Friday, October 25, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
We have made it to the last weekend of October! Has this year flown by for you or has it dragged on endlessly? Enjoy today’s bits and pieces and click on some of the imbedded links for some book suggestions.
Although art is generally thought to encompass painting, sculpture, writing and music, in fact art in some form or another impacts on us all on a daily basis. Artists have the privilege of bringing the timeless dimension of beauty and grace to humanity. Centuries of our human condition have been chronicled and depicted by artists. Our major galleries are filled to overflowing and yet the artist remains an enigma. October 25, International Artist Day, is to honor the contribution artists have and are making to society. Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery, go to the symphony or participate in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day to day life. This day occurs during National Arts & Humanities Month.
Cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases in the modern times. The body’s own cells turn against it and destroys healthy tissue. There is still no known cure. But with the advent of chemotherapy some symptoms are lessened although there are side-effects especially on hair growth. Bandanna day joins the daily struggles of people with cancer and the bandanna is a symbol of the battles they fought. Bandanna Day is celebrated every year on October 25. It appears that Bandanna day originated with an Australian youth organization supporting teens who have cancer called CanTeen. Bandanna day’s aim is to give support to young cancer patients through selling bandannas. They encourage schools and other youth to participate in making bandannas. They also show different ways on how to wear a bandanna. Their theme is: “Attitude is everything.”
On October 25th each year, the world over, World Pasta Day is celebrated in the form of events and promotional initiatives in different countries of the world. The objective of this day is to draw the attention of the media and consumers to pasta. The idea is to underline the fact that pasta is a global food, consumed all over the world, having unquestionable merits, appropriate for a dynamic and healthy life style capable of meeting both primary food requirements and those of high-level gastronomy. The key messages, recurring in the various communication initiatives, emphasize the economic feasibility, gastronomic versatility and nutritional value of pasta.
The United States passed the USA PATRIOT Act into law on October 26, 2001.
For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals. Many of the 250 HandsOn Network affiliates lead projects across the nation. The stories told around Make A Difference Day show that anyone – regardless of age, location or resources – can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community. Recognizing the power of Make A Difference Day, other organizations join with USA WEEKEND and Points of Light each year to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers. Newman’s Own supports the day by awarding $10,000 to the charities of each of 10 National Honorees and three City Awardees. USA WEEKEND Magazine will feature the All-Star honoree, 10 National and three City Award honorees in a special April 2014 issue coinciding with National Volunteer Week, led by Points of Light.
On October 27, 1992, United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. was brutally murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay. This precipitated first military, then national, debate about gays in the military that resulted in the U.S. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build global awareness of issues on preserving audiovisual material, such as sound recordings and moving images. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with organizations, governments and communities promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage each year. Many sound recordings, moving images and other audiovisual material are lost because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Organizations such as UNESCO felt that more audiovisual documents would be lost if stronger and concerted international action was not taken. A proposal to commemorate a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was approved at a UNESCO general conference in 2005. The first World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was held on October 27, 2007. The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.
This day occurs during National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month.
October 27 is Cranky Co-workers Day. We are all familiar with the crankiness of some of our co-workers. This is a day to either try to lighten their mood or to be just as cranky as they are. Whatever you do, remember you got to work with these people, today, tomorrow and the next day. It would kind of make me cranky as well.
Speaking of Co-workers, October is both Workplace Politics Awareness Month as well as National Work and Family Month.
Some of the authors born October 25th include:
Benjamin Constant (1767), Thomas Babington Macualay (1800), Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1875), John T. Flynn (1882), Henry Steele Commager (1902), Edmond Pidoux (1908), John Berryman (1914), Martin Gilbert (1936), Anne Tyler (1941), Daniel Mark Epstein (1948), J. A. Adande (1970), and Zadie Smith (1975).
Some of the writers born October 26th include:
Andrei Bely (1880), Napoleon Hill (1883), Dante Quinterno (1909), Sorley MacLean (1911), Frank Bourgholtzer (1919), Jan Wolkers (1925), Steven Kellog (1941), Pat Conroy (1945), Demetris Th. Gotsis (1945), Hillary Clinton (1947), Trevor Joyce (1947), Andrew Motion (1952), Stacy Schiff (1961), and Jim Butcher (1971).
Some of the writers born October 27th include:
Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Emily Post (1872), Joe Medicine Crow (1913), Dylan Thomas (1914), Ruby Dee (1924), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), Sylvia Plath (1932), Neil Sheehan (1936), Maxine Hong Kingston (1940), J. A. Jance (1944), Jaq D. Hawkins (1956), Steve Almond (1967), Alain Auderset (1968), Jonathan Stroud (1970), and Jade Arcade (1971).