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October 3, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Day of Unity - First celebrated in October 1981 after being created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, it quickly turned into a week devoted to activities designed to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence. Then in 1987 it became a whole month devoted to the subject. During the month of October we mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, connect to people who have devoted their lives to ending the violence, and celebrate those among us who have escaped and lived to tell the tale. You’ll still see reference to this day on occasion, but no one devotes any time to celebrating just one day when they have the whole month to work with. And, by the way, it is not only women and children who suffer from domestic violence. Men can also be victims far more often than you might believe.

National Boyfriend Day - Today we honor the boyfriends that are a part of our lives whether they are romantic boyfriends or platonic ones. Make sure they know how much you care about them today by giving them gifts, taking them out for a meal, or sitting down and telling them how you feel.

Mean Girls Appreciation Day - This is a day to celebrate the movie, Mean Girls.  Do you have any good quotes from the movie you can share? How about this one… “That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.”

National Virus Appreciation Day – I'm not too sure about this one. Well, I’m sure that it exists, I’m just not sure why. Perhaps someone can enlighten me about what there is to appreciate regarding viruses of any kind. There are living organisms that we call viruses that make us sick and there are computer viruses that make our computers sick. Either way, I don't appreciate them one little bit.

Butterfly and Hummingbird Day – Now this is a day I can appreciate. Who doesn't love butterflies and hummingbirds. I could watch them flit around all day. Beautiful and graceful and only around at certain times of the year, see if you can spot one today.

National Caramel Custard Day – I never eat custard, although right now I can't think why. I absolutely love caramel so I'll have to give this a try today. Here’s a recipe you can try that looks pretty easy.

World Temperance Day – I haven’t found out anything about this day other than the fact that it exists and can be found on the calendars of several countries. I can only speculate that this is a day to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Many of us drink too much anyway, so drink some water instead.  

Look at the Leaves Day - Are the leaves changing near you? You won’t know unless you look, so take some time to look at the leaves today. Hopefully they are very colorful where you are and making the trees look beautiful instead of already all sitting on the ground waiting to be raked up.

National Family TV Show Day - This is a day to have some family time. There are those who believe that it would be a good idea to have this particular day at least once a week. Sit down with your family and watch a TV show together. It might spark an important opening to talk about your values on a multitude of issues.

National Techies Day - A hundred years ago a techie would have had a hard time finding a job. But these days, we can’t go a day without needing a techie to help us with at least one of the multitude of gadgets that we use every day. Make sure you thank your favorite techie today.

World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day - Celebrated on the first Monday in October, this is a day to stomp out bullying. Wear a blue shirt today to show solidarity to those who are being bullied and to spread the news that this behavior needs to stop.

Child Health Day – This is a day dedicated to protecting the health of the children of the United States. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of October.

World Habitat Day – This is also celebrated on the first Monday of October and is for the purpose of reminding the world that habitats are of vital importance whether they are for humans or animals. Many countries in the world have poor habitats for humans and fundraising events are happening today to raise money for poor communities around the world.

World Architecture Day - This day is also celebrated on July 1st, but in 1996 it was moved to the first Monday in October by the International Union of Architects. Not everyone agrees with the change so it is celebrated twice. The theme we are focused on this year is “Architecture, Building, Climate.” Architects have to be involved in plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because they need to design or remodel environmentally friendly buildings.

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