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January 13, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Peach Melba Day – Invented by the great French chef, Auguste Escoffier, in 1892 at the Savoy Hotel and named for the famous Australian Soprano, Dame Nellie Melba, this delicious dessert combines peaches, raspberries and vanilla ice cream.

Make Your Dream Come True Day – This is a day to work toward making your dreams come true. Do you dream about becoming an actress? Audition for a local theater group today. Do you dream about becoming a writer? Work on your Great American Novel and submit your idea to a publisher today. Would love to own your own business? Sign up for some classes at your local community college to learn how to make it work. Whatever it is you dream about, today is the day to take steps to make it come true.

Public Radio Broadcasting Day – On this day in 1910 the first public radio broadcast was made. It was an experimental transmission of a live Opera performance but only a few radios were even able to pick up the signal and the microphones were so bad that most of the singing couldn't be heard at all plus there were tremendous amounts of static and interference. So it was mostly a failure. Fortunately, Public Radio has improved a great deal since then. They have a number of very interesting shows to listen to.

National Rubber Duckie Day – Rubber Duckie, you're the one! You make bath time lots of fun! Rubber Duckie, I'm awfully fond of you! Today is Ernie's rubber duckie's birthday. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Ernie is from Sesame Street, but just in case you grew up without a television, I figured I’d better mention it.

Stephen Foster Memorial Day – I wonder how many of you know who Stephen Foster was? I didn’t know until I looked him up, but I’ll save you the trouble. He was a songwriter in the 19th century who wrote Oh Suzanna!, among other songs you've probably heard of. He died on this day in 1864.

Blame Someone Else Day – This day falls on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Whatever you do wrong today, whether you say something politically incorrect, insult someone, trip, dial the wrong number, or something equally horrifying, you can blame somebody else and get away with it. Unless you've broken the law. Then, I'm afraid, you're on your own.

Poetry Break Day – This is a day to take a break and read some poetry. You can find some poetry books in your local library or you can search for poetry online. You can find thousands of poems here. This is a day that is popular with libraries, but you will find that some of them celebrate it on a different day.

International Skeptics Day - Also on the first Friday the 13th of the year, although some celebrate on January 13th or October 13th. A skeptic is someone who doesn’t really believe anything unless they see it with their own eyes. And even then it is suspect because there are lots of ways to fool the eye as the magicians among us can attest. We probably all have at least a little bit of skeptic inside us, so let that part out today and doubt everything.

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