Sunday, October 20, 2013

Holidays for October 20th 2013

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National Brandied Fruit Day

Happy National Brandied Fruit Day! Brandied fruit is a scrumptious treat that is easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Storing fruits in brandy is a simple way to preserve the wonderful tastes of the harvest season without the hassle of canning.

To make your own brandied fruit, all you need is ripened fruit, sugar, and brandy (the higher the quality, the better). Wash the fruit, peel off any skin, and slice if necessary. Fill half a container with brandy and add the fruit. For each cup of fruit you add, stir in 1/6 cup of sugar. Make sure all the fruit is submerged in the mixture, cover the container, and store it in a dark place. You can continue to add fruit at any time. Your brandied fruit will be cured after a couple of months.

Serve a spoonful of brandied fruit over ice cream, with a dollop of whipped cream, or as a scrumptious breakfast side dish!

National Suspenders Day

James Bond and Gordon Gekko wore them. Larry King was famous for his. What are they? On the “heels” of Wear Something Gaudy Day and Dress Like a Dork Day,October 20 is National Suspenders Day!

While the origins of this fashion-inspired holiday are unknown, the modern day suspenders were “Invented” in the 1820s by Albert Thurston. These once popular clothing accessories, sometimes referred to as braces, also served an important purpose.

Constructed from straps of fabric or leather, suspenders slip over the shoulders and attach to trousers with clips or buttons to keep trousers from falling down and to keep them in their proper place. While suspenders may not be the “in” thing today, suspenders can be worn by men, women and children.

In honor of National Suspenders Day, now is the perfect time to dust off the old suspenders and strap on a pair! And just in case you’ve been celebrating National Brandied Fruit Day a bit too much today, at least you won’t have to worry about your pants falling down!

Information Overload Awareness Day

October 20th is Information Overload Awareness Day, a day started by information overload expert Jonathan Spira that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations in the workplace.

Since information overload is a phenomenon that’s not going away anytime soon, perhaps borrowing from another holiday may be in order. So, I’ve made a list of Information Overload Awareness Day resolutions. Hopefully, unlike their New Year’s counterparts, these will actually be useful and easier to keep.
  • No more time in mail jail- According to the Information Awareness Day Study, the average knowledge worker receives 93 email messages per day and many are unnecessary. So in recognition of the day, I pledge to delete and unsubscribe to unnecessary Google alerts and delete and file emails that have been read each day. 
  • Live…and work in each moment-According to Jonathan Spira, it takes five minutes to get back on track after a mere 30-second interruption. To fix this, I will eliminate distractions. For example in the case of conference calls, there have been instances where a well-timed “I agree with the group” or “could you please repeat that” has covered up ill-timed multitasking. It’s time to focus.
  • Pick up the phone- Composing an email is often more time consuming than just picking up the phone. A quick call is also more personal. (For six months now; I have been either Charles or Alex. Occasionally, I get an Eric.) I pledge to stop sending emails when a call with a teammate would suffice. Less email also saves money. According to the Information Overload Awareness Day Study, if every knowledge worker in the United States were to send 10-percent fewer messages, the cost of Information Overload would be reduced by as much as $180 billion per year.
As William Pollard once said information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit.

So, Happy Information Overload Awareness Day! This is a chance to stop and think about what steps you can take to make a change – without even breaking a sweat. Feel free to comment.

Miss American Rose Day

Miss American Rose recognizes and rewards girls and women of all ages for their accomplishments through an online and online/mail-in format competition. It is based primarily on achievements. There are optional competitions in: achievement, academics, talent, community service, career, & beauty (photo or essay). Miss American Rose is a 100% online/mail-in pageant so there are NO travel or clothing expenses, no worrying about hair and makeup, and no stage fright!

World Osteoporosis Day

Take part in this year’s World Osteoporosis Day campaign and help raise awareness of fracture prevention and, in particular, the risks of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Strong Bones Make Strong Women
Your risk of developing osteoporosis and fragility fractures is determined by a number of factors, some of which can be changed (e.g. exercise, nutrition and smoking) while others cannot (e.g. family history, age at menopause and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis). While peak bone mass is highly genetically determined, after 65 years of age genetics play a diminishing role in bone loss and other factors, such as exercise and nutrition, play an increasingly important role.

Maintaining a healthy skeleton involves five essential strategies to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients
  3. Avoid negative lifestyle habits and maintain a healthy weight
  4. Identify the risk factors which you can't change
  5. Talk to your doctor: get tested, get treated if required

What is World Osteoporosis Day?
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.

What you can do on World Osteoporosis Day
Join in your local World Osteoporosis Day events and campaigns, showing your support for people with osteoporosis by wearing white and participating in a 'Walk for your Bones' taking place near you.

Support your national osteoporosis society. A list of national osteoporosis societies is available on the IOF website. Most important of all - ensure that you're following the three steps to unbreakable bones! And if you feel you may be at risk of osteoporosis, visit your doctor for a clinical assessment.

History of World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day was launched on 20 October 1996 by the United Kingdom's National Osteoporosis Society and supported by European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organized by IOF. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day.