Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holidays and Observances for November 12 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is celebrated on November 12, and is a celebration about you. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books. The name "Chicken Soup For The Soul" was chosen for this series because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick, and therefore it was "good for the body." The inspirational stories included in this series were meant to be "good for the soul."

Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books that, for over 20 years, have allowed people just like you to share extraordinary stories that can change someone’s life, or even the world. Today we have expanded beyond the bookshelf. We have a new line of comfort foods that are as nurturing as our books. We make wholesome and balanced food for dogs and cats. We’re online with a range of videos, apps and a store. And we’re working hard on a new television talk show and a major motion picture. Our mission is to share happiness, inspiration and wellness through everything we do, so that whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, Chicken Soup for the Soul is "always there for you."

They started in 1993 with a simple idea: that people could help each other by sharing stories about their lives. For years people had told our founders, motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, inspiring stories about themselves. Jack and Mark included these stories in their talks, and their audiences repeatedly asked if they had ever been published. “That story about the boy and the puppy—is that in a book anywhere?” a parent asked Jack. “That story about the boy with the amputated leg who became a tennis star, I need to read that to my staff,” a manager told him. Jack was asked repeatedly, “Is that story in a book anywhere?” Eventually, Jack and Mark decided their audiences must be on to something, so they compiled the best 101 stories they’d been told in a book. They called it Chicken Soup for the Soul because they wanted it to soothe and provide comfort, just like their grandmothers’ cooking.

They took the book to New York, hoping to sell it to one of the big publishers, but every single one turned them down. The project appeared to have stalled until they met Peter Vegso, the owner of a small health and wellness publisher in Florida named HCI. Peter read some of the stories and loved them, so he decided to give the book a chance, becoming Chicken Soup for the Soul’s founding publisher.

Never, in Jack and Mark’s wildest dreams, had they imagined what the book would become. Chicken Soup for the Soul turned into one of the most popular and loved books ever published, selling 11 million copies around the world. Readers asked for more stories so we published a “second helping” of Chicken Soup for the Soul and a third after that. Today, we’ve published more than 250 books, which have become the best-selling trade paperback book series of all time.

People have connected with Chicken Soup for the Soul books profoundly. We get letters and e-mails almost every day telling us how a Chicken Soup for the Soul story or book has changed someone’s life. Years ago, we also started getting letters from readers asking for more, not just more books, but other things, too. They asked why we didn’t make food, a natural question given that we’ve always meant for our books to soothe and nurture just like wholesome, comfort foods. And they asked if there would ever be a Chicken Soup for the Soul TV show, another good idea since our goal has always been to share happiness, inspiration and wellness with as many people as we can.

Jack and Mark recognized that Chicken Soup for the Soul had grown into something much bigger than the book series they had created. So, in 2008, William (Bill) Rouhana, Amy Newmark and Robert Jacobs bought Chicken Soup for the Soul from them. Today, Bill and Amy, a husband-and-wife team, along with everyone else at Chicken Soup for the Soul, are responding to readers’ requests and expanding beyond the bookstore. We now have a line of comfort foods, inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul stories about food and feelings. We make wholesome and balanced pet foods because we know how special the relationship is between people and their pets. We’re online now with our forums, apps, and a Chicken Soup for the Soul YouTube channel. We’re working hard on a new Chicken Soup for the Soul TV show and a major motion picture. Meanwhile, Amy, publisher and co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and her team of editors are collecting stories from our readers and the public, just like we’ve done since the beginning. We have new books coming out almost every month. From our books, to our food for people and their pets, to the new TV show, we’re always looking for ways to share happiness, inspiration and wellness through everything we do.

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

It’s National Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day! Today is the official day to order your pizza with the works (anchovies not required). Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread people made before the advent of the oven. Neolithic humans would build a fire on a flat rock to create a hearth. When it was piping hot, they brushed away the coals and laid a layer of dough across it. The baked bread was then topped with seeds or spices.

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your tastes and preferences. Although having fish on a pizza isn't the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors. Order your pizza today with all of your favorite toppings, but keep it anchovy-free!

World Architecture Day

Created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects (UIA), World Architecture Day is a day to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate some of the great global architectural works.

Architecture is incredibly important and architects have the potential to shape all of our lives through their hard work. In addition, architecture plays an essential role in planning for the future, sustaining population growth and tackling a number of social problems.

Events are held in different locations every year, bringing architects, engineers, planners and developers together to showcase their work, discuss future projects, debate current issues and plan new business ventures. So if you work in the industry, why not go along and join in?

For those who do not work within the field of architecture, simply take a few moments out of your day to appreciate the architectural feats that you usually take for granted during your everyday life.

World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day is annually held on November 12 to raise awareness of pneumonia, promote prevention and treatment, and generate action to fight the illness.

The sixth annual World Pneumonia Day is being observed November 12, 2014, to raise awareness about pneumonia's toll and to promote interventions to protect against, treat, and prevent the disease globally. The United States has made great strides in protecting children from the serious, and sometimes deadly, effects of pneumonia through recent vaccination efforts. Tennessee, for example, is experiencing historically low rates of pneumonia hospitalizations in children aged <2 years since pneumococcal conjugate vaccines were introduced in 2000. Data suggest that this progress also is being seen across the country. In spite of this success, however, pneumonia still kills approximately 50,000 people in the United States each year, 85% of whom are adults aged ≥65 years. In response, this year CDC recommended pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for adults aged ≥65 years.

Globally, pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children aged <5 years each year. In addition to bacterial pathogens, many viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and measles also are major causes of pneumonia globally. Many deaths and illnesses from pneumonia can be prevented with the use of 1) pneumococcal, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), influenza, and measles vaccines; 2) appropriate antimicrobial therapy; and 3) supportive health care, among other strategies.

Communities around the world face a range of respiratory disease threats, including reemerging or newly identified pathogens. In late summer, infection with the uncommon enterovirus EV-D68 led to the hospitalization of hundreds of children in multiple states. In and around the Arabian Peninsula, a recently recognized coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) has been fatal in about one third of reported cases. Vaccines are not available to provide protection against these or many of the other pathogens that commonly cause pneumonia, including respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae, highlighting the importance of research into vaccine development as well as effective treatment and diagnostics for viral and bacterial pneumonia. Additional information regarding World Pneumonia Day is available at

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