I Love to Write

November 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning budding authors. Today is Tuesday, November 15th. Today’s holidays are:

I Love to Write Day:

The purpose of I Love to Write Day is to encourage everyone to write something today; a letter, a poem, an essay, a short story, write a “letter to the editor”, start the “great American novel”, or finish that “great American novel” you started years ago before “life” interrupted you. When people become better writers, they become better communicators, and effective communication is one of the keys to success.
I Love to Write Day was created in 2002 by John Riddle, an author, and ghostwriter from Delaware. Nearly 30,00 schools, libraries, and bookstores across America celebrate this holiday by sponsoring events that encourage people of all ages to sharpen their writing skills.

America Recycles Day:

America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling and encourages people to do their part. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. By reusing the Earth’s natural resources, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to build landfills. We also ensure that these natural resources will be around for future generations to use. Recycling is not difficult. It sends less material to the waste stream ,and it results in consuming less of our precious and limited natural resources. Studies show that the average American produces about four pounds of waste every day.
America Recycles Day was created in 1997 by Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis. It was modeled after  the successful Texas Recycles Day program.

American Enterprise Day:

American Enterprise Day recognizes free enterprise and how it has contributed to the economy. This holiday is observed on November 15 each year.
Free enterprise means that a business is not restricted by government subsidies or regulations. Instead, the business operates under the laws of supply and demand.  If a particular product or service is in great demand but supply is low, then it becomes more valuable to the consumer. As a result, the price goes up. When supply is high and demand is low, then the price falls. Healthy competition between businesses is a good thing for consumers. It helps to keep prices in line. Business owners also know that in order to keep customers coming back, they need to offer their products or services at a fair price. Good customer service policies are also a must; otherwise, buyers will choose to do business with another company. Thanks to the free enterprise system, they can make that choice.

National Philanthropy Day:

Over the course of history, philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to worthy causes. According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this holiday is set aside to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our communities, and our world.”
Philanthropists aren’t the huge corporations, the wealthy, or the celebrities  who stage a ‘media event’ every time they make a donation to the charity du jour. The true philanthropists are the everyday people like you and I who give of our time and money quietly without accolades; because it’s the right thing to do. Not that the large corporate and private contributions aren’t appreciated. It’s just that why do I need to hear about it on the news?
National Philanthropy Day dates back to 1985. It appears to have been created at that time, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To celebrate this holiday, give what you can afford to the charity of your choice; and no ‘press conferences’ please.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day:

Here we go with yet another holiday urging us to delve into the nether regions of our refrigerator and throw away all of those formerly tasty tidbits that we brought home from the restaurant last month; then promptly forgot about. This time, I think the purpose of this holiday is to make room for all of the Thanksgiving leftovers that soon will be cluttering our refrigerators; only to be forgotten until the next “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. When in doubt, throw it out!

National Bundt (Pan) Day:

Some of my sources referred to this holiday specifically as National Bundt Pan Day, while others referred to it simply as National Bundt Day. Really, it is of little consequence. You can’t have Bundt cake without the Bundt pan.
A Bundt pan  generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or “chimney” which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake. The design means that more of the mixture touches the surface of the pan than in a simple round pan, helping to provide faster and more even heat distribution during cooking.  Since a Bundt cake is rather difficult to frost, Bundt cakes are typically either dusted with powdered sugar, drizzle-glazed or served un-decorated.
The name “Bundt” was originally a trademark, so similar pans are often sold as “fluted tube pans” or given other similar descriptive titles. The trademark holder Nordic Ware only produces Bundt pans in aluminum, but similar fluted pans are available in other materials. However, the term “Bundt” is not a valid trademark in the United States, having been rejected by the U.S. Trademark Office as a “generic” term. Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe; instead, their characterizing feature is their shape. Anything can be baked in a Bundt-style pan. So, in theory, you could have Bundt bread, or Bundt biscuits, Bundt corn bread, Bundt cinnamon rolls, or even Bundt meatloaf for that matter – literally, anything that you can put into a baking pan can be put into a Bundt pan.

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day:

Commonly referred to simply as Hermit Cookies, these cookies have a soft, chewy texture. They are spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice, and cloves and usually contain nuts and raisins or dates. The general consensus is that Hermit Cookies were so named because of their good keeping qualities, that is, they can be hidden away, similar to a hermit or recluse.
Celebrate this holiday by baking up a batch of these delicious cookies. Recipes are available all over the internet.

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day:

Raisin bran (sultana bran in some countries) is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, General Mills’ Total Raisin Bran, and Post Raisin Bran. Skinner’s Raisin Bran was the first brand on the market, introduced in the United States in 1926 by U.S. Mills, best known for other similar giant brand name products like Uncle Sam Cereal. The name “Raisin Bran” was at one time trademarked. However, in 1944, the District Court for Nebraska found:

The name “Raisin-Bran” could not be appropriated as a trade-mark, because: “A name which is merely descriptive of the ingredients, qualities or characteristics of an article of trade cannot be appropriated as a trademark and the exclusive use of it afforded legal protection. The use of a similar name by another to truthfully describe his own product does not constitute a legal or moral wrong, even if its effects cause the public to mistake the origin or ownership of the product.” 

Raisin Bran has high dietary fiber content but has been criticized for containing too much sugar. Raisins naturally contain high levels of fructose. Many manufacturers add sugar to the raisins as well to make the cereal sweeter.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

George Spelvin Day

Entrepreneurs’ Day  

On this date in:

  • 1777 – The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1806 – Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.
  • 1867 – the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City.
  • 1901 – Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.
  • 1920 – The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1926 – The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour “spectacular.”
  • 1939 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • 1940 – The first 75,000 men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.
  • 1965 – The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.
  • 1969 – In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.
  • 1986 – A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was pardoned a month later.
  • 1986 – Ivan F. Boesky, reputed to be the highest-paid person on Wall Street, faced penalties of $100 million for insider stock trading. It was the highest penalty ever imposed by the SEC.
  • 1988 – The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers.
  • 1993 – A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco’s wife, Mary Jo.
  • 1995 – Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit.
  • 1999 – Representatives from China and the United States signed a major trade agreement that involved China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • 2000 – Three police officers from the Rampart division of the Los Angeles police department were convicted on several counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice. One other officer was acquitted. The case was the first major case against the anti-gang unit.
  • 2005 – In Amiens, France, Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant. She had been attacked by a dog earlier in the year.

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