October, science, cooking, remembrance, baldness and so much more



Monday, October 14th, 2013


Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”
Hermann Hesse

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How is your October going so far? Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month of October in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair. Ray Bradbury published a collection of short stories titled The October Country in 1955. Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? Are you in a reading group? What is your group reading this month?

This Week:


Earth Science Week

This year Earth Science Week occurs October 13-19 and promotes awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World,” the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact. Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.


YWCA Week Without Violence

The YWCA Week Without Violence, the third week in October, is a signature initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. This year, YWCA Week Without Violence is October 14-20, 2013. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


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The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published October 14, 1926.

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The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, occurred October 14, 1979. It demanded “an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people”, and drew 200,000 people.

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a War on Drugs.


World Standards Day

Each year on October 14, World Standards Day is celebrated internationally to honor the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

The day was chosen to mark the date in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated. This years theme is “International standards ensure positive change”.

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Be Bald and Be Free Day

Untie that headscarf and remove that toupee — Oct. 14 is “Bald and Free Day”! Today, we tip our hats to the bald and beautiful, saluting those of you freed from the frights of thinning hair, splitting ends, greying strands and the ever-fearful “bad hair day.”


Columbus Day

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United states in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period. Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally the same day as Thanksgiving in neighboring Canada (which was fixed to that date in 1959). Actual observance varies in different parts of the United States, ranging from large-scale parades and events to complete non-observance. Most states celebrate Columbus Day as an official state holiday, though many mark it as a “Day of Observance” or “Recognition” and three do not recognize it at all. Some places have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, or Native American Day.



The first episode of the American television sitcom, I Love Lucy, aired on CBS for the first time. It starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.


International Day of Rural Women

“Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security.” This year’s theme is “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

This is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is observed annually in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, in the United Kingdom and in the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales, in Italy on behalf of a charity named Piccoli Angeli on October 15. The day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States on October 25, 1988 when then-American President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. To date, all 50 American states have yearly proclamations, with Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Dakota enacting permanent proclamations.

The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honor of PAILRD, starting at 1900 hours on October 15 in their respective time zones, and to leave the candle burning for at least an hour. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24 hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

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National Grouch Day

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. The 2013 theme is “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”. National AIDS Awareness Month for the U.S. is October. It was started by presidential proclamation back in 1988 by Ronald Regan.


Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15th of each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. GHD was created at the annual World Water Week 2008. The first Global Handwashing Day took place on October 15, 2008, the date appointed by the UN General Assembly in accordance with year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. The theme for Global Handwashing Day’s inaugural year was Focus on School Children. The members pledged to get the maximum number of school children handwashing with soap in more than 70 countries. According to the official site, turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit was projected to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. Everyone can improve their own health by washing hands with soap, especially after using the restroom and before touching food. This is why the theme for Global Handwashing Day 2013 is The Power Is In Your Hands!

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White Cane Safety Day

White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama.


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On October 16, 1923, the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.


The extrasolar planet Alpha Centauri Bb was discovered October 16, 2012.

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Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758. The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary. Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words.


National Feral Cat Day

National Feral Cat Day was instituted by the cat advocacy group Alley Cat Allies. October 16, 2013 marks the day’s thirteenth anniversary. This year, Alley Cat Allies will mark the day by releasing “Architects of Change for Cats,” a blueprint for animal pounds, shelters and animal control agencies for implementing changes to end the practice of catching and killing community cats.


Hagfish Day

WhaleTimes created Hagfish Day in 2009 to ‘celebrate the beauty of ugly.’ Hagfish are the perfect example. These deep-sea scavengers ooze slime — buckets of slime. They also play an important role in their ecosystem. WhaleTimes believes repugnant and slightly revolting animals like hagfish make great role models for highlighting conservation concerns for all marine animals. This day is celebrated the third Wednesday of October each year.

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Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.

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National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is an event that takes place on October 16, 2013. Parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.


World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16th in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Program. The World Food Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition


Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day is celebrated on October 16 in the U.S. And Canada. It hwas traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, India, South Africa, Ireland, and Egypt. National Boss Day started in 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Her purpose in promoting National Boss Day through the years has been to improve the relationship between employees and their bosses. She designated October 16th as the special day because it was her father’s birthday.



On October 17, 1979, the Department of Education Organization Act was signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. One of the main aims of the day is to make the voice of the poor heard. To this end, commemorations often include testimonies from people living in poverty, describing their own experiences or those of people they know.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born October 14th include:

Dmitry Pisarev (1840), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Lois Lenski (1893), E. E. Cummings (1894),William Edwards Deming (1900), Ruth Hale (1908), José Arraño Acevedo (1921), John Dean (1938), Peter Nadas (1942), Katha Pollitt (1949), and Olu Oguibe (1964).

Some of the writers born October 15th include:

Virgil (70 BC), Allan Ramsay (1686), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), P. G. Wodehouse (1881), Alvaro de Campos (1890), C. P. Snow (1905), Varian Fry (1907), Robert Trout (1909), George Turner (1916), Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917), Mario Puzo (1920), Agustina Bessa-Luis (1922), William Y. Thompson (1922), Italo Calvino (1923), Antonio Fontan (1923), Eugene Patterson (1923), Marguerite Anderson (1924), Lee Iacocca (1924), Evan Hunter (1926), Laurie McBain (1949), Walter Jon Williams (1953), Peter Bakowski (1954), Stephen Clarke (1958), and Emeril Lagasse (1959).

Some of the writers born October 16th include:

Noah Webster (1758), William Buell Sprague (1795), Oscar Wilde (1854), J.B. Bury (1861), Claude H. Van Tyne (1869), Eugene O’Neill (1888), Cecile de Brunhoff (1903), George Turner (1916), Kathleen Winsor (1919), Gunter Grass (1927), Charles Colson (1931), Paul Monette (1945), Eleanor Lipman (1950), Lorenzo Carcaterra (1954), Kang Kyung-ok (1965), and Adrianne Frost (1972).

Some of the writers born October 17th include:

Jupiter Hammon (1711), Jacques Cazotte (1719), John Wilkes (1725), Elinor Glyn (1864), Simon Vestdijk (1898), Nathanael West (1903), Ester Wier (1910), Jerry Siegel (1914), Arthur Miller (1915), Summer Locke Elliott (1917), Miguel Delibes (1920), George Mackay Brown (1921), Priscilla Buckley (1921), Jimmy Breslin (1930), Ernst Hinterberger (1931), Les Murray (1938), Adam Michnik (1946), Drusilla Modjeska (1946), Robert Jordan (1948), Ron Drummond (1959), Mark Peel (1959), Richard Roeper (1959), Mark Gatiss (1966), and Ariel Levy (1974).

This Month:


National Cookbook Month

October is National Cookbook Month. We have plenty of options in our inventory. If you enjoy cooking or want to learn, now is a good time to grab yourself a cookbook and spend some quality time in the kitchen.

Other Month-long observances in October include (in no particular order):

Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Co-op Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Fair Trade Month

National Crime Prevention Month

National Field Trip Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Roller Skating Month

International Strategic Planning Month

Long Term Care Planning Month

Spinach Lovers Month

National Chili Month

National Sarcastic Awareness Month

Employee Ownership Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Ergonomics Month

National Stamp Collecting Month

National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month

National Kitchen & Bath Month

National Chiropractic Month

National Liver Awareness Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Raptor Month

Positive Attitude Month

Photographer Appreciation Month

Right Brainers Rule! Month

National Dwarfism Awareness Month

National Squirrel Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Italian-American Heritage Month

Filipino American History Month


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