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09/28/20 Let It Go

Monday, September 28, 2020

"It doesn't matter if it's a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn't make you happy, let it go."

"You're more likely to find something when you aren't looking for it. Right now, I'm not looking for a bunch of cash. (I hope this works!)"

An Irishman walked into a bar in Dublin, ordered three pints of Guinness and sat at the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finished them, he came back to the bar and ordered three more.
The bartender approached and told him: “You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it, and it would taste better if you bought one at a time.”
The Irishman replied: “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other is in Australia, and I’m in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days we drank together. So I drink one for each me brothers and one for me self.”
The bartender admitted that this was a fine tradition, and left it there. The Irishman became a regular in the bar, and always drank the same way: He ordered three pints and drank them in turn.
One day, he came in and ordered two pints. All the other regulars took notice and fell silent.
When he came back to the bar for the second round, the bartender said: “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”
The Irishman looked quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawned and he laughed. “Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explained.
“It’s just that my wife had us join that Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking. But it hasn’t affected my brothers though.”

It's Read a Child a Book You Like Day! Pass the love of reading on to our young generations with your favorite. This day is the birthday of Kate Douglas Wiggins (1856) who wrote "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"--I loved that one as a kid.
--Ask a Stupid Question Day: from checkiday: "You've probably heard the phrase, "There is no such thing as a stupid question." It is said in order to encourage people to ask questions they have been reluctant to ask because they themselves perceive them to be stupid. Chances are, if the questions are asked, they do end up sounding pretty stupid. People often laugh at those who ask the questions, and the inquirer feels embarrassed. Well, the embarrassment melts away today, and the questions are asked freely because it is Ask a Stupid Question Day. A few sources claim the day was created sometime in the 1980s by a group of teachers, at a time when teachers were trying to get students to ask more questions in the classroom. Fittingly, the holiday is usually celebrated by students and teachers, and the aim of the day is particularly focused on getting kids to ask more questions in school. Because the day is about asking questions in school, it isn't always celebrated on September 28. It is never celebrated on a weekend, and is sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September. This is often on September 30, the last day of the month."
--Family Day: observed on the 4th Monday of September; today is a day to encourage parents to do things with their kids that create strong connections and build strong relationships.
--Fish Tank Floorshow Night: a tongue-in-cheek celebration of how we enjoy watching the fish tank activity; we're supposed to put on a show now for the fish.
--International Right to Know: today commemorates the start of the International Freedom of Information Advocates Network to promote the right of access; a day to promote journalism around the world and the right of information to make informed decisions.
--National Drink Beer Day: beer making has been around for 6000 years in ancient Samaria; in the Middle Ages, it was safer to drink beer in lieu of water as most water was contaminated; in 1516 Beer Purity Law, Reinheitsgebot, was established to set definite parameters of German beer.
--National Good Neighbor Day: today is about being good neighbors for each other and offering a smile and a hand of help.
--National Sons Day: a fairly new holiday to reflect the societal changes brought about by the #metoo movement; from nationaltoday: "National Sons Day has taken on new meaning as we head  into the third decade of the 21st century. The #metoo era is long overdue — and society can no longer overlook the importance of raising our boys with this in mind. The good news? A crucial national conversation has begun — finally.
Parents of sons today face challenges that seem so obvious — yet no one saw coming. Who could have predicted the stunning downfall of so many of America’s most famous and powerful men in so little time? The list of names sent shock waves through the world of entertainment, media, tech and politics. And no one knows where we’re headed next.
One thing’s for sure — it all starts with teaching (and modeling) respect.
Accused and accusers. That’s a lot for our kids to handle. So how do moms and dads navigate these treacherous waters? There’s no simple answer. We’re in uncharted territory here — and this discussion needs to go on for as long as it takes. Preparing our boys for this will require a level of guidance and communication that our predecessors in parenthood could never have envisioned – and that we ourselves have yet to fully grasp.
Molding our sons into responsible men can either be seen as a perilous journey or an opportunity to grow as a human being. On National Sons Day, every September 28, we think about our boys and the legacy we leave behind as parents.  More than that, we take the time to listen to our boys — to hear their dreams or fears and thoughts on changing the world. We all have a role to play. Men and women. Educators. Professionals at all levels.
Aside from that, men have struggled with a stereotype of showing strength without fear or compassion. Luckily, as society incorporates “emotional” equity in the workplace and at home, we’re all redefining what it means to be a good son — and a good man.
Let’s have meaningful conversations with our boys on National Sons Day.
It’s time.
Stress gender equality: Make it clear that what each of you does as a parent is determined by your individual skills, interests, and what works best for the family — not your gender.
Encourage a #metoo conversation: Spend time discussing the recent events surrounding this movement. It’s imperative that boys grow up with a healthy respect for both men and women. Parents — especially dads — need to model this behavior at every opportunity.
Oh — and have fun! Despite the very serious times in which we find ourselves, let’s not forget to enjoy the day. Only you know what your boys need most on National Sons Day. Make sure to include family, friends and community. And their favorite ride!"
--National Strawberry Cream Pie Day: today is a salute to the strawberry pie made with a filing of cream cheese, custard or whipping cream.
--World Rabies Day: today is a worldwide event to raise awareness of how to prevent the spread of rabies.
--Yom Kippur began at sundown yesterday and ends today at sundown; one of the Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur is called the Day of Atonement.
--In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. From bing: "On his return from vacation, Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming finds a staphylococci culture has been sullied by a mold that is destroying the bacteria. With this accidental discovery, Fleming has found penicillin, an antibiotic that will change the world and save countless lives."

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