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October 22, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Make A Difference Day – This is a day that is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October, and is a day to make a difference in someone's a good way. I figured that I probably better throw that last part in there just in case there was a question in your mind. Think about what you can do to make someone’s life better today.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day – This is a day to promote the truth about pit bulls. Pit bulls have a very bad image these days but the truth is that not all pit bulls are as vicious as the ones you hear about on the news. Most of them are wonderful family dogs who would never hurt anyone. Do your research and find out the truth before you make any decisions about them.

Eat A Pretzel Day - I’m not sure where this day came from but it seems easy enough to celebrate. Just eat a pretzel. If you are gluten free, you can still celebrate. There are some really delicious gluten free pretzels in most grocery stores.

Clean Up The Earth Day - This day falls six months after Earth Day and is a day to clean up the earth.  So take a walk and take a bag with you to pick up garbage on the way. Even a few minutes will help.

Smart is Cool Day - This is a day to celebrate intelligence by teaching your children that it is cool to be smart. There are lots of kids books out there about this subject so read one to your kids today. You could also point out to them some really cool people that they look up to that are also very smart.

National Color Day - Colors can have an amazing effect on our moods and attitude. Research which colors would suit the mood you would like to have at home and at work and get busy painting or picking out what you are going to wear with those colors.

Wombat Day - First celebrated in 2005, this day was created to honor the amazing and intelligent wombat. We celebrate by eating lots and lots of chocolate and Wine Gums. I have no idea what Wine Gums are but on this website, it says that they can be found in shops that sell British or imported foods. If you do not have easy access to such a place, you may substitute gummy candies or Swedish fish. I’m not sure why these are good wombat celebrating foods, perhaps they are part of the wombat diet?  

National Nut Day – This says it's a National day, but it should be an International day because there are many countries that celebrate this day by exchanging an unhealthy protein like burgers with the more healthy protein in nuts. If you are allergic, you should absolutely give this day a pass.

Knee Day - I couldn’t find out much about this day but it looks like a day to be aware of how easy it is to injure your knees. Without our knees in good working order, moving around is pretty difficult so take care to exercise the muscles that hold them in place to keep them strong, and walk carefully. If your knees are bothering you, see a doctor who specializes in knees to see what can be done to fix them. Technology and medicine have come a long way and sometimes it is possible to fix you right up so the pain stops.


International Stuttering Awareness Day – Today we raise awareness of the speech disorder known as stuttering or stammering. Approximately 1% of the world's population struggles with this disorder. The most important thing to be aware of is that it is not something that stutterers can control and it is NOT funny. Just be patient people, everyone deserves the time to express their thoughts any way they can.

October 21, 2016

Today we celebrate:

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. They say that this year is an exception to that rule, but last year was also so I don’t know what is up with that. 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.

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.

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.

Apple Day - Created by Common Ground in 1990, this is a day to celebrate the apple and everything that goes with them. Apples are a fruit that can be used in a multitude of ways, even for things that don’t involve food. My kids used apples in art projects, they can be dried and used as decorations, they can be cooked in a variety of ways that are all delicious. There are so many varieties of apples that it is a pretty sure bet that most of you have never heard of most of the different kinds.  

Garbanzo Bean Day - Garbanzo beans, also known as Chickpeas, are a very healthy addition to any diet. They have fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin B-6 and magnesium that is all part of the package providing you with heart benefits and reduced risk of diabetes, dementia and stomach cancer. There are thousands of recipes you can find online to utilize this superfood, so I’m sure you’ll find a good one today.

Babbling Day - We all know someone who babbles constantly. I’m sure it’s not you, but you know someone who just can’t stop talking even if they run out of things to say. Well, today is a day just for them so tell everyone you know about it. Even if it means babbling. I have a tendency to babble a bit when I feel sick, and my youngest daughter takes after me that way.

International Day of the Nacho - At this website referenced in the name of the day, there is a story about the possible beginnings of nachos. I don’t know if it is true, but whether it is or not is less important than whether or not you are going to make some and bring them to my house.

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day – We get iodine in our salt generally, but there are quite a few countries that do not. So UNICEF has been working to solve that problem by working with salt producers and governments to promote universal salt iodization. Iodine Deficiency Disorders include brain damage, deaf mutism, dwarfism, and more.

Count Your Buttons Day - I have found no guidance on who created this day or why or what it is for. So I suggest you do exactly what the name says. Round up all of your buttons and count them. This is best performed by those who have a lot of time on their hands.

Celebration of the Mind DayBorn on this day 101 years ago, Martin Gardner, who died in 2010, dedicated his life to pursuing playful and fun ways of doing Math, Science, Art, Magic, and Puzzles. Exercise your brain cells with a puzzle today.

Reptile Awareness Day – This is a day to focus on reptiles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Some of you have some reptiles living in your house in the form of cute little lizards. Others have bigger and uglier (my opinion) reptiles living with you. My daughter has been after me to let her have a snake. Not going to happen in my house! But whether you love them or hate them, they are important to our ecosystem and just like so many other animals, except maybe mosquitoes, they are dealing with pollution, loss of habitat, climate change and other devastating issues. Be nice to your neighborhood reptiles today.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – I love cheesecake and I love pumpkin. Two great tastes that in all likelihood, taste great together. I cannot wait to try a pumpkin cheesecake today.

Wonder Woman Day - This is a brand new United Nations sponsored holiday designed to promote the empowerment of women. There are a lot of women who are protesting that a skimpily dressed fictional character is not an appropriate ambassador for women's rights.

October 20, 2016

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.

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?

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.

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.

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. This year they are holding a poetry contest. Students are encouraged to submit to them a poem on “Building Peace.”

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.

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.

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.

Information Overload Day – Celebrated by some on different days, 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.

October 19, 2016

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.

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

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. It looks sort of like an eel, but uglier. 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.

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.

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.

Unity Day – Today is a day to wear orange to show that you care about children who are being bullied and you want to show them that you support them and want to help end bullying. Different countries celebrate this day at all different times. This day seems to be celebrated on the third Wednesday in October.