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Sunday, July 14, 2019

"How does blaming others for your situation empower you towards a better life? Take responsibility for your actions and choose a better future."

"No, I have nothing against Bernie. It's the colonel that scares me silly."

Before going on vacation, I went to a tanning salon. I was
under the lights a bit long and the protective shades I wore
left a big white circle around each eye. Gazing at myself
in the mirror the next day, I thought, "Man, I look like a

I had almost convinced myself that I was overreacting until
I got in line at the grocery store. I felt a tug at my shirt
and looked down to see a toddler staring up at me. He asked,
"Are you giving out balloons?"

- From Clean Laughs

It's Macaroni and Cheese Day! What is your favorite version? Do you add other ingredients? Not the healthiest, but it is a true comfort food.
--Barn Day: a salute to the structures used by farmers to house animals, equipment, grain and hay; from the Old English word bere (barley) and aem (storage place); a symbol of tradition and brings communities together.
--National Grand Marnier Day: Grand Marnier is a French brand of liqueurs. The brand's best-known product is Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an orange-flavored liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is 40% alcohol.
--Shark Awareness Day: a day to raise awareness of how even the mighty shark is threatened by loss of its habit and by poaching of its fin for soup; today is a reminder of how sharks are important links in the oceans' ecological balance.
--Pandemonium Day: today is dedicated to the unexpected and it's ok to be crazy as chaos is everywhere; from NationalToday: "The word “pandemonium” first appeared in the 17th century, in author John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, which re-tells the biblical story of Adam and Eve and their temptation by Satan. It’s a hybrid of the Greek word “pan,” which means “all,” and the Latin word “daemonium,” which means “demon.” In Paradise Lost, Pandemonium is the capital of Hell, where all the demons live. These days, however, it doesn’t have such scary implications — pandemonium stands for all things chaotic, disorganized, and unpredictable. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut where your life is too orderly, too scheduled out, too boring and predictable, this is a great day for you to throw the rule book out the window! Let’s be honest: we’ve all had the thought, “There’s something I’d really like to do, but it just seems too crazy for me.” The great thing about Pandemonium Day is it tells us to go ahead and do it anyway. So nix the itinerary, cancel your appointments, rid yourself of expectations and read on for the best ways to get wild and celebrate Pandemonium Day."
--National Tape Measure Day: a salute to an essential tool of carpenters and seamstresses plus other craftsmen; on July 14, 1868, Alvin Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, received the patent of the retractable tape measure; a definite improvement on the Roman version of marked stripes on leather.
--Nude Day: a day to keep cool; different cultures around the world have different attitudes regarding nudity; maybe, for today you can forget the laundry.
--Bastille Day: the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 became a symbol of toppling the monarchy and the uprising of the modern nation.
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