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October 20, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Call-in Day For Health Reform - On this day you are encouraged to call your Senators and your Representative in Congress to encourage them to reform our health care system. I don’t know about you but I have a big issue with the fact that you don’t know what anything is going to cost you beyond your co-pay until they decide to get around to sending you a bill sometimes weeks or even months later. What other industry in this country would survive if a customer had to do business with you and have no idea what you are going to charge them? None! But the health care system is flourishing. At this website they are more concerned with coverage issues such as making sure uninsured people are covered. But I think that cost is a huge factor here and prevents patients from shopping around to different health care providers until they find one they can afford.

The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller - There are more than 50,000 air traffic controllers in the world, and we depend on them every day to keep our airplanes from having collisions in the skies. They get the planes from one airport to another and from the ground to the air and back again safely. So this is a day to honor these dedicated and hardworking people. They have a very stressful job and get very little recognition for the very important life altering work they do.   

National Brandied Fruit Day – A bowl of fruit, some sugar and a little brandy. That's all it takes to get a delicious bowl of brandied fruit.

Miss American Rose Day – This is a pageant that is focused on achievements and community service rather than beauty for girls and women of all ages. To celebrate this day, treat all the women in your life like beautiful American roses and perform some kind of community service.

National Mammography Day - Celebrated on the third Friday in October, this is a day for women to realize how important a mammogram is to their health. I just had mine not too long ago, if you are due for a mammogram, make sure you schedule it today.

Birth of the Bab - One of eleven holy days of the Baha’i Faith, this is the day that the Bab was born in 1819.  The Bab was the Prophet-Herald who proclaimed the coming of Baha’u’llah the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. This Holy Day was begun last night at sunset and ends at sunset today. The Faithful will celebrate with prayers, music, fellowship and devotional readings. I believe that the Universal House of Justice has decided to change when this event and the birth of the Baha’u’llah (the Twin Holy Birthdays) will be celebrated from now on. They will be celebrated on the first and second day after the eighth new moon after Naw-Ruz beginning on March 20, 2015. This means that the day of celebration will change from year to year. This day began last night and will end this evening.

Suspenders Day - Invented in the 1820s by Albert Thurston, who clearly had trouble keeping up his pants, this is a day to wear strips of cloth up over your shoulders and hooked to your pants. My question is, do men have as much trouble keeping these suspenders on their shoulders as I do my bra straps?

World Osteoporosis Day - This is a day to love your bones. We need to take care of the framework of our bodies. If our bones are weak, our bodies are not going to last long. So this is a day to think about what you are eating and whether or not you are eating food that will help keep your bones strong, or if you need to change the way you eat so you don’t end up with a broken pelvis the next time you trip on the curb.

National Pharmacy Buyer Day - This day is celebrated on the Friday of National Hospital & Health System Pharmacy Week which is the last full week in October….usually. Once again this year seems to be an exception to that rule, so we’ll have to see what the future holds. It is a day that was created in 2005 by Beth Meese in Illinois and the National Pharmacy Purchasing Association liked it and went with it in 2007. If you are not aware, as I was not until last year, a Pharmacy Buyer is responsible for making sure a pharmacy has the medicines it needs at any given moment. They take delivery of medicines, make sure it is correct, everything is there and checked in, and make sure everything is put where it belongs so it can be easily and quickly found and utilized. Then there are the invoices that need to be checked for accuracy and processed. There is a lot more to it, too much for me to go into here, so you will have to trust me that it’s an important job and not one that any pharmacy should do without.

World Student Day - Created by the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, this is a day for everyone to pray for students all over the world, particularly ones that are facing difficult circumstances. We celebrate this day on the third Friday of October.

October 19, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Dress Like A Dork Day - While I am sure that no one out there dresses like a dork on a regular basis, we all have those days when we just don’t care about matching. Well, ok, maybe that’s just me. In any case, today is a day for everyone to dress unfashionably, mix it up a bit, wear argyle socks with plaid pants, suspenders and don’t forget the enormous glasses taped together so they don’t fall apart.  

New Friends Day - You can never have too many friends, in my humble opinion. While I certainly would never suggest you get rid of old friends unless the relationship has become toxic to you, you should always keep an open mind and open heart to welcome in new friends that you could meet at any moment.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day - This is a day to bring awareness to a problem that I, for one, never really give much thought to. Children can have a plethora of problems with bones and joints just like adults, and if they are not taken care of it can affect their growth. So today is a day to focus on the musculoskeletal health of children and bring awareness to parents and doctors of the treatments that are available to help them.

Evaluate Your Life Day – This is a day to look at your life very carefully. Are you working toward achieving your goals, are you a good person, are you depressed and need to make some positive changes? Be brutally honest with yourself and be prepared to change things that need to be changed.

Diwali – Known as the “Festival of Lights”, this is a Hindu festival and is an official holiday in India and many other surrounding nations. It is a day when families gather together, clean the house and light small clay lamps filled with oil which signify the triumph of good over evil. The lamps are kept on in the clean house in order to welcome the goddess Lakshmi and make her feel at home.

National Seafood Bisque Day – Creamy and delicious. If you are a seafood fan, try your hand at making some today.

Rainforest Day - This is a day to recognise how very important rainforests are to the climate of the entire world. The Amazon alone creates more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply. The rainforests are dwindling at an alarming rate because of logging and farming. We have to work to raise awareness and try to save them before it’s too late. I understand the plight of the farmers, they are trying their best to make a living to support their families. But everyone needs to understand that the fate of the world is at stake here.

Conflict Resolution Day - Celebrated on the third Thursday of October, this is a day that was created in 2005 by ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution) in order to: promote creative and peaceful methods of resolving conflicts such as mediation, and arbitration; promote the use of conflict resolution techniques in families and just about every organization you can find; recognize the efforts of people who work to resolve conflicts peacefully; spread their message and techniques around the world.

Get to Know Your Customers Day – This is the fourth Get to Know Your Customers Day for the year. It is celebrated on the third Thursday of each quarter.  Use the opportunity to find out what your customers need so that you can be better prepared to provide it.

International Credit Union Day - Celebrated on the third Thursday in October ever since 1948, this is a day to recognize the achievements of credit unions around the world and give members a chance to get more involved. There will be all sorts of different activities sponsored by credit unions such as fundraisers, contests, picnics, maybe even a few parades.

Spirit Day - Also celebrated on the third Thursday in October, this day is a day to support LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. And let me be clear. Supporting them does not mean that you agree with their lifestyle, as I know that many out there do not.  It does mean that you believe that whatever their lifestyle is, they should be able to live free from being bullied. We all have choices to make in this life that we have been given. We can choose to be a person who builds people up and is supportive of those around you, or we can choose to be a person who pushes people down and makes those around you miserable. I choose to be the former.

Get Smart About Credit Day – This is a day for bankers to reach out to their communities by going to the high schools and colleges and teaching the kids about budgeting, using credit cards wisely and building a good credit history. This is always celebrated on a weekday in October but is not on a regular schedule like most days so we have to wait until it is announced every year. Bankers are encouraged to host events to celebrate this day anytime in the fall so you may see some things going on at your local bank on other days.

October 18, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Cupcake Day – Cupcakes are the standard treat for school birthday parties and there is a reason for that. Kids love cupcakes. But not just kids, adults love these tasty mini cakes too. Make some chocolate ones today.   

World Menopause Day – This is a day that focuses on women in Menopause. There is a theme for this day every year but I couldn’t find out what it was for 2015 in time to publish it. The International Menopause Society website still had 2014 information displayed. But they usually focus on some sort of disease or issue that women in menopause face more often than pre-menopausal women. Last year they focused on prevention of disease after menopause, and the year before that they focused on cancer because risks increased after women reach the age of menopause.

Alaska Day – This is a holiday in the state of Alaska that celebrates the fact that on this day in 1867, the Territory of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States for $7.2 million dollars. The actual purchase took place on March 30th of that year, but this day was the formal Russian flag-lowering and U.S. flag-raising ceremony with all the appropriate pomp and circumstance. The delay was probably because it took all of them that long to actually get to Alaska back then. Since this is a state holiday, it is observed on a weekday when the actual day falls on a weekend like it does this year, so everyone in Alaska gets the day off tomorrow.

National No Beard Day – On this day, beards are not allowed for reasons that escape me. So anyone with a beard needs to shave it off today. You can have it back tomorrow.

International Cravat Day - This is a day to celebrate the cravat which has been keeping men’s shirt collars together for hundreds of years. Invented by the Croatians hundreds of years ago, the French adopted it in the 17th century and never really let it go.

Hagfish Day - I’m not sure why we have a day for this. A hagfish is a creepy looking fish that has no bones, no scales and no jaw. They say it looks like an eel, but I don’t see it. It’s a day that has been celebrated since 2009 for the purpose of getting children to realize that even unattractive animals have a place in our ecosystem. They have a point, I guess. Most science programs do focus on the cuter or more interesting looking animals and even a hagfish, that oozes slime through the pores in their skin in order to smother prey and escape from predators, has a place in our world. By the way, if you think that’s gross, you should look up how they eat. I’m too disgusted to write about it. I believe we celebrate this on the third Monday in October.

Medical Assistants Recognition Day – Celebrated on the Wednesday of the third full week in October, this is a day to recognize the hard work that medical assistants perform every day. Doctors and nurses rely on them every day.

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day - Celebrated on the third Wednesday in October, this is a day to honor the organization that works the hardest to promote local businesses in your area. That would be your local Chamber of Commerce. If you are a local business, contact your Chamber of Commerce and join it today. Otherwise, maybe you could stop in with a small gift so everyone knows you appreciate the work they do for your community.

October 17, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Information Overload Day – Celebrated by some on different days, although from what I could tell it should be celebrated on the third Tuesday of October, this is a day to back away from the information that bombards us all day long from a plethora of sources. We can't seem to escape it no matter where we are and sometimes it gets to be too much. Shut off your computers, televisions, radios and cell phones. Do not leave your house for a while and just bask in the silence.

National Pasta Day – My children's favorite food is pasta in any shape or form. And they do come in any shape or form. My kids love the wheel shaped pastas while I prefer the traditional ziti shape.

Black Poetry Day – This day celebrates Jupiter Hammon. Mr. Hammon was the first American man of color to publish his own poetry. He was born on this day in 1711 and was a slave who lived most of his life on Long Island. He was one of the few who learned how to read and write and was allowed to use his master's library. He published his first poem at the age of 49.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – This is a United Nations created day that has been celebrated since 1993. The goal is to spread awareness of the need to end poverty all over the world. Governments need to work to fight against poverty in their own countries and in the foreign policy they create for interacting with other countries. You may see a call for a moment of silence to commemorate this day, or you might be asked to sign a petition or perhaps attend a fundraising concert.

Wear Something Gaudy Day – This is a day to stand out, buck the fashion trends of the day and make up your own wacky outfit. If you are old enough, you will remember a TV sitcom called Three's Company with the late great John Ritter, among many other very talented actors including Don Knotts. On that show, one of the characters, Richard Kline, declared this day and it has been celebrated ever since.

Mulligan Day - This is a day for second chances. Golfers will recognize the term “mulligan” which means to try again. It is named after David Mulligan from Canada who made a mistake when golfing in the 1920s and retook his shot without taking a penalty. But you can apply this principle to other areas of your life as well. What do you need to retry?

Four Prunes Day – I love prunes, but not prune juice. I know, I'm a little odd that way. But there's nothing like a few prunes every day to give you enough fiber to keep you regular.

National Edge Day - This is a day that celebrates the group of people who identify themselves as a subculture called “Straight Edge.” They use the abbreviation “sXe” and they are hardcore punk individuals who do not use alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs. Many also avoid promiscuity, prescription medications and caffeine and choose to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. This day has been celebrated every year since 1999 when it was begun with an “Edge Fest” in Boston, Massachusetts with live performances by hardcore bands, and it has spread to many large cities in America as well as London, England and Gothenburg, Sweden.

Spreadsheet Day - Created by Debra Dalgleish in 2010, this is a day to celebrate all the things that spreadsheets can help us do as well as all of the challenges that come with using them. I use spreadsheets almost daily both at work and at home, but I also talk to a lot of people who have trouble figuring out how to do what they want to do with the program. This day was selected because the first spreadsheet program, VisiCalc, was launched on this day in 1979.

World Trauma Day - Trauma is defined as “any injury caused to the body.” This is a day to raise awareness of the increases in the rates of injuries caused by accidents. Many injuries are life threatening, life stealing, or life changing and all too often they are preventable.  

National Face Your Fears Day - On the third Tuesday in October we are encouraged to identify our fears, face them and overcome them so they no longer control us. This day was created by Steve Hughes and some people claim that it is celebrated on October 13, or the second Tuesday in October.

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity - This is a day of anti-abortion activism and appears to be celebrated on the third Tuesday in October. They say that there are more than 4,000 abortions every day and you are to protest this by standing in silent solidarity with those babies whose lives have been ended and are not able to speak for themselves.

National Pharmacy Technician Day - Pharmacy Technicians are an invaluable resource for pharmacists. They can do a lot to support pharmacists in many ways making a pharmacists job much more manageable. We celebrate these important people on the third Tuesday in October.