.

Typewriter Day - On this day in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his typewriter. It’s hard to find a real typewriter these days. I remember when I was in high school, typing classes were given on real typewriters and there were stores all over the place where you could buy ribbons for them. Now I know there are some young people reading this wondering why you need a ribbon for a typewriter. That just makes me feel old. Anyway, this particular invention made secretary’s lives all over the world a hundred times easier and faster.

National Pecan Sandies Day – A special kind of cookie that may have originated in the medieval Arab world.

National Pink Day – This is a day for people who love the color pink. I can't figure out why pink deserves a special day. I haven't yet seen any other color get it's own day, so go figure. But today you are urged to buy things that are pink, wear things that are pink and decorate things with pink.

SAT Math Day – This is a day to share your favorite SAT math problems. It is celebrated today because today is Alan Turing's birthday. Alan Turing, as I'm sure you already know, was a British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst, and logician who was born in 1912. That's a lot of responsibilities for one man but he was brilliant at what he did. He also had a very large role in ending World War II. Sadly, he committed suicide just before he turned 42 because of governmental persecution over issues in his private life.

United Nations Public Service Day – On this day the UN Public Service Awards are given out to worthy public servants. This is a very prestigious event that celebrates the value of public service to communities around the world.

Runner’s Selfie Day - These people have a facebook page and I’m hoping they will post more of an explanation about this day than I saw when I wrote this post. All I can really make out is that it’s a day for runners to take a selfie.

International Widows’ Day - A United Nations day which acknowledges that widows can be found in every country, culture, race, and age bracket. Millions of these women suffer from poverty, discrimination, violence and more. This is a day to recognize their hardships and work to help the ones who need it.

Take Your Dog To Work Day – This is a day to celebrate dogs and encourage people to adopt them. There are so many wonderful dogs out there that would make perfect pets for you. We adopted our dog from a rescue organization and I cannot now imagine how we got along without him. He even melted my not-a-dog-person husband's heart. This day began to be celebrated in 1999 and was created by Pet Sitters International. It is always on the Friday after Father’s Day.

June 22, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Stupid Guy Thing Day - This is all about celebrating the thing that guys do that women don’t understand. Women generally consider these things to be “stupid”, but I think that depends on what it is. Sometimes guys mean well, but just don’t understand what women really want so they give us what they think we want, which are sometimes worlds apart. So they end up doing things that women think are stupid. But I think that most times guys deserve the benefit of the doubt.

National Onion Rings Day - While I don’t understand the joy some people have in eating these, since I’m not that fond of onions, I do realize that I am in the minority in that regard in my household and probably the entire country. So if you enjoy this particular fried food, feel free to indulge today.

National Chocolate Eclair Day – This delicious treat has everything going for it, a sweet cream filling, a melt in your mouth pastry, and a heavenly chocolate topping. I'll have to get some for the family tonight.

June 21, 2017

Today we celebrate:

International Day of Yoga - This is a day for yoga around the world. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. There are lots of health benefits associated with it such as reducing stress, increasing muscle tone, flexibility and pain tolerance...and that is only in my personal experience.

National Selfie Day - I’ve taken exactly one selfie in my whole life, I think. But there are quite a number of selfie fanatics out there. You might be one of them. If so, this is a day for you. Take and post as many selfies as you like today. If you are like me and don’t take many, this is a day to update your profile picture. I recommend that you take some practice shots first.

National Seashell Day - Celebrated on the first day of summer, this is a day to hit the beach and find some seashells, or take some shells you already have and make a lovely table arrangement or use them to decorate something.

World Giraffe Day - On this day we celebrate the creatures with the longest neck on our planet. Hence the reason we celebrate on the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere anyway). The founders are hoping that you will celebrate by donating money to save giraffes in Africa since there are only 100,000 left in the wild.

Cuckoo Warning Day - This is an old wives tale kind of day today, I think. Apparently if you hear a cuckoo on this day,  your summer will be a wet one. Does anyone have a cuckoo clock? This is celebrated on the first day of summer.

World Peace and Prayer Day - Created by Nac’a Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nations (the Buffalo People), this is a day to gather at places that are sacred to you, and pray for the healing of Mother Earth, (who they call Ina Maka). We need to do something to stop the destruction of our only home. Learn more at this facebook page, where he has posted a letter to the People of the Earth about prophesies that were made 19 generations ago which seem to be coming true.  

National Cherry Tart Day - A delicious dish, perfect for summer with fresh cherries, although canned cherries would be good too.

National Peaches & Cream Day – Fresh, ripe, juicy peaches, covered with thick, rich cream. Dessert doesn't get any better than that. I've probably said that before, but I really mean it this time.

Atheists Solidarity Day – This is a day for Atheists to wear a red and black ribbon to show their support to other non-religious people in their community. Some atheists do not feel they can be open about their beliefs because they fear persecution. While I am not an Atheist, we do live in a country where we have the freedom to believe or not believe in whatever we want, and I support the right of every adult to decide for themselves what they chose to believe. Not all countries have that freedom and some people are right to be afraid of persecution or even death if it were to become known that they disagree with the beliefs of those around them.

Go Skateboarding Day – Created by the International Association of Skateboarding Companies, the purpose of today is to dust off the old skateboard, put aside normal responsibilities and just skateboard all day. Many major cities are holding skateboarding events today, see if you can find one that you can join.

World Handshake Day – Created by Ivan Zupa, this is a day to unite the world. He says to “place your hand in the sea and shake hands with the whole world.” It began as a vision for Mr. Zupa after the tsunami disaster (I'm not sure which tsunami disaster he is referring to since there have been a few in my lifetime alone) and he hopes to make this idea spread to the rest of the world.

Baby Boomer's Recognition Day – This is a day to celebrate the baby boomers and their contributions to society. Many of them became very successful in a wide variety of fields, and our medicines and technology wouldn't be where they are today without this talented group of people.

World Music Day or Fete de la Musique - This day began with an American musician, Joel Cohen, in France working for the French National Radio. It was turned into an official national celebration which spread around the world. It is now celebrated in about 120 countries. The idea for the day is to encourage all musicians, amateur and professional, to take to the streets to perform their music for all to hear. Alternatively, many cities organize free concerts so that all types of music are available to everyone. The concerts must be free to the public and the performers must donate their time for free as well.

International Surfing Day - Celebrated on or near the Summer Solstice, this is a day that focuses on surfing, and anything related to surfing. So even I, a definite non-surfer, can celebrate by dressing as a surfer, carrying a surfboard around, or simply floating on the ocean with a surfboard or other surfing related items like wetsuits.

World Humanist Day – This is a day for Humanist people to share their values with the world. It is a “freethought” holiday that is supported by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, which is a global federation for atheist, rationalist, ethical culture and secularist groups. There will be conferences and proclamations and other activities going on today to spread awareness of their free thoughts.

Anne & Samantha Day – This day is celebrated on the solstice each June and December. You are meant to reflect on Anne Frank's and Samantha Smith's contributions to our world before their premature demise. The creators of this day are campaigning to have postage stamps in their honor before the first half of our century is over on Dec. 31st, 2050.

National Daylight Appreciation Day – This is a day to celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Today will be great for your energy bills (as long as it's not too hot and you're running the air conditioning all day) and for your energy levels as it has been proven that lots of sunlight can increase your mental and physical health and your energy levels. Try to get out and enjoy the daylight today.

The First Day of Summer - The first day of summer is the Summer Solstice when the northern hemisphere of the earth is tipped toward the sun and has the longest day of the year. It should be noted that it is also the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere and the real start to their winter.

The Longest Day - At first I figured this day would be another one about summer. But I was very wrong. This is a day about fighting Alzheimer’s disease. It is held on the longest day of the year and the theme for this year is: “Fulfill a Personal Goal”. Today we are going to work to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and money for research to find a cure or at least a way to halt the disease and stop it from robbing us of our loved ones.

June 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Plain Yogurt Day - I didn’t find out much about this one. But it’s pretty clear that it’s a day for eating plain yogurt. Plain yogurt goes well in smoothies with fruit or simply mixed in a bowl with fresh fruit to give it a delicious fresh flavor.

World Productivity Day - This is a day for businesses to celebrate and promote what they do to help you be more productive. Whether it’s tricks, tips or caffeine I’m sure you can find someone who is willing to step in and lend you their expertise. In the past, some companies offered sales to encourage you to want to accept their help.

National Vanilla Milkshake Day - Milkshakes have been around since 1885. Originally they were alcoholic beverages that were much like the eggnog we enjoy today with eggs, whiskey and milk. Over the years the recipe changed until there were no eggs or whiskey and instead, beginning in 1922, ice cream was added to malted milk.

Toad Hollow Day of Thank You - Toad Hollow was the name of a school more than 100 years ago. Ralph C. Morrison heard about it and used the name in his stories. He made the name come to life when he was given land in Kalamazoo County to make a Toad Hollow park. It was a success, but the county later took the land back for other purposes. However, the sentiment has lived on, spread by the Voluntoads (volunteers who worked at Toad Hollow) who have carried on in other locations the activities they performed at the park. They created this day to encourage us to take time to thank anyone who has helped us or has given anything to us.

American Eagle Day – Approved by the U.S. Congress in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 and by 40 Governors as of 2012, this is a day to focus on what this majestic bird needs in order to survive. It has been removed from the endangered list, but that doesn't mean that we don't have to worry about it anymore. It still faces a loss of nesting areas and habitat from which it finds food, as well as diseases.

Ice Cream Soda Day – Invented in 1874 by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this quickly became a popular beverage particularly among teenagers. There are others who claim to have invented this sweet drink around this time period, but Mr. Green is the one who generally gets credit for it.

World Refugee Day – Established by the United Nations, this is a day to honor the men, women and children who are forced to abandon their homes to avoid violence and persecution. Right now there are 43.7 million refugees in the world. That's a lot of people and the United Nations Refugee Agency provides assistance and protection for 34 million of them. I’m not sure what the other 9.7 million do to survive.

National Cherry Tart Day – If you can find a cherry tree, all the better to get fresh cherries. If not, the canned variety will do just fine. Hopefully it’s not too hot to run the oven where you are. This day is celebrated on the third Tuesday of June.

June 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Ride To Work Day – Celebrate today by riding your motorcycle or scooter to work. The idea is to show everyone how much better their lives would be if they rode motorcycles and scooters every day by reducing congestion, saving time (because of being able to travel faster due to the reduced congestion, not a miraculously shorter commuting distance or the illegal and dangerous practice of weaving in and around other vehicles.) and reducing travel costs. This day has been celebrated for the last 26 years.

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.

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.