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Any day can be a holiday, Pamela Loxley Drake writes. In fact, many of them are -- you just don't know it.

COURTESY PHOTO - Pamela Loxley DrakeThis column will come out on Friday, Oct. 7. I bring this to your attention. You ask, "Why?" Well, why not?

For many of you, this is an important day even though you do not know it. This is a day of celebration for almost everyone, especially if you research special events in October.

Holidays. There are so many holidays that we could not celebrate them all thus we celebrate the usual national holidays. Hallmark, however, has added theirs to the calendar, and we don't seem to care, or we do, but Hallmark rules.

Personally, I like seeing what holidays are celebrated around the world. Maybe we can take on a few more that we want to keep, right?

In doing my research, I found that if you look long enough and hard enough, you will find a holiday worth celebrating that fits your needs.

Since I'm retired, I look at every day as a worthy holiday. I did find several that fit me perfectly for the day when this column is published. Perhaps you will agree.

My favorite is You Matter to Me Day. Obviously, I would not be sharing this if you didn't matter to me. So, there you have it.

The next that meets my criteria is National Frappe Day. In fact, I think I might celebrate the day with a cup of caramel macchiato. This might be followed by celebrating National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day.

After all of this, I think I will dwell on National Inner Beauty Day that will fit in well with National Forgiveness and Happiness Day. Perhaps I will wish my grands a happy Kids Music Day.

And many of you will want to share that it is Manufacturing Day, as well as an important National Depression Screening Day.

Something for everyone.

On the farm, we bypassed the Hallmark Days. In fact, we only had one birthday party. Our 10th. I guess that money was sparse and celebrations were minor.

Of course, October meant Halloween.

We should not forget that there are some international events you might want to add to your October celebrations this year. Again, there are several that I intend to pay heed to.

• World Smile Day seems to fall into our You Matter to Me Day.

• International Coffee Day is covered as well, as I drink my latte.

• Our retirement is well suited for International Day of Older Persons.

• I did chuckle at International Raccoon Appreciation Day. I know most of us think the little fellows are cute but do not appreciate them.

• World Ballet Day fell on Oct. 1. Where's my tutu!?

• We also have International Vegetarian Day and World Cotton Day.

Combining these events should lead to a full day of good vibes for me and those around me. Plus now you have more reasons to through a party, call a friend, design an appropriate greeting card.

Days named by someone somewhere who had nothing else to do, like me writing this column today. Name your own day and make it a yearly event. Let me know what it is and I will put it on my calendar as well. Today I celebrate you.

Happy Crazy Column Day!

Pamela Loxley Drake is a Beaverton resident and self-described lifelong "farm girl." You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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