Blame, Attonement, Dahl, Cancer Awareness and more


September 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2013


So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”
Roald Dahl

Keep Calm and Continue Reading

It’s Friday! That means the weekend. We have quite a list of observances and facts for you today to cover this weekend.




Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 13th and ends at nightfall on September 14, 2013. This day is also known as Day of Atonement and is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people with central themes of atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. 

Roald Dahl Day

raold dahl day

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller. In 2013, Roald Dahl Day coincides with Friday 13th – the perfect excuse for even more mischief and mayhem than usual. This year’s celebration is about all the tricksy characters that fill Roald Dahl’s books.

boy tales of childhood

In honor of Roald Dahl Day we are offering Boy: Tales of Childhood at a very special price this weekend only. “Boy” is a funny, insightful and at times grotesque glimpse into the early life of Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favorite authors.


Blame Someone Else Day

The first Friday the thirteenth of the year is Blame Someone Else Day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don’t have to take responsibility or blame for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!


Defy Superstition Day

Today is your chance to break those superstitious beliefs that you have lived with most, or all, of your life. Superstition is a pejorative term for belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any natural process linking the two events, such as astrology, religion, omens, witchcraft, etc., that contradicts natural science. Opposition to superstition was a central concern of the intellectuals during the 18th century Age of Enlightenment. Many people have a long list of superstitions. Tops on the list, is the unlucky number 13. Black cats are also also an object to be wary of. The list goes on, and on, and on. Many buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, the numbering skips right to fourteen. Many times room #13 is skipped over as well. Things to do today:

books and chocolate

International Chocolate Day

The International Chocolate Day is observed on the thirteenth of September. Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite flavors, possibly THE most loved taste across 7 continents. This magic bean has been consumed by humans from as far back as 1900 BC, and was an integral part of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and culture. Europeans combined it with milk and sugar, and with the Industrial Revolution and mass production, the modern era of chocolate began. Though it originated in the Americas, today the small African country of Cote D’Ivoire produces 30% of the world’s cocoa.

Dark chocolate also has many proven health benefits. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. This has an array of positive effects on your body, ranging from improving cardio-vascular health to preventing chronic diseases. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure, as well as, interestingly enough, help regulate blood sugar. It has also been linked to the release of endorphins – the feel-good hormone – which might explain why it is so widely known and loved as a mood-lifter. It is often mixed with other foods and flavors which enhance the taste and may improve your health as well.

peaunuts and pb

National Peanut Day

Today is the peanuttiest of days. Peanuts are native to South America and are not actually nuts. They are “legumes”, like peas, beans, and lentils. Peanuts are one of America’s favorite snack foods. Peanuts star in a variety of recipes, and is a topping for countless foods and desserts. Many Chinese recipes use peanuts in main menu items. Peanuts were once thought to be a not so healthy food but more recent research suggests that peanuts can reduce cardiovascular disease and lower triglycerides in the body. Peanuts are high in protein and fiber, and are now believed to help curb hunger, and therefore help in diet control. 

fortune lover of words
Fortune Cookie Day

September thirteenth is the day to celebrate the creation of the Fortune Cookie. A little slip of paper inside of it brings you good luck, a whimsical saying, or a philosophical thought. Its pretty clear that the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California.


National Celiac Awareness Day

September 13 is National Celiac Awareness Day, a day to highlight the increased awareness of a disease that affects almost 3 million people. Celiac disease is an inherited digestive system disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. Once thought to be a rare condition, research shows that it affects more than 1 percent of the American population, making it almost as prevalent as type I diabetes. Celiac disease often goes undiagnosed because there are as many as 300 different symptoms, many of them subtle and seemingly unrelated. It is sometimes confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The date of September 13 was chosen because it honors the birthday of Samuel Gee, MD a British physician and pediatrician. Dr. Gee published the first modern description of the clinical picture of celiac disease and is credited with being the first to identify the link between celiac disease and diet. One of Gee’s famous quotes on celiac disease is “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”

always believe

Positive Thinking Day

Today is all about attitude…. a positive attitude. The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an “I think I can” attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life.

reading is an investment

International Strategic Thinking Month

While you are thinking positively, also spend some time thinking strategically because September is International Strategic Thinking Month. This is a month long effort to bring awareness of the universal need to improve thinking skills. As a kid you probably played games such as Battleship, and Clue. In Battleship strategic thinking is required to plan your guesses to “hit” the other person’s ships. Clue requires planning your route across the board to determine how the suspect killed the victim with which weapon in what room.

uncle sam want you to read and think

Uncle Sam Day

This day celebrates a symbol of America. Uncle Sam is one of America’s most recognized symbols. Uncle Sam appears on everything from military posters to cartoon images to advertising media. He is perhaps, the most recognizable symbol in the world. There are other human symbols representing our country but none are anywhere near as popular as Uncle Sam.

There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800’s. The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped “U.S.” The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as “Uncle Sam”. In 1813, the first image of “Uncle Sam” appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson, and authorizing a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY. There is second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800’s, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was “Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá”, abbreviated “SAM”.

Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 “Uncle Sam Day”. This date was selected, as “Uncle Sam” Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.

stand up to cancer

Stand Up To Cancer Day

The second Friday in September is Stand Up to Cancer Day, created in 2008 by the organization known as SU2C. Stand Up To Cancer aims to form an unstoppable movement against cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will suffer from cancer in their lifetime. We can all be affected by the terrible disease, whether the person diagnosed is a friend, a parent, a child, a sibling or a partner. Stand Up To Cancer aim to form a united front against the disease, raising money and urging forward breakthrough research.

We can all do our bit to stand up to cancer, so today consider donating to the cause, get involved by raising money or helping out with one of the many charities and initiatives working to provide treatment, research and support, and most of all, honor and remember those who have been affected by the disease.

September is the Awareness Month for several types of cancer including:


america books

On September 14, 1814, the poem Defence of Fort McHenry was written by Francis Scott Key. This poem was later used as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.

book fork

National Cream-Filled Donut Day

September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day. The most popular cream filled donuts are chocolate cream and vanilla cream. Get yourself a cream filled donut this Saturday.


hispanic heritage month

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and is celebrated until October 15 in the United States.


Greenpeace Day

September 15th is Greenpeace Day, a time to release your inner activist and get passionate about the environment. The now internationally renowned campaign organization for ecological issues was originally founded by a group of 17 activists in Vancouver protesting against off shore nuclear testing in Alaska on this date in 1971. Since then, Greenpeace has achieved an abundance of victories over eco-crimes, as well as making an enormous contribution to raising awareness of environmental issues across the globe. They constantly strive for their vision of a society which recognizes the Earth as an essential life support system whose resources are not infinite and must be protected and cared for. Their campaigns range from raising awareness of the receding ice of the Arctic to protecting the oceans and rainforests to working towards nuclear disarmament.

i love reading hat

Hat Day

September is Fall Hat Month, a month of celebration during which the straw hat is put aside in favor of the felt or fabric hat. September 15th is both Felt Hat Day and Make a Hat Day.

Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were popularly worn by both men and women. It was stylish. At that time, felt was a common material for men’s hats. With cooler Fall weather approaching, the guys went to the coat closet and dusted off their felt hats , and began to wear them once more. Celebrating this day is easy….just wear a felt hat. It can be of any style, as long as the material is felt. No other hat material will do.

Make a Hat Day is a day for fun. Design, make, and wear your a hat for yourself today. Put your personality into it. Or, make a hat from a character you would like to imitate for a day. This day is popular with teachers of young children who are in the early part of the school year and looking for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine a bit.

dot day

International Dot Day

Dot Day on September 15th is a day to celebrate creativity, courage and collaboration. This global celebration began when teacher Terrry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynold’s book The Dot on this day in 2009. It is a story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Some things to do to celebrate include reading, creating, learning, and by visiting sites like the Celebri-dots Blog.


World Lymphoma Awareness Day

Along with all the other cancer observances it is also Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. September 15th is World Lymphoma Awareness Day. WLAD is dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer. It is a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition (LC), a non-profit network organization of 49 lymphoma patient groups from 36 countries around the world. WLAD was initiated in 2004 to raise public awareness of both Hodgkin and non- Hodgkin lymphoma in terms of symptom recognition, early diagnosis and treatment.

This blogger has in the past participated with Team In Training, which is a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This is one of the ways to get involved. There are other ways as well, which can be found, among other places, on the LLS site. If you ever considered running/walking a marathon, I highly recommend joining Team In Training. Even 8 years after my participation, I still have a close connection to people who I met during training. You become part of a family, supporting each other and raising money for a great cause all while training for and completing a major physical accomplishment.


International Day of Democracy

In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe September 15 as the International Day of Democracy—with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Voices for Democracy”.

Happy Birthday!

book birthday cake

Some of the writers born September 13th include:

Sherwood Anderson (1876), J. B. Priestly (1894), Roald Dahl (1916), Carol Kendall (1917), Else Holmelund Minarik (1920), Judith Martin (1938), Mildred Taylor (1943), Carol Barnes (1944), Iyanla Vanzant (1952), Tavis Smiley (1964), and Jeff Ross (1965).

Some of the writers born September 14th include:

Hamlin Garland (1860), Theodore Botrel (1868), Ion Dragoumis (1878), Deryck Cooke (1919), Mario Benedetti (1920), Michel Butor (1926), Martin Caidin (1927), Larry Collins (1929), Bernard MacLaverty (1942), Marc Reisner (1948), John Steptoe (1950), Geraldine Brooks (1955), and Christopher McCulloch (1971).

Some of the writers born September 15th include:

James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Robert Benchley (1889), Claude McKay (1889), Agatha Christie (1890), Merle Curti (1897), J. Slauerhoff (1898), Betty Neels (1910), Robert McCloskey (1914), Fawn M. Brodie (1915), Richard Gordon (1921), Stanley Chapman (1925), Tomie dePaola (1934), Sara Henderson (1936), Norman Spinrad (1940), and Howard Waldrop (1946).


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