Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holidays and Observances for September 18 2014

Air Force Birthday


The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none, yet the Air Force's history and heritage goes back a lot further.

From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).

WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.

Through the years history has shown the wisdom and foresight of the creation of a separate Air Force. The US Air Force emerged quickly from its cradle and began to create its own history and heritage.
  • 1949: The flight of the “Lucky Lady II” demonstrated the Air Force’s capability to fly, non-stop round the world, showing it could take off from the U.S. and drop bombs anywhere in the world.
  • 1950-1953: USAF engaged in the first completely jet aerial combat During the Korean War. The F-86 Saberjet scored impressive aerial victories against the enemy MiG-15.
  • 1954: The first B-52 Stratofortress came into the USAF Inventory and has served in every conflict since its appearance.
  • 1960s: The development and deployment of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) as a major component of the aerial defense capability of the United States.
  • 1964-1973: War in Vietnam
  • 1970s: The development of laser-guided bombs and TV-guided air to ground missiles. Air mobility took a major step forward with the introduction of the C-5 Galaxy in the Air Force Inventory. Other aircraft systems introduced in this decade were the F-15, A-10, AWACS, and F-16.
  • 1980s: Stealth Technology was revealed advent of the F-117; strategic bomber capability was increased with the deployment of the B-1.
  • 1990s: USAF played a major role in the swift defeat of the Iraqi military forces in the first Persian Gulf War: The Air Force underwent a major reorganization with the formation of Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air Force Materiel Command. The USAF supported the war in the Balkans, and the US intervention Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
  • 2000 -- Present: The Expeditionary Air Force concept was a major transition in how the Air Force employed forces. The Global War on Terrorism brought the USAF into Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Chiropractic Founders Day



The chiropractic profession is 107 years old, and September 18 marked another Founder's Day. With so much focus on mourning the loss of lives due to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, additional reflection on September 18 might be in order as we weather the first years of the 21st century. Chiropractic came into being in 1895, at a time when confusion about health was widespread. Tools in the conventional medical armamentarium were scant. The famous Flexner Report (Medical Education in the United States and Canada, Abraham Flexner, 1910, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, California) had not yet been commissioned, and health care in the U.S. in general could only be classified as dismal (at best) or futile (at worst).

The issues relative to health care at the turn of the century were what to do with infectious diseases, epidemics and plagues. Bacteria were yet to be discovered, and the "magic bullet" of antibiotics (and their creation of a false sense of security) was not yet a reality. There was little research into molecular biology, and the many incredible innovations in surgery would not take place for another 75-100 years. As we look back during that era, the progress of medicine was stellar, we might ask - what about the progress of chiropractic? What role does chiropractic play in health care today, 100 years after its discovery?

Has the chiropractic profession achieved the recognition it fought for so vigorously during a century of struggle? Has it defined its goals? Has leadership clearly articulated to each practitioner what the struggle chiropractic has endured really means? What message has the chiropractic profession conveyed to those consumers of health care who are the ultimate reason every profession exists - about where we fit in today's health care delivery system? Has the consumer been told why the profession exists, what it does and who its practitioners are?

In today's media-driven, ever-changing health care environment, the challenges to the existence of every profession are clearly based upon the needs, wants and perceptions of the public. Sophisticated health care consumers, particularly the "baby-boomers," are more willing than ever to seek chiropractic and many other conservative, nonmedical interventions. One only has to observe the escalating use of acupuncture; massage; spiritual healing; nutrition; herbs; aromatherapy; music therapy; homeopathy; naturopathy; and a host of other lesser known interventions. These are also being researched, scrutinized and demanded by the new, informed 21st-century health care consumer.

Consumers recognize that health care and benefits are among the most discussed, costly and debated topics regarding employment. They recognize the ultimate financial loss that will occur in the event of a catastrophic health care crisis, and that looms heavily on the minds of every citizen - young or old. The public seeks to make intelligent decisions regarding what each profession offers on behalf of improving human health. They are not interested in self-interest discussions about fees or protecting providers; they are interested in how the health care reform will affect them.

Chiropractic has achieved a certain degree of parity and recognition, but it has failed to satisfy the essential question regarding identifying the real value of chiropractic to the health care consumer. If chiropractic provides cost savings to health care, and potential improvement to the quality of life for its consumers, it has not expressed these benefits clearly.

The fragmented leadership in chiropractic has not defined the purpose or function for the chiropractic profession in a singular and common vision. Rather, it has confused the public and the profession with multiple, disparate definitions of chiropractic. If this dilemma is not clearly defined soon, there will be a significant disconnection between the legitimate expectations of the public and the unrealistic benefits sought by the chiropractic profession.

If it is determined that a chiropractic adjustment is the only differentiating quality of the profession, how has this uniqueness been clearly articulated to the public as being different from osteopathic manipulation, physical therapy mobilization, or myriad other manipulations that have entered the marketplace since manipulation has become "mainstream?" In the minds of the perspective patients, they want and have a "choice," and what that "choice" ultimately translates into is the value "perceived" by the patient to the value "received" from the service.

The public clearly recognizes that others can deliver a manipulation, adjustment, mobilization, or whatever name is given to the correction of a spinal dysfunction. What, then, will create the differentiation for the public to have a preference (demand) for the services of doctors of chiropractic in lieu of other providers?

The question regarding the focus on adjustment/manipulation can be significant, even if DCs are the best skilled and most proficient at delivering this service. Has the question been asked, "Does delivering a good adjustment provide enough differentiation to distinguish the chiropractic profession from others who offer similar or expanded services?" Distinguishing chiropractic as viable and valuable health care must be viewed as more than the singular delivery of a singular intervention. Discussions by some chiropractic leaders have included the unique and distinctive paradigm of wellness, and a focus on the enhancement of the qualify of life of the individuals who are cared for by DCs.

Some leaders have demanded that lifestyle education; nutritional advice; proper exercise; low-tech rehabilitation; integration of the biopsychosocial model; and ultimately the mind-body connection, must be incorporated into the chiropractic paradigm. To my knowledge, no global analysis to determine what is currently being sought by those who are in search of health and wellness and what is offered by the chiropractic profession has been done. If we find that the model is broad and wellness-oriented, are we prepared as a profession to fill that need, to place the distinctive differentiating aspects of chiropractic clearly in the public forefront? Are we ready to find out what the desires and wants of the public are, or will we simply make our internal determination and try to sell that to an unwilling public?

The history of chiropractic is rich with depictions of the profession's struggle for survival, the perseverance and passion for recognition and the fierce determination to maintain distinction. That was the foundation upon which chiropractic was built, and it may have been proper for the time. The question for 2002 and beyond, however, remains vague, confusing and largely unanswered.

The many milestones achieved by the chiropractic profession - licensure in every state, CCE accreditation, the passage of Medicare, victory against the AMA, inclusion in the VA - have left considerable excitement and havoc in the path of progress.

The political debate over health care reform has changed the landscape and refocused the debate on how, why, where and to whom health care will be delivered; the focus is a patient-centered, not provider-centered model. Has the chiropractic direction for this century been defined and redirected to meet this new paradigm? Has a new emphasis on cost, quality and outcomes demanded by the consuming public and policymakers been addressed satisfactorily? Has the debate over the new health care delivery system prompted (or will it ever prompt) the appropriate response and proactive role for chiropractic to assume as it moves through the 21st century?

Daily information in the news, including that of hormone replacement therapy (HRT); the value of knee replacement; the advocacy of acupuncture; and the daily dose of vitamins as acceptable in a recent JAMA article, has all changed and reframed the health care debate. The changing world and the changing delivery of health care is incorporating items previously unfathomable into its decisions: the genome project; nanotechnology; smart drugs; and advances in laser surgical techniques. All these new technologies provide significant hope for conditions that were once terminal, viewed as "crises," or nontreatable disease issues. There is no limit to what the future may hold for technology. What was lost in the technological euphoria was the debate regarding the ineffectiveness of these new advances in meeting the needs of the "chronic illness crisis," exploding in terms of numbers and economics.

Chiropractic functioned for decades on the concept that illness first needed a weakened host, providing an environment hospitable for microbes. Though initially spurned, this has begun to be discussed as a new concept or breakthrough. It has been embraced by DCs for many decades, and yet no attribution to the profession can be seen. The teaching of the underlying biological model upon which chiropractic is based could be one of the distinctions that clearly differentiates the profession from others. This teaching may identify that tomorrow's health care for those who are chronically ill is not to attempt to treat those who are sick to regain health, but to intervene with those who are not yet sick, and teach them the most desirable ways to enhance health. The "health-care-coach" model, as espoused by Clem Bezold,PhD, of the Institute for Alternative Futures in the monograph Complementary and Alternative Healthcare, clearly identifies the doctor of the future.

What factors does the neuromusculo-skeletal system (NMS) play in the maintenance of health and the reversal of disease? After 100 years of research that suggests there may be a role for the NMS to play in health maintenance and that NMS dysfunctions may require the unique adjusting skills of doctors of chiropractic, this has yet to be offered as a compelling health care concept model for tomorrow.

This article was not written to provide answers, advocate direction or determine solutions. It was written to provoke thought relative to the celebration of 107 years of chiropractic on September 18, 2002.

What will the legacy be for the chiropractic profession? Will chiropractic have best served the needs of the patients of the world by attempting to revert back to a very limited role, or will we make an equally serious error by attempting to become so like the medical health care model we have fought against for so long as to be virtually unrecognizable?

Chiropractic must walk a delicate line. We do not want to be perceived by the public as so far from the mainstream that we are "fringe," or so close to mainstream medicine that we lose our identity. Being "against" disease is not the same as being "for" health, any more than being "against" war is being "for" peace. Chiropractic must guard against opposing medicine, which is not the same as embracing a different health paradigm. DCs must also collectively begin to recognize that American social issues are equally as important as advocating specific chiropractic interventions.

We must take socially responsible positions in public health, such as, but not limited to: anti-smoking; obesity; air, water pollution and other environmental threats; and helping those underprivileged who require help. We must consider our role (or historic lack thereof) in helping to determine health care policy, recognizing that the silence from the chiropractic community has been deafening regarding issues of healthy lifestyles and public policy.

September 18, 2002, only a week from the first annual observation of the day that changed America forever, has caused me to reflect on where we are as a profession, and how to seize the opportunity provided by the colliding of the paradigms of the new health care consumer and the recognition of the value of a chiropractic model of health care. This new awareness should provide a basis for determining where we want to be as a profession, and what our role might be in the 21st century. Maybe it is time to begin anew!

Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day


Greeting card writers provide the words that we send at all life’s most basic, personal moments. Whether everyday occasions or seasonal, they are the folks who furnish the sentiments that most people are unwilling or unable to say for themselves to someone dear. Greeting card writers are generally anonymous and often underappreciated, yet their words are present in every nook and cranny of America. As such, the least they deserve is a once-a-year hug! Annually, every September 18.

The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

By the early 1400s, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year’s greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-1400s.

By the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing and mechanization, as well as the 1840 introduction of the postage stamp.

The first known published Christmas card appeared in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances.

Although the first known valentine card can be traced back to 1415, it wasn’t until the early 1800s and the Penny Post that they became popular and affordable. Esther Howland, a young woman from Massachusetts, was the first regular publisher of valentines in the United States. She sold her first handmade valentine in 1849, eventually establishing a successful publishing firm specializing in the elaborately decorated cards.

Louis Prang, a German immigrant who started a small lithographic business near Boston in 1856, is generally credited with the start of the greeting card industry in America.

Within ten years of founding his firm, he had perfected the color lithographic process to a point where his reproductions of great paintings surpassed those of other graphic arts craftsmen in both the U.S. and Great Britain. In the early 1870s, Prang began publishing deluxe editions of Christmas cards, which found a ready market in England. In 1875, he introduced the first complete line of Christmas cards to the American public.

Prang’s cards had reached their height of popularity in the early 1890s, when cheap imitative imports began to flood the market, eventually forcing Prang to abandon his greeting card publishing business. Between 1890 and 1906, there was a marked decline in U.S. greeting card production.

In the years immediately following 1906, the domestic business climate for greeting cards improved, and a number of today’s leading publishers were founded. Most of the cards by these fledgling U.S. publishers bore little relation to Prang’s elaborate creations. The expressed sentiment was the predominant element; the illustrated portions were incidental

Following World War I, new publishers continued to enter the field and healthy competition produced important innovations in printing processes, art techniques and decorative treatments for greeting cards.

In the early 1930s, publishers increasingly adopted the use of color lithography, a move that would propel the U.S. greeting card industry toward continued growth and expansion.

During World War II, the industry rallied for the war effort, helping the government sell war bonds and providing cards for the soldiers overseas. This period also marked the beginning of its close relationship with the U.S. Postal Service.

By the 1950s, the studio card – a long card with a short punch line – appeared on the scene to firmly establish the popularity of humor in American greeting cards.

During the 1980s, alternative cards began to appear – cards not made for a particular holiday or event, but as a more casual reminder of our connections to one another. The popularity of “non-occasion" cards continues to swell.

Explosive growth in electronic technology, and burgeoning consumer use of the Internet, gave birth to the electronic greeting card or E-card in the late 1990s. The development of this entirely new medium for card-sending served to further expand the industry, producing new E-card publishers as well as E-greeting product offerings by traditional publishers.


National Ceiling Fan Day



September 18 is National Ceiling Fan Day! We encourage you to celebrate the day--and help reduce energy consumption--by relying solely on fans (ceiling, floor and wall) for your cooling needs for this one day. Why not do so with a great new ceiling fan from Progressive Lighting?

Did you know that the cost of air conditioning can be up to 70% of your summer electric bill, especially in warm climates like the South? You read that right: 70 percent. That’s billions of dollars! By comparison, ceiling fans cost so much less, in terms of energy and money, to operate per hour and per month.

On average, a central air conditioning unit costs $129.60 per month to operate while a ceiling fan costs $1.20 per month. That’s a whopping 99 percent decrease in cooling costs!

A more cost-effective way to stay cool (on every day except September 18) is to use fans and air conditioners in tandem. Ceiling fans allow you to raise your air conditioner temperature settings by as much as 12 degrees while still keeping your home just as cool as if you were only using your AC unit. You’ll reap the benefits both in comfort and in energy costs! 

Take the challenge! Keep your air conditioner off on September 18 and gear up for the challenge.

Ciling fans have indeed been in use as long as there has been electricity.  But did you know that they actually go back a lot further than that?  Ceiling fans have been documented as far back as the Roman Empire, the Greeks, event Ancient Egypt.  Of course back then they were operated by the use of manpower.  Their modern counterparts didn’t show up until thousands of years later.

Even before electricity, however, there were ceiling fans powered by steam and a turbine.  Such systems were belt driven and could serve a whole network of fans, such as in restaurants, large offices, even department stores.  These fans were most popular in the southern and southwestern states like Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, all long before the advent of modern air-conditioning, and before even the widespread use of electricity.

This all changed, however, in 1882 when Philip Diehl, who had originally gained fame by engineering the first electric motor used in Singer sewers, adapted that very same technology to be used in ceiling fans.  The Diel Electric Fan, as it was called, was completely self-contained and had no need for the belt drives of the past.  With this, the modern, electric-powered ceiling fan was born.

It wasn’t long until the competition heated up.  To answer this, Diehl came up with the Diehl Electrolier, a light kit actually fitted onto the ceiling fan itself.  Today, having lights on a ceiling fan is commonplace, but back then, it was the first of its kind.  Eventually the fans were outfitted with four blades instead of the original two.  This allowed for the fans to circulate more air at a slower, quieter rate.

By the decade of the 1920s, ceiling fans were as common as the ceilings they were attached to.  From this time until the 1950’s, when air conditioning became prevalent, ceiling fans were found just about everywhere.  With the arrival of air conditioning, however, ceiling fans fell out of favor.  But only in the US.  They were still gaining popularity worldwide, especially in the hotter nations of the world.

Ceiling fans began coming back in the 1970’s amidst the energy crisis, and have stayed popular ever since.  As energy prices move up and down, so does the popularity of the ceiling fan.  The fan is a cost-effective alternative to often expensive air conditioning.  Besides that, ceiling fans add a certain sense of style to any room or patio, like palm-leaf, bamboo blades to a patio by your swimming pool.  A decade and a half later Ron Rezek developed the modern fan which is the contemporary style of design and small motor casing which design and architectural theme is currently globally showcased.

Interesting note: I bet you didn’t know they used to have ceiling fans on trains.  I’m not talking about those small metal fans tucked away in a corner of the ceiling somewhere, I’m talking about the real McCoy, an actual 4-blade, rotating ceiling fan just like Philip Diehl invented back in 1882.  Before the advent of air-conditioning, people had to stay cool somehow, and for nearly a hundred years that meant cooling off with a good-ole, traditional ceiling fan.

National Cheeseburger Day


September 18th is a National Cheeseburger Day.

Sandwich with a piece of cheese is America’s favorite. The food production makes it a position to rejoice a wide diversity of foods. And we consider that the Cheeseburger definitely earns a unique day. Rejoice National Cheeseburger Day through inflaming the grill, and food preparation for Cheeseburgers. And you can take it for lunch and dinner.You can use a special cheese, if you have the nature of risk-taking. And for the crab alert, you can take your burgers without the rolls.

In the year of 1924, Lionel Stern Berger who grilled the former cheeseburger in Pasadena, California. And the name of the eating place and the specific year- and the time has been hanged as delayed as 1926- on behalf of that maiden interview has been argued by cheeseburger fans. When Stern Berger expired in 1964, Time magazine renowned in its 7th February topics that: “…at the hungry age of 16, [Stern Berger] experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger while helping out at his father's sandwich shop in Pasadena, thereby inventing the cheeseburger…” Other people have alleged the creation of Cheeseburger as a division of their confined legend. In 1934, Louisville, Kentucky-based Kaelin's Restaurant maintains to have discovered the cheeseburger. The next year, the mark for the name “cheeseburger” was honored to Louis Ballast of Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado.
We did not get any realistic knowledge about this unique day. And there was some suggestion to the American Dairy Association supporting this National Cheeseburger Day. And we have to locate significant proof to verify this. We found no factual certification confirming this to be a "National" day. And we did not find any presidential proclamation or congressional records. You previously know that you may claim the Big Boy, Baldwin Park's own In-N-Out Double Double and of course the Big Mac.

The hamburger cultural interest might be In Seymour, Wis. When it gets nearer to burgers, and nobody steams, flame land, grills or fries moderately like California. On Friday, nominated National Cheeseburger Day with the American Dairy Association, inflame the grill, smash the condiments, hoist your muddled ogre skyward. Lift a goblet to Stern Berger creator of the "aristocratic hamburger with cheese,” the very initial: cheeseburger... But if you have faith in such experiences. Jeffrey Tennyson acts. In conducting investigate for his 1995 book "Hamburger Heaven, the Illustrated History of the Hamburger," Tennyson stated he interviewed previous restaurant workers who verified that Rite Spot is where the cheeseburger unveiling- though it was named the cheese hamburger. Tennyson who lives in Los Angeles, said, "The person who corroborated this information for me is no longer alive". He further said, "I think I came across one other place that claimed to have originated it. I stand by this one." Variations of National Cheeseburger Day

Cheeseburger may be provided with toppings for instance tomatoes, onions, lettuce, mushrooms, fried egg, pickles, and bacon slices. Usual condiments used consist of ketchup, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, and also Thousand Island dressing. A Jucy Lucy is a kind of cheeseburger, which is popularized and developed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At where cheese is positioned inside the uncooked chicken and then cooked awaiting it melts. There are manifold pie cheeseburgers, with the name altering in messages to how many pies are used (2 alike double, and 3 alike triple, etc.). David, the son of Ballast has the brand claim, but he states his father was not so talented to make sure that the individuality rights to phrase were ever compulsory- in Colorado or anywhere else. "He didn't know what the procedure was and he couldn't t follow up to keep other people from using the word," Kid David Ballast who labored at the Barrel at the age of 13. Despite, the Barrel drooped a notice that read "home of the original cheeseburger" which stayed until the drive-in congested in 1974. For the verification, Louis Ballast cheeseburger includes a secret pulp, shredded lettuce, sweet relish and the toasted bread roll. At the restaurant of Kaelin in Louisville, they sneer at the reveal of Barrel and Ballast.

Therefore they don’t precisely scoff. And the employees of Kaelin are far-off too friendly. But the restaurant holder Irma Ruche speaks that it was like her parents, Margaret Kaelin and Carl who actually originated the cheeseburger. Margaret Kaelin, a terrific cook, was throwing some feast for her spouse. When Kaelin was scorching burgers with single hand, and she was seizing a few some slices of American cheese, to spare for the lunches of the children that she destined to clear up. Carl caught one look at the two substances and determined to affix a small spice to his life….He Said, “'Margaret put a little cheese on those hamburgers and let's see what it looks like,' " stated Raque who dashes at the Restaurant of Kaelin by way of her son. And he preferred how it flavored. After it she spoke, 'I believe I'll try that, too.' “The lunch crowd that arrived at Kaelin s that day agreed that Carl and Margaret were on to something, with their burger with cheese. But the creation would need a name. One of the customers suggested "Kaelin's Cheeseburger."

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day


The AIDS Institute invites you to join us for the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), observed on September 18, 2014.  National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. In addition, there is an increased need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process and its impact on HIV/AIDS.

The campaign targets:
  • People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) who are aging with the disease or already over 50 at the time of their initial diagnosis,
  • Increasing the use of protection from HIV infection, especially among the baby boomer population, and
  • The increasing number of grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parent(s) to HIV/AIDS.
In an effort to continually expand awareness about HIV/AIDS among the aging population, organizations and community members are invited to develop, implement and participate in awareness activities and events on or around September 18th.

Past examples of activities and ways organizations and individuals can become involved:
  • Host a free HIV screening event
  • Encourage and promote HIV testing among older adults
  • Provide HIV prevention and education messages to older adults
  • Provide resources for linkage to treatment and care for HIV infected older adults
  • Organize health fairs that focus on HIV/AIDS and healthcare in older adults
  • Encourage older adults to practice safer methods to prevent HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
  • Conduct events at senior community centers or nursing home facilities
  • Talk to an older adult in your family about getting tested
  • Engage leaders in the faith community to participate in local, regional, or national events on or around NHAAAD
  • Highlight how your programs can incorporate HIV/AIDS education for older adults

National Respect Day



With September 18th being National Respect Day, what better day to focus on ways we can show our significant other respect. National Respect Day arrives after some particularly disrespectful moves on the part of several famous people in the news. From Joe Wilson yelling “Liar” in the middle of President Obama’s speech to Kanye West stealing Taylor Swift’s moment at the VMA awards, respect seems to be on a decline.

Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., "I have great respect for her judgment"). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect.

Respect can be both given and/or received. Depending on an individual's cultural reference frame, respect can be something that is earned. Respect is often thought of as earned or built over time. Often, continued caring interactions are required to maintain or increase feelings of respect among individuals. Chivalry, by some definitions, contains the outward display of respect.

Respect should not be confused with tolerance.

Treating your spouse with respect is one of the number one ways to say “I love you”. It isn't hard to do. All it involves is some quality time in which you focus on your spouse’s cares, wants and needs. Here are some of the best ways to show respect to your spouse everyday…hopefully not just on National Respect Day:
  1. Active listening. By truly listening to what your spouse is saying, you are letting your spouse know you care about what he has to say. Let him know you are truly listening by looking him in the eye. Ask questions about what he is telling you. Take an active interest in what matters to him.
  2. Spend time with your spouse. Spending time with your spouse lets him know that he is an important part of your world. Go the extra mile. Watch a football game with him, even if you don’t enjoy football. It’s a great time to have him teach you some things about the game. Watch a chick flick with your wife. You may find it sappy, but it will give you an opportunity to show your spouse your softer side.
  3. Build your spouse up. Say things to your spouse that lets him know you appreciate him. It means a lot to a person to know that their efforts are being noticed and appreciated.
These are only a few ways to show respect to your significant other. Use your imagination and think of more ways. Today may have been National Respect Day, but every day needs to be a day to treat our loved ones with respect.

Rice Krispies Treats Day


eptember 18 is Rice Krispies Treats Day!

Rice Krispies treats were originally called "Puffed Wheat Squares" with a recipe included for the tasty treat included in a dessert book written in 1938 by Lucy Maltby. The author's recipe included cereal, butter, sugar, molasses, and vinegar. A similar recipe for dessert squares called, "Puffed Rice Brittle" was also featured in an earlier cookbook in 1916. The Campfire Girls troop leader, and Kellogg's employee, Mildred Day is generally credited in bringing the inexpensive treat to life, and public consciousness, after her scouts sold hundreds of Rice Krispies Treats during the summer of 1939 in a small town in Michigan.

Mildred Day needed a fundraiser, which would allow her Campfire Girls the ability to raise a large amount of money for their summer camps and activity programs. The Kellogg brand was popular in her area of Michigan not solely for value of their products, but for commitment to community. During the Great Depression, the company didn't fire workers, and shipped products overseas to the armed forces. Banking on the loyalty of families of Battle Creek, Day planned to promote the Campfire Girls fundraiser as a way to not only assist the young scouts, but to support the company, which had shown compassion, and support to working families and soldiers.

The creative scout leader had a copy of the "Puffed Rice Brittle" recipe, adapted the concoction to add sweeter flavor to the treats. During that era, Campfire Girls also sold "Campfire Marshmallows" in a box, similar to the Girl Scout Cookie drives of today. Day decided to remove the molasses and vinegar from the recipe, and add Campfire Girls Marshmallows to the mix.

Kellogg's executives took notice of the mania Day's recipe created among both children and price-conscious mothers. In 1941, the company added Day's recipe to the back of the Rice Krispies cereal box and trademarked the name and recipe for the simple dessert. The treats created by a clever Campfire Girls leader to raise money for her troop soon became a national sensation.

Rice Krispies Treats became a staple at children's birthday parties and elementary school classrooms. They developed into a treat for all occasions with the use of cookie cutters and food coloring. Holiday-themed treats were easy to make, and allowed young children to participate in the process in the kitchen. In 1995, Kellogg's began producing and packaging the treats for grocery stores. The treats are also available in various colors and shapes for holidays and seasonal promotions.

Celebrate Rice Krispies Treats Day by making rice krispies treats, eating rice krispies treats, or doing a little of both! If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s a list of 50 different rice krispies treats recipes. Choose wisely!

World Water Monitoring Day


World Water Monitoring Day was established in 2003 by America's Clean Water Foundation as a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

A simple test kit enables everyone, children and adults, to sample local water bodies for a set of water quality parameters including temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen (DO). Results are then shared with participating communities around the globe through the WWMD website.

World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18. It was initially chosen to be a month later (October 18) to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act, which was enacted by the US Congress in 1972 to restore and protect the country’s water resources. In 2007, the date was changed to facilitate participation in parts of the world where temperatures reach freezing at that time.

In 2006, ACWF transferred coordination of the event to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA). The collective goal is to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012.

2008 saw students from Indonesia to Arkansas taking part in water sampling to bring attention to the importance of water quality.