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September 27, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Woman Road Warrior Day – Road Warriors are people who travel for a living. This day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in September and honors the traveling businesswomen. Women road warriors often find it a more difficult way of life than the men do because they suffer from the guilt of leaving behind sick children and other family obligations more than men typically do.

National Corned Beef Hash Day - Today it’s all about meat and potatoes. Specifically corned beef meat and fried potatoes. It’s delicious with fried eggs.

National Crush A Can Day – This is an odd day that doesn't seem to have a specific purpose or history that I can find. I can speculate that it is a stress relieving day as some people like to relieve their stress by breaking or crushing things. I prefer to recycle my cans but I guess I can make an exception today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day – This is a day to dig into your family history and find out where you came from so you can appreciate your ancestors, whoever they happen to be. Without every single one of them, you would not be who you are. So, even if you find that one or more of them are not necessarily people you would be proud of, you should be thankful for their role in ultimately creating you.

Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Created in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS, this is a day to recognize that although gay and bisexual men are only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 61 percent of all of the newly diagnosed HIV infections in the year 2009. Since this is the demographic that is most at risk of developing this devastating disease, it stands to reason that men who are gay and bisexual need to be tested regularly and, even better, take precautions to protect themselves against becoming infected in the first place.

National Chocolate Milk Day – Chocolate fans everywhere, heads up! This is a day for you. Carry some chocolate around with you today so you can add it to your milk at every meal. If you don't usually drink milk at meals, you might want to change your habits today. I really like to use Ovaltine as opposed to Nestle or Swiss Miss or other chocolate milk mixes because it is chock full of vitamins and minerals and makes really good chocolate milk.

World Tourism Day - This is a day to focus on the value of tourism. The theme for this years’ celebration is “Tourism For All, Promoting Universal Accessibility.” A lot of communities depend on tourists for their livelihood, but there are a lot of places that people with disabilities cannot get to. Whether the disability is permanent or temporary, at some point in almost everyone’s life, they will find a place that they want to see but won’t be able to because it is not accessible. So today we focus on trying to change that and make every place accessible to everyone. The organizers want to know how you will be celebrating so they ask that you send them photos based on the theme to the WTD Facebook album and label your tweets about it with #tourism4all #WTD2016.

National Voter Registration Day – Participation is vitally important when you live in a democratic society. If you don’t participate, you leave the decisions up to the ones that do and you don’t get a voice.  Sometimes it seems like voting is pointless especially if you are part of a minority party, but you still need to realize that your voice is important and you have the right to speak. And if you speak up loud enough, you may be able to sway others to your point of view and then you can create change. So if you are not registered to vote in your local area, get out there and register today. This is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in September.

September 26, 2016

Today we celebrate:

European Day of Languages - This is a day to celebrate the diverse languages that span our globe. We are encouraged by the Council of Europe (who created this day in 2001) to learn a new language no matter how old you are. The more people who know more than one language, the easier it will be for different countries and cultures to understand each other.

National Better Breakfast Day - This is a day that I can really get behind. A day to have a better breakfast. I always have a good breakfast because no one wants me to be cranky in the morning. However, my children rarely eat it. I have given up badgering them about it because if I make them eat breakfast before they go off to school at that horrifically early hour (their words, not mine), they get sick. So, since they usually get lunch long before noon, I let it slide on school days. However, it bothers me that they don’t eat because I know that their brains will work much better if they have a good breakfast in their bodies.

World Contraception Day - This is a day to spread the message about keeping yourself safe when you share yourself with someone else. I can’t talk too frankly about this because I have to be cognizant of my audience. But everyone should want to avoid STD’s and unwanted pregnancies which is a huge problem all over the world. So many diseases could be avoided if you just practice abstinence until you are married and you use contraception until you are sure your partner is free of disease and until you are ready to have babies.

Johnny Appleseed Day – Born on this day in 1774, this is a day to celebrate John Chapman who was known by many as Johnny Appleseed. He was responsible for introducing apple trees to parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia and Indiana. He became a legend in this country, even before he died in 1845, mostly because of his conservation skills and his kind and generous way of life.

National Pancake Day – This is not the IHOP Pancake Day that we celebrated back in February, and it is not associated with the “pancake race” that is held every year in England (check back in April for more on this fascinating tradition). This is simply a food holiday that just happens to fall on this day. Have some pancakes for breakfast today.

Love Note Day - This is a day to get out the paper and pen and write a love note to the one you love. No texting, emailing or tweeting. That will just not count today. Paper and pen is the only way to go, but it doesn’t have to be long in order to be heartfelt. I promise you that your loved one will absolutely love to receive this from you.

Shamu the Whale Day - Shamu is the trademarked name given to various orca whales that perform at several of the SeaWorld parks. There is a lot of controversy right now regarding the captivity of these whales and several trainers have been injured or killed because the whales are wild creatures who cannot always be controlled the way the SeaWorld people would like them to be.

Lumberjack Day – Created in 2005 by Marianne Ways and Colleen AF Venable, this is a day to behave like a lumberjack if you know what that type of behavior consists of. Apparently lumberjacks eat a lot of pancakes, talk differently and carry an ax wherever they go. Good luck with that.

Family Day - Created by CASAColumbia for the purpose of reducing substance abuse in children and teens by helping parents become more engaged in the lives of their children. It is celebrated on the fourth Monday in September beginning in 2001 by telling parents about the importance of regular family dinners. It has since grown from there with more ideas about how to keep the communication open with your children. On the website, there is a pledge that you can make to spend time with your kids, talk to them about anything and everything, answer their questions and recognize the power you have to influence them.

September 25, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Daughter’s Day - This is a day to celebrate your daughter(s). It is National Daughter’s Day but it is actually celebrated in several different countries such as India and the United Kingdom. I have put it on this, the fourth Sunday in September, because most people celebrate on this day. However, there are some who believe it is on October 1st. A good way to celebrate the day is to do something fun and special with your daughter like a tea party if she is a child, or decorating each other’s nails if she’s a teenager, or sharing a cup of coffee and conversation if she is an adult.

National Cooking Day - I got in on the ground floor on this one. This year is the first ever celebration of the joy of cooking. It was created by and the purpose is “to encourage and inspire everyone to discover and experience something new and enjoyable in the kitchen.” If you are one of those people who love to cook, this is your day. I’m afraid I’m not one of you. Cooking is a chore for me. Baking, on the other hand, that is an activity I can really get into.

National Food Service Employees Day - This is a day to celebrate all the people involved in food service. These are the people who make sure we are fed breakfast, lunch or dinner at all hours of the day or night. They work in our schools, restaurants, delis, coffee shops and sometimes right out our workplaces if there is a cafeteria or some sort. They work hard at their jobs and don’t often get complimented or even thanked. So today show them how much you appreciate their efforts.

National Lobster Day - Created by resolution from the 114th Congress in 2015, today we recognize the lobster as a “prized culinary delicacy.” We honor the lobster fishing industry, the families that make a living from that industry and have created one of the world’s most sustainable fishing practices dating back to the 1600s. We are encouraged to celebrate with appropriate ceremonies and activities. The only really appropriate activity that I can think of is to eat lobster. Share if you think of another way to celebrate.

National Psychotherapy Day - This day was created to work on restoring the reputation of Psychotherapy. People tend to dismiss therapy as ridiculous, they go right to the quick fix of medication without first taking the time to try to solve their problems by any of the other methods that Therapists can use. Sometimes medication is necessary, but other times it can be avoided. I have utilized the services of a Therapist a few times and I think it really helped. You should give it a try too.

World Dream Day - Today we work to support our dreams as well as those of the dreamers around us. It’s one thing to spend your life dreaming of something, it’s another matter to take steps make your dreams become a reality. Today is a day to work on making those steps happen for yourself and to encourage those around you to do the same.

Crab Meat Newburg Day - a dish made with crab meat, butter, sherry, eggs, cream and various spices. I’ve never had it myself because I’m not a big fan of crab meat but I understand that this is a rich and creamy deliciousness that just has to be tried. Here’s a recipe to get you started, but there are thousands more online so feel free to find a different one.

World Pharmacists Day - Created by the FIP Council at the FIP Congress in Istanbul a number of years ago, this is a day for pharmacists all over the world to work to improve the health of the people they serve. The theme this year is “Pharmacist: Your partner in health.”  Medicines are vitally important for the health and well being of billions of people. Having access to, and knowing how to use, the right medicines can make the difference between life and death for so many. Thankfully we have pharmacists who are trained to know everything there is to know about the medications we use both short and long term.

National Comic Book Day - This is a day to read a comic book and maybe to share it with someone else who would enjoy reading it. Don’t put it down and say it’s not a real book just because it has lots of pictures and the words are in bubbles. It is still reading, so let your kids read some comic books today.

International Ataxia Awareness DayThis is the day to increase awareness of Ataxia. The word “ataxia” means “without coordination.” People with this disease have malfunctioning nervous systems which make it impossible to control their movements and balance. It could affect just a small part of a person’s body, such as fingers, eyes, or speech, or it could affect many parts of the body. It is diagnosed based on family history and an MRI brain scan. Genetic tests can be performed to see if someone carries the Ataxia gene. It can begin causing symptoms in either childhood or adulthood.

Math Storytelling Day – First celebrated in 2009, this is a day to tell math stories. You can make it a joke or an anecdote using numbers or symbols. Be creative about it and the kids will enjoy it much more.

National One-Hit Wonder Day – Created by Steve Rosen, this is a day to celebrate and remember those artists who had only one big hit in their careers. That’s still more musical hits than I’ve had, so I’ve got to hand it to them because they’ve all gone farther than I have.

World Deaf Day - Celebrated on the last Sunday in September, this is a day to draw attention to the achievements of deaf people and the deaf community. They have come a long way since the days when they were pretty much hidden from society. They were seen as being unable to learn and be educated. Therefore they were not allowed to own property, or marry, and had to have a guardian. Life is much better these days, however, there is still more that we can do to expand the development of technology that will help deaf people live the same quality of lifestyle as hearing people.

World Rivers Day - Also celebrated on the last Sunday in September, today we celebrate the waterways of the world. Our rivers are essential to the health of the plants and animals that live on this planet, ourselves included. Let’s do our best to keep them clean.

Gold Star Mother's Day – This is a day that was created by the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. which is an organization that provides support for mothers of children who were lost in a war. It was created just after World War I. Membership is open to any American woman who has lost a child in service to the United States. We celebrate this day on the last Sunday in September every year.

September 24, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Gallbladder Good Health Day - This is a really good day to focus on eating healthy foods that your gallbladder likes and avoiding fatty foods that make your gallbladder work hard. So no fried foods today, instead eat fruit and vegetables and lean meats and enjoy your healthy gallbladder.

National Bluebird of Happiness Day - This is a day for going out of your way to spread happiness.  Bluebirds have been linked to happiness for thousands of years. This was reaffirmed in the lyrics of the song Bluebird of Happiness from 1934. You don’t actually need to have a bluebird in order to accomplish the act of spreading happiness, but if you happen to see one today, whistle so it knows you are just as happy as it is.

Festival of Latest Novelties - Today we celebrate the fads and weird things that are made and sold to the gullible public. In other words...the newest “in” thing.  Like pet rocks back in the 70’s. Whoever thought up painting faces on rocks and selling them made a bundle because people thought it was cute and funny and all their friends had them so they needed to buy them too. And never thought about maybe just making their own with a little paint and a nice clean rock. Because that wouldn’t be an “official” pet rock.

National Cherries Jubilee Day – A dessert that consists of cherries over vanilla ice cream. Sometimes brandy or some other kind of liqueur is warmed and poured over the top. I've never tried it because I’m not a big fan of cherries, although I do like cherry flavoring so maybe I can find a compromise.

Punctuation Day – I better proofread my work carefully today because this day is all about proper punctuation. Make sure you use your commas, colons, periods, apostrophes, etc., properly.

World Maritime Day – Celebrated by different countries on different days during the last week in September, this is a day to stress the importance of safety on the waters for people and marine life.

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving Day – I had never heard of the Schwenkfelders so I found the brief history on this page very interesting. You might want to read it as well. The first Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving took place on this day in 1734, two days after they arrived in Philadephia. The Schwenkfelders are named after their founder, Caspar Schwenkfeld who was born in 1489. He had a different idea about the Lord's Supper and chose to split from Martin Luther and go his own way in 1526. His followers suffered nearly 200 years of persecution but were a stubborn bunch and refused to give in and convert to Catholicism or Lutheranism and finally snuck away from their homes and journeyed for several years until they all finally settled in Philadephia.  Many people choose to celebrate on a Sunday near this day.

Family Health and Fitness Day USA – Celebrated on the last Saturday in September, this is a day to encourage families to engage in physical activity together. Face it, your kids will be far more likely to exercise if they see you doing it. I know when my kids were little, I would exercise here in my house and every time I got down on the floor to do pushups or situps or anything like that, they were right there climbing on me either wanting to do it with me ( in their own fashion ), or wanting to make it harder for me.

National Hunting and Fishing DayCelebrated on the 4th Saturday in September, this is a day to celebrate the history and tradition of hunting and fishing in America.

Fish Amnesty Day - This day, created by PETA, is always celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September. It is a day to understand that fish are living beings with the same rights any animal should have. PETA wants to protect the fish by convincing vegetarians who eat fish to become full vegetarians.  

International Rabbit Day - This seems to be a day to celebrate rabbits both wild and those who are pets. We celebrate this day on the fourth Saturday in September and are to encourage restaurants to stop selling rabbit on their menus and to encourage stores to stop selling rabbit furs and rabbit feet. You will find other sites that name a different day for the celebration, and I was not able to find out for sure which one was correct.

International Lace Day - Also celebrated on the last Saturday in September, this is a day to make lace. You can’t have too much of the stuff, it doesn’t take up too much room and it is pretty. Make a lace tablecloth for your dining room table. Or a runner for a living room table or nightstand.

Kiwanis Kids’ Day - Another fourth Saturday in September celebration, this one was created by Kiwanis International in 1949, to focus on children and their welfare. On this day Kiwanis clubs all over the world have a wide variety of activities that involve children. From parades to picnics to talent shows and banquets. Contact the Kiwanis International Foundation here to find out more.

National Museum DayMany (but probably not all) museums will have free admission today so take advantage of that and visit your favorite, or take a chance and visit one you've never been to today. You may have to register for this event ahead of time. It is usually on the last Saturday in September.

National Wildlife Ecology Day - This is a day for working together to help the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting. As far as I can tell, they don’t wish to stop hunting completely, just the hunting that involves killing for the sake of killing, and killing animals that we do not use for food. Also celebrated on the 4th Saturday in September.

National Public Lands Day – Celebrated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, this is a day to enjoy, and learn how to conserve, public lands. They gather together thousands of volunteers on the last Saturday of September to work on maintaining the land for everyone to enjoy. They make sure trails are clear and safe, plant trees and other plants, remove invasive plant species, and collect trash.

R.E.A.D. in America Day - Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this is a day to celebrate reading. The acronym means “Reading helps Everyone Accomplish Dreams.” Celebrate by reading to yourself or to someone else. If you don’t have easy access to books in your home, feel free to utilize your local libraries. I’m sure they have a great selection to choose from.