Buy. Sell. Consume.

Just in time for the holidays, it’s time to celebrate Repeal Day! This has nothing to do with the  President, but it will drive you to drink. On this day in 1933, the 21st amendment trumped the 18th and the production and consumption of alcohol became legal once again.

Prior to the 18th amendment individual states choose whether they were a dry or wet state, a.k.a. approved the sale of alcohol or didn’t. The 18th amendment took that decision away from the states and gave it to the federal government, who stamped a big fat “ILLEGAL” sign on it.  A dry country we became, if you overlook the rise of mobs and gangs who saw this new law as an opportunity to make a lot of illegal money. 

The 21st amendment started putting mobs out of business and pushed them into harder other crimes, like gambling, stealing, and guns. Of course bootleg liquor wasn’t exactly drama or casualty free.  So, the question is, “Is marijuana the new liquor?” Celebrate by raising your glass and letting me know your thoughts. Drink. Be merry and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!! 

Naughty/Nice

Naughty or nice, he’ll find out.  It’s Santa’s List Day! Today can mean what you need it to mean.  If you’re a parent, today may be the day your children mail their Christmas  lists to Santa in hopes they are on the Nice side of things.  Today may be the day you mail Santa your behavior reports.   If you don’t have children and no longer subscribe to the fantasy of Santa, today can be the day you make out your holiday shopping list. Either way, today is the day to decide, who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Of course, sometimes, it’s nice to be naughty and naughty to be nice. I’ll let you work that out on your own.

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Roof

If you’re reading this, you’re probably secure in the fact you have a roof over your head and a place to rest your stinky feet. Not everyone is as secure.  It’s National Roof Over Your Head Day.

Life circumstances, Mother Nature and the impending zombie apocalypse cause many to feel insecure about their living situation. Today is the day to be thankful Mother Nature hasn’t taken your home, that you built a bunker 10 feet below your house, and that life hasn’t moved you to the street. Celebrate today by thinking of others who aren’t as fortunate. I realize we don’t all have extra change to give the man on the corner, but I’m sure we all have stuff around the house we don’t use.  Make a donation to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Vietnam Vets, Purple Heart, or some other organization dedicated to helping people in need.  It might not solve the zombie apocalypse, but it will make a difference.  Be well and…

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Daily Prompt: Age

It was just time.

When my mother was dying she called me into her room and said, “Age isn’t what you think it is. It’s just time.”  Her eyes glazed over, she looked at the sun, and continued, “It’s not how you feel, what you do, or where you are.  It’s just time.”

Time had given her thirty years.  Eleven of those years, she spent with me.  Then she left.

It was just time.

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Specially Educated

It isn’t shocking to learn we live in a world where everything isn’t available to everyone and so today we celebrate Special Education Day.  On this day, in 1975, President Gerald Ford signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) into law.

During my second year in college, while studying computer science and trying to earn money, I had the pleasure of working as a Notetaker for students with disabilities. I worked closely with a young man who was a paraplegic.  While helping him in class, I learned how to be a teacher. Not because I was teaching him, but because he was studying to become an elementary school teacher and it was my job to take his class notes.  At the time I never questioned how he would teach his future students, where he would teach, or who would help him in his classroom. I thought about how much fun he would have teaching a class someday. It’s because of parents, teachers, students and loved ones who advocate for individuals whose rights are being withheld that the two of us were able to attend the same prestigious University.

Celebrate today by learning more about the IDEA Act, it’s progress and needs.  It’s the end of the year, so you can squeeze in those final year-end tax donations and maybe volunteer a little or your time.  Stay educated and…

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Impact

AIDS may not be the same death sentence it was in the 80’s and early 90’s, but it’s a life sentence to medication and a compromised immune system.  Today is World AIDS Day and we should all be aware that AIDS still exists, AIDS is still devastating, and AIDS is still pandemic. Increasing transparency, accountability, education, and research partnerships are critical to making AIDS history.  Celebrate today by getting tested, educated, and/or volunteering. Make an impact and…

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Pretend this Evening

If you can afford the time off or get paid regardless of whether or not you go into the office, today is officially employee hook day.  It’s National Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day! I love the commercial for Ocean City that harps on how we rarely spend our vacation days on vacation. Well, today spend it on a stay-cation. Sip tea by the fire, dance around naked, or finally go sky diving.  If you can’t afford to celebrate for real, pretend this evening, chill like you mean it and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!