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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July Question of the Month

July Question of the Month

Your birthday is a national holiday! Tell us which unique holiday lands on your birthday and whether or not you could see yourself joining the celebration.

My birthday is October 5th. Personally, I celebrate all month by doing something fun for myself -- if not every day, at least every week :)

I found that one national October observance is National Popcorn Popping month. I will definitely take part in popping a bunch of popcorn to celebrate! Week 1, which my day falls in, is Get Organized Week. I'll make a note to update my files! October 5th is Do Something Nice Day! I like this as I can look for ways to make someone else smile on my birthday!
Pam Lloyd, administrative assistant, Admissions Office

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June 14th, Flag day — I educate everyone each year about Flag day by wearing flag attire. It is amazing to see how many do not know of the holiday.
Kathryn Fink Martinez, adjunct faculty, Physical Education, Athletics and Nutrition Division

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March 10th, Middle Name Pride Day — This is a direct quote from the 2012 Bizarre, Wacky and Unique Holidays website: “your parents chose your middle name with great care. It often was selected to honor a friend or relative. That person may have possessed certain characteristics that they want you to inherit.”

I’m assuming that this is true for most people but not for me, at least I hope not. This is how I imagine the conversation went between my parents when deciding on my names:

Mom: I want to name her, Lucretia (pronounced Lou Kret Sia).

Dad: Where did you get that name from?

Mom: It’s after Pope Alexander VI’s daughter Lucrezia Borgia a 15th century Italian (by way of Spain) poison mixer who infamously used her custom made ring to poison her lovers and her families’ political foes.

Dad: "You ain’t naming my daughter after no poison mixer."

Mom: Okay, we’ll compromise and make that her middle name then.

Of course since I was not yet born when my parents decided on my names this is purely speculation; nonetheless, seeing how my middle name is after a femme fatale, the odds of me celebrating this holiday is highly unlikely.
Dominica McCarthy, student programs development specialist, Office of Student Life

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My birthday falls on National Junk Food Day-- July 21! While birthday cake is an obvious MUST, here's another excuse for me to go indulge at In-N-Out without the guilt. How can I not embrace this?! I'll take it, no questions asked... Maybe I'll even throw in some Ben and Jerry's.
Madeline Olds, web writer/editor I, Marketing and Public Information

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My birthday falls on Boxing Day, which isn't celebrated here but is a national holiday in Canada and other countries. The tradition is to fill boxes with food and clothing and donate them to the poor, though many also give monetary gifts to charity and perform volunteer work. It's such a selfless, thoughtful holiday, I couldn't imagine not supporting it!
Jessica Rawlins, marketing and advertising coordinator, Marketing and Public Information

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How amusing that the holidays on my birthday, December 21st, are "The End of the World According to the Mayan Calendar," "Look on the Bright Side," and "Bah Humbug Day." You asked if I could see myself joining in the celebration, so if life ends that day, naturally the answer is Yes...if the observance is negative, i.e. "bah humbug," then count me out; but, the "bright side" festivity is me all over - fortunately, my cup is always half full.
Carole Sakach, administrative assistant, Business Office

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Though not a "national holiday" per se, my birthday is on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. And yes - I have celebrated appropriately! I will spare you the gory, green details.
Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, President's Office

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June 7 is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Yes, I would definitely embrace the holiday with marching bands and a float or two. Too bad it's July...I'll have a while to wait to celebrate.
Don Welsh, chemistry lab coordinator, Mathematics and Science Division

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Do I see the hand of fate at work? Could be. My birthday is March 4 and what I didn't know until a few years ago is that it also is National Grammar Day. It must have just been "meant to be" that I spend so much of my time editing and that I teach developmental writing.
Meridith Danforth, specialist V, Marketing and Public Information Office