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Women’s Equality Day!

In a971 the US congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting to women the right to vote.  This holiday not only recalls that peacefully won achievement, but also calls to attention the continuing efforts of women toward full equality.

Think you know your history of women’s rights? Prove it by taking this quiz at the National Women’s History Project’s website.

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Be Kind to Humankind Week

Hey-ho there Celebrate Holiday blog readers! I’ll bet you’ve missed me for the past few days, I know I’ve missed you!

I could make excuses for missing each day, but instead I’ll make up for it by sharing with you the story of this week! The fourth week in August was declared Be Kind To Humankind week in 1988 by Lorraine Jara in Toms River, New Jersey.  What is BK2HK? according to their website, “Be Kind To Humankind Week is simply one week each year dedicated to celebrating kindness. The event is recognized around the world from August 25 – 31.”

BK2HK

BK2HK

21 years ago Lorraine heard a the tragic story of two young men whose small rowboat overturned and were rescued by two women in another small, human powered vessel. Despite calling for help from passing motor boaters, their pleas were ignored, and even though they were finally assisted, one of the young men died the next day.

What can you do to bring more kindness to humanity?

BK2HK suggests the following schedule:

Show them that you care
Sacrifice Our Wants For Others Needs Sunday

Drive Courteously
Motorist Consideration Monday

Spread kindness, one heart at a time
Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

Offer a helping hand
Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday

Treat others well
Thoughtful Thursday

Come together
Forgive Your Foe Friday

Speak Kind words
Speak Kind Words Saturday

It is really beginning to affect me that all my actions and thoughts and work and research is pointing me towards being a better, kinder, more grateful person.

Be an Angel Day

August 22, 2009 1 comment

Be an Angel Day is a special day founded by Jayne Howard Feldman to encourage us to be kind, help others, and be a blessing in someone’s life. Ms. Feldman says she was inspired by angels to create this day on August 22 in 1993.

Be a blessing to someone today!

Be a blessing to someone today!

On Beliefnet.com you can click on a picture to get to see the Angel of the Day- I just now went and got the Angel of Peace, which helps to reconcile opposite forces in our lives and resolve conflicts. Back in Catholic school we did learn a bit about angels, but I just don’t remember them being defined to this degree… let’s see, cherubim, seraphim, …nope, no angel of peace.  I must have missed that day. Hmmm.

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National Senior Citizen’s Day

August 20th is National Senior Citizen’s Day. In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said

“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

I love these bikini T-shirts!- Photo by Joe Schlabotnik & found on Flickr

I love these bikini T-shirts!- Photo by Joe Schlabotnik & found on Flickr


Today is an excellent day to spend some time with a senior citizen in your life! Maybe invite a neighbor over for a drink, call your grandparents, or donate to a local senior center. When I was a young Catholic schoolgirl, my school had a relationship with a nearby nursing home and each class would visit one month to since songs and chat with the people there.   The goal of Senior Citizen’s Day is to make your community a good place in which to mature and grow, and toward that end the Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) around the country invite you to visit a PACE center this Friday or any other day, and see how these exceptional teams provide the care and services that help our loved ones live at home, and you will learn that pockets of excellence already exist in a nation considering major health care reform. Find a PACE program near you at www.pace4you.org.

Radios, Virtual Worlds, and Ramadan

Well today, folks, is a serious contender as far as holidays go, so if you haven’t already, make some plans to celebrate.

August 20th is National Radio Day, a media that has existed since the 1800’s.  I am a fan of radio, for pop music, morning shows, and my favorite news station, NPR.  However, today in our Marketing Share & Learn session on social media, we learned that radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users, while Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months. Wow.

Which leads us to the second holiday for today: Virtual Worlds Day.  Those of you who enjoy a Second Life, or play in Massively Multiplayer Online Games (my sons enjoy Club Penguin) may want to go online and get your avatar hopping!

Finally, we acknowledge that today is the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic time for purification both spiritually and physically. Be kind to your Muslim friends, as they will probably be fasting each day this month from sunrise to sunset.

It is nice to think about The Gratitide Challenge I am taking with Tiny Prints coinciding with Ramadan because both are about taking the time to reflect upon life.  But I am rather glad that I don’t have to fast, though!

Have a great day everyone!

Let’s Fly Away for National Aviation Day!

August 19, 2009 1 comment

Happy National Avaiation Day!

Sometimes called Wright Brothers Day, today is the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday on August 19, 1871. This holiday honors Orville and his brother Wilbur’s first airplane flight on December 17th, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

This day was actually created by presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

Celebrate- you could go for a flight, fly a miniature airplane, or just make a paper one!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

My family visited the Hiller Aviation Museum last year and saw an amazng presentation on paper airplanes by John M. Collins. Well, of course we bought both books (one for each son- don’t fight!) and gradually my sons were able to fold and fly more and more kinds of airplanes. They talk about thinks like the “dart ” and “up elevator” and are getting experience with aerodynamics without even thinking about it.  All their friends request paper airplanes at school, too!

The Paper Airplane Guy even has a new app for iPhone (my favorite new gadget!) that shows  you how to fold paper airplanes and  can simulate your throw…guess what I am going to do next!

Hope you have a high-flying day, everyone!

Bad Poetry? Oh No-etry!

There once was a day in August

when rhyming was really unjust

on Bad Poetry Day

all the verse we will slay

with poems written to disgust!

give in to your feelings...

give in to your feelings...

So today is Bad Poetry Day, as evidenced by my sad little limerick above.   Once I was given a book of terrible Haiku’s by my husband’s cousin. Guess who found it and now thinks it is hilarious? Yes that’s right, my 8 and ten year old sons! Who also think my blog is hilarious… but I refuse to draw a connection!
Check out more bad poetry at Very Bad Poetry– a site that considers itself the last refuge for the world’s worst poetry.

Are you feeling inspired? Can you feel the bad poetry just bubbling out of you? My comments board is open to your offerings!

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