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March 10, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Preschoolers Day - Celebrated on the second Friday in March, this day seems to be about celebrating the preschoolers in your life. I remember being very happy when my kids started preschool because I finally got a couple of hours two or three times a week to get some things accomplished that were often very difficult to do with little kids around. And it’s good for the kids too because they are learning how to interact with teachers and their peers, learning the rules of sharing, playing together and how to follow a routine.

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day - This is a day to celebrate everything that lives in the cracks of the world, even know, the ones that people say have “slipped through the cracks.” That’s a real thing and we celebrate all of them today.

International Bagpipe Day - Begun in 2012 by the Bagpipe Society, this is a day to celebrate bagpipes, bagpipe players and bagpipe traditions. So anyone who plays the bagpipes, should go out and find a place to play such as a school, library, museum, or park. You can also talk to people about bagpipe traditions and history.

Mario Day - This is a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pizza eating plumber, Mario. We first met Mario in 1981 in a video game called Donkey Kong, which I played as a child. He went on to star in many Super Mario Bros. games by Nintendo. Celebrate today with a Mario party or by playing a Mario game.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – This is a day to focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS on females of all ages. The motto today is “Share Knowledge. Take Action.” Learn how to prevent getting the disease and if it's too late for that, take action and start treatments that will prolong your life.

International Day Of Awesomeness – Created by Kevin Lawver in 2007, this is a day to celebrate the awesomeness of everyone. Mr. Lawver's son thought of their motto, “No one's perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” This day was chosen because it is the day that Chuck Norris, the man who defined awesomeness, was born. But this is not a Chuck Norris love fest, this is a day for each and every person to celebrate their own unique awesomeness.

National Blueberry Popover Day – Popovers are light, airy, and delicious if you make them right. If you don't, they are like hockey pucks. You'll probably just have to trust me on that one because I'm sure yours will be delicious.

Landline Telephone Day – On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever telephone call. This is a day to celebrate your landline, if you still have one. I do because I love that it still works when the power goes out and it never needs to be charged.  

Pack Your Lunch Day – This is a day for all those people who buy lunch every day. Today you are to pack your lunch and bring it with you. If it's a nice day, go outside to eat if you can. But save a little money by bringing your own lunch instead of buying today.

Salvation Army Day – On this day in 1880, Preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine, founded the organization that became known as the Salvation Army. The organization was dedicated to helping people and spreading the word of God at the same time and was modeled after the British Army so William Booth called himself General William Booth, although he wasn't officially a general. It was ahead of its time in one regard, women and men held equal ranks. Initially the work could be hazardous and many of its' officers and soldiers were imprisoned and even killed. But they were absolutely dedicated to their cause and were recognized and welcomed by President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

US Paper Money Day – On this day in 1862, the first paper money was issued in the United States. The denominations were $5, $10 and $20. This money became legal tender on March 17th of that year. They had coins for money before then, but they were somewhat scarce and expensive to make. Paper was much cheaper so the government was all for it. Of course, it had been tried before during the Revolutionary War, but people didn't have much faith in paper money then. It was too new and they didn't see that it was worth anything so it failed. The government had much better success in 1862. And since it's been more than 150 years since then, and we still use it, I guess it has worked out alright.

Middle Name Pride Day – This is a day to be proud of your middle name and tell everyone what it is. Some people don't particularly like their middle names and some people actually hate it and refuse to tell anyone what it is. But put aside those feelings today, find something in your middle name that you can be proud of and share it with everyone. My middle name is Ann. What’s yours?

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