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March 11, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Ta'Anit Esther – (The Fast of Esther) This is a Jewish fast that begins at dawn and ends at dusk on this, the eve of...

Purim – This celebration begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow. The story of Purim is told in the Book of Esther. It is a celebration of the time when the Jewish people in Persia escaped extermination. It's also a very good day to make delicious hamantaschen cookies.

National Promposal Day - This is that fateful day when teenagers all over the country are encouraged to ask that dreaded question...Will you go to the Prom with me? I say dreaded because it’s risky. The person you ask might say no, which might or might not break your heart or cause embarrassment. But life is a risk, you have to put yourself out there and risk getting hurt, otherwise you won’t get to experience all the fun and camaraderie that life also has to offer. I do urge you to avoid the spectacular and highly public promposals that we are seeing a lot of these days. They put a lot of pressure on teens to match or exceed the pageantry involved, and if your intended date says no, it could be very, very bad. So just catch this person alone and simply ask, trust me, it would be better for everyone.

Debunking Day - This is a day that the MythBusters can really get into. It’s a day to work to prove or disprove anything that you are told.  

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film - Created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, this is a day to share and discuss Muslim culture and to use art and film to build bridges of understanding.

World Plumbing Day - If it were not for the skills of the plumbers in our society, we would all still be using outhouses and bathing in creeks or big tubs in the kitchen filled with water heated over the stove. That might be fun for a day or two, but not for long. We take our indoor drinking water and sanitation for granted most of the time, but we should think about how unpleasant it would be to use an outhouse in the below zero temperatures that we typically experience in the winter, like they had to do in the past up to about a hundred years ago. And when we do think about that, we should call up some plumbers and thank them.

Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day – I love waffles but they are not too good for me, and gluten free ones are so expensive. So I don't eat them very often. But these look like they would be pretty delicious AND maybe even a little bit healthy. Give them a try.

Johnny Appleseed Day – Johnny Appleseed, that famous American nomad who wandered the country planting apple seeds and communing with the animals, is celebrated on this day by some because it is a good time for planting apple trees. Others prefer to celebrate on September 26th because that is Johnny's birthday and a good time for picking apples.

National Worship Of Tools Day – This is a day to either buy new tools, or get out the old ones,  make sure they are in working order and then fix something. Tools aren't any good if you just look at them, you need to use them.

Genealogy Day or Descendents Day – Celebrated on the second Saturday in March, this is a day to dig deep. Unearth your family tree and dig out all the skeletons that are lurking there. Who did you come from? Who and where did they come from? Genealogy is a mystery and you need to start finding clues in order to solve it.

International Fanny Pack Day – Also celebrated on the second Saturday in March, this is a day to remember when you got your first fanny pack and if you still have one, wear it today out of nostalgia. While I wouldn't go so far as to call a fanny pack fashionable, it is certainly useful. Something I appreciate more, the older I get. Interesting correlation, don't you think? Maybe I really am turning into my mother!

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