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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.

Aurora

(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.

Northern Lights

(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! 

 

Crowd WavePeace

(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.” 

 

In Jordan Matters’ World, Dancers Are Everywhere

Dancers Among UsYou don’t have to be a dancer or a fan of the ballet to appreciate the captivating photography of dancers in everyday situations by Jordan Matter. The author of the photo book Dancers Among Us, Jordan is a prolific photographer who loves traveling and working with actors and dancers to capture them doing their thing off stage. His photos also appear in the Dancers Among Us Page-A-Day® wall calendar.

Jordan’s first stroke of inspiration for the book occurred as he observed his son, Hudson, playing with his toy bus. “I was trying to keep pace with his three-year-old mind as he got deeper and deeper into a fantasy involving nothing more than a yellow plastic box and armless figurines,” Jordan recalls.

He continued to watch his son, deeply ensconced in his fantasy world, as he jumped about, smiled and operated in an imagined setting. Jordan wanted to know why this total immersion in the moment is so much more difficult to achieve as we age. He wanted to create photographs that somehow captured that fleeting ability to be entirely present in the moment.

Dancers Among UsSoon after, Jordan happened to go to a dance performance and everything came together in his mind. Dancers tell stories through their bodies. Jordan began to seek out dancers everywhere he went. However, he didn’t just photograph them performing on the stage. He worked with them for hours at a time to catch them in total immersion of their art.

Jordan dedicates his work to Hudson—the original fount of inspiration for Dancers Among Us—and his daughter Salish. The emotion in Jordan’s work—and the powerful words he uses to describe it—demonstrate that he is more than just a photographer. He’s also a beacon of inspiration. “Relish moments large and small,” he counsels. “Recognize the beauty around you, and be alive!”

Duly noted. Of course, his photographs communicate as much. Miraculously, a woman in a yellow dress hovers in the air (mid-jump) as she simultaneously picks an apple from a tree and smells a bouquet of flowers. Her male companion looks up in awe from below. Inspirational lesson: Don’t forget to smell the flowers!

Three men stand on their heads at the cusp of a foot bridge. Inspirational lesson: Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective can make you see their beauty in new light. 

Dancers Among Us

To check out Jordan’s work, check out his Pinterest or visit him on Facebook. Go forth and find the dancers among you... and don’t forget to put a skip in your step!

Follow Jordan Matter's board On the Road with Dancers Among Us on Pinterest.

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Woman-to-Woman: “Ideas Worth Spreading”

Busy WomenBeing a woman these days can be pretty tough. You want to build a strong career, but you may also want to be a mom. Balancing the two—not to mention juggling exercise, hobbies and fun—can be a massive challenge. On top of all that, our best never seems like quite enough. We replay our days and weeks in our minds again and again, thinking about what we could have done better, or what we should have said instead of what we did, or how we could have better spent our time. It’s exhausting!

Today’s page in the Women Who Do Too Much Page-A-Day® Calendar captures that exact train of thought: “Insane thoughts of busy women: I firmly believe that everything I do, I should do better than everyone thought I could.”

Of course, we should always strive to do things the best we can, but we also have to cut ourselves some slack and remember to have some fun. When you’re caught up in hectic schedules and regrets, a little inspiration can go a long way—especially when it comes from other admirable women. TED (Technology,  Entertainment, Design) is an international group of conferences with a bevy of speakers on “ideas worth spreading.” The largest TED conference takes place in California annually. 

Here are a few of our favorite TED talks by women, and about women:

TED

(Photo from Flickr, credit: TEDxSomerville)

Can we “have it all”?, Anne-Marie Slaughter 

Can we? Should we? Many women ask themselves this question a lot, with only muddled answers in response. Perhaps we can, posits Slaughter, a public policy expert, if we change the systems in which we operate. Could women—and really all of us—have a better work-family balance if we adjusted the way we work, public policies and societal norms? 

New data on the rise of women, Hanna Rosin

Did you know more women are graduating from college than men? Recent data demonstrates that women are surpassing men in several important metrics. While there’s still some work to be done in leveling the playing field between the sexes, there are positive signs to keep us motivated. 

Why we have too few women leaders, Sheryl Sandberg

While women may be outperforming men in some areas, there’s still a glaring dearth of female leaders out there. Why is it that so many of the CEOs of corporations and political leaders of nations are men? The COO of Facebook tackles the question, and gives some good advice, too. 

Sheryl Sandberg

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Financial Times)

Feeling the femme power? Continue the inspiration fest with NPR’s American Chronicles: Women’s Equality, which explores the history of the American women’s movement.

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Travel Tuesday: Garmisch, Germany

If you’ve never been to Germany or haven’t spent much time there, you may have never heard of Garmisch. Sometimes, the places you haven’t heard of are well-kept secrets. Garmisch, featured today in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar, sits under the majestic Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 9,714 feet.

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The hyphenated full name for this Bavarian town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, hints at the fact that the present town used to be two separate jurisdictions. In 1935, Adolf Hitler forced the two towns to join to serve as the single site of the 1936 Winter Olympics. While the east and west areas of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to this day remain rather distinct in culture and architecture, they remain as one and are usually referred to simply as Garmisch.

While you may not be interested in visiting Garmisch for an alpine climb up one of the three routes on Zugspitze mountain, you’ll certainly appreciate the views of this jagged behemoth from below, it’s rocky top rising high above tree line. You can even make it to the summit sans the struggle thanks to the Eibsee Cable Car, which shuttles around half a million visitors to the top annually. Skiers can enjoy the Zugspitzplatt ski area come winter, and ogle the most modern ski jump in the world.

Beyond high altitude quests, Garmisch offers much more. Consider their motto: “Discover your true nature.” This is a place where you can see a Bavarian traditional folk dance, attend the June Richard Strauss festival in honor of the late famous composer’s birthday and drink delicious German beer.

Yet amidst history and culture, opportunities to connect with nature exist at every turn. From the Partnach Gorge bursting with invigorating waterfalls, to a viewing station on Alpspitze peak where you can take in the mountainous landscape, outdoor adventures and natural beauty are alive and well in Garmisch.

Garmisch, Germany

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Richard Taylor)

If you’re not a skier determined to hit the Zugspitze slopes and you are a beer and German culture enthusiast, there’s really no better time to visit Germany than in the fall during Oktoberfest. Whether you’re enjoying Oktoberfest in Garmisch or at home in the U.S., Beer for All Seasons will help you stay on top of all the festivals and beer events to take advantage of so you’ll never miss out on brews as hoppy and exciting as Zugspitze mountain itself.

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

   

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

Chips, Page-A-Day Dog of the WeekChips is 7 years old. She is mixed breed and has some hunting/tracking in her blood. She loves going on long walks checking out all of the smells along the way. When we get home she is content to find a spot on the bed with one of her cats.

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

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Meet Biscuit: our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Biscuit - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Biscuit is 7 years old and lives in Norwich, England with her sister, Jasmine, and her two doting humans. Biscuit is a very clever cat and can do several tricks (in exchange for treats, of course!) such as giving high fives. She loves trying to eat everything in sight. We have to make sure that all food of any kind is under lock and key -- she will even eat through the packaging of any food that is left out!

Congratulations to Biscuit, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

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Rechazar to Reject

RechazarToday’s word of the day en español in the 365 Spanish Words A Year Page-A-Day® calendar is rechazar, which means reject in English.

Listen to the pronunciation of the word rechazar online now. 

Note: Page-A-Day offers a digital daily email companion calendar with the purchase of a physical paper calendar, and each of our foreign language calendars includes a pronunciation.  

Background

Let’s start by determining just how the word rechazar came into being. Interestingly enough, the word comes from cazar, or “to hunt.” Cazar, in turn, comes from the word for “chase.” Isn’t hunting seeking something out, rather than letting it go? Well, yes unless you think about it in another way. You’re hunting for an animal that you’ve rejected from your favor, or you’re hunting your enemy whose right to exist you have rejected. It may seem like a grim etymology, but it does explain how hunt became reject in Spanish.

Context

Here are a few memorable sentences to remember the word rechazar by.

 

¿Por qué el rechazo dolía tanto? 
Why does rejection hurt so badly? 
 
¡No me rechace mi amor!
Do not reject me, my love!

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Nicolas Raymond)

Si rechaza el brocoli, no se puede comer el postre.

If you reject your broccoli, you can’t have dessert.

 

Rechazo Coping Strategies

All of us face rejection at some point in our lives, be it from a school we applied to, a job we wanted or in your first heartbreak. Here are some ideas from Dr. Fredric Neuman at Psychology Today for coping with life’s rechazos:

-Be realistic about your odds. If you applied for a very selective school or job and didn’t get it, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means there’s a lot of competition. Don’t give up and keep trying to apply to other schools or jobs to increase your chances of eventual acceptance.

-Throw multiple darts. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, spread them out. Apply to multiple schools. Search for lots of open jobs. If you’re trying to make new friends, reach out to lots of different folks.

-Remember that rejection is not a reflection of yourself! There are many reasons for rejection, and sometimes they’re quite complicated and have little to do with you.

So, take rechazo in stride! 

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Animals on the Silver Screen

We love it when our furry friends play starring roles on the big screen. First of all, acting animals are a pretty impressive phenomenon. Kudos to both these super smart animals, and to their skilled trainers. In today’s Crossword Puzzle in the Crossword Page-A-Day® Calendar, we have a puzzle with a zoo film theme.

To get your mind jogging on animal-themed films before you start the puzzle, we just couldn’t resist a little nostalgic reminiscing session about out favorite movies starring animals. From the kid movies that filled our childhood, to more adult flicks, these are the fauna films we’ll never forget! For this list, we’re including films starring real animals—no animated films.

 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

What an incredible journey it was. It’s the story—narrated by Chance, a dog—of two dogs and a cat trying to return home to their owners through the wilderness. Based on a book called The Incredible Journey, this tale of their adventures is indelible in the collective memory of children growing up in the ‘90s!

Homeward Bound

 

Babe

The heartbreaking yet humorous story of a pig that wants to be a sheepdog. This Australian film probably influenced many of its young viewers to become vegetarians, or at least abstain from bacon for awhile! It was even nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards.

 

March of the Penguins

A beautifully shot window into the lives of penguins in Antarctica, this documentary made all who watched it fall in love with the tuxedo-suited bird. By turns hilarious, tragic and awe-inspiring, it also snagged an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

March of the Penguins

 

Life of Pi

The most recent of our animal movie picks, Life of Pi is based on a novel of the same name written by Yann Martel—a truly riveting read. The film was released in 3D and follows “Pi” Patel as he relays his life story to a novelist. One of the standout stories from his life involves a shipwreck he endured at age 16, after which he became stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker.

Life of Pi

Now put one of these movies on—or perhaps simply welcome your pet into your lap—to channel their animal vibes as you tackle the crossword puzzle!

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In Stupidity Today:  To Read or to Forget to Read

Have you ever forgotten to do something you actually loving doing … for a whole year? Norah Jones has once admitted: “I’ve always loved to read, but sometimes I go for a year without reading a book because I forget to.”

Really, Norah? Not the brightest thing to ever come out of this soulful singer’s mouth. Maybe it’s more like she didn’t have time to read, or was distracted by other endeavors like songwriting or world tours.

Either way, the blip of a quote landed her in the Stupidest Things Ever Said Page-A-Day® calendar.

How about celebrities who don’t forget to read? There are a lot of them and some of them have great literary taste. Obviously, there’s Oprah with her Book Club, but there are many other actors, musicians and other famous folks who consider themselves well-read.

Comedienne Amy Poehler was a self-described “voracious reader” as a child. “Reading was a way to make friends or enemies, a way to discover how all these different people exist in the world,” Poehler recalls. Her picks: I Like You, by fellow comedienne Amy Sedaris, and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

(Photo from Flickr, credit: PBS Press Room)

Which HBO series star loves Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov? That would be Lena Dunham, perhaps because her first name bears resemblance to the title. “I read it for the first time in fourth grade, because I was told that it had sexy parts,” Dunham says.

President Barack Obama, a two-time author himself, fancies Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, as well as the works of Shakespeare, the writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the greatest story ever told, the Bible.

If you had to guess what the favorite book of comedian Jim Carrey would be, what would you pick? A light-hearted funny story? A Shakespearean comedy of errors? A David Sedaris memoir? Nope, this funny man has a dark side. His favorite all-time read is Dostoevsky’s tome Crime and Punishment. Jim, we never knew you could be so deep!

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Greg Hernandez)

In other stupidity news for the weekend, we have a question posed by an English vicar to his bishop in an email. “My Lord,” he writes, “I regret to inform you of the death of my wife. Can you possibly send a substitute for the weekend?” It turns out, men of the church can have quite a good sense of humor (we hope).

Stay smart, folks!

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Meow Down to a Cat? Ancient Egyptians Did

In India, cows are holy—and you’ll certainly never find beef on a menu there as a result. There, they also bow down to the cobra, and even celebrate the slithery reptile in an annual festival. Over in Greece and Egypt, goats are worshipped. In the Chinese Zodiac, pigs are amongst the twelve most lucky animals. The Thai believe that the souls of the dead reside within elephants, and the Lord Ganesha god has the head of an elephant. Animal worship—also known as zoolatry—is common the world over.

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Curtis Palmer)

So what about cat worship? Is anyone meowing down to the kitties in the 365 Cats Page-A-Day® calendar? The answer is a resounding yes!

In Ancient Egypt, many of the gods and goddesses worshiped by Egyptians took the form or characteristics of cats. They deified other animals, too, but the cat towered above all other animals in divine status. In the Valley of the Kings, an inscription conveys just how important cats were to the Egyptians: “You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; you are indeed the Great Cat.”

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World)

Perhaps some of this cat worship stemmed from the fact that cats actually played an important role in Egyptian agriculture. Cats helped to rid their stored grain of mice, rat and snakes that would compromise their grain. The Egyptians referred to all cats as “miu,” a likely allusion to the sound cats make.

There are more examples of cat worship in various cultures. For example, Peruvians that lived even before the Incas worshiped Ai-Apaec, a god that had the face of an old man with long fangs and a cat’s whiskers who could take the form of a tomcat. While in Poland, agricultural families worshiped black cats because they believed they chased away ghosts and other evil creatures.

Do you worship your cat? If your kitty is just divine, enter your pet into the Page-A-Day® Cat Contest. Or, vote from this week’s cat contestants!

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The Shoe Architect

The architect. That’s what they call shoe designer Burak Uyan, perhaps because his shoes are like columns, complex structures and, at times, modern buildings. That’s no coincidence since he cites his sources of inspiration as “architecture and arts and crafts.” Born in Germany and based in Paris, Burak has his own eponymous label, and formerly designed for Givenchy and Giambattista Valli.

Today, his shoes appear in the Shoes Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar. These blue suede booties from his 2012 collection cut the ankle at a provocative asymmetrical angle and are lined with blue reptile skin trim.

Perhaps Burak’s penchance for architectural footwear is what allows him to mount soles atop such high heels, while still conveying a sturdy and well-mounted impression. In addition to being expertly constructed, these shoes are sassy and splashy. Sure, Burak’s German precision is loud and clear in each design, but his use of curvaceous line, bold color, buckles and material is anything but austere.

Art Deco makes an appearance in turquoise and mint-green color block pumps. A black ankle bootie smacks of Victorian style with its wide lacing, yet Steampunk pizzazz with its futuristic, dark character. In a playful pump, a network of pink and purple zig-zags across the foot.

 

Ah yes, these are the type of steal-the-show shoes that you might don to an art gallery opening, a rooftop lounge cocktail party or a club where you intend to see and be seen. Based on Burak Uyan’s Pinterest, we’re guessing he’s a pretty cool guy with a great sense of humor—and a tattoo enthusiast. Check him out and learn more about this brilliant German maestro of the shoe.

 

Visit Burak Uyan's profile on Pinterest.

Travel Tuesday: Cape Breton

Not many places can boast a series of rave reviews as impressive as this island in Canada.

“One of 49 journeys that’ll change your life,” CNN beemed in 2013.

“Most romantic place in Canada,” vacay.ca said in 2012.

#1 island destinations in North American, #3 in the world,” Travel & Leisure magazine declared in 2011.

When you think of the world’s greatest islands, Canada might not necessarily jump to the top of the list. In North America, perhaps you think of islands off the coast of Florida, or Hawaii’s tropical Kauai or Oahu. Worldwide, there are the famous Greek islands, and the white sand beaches of Southeast Asia. So what could an island in Canada have on all of those famous spots? After all, Cape Breton must be in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar for good reason.

For starters, Cape Breton is home to stunning scenery—cliffy beaches, old lighthouses and lush trees—that creates a one-of-a-kind setting. Then there’s the culture: a melting pot of Scottish, Acadian, Irish, African, and the native Mi’kmaq tribe. This intermingling of these traditions creates a vibrant musical arts tradition, and makes for a diverse and sophisticated culinary scene.

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Joe Schlabotnik)

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Andrea Schaffer)

As far as how Cape Breton will change your life, there is no shortage of life-altering experiences to be had upon this lively island. For example, you can:

-Hike the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as you listen to the echo of fiddling off the hills surrounding you

-Relive history at the largest historical reconstruction in North America—enlightening for adults, and a blast for kids

-Shoot for a hole-in-one on one of the award-winning golf courses

-Dance at a Ceilidh to the tune of local Celtic fiddlers

-Explore the waters on a cruise, by kayak or canoe

If all the Scottish culture around Cape Breton has you craving some sips of good scotch on the rocks, may we suggest you check out Single Malt and Scotch Whisky? This guide will help new Scotch drinkers and seasoned Scotch aficionados alike to search for the brands perfect for their taste. We bet it will help you loosen up as you do a jig to the Celtic tunes in the most romantic place in Canada.

 

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Spoiler Alert! Solution to September 9 Mensa Crossword Calendar, Featured in Newsletter

This puzzle is from 10-Minute Crossword Puzzles Page-A-Day Calendar. Keep your brain sharp in 2015 with one of our game, puzzle, or trivia calendars. These calendars make terrific gifts for puzzle lovers any time of the year!

This puzzle is featured in the September edition of our newsletter, along with a travel lover's bundle giveaway. Enter and win! 

View the solution to the September 9, 2014 Brain Buster below.

September 2014 Mensa Crossword Puzzle

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Meow Monday – Best Places for Cats Online

Happy Meow Monday! Today, we’re ogling this adorable Birman in the Cats Gallery Page-A-Day® Calendar. There’s just something so alluring about its silky white fur with orange accents beaming on its tail and face. The blue eyes don’t hurt either.

The Birman breed hails originally from Western Europe—England, France, Germany—and also Australia. They’re known for being sweet, loving and playful yet not hyperactive. They’re also not the most talkative of kitties.

Most cat lovers—and most web surfers, really—know that felines have taken up their fair share of space on the Internet. From hilarious YouTube videos of cats falling not so gracefully, to pictures of cats dressed up in clothes, there’s plenty of online fodder for cat lovers.

We’ve all seen LOLCats photos posted on Facebook or elsewhere on the web. Hilarious pictures of cats with captions in what can only be described as LOLCat speak. A kitten on a mini computer says “iz likin myself onlolcats.com.” Two cats kiss and rub their noses together with the caption, “i kan has eskeymo?” You get the idea.

Cat Bounce has a pretty simple and amazing premise. Against a colorful background, black and white cats fall from above and bounce against the bottom of your screen. If you click “make it rain,” a downpour of cats ensues. We’re not really sure who came up with this or why it’s so entrancing, but, well, you kind of just have to see it for yourself. You should probably stop what your doing RIGHT NOW to click on the link. Go ahead, we'll wait...

In more serious (and perhaps practical) cat websites, Love Meow is a blog for cat lovers and also has a slant toward rescued kitties. There are stories, videos, adorable photos and information about rescue cats.

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Meet Baby: This Week’s Page-A-Day® Cat Photo Contest Winner

Baby - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

We found Baby and his siblings in a shed abandoned by their mother. Baby was the runt and had to be bottle fed. Last year he got outside and was missing for 5 weeks in the middle of winter and we were lucky enough to have a response to an ad on craigslist, we are so thankful to have him back. He enjoys playing fetch and being cute.

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