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I’m sorry this is so late today, its been a crazy couple of days this week.  My Mother is in the hospital with a Mystery Condition, and it’s put me off my schedule.

But, time marches on regardless of what is happening in our lives, and there are holidays to celebrate today!

Today is:

Brothers and Sisters Day:  If you’ve been lucky enough to have siblings, today is the day to show your love for them.  Doesn’t it just seem like we had National Sibling Day recenty? Well, apparently we all need extra reminders to be grateful for our brothers and sisters.  I have a theory about the Great Cosmic Reason that we are not all born as only children.  I think that sibs are the Universe’s way of making sure we are exposed to people who otherwise we’d never cross paths with. I know that if my brothers hadn’t also been born to my parents, we’d probably never have met. And I’m very glad that is not the case, because they’re pretty awesome in their own ways.  You know, except when they’re beeing stupid doody heads.

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mmmmm.... chocolate

National Truffle Day: Now, some maintain that National Truffle Day is a celebration of those rare, pungent fungi that turn up at the base of trees, and  can be sniffed out by specially trained hogs or dogs.  And some think that it’s in honor of the delightful chocolaty confections that come packaged in pretty wrapped boxes.  Really, there’s no real reason you can’t do both!

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a truffle, not the chocolate kind

Scurvy Awareness Day; Scurvy might be the only disease that is completely curable through the consumption of alchoholic beverages-  provided that those beverages contain some actual fruit juce. Margharitas, Fuzzy Navels, Lemonade with vodka, whatever you like.  Seriously though, as relatively easy as Scurvy is to prevent and cure, there’s still a surprising number of cases reported each year in the US alone. So, make sure you eat a couple pieces of fruit each week and avoid becoming a scurvy pirate dog, arrrgh.

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In addition to being Mother Goose Day, today is also:

May Day: Traditionally, May Day is a day to celebrate Spring and fertility. For centuries people have danced around May Poles, jumped over or between fires, performed handfasts, and generally made merrry in joyful celebration of warmer weather, flowers, and the promise of abundance.  This year, May Day also marks a huge Occupy protest, demonstrating the power of the 99%.

Law Day: Join the American Bar Association in honoring  the good that our judicial system does.  While no system is perfect, the American Judicial system does it’s level best to provide justice for all.  Their theme this year is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”

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So normally, I would focus on one reason to celebrate for the day and throw everything else into the “Other Reasons to Celebrate” post, but honestly when I saw that it is both Hairstyle Appreciation Day AND National Honesty Day, how could I possibly resist combing them together?

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In an ideal world of beauty and perfection,we’d all be able to walk around today complimenting each other’s hairstyles with complete honesty and appreciations- but I can’t help imagining various versions of the following conversation taking place:

“Do you like my hair?”

“Oh, uh, ummm…. well, it’s very interesting and, ummm…. creative….”

“Yes, but do you like it?”

“Honestly? And I mean this in the nicest way possible… No.”

As for myself, I’m growing my hair out so that I can donate it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, so my hairstyle is not being very much appreciated today. I love short, sassy hairsdos, but my hair has to reach over 8 inches long before I can chop it off and mail it away. So while I styled it this morning there was less appreciation and more swearing. But in all honesty, as irritating as I find my long tresses, I’m so grateful to have hair that I can donate, so it’
s all good.

So, speak the truth today, and tell someone how much you love their hair.

In addition to being National Sense of Smell Day, it is also:

National Kiss Your Mate Day: If you have a mate, and haven’t kissed ’em yet today, make sure you do. If you’re in a long distance relationship, maybe you can send a kiss in the mail, or use a webcam to share a virtual kiss.

National Cubicle Day: I’m just glad it’s Saturday and I don’t have to be in mine!

Great Poetry Reading Day: Poetry is really meant to be read out loud. So, find a great poem and read it to someone. You’ll both be the better for it.

Astronomy Day: Celebrate the vastness of the universe, learn something new about our galaxy. 

National Blueberry Pie Day: It’s a little early for blueberries in my neck of the woods. We have to wait for summer before we see any here. Fortunately, other parts of the country are not so limited. I believe I might just pick up some of the lovely round fruit when I stop at the market today, and bake a pie.

In addition to being Tell a Story Day, it is also:

National Arbor Day: While some states will celebrate Arbor Day on a different day, more suited to the best time to plant trees in their climate, today is the nationally recognized day to re-forest. So, get out there and plant a tree!

Morse Code Day: Today marks the birthdate of Samuel Morse, the inventor of the famouse Morse Code.

Babe Ruth Day: One of baseball’s greatest heroes ever, the Sultan of Swat, is honored today.

National Hairball Awareness Day: Most people think that cat ownership is a minimal investment, time wise. And for the most part, they’d be right. No long walks, no intensive behavioral training.   And in most cases, minimal grooming, since most cats prefer to groom themselves. However, cats who don’t get groomed by their pet people are far more prone to hair ingestion, with the nasty side effect of hairballs being harked up.  So get a brush appropriate to your feline friend’s coat, and lend a hand. Your kitty’s tummy (not to mention your rugs) will thank you.

National Prime Rib Day: So tender, so delicious! Prime Rib is one of the most prized cuts of meat available. Check with your local fine dining establishment and see if they have any specials in honor of this Prime Holiday

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Ah, sweet memories. My very first kiss (other than from my parents, grandparents, and other relatives, of course) was when I was five years old. The cute blond boy from next door and I hid behind the porch door and exchanged a smooch. Neither of us were terribly impressed with the experience, but we both felt very grown up to have a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.

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There have been a lot of first kisses since then, some very sweet, some a little wild. One, I remember, was the only good kiss in the entire relationship, which was very short lived.

My last first kiss (other than the first kisses I gave each of my children after they were born), was quite simply the best first kiss I’ve ever had.  Which may be part of the reason I married my husband. He really does know how to kiss. It combined all of the best things about first kisses- it was sweet, a little hot, and had a whole lot of promises written into it.

Tell me about your first kiss…

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Besides being Remember Your First Kiss Day, today is also:

Hug an Australian Day: The Aussies have a long hisstory of supporting the US, so today is the day to show your love to them. If you happen to run into someone from The Land Down Under, give ’em a squeeze.

National Richter Scale Day: The Richter Scale is a mathematical equation that assigns a number value to an earthquake, to rate it’s severity. Numbers 1-9 are currently used, but officially there’s no upper limit. It’s good to know that if the worst earthquake possible ever occurs, we’ll be able to assing a number to it, isn’t it?

National Pretzel Day: Mmmm.. those warm, salted, twists of bread, baked to a golden brown. I love soft pretzels, dipped in cheese sauce. So delicious.. My mother, and my kids, love the little crispy pretzels sold in the chips aisle at the local grocery story. Whichever is your favorite, today is the day to o out of your way to enjoy them. It’s almost an obligation.

Hug a Friend Day: We all have a tendency to take our friends for granted, from time to time. It’s kind of part of the deal. But, it’s important to take a moment every now and then to show them they are appreciated. So, give a friend (even if it’s a four leggeed, furry friend) a big hug today.

National Take our Daughteers and Sons to Work Day What betteer way to show our children the opportunities available to them once they join the work force, than to bring them to work with you? Show them around the office, let them play with your highlighters and copy paper.  Honestly, my kids are so much smarter than me, I’d rather they went to work with someone else- like a rocket scientist. 


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