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It must be spring if it is time to "spring forward" with our clocks this coming weekend.

Did you forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you went to bed Saturday night.

Also, it's also a good time to check the batteries in your home's smoke detectors. If you have no detectors in your home, this would be a great time to install them in your home.

This week, I thought I would highlight a few fun, upcoming holidays, to break up the dull drums of the winter.

The first one is tomorrow, Friday, March 9 - "Middle Name Pride" Day.

Middle Name Day encourages people worldwide to step beyond tolerance and even acceptance of the name or names that come between his or her first name and last name.

According to the founder, the best way to celebrate the day is to take pride in one's middle name is by revealing it (or them) to at least three people, who don't already know.

Sorry, more than two or three people are reading this column, so I am not going to reveal my middle name in this column.

Not that I'm not proud of my middle name. I just want readers to not only share the name or names but also use the opportunity to strike up a conversation with someone about a topic other than the weather.


The second holiday is next Tuesday, March 13 - National "Napping" Day. This holiday occurs the first Monday after daylight savings time.

It is a day to catch up on that hour of sleep we missed the day before.

How can you observe this holiday? First, you have the "power" nap that usually takes place between 25-30 minutes. For those who need more time to boost their energy, the catnap may be more your style. This is a leisurely nap that take anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes.

In most countries, sleeping on the job isn’t just frowned upon, it may get you fired.

But in Japan, napping in the office is common and culturally accepted. And in fact, it is often seen as a subtle sign of diligence: You must be working yourself to exhaustion.

The word for it is “inemuri.” It is often translated as “sleeping on duty,” but Brigitte Steger, a senior lecturer in Japanese studies at Downing College, Cambridge, who has written a book on the topic, says it would be more accurate to render it as “sleeping while present.”

Inemuri is most prevalent among more senior employees in white-collar professions, Dr. Steger said. Junior employees tend to want to stay awake all day and be seen as energetic, and workers on assembly lines can’t just nod off.

So, grab your pillow and sleep mask and have a sweet dream - you deserve it.


The third holiday is on Wednesday, March 14 - International "Ask a Question" Day.

Asking questions must have been something I enjoyed growing up, otherwise, I don't know if I would have spend the past 15+years in a profession that requires one to ask questions.

The day falls on the birthday of Albert Einstein, born March 14, 1879.

One of his favorite quotes was "The importance thing is not to stop questioning."

So, if you've been curious about something, unclear about something or just want more information ask a question.

The best way to learn is by asking questions. No question is a stupid question.

This day encourages parents to sit down with their children and allow them to ask questions about topics of interest. (I know that sounds a little scary. Hopefully, the questions will be simple ones.)

The goal is for people to benefit from asking more and better questions. Something we don't seem to do quite as well as we once die.

Everyone asks questions; few people use them powerfully or as successfully as they could.

We need to be always asking questions no matter how young or old we are.

The day we stop asking questions is the day we become a society of uninterested and disengaged citizens.

Hopefully, that day never comes.

What do you think?


Regional Editor

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