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September 16, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day – One of my favorite kinds of bread. You can bet I'll be making some of this today if I can just fit it into my busy schedule.

Collect Rocks Day – This is a day for rock collectors everywhere to get out into the world and look for some unusual rocky specimens to add to your collections. If you don't have a collection yet, there is no time like today to get one started.

Step Family Day – Founded in 1997 by Christy Borgeld, this is a day to recognize that step families are a part of life for something like 50 percent of Americans. We can't choose our parents or our siblings, whether we are born to them or they are added later on. Sometimes we are blessed with wonderful step families, and other times they are a challenge. Whatever your situation, do your best to bond with them and give them a chance to bond with you. You just might end up loving them if you let yourself.

Mayflower Day – On this day in 1620, the Mayflower departed from England on it's way to the New World and an adventure that they probably really didn't know they were getting themselves into.

National Play-Doh Day – This is a day to celebrate that multi-colored modeling “clay” that kids LOVE to play with. I love to play with it too. Make some wonderful play-doh creations today.

Working Parents Day – It is not easy for working parents to do everything kids require parents to do from picking them up from school when they are sick to attending parent-teacher conferences to driving them all over creation in the evenings for their extra curricular activities. Sometimes dinner time is whenever you can get ten minutes to throw some food at the kids and hurry them out the door for something. After a full day of work, that is not easy. So kudos to the working parents out there who are doing the best they can do with the time they are given.

Anne Bradstreet Day – Quite possibly the first published American poet. She was born sometime around 1612 in England and came to America with her husband. She had eight kids and still found time to write poetry. She died on this day in 1672.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer –
Created in 1994 by the United Nations General Assembly, this is a day to honor the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. Last year was the 25th anniversary of that Protocol. The goal being to stop the depletion of the ozone layer which is a serious protection for us from the sun. Without it, it will be much more difficult to live on this planet and I would need to buy stock in sunscreen companies.

National Woman Road Warrior Day
– Road Warriors are people who travel for a living. This day is celebrated on the third Monday 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.

Stay Away From Seattle Day – Well, this is different. This is a day for tourists to avoid Seattle. Apparently they get a lot of tourists there all year long and they need a day to themselves. I can understand that, I guess. Everyone needs a break now and then. So if you're traveling today, avoid Seattle. Take the long way around if you have to, just don't go there.

To celebrate today, traveling businesswomen should stay home today to celebrate their special day and working parents everywhere should have some cinnamon raisin bread with their step families for breakfast. Next, have the kids make Mayflower replicas with play-doh, then go out and find some unusual looking rocks for their rock collections. Then you can ride your bicycle to the library (thereby protecting the ozone layer from your vehicle's emissions) to find a copy of Anne Bradstreet's poetry which you can take home and read to the kids while staying far away from Seattle.

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