International Working Women’s Day

This woman looks like she is about to guide a large truck through a small area.  At least she is posed to look like she is doing some heavy lifting.  Her perfect manicure tells me her actual job may be posing and not the manual labor for which she is dressed.   Either way, she is working and that is what we are celebrating today.  It’s International Working Women’s Day!  

Celebrated since 1911 in support of better working conditions for women, this holiday is supported by the United Nations and celebrated in 28 countries around the world.  I don’t know if the best way to celebrate is to work or take the day off, but celebrate we must, so whatever your plans are for today, include a personal march with signs, balloons and mini cupcakes.  Have a wonderful day and Holiday on my friends!

Unique Name Day!

If you’ve ever been in class and saw this look on the teachers face before calling your name in the roll, congratulations, today is your day!  It’s Tuesday of Celebrate Your Name Week (CYNW) and we are celebrating the children of creative thinkers.

Is your name an awkward combination of both your parent’s names? Are you named after a fruit and a car?  Do you have a seemingly simple name with a few extra letters to prove a point? Does your name pay homage a distant relative, whose name was spelled in Olde English and so is yours?  Can you not type your name on a keyboard without reaching for the special characters?  If your answer is, yes, to any of these questions respond to this post with your UNIQUE NAME (and the phonetic pronunciation) because we want to celebrate you today!

It’s also National Crown Roast Day and National Cereal Day, so have a potluck and honor those whose names we say incorrectly.

Holiday on my friends!

Happy Dentist’s Day

I don’t know who grows up thinking, I’d like to spend every day looking into the mouths of multiple people with varying degrees of tooth decay and rotting gums, but it happens and today we celebrate those weirdos.  Happy Dentist’s Day!  For the record, I don’t think it’s fair that our skin repairs itself, our hair and nails grow continuously, and our bones can fuse themselves back together yet, we only get one chance at perfect teeth.  The first set will fall out, no matter how well you take care of them and the second set, unless you pay for new ones, will be your last set.  Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Anywho, today isn’t about your teeth, it’s about the doctors, yes they are doctors too, who tend to the needs of your mouth.  If you happen to have a dentist appointment today, take a card or balloon to show your appreciation.  If you don’t have an appointment you can google dentists in your area and give several a ring, just to say, “Happy Dentist’s Day.”  I’m certain that never happens and your kind gesture will be the water cooler talk of the day.

Holiday on my friends!

 

Celebrating You and You and You and…

It’s Multiple Personality Day!  Not to be confused with the clinical disorder renamed in 1994, Dissociative Identity Disorder, which we take seriously for those that suffer and combat daily, living with this disease.  NO, TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE MANY PERSONALITIES OF YOU.  The mild condition we all occupy from time to time that keeps others momentarily entertained, confused or searching for headache medicine, so they can continue a conversation with us without needing to invoke their right to an attorney.

This is our day to get to know ourselves on a deeper level. So, today, when you’re out and about if you notice a someone having deep conversations with a few people you don’t see, give them a hand clap and celebrate with them.  Have their people call your people and arrange a personality party.  It’s bound to be a good time, either now or a decade from now when you look back over your life.  So smile like you mean it and holiday on, my friends!

National Grammar Day!

Of all the holidays today, it was a must I recognize National Grammar Day.  This is, after all, a website dedicated to writers and readers.  You should really embrace this holiday by sitting in public, ear hustling the conversation of strangers and randomly correcting their grammar.  This is sure to bring amusement before it brings a fist fight and your Worldstar Hip Hop video debut.

Why the gorgeous picture of Nelly supporting his country in a well laid flag tank?  I’m glad you asked.   It is also National Hug a GI Day!  So, you should feel completely obligated to go up to random attractive GI’s and squeeze them tightly.  Tell them you just want to show your appreciation by hugging the body they risk, daily, to keep you safe.  Your hug may be reciprocated.  However, should you sense some resistance, I suggest loosening your embrace after 3 seconds, anything over 5 seconds has the potential to become very awkward and misunderstood.

Finally, it’s National Pound Cake Day.  Around since the 1700’s it has been a staple at potlucks and get-togethers, by the cheapest person in the room. I suggest celebrating this with ice cream, Netflix, and your new GI friend.  Have an amazing holiday!

What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

As if my dog needs one more thing to make him feel like he is my equal.  We already share a couch, a bed, a car.  I fear that if he had thumbs, he’d try taking over the kitchen.  On the other hand, I’d enjoy having him learn how to lift and lower the toilet seat.  Last year, when the snow prevented me from opening my front door, forcing me to open the back door slider and shovel 3 feet of snow to let him outside, those opposable thumbs would have come in handy.

On the other hand, if my precious Yorkie were anymore independent, he’d be a cat.  Never a cat owner, myself.  I resent all the pet preferential treatment cats receive and I suspect, had they thumbs, humans would be the teddy bears of their world, with a usefulness limited to cuddling.

At any rate, today is the day we dream of “what ifs” and maybe we can take liberty with this holiday and go beyond opposable thumbs and our pets.  What if we dyed our hair? What if we never stop dreaming?  What if we never stop smiling?  What if…?   So many possibilities and the rest of our lives to try them all out.  Have a wonderful “what if” day!

Read Across America

My favorite two children’s books are Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.   I still love these stories.  We all know the cliche, “reading is fundamental,” but it really is.  Too often, as we get older, reading becomes a chore instead of an escape.  Today, in celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, I invite you to make a moment to share a book with a child, yours or someone else’s.  Or you can pretend you’re a child and read to yourself.   Have an imaginative day!

What are some of your favorite books?