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Spooktacular Pet Halloween Costumes

It's a howling good time! From Doggie Draculas to Feline Frankensteins, animals can have just as much fun on Halloween as their human companions. 

Some of our contest entrants really know how to have a spooktacular Halloween with their pets. Special thanks to our pet owners who submitted their photos for our 365 Dogs and the 365 Puppies-A-Year 2015 Wall Calendar calendars!

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Dogs aren't the only ones that look forward to the witching hour. Cat Costumes are red hot this year! These are entries in our Cat Contests for 365 Cats and the 365 Kittens-a-Year 2015 Wall Calendar.

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We couldn't resist sharing these gorgeous pet costumes from Flickr. (Credits via Flickr: Roxanne Ready, Barbara J. Hanson, Rona Proudfoot, Hello Chaos, Louise Docker)

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We hope you and your pets have a very happy and safe Halloween! Does your pet have an awesome Halloween costume? Share it with us! Send us a picture on Facebook or leave a comment on the blog.

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October Sweepstakes: Unlikely Friendships Collection

Unlikely Friendships Collection

In celebration of the publication of Unlikely Heroes, we are offering the Unlikely Friendships Collection to one lucky winner!

Jennifer Holland, bestselling author of Unlikely Friendships®, opened our eyes to the rich inner lives of animals, showing us that the power of love and friendship is not for humans only. In her new book, Unlikely Heroes, Ms. Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people: heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk.

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#FridayReads: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

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One of the most beautiful things about fiction is that the impossible can become real—at least for a few hundred pages anyway. In today's #FridayReads in the Book Lovers’ Page-A-Day® calendar, we're checking out Hope: A Tragedy by American author Shalom Auslander. The outlandish premise of this book is that a man name discovers Anne Frank living in the attic of his new home.

This strange plot fits right in with Auslander's eccentric oeuvre. He often uses stories and anecdotes from the Jewish tradition as subject matter, but then applies an absurdist spin. In Beware of God: Stories, he tells tales of a man who stocks up on supplies at Home Depot for the construction of an ark. In another story, God takes the form of a 30-foot chicken.

Auslander's upbringing no doubt provided ample material for his writing. He was raised “like a veal”—he jokes—in an Orthodox Jewish family in New York, with a Jewish education. He wrote about this upbringing in Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir, which he's shared sections of on the popular radio show "This American Life."

So suspend your disbelief for a spell as you read, and settle in this Friday with a good book, like Hope. Today's #FridayReads also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown this evening. It's a day of atonement that usually involves prayer, fasting and contemplation. It also happens to be an excellent day to read something profound, something that makes you think and reflect. It's just one more excuse to make today—and the whole weekend—a mini reading fest.

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About The Book Lover’s 2015 Page-A-Day Calendar

The Book Lover’s Calendar offers insightful recommendations for readers of all interests. Crime fiction and history come together in A Murder on the Appian Way, Steven Saylor’s lively novel set in ancient Rome. Wordsmiths will devour The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus. Plus James Boice’s dark and engrossing basketball novel MVP and Michael Burlingame’s definitive Abraham Lincoln: A Life. And new elements this year include opening lines and famous last words of great books, literary quizzes, and surprising facts about our favorite authors.

The Month of Beer is Here!

A Year of Good Beer Page-A-Day CalendarWhile people drink beer year-round, if there's ever a time to truly appreciate and indulge in brews, it's October. As of the mid-90s, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich on the first Sunday in October, which happens to fall on October 5th this year.

In the U.S.,Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the month at festivals and brewpubs across the nation. One of the biggest beer celebration in the U.S. is the Great American Beer Festival, which is held annually in October in Denver. At this festival, judges bestow awards upon our country’s great microbreweries.

While October is a terrific time for beer-drinking, it's also a time to celebrate all things German in the U.S.—especially since German-American Day is coming up this month too! It doesn't hurt that fall weather goes most excellently with warm sausages and German soft pretzels.

So this October, bust out your lederhosen and your beer steins (that’s German for “glasses”), and work up a thirst that can be quenched only by high-quality brews.

 

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(Photo Credit via Flickr)

Whether you’ve always loved beer or are interested in learning more about the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage, A Year of Good Beer Page-A-Day® calendar is your trusty companion. With beer facts, trivia, and recipes for 365 days, you’re bound to be a bona fide beer connoisseur after a year of flipping through the calendar’s pages.

At last year's Great American Beer Festival in October, a few other Michigan breweries scored awards:

  • New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI won a Silver award in the Experimental Beer category for their Dragon's Mild Reserve – Smaug's Breath. New Holland's Pilgrim's Dole came in numero uno for the gold in the Old Ale or Strong Ale category.
  • Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo snagged a bronze award for fruit beer for their Sparkleberry Ale.
  • The XX Dwarf from Detroit Beer Co. took bronze in the Strong Beer category.

Not too shabby, Michigan! Along with Oregon, Colorado, and California, it's definitely up their with beer tourism destinations.

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(Photo Credit via Flickr, Maggie Hoffman)

So sip upon a seasonal pumpkin porter, or a malty dunkel and pick up the 2015 A Year of Good Beer Page-A-Day® calendar so you can impress yourself and your friends with your beer knowledge!

Get ready to further refine your beer knowledge and preorder The Beer Bible, a comprehensive guide to the great beers of the world. Coming August 2015!

Calendars Make Great Corporate Gifts!

And Workman calendars make the best gifts of all.

With over 40 years of trusted experience and more than 200 million copies sold, the Workman calendar line is America’s #1 bestseller, setting the standard for quality, excellence, and innovation.

We have 101 different titles to choose from, so whether you're looking for the perfect year-end gift for clients, employees, or friends, we have a calendar for almost every interest and passion, from art and fashion to animals, travel, nature, and more.

All of our 2015 calendars can be purchased at discounts ranging from 40%–60% off the retail price*, starting with an order of just 10 copies. Even better, you can mix-and-match any of our calendars to reach the discount minimums, so you can hand pick the perfect calendar for each person on your gift list while still getting the most bang-for-your-buck.

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October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month! Make a Dog’s Day!

October 1st 365 Dogs - October is Adopt a Dog MonthHello there, Mulder! That's the name of the adorable Jack Russell featured in today's Dogs Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar. If you don't have a dog, his cute mug might just convince you to spring for a canine companion. If you are in the market for a doggie, adopting is the best way to help give a homeless pet a home. That's the important message behind the fact that October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month.

National Adopt-A-Dog Day is part of a much larger campaign spearheaded by the American Humane Association, pet shelters and pet rescue organizations across the country to reduce the number of homeless dogs in our country.

Just how are they doing it? One big strategy is to make affordable spaying and neutering clinics available throughout the country. Sterilizing pets whose offspring are unwanted by owners is a solution that nips the problem in the bud. It also has some added benefits, such as eliminating less than desirable behaviors like urine marking, male aggression and doggy wanderlust, and can even improve pet health. Of course, once these affordable clinics are in place, pet owners need to be encouraged to take advantage of them.

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(Photo Credits via Flickr: Left, Becky Cochrane. Right, Jeffrey W)

Bob Barker, the former host of The Price is Right and a famed animal rights activist, is a big proponent of sterilizing our pets in the fight against homeless animals. He famously signed off each episode of The Price is Right with the directive, “And don't forget to spay and neuter your pets!” He even founded the DJ&T Foundation, a California-based organization—named for his wife Dorothy Jo Gideon, and her mother, Tilly—that provides free or affordable sterilization for domestic animals.

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(Photo Credit via Flickr: Mr. Littlehand)

Adoption programs are another great way to reduce the number of pets euthanized each year. Shelters and breed rescue groups offer a wide variety of dogs. Purebreds, mixed-breeds, big dogs, little dogs—you name it, you can probably find it at your local shelter!

The Shelter Pet Project spreads awareness amongst prospective pet owners to encourage adopting at a shelter, rather than purchasing. A partnership between The U.S. Humane Society and Maddie's Fund, The Shelter Pet Project even helps people search for pets or shelters on its website.

So to commemorate the fact that it's National Adopt-A-Dog Month and #WoofWednesday, consider adopting a dog, or just help spread the message!

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Travel Tuesday: Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Cinque TerreFive colorful towns, known collectively as Cinque Terre, link together across the crashing waves of the Italian Riviera. Until recently, visitors to this outpost of calm and serenity could traverse between the towns only by foot or by boat—no cars here. Now, a train runs through the region, but hasn’t managed to change the simple and traditional culture remains. For these and more reasons, Cinque Terre is just one of those places that everyone can appreciate, and that’s why it made it into the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar.

What you will find in Cinque Terre are some of the usual Italian delights: rich history, friendly locals, and, of course, tempting eats. What you won’t find is the fast-paced culture of Milan or Rome, or the multitude of museums in places like Florence. Here’s a rundown of the five villages that comprise Cinque Terre, and what to seek out in each:

1. Vernazza: Arguably the most popular of the region, Vernazza is marked by a near natural harbor formed by the bowl-shape of the coast. Castle ruins—complete with an adjacent bar—make for an enchanting setting. Look for the Italian version of an ice cream sandwich: scoops of gelato (yes, you can mix flavors), nestled in brioche. Then walk it off around town.

2. Monterosso: Possibly the most tourist-friendly of the five, with amenities like hotels, beach umbrellas, and a night scene. Venture to the historic center and check out the local wares.

3. Riomaggiore: Translating to “greater river,” this village offers strolls through its colorful residential neighborhoods. Check out World War II sights en route to the beach.

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Kelvin Lynch)

4. Manarola: Lunch upon focaccia and wine at the bars on Punta Bonfiglio.

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Brian Stacey)

5. Corniglia: Landlubber? Head to Corniglia, the only town not bordered by water. This town sits high upon the hills, so you’ll get a workout up 400 some stairs from the train station. Find a local vintner and sample their wines.

Bring a little more Italy into your life with a calendar of Italian scenery, like Tuscan flower-covered hills, Lake Como, and the craggy cliffs of Capri.

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Meow Monday: Cat Wisdom

Cat WisdomWhile some might just see two cats randomly staring in different directions from their perches on chairs, others might see an allegory for life. In today’s photo in the Cats Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar, the tabby on the left looks forward, while the fluffy orange kitty on the right looks backward in the opposite direction.

So it is true with humans. Some of us tend to be very forward looking, always pondering what’s to come, and projecting ourselves into the future. Others, however, tend to obsess over the past, residing in the nostalgic mental space of memories. A rarer breed are those that live squarely in the present (at least most of the time)! Living in the present can be difficult to achieve, and requires excellent focus and supreme mindfulness—skills that take development and practice. Perhaps that’s why there isn’t a cat staring sideways into the present.

If this cat-life allegory in photograph form has you on a philosophical train of thought, here are some quotes inspired by and about our feline friends to celebrate Meow Monday.

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: City of Toronto)

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” – Colette

“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Cliff)

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne

“To err is human, to purr is feline.” – Robert Byrne

“What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?” – Henry David Thoreau

“Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?” – John Steinbeck

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Eat Out with the Simpsons

List O VisionAt the end of August, FX ran an epic marathon of “The Simpsons” that included every episode ever broadcasted over the course of nearly two weeks. That reminded us of all of our favorite characters, cameos, scenes and places ever to appear on the legendary cartoon. Luckily, we just got another refresher thanks to the Uncle John’s TV Trivia Challenge Page-A-Day® calendar 

In today’s “list-o-vision” we have six hilariously-named restaurants seen on “The Simpsons.” Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and revisit the episodes in which these restaurants appeared. 

Hillside Wrangler Steakhouse

This steakhouse appears in Episode 2 of Season 17: “The Girl Who Slept Too Little.” Lisa can’t sleep when a graveyard is relocated next door to the Simpsons’ home. Ultimately, she conquers her fears in true Lisa fashion by sleeping in the graveyard itself. The name of the steakhouse is a dark reference to the real-life homicidal Hillside Stranglers from the ‘70s in LA.

This Springfield-based restaurant makes it on to Chief Wiggum’s “guide to where to eat for free in Springfield.” He recommends the “Lone Gunman Special” with extra garlic. This is another dark take on The Texas School Book Depository, the building from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy. 

Much ado about muffins

If you’re a diehard Simpsons fan, you may have played the video game. If you have played, then you may be familiar with the Squidport Quests, in which you build a Squidport. After building the entrance, you build up a boardwalk of buildings that include Much Ado About Muffins, a Shakespearean muffin stand worth $48,500. 

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Stefano Chiarelli)

Taj Mah-All-You-Can-Eat

In an episode entitled “Dial ‘N’ for Nerder,” Marge hires the producers of a TV ad to investigate whether Homer is cheating on his diet. He is caught red-handed strolling into this Springifled establishment. 

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: JD Hancock)

Pudding on the Ritz

This is another restaurant from the Homer diet cheat episode, and a reference to the 1930 song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin. 

TGI Fried Eggs

In “The Homer of Seville,” the Simpson family visits church and then drives around looking for a place to eat lunch. T.G.I. Fried Eggs is one of the places they pass.

What's your favorite episode of the Simpsons? Anyone out there that's seen them all?!

Say “Ello” to British Charm: Today is Going to Be a Great Day Artist Focus

Ello LovelyWith an Etsy shop name like “Ello Lovely,” you might assume that the talented artist behind the storefront is British, but you’d be wrong! Rhianna Wurman is actually from Texas originally, and now calls Asheville, North Carolina home. However, there is some British inspiration behind her work. Rhianna’s grandmother was English and is the guiding light behind the prints and illustrations of Ello Lovely.

This signature English charm makes its way into Rhianna’s illustrations, photography, knitting and other handiwork. The messages she broadcasts through her work are sweet and simple in a lovely subdued palette. In the Today is Going to Be a Great Day Page-A-Day® calendar, she advises her viewers to, “Find things that inspire you every day.” The words fill the shape of an apple, formed by curvaceous pencils.

Where do you find inspiration? This drawing makes us think of a classroom led by an energetic teacher who finds a way of making math, history and science inspirational to students. Outside the classroom, for adults, there are countless places to find inspiration on a day-to-day basis. It’s easy to feel inspired when you’re doing something out of the ordinary—say, when traveling, going to a big concert or attending a friend’s wedding. What about on the often humdrum Monday through Friday circuit? Where can you find inspiration then?

Well, you might have to do a bit more looking, as Rhianna’s use of the word “find” suggests. Explore a new neighborhood or trail on a walk after work. Strike up a conversation with a total stranger. Tackle a new recipe in the kitchen. Or start a new book. Let the everyday world be your muse!

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Here are some of Rhianna’s other positive messages:

  • Surround Yourself with Positive People
  • No Looking Back. Love Where You’re Going.
  • I Make My Own Sunshine.
  • Morning Brew Good as New

Speaking of hot beverages, tea is a recurring theme in Rhianna’s work—no surprise since she’s channeling English vibes. “Time for tea, love,” one print boasts alongside a bird pouring a kettle of tea into a cup. Our favorite tea-themed work from Ello Lovely, is a print of a kettle-shaped constellation—complete with sugar cubes, a tea bag, and a spoon—in the starry sky.

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A Big Thanks to Small Town Vets

Small town vetsToday, we’re giving props to the veterinarians who work long, late hours to take care of our sick pets. In today’s 365 Dogs Page-A-Day® calendar, we learn that dogs, like humans, can contract tonsillitis, which can in turn lead to respiratory infections requiring antibiotics. Laryngitis can also afflict our canines, but the treatment is pretty simple: get them to stop barking!

No matter what illnesses befall our dogs, we rely on our vets to get to the bottom of the problem and do their best to make them better. Particularly in smaller towns, residents might rely on just one or only a few vet offices to take care of their pets. With sometimes small staffs, these vets make themselves available at all times to be there when an emergency strikes. Here are a few stories from the nominees hailing from small towns for Petplan’s 2014 Vet Awards Heroes:

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Army Medicine)

In Kent, Ohio (population 29,807), veterinarian Eric Brooks demonstrates his commitment to the best animal care. When Angela’s cat, Mickey, was diagnosed with lymphoma, her husband Eric dedicated himself to researching treatment options. Eventually, he came up with a special medication and diet regimen to treat him. Not just with Mickey, but with all patients, Eric spends endless hours after work researching the best way to treat each specific animal’s illness.

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Bags Groove)

In Durango, Colorado (population 17,216), Dr. Stacee Santi saved Boz the dog’s life when he was bit twice by a rattlesnake. She checked in with Judy, his owner, every four hours for the first day to provide updates. With a personal touch and steadfast attentiveness, she demonstrates how much she cares about the animals she treats.

In Copperas Cove, Texas (population 33,374), Dr. Kelly Henton had to tell Ruby that her dog Sadie had just 6-8 months to live due to a cancer diagnosis. When the time finally came for Sadie to pass away, Dr. Henton was incredibly respectful and gave Ruby her privacy with her dog in its final moments.

Is your vet the cat's meow? Leave a comment here and we'll send them a special shout-out from Page-A-Day®! 

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Travel Tuesday: The Northern Lights

Aurora BorealisOften times, the wonders of the sky are difficult to see. Some constellations are very challenging to spot, without the help of a skilled stargazer with a laser pointer. In an obscure corner of the sky, a distant planet presents itself as a small dot that you can never seem to track down. You hear there’s supposed to be a meteor shower, but you keep missing the shooting stars as they flit across the night sky above.

Unlike all of these challenging and occasionally frustrating stargazing experiences, the Northern Lights are bold and flashy by comparison. You really can’t miss neon undulating lights racing through a large patch of the sky. Full moon? No problem, the lights still shine brightly. A big tree in your way? These lights are no small dot or miniscule blip so you’ll still be able to spot them.

This Tuesday, instead of highlighting a place, we’re shedding light on this incredible celestial phenomenon that can be experienced from several locations. Also called the Aurora borealis in the and the Aurora australis down south, the Northern Lights are featured in today’s 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar, is one of those sights that everyone should see at least once. Besides being an absolutely breathtaking sight to behold, the lights are like a missive from the sun, and a bridge between you and ancient people that have been mystified by the lights for thousands of years.

Neil Young even sings about the lights from the perspective of a Native American in the opening lyric of his song, “Pocahontas:”

“Aurora borealis
The icy sky at night …”

Aboriginals in New Zealand used to suspect that these lights were just reflections from torches or campfires. In North America, the Menominee Indians thought the lights resulted from the ghosts of great hunters and fishermen past, while the Inuit in Alaska figured the lights were the spirits of the animals they’d hunted.

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Moyan Brenn)

So how exactly do these colorful winds form? Basically, gas particles flowing through our atmosphere collide with electrically-charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere. When it’s oxygen molecules in our atmosphere colliding with the sun’s particles, the light forms a light yellow-green. Rarely, this collision takes places at higher altitudes—say around 200 miles from Earth—and forms a striking red color. When Earth’s nitrogen molecules crash into the sun’s particles, blue or purple light forms.

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(Photo from Flickr, credit: Municipality of Tromso)

Plan a winter trip to the northern or southern hemispheres to view the lights, which are strongest at the earth’s magnetic poles. For the best light show, head to northwestern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, or Siberia. It’s more difficult to catch the Aurora australis, as you’ll have to figure out how to get to Antarctica. 

If you think you’re amazed by the Northern Lights, just wait until you see a child’s reaction. Chasing the lights—and stargazing in general—with your kids is a great way to teach them about our universe. Get kids aged 8 and older started with A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky, for stories, myths and stargazing tips.

Read on for more on 1000 Places to See Before You Die book and calendar line from Workman Publishing and Page-A-Day. 

   

The Birds of Pandemonium by Michele Raffin

Birds of Pandemonium, Michele RaffinEvery morning, a full symphony swells from the most vocal of the 362 exotic birds of Pandemonium Aviaries. Step aboard the “landlocked ark in my backyard,” as founder Michele Raffin describes the home and bird sanctuary she shares with some of the world’s most remarkable birds. In her new book, The Birds of Pandemonium, Raffin lets us into her world — and theirs. Birds fall in love, mourn, rejoice and sacrifice. They have a sense of humor. They plot, they invent, they cope. They are true characters. And they are the heart of The Birds of Pandemonium, publishing October 7. 

Here’s a quick guide so you can get to know this cast of characters — from ladies’ parrot Amigo to trickster Tico to opera singer Shana.

“A delightful account. Its appeal is ageless, her descriptions riveting, and her devotion to the birds remarkable.”—Joanna Burger, author of The Parrot Who Owns Me

“A fascinating and rarely seen glimpse behind the scenes. The joy she gets from her close relationships with these amazing animals and her outsized commitment to them comes through loud and clear in this engaging and joyful book.” —Dominick Dorsa, Curator of Birds, San Francisco Zoo

“Reading this wonderful book, one cannot help but realize how much intelligence and beauty there is throughout the bird world. The birds are Michele Raffin’s teachers, awakening a deep sense of commitment to caring for our collective future . . . This book is about reconnecting with the nature of birds, and the nature of ourselves.”
—Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows

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Meet Scottie: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Chips, Page-A-Day Dog of the WeekDon't let Scottie's mean looking under bite fool you, he is extremely friendly and a best friend to his entire family. He loves to lay in the sun and is always in need of a good belly scratching. He is loving, loyal, playful and the ultimate lap dog.

Congratulations to Scottie, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

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Do the Peace Wave on International Peace Day

Raymond Chandler QuoteIn today’s Amazing Mind Benders Page-A-Day® calendar, we’re tasked with solving a puzzle to discover what mystery novelist Raymond Chandler once said. Today also happens to be International Day of Peace. 

This internationally-designated holiday was first celebrated in 1981. You can thank the United Nations General Assembly for “Peace Day.” One of the coolest things about this day is a shared moment of silence. Ever seen a crowd at a baseball game or other big event due “the wave?” If you have, you know that it’s pretty thrilling to watch it coming your way, and then—all of the sudden—become a part of it. How about a wave of silence? Every year, on September 21 at noon in every time zone, millions of people observe a moment of silence in a global Peace Wave.   

Whether or not you observe the moment of silence, you can commemorate the day in your own way. Take a moment to meditate, go spend the day volunteering for a local organization, or simply perform an act of kindness. Most of all, be peaceful today. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Stop arguments in their tracks. Let go of old grudges. 

One of the best ways to avoid anger is, of course, to laugh, perhaps by playing a game like the ones you’ll find in the Mind Benders Page-A-Day® calendar. Since Raymond Chandler appears on the same date as International Peace Day, maybe we can find some inspiration (and maybe a few laughs) on peacefulness in things he once said or wrote—hopefully without giving away the puzzle! 

 

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(Photo, left, from Flickr, credit: Jim Larrison, Photo from Flickr, credit: Rebecca Wong)

Amazing Mind Benders

“There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science and the second is art.” 

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” 

“Some days I feel like playing it smooth. Some days I feel like playing it like a waffle iron.” (From Trouble is My Business)

“All men who read escape from something else into what lies behind the printed page; the quality of the dream may be argued, but its release has become a functional necessity.”