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September 12, 2016

Today we celebrate:

I’m On Top Of It Day - Created by Cozi and celebrated on the second Monday in September, this is a day that is all about getting control of your life by selecting one thing and organizing it. That is especially important this time of year for families with kids in school because it’s the start of a new school year and being organized will help you a great deal in getting off to a good and productive year.

National Day of Encouragement - Begun in 2007 by the Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Arkansas and proclaimed first by the Mayor of Searcy, Arkansas, Belinda LaForce, and then by Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, and finally by President George W. Bush, this is a day to spread encouragement all around you. It’s like a ripple in a pond when you throw in a pebble, the wave of good feelings just spreads from person to person in an ever widening circle.

National Police Women Day - In 1909, Alice Stebbins Wells, a social worker, asked the Mayor and the City Council to allow for female police officers. They thought it was a fine idea and appointed Mrs. Wells to be the first one in the nation on this day in 1910. She was given arresting power and in conjuction with her appointment, they also made a rule that no young girl could be questioned by a male officer, only by a female officer. They assumed that girls would be more likely to be comfortable talking to other females.

National Video Games Day – This is a day to celebrate the creation of the video game. They are enormously popular in every house with children and even a whole lot of houses without any children. Play video games all day today.

National Chocolate Milkshake Day – My children love milkshakes and particularly chocolate ones. Have one for yourself today. I haven’t had a milkshake in years because I know there’s a ton of sugar and calories in those things, but since I’ve been good for so long, maybe today’s the day to cut loose for once.

International Day for South-South Cooperation – This is a day created by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 2003 it was declared to be celebrated on the 19th of December but in 2011 the General Assembly changed the date to today. The purpose of the day is to promote cooperation between countries in the southern hemisphere. This is to support developing countries as well as countries that are fighting against depressed economies.

Programmer’s Day - Celebrated on the 256th day of the year (this is a leap year, otherwise it is celebrated on September 13th), this is a day to recognize the programmers who have created the computer programs that we use every day. Without programmers, computers would just be a desk ornament. The number 256 was chosen for two reasons, both of them are meaningful to the math/computer geeks out there but not so much to the artsy/language geeks. The first reason is that 256 is the highest power of two that is less than 365, which is the number of days in a typical year. The second reason is that 256 is the number of different values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. If you don’t know what that means, you are not a computer geek.

National Boss/Employee Exchange Day – Celebrated on the Monday after Labor Day, this is a day to help you get along with your boss or get along with your employees, if you are the boss. The idea today is to share each other's point of view for a day. I have received no guidance on how to accomplish this seemingly monumental task, but I have faith that you will figure it out.

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