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September 22, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.  We have to do something to reduce the pollution we send into our atmosphere and it starts with today.

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.

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.

To celebrate today, take a break from traveling and register to vote.  Then 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.  While you walk, keep your eyes peeled for a hobbit wandering around looking for Bilbo and Frodo's birthday party.

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