November 23rd Black Friday

So Thanksgiving is over, well… most of it anyway, and so now starts that time tested celebration of Black Friday! Well maybe not time tested but certainly becoming traditional and retailers everywhere thank you. They do most of their years business today, and in the days to follow until Christmas.

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In a number of ways, this is a good thing. With retailers suffering because of online dales, this is a day that helps keep their doors open. Soon, there may be nothing but online shopping and you will only have small pictures on the internet to choose those things that may, or may not, please your whim.

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No more malls, no more mom and pop stores, just giant mega internet conglomerates that ship to you even the most personal items. Well, it’s our choice… as it should be. Have fun today looking up close at those things you will soon be forced to order online.

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Put on your suit of armor and brave the crowds. Go into the battle of wits and patience, the throngs of other barbarians you share a single check-out line with and claim your glory of winning the prize! Oh, and don’t forget your change!

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How to celebrate – Plan your Black Friday like you would a vacation, so you don’t miss a thing. Get cash on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Take some Thanksgiving left-overs for a snack along the way.

November 22nd Thanksgiving

Today is one of America’s favorite days, Thanksgiving. We eat all kinds of food, watch football games and whatever feature movie is on television in the evening. We look forward to it every year, always say we will eat less and get along with all those relatives we don’t get along with the rest of the year.

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We do, tend to forget that is was a celebration for Europeans that came to America and were starving before the Native Americans came to their rescue. It was 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down at the same table and shared their food, culture and concerns.

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Of course it didn’t last very long. Soon the Europeans would keep coming and driving the Native Americans further and further west until there was no place left to go. Part of the problem with allowing history to move forward is that we tend to forget why it moved forward. We find fault with each other instead of trying to understand something that we cannot go back and change anyway.

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Maybe things happen because they were supposed to happen. Blaming anyone and trying to make them pay for something they could not change is pointless, and dangerous. We are not the same people that lived back in the days when we were thankful, truly thankful, so we have to come up with our own reason for being thankful. Maybe we should be thankful that we have moved forward, that people have changed and recognize their errors and move on from there.

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However… did you know the first Thanksgiving mashed potatoes were not served? That didn’t happen until the Irish came to America and brought potatoes with them! And what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes!?! There’s something to be thankful for!

How to celebrate – Do your best to have a Happy Thanksgiving. Give to the food banks to make sure others have a Happy Thanksgiving. Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.

November 21st World Hello Day

Today was created by Brian and Michael McCormack in an effort to show how much better the world could be if we all just stopped and said hello to each other. It was 1973 and war was raging between Egypt and Israel and the idea was “greet ten people for peace”.

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I think, for what it’s worth, that saying hello to everyone you see is a great idea. It certainly doesn’t cost you much and who knows what you might find out about someone else, and yourself, by simply saying hello.

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I watch most people walk around with their heads down, refusing to look up and make eye contact with another person. Maybe it’s because they said hello to someone, or looked someone int the eye and something went wrong. Or maybe we are afraid they might want something from us.

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Take the handshake. It came out of ancient days when a friendship was forged with an enemy, or possible enemy. One would extend their hand showing they had no weapon in it, the other would do the same. Far too often today the handshake begins the problems. We look at the person we are shaking hands with as someone who should give their all for our cause… not just to show they aren’t going to try and kill us. Maybe we are looking for too much.

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I wonder how many simple “hellos” might lead us to something more if we just tried. After all, every friend you have today started with a… “hello”.

How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people today. (Better strangers than friends you have already) Say hello to someone you haven’t talked to in years. Learn “hello” in several languages and great people with their native language.

November 20th Beauty Day

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So behold young knave, everything is beautiful… in it’s own way. Gosh, I think I’ve heard that before somewhere. Anyway, today is a day to find the beauty in those things around you.

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For some it might be a beach or crystal clear water. Maybe a lush island somewhere filled with tropical flowers and beautifully tanned native inhabitants. Warm summer breezes, golden sunsets and the sound of the waves gently crashing against the shore.

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Or maybe it’s a beautiful field of wheat swaying in a gentle breeze and showered in sunlight. Better yet are the cool evenings with the moon shining down on the amber fields of grain. Maybe even floating over them in a hot air balloon.

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The point here is, beauty can be found in anything if you just look for it. When you wake up this morning think of all the good things instead of the bad and you will find yourself having a beautiful day.

How to celebrate – Find the beauty in the day. Study a painting you can keep in your head. Smile and make someone see the beauty in the day.

November 19th Have A Bad Day Day

Leave it to the people at Wellcat.com to create a Bad Day Day… and then copyright it so they can make money from it. Their idea was to get clerks at stores and banks and such to wish you a bad day instead of a good day. I guess the idea of wishing someone something good is not welcome at Wellcat.

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And to copyright it!?! Why? I doubt it’s like anyone else is going to steal the day from them. And just how do they make money from it. All those bad day greeting cards, buttons and balloons.

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I think we are all capable of having a bad day without Wellcats help. Asking us is a bit beyond good taste. But there you go, if you truly do have a bad day, let Wellcat know about it.

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Well, cats, ignore them. Go ahead and have a good day and defy them! After all, you might have to pay them for it if you do have a bad day.

How to celebrate – Try and figure out what is wrong with the people at Wellcat.com. Have a good day. Create a good day meter.

November 20th Beautiful Day

Well let’s hope today was created to beat yesterdays Have A Bad Day Day. Because most days can be beautiful if we let them be. True, sometimes you have to look for the beauty and beauty is in the eye of the  beholder. What I think is beautiful maybe be entirely different from what you think is beautiful, that doesn’t make one better than another. just different.

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Some find the oceans beautiful, some the mountains, others find a snow covered field beautiful and some a field of wheat. The point is, you can find beauty in anything if you just look for it.

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Writers write about it, singers sing about it, artists try to paint it, sculpt it or mold it to express what beauty is. The facts is, beauty is what you make it. Having a beautiful day is what you make it, maybe by looking at the same old things in a different way.

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We are surrounded by beauty and the best way to find it is by not looking so hard for it.

How to celebrate – Make a list of all the beautiful things you see today. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Think beautiful thoughts.

November 18th Occult Day

This is a dark day. I know there are many people out there that believe in the occult. Personally, I believe it is a very dangerous thing to believe in and an even more dangerous thing to practice. To believe in and tempt devils and demons into your life is to invite the dark side of life, and after life.

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It’s fun at Halloween to play frights and scares of the after life but to invite them into your life and practice the dark arts is another story altogether. Your soul is what matters most, and your soul is what you are most likely to lose. Those I have known who were into cults never benefited from them, gained anything or met others into the arts that did them any good.

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None of us know for sure what follows life here on earth. The idea of wandering it forever is not very appealing to me. The torment of keeping evil thoughts in your head can only lead you something bad. Something like this that begins as a curiosity generally ends in an obsession.

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But we can’t ignore it either. Whether it is real or not, it is dangerous. If I could offer one piece of advice, don’t mess with something you can never fully understand.

How to celebrate – Don’t celebrate today. If you know anyone practicing the occult try getting them some help. Do not tempt evil, you can’t win.

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

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Did you know there are over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Park system!?! That’s a lot of hiking but if you get started today you can probably make it by say 2099! Hiking is good for you, it burns calories, between 400 and 550 or more depending on how far and long you go, and it builds muscle, helps your respiratory system and heart health.

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And it’s a great time to get to know the person that goes with you because you should always take a buddy along.

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How to celebrate – Take a hike! Remember to pack snacks and water. Wear good shoes.

November 17th National Take A Hike Day

Today is a great day to take a hike. What’s the difference between a hike and a walk? Well I guess it depends on how fast, far and the terrain you hike on. You can hike around a block, but generally that is considered a walk. You can walk up a mountain, but generally that is called a hike.

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I think generally speaking a hike is a little more adventuresome than a walk. It’s probably a little more strenuous and often involves exploring things you don’t normally see everyday. It’ a chance to commune with nature, animals and enjoy the weather.

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Most hikes have a destination as well. They may involve a picnic lunch or even a sleep over at the destination you chosen. The objective of taking a hike is get out and spend sometime with nature, get a little exercise and enjoy life. Take you cell phone for an emergency but forget you have it unless you need it.

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And don’t forget to take your dog. They love hikes, probably even more than their people do! And November is perfect for it. The leaves are changing colors, the air is a little crisper and besides, you need to make room for that Thanksgiving feast coming up.

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But don’t ask a soldier to go on a little hike with you… you might get shot!

How to celebrate – Go on a hike. Form a hiking party. Join the army and go hiking every day.

November 16th National Fast Food Day

Fast Food restaurants have been with us for as long as most of us can remember. They became popular in the 1950’s when cars became more affordable and the American population found themselves on the move. Everyone needs to eat and it was so easy to just drop in a fast food store and grab a bite on their way to where ever it was they were going.

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White Castles sprung up in 1921 and have been followed by nearly every  type of fast food restaurant one can imagine. Burger King opened it’s doors in 1953 in Florida as Insta-Burger, McDonald’s officially open in 1958 in Illinois but has roots that go back to 1952. Wendy’s opened in 1969 in Ohio.

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Originally fast food restaurants were there just to provide fast food. To make things taste better they began to add flavorings and lots of salt. Sodas became even more popular in order to wash that salty food down with something sweet. It was a cycle that led to a lot of dietary issues in America, and across the world.

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Most fast food restaurants have begun to change their menus to provide more healthy foods available to their customers. Though the most popular foods are those that are still bad for you. But like anything else, a little excess if not all that terrible. You just need to mix the good with the bad.

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Greasy hamburgers, cheeseburger, onion rings and french fries are great tasting but clog the arteries like  cotton balls. A little of it won’t  hurt, a lot might. Blame the automobile! If we stayed home more we’d cook better meals… but it wouldn’t be as much fun.

How to celebrate – Start your day by having a fast-food breakfast. Go to lunch at a fast-food restaurant. End your day by having supper at… you guessed it… a fast-food establishment.