Monday, September 30, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
― Arnold Lobel
We finally made it through September. Is your fall going well? Are you ready for October? Grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy today’s dose of history and holidays.
Blasphemy Rights Day International is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry. The day was set on September 30, to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.
International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30th, on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalisation.
Pile on the facial on National Mud Pack Day. Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. It is still popular. But, the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to keep the skin young, soft and supple. A mud pack is a quick treatment for bee stings. Use it, if needed, when you are out on a hike, or until you can get to a place to be treated for bee and wasp stings.
Yosemite National Park was established by the U.S. Congress on the first of October in 1890.
Mensa International was founded in the United Kingdom on October 1, 1946.
Cartoon Network began broadcasting on October 1, 1992.
The United Nations General Assembly voted in December of 1990 to establish October 1 as International Day of Older Persons. The holiday was observed for the first time in 1991. The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
World Vegetarian Day is observed annually on October 1. It is a day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental,health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, which ends with November 1, World Vegan Day, as the end of that month of celebration. Vegetarian Awareness Month has been known variously as Reverence for Life month, Month of Vegetarian Food, and more.
In “Around the World in 80 Days”, on October 2, Phileas Foggs took a bet that he could travel around the world in 80 days.
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. The United Nations General Assembly voted in 2007 to establish October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate the day in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.”
The first Wednesday of October is Balloons Around the World Day. There’s nothing quite as magical as watching somebody create balloon animals or sculptures. The balance between them unleashing their creativity and the tension of suspecting that the balloons might burst at any moment as they twist, bend and fold creates a magical atmosphere. Balloons Around The World Day is about sharing happiness and ‘giving a smile’ through the giving and sharing of balloon art – whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, why not give balloon art a go at home, at work, or on the streets?
October 2nd is National Custodial Workers Day. Give your custodial worker a big thanks. At your school, church, place of employment, and a variety of other places, your custodial support are silently at work all year long. They are the workers who clean and keep in good repair, the facility that you enjoy. They seldom get recognition. They are usually in the background or “behind” the scene.
World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals will continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products. Each year approximately 65 billion animals are killed to produce meat, eggs, and dairy. More animals are killed for food than for all other reasons combined. Most of these animals are raised on factory farms, where they are confined, mutilated, and raised to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death.
The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurred October 3, 1951 when the New York Giants‘ Bobby Thomson hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca. This won them the National League pennant after being down 14 games.
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Some of the writers born September 30th include:
Rumi (1207), Alfred Wintle (1897), Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (1898), Waldo Williams (1904), Truman Capote (1924), W. S. Merwin (1927), Elie Wiesel (1928), Carol Fenner (1929), Shintaro Ishihara (1932), Jurek Becker (1937), Samuel F. Pickering, Jr. (1940), Laura Esquivel (1950), S.M. Stirling (1953), Nicola Griffith (1960), Ari Behn (1972), Jay Asher (1975), Celelia Ahern (1981), and Tea Obreht (1985).
Some of the writers born October 1st include:
William Thomas Beckford (1760), Sergey Aksakov (1791), Charles Cros (1842), Annie Besant (1847), Louis Untermeyer (1885), Ernest Haycox (1899), Daniel J. Boorstin (1914), Jimmy Carter (1924), Sandy Gall (1927), Gunter Wallraff (1942), Tim O’Brien (1946), Isaac Bonewits (1949), John Hegley (1953), Brian P. Clearly (1959), Harry Hill (1964), Jon Guenther (1968), and Ronen Altman Kaydar (1972).
Some of the writers born October 2nd include:
Francis Hopkinson (1737), Wallace Stevens (1879), Graham Greene (1904), Jack Finney (1911), John Whiteside Parsons (1914), Bernarr Rainbow (1914), Jan Morris (1926), Franklin Rosemont (1943), Vernor Vinge (1944), and Melissa Harris-Perry (1973).
Some of the writers born October 3rd include:
George Bancroft (1800), Alain-Fournier (1886), Giovanni Comisso (1895), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Gerardo Diego (1896), Louis Aragon (1897), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Natalie Savage Carlson (1906), James Herriot (1916), Gore Vidal (1925), Jack Hodgins (1938), Sara Zarr (1970), and Lindsey Kelk (1980).
Next week is Fire Prevention Week, so this week is National Chimney Safety Week. There are 3 levels of chimney inspections. Level 1 is recommended annually for all chimneys. A Level 2 inspection is required when the homeowner has made significant changes to a chimney system or when something indicates that such changes have occurred due to outside events (a fire or tornado, for example). The most complicated inspection, Level 3 requires the removal of walls or other structures for access and is generally recommended when serious hazards are suspected.
To promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters, the ASPCA sponsors this important observance. “Make Pet Adoption Your First Option®” is a message the organization promotes throughout the year in an effort to end the euthanasia of all adoptable animals.
October is American Cheese Month; a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers, and chefs who bring them to your table. The purpose is to recognize and raise awareness of the quality and diversity of American cheese and support and promote great cheese, local foods, family farms, traditional methods, and sustainable production models.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pinkribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings.
Many science classes have lab work that includes dissecting animals. Students have the right to ask for an alternative project that does not involve dead animals. Several states and large school districts have formal student choice laws or policies that guarantee students the right to an alternative without being penalized.
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. One in ten people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In fact, with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can and do learn successfully. Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. People who are very bright can be dyslexic. They are often capable or even gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports. Dyslexia is not simply “reading backwards.”