Valentine’s Day

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Saint Valentine

I just have to admit: Valentine’s Day (or, as many people call it, “ValenTIMES Day”) has to be one of my least favourite holidays listed on the Hallmark calendar. Quite frankly, it serves absolutely no purpose than to make people miserable who might otherwise not be miserable.
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Happy 4th of July!

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John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776"

I realize most everyone from the United States is going to be busy at this time with the National 4th of July Holiday. For those of you who are reading outside of the United States, the 4th of July is a very patriotic holiday marking the day of independence. It’s also known as Independence Day, and draws many people from around the country (and even the world) to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where it all began. This great and solemn patriotic holiday is celebrated as every great, solemn federal holiday. It’s celebrated by drinking and eating until you puke.

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An Open Letter to People at the Diner

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Gabriel Metsu – Man Writing a Letter


Dear Fellow Diner Patrons,

It was indeed a pleasure to dine with you for breakfast on Mother’s Day. The food was delicious, as I’m sure everyone will attest, and the company was (as always) outstanding. However, there were a few things I noticed and thought I would bring them to your attention before the next major holiday.

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Giving Thanks

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Well, today is Thanksgiving Day, and I will – as will the majority of Americans – be sitting and stuffing my face with Turkey, dressing, appetizers, cranberry sauce, desserts, and more food than anyone could possibly swallow in one sitting (actually, it would most likely be more food than would feed a third-world country for a month). After all, that’s exactly what Thanksgiving Day is all about, right?

It’s also about friends and family – and arguments, and bickering, and throwing things at each other because you haven’t seen each other since last Thanksgiving’s brawl which you lost.

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Congress takes vacation while the unemployed are abandoned

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It’s amazing that Congress can just take their week-long July 4 holiday while the unemployed sector of the country is in need of continued assistance. Today, unemployment claims are up, home sales are plunging, and manufacturing growth slows to a crawl. Congress was asked to extend unemployment benefits for another six months, yet they decided to sit on it for a week while they recess for the holiday. Without this extension, the current 1.3 million people who are without jobs and without benefits could climb to 3.3 million by the end of the month.

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Honoring our Fathers

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Father’s Day, as we’re all aware, is a holiday set up for the honoring of our fathers. We get together with the family, make a special dinner, and send greeting cards. And this year isn’t going to be any different for me, though we’ll all be gathering at my brother’s house. But for the first time, I decided to look up some of the history of Father’s Day, and was a little surprised at it’s bumpy beginning.

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