September 23rd International Rabbit Day

What on earth is cuter than a bunny? The correct answer is, nothing! It is believed that today was created by the White Bunny group in the UK but since they are no longer around (Probably went down the rabbit hole) it cannot be verified. But does it matter? A rabbit never hurt anyone, well… not exactly true cause they do bite.

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Oh, and they eat the food right out of your garden! I remember my grandmother chasing them away from her garden. It was entertaining because they would simply go in circles, never leaving until my grandmother wore out. I don’t think they understood what she was doing and they certainly did not seem scared of her.

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And if there weren’t any bunnies around there would be no Easter eggs! There would be no point in running out in the yard on Easter morning to hunt for anything because it just simply wouldn’t be there!

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There are a lot of things on this earth that represent love but the bunny, the rabbit, pretty much gathers it altogether in one little package. Today seems to have been created to advance rabbits as pets and to help protect them in the wild.

How to celebrate – Look into getting a rabbit for a pet. (Warning, they do leave a mess behind  them) Give a rabbit eating in your garden a break and let it have  the little bit it will eat. Do not accept any product made with rabbit fur.

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September 22nd Autumnal Equinox Day

When you woke up this morning did you realize it was the first day of fall? Well it is! This is the season where everything seems to start happening, holidays, celebrations and a world filled with colors.

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It is also the only day of  the year where daylight and night share a 12 hours of the day on the equator.  So plan your day accordingly, if you live on the equator, elsewhere you probably won’t notice the change as much.

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But you should notice all the colors in nature. Plants begin to go through their yearly changes bringing out an array of colors seen no other time of the year. We only see it subtly here in the south, but in the north, the changes the trees go through are stunning. The funny thing about beauty also warns of the things to come, mainly the winter. (Though the winter has it’s own kind of beauty as well.)

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By legend, this is also Mabon’s birthday, the son of Mordon, the Roman Goddess of Earth. Most of us are not to familiar with Mabon or Mordon but we should celebrate their birthday as well, just because it’s nice to do that. They weren’t real but that doesn’t matter.

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The fact is, today is the first day of fall, the beginning of all the most celebrated holidays here in America and just a good day to be alive. Enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Take a moment to enjoy nature. Make plans for the coming holidays. Celebrate life.

September 21st International Peace Day

It seems like since man was introduced to the world we have been at war somewhere. Greed, pride, misunderstanding, hunger – you name it we find a reason to go to war. Today is a day to celebrate peace. Sadly we do not find peace in many places. Maybe man is not a peaceful animal. We look around and want what someone else has, and if we can’t win it through hard work or effort, we fight for it until we win it, or lose everything.

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We can blame the past, we can blame the future, we can blame what is going on right now, but the truth is, the failure lies with each and everyone of us. The least intelligent always blame someone else for their woes. We cannot atone for our forefathers mistakes, and should not be held accountable for them. We cannot change what happened to someone a hundred years ago, and should not be restrained because of them. We cannot win anything when we cost someone else something.

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The Great War was supposed to be the war that ended all wars. It was horrid from any stand point of view and in the end, it proved nothing. No one really won, everyone lost more than the victory. Because it involved so many, it is viewed as one of the worst wars ever to have happened, but in realty it wasn’t any worse because of the killing, that comes with every war.

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And apparently we learned nothing from it because a few years later we did it all again. Today we are headed for a third world war because of religion, power, and greed. No one gained from either World War but we seem determined to go there again. What does terrorism hope to gain? What does having a nuclear bomb hope to gain? What does any racism have to gain? None of us is worth more than anyone else. None of us.

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The United Nations was formed after World War 2. On September 21, 1981 it created International Peace Day. It went into effect in 1982 as the third Tuesday of September before being changed to September 21st, no matter what day it fell on, in 2002. I am not sure it has ever served the purpose it was meant to. There are still wars going on, still people who feel they are better than anyone else, or deserve something just because they exist. Resolution 36/67 is a great idea, but maybe not so practical until man learns a little more than they apparently know right now.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for what you have, more than what you could have. Stop blaming someone else for all your troubles. Try and figure out what you can do to help someone rather than hurt them.

September 20th National Punch Day

With all the holidays coming it is only natural that our thoughts turn to what punch we serve at our parties. Well, maybe not natural, but important. Well today is the day for that thought process to begin. It’s National Punch Day, a day to reflect on punch, plan your punch and to start punching!

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Though I find no evidence to support my theory, I think punch was invented when some cook had a bunch of fruit juices left over from other drinks, but not enough to serve alone, and put everything together. Some mixtures probably turned out well while others, not so much. When the taste wasn’t what was expected, meaning good, they probably added booze to it so that no one cared.

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Adding fruit to punch has made it prettier, and probably more palatable. Let us remember though, that many of our alcoholic drinks come from some mixture of fruit so it also served it’s purpose of making some parties a little happier than they might otherwise have been.

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Not all punches need to be alcoholic in nature. In fact, here are some recipes that do not call for alcohol at all. Of course, most will find booze being added either on purpose or “by accident”.

How to celebrate – Enjoy a nice punch today, just don’t ask for a Hawaiian Punch. Try and make your own punch recipe. Throw a party just so you can serve punch.

September 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sept. 19th International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Rrrr… matey, speak up or walk the plank! Hoist those sails and prepare to get under way today with a true adventure of parley and codes (Really just more guidelines) with your friends, customers and fellow employees. (Or shall we call them shipmates?) So shiver me timbers, a-yast me hearties and remember to swab the decks before you go ashore.

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Created by Cap’N Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket in 2008. However, John Baur and Mark Summer also claim to have created the day on September 19th, 1995. (Mark Summers wife’s birthday.)

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How to celebrate – Well, simple enough, talk like a pirate! Watch the new Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.  Make sure others know it is Talk Like A Pirate Day so people don’t think you really are one!

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September 16th American Legion Day

The American Legion was formed in Paris, France on Feb. 16th, 1919. It’s charter was granted by the U.S. Congress. It’s purpose, to serve as a voice for the American soldier in Washington D.C.. Originally it was to serve the veterans of World War 1 but it has served all veterans ever since.

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There are over 3 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It’s headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana with a large office in Washington, D.C.. You may wonder why soldiers need a voice in Congress. The sad fact is, that often after the soldiers have stopped fighting both the people, and the government, have a tendency to forget they ever existed. It’s a good thing that they didn’t forget to serve.

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The Legion’s motto is; “For God and Country.” Oddly, though the organization was formed back in 1919 a day was never awarded to celebrate what the Legion does. Finally in 2009 Congress created the American Legion Day for us all to celebrate, and remember.

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It is a somber day for all those that did not return from protecting our country but also a joyful day for ll those that did. We can never thank our troops enough.

How to celebrate – Thank a soldier for their service.  Say a prayer for all those still serving. study all the places our troops have served, and are still serving, you might be surprised by what you find out.

September 15th Make A Hat Day

What is more useful than a hat? They shade your eyes, cool down your head and make a fashion statement. They also block others view, hit others in the head and take up a lot of room, though none of that really counts. Well today is your opportunity to create your own hat, something I am sure you have always wanted to do but were waiting for permission.

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While most of us like to wear hats there are those among us that would prefer not to. They do give you hat head and sometimes say the wrong thing about you. Still, where would baseball be without hats, or football (Although those are helmets). And though it may give you hat head it does keep your hair in place during a storm.

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Now no one said your hat had to be pretty, or even functional. There are those in society that wish they had been born a peacock and by fashioning their own hat, they may almost succeed. They do not need to be water proof, though it helps, they don’t have to keep the sun out of your eyes, but then what’s the point?

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Other hats are great for camouflage. The army found great use for this and women who like to hide among fields of flowers. (Or men if that’s your thing) When you wear a hat like the one above, it’s very important that you are able to conceal yourself.

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There are many things to consider when making your own hat. Is it big enough for your head? Does it go with the rest of your outfit? Will it cause others discomfort?

How to celebrate – Make your own hat. Make matching hats for the rest of your family and watch their eyes light up! (Ya, right) Find the most hideous hat you can find and wear it all day.