Constitutional Pirates Balance Mexican Independence during Sukkot and more


Monday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19, 2013


In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer J. Adler


Yet another week has come around. We are half way through September already, and the summer heat is still here and causing some issues for this blogger. Hope all our readers are staying cool and comfortable.

This Week is:


Balance Awareness Week

The third week of September is Balance Awareness Week. This is the 17th annual observance by the Vestibular Disorders Association. The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to help people recognize the symptoms of a vestibular disorder so that they can seek help to receive an accurate diagnosis and get effective treatment.


Build A Better Image Week

The third week of September is also Build a Better Image Week. To be a success, you need to look like one. This week is set aside for people to evaluate their professional image and take the steps necessary to improve on it. This is a great time to start setting some personal goals.

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National Indoor Plant Week

The third full week of September is also National Indoor Plant Week. The goal is to be a nation-wide effort to increase awareness of the value of plants. Everyone and Anyone Can Celebrate National Indoor Plant Week. National Indoor Plant Week was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe. Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically. Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people.


P2 Week

Pollution Prevention Week, often referred to as P2 Week, runs from September 15 through 21 this year. The 2013 theme is P2 at the Crossroads. This week is an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and government to emphasize and highlight their pollution prevention and sustainability activities and achievements, expand current pollution prevention efforts, and commit to new actions.

Dirty Water

We are lowering our already low price this week on the hardcover book Dirty Water: One Man’s Fight to Clean Up One of the World’s Most Polluted Bays by Bill Sharpsteen. Amazon gives the following description:


Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay–and won. The story begins in 1985, when many scientists considered the bay to be one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world. The insecticide DDT covered portions of the sea floor. Los Angeles discharged partially treated sewage into its waters. Lifeguards came down with mysterious illnesses. And Howard Bennett happily swam in it every morning.

By accident, Bennett learned that Los Angeles had applied for a waiver from the Clean Water Act to continue discharging sewage into the bay. Incensed that he had been swimming in dirty water, Bennett organized oddball coalition to orchestrate stunts such as wrapping brown ribbon around LA’s city hall and issuing Dirty Toilet Awards to chastise the city’s administration. This is the fast-paced story of how this unusual cast of characters created an environmental movement in Los Angeles that continues to this day with the nationally recognized Heal the Bay. Character-driven, compelling, and uplifting, Dirty Water tells how even the most polluted water can be cleaned up-by ordinary people.



National Love Your Files Week
Behind every great genius, there are well organized files. This week, take some time to show the files in your life that you care. Slay the vicious monster of disorganization: all it takes is a click, a drag and a drop. Show your files some appreciation by trying some new file management techniques. Throw out or delete anything you know you won’t need anymore, just in time to let the chaos of holiday clutter start to pile up.
A good filling system can be a savior to your life and your business. Whether you’re having trouble sorting through the files on your work computer just to find the latest version of a document, or have to sort through a huge stack of bills and files at home each week, getting organized will definitely make your life better. Since every storage system has a limit, be it a shoe box full of bills or the server in the office, cleaning out unused, out of date data can only speed the sorting process, making all aspects of your work, and home, life easier.


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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. On this day various schools and colleges throughout the world organize classroom activities that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, climate change and ozone depletion. Other activities include – promotion of ozone friendly products, special programs and events on saving the ozone layer, and the distribution of awards to those who worked hard to protect the earth‘s ozone layer.

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Working Parents Day

Working Parents Daygives recognition to moms and dads who work hard to provide for their children. They work hard to earn money to make ends meet. They work hard to be able to afford the extras that kids want and need. This includes things like school trips, funding the proms, athletics, music, dance classes, clubs, and much, much more.


National Play Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day celebrates a great childhood play toy. Invented in the mid 1950s, it has entertained millions of children, and allowed them to express their creativity. The invention was simple. A school teacher wanted a safe modeling clay for her pre-schoolers. She asked her brother-in-law Joseph McVicker, who worked at a chemical company, to come up with something. The result was simple….flour, water and food coloring. It hit the market in 1956, and has been a popular play toy ever since.

Hasbro Toys, the current makers of Play-doh, say it a little differently. From their website, they state: “The story of PLAY-DOH modeling compound begins in 1956 when scientists at Rainbow Crafts, a Cincinnati soap and cleaning compound company, stumbled upon a new use for the unique dough-like cleaning product. The company realized this product’s potential as a child’s modeling compound; and thus, the original, reusable PLAY-DOH compound was born.”

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Collect Rocks Day

Collect Rocks Dayis a day to enjoy and add to your rock collection. Kids collect rocks because it is a fun thing to do. They even trade rocks among other rock collectors. Rocks are selected for a collection based upon a wide range of attributes. A lot of it is individual appeal. The rock could be big or small, a particular color or range of colors, smooth or rough, or display a unique characteristic. When it comes to rock collecting, beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder (or rock holder in this case).


StepFamily Day

Step Family Day was established to recognize and show appreciation for the importance and value of step-parents and extended families. This holiday was founded by Christy Borgeld of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Step Family Day was first celebrated with a picnic on September 16, 1997. The suggested method of celebration is a picnic at a park. Since it’s inception, it has slowly gained recognition and popularity. Step families are created through death of a parent, divorce or separation. Decades ago, most marriages lasted for life. Separation and divorce was often looked down upon. In today’s society divorce and remarriages are commonplace. Over 50% of all marriages end up in divorce.


Mexican Independence Day

September 16th celebrates Mexico‘s Independence from Spain. Like the U.S. Independence Day, this day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics. In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo of Dolores, Mexico was planning a revolt to free the country from Spanish rule. On September 15, 1810 at 11:00 pm, Father Hidalgo rang his churchbell to call his parishioners, and rally them to fight off Spanish rule. He then made a speech to his congregation, and the fight for freedom began. Today, Mexican people mark this very special holiday, by repeating the ringing of the bells at 11:00 pm on the 15th. It is followed by a day of celebrations on the 16th. There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821. Miguel Hidalgo was a priest but was also known to have lived outside the parameters of celibacy. He was believed to have fathered children, including 2 daughters.

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Mayflower Day

Mayflower Daycelebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America, a settlement in Virginia specifically. On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women, and children were aboard. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. Every Mayflower Day, we commemorate these brave, early settlers. They were the very first immigrants, and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World. The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.


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Citizenship Day and Constitution Day

The Constitutional Congress held it’s final meeting on September 17, 1787 to sign the Constitution of the United States of America, a document for which they so painstakingly labored to create and perfect. After the meeting there was still much to do. Individual states then had to meet and vote on it. The U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789. Citizenship Day, observed each September 17,celebrates being a citizen of the United States of America. America is filled with outstanding citizens, many of whom have played a direct or indirect role in making this country and what it stands for, a beacon of hope, promise and success! This special day is for all citizens, both native born, and those who chose to become Americans. It is a day to be proud to be an American; to appreciate being a citizen of this country and the rights and freedoms it brings. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. The roots of this holiday go back to I Am an American Day, which was established in 1940 by Congress as the third Sunday in May. This day was moved and renamed to Citizenship Day to coincide with the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

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National Apple Dumpling Day

Be a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang on September 17 because it is National Apple Dumpling Day. This tasty fall treat is easy to make (and, even easier to buy!). With the arrival of fall and cool weather, two things happen: the apple harvest begins, and people turn indoors to cooking and baking again. Among the most popular of fall treats is apple dumplings. For those of you who enjoy ice cream, some apple dumpling recipes include a scoop of ice cream atop a generous piece of Apple Dumpling.


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The Jewish observance of Sukkot this year begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 18 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 25. This is a seven-day harvest holiday that starts four days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot hearkens back to times in ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. One of these dwellings was called a “sukkah” and “sukkot” is the plural form of this Hebrew word. These dwellings not only provided shade but allowed the workers to maximize the amount of time they spent in the fields, harvesting their food more quickly as a result. Sukkot is also related to the way the Jewish people lived while wandering in the desert for 40 years (Leviticus 23:42-43). As they moved from one place to another they built tents or booths, called sukkot, that gave them temporary shelter in the desert. Hence, the sukkot (booths) that Jews build during the holiday of Sukkot are reminders both of Israel’s agricultural history and of the Israelite exodus from Egypt.


World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day was established in 2003 by America’s Clean Water Foundation as a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies. A simple test kit enables everyone, children and adults, to sample local water bodies for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are then shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMD website. World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18. It was initially chosen to be a month later (October 18) to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted by the US Congress in 1972 to restore and protect the country’s water resources. In 2007, the date was changed to facilitate participation in parts of the world where temperatures reach freezing at that time.

Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day

Greeting card writers provide words that we send at all life’s most basic, personal moments. They are often anonymous and often under-appreciated, yet their words are present in every nook and cranny of America. Whether everyday occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, get well, friendship, new home, new job, engagements, weddings, new baby, bon voyage, congratulations, thank you, miss you, sympathy, please write, sorry I haven’t written, etc.) or seasonals (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s, Father’s Day, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Patriot’s Day, etc), they are the folks who furnish the sentiments that most people are unwilling—or unable—to say for themselves to someone dear. As such, they deserve a hug!


Be Kind To Editors& Writers Month

Speaking of writers, September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. Where would writers be without editors? Editors help produce books that are clearer, richer, deeper than they would be without them. No matter how talented you may be as a writer, none of us are perfect, and it takes someone removed from the story to spot those issues that keep a good book from being a great book. It appears that Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month originated in San Antonio, Texas. Writing and editing can be a thankless job, so let your writer/editor loved one know you appreciate them.

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National Cheeseburger Day

Wednesday, September 18th is National Cheeseburger day. This is a day to top off America’s favorite sandwich with a piece of cheese. Celebrate by firing up the grill, and cooking cheeseburgers. Any kind of cheese will do. Try a different cheese, if your adventuresome. For the carb conscious, eat your burgers without the buns.

There are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger’s restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu, and the rest is history. When Stern Berger expired in 1964, Time magazine renowned in its 7th February topics that: “…at the hungry age of 16, [Stern Berger] experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger while helping out at his father’s sandwich shop in Pasadena, thereby inventing the cheeseburger…” Other people have alleged the creation of Cheeseburger as a division of their confined legend. In 1934, Louisville, Kentucky-based Kaelin’s Restaurant claim they discovered the cheeseburger. The next year, the mark for the name “cheeseburger” was honored to Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado.


National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

The U.S. Government observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day each September 18th. This commemoration is the latest addition to a series of such HIV-related remembrances and is one that has particular salience given the ever-evolving demographic landscape of the HIV-infected population in the U.S. About 30% of people living with HIV in the United States are 50 years of age or older. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that by 2015, fully half of those living with HIV in our country will be 50 or older, a situation that has arisen because of the long-term survival of HIV-positive individuals given effective antiretroviral treatments, and because of the increasing number of individuals contracting HIV in older adulthood. This is a day of remembrance, but perhaps more important it is a day to take pride in what’s been survived and celebrate the life accomplishments of the AIDS generation.


Healthy Aging Month

Speaking of Aging, September is Healthy Aging Month. This annual observance month is to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The main objective is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health…be it physically, socially, mentally or financially “because there’s lots of living left to do…”



National Butterscotch Pudding Day

National Butterscotch Pudding Day, Septbember 19,gives us good reason to enjoy a tasty dessert. Butterscotch may not be as popular as vanilla or chocolate but it sure is good. Enjoy some Butterscotch Pudding today.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day

Each year, on September 19, people all over the world talk like a pirate. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is day just for fun, a day to let out the pirate in each of us. Practice up your “pirate-speak” in anticipation of this day. The conversation will be lively, and you don’t want to be left behind. Today, everyone will be talking the talk, if not walking the walk. It is not a requirement to dress like a pirate today, though many do.

John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) created the concept of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on June 6, 1995. While playing racquetball, they began to talk to each other in Pirate-speak”. After leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create this day. After much thought, Mark Summers selected September 19th as the date. This was his wife’s birthday. So, he thought it would be an easy date to remember. The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. As the holiday gains in popularity, some government agencies have begun to acknowledge its significance.

This Month


National Wilderness Month

President Barack Obama has declared September as National Wilderness Month for the fourth year in a row, recognizing the immense contribution wilderness makes to the quality of life of everyone. Ecological services to humans from wilderness such as clean water and air and opportunities for exercise and relaxation all contribute to human health. President Obama states in his proclamation, “Generations of visionary leaders and communities have given of themselves to preserve our wild landscapes, fulfilling a responsibility that falls to us all as Americans…”


Shameless Promotion Month

This month is for all the entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, and freelancers who must rely on self-promotion to support themselves. Isn’t part of being an entrepreneur “shamelessly” promoting your business at every possible opportunity? Or, is there a fine line between being assertive and being a business jerk?

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Happy Birthday

Some of the writers born September 16th include:

H.A. Rey (1898), John Knowles (1926), Lady Gwen Thompson (1928), Jules Bass (1935), Esther Vilar (1935), James Alan McPherson (1943), Nancy Huston (1953), William McKeen (1954), Kurt Busiek (1960), Wil McCarthy (1966), Hiroya Oku (1967), and Justin Haythe (1973).

Some of the writers born September 17th include:

Walter Murdoch (1874), Bea Miles (1902), Frank O’Connor (1903), John Creasey (1908), Elizabeth Enright (1909), Mary Stewart (1916), Carl Dennis (1939), Robert Graysmith (1942), Des Lynam (1942), Gail Carson Levine (1947), and Wendy Northcutt (1963).

Some of the writers born September 18th include:

William March (1893), Francis Parker Yockey (1917), Fred Willard (1939), Drew Gilpin Faust (1947), Lynn Abbey (1948), Anna Deavere Smith (1950), Chris Hedges (1956), and Aisha Tyler (1970).

Some of the writers born September 19th include:

Hartley Coleridge (1796), Rachel Field (1894), Mika Waltari (1908), William Golding (1911), Roger Grenier (1919), Roger Angell (1920), Damon Knight (1922), James Lipton (1926), Gilles Archambault (1933), Thomas H. Cook (1947), Joan Lunden (1950), Mario Batali (1960), and Monica Crowley (1968).


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