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National Coming Out Day
25 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.
Coming out STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBT, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.
Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.
World Egg Day
For centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families around the globe. They are an unbeatable package when it comes to versatility and top-quality protein at a very affordable price. And they are also an excellent source of choline, essential in memory and brain development. When you factor in convenience and terrific taste, there is just no competition.
Eggs are one of nature's highest quality sources of protein, and indeed contain many of the key ingredients for life. The proteins contained within eggs are highly important in the development of the brain and muscles, have a key role to play in disease prevention and contribute to wellbeing in later life, particularly in relation to eyesight (avoiding macular degeneration).
Countries throughout the world will be joining in the celebration of the egg. To what does the egg owe this honour? There are at least a dozen good reasons:
1) Eggs are one of the most versatile foods on the market. What other ingredient can cause a souffle to rise and a custard to thicken? What else can be scrambled, fried, poached, and baked - with equally delicious results? Eggs are just as handy when separated. Egg whites make delicate meringues and elegant angel food cakes, while egg yolks enrich sauces, cakes, and pie fillings.
2) Eggs have a high nutrient density because, in proportion to their calorie count, they provide 12% of the Daily Value for protein and a wide variety of other nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, B12, folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. And, for as little as 75 calories - lots of nutrition for relatively few calories!
3) Speaking of protein, egg protein quality is so high that scientists often use eggs as the standard by which the protein quality of other foods is measured. All the important amino acids, the building blocks of body protein, are found in an egg in the right proportions for your body's needs.
4) Did you say "lean"? As for the fat found in eggs, two-thirds of it is the healthy unsaturated kind. And, now that we are hearing more about health risks from trans-fatty acids, it's reassuring to know that there are no trans-fats in eggs. The fat that the egg does supply helps nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K to be used by the body.
5) Eggs have always been a bargain, nutritionally and economically. Studies have found that eggs are one of the best protein buys.
6) Any time of the day is right for eggs. You could start your morning with scrambled eggs stuffed into a pita pocket for a grab-and-run breakfast. A hard-cooked egg, sprinkled with your favorite herb or spice, makes a nutritious mid-morning snack. Lunch at home can be omelets - ready in minutes and easy to personalize. If you're brown-bagging it, don't forget egg salad. The addition of cooked pasta or rice makes it especially satisfying. It's easy to have dinner with eggs. Quiches, make-ahead stratas and top-of-the-range frittatas can all turn last night's leftovers into a gourmet delight.
7) Egg yolk is an excellent source of choline, a nutrient now considered essential for human health. Research has shown choline to be required for normal formation of brain tissue and memory and to play a role in preventing heart disease.
8) Lutein and zeaxanthin are two newly-recognized nutrients that have put eggs in the "functional foods" category. A functional food is one that provides health benefits beyond its basic nutrient content. Recent studies have shown that consuming lutein and zeaxanthin can significantly lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness affecting people over the age of 65. In addition, there is a less likelihood of cataracts, the clouding of the eye covering which often accompanies aging.
9) On weekends, when time is not an issue, eggs can be elegant. A puffy omelet (in which beaten egg whites are folded into the yolks) makes a luxurious brunch or dessert. Hot or cold, sweet or savory, souffles are the ultimate pampering fare. And don't forget crepes. They can be stored in the freezer then thawed and filled for a quick, tasty treat. Cheesecake is a classic egg-enriched dessert with as many variations as there are cooks. Or include an informal Sunday supper with fresh fruit layered in a parfait glass and topped with a stirred custard sauce.
10) For those interested in weight loss, research indicates that increased protein and reduced carbohydrate intake stabilize blood sugar bean meals, which can lead to reduced between-meal snacking.
11) Children like eggs, too. Growing bodies need nutrients, and eggs make a wise food choice. Egg protein is a great source of nutrition for growing children to build muscle. Deviled eggs are fun and easy for children to make... and eat. Or, scramble an egg in the microwave and place it in a hot dog bun - you've got an egg dog ready to be topped with "whatever". For an egg burger, top a hamburger patty with a fried egg and serve on a bun.
12) Convinced yet? Why not set aside the month of October to try out new egg ideas with your family? Crack open your imagination! You may be pleasantly surprised.
Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
We think you know how to celebrate this day. Dress him up for the big event. Plan for a big day. Take your Teddy Bear on a tour of the workplace. Bring Teddy to lunch in the work cafeteria. If your boss allows it, let Teddy do a work-related project.
If this day falls on a Saturday, plan to spend the day with your Teddy Bear. And, cuddle up to him (or her) tonight.
Here's wishing you and your Teddy Bear a very Happy Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.
National Bookkeepers Day
Wait until it’s a good time to sell. If your stock is performing well, hold off on making any moves. Take a look at stocks that are performing less well, and think about making some changes with them.
Stop charging a credit card that you have issues paying off. Cut expenses in your budget and start using cash so that you don’t wind up with a maxed out credit card. Pay off your credit card, and then pay it off in full each month if you start using it again.
To maintain a good credit score, use more than one credit card. Remember, however, not to go overboard; do not have more than four credit cards. Building a credit history with a single card takes a long time, but having more than four open cards is a sign that you cannot control your finances. Begin with two cards, then add additional cards as necessary to build your credit.
If you are having difficulties paying off a credit card, you should stop charging it. Cut out as many expenses as you can, and use something other than your credit card to pay your bills. Before using the card again, pay off the balance in full.
If you travel by plane on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to get into a frequent flyer program. There are a lot of credit card companies that reward you with free or reduced airfare for making certain purchases. Many hotels will take frequent flier miles in exchange for free or low-cost rooms.
The simplest way to keep your finances on track is to avoid the use of credit cards to begin with. Give serious consideration to adding any new charge to your card. Think about the length of time a particular purchase will take in order to be paid. In most cases any, amount that cannot be paid off before the due date should be avoided.
A yard sale is a great way to get rid of old items while earning you some extra cash. You could also consider selling some of your neighbors items for them and charge a nominal fee for your services. Get creative with the ideas for your yard sale.
You may want to consider getting a checking account that has no fees. Local banks, credit unions, and online banks are all likely to have free checking offers.
These tips will help anyone understand and shape their personal financial situation into a healthier, more productive situation. No matter whether you’re starting with five dollars in the bank or with five thousand in investments, the same principles apply, and you can use tips like these to boost yourself into a new, better way of life.
National Sausage Pizza Day
While the origins of this national food holiday are unknown, today is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a delicious sausage pizza. So go ahead and have a slice in honor of National Sausage Pizza Day. And just in case sausage isn’t your preferred topping, no worries. October is National Pizza Month so you can celebrate all month long!
National It's My Party Day
National Party Day should encourage each of us to think about hosting a party. Whether we're happy or sad, rich or poor, know a lot of people, hardly any or just a few there is just no excuse for not sharing a party with friends.
Below I have listed several reasons to have a party.
1. It's National Party Day.
2. Someone's birthday or anniversary.
3. You have something special in your life to celebrate - you lost 10 lbs.
4. Your life is boring - bring it on and make it fun.
5. You think you have no friends - ask a couple people in the neighborhood, from work or church.
6. You don't have enough money - ask everyone to bring something.
7. You don't want to clean - clean the top layer and turn down the lights. Invite everyone to the park for a picnic.
8. You don't have the room - ask however many you can accommodate - use your deck or porch - use floor pillows.
9. You are too busy - most everyone is busy, socializing is so good for your health.
10. Something sad has happened or you feel depressed - a party spirit with friends could be very uplifting.
Parties mean something different for different people. We've all read of the "rich and famous" parties. All I can say is "wow." Maybe you'd enjoy a same sex party - girlie parties and guy parties are great. They let us laugh and enjoy stories that most everyone understands at the drop of a hat. Neighborhood cookouts are great. Family birthdays make lasting memories. Take a cake to the care center - elderly people are thrilled to celebrate their birthday with cake and ice cream and their friends. Sometimes just you and your special someone can celebrate in a very intimate party style. And of course, it doesn't take kids long to know how much fun they have at parties.
A few cautions for parties follow.
1. Don't invite a bunch of little kids to a small child's birthday. At that time it all about them. They won't share.
2. Think about your guests - don't knowingly invite those who can't stand one another.
3. Don't over prepare or spend days working on your party. Remember, it's to have fun.
4. Clean, but everyone is so busy these days - they'll be in and out before you know it. Do clean bathrooms.
5. Try to have enough food and a choice of drinks.
6. Think about parking - if applicable.
7. Don't let someone drive if they've been drinking too much.
8. Put something away if it is extremely breakable and put jewelry etc. out of sight.
9. You don't always have to plan parties weeks in advance - sometimes spur of the moment works great.
10. Try to speak with all your guests - be polite.
Get out your finery or hit the paper shack. Just do it and I hope you and your guests will enjoy the party!