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September 25, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Daughter’s Day - This is a day to celebrate your daughter(s). It is National Daughter’s Day but it is actually celebrated in several different countries such as India and the United Kingdom. I have put it on this, the fourth Sunday in September, because most people celebrate on this day. However, there are some who believe it is on October 1st. A good way to celebrate the day is to do something fun and special with your daughter like a tea party if she is a child, or decorating each other’s nails if she’s a teenager, or sharing a cup of coffee and conversation if she is an adult.

National Cooking Day - I got in on the ground floor on this one. This year is the first ever celebration of the joy of cooking. It was created by and the purpose is “to encourage and inspire everyone to discover and experience something new and enjoyable in the kitchen.” If you are one of those people who love to cook, this is your day. I’m afraid I’m not one of you. Cooking is a chore for me. Baking, on the other hand, that is an activity I can really get into.

National Food Service Employees Day - This is a day to celebrate all the people involved in food service. These are the people who make sure we are fed breakfast, lunch or dinner at all hours of the day or night. They work in our schools, restaurants, delis, coffee shops and sometimes right out our workplaces if there is a cafeteria or some sort. They work hard at their jobs and don’t often get complimented or even thanked. So today show them how much you appreciate their efforts.

National Lobster Day - Created by resolution from the 114th Congress in 2015, today we recognize the lobster as a “prized culinary delicacy.” We honor the lobster fishing industry, the families that make a living from that industry and have created one of the world’s most sustainable fishing practices dating back to the 1600s. We are encouraged to celebrate with appropriate ceremonies and activities. The only really appropriate activity that I can think of is to eat lobster. Share if you think of another way to celebrate.

National Psychotherapy Day - This day was created to work on restoring the reputation of Psychotherapy. People tend to dismiss therapy as ridiculous, they go right to the quick fix of medication without first taking the time to try to solve their problems by any of the other methods that Therapists can use. Sometimes medication is necessary, but other times it can be avoided. I have utilized the services of a Therapist a few times and I think it really helped. You should give it a try too.

World Dream Day - Today we work to support our dreams as well as those of the dreamers around us. It’s one thing to spend your life dreaming of something, it’s another matter to take steps make your dreams become a reality. Today is a day to work on making those steps happen for yourself and to encourage those around you to do the same.

Crab Meat Newburg Day - a dish made with crab meat, butter, sherry, eggs, cream and various spices. I’ve never had it myself because I’m not a big fan of crab meat but I understand that this is a rich and creamy deliciousness that just has to be tried. Here’s a recipe to get you started, but there are thousands more online so feel free to find a different one.

World Pharmacists Day - Created by the FIP Council at the FIP Congress in Istanbul a number of years ago, this is a day for pharmacists all over the world to work to improve the health of the people they serve. The theme this year is “Pharmacist: Your partner in health.”  Medicines are vitally important for the health and well being of billions of people. Having access to, and knowing how to use, the right medicines can make the difference between life and death for so many. Thankfully we have pharmacists who are trained to know everything there is to know about the medications we use both short and long term.

National Comic Book Day - This is a day to read a comic book and maybe to share it with someone else who would enjoy reading it. Don’t put it down and say it’s not a real book just because it has lots of pictures and the words are in bubbles. It is still reading, so let your kids read some comic books today.

International Ataxia Awareness DayThis is the day to increase awareness of Ataxia. The word “ataxia” means “without coordination.” People with this disease have malfunctioning nervous systems which make it impossible to control their movements and balance. It could affect just a small part of a person’s body, such as fingers, eyes, or speech, or it could affect many parts of the body. It is diagnosed based on family history and an MRI brain scan. Genetic tests can be performed to see if someone carries the Ataxia gene. It can begin causing symptoms in either childhood or adulthood.

Math Storytelling Day – First celebrated in 2009, this is a day to tell math stories. You can make it a joke or an anecdote using numbers or symbols. Be creative about it and the kids will enjoy it much more.

National One-Hit Wonder Day – Created by Steve Rosen, this is a day to celebrate and remember those artists who had only one big hit in their careers. That’s still more musical hits than I’ve had, so I’ve got to hand it to them because they’ve all gone farther than I have.

World Deaf Day - Celebrated on the last Sunday in September, this is a day to draw attention to the achievements of deaf people and the deaf community. They have come a long way since the days when they were pretty much hidden from society. They were seen as being unable to learn and be educated. Therefore they were not allowed to own property, or marry, and had to have a guardian. Life is much better these days, however, there is still more that we can do to expand the development of technology that will help deaf people live the same quality of lifestyle as hearing people.

World Rivers Day - Also celebrated on the last Sunday in September, today we celebrate the waterways of the world. Our rivers are essential to the health of the plants and animals that live on this planet, ourselves included. Let’s do our best to keep them clean.

Gold Star Mother's Day – This is a day that was created by the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. which is an organization that provides support for mothers of children who were lost in a war. It was created just after World War I. Membership is open to any American woman who has lost a child in service to the United States. We celebrate this day on the last Sunday in September every year.

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