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October 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of personal growth. Today is Wednesday, October 19th. Today’s holidays are:

Evaluate Your Life Day

An oft-quoted anonymous sage said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you will probably get there.” It is often difficult to look at yourself without “rose colored glasses.” Evaluate Your Life Day encourages you to sit down today and evaluate your life without any filters. Do some heavy thinking  to examine your existence, go over your goals, and mull over our motivations. Look at where you have been, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future.
Are you the kind of person you want to be? Have you attained the goals you set for yourself? What steps can you take can you take to become a better person? Are your relationships with others all that they can be? Are you too fat, or too skinny? What is bothering you? What do you need, or want, to change? Answer these questions (the ones which you come up with) and then begin the necessary steps to make them happen.

New Friends Day

An old friend may be worth their proverbial weight in gold, but a new friend can be a blessing as well. Friends brighten our lives with camaraderie and bring us much joy. You can’t have too many friends, so on New Friends Day, strive to make a new friend — In real life, not just on social media. Put yourself out there today. Visit places that you enjoy, such as a library, museum, a park –places where you are likely to find people with similar interests – and begin a conversation with someone. You might find that you have even more in common, or know some of the same people, and that could lead to a new friendship. Just be mindful of the fact that there is a fine line between being friendly and coming off as needy, creepy, or just plain pervy, so try not to be too aggressive in you approach.

Rainforest Day 

The world’s rainforests are a vital part of our environment.  They house many plants and animals and can be a source of new technologies and medicine. Sadly our rainforests are disappearing far faster than they can grow. Rainforest Day was created to bring awareness to the plight of rainforests around the world, which are vital to the ecology of our planet. Use this holiday to get informed about rainforests and the role they play in our environment.

Hagfish Day  

When you think of ocean dwellers, most of you probably think of intelligent dolphins, cute seals, majestic whales, or perhaps the edible creatures like tuna, crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. You seldom think about the hideous, disturbing, or just the plain homely creatures that inhabit the ocean’s depths. Making its debut just last year (2015), Hagfish Day serves to remind us that the ecosystem requires all sorts life to keep our planet healthy and to teach children that just because something isn’t cute and cuddly doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a role in nature.
Hagfish are among the most disgusting creatures on Earth – land or sea. They resemble eels but they are scavengers and serve much the same function as do maggots on land – only they are much larger. They are disgusting jawless, boneless, and scaleless creatures that more closely resemble a lump of meat than a living organism, yet they serve a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature in the world’s oceans. They ooze slime through pores in their skin, which they use to smother prey and evade predators. A  20-inch hagfish can fill a 2-gallon bucket with slime in minutes. Even more disgusting is the way they eat. They feed mostly on dead sea life entering through the mouth, anus, or gills of the carcass and eating away the inside, leaving behind just the skin.
This link will tell you everything you need to know about the disgusting Hagfish.

National Seafood Bisque Day

Now that I have ruined your appetite for seafood with the Hagfish segment above, I bring you National Seafood Bisque Day. A key difference between a chowder and a bisque is that a bisque is a more elegant recipe, and is puréed until smooth.
Seafood bisque is a delightfully rich and creamy soup made with lobster, crab, shrimp, or crayfish. It is often seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices. In a traditional bisque recipe, the soup is thickened with a fine purée of crustacean shells.
Some culinary historians believe that the word “bisque” comes from the French “bis cuites,” meaning “twice cooked.” Bisque is heated twice—first with the stock and again with the cream. Others believe that the origin of this word is related to the Bay of Biscay. Dishes from Biscay traditionally include spices similar to those in bisque.
Most of you are aware of my aversion to seafood in general, so I shan’t be joining you in your celebration of this holiday.

Global Dignity Day

Medical Assistants Recognition Day –  Wednesday of the third Full Week in October.

National LGBT Center Awareness Day

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day –  Always the third Wednesday in October.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

On this date in

  • 1765 – In America, The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
  • 1781 – British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army.
  • 1914 – In America, government-owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.
  • 1933 – Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.
  • 1937 – “Woman’s Day” magazine was published for the first time.
  • 1943 – The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the United States, and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.
  • 1944 – The United States Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
  • 1950 – United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
  • 1951 – President Truman signed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.
  • 1960 – The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
  • 1969 – Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
  • 1977 – The Concorde made its first landing in New York City.
  • 1983 – The Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1984 – Four CIA employees were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.
  • 1987 – The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.
  • 1989 – The Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.
  • 1998 – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson got his boxing license back after he had lost it for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.
  • 2003 – In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.
  • 2006 – The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

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