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May 7, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Paste Up Day - This is a day that is all about old school technology before desktop publishing and digital anything. Paste up was when the headline and type for an article would be cut into pieces and arranged across columns for a newspaper or other publication. I am not sure who created this day or why this particular day was selected for this holiday.

National Barrier Awareness Day - Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, this is a day to acknowledge the fact that millions of people live their lives with some sort of barrier...and believe me, there are a whole lot of them that can affect any of us at some point in our lives for a short time, a long time, or even for the rest of our lives. Sometimes these barriers are physical disabilities but they don’t have to be. There are also financial and cultural barriers that can stop us from doing what we want to do when we want to do it. The successful people among us are the ones that find a way to overcome our barriers and don’t let them stop us from living our lives to the fullest.

National Cosmopolitan Day - An alcoholic beverage that generally uses vodka, lime and various juices such as cranberry. This day was created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway who probably likes to drink them now and then. Otherwise, why bother making a special day for them?

Mayday for Mutts - Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, this is a day for shelters to promote mutts to people who are looking for a wonderful pet to love. Mutts can contain many different wonderful traits from the different breeds in its’ ancestry so if you can’t find the perfect dog in a single breed dog, you just might be able to find a mutt that combines several traits that you enjoy from several different breeds. Mutts also have a tendency to be healthier than single breed dogs because hereditary problems don’t usually appear as often. This day was created by Karen Derrico the author of “Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed.”

National Tourism Day – The theme for this years’ National Tourism Week is “Travel ‘16’.” The blank spot is to encourage everyone to be creative in defining what effect tourism has on the lives of…..everyone. Since this is an event that is promoting tourism, the effects they talk about are all positive. You know the kind of thing I mean, quality time spent together, new experiences, adventure, etc. As a mother of three, I think about all of that, but I also think about the headaches, the entire family crammed into the same small hotel room every day for a week, the effort expended trying to convince the kids that museums can be fun too, and we didn't come all this way and spend all this money to stay in the hotel swimming pool all week long.

National Roast Leg Of Lamb Day – Another dinner dilemma solved today.  If you need a recipe, try this one.

International Babylost Mother's Day, or International Bereaved Mother's Day – Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, this day was created by Carly Marie because the traditional Mother’s Day (which was created by Anna Jarvis to honor her mother, Ann, who had to live through the death of 7 of her children) has become very commercialized and mothers of children who have died have been forgotten or ignored. This is a movement to bring back the true meaning of Mother's Day.
National Infertility Survival Day - While some people seem to get pregnant if you just sneeze on them, others have a great deal of trouble achieving what becomes the unattainable dream. Having a child can be the most stressful, frustrating and heartbreaking goal of a couple's life.  This day is celebrated on the Sunday before Mother’s Day.

World Laughter Day – Created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, also the creator of an exercise routine called Laughter Yoga, this day is about spreading the message of the best medicine not created by doctors. Celebrated in more than 70 countries worldwide, the mission of this day is to spread world peace, joy and good health by laughing together. If you do this at 12noon local time, you can join the wave of laughter going around the world. This day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May every year.

Lemonade Day - Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, and also on August 20th, this is a day to teach children about being an entrepreneur. Begun by Michael & Lisa Holthouse in 2005 as an after school program. It has grown to cities all over the country, teaching life and business skills to more than 200,000 children last year.

Motorcycle Mass & Blessing Of The Bikes Day – Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, this is a day for motorcyclists everywhere to gather at a special mass to have their bikes blessed.

International Permaculture Day - This is a day that was created by the United Nations General Assembly. The theme for this year is “International Year of Pulses” with a goal of increasing awareness of the pulses and their nutritional benefits. Now if you are like me and are somewhat lacking in plant based vocabulary skills, you might not know that pulses are legumes like peas, alfalfa and lentils. I had to look that up because I had no idea and I still don’t know why they don’t just call them legumes. If you know more, perhaps you would be willing to share. It is therefore fairly easy to surmise that Permaculture has to do with farming and gardens. We are getting ready to start planting our garden very soon now, so this falls on a convenient day. This is celebrated on the first Sunday in May.

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