R.E.A.D. Outdoors with Neighbors, Tourism, Stupid Questions, and more



Friday, September 27, 2013


Sunday, September 29, 2013


Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
Charlaine Harris


Happy Weekend! You have made it through 270 days of 2013. Only 95 days left! Time to start thinking about holiday shopping yet?



The United States Department of Education received final approval from the U.S. Congress to become the 13th US Cabinet agency on September 27, 1979.


World Tourism Day

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

In line with the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the 2013 theme for World Tourism Day is Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, it represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to a more sustainable water future.

Travel With Children

To celebrate World Tourism Day we are reducing the price on the Lonely Planet book, Travel With Children by Cathy Lanigan. Amazon gives the following description:


From tots to teens, from Vegas to Vietnam, this practical book is an inspiration for every parent. With vital pre-departure advice from Lonely Planet authors and readers your family will be the best traveling companions you’ll ever have. Discover how travel can be the greatest education as your kids explore different cultures, meet local famillies and answer the age-old riddle, ‘Are we there yet?’

•Advice on breastfeeding, pregnant travel and on-the-road health
•Useful information on packing, planning and preparing for your trip
•Detailed country profiles with the best in kid-friendly sights
•Vital pre-planning information for weekends away or long hauls
•Travel games to amuse for hours
•Foreward by Lonely Planet’s Maureen Wheeler


Keep Calm and Continue Reading

Crush a Can Day

How flat can you squish a can? Well, today is the day to find out! The origin of this wacky holiday seems to be smashed into oblivion. Go crush some cans today. You can take our your frustrations on empty soda cans. There are no rules for how, do it any way you want, but please try to do this safely.


Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan Day

The last Friday of September is Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan Day. Have you hugged a vegan today?


Native American Day

Native American Day is observed on different dates in different states. In California, the fourth Friday of September is set aside as a state holiday to honor Native American cultures and contributions to the state and the United States. Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution in 1968 calling for a holiday called American Indian Day. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday.

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Ask a Stupid Question Day

Although Ask a Stupid Question Day’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. This holiday was created by teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom.According to HolidayInsights.com, “[a]t the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.”


Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation day is an observance celebrated each year on September 27th. This is a chance to reflect on our ancestors, learn more about them and the ways in which they influenced our lives. We can gain much insight by looking at our family history. Knowing about ones family history can use us a sense of purpose and provide a sense of comfort and stability in our own lives.


Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) in 2008 to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. Check out http://aids.gov for more information.


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R.E.A.D. in America Day

The fourth Saturday of September is R.E.A.D. in America Day. R.E.A.D stands for “Reading helps everyone accomplish dreams.” This annual event’s purpose is to raise awareness about child literacy and to encourage the power of daily reading for our youth. It is through the power of reading that goals are set and dreams are accomplished. The motto is “Anything is possible if you read.”


National Good Neighbor Day

September 28th is Good Neighbor Day. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. This day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!

In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.


National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event. National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “treearmy” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoorsports and conservation. Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement.

fish bowl reading

Fish Amnesty Day

Fish Amnesty Day is a day to recognize fish as living animals with rights and in need of protection just the same as other vertebrates. In addition to protection of fish its purpose is also to convert near vegetarians who still eat seafood to take the final step and become fully vegetarian. This holiday was created by PETA in 1997 to coincide with, and counteract, National Hunting and Fishing Day.


Family Health and Fitness Day USA

The 17th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 28, 2013. (always on the last Saturday in September.) The event’s purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, YMCAs/YWCAs, malls, health clubs and other community locations.


World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the United States and the United Kingdom. World Rabies Day takes place each year on September 28, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine. The aim is to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease, and how individuals and organizations can help eliminate the main global sources. The first World Rabies Day campaign took place in September 2007. The World Rabies Day campaign is organized through a system of global partnerships from government to local level, and a worldwide community of volunteers. Events held range from symposia on current rabies control methods and public events for raising awareness about good prevention practice, to sponsored walks, runs or bike rides, to free or externally-subsidized vaccination clinics for dogs.


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The United States Department of War first established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men on September 229, 1789.


The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders began on September 29th of that year when the first of seven individuals died in metropolitan Chicago.

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World Heart Day

World Heart Day, which now takes place every year on September 29th, is organized by the World Heart Federation, and has been celebrated annually since 1999. The theme of the 2013 World Heart Day focuses on a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children because healthy children lead to healthy adults and healthy adults lead to healthy families and communities. Each year 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease, 80% in the developing world. The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level.

happiness is coffee and books

International Coffee Day

Coffee Day is an annual event observed on September 29th in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event.

confucius quote

Confucius Day

Confucius Day honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers. Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, and perhaps the the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings, and gave the world 499 famous sayings. Over the years, many comical and humorous sayings have been created and referenced as sayings of Confucius, usually titled “Confucius Says”. As a rule of thumb, if the saying is humorous, chances are it is not a true saying by this great scholar.

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Gold Star Mother’s Day

GoldStar Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. Each year on Gold Star Mother‘s Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation’s flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.

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Some of the writers born September 27th include:

William Empson (1906), Jim Thompson (1906), Louis Auchincloss (1917), Jayne Meadows (1920), Bernard Waber (1921), Romano Scarpa (1927), Paul Goble (1927), Gordon Honeycombe (1936), Carol Lynn Pearson (1939), Don Nix (1941), Kay Ryan (1945), Paul Craig (1951), Jim Shooter (1951), Katie Fforde (1952), and Irvine Welsh (1958).

Some of the writers born September 28th include:

Francis Turner Palgrave (1824), Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856), Giannis Skaribas (1893), Tuli Kupferberg (1923), Marcia Muller (1944), Chuck Taylor (1962), and Ben Greenman (1969).

Some of the writers born September 29th include:

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810), Herbert Agar (1897), Oscar Handlin (1915), Stan Berenstain (1923), Barbara Mertz (1927), Colin Dexter (1930), Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934), James Fogle (1936), Molly Haskell (1939), Bryant Gumbel (1948), Andres Caicedo (1951), and Ann Bancroft (1955).


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
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