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01/20/21 Honest to Yourself

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"If you want to be happy, one of the most important virtues you must master is being honest to yourself." Roxana Jones

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Son: "Dad, there is someone at the door to collect donations for a community swimming pool."
Father: "Okay, give him a glass of water."
Q: Which two letters in the alphabet are always jealous?
A: NV.
Q: When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, what happens?
Q: A cowboy left Montana to go to Texas on Friday and came back on Friday. How did he do it?
A: He named his horse Friday.
Q: What did Cinderella say when her photos did not show up?
A: "Someday my prints will come."

It's International Day of Acceptance! Today is to encourage acceptance of all people with all abilities! Look beneath the surface and see what they can really do! This day has a lovely background story, so from checkiday: "International Day of Acceptance is devoted to bringing about the social acceptance of disability and carries on the spirit of Annie Hopkins. Growing up, Annie viewed the world around her as putting limits on what she could do and who she could become, and she saw people with disabilities, like her, as facing discrimination. She realized the expectations people had for her didn't include her living alone or pursuing higher education, and she knew that strangers who passed her by thought more about her disability and her life expectancy than they did of her as a person. As Annie matured, she pushed the boundaries of what was expected of her. She won talent shows in high school and forced the hand of her college campus to build ramps at 40 sorority houses so that she could participate in rush week. After college, she created YouTube videos that were educational yet brimming humor, which highlighted how she took on her challenges. In 2007, along with her brother Stevie, she started 3E Love, a business designed to educate, embrace, and empower people. She also created the Wheelchair Heart symbol, which is meant to unite people of all abilities and start conversations that help change attitudes. On January 20, 2009, Annie passed away from complications during a simple medical procedure. Her brother continued her work in her honor."
--Camcorder Day: today is a salute to an item that has changed so much over the years but still has our history; did you grow up with a camcorder in the family?; then, you've sat through a lot of home movies; today honors videography of all varieties, home to pro.
--Inauguration Day: today is the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States in a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term; the only inauguration element mandated by the United States Constitution is the president make an oath or affirmation to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."; Wiki has a good write-up but there is too much history to present in this blog, so I encourage you to check out the changes in traditions that have occurred over the years.
--Museum Selfie Day: observed on the 3rd Wednesday of January; ordinarily, today is to encourage us to visit our local museums but due to pandemic restrictions, our visits will have to be virtually; museums don't allow pictures of the art but today is a day for taking selfies such as in front of the museum.
--National Buttercrunch Day: today is a salute to a yummy type of candy, made up of butter and brown sugar, boiled to a hard ball stage and vanilla and baking soda added at the last minute.
--National Cheese Lovers Day: ooh, my type of day; whatever is your favorite kind of cheese, this is your day; there are over 900 types of cheeses and the average person eats 31 pounds a year.
--National Disc Jockey Day: the day was originated to honor Alan Freed, "Moondog", a 50's DJ who coined the phrase rock and roll; we honor all DJ's whether on the radio, at the dance hall, or a wedding reception--they keep the music going.
--Penguin Awareness Day: today is to raise awareness of the hazards to the penguin habitats due to human activity and climate change; there are 18 species of penguin and 5 are considered endangered and facing extinction.
--Take a Walk Outdoors Day: a day to get us away from the computers and screens; take time to go outside and get some fresh air, even if it's nippy.
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