A Reason to … Celebrate, Remember, Have Fun! (Sept 17-22)

Daily Celebrations

Celebrate life everyday, from the Average to the Zany

September 17-22, 2011

Saturday, September 17th, celebrate Elvira’s 60th birthday!  Actress Cassandra Peterson is not inKansas anymore, the state of her birth. Having a long and varied career, she is probably best known as her character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark from earlier days of Movie Macabre.  Pop a bowl of popcorn and pull out some of these old, campy, B-movies.  (If there are younger children in the house, celebrate by watching her in The Sting II, Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie or Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.)

Sunday, September 18th is ‘Women’s Friendship Day,’ to promote friendship between and among women. Celebrate by letting your women friends know how special they are to you.  Meet some for lunch or dinner. Out of town friends? Give them a call or send them an e-card. Happy Women’s Friendship Day!

Monday, September 19th, Japan honors their elders with ‘Respect for the Aged Day’. Originally proclaimed Old Folks Day (Toshiyori no Hi) in 1947, in 1966 the name to it’s current name. Celebrate with sincerity; this is a day of respect. Celebrate living elders by spending time with them. Let them know how much you love and respect them. Tell them what they mean to you.  If they’ve passed, visit their graves.  No elders close to you? Visit a nursing home, there are many there that would love to chat with a welcomed visitor.

Tuesday, September 20th marks the anniversary of the Financial Panic of 1873. This was the first time in history that the New York Stock Exchange closed for the day, in response to a banking crisis. Over 140 years ago, and financial woes plagued our nation then too.  These panics aren’t isolated to the Great Depression or our current economic worries. Celebrate by passing on your latte, or some other treat today and put a few dollars in your savings instead.

Wednesday, September 21st commemorates the death of Chief Joseph, chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of the Nez Perce tribe.  Chief Joseph, born in Oregon territory in 1840, became renowned as a humanitarian and peacemaker. Many great quotes live as his legacy, long past his death in 1904.  One quote that many could learn from is “I will speak with a straight tongue.” In celebration of an honored Chief, let’s try to live today as he did and ‘speak with a straight tongue.’

Thursday, September 22nd, is Elephant Appreciation Day, a day I have to admit I’ve never celebrated before! I like elephants. I have a few small carved elephants.  I’ve ridden an elephant.  But I’ve never celebrated the day. Wayne Hepburn, founder of Mission Media, created the day after receiving a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter. His fascination with this large, lumbering giant grew and he created this unique day.  Hmmm… last week at my local, independent bookstore (http://www.bookcarriage.com/home.html) I saw some paper, cards and journals created from elephant … ahem … waste.  Yes, elephant poo has been recycled into useful, beautiful products.  I’ll celebrate by buying one of the cards and sending to a friend.

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