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September 22, 2014

Today we celebrate:

World Rhino Day - Did you know that there are five species of Rhinos?  I learned something new today, allow me to share.  The five species are: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan.  Do not ask me to tell you what the differences between them are.  Some seem obvious, but others…?  This day hasn’t been around very long, it began in 2010 by the WWF-South Africa and grew from there because of the efforts of dedicated Rhino enthusiasts.

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 and began in 2001 by telling parents about the importance of regular family dinners and has 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.

American Business Women's Day – On this day in 1949, the American Business Women's Association was founded. The goal of this organization is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.”

Elephant Appreciation Day – This is a day dedicated to elephants. Elephants are still hunted for their tusks by poachers because the price of ivory is so high. This, plus the fact that their habitat is being deforested at an alarming rate by farmers who are trying to survive as well, means that the number of elephants in the world is dropping pretty quickly. They will soon be considered an endangered species.

National White Chocolate Day – White chocolate isn't my favorite, but it is still pretty darn good so it won't be a sacrifice to eat it today. You gotta do what you gotta do.

Autumnal Equinox (Autumn) – In the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox occurs at 10:29pm EDT. In the southern hemisphere, this would be the vernal equinox.

World Car Free Day – This is a day for people all over the world to give up their cars for the day and use alternative methods of transportation such as mass transit (buses and trains), bicycles, and feet.

Dear Diary Day – This is a day to write in your diary, or if you don't have one then you can start one today. Writing down what happens to you and how you feel about it can be very therapeutic. It is something that was very commonplace once upon a time. These days it's a little harder to find someone who keeps a diary.

Hobbit Day – Begun in 1978 by the American Tolkien Society, this is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. If you don't know who they are, you need to read more. Specifically, you need to read the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

National Ice Cream Cone Day – Ice cream cones are commonly believed to have been invented on this day in 1903. I have seen others who have the opinion that cones are older than that, but it doesn't really matter. All that really matters is that everyone loves an ice cream cone. I do too and now that I have found gluten free cones, I plan to have it again at my first opportunity.....just as soon as I find a soft ice cream that is dairy free.

International Day of Radiant Peace – There are lots of ideas at to help you decide how best to celebrate this day. The idea is basically to spread your peace around the world.

National Centenarian's Day – This is a day to recognize and celebrate people who have lived for a hundred or more years. It would be a great opportunity to listen to their stories of what life was like back in the day. Maybe you could encourage them to write down their memories.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day – This is a day to protest puppy mills and the deplorable way animals are treated at these places.  Please don’t support puppy mills by buying a dog from a questionable source.  The best place to get a wonderful dog is to adopt one from a shelter or rescue organization.

To celebrate today, write in your diary all about how grateful you are for elephants, rhinos, peace and puppies. If you can eat and write at the same time, feel free to eat white chocolate and ice cream cones while you write. Then leave your car at home and walk around your neighborhood with your family looking for business women and a centenarian to talk to, enjoy the first day of autumn while you walk and keep your eyes peeled for a hobbit wandering around looking for Bilbo and Frodo's birthday party.

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