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June 11, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Write To Your Father Day - Celebrated one week before Father’s Day, this is a day to write to your father whether he is near enough for a visit or way to far to see in person, whether he is still alive or has passed on, and whether you love him, tolerate him, or despise him. This is not a day to wax poetic on how great he is or struggle to find something to say that isn’t hurtful or a lie. Instead it is a day to get to know him better. Ask questions, easy questions, hard questions, that’s up to you. Also up to you whether or not you even mail the letter. Sometime simply writing it is cathartic enough if you have a difficult relationship.

Trinity Sunday - This day falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost and is celebrated by Christians who believe in the Trinity, which is the three Persons of God in the form of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Cousteau Day - Jacques Cousteau was born on this day in 1910. He lived for 87 years and taught us so much about our oceans, marine life and conservation. His signature look involved wearing a red watch cap so if you can find one of those, wearing it would be a great way to celebrate this day. You could also watch some of his documentaries today with your kids so they will also know who he is.

National Making Life Beautiful Day - On this day in 2009, Apriori Beauty began their mission of helping men and women of all ages feel beautiful inside and out. They encourage everyone to do whatever they can to create beauty by helping others be successful, and building meaningful and insightful relationships. If you put in the time and effort, you can make not only your own life, but also the lives of those around you, be as beautiful as you want them to be.

National German Chocolate Cake Day – Interestingly enough, this delectable dessert did not originate in Germany as the name may imply. The chocolate used in the recipe was invented in 1852, by an American by the name of Sam German for the American Baker's Chocolate Company. They named the chocolate “Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate” in his honor. Then the cake recipe that came a hundred years later was created by Mrs. George Clay, a Texas homemaker, who used this chocolate and named her cake German's Chocolate Cake. The possessive “ ‘s ” was dropped over time to become German Chocolate Cake

Corn on the Cob Day – Corn is a crop that has been grown for food for thousands of years. I like corn but have always been somewhat skeptical of its’ nutritional value. However, I understand that it does contain B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Phosphorus, Manganese, Folate, and Soluble Fiber. So enjoy some today.

King Kamehameha Day - This is not only a fun name to say, but it is a real public holiday in Hawaii. It honors Kamehameha the Great. He was the king who, in 1810, unified the various islands that now comprise the Hawaiian Islands. He ruled between 1782 and 1819. In Hawaii there are numerous festivals, carnivals, races and parades in the days surrounding this day, all in honor of this beloved King.

Children's Sunday – This day is added to the list of celebrations that are always on the 2nd Sunday in June. There was a movement going to get enough signatures in order to petition the President to officially proclaim this day as Children's Day. I’m not sure what the status is on that now. This day has been unofficially celebrated since the mid 1800's and many cities have proclaimed this day along with many churches and denominations.

Multicultural American Child Day – Also celebrated on the second Sunday in June, this is a day to appreciate the talents and uniqueness of all children of every culture. We can share our culture with the whole country, and the nation and our children will be stronger for it.

Race Unity Day – Yet another celebration on the 2nd Sunday in June, this day was begun in 1957 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States. The purpose is to promote racial harmony and understanding, which I personally find to be an admirable goal. The Baha'is believe that racial prejudice is the most challenging moral issue that we face in this country so they wish to focus attention on that today.

Abused Women and Children's Awareness Day – Celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in June, this is a day to prayerfully end violent behavior in American homes, schools, workplaces and communities. You can help to stop the violence in America that endangers the lives of our women and children. As far as I know there isn’t an Abused Men Awareness Day but that is also a reality in our lives. Women and children are not the only ones who suffer from abuse. Men are less likely to report it, but can suffer physical, mental and emotional abuse from their wives/girlfriends as well.

World Pet Memorial Day - Celebrated on the second Sunday in June, this day is to celebrate the memories of pets you have loved who have passed from this life to whatever you believe comes after. We love our pets so much and not everyone realizes that we grieve for them when they die, just like we would grieve for a human that we love. It takes time and is different for everyone so make a memorial for your beloved pets and remember them today.

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