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September 21, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Pause the World Day - This is a day to pause everything that is going on around you making noise and distraction.  Do whatever it takes to create as much silence as possible for you to recharge your batteries, reduce your stress and heart rate, and acquire a calmness that you can’t have if you are dealing with a constant assault on your senses.

International Banana Festival - I love bananas because they have potassium which keeps me from having leg cramps.  They are also a good source of Vitamin B6, Manganese, Fiber and Vitamin C.  So there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have one today.

National Pecan Cookie Day – If you like pecans, you'll like these cookies.  This recipe looks divine.

International Day of PeaceCreated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, this is a day that is celebrated all over the world with festivals, concerts and a moment of silence at noon in every time zone creating “a global Peace Wave”. The theme for this year's celebrations is, "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for all."

World Alzheimer's Day – This is a day to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia all around the world. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia and someone develops the disease every 68 seconds. It is extremely devastating in so many ways for the family of the patient to watch the slow decline of their loved one.

World Gratitude Day – This day was created by the United Nations for the purpose of encouraging people to show their gratitude for everything that we have in our lives. We all have something to be grateful for and most of us have a multitude of things if we only stop to think about it. This is a day to be creative about how you express your gratitude today. Write someone a note, post a video, give someone a hug, pay for someone's coffee, wash the dishes for your mother...that last one just kind of slipped out, but it's a really good idea.

Miniature Golf Day - This is a day to play some miniature golf, which is the only kind of golf I can really do with any kind of timeliness.  Regular golf is a full day of just watching me chase my ball all over the course.  That is when I am actually able to hit it.  At least with miniature golf there is a much smaller area to run around in.

To celebrate today, start the day off by pausing or turning off all noise and distractions and enjoy the silence.  Then, share some bananas and pecan cookies with the caregiver of an Alzheimer’s patient.  Have a moment of silence at noon before you take your grateful children to go play miniature golf.

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