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June 15, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Corpus Christi - This is not about the city in Texas, although I have been there and enjoyed it thoroughly and feel they deserve to have a day. But alas, this is not it. No, this is a day that is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday in Christian churches and is actually called The Feast of Corpus Christi which is Latin for “Body of Christ”. The super simplification of the day is that it celebrates the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. If you talk to a clergyperson, you will get a much better explanation that I can provide to you.

Justice for Janitors Day - On this day in 1990,  there was a “Justice for Janitors” protest march in California that met with police opposition. They were protesting because unscrupulous employers were taking advantage of their lower wage workers, mostly janitors but others as well. They would pay less than the minimum wage, pay for fewer hours than worked, refuse to pay overtime even when required to by law, and simply not pay any back wages even when a court ordered them to. Because of their protests, these workers have won tougher enforcement laws in one county and there is more legislation that is being considered in the California State Assembly.

National Electricity Day - It was on this day in 1752 that Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning is electricity. I’m glad that they eventually discovered that you could make electricity without having to wait for stray lightning bolts to power our lights and appliances otherwise our use of technology would be very intermittent.

Fly a Kite Day - Also related to Mr. Franklin’s electrical experiment with a kite, an iron key, some wind and a storm, this is a day to fly your own kite. I do recommend that you don’t try to repeat Old Ben’s experiment. Why cover old ground, especially when that endeavor might cause you to be electrocuted. You don’t need a storm. Trust me, it’s much more enjoyable to fly a kite in good weather.

Magna Carta Day – This is a document that the King of England was forced to sign on June 15, 1215. No, that is not a typo. It was an attempt to limit the King's power so certain high level political people could protect themselves. The document basically said that the King was not all powerful and that the law took precedence over the King's wishes. There was a big celebration last year because it was the 800th anniversary.  

National Lobster Day - Lobster lovers rejoice! This is a day when eating lobster is mandatory! There are lots of ways to cook them so pick your favorite and have at it. The history of lobsters is very interesting. Did you know that they were once considered “food for the poor”. They were so easy to find that you could just walk to the coast and pick them up. So people too poor to buy food had to make do with these creatures that no one really wanted to eat. Now they are a very expensive delicacy. More fascinating information can be found here.

Worldwide Day of Giving – Begun four years ago by Reed Sandridge who began a year of giving on December 15, 2009. This was started as an exploration into the act of giving and what that would mean to him. To participate today, choose one of these three activities: volunteer with any organization, give a stranger ten dollars, or donate ten dollars. If you chose to donate ten dollars, there are many worthwhile organizations you can donate to, but be careful you donate to a legitimate organization that you know well and can be sure it will use your money wisely. Do not donate to a brand new, untested organization because there are a lot of scam artists out there.

Smile Power Day – This is a day to share the power of your smile with the world. Your smile has the power to brighten the lives of everyone who sees it. Your smile will encourage others to smile which will have a cascade effect causing even more people to smile. Smiles have been known to save lives as some who might have caused harm to themselves have received an unexpected smile that encouraged them and showed that someone really does care. Share yours with everyone you meet today.

Native American Citizenship Day – On this day in 1924, the US Congress recognized the citizenship of Native Americans. Kind of ironic since they were here before the US Congress, but Congress needs to pass legislation before it actually does anything so there you have it. That is why it took so long.

Nature Photography Day – This day has been celebrated for 10 years now. It is sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association. The NANPA encourages people all over the continent to take pictures of nature today and share them with the world. Get out there into the nature that is available to you no matter where you live. Explore, and take plenty of pictures.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – This is a day to make people aware of how vulnerable the older generation can be. Many times they are as helpless as children and at the mercy of sometimes not so merciful caregivers. Elderly people can be abused physically, emotionally and financially by the people they depend upon for everything. Check on your elderly relatives and neighbors often so you will be more likely to recognize the signs if they are being abused.

Global Wind Day – This is a day that is celebrated worldwide for the purpose of promoting the use of wind as a power source. Work to encourage the leaders of the world to utilize more wind power, especially in areas where the wind always blows, and have less emphasis on non-renewable power sources.

National Career Nursing Assistants Day - This is a day to celebrate nursing assistants who work so hard taking care of the sick, the elderly and the people needing long term care for a variety of reasons in nursing homes and care centers. It is celebrated on the first day of Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers Week.

Dump The Pump Day – Celebrated annually for the last 9 years on the third Thursday in June, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems all across the country celebrate this day. The idea is to save money on gas by riding public transportation instead of driving on this day. Another good way would be to invent a car that runs on garbage which we certainly produce plenty of.

Recess At Work Day – Also celebrated on the third Thursday in June, this is a day when recess is serious business. It's an opportunity to increase creativity in the workplace, increase morale at your office, improve the health of the employees, create the spirit of everyone being on the same team, and share the fun side of you that the people you work with rarely have a chance to see. These people are so serious about it that they have a Recess At Work Training System that you can learn about here:

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