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May 2, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Concert Day - Celebrated on the 1st Tuesday in May, today is a day to go to a concert somewhere. There should be lots to choose from depending on where you are, but you will have better luck if you planned ahead and purchased a ticket a few days or weeks ago because the best concerts could sell out before today.

National Play Your Ukulele Day - Celebrated on this day or on February 2nd, depending on who you talk to, this is a day to entertain all of your friends and family and neighbors and anyone else you can corral into a room so they can’t escape, with your Ukulele skills. You do have one don’t you? Doesn’t everyone?

Brothers And Sisters Day - Last month we had National Sibling Day, but this is different. This is a day to celebrate your brothers and sisters by appreciating them. Wait, that’s not different? Well, it must be because it has a different name. If you don’t live with them any more, give them a call and tell them how much you love them. Maybe you can even visit them if that is not asking too much from you.

National Fire Day - I couldn’t find much information about this day. So I’m not sure if we are to celebrate by working on preventing fire, or by making a fire. Maybe you could do both depending on where you live. If you live in an area that is dry, please do not try to make a fire. I think it could go badly for you and everyone around you very quickly. In your case, maybe you can take steps to prevent fire or to keep a fire from spreading to your house if one comes your way. If you are in an area that has plenty of moisture to spare, perhaps you could make a fire in a fireplace or make a campfire outside, being sure to follow all safety recommendations because even in your area, it is easy for a fire to get out of hand and be dangerous.

Baby Day - I love babies, they have the cutest chubby cheeks on their adorable little faces and they don’t even mind if you spend all day planting kisses on those cheeks. They do have a very bad habit of keeping their parents up at night, which is hard to take. But their very presence in your life is a miracle, so be thankful for that blessing, remember that they won’t be babies for very long, and for a little while at least, they generally take some pretty good naps so if you can, take your naps when they do and you’ll be in better shape to handle the night work.

Take a Baby To Lunch Day - Born on this day in 1903, Dr. Benjamin Spock became the guru of baby care. He wrote books about how to take care of babies and mothers everywhere came to depend on his knowledge. So celebrate his life by taking your baby out to lunch in his honor.

World Tuna Day - This day was created by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). It is a day to celebrate tuna and everyone who is involved in the fishing and conservation and management of the tuna population. They will announce the winners of their art and talent competition today, so hang onto your hats the excitement has only just begun! In the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, there was dancing, speeches, contests. So if you are lucky enough to be in the area...first, I’m jealous….second, check out the festivities.

International Scurvy Awareness Day - Now I know that all of you are thinking that scurvy was an illness that only sailors got way back when it took months to cross the ocean. While it was a big issue with those of the seafaring trade, it is still an issue today in many places. All you need is 30 mg of Vitamin C a day to keep it away, but there are a great many people in this world who don’t get that.

National Truffle Day - Do you have any truffle digging pigs handy? No? Well, then I guess you will have to get them from the store like the rest of us. Except me. I see no reason why I should spend a lot of money on a fungus that I’m not going to eat anyway. My husband and son, however, would devour them before I got them out of the shopping bag.

Roberts Rules Of Order Day – Roberts Rules of Order is a book of procedural rules for any organization that wishes to adopt them. It was written by Brig. Gen. Henry Martyn Robert (born on this day in 1837) and originally published in 1876. Its’ eleventh edition was published in 2011. Brig. Gen. Robert wrote the book after experiencing great frustration when he discovered that there was no uniformity in rules and procedures within an organization. He was involved in several organizations and in each one he found that members of the same organization, located in different areas of the country, had conflicting views regarding what the proper rules and procedures were and this conflict resulted in problems with the running of the organization. When organizations adopt Roberts Rules of Order, everyone is on the same page and work can be accomplished.

World Asthma Day - Celebrated on the first Tuesday of May since 1998, and organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, this is a day to spread awareness of the symptoms and treatments for asthma around the world. It looks like the theme for this year is once again, “You Can Control Your Asthma.” Having asthma myself, I know this to be true. I also know, however, that everyone’s asthma is different so it is easier for some to control than others.

Poem On Your Pillow Day - We have had lots of poetry days in the last few weeks, this one is a day to put a favorite poem on the pillow of someone important to you, maybe your child, or your spouse, significant other, sibling, or parent. I would caution you to avoid doing this to friends, co-workers, employers or strangers because they might find it to be a little bit stalkerish and creepy and just might call the police. We don’t want to involve the police in an innocent poetry holiday unless absolutely necessary. But, if they do come knocking at your door, go ahead and share this day with them, maybe they would like to place a poem on the pillow of someone they know. This day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May.

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