March 21st International Day of Forests

International Day Of Forests – March 21st

Today has been declared a day to appreciate the forests of the world by the United Nations. Most of us just think of forests as trees but they are actually a great deal more. They store carbon helping our environment, they improve the climate around us often acting like a filter. They give us fuel for heat and shade to cool, they are a natural sound barrier, provide food, give a watershed to the soil, and provide a soothing mental health environment.  We need to do what we can to save them.

How to celebrate – Visit a forest today. Plant a tree in your yard. Learn about the positive and negative sides of logging. List as many animals as you can that live in a forest.

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September 5th Street Soccer Day

September 5th Street Soccer Day

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Since soccer is the world’s most popular sport it is not surprising that in most countries, it is played in the street. Kids everywhere learn to play individually and as a team mate where ever they can and since flat surface is general preferred, the street makes sense.

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Though the date changes every year, this year it falls on September 5th. It comes as the vision of Vince Ganzberg from Indiana. Of course you have to watch out for traffic, and falling isn’t always the best idea, at least it gets kids out from behind their video games!

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How to celebrate – Play some soccer! Join in an organized program today. Block off a street so kids can play safely.

September 1st International Bacon Day

Today is a good day for me. I should be able to start my day off with bacon, and end it with bacon. Naturally, if I eat too much of it I might even end my life with it! Once just a breakfast food, now bacon tops the charts with nearly every meal including dessert! That taste of sweet and salty makes for the nearly perfect dish.

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It is one of the few stand alone foods that also mixes well with everything else. I know there are a large number of people out there that cannot have bacon and I am sorry that they do not know what they are missing. Nothing personal in any of that but even those I know that do not eat pork love the smell of bacon cooking.

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Naturally, like anything else, too much of it can kill you and it’s really not very healthy but those who eat it generally don’t really care. I remember as a child waking up smelling bacon cooking. Those are fond memories. Scents are one of the best ways or recalling memories nd I think bacon tops my list.

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Bacon can even be serve between meals and as snacks. It’s always served at parties and is generally one of the first treats that goes missing. It goes well on sandwiches, in salads, sprinkled on different foods and served as a main course as well. With a bacon and egg breakfast the bacon seems to compliment the eggs but I have known many who could do without the eggs and just have the bacon.

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Now don’t confuse International Bacon Day with National Bacon Day. They come at two different times of the year and for most of us, we want to celebrate both days equally. Just remember today is the day people everywhere can enjoy bacon, our own National will come soon,

How to celebrate – Serve up some bacon today. Let your brothers and sisters over-seas celebrate with you. Try bacon on something you have never had it on before.

July 30th International Day of Friendship

We all strive to have at least one friend that we can rely on, talk to, and share things with, hopefully offering the same in return to them. Friendship does not see colors, creed, or religion… it sees a human being, or animal, standing in front of us. It is up to us to determine what we do with that.

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There is an old saying that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. Maybe the place to start making friends is with your family. At least you have something in common with them to start with. Actually, if you think about people in general, we have a lot in common with each other. More in common than the differences that separate us.

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The United Nations sponsors International Friendship Day, though it has been celebrated in the US since 1919 indirectly. The first country to officially celebrate the day is Paraguay, on July 30th, 1958. While their efforts often fall short of what might be expected, at least they try.

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It takes so little to be a friend to anyone, including animals, and so much to be an enemy. I often wonder if dictators and world leaders had been treated differently as children if they might not be so into themselves that they might even be decent people. We may never know since they spend all their lives not trusting anyone. And a friend does have to be trusted.

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It’s time we started looking for friends in life instead of creating enemies. I’m not saying you need to love everybody, that’s not practical, you just need to like them a little.

How to celebrate – Make a friend today. Contact a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time. Figure out what you can do to make yourself a better friend.