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January 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Inauguration Day - Well, today is the day. This day only comes around every 4 years because that’s when we swear in a new President or re-up the same one again. Some of you are happy about this one, some of you are not, and some of you are ambivalent. But one thing is sure, this is not going to be a boring four or eight years coming up.

International Day of Acceptance - Annie Hopkins was a person with disabilities who died on this day in 2009. She had a dream that all people would be accepted by society regardless of their physical abilities or limitations. She created a new symbol, the person in a wheelchair with a heart for a wheel, as an effort to unite people of all abilities. Let’s take some time today to work on making her dream a reality.

Take A Walk Outdoors Day - I know it’s cold, but that doesn’t matter. It’s time to take a walk outdoors with your family. It’s important to stay in shape and get plenty of exercise. Walking is a great low impact exercise that almost everyone can do. I know the kids won’t want to do it with you but if you set a good example, they’ll come around. Particularly if you confiscate the games and phones until after the might be amazed at how eager they are to get going.

National Bill Cosby Sweater Day – This is a day to celebrate the amazing collection of sweaters that Bill Cosby wore when he was in “The Cosby Show” years ago. If you are old enough to remember that show, you will remember those sweaters. So dig around in your drawers or in your attic and find your best Cosby type sweater to wear today.

National Penguin Awareness Day – Several species of these non-flying birds are endangered due to oil spills, climate changes and eroding habitat. A sad plight for this adorable little animal. Did you know that the Magellanic Penguin is named after Ferdinand Magellan? Mr. Magellan was the first to see them way back in 1520. Sadly, they live off the coast of Argentina, a place that apparently experiences a lot of oil spills and thousands of these adorable creatures are killed every year as a result.

National Coffee Break Day – This is a day with dubious origins but the basic idea is pretty obvious. Enjoy your coffee break today.

National Buttercrunch Day – I love chocolate but I'm not a big fan of stuff mixed into it so I'll take a pass on this day. But for all those buttercrunch lovers, here's a day for you.

National Cheese Lover's Day – Finally! A day that my husband can get excited about. Cheese predates written history so we're not sure who first started the cheese making process. But there is some speculation that it was begun by Nomadic tribes who carried their milk in animal skins and organs. If milk is carried in an animal stomach, it will turn to curds and whey which doesn't sound appealing, but it's the beginning of the “turn into cheese” process, so the nomads probably enjoyed it.

Camcorder Day – Does anyone still have one of these? They were the latest, most exciting gadget when I was young. These days we usually use digital cameras to take videos.

National Disc Jockey Day – I think that most everyone listens to the radio at some point in their day. Today is the day to call up your favorite disc jockey and tell them how much you appreciate what they do. Where would we be without invisible people speaking to us and playing music for us through little boxes in our cars and houses?

National Kick A Ginger Day - This day was created by fans of “South Park”. They aired an episode that paralleled the holocaust using Red-Haired people instead of Jewish people as the recipients of the unreasonable discrimination and hatred. I didn't see it but I understand that it was supposed to be a warning against such behavior, so as a joke, fans created this day. I would recommend that you do not actually kick any Gingers today.

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