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National Oatmeal Day
Oats are also used as a stabilizer in some dairy products. See, we’re not talking about any old whole grain here! Besides being one of the most popular breakfast foods in America, oats have been proven to help lower bad cholesterol and even reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Oats also keep you fuller for longer, so you’re more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
Most people who eat oats do so for breakfast, according to the Whole Grains Council. These oats have typically been steamed and flattened, producing rolled oats or old-fashioned oats. Generally, the more flattened the oats are, the quicker they cook. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook than regular or quick cooking oats but have a different texture. The whole oat kernel is cut into smaller pieces.
Oats certainly don’t have to be limited to the first meal of the day. Aside from the ever delicious oatmeal cookie, they can also be used in place of breadcrumbs for oven-fried chicken and as a thickening agent in meatballs or meatloaf. Oats can also be ground down in a food processor to make oat flour. Pretty neat for a grain that was once considered a weed and burned.
Hermit Day is a day that is meant to just celebrate the hermit lifestyle for one day. For hermits, they can relax on this day knowing that their lifestyle is accepted. For introverts, this holiday gives them the alone time that they need but may not always get. For extroverts, this holiday gives alone time that probably is needed even if they do not realize how much the alone time is needed.
Just how do people celebrate hermit day? Here are some ideas, but first, make sure anything you need to prepare to celebrate hermit day is done before October 29, then Hermit Day can be celebrated properly.
- Pick up a Book You've Always Wanted to Read - Obtain a book you've always wanted to read. On October 29, sit inside and and read that book. Enjoy it while lounging in bed or taking a nice, warm bath.
- Write Those Memories - Write any memories you've been meaning to write. Perhaps this is for yourself. Maybe it is for other family members. They might even be for friends. Relax and write the memories that you've always wanted to record.
- Write Stories and Poems - Take the day and relax by writing stories and poems. It does not matter if they are any good. This is a day to enjoy yourself.
- Draw or Paint Pictures - Once again, these do not have to be good. If drawing or painting is something that you enjoy, just take time to be by yourself and draw or paint.
- Bake Breads, Cookies, and Cakes - If you enjoy baking, take this time to bake things you've always wanted to try baking but have not tried to bake yet. You can also bake some of your old favorite.
- Sleep - Sometimes getting extra sleep is what people need to do.
- Spend Time with Your Pets - Just spend time with your pets. Pet them, love them, and spoil them. It's not like you wouldn't do this if you're a pet lover, but it is certainly a good way to be a hermit and not feel lonely.
International Internet Day
Gleaning back at the history of the event would inform us that the journey to this era of easy communication wasn’t exactly as simple as surfing up information on Google. For starters it the present scenario has been preceded by years of attempts including failed attempts to render digital data visible to everyone, instead of using teleprinters and other devices. At the time when history was being made, Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). This was the year of 1969 when Charley Kline, a student programmer at the UCLA transmitted the first ever message on 29th of October in 1969. This event was to follow only few months after the first man landed on the moon. Great things were happening in the world, and this was one of it. Charley Kline, working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, transmitted a message from the computer housed at the UCLA to a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute's computer. The two computers, one at the UCLA was the SDS Sigma 7 Host computer and the receiver was the SDS 940 Host at the Stanford Research Institute. Interestingly enough the message was a text message comprising the word ‘login’. But as it would transpire only the letter L and O could be transmitted across, because following the initial transmission the system collapsed and the transmission crashed.
The Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching, using standard IP (Internet Protocol). Now Internet has become one of the most important part of our life. Most of us cannot think of spending one day without internet. Internet has made our lives much easy.
World Psoriasis Day
- Raising awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they are not alone and to raise the profile of this devastating skin disease and the misery it can cause. To dispel myths about the condition, such as the mistaken view that psoriasis is contagious.
- Improving access to treatment: to encourage healthcare systems, governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care to allow psoriasis sufferers access to optimum therapy. For too long, psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis has been low priority. They are debilitating diseases and must move up the healthcare agenda.
- Increasing understanding: to provide information to those who are affected by the condition as well as the general public in order to educate people about the condition so that they can discuss it more openly and confidently.
- Building unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform from which patient voices from around the world can speak as one and be heard by key decision makers.
The event is presented by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), an international organization whose membership is made up of psoriasis organizations from countries around the world. IFPA members meet regularly to collaborate and to discuss important issues affecting the world's psoriasis community.
National Cat Day
Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don't usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and alert their owner of danger.
Cats have so many puuuurrrrsonalities and there is so much to love about them! Even if you can't adopt a cat, offer to volunteer to clean a cage or sit and play with a cat for a while. Who knows? You may just fall in love!
Please visit your local shelter on October 29th, offering love and life by adopting a homeless cat. The goal of National Cat Day is to facilitate the adoption of 10,000 shelter cats nationwide on October 29th.
Visit A Cemetery Day
In celebration of October’s rituals of remembrance, mysendoff.com, International Memorialization Supplier Organization (IMSA), Kates-Boylston Publications and American Cemetery Magazine are proud to announce the second annual “Visit a Cemetery Day” on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – a day marked to commemorate the history and traditions of everyone’s local community cemetery.
No one knows for sure, but there are hundreds of thousands of cemeteries in North America including those in use, those forgotten and small family cemeteries scattered from sea to sea and each one is filled with hundreds of stories of the lives once lived that now lie beneath the headstones and monuments.
For centuries, cemeteries have been recognized for their architecture, the artistry of headstones, serene park-like setting and atmosphere of tranquility, and now with the second annual “Visit a Cemetery Day” we encourage everyone to come together and show their support for the historical and social importance cemeteries have in their community. Not only are cemeteries the best place to learn about the history of one’s community, they are also a place where people can trace their ancestry through the centuries, embrace the celebration of life and learn about the people who have shaped their communities.
On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, be sure to visit your local cemetery, whether to bring flowers, wreaths or other tributes to the final resting places of family members and friends; take a quiet walk along the paths, read a book, photograph tombstones and mausoleums, or study the engravings of tombstones – “Visit a Cemetery Day” isn’t just a day to commemorate those who came before us, but a day to carry on the ritual of remembrance.
Invite friends or family members and bring your camera so you can share pictures of the most interesting headstones located in your area with mysendoff.com. We will post them on our Facebook Page and in our photo album. We have also created a Cemetery Search activity for children that will help them discover the interesting history that can be found in a cemetery. You can click on the photo to download and print.
Tombstones, some eroded by time, elaborate mausoleums, sculpted angels and allegorical figures can now be found alongside photographic and interactive tombstones which combined can now give people an archival documentary of the evolution of human history, perceptions and emotions throughout the generations.
With cultural perceptions of death changing over the years, many people will find a new invigoration when visiting a cemetery. From the array of architectural monuments, row upon row of varied headstones and a rich history of the past, people can experience the satisfaction in reliving the excitement of long ago and celebrating the life we enjoy today.