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January 22, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Child Labor Day - Child labor is a staggering problem in the world. Some families are forced to send their children out to work because they just can’t make enough money to feed their families otherwise. These kids then don’t get to have an education so they are denied the tools they need to improve their lot in life and it perpetuates a cycle of poverty. The United Nations wants to focus your attention on this problem today in the hopes that someday it can be solved.

National Hot Sauce Day - Those of you who enjoy a little spice to your food...ok, maybe a LOT of spice to your food...this is a day for you. Get out the hot sauce and add it to whatever you want. Maybe there are a couple of you who even like your hot sauce straight up. I think you are blessed with a superpower….the ability to withstand temperatures that would kill a normal human.

Dance of the Seven Veils Day - This is a dance that came from the Middle East. It is a belly dancing tradition where the dancer wears seven veils attached to her costume. During the course of the dance, the veils are pulled off and tossed aside. Traditionally the dance is performed by women for the enjoyment of men but in this modern age, there is no reason why that cannot be adjusted.

Come in from the Cold Day - This is a day that was probably created by the greeting card industry, but we don’t know for sure. But it’s a very inviting day as we usually tell people to come in from the cold when they are coming to visit us.

National Answer Your Cat's Question Day – For all those cat lovers out there, your job today is to pay extra attention to what your cat is doing so that you can ascertain when your cat has a question and what it might be. Do they rub your leg or twitch their whiskers just so, when they want to know something? Every cat is different so pay close attention. Then, do your best to answer the question. For example, your cat might want to ask you, “Why do I have to go to the vet?” or “Why do you freak out when I present you with a dead mouse present?”

Celebration Of Life Day – We have all been given the wondrous gift of life. Some of us have had life altering experiences which cause us to realize just what an incredible gift that is, but today all of us must live life to the fullest, like it is our last chance to do so. The sad but real truth is that for many of us on this planet, it is our last day. Hopefully that is not the case for you or anyone you know, but you can’t have this many people billions of people living on the Earth without some of them dying every day. Don’t take the gift that has been given to you for granted.

National Blonde Brownie Day – If you're not a fan of chocolate, these are the perfect solution for you.

Roe vs. Wade Day – On this day in 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the right of women to have an abortion. Their vote was 7 – 2 in favor of Roe. It was a very controversial topic back then and nothing really has happened to change that. I work in a building that is located near a Planned Parenthood facility and there are frequently Anti-Abortion picketers hanging out with their signs outside the building. There are many others who are equally vocal on the other side of the issue.

National Polka Dot Day - I’m sure you have something somewhere that is polka dotted. An outfit, a pillow, a room in your house...something. If not, know what you have to do.

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