January is…

The first month of the year… resolutions are fresh in our minds, those extra holiday pounds are swimming around our belts, the promise of a new start looms ahead. Yes, it’s January! The month of beginnings! The month of fresh starts! The month for…well, you guessed it, it’s the month for the weird and wonderful reasons we humans have come up with to justify a celebration.

So, put your feet up, have a dried plum while reading a book about becoming more creative in collecting wealth, drink a cup of hot tea, and donate some blood…You’ll be a better person for it!
Please note: the comments in italics are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the opinions, ideas, or musings of any other person, group, or entity. :o)

January is

Flower:              Carnation or Snowdrop

Birthstone:        Garnet

New Moon:      January 8th at 6:37am

Full Moon        January 22nd at 8:35am

Monthly observances…

Book Blitz Month

Birth Defects Month

California Dried Plum Digestive Month do plums have digestive issues?

Coffee Gourmet International Month

Family Fit Lifestyle Month

Financial Wellness Month RUN to the bank!

International Change Your Stars Month

International Creativity Month watch a Martha Stewart show!

International New Year’s Resolutions Month for Businesses

International Quality of Life Month

International Wayfinding Month

International Wealth Mentality Month run faster to the bank!

National Be On-Purpose Month

National Clean Up Your Computer Month how DOES it get so dirty?

National Get Organized Month

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

National Hot Tea Month

National Lose Weight, Feel Great Month if only it were this easy…

National Mail Order Gardening Month

National Mentoring Month mentor a child – it doesn’t hurt!

National Personal Self-Defense Month

National Radon Action Month

National Skating Month skate away from Radon

National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

Oatmeal Month

Resolve to Eat Breakfast Month have a bowl of oatmeal!

Thyroid Awareness Month we need to be aware of our thyroids?

Weekly celebrations….

1/1-7                Diet Resolution Week that’s about as long as it’ll last

                        National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week

                        New Year’s Resolutions Week

                        Silent Record Week better than broken record week

                        Women’s Self Empowerment Week

1/2-5                Someday We’ll Laugh About this Week I’m laughing now, thanks

1/7-11              National Thank-Your-Customers Week

1/9-12              National No Tillage Week

1/9-13              National Graves’ Disease Awareness Week

1/11-17            Cuckoo Dancing Week buy one of those little drinking birds!

1/13-19            International Printing Week

1/17-27            Sundance Film Festival

1/20-26            Healthy Weight Week

                        National Handwriting Analysis Week

                        National Take Back your Time Week where should we take it?

1/21-25            National Medical Group Practice Week

                        No Name Calling Week that’s stupid!

1/24-30            World Leprosy Week

1/26-2/2           National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week there once was a horse from Nantucket…

1/29-2/2           Catholic Schools Week

1/31-2/4           Groundhog Days

Special January Days

1/1       New Years Day

            New Year’s Dishonor List Day

            Z Day as in catch some

            Sudan Independence Day

1/2       Happy Mew Year for Cats Day leave it to cats to do it one day late

            55-MPH Speed Limit Day only if you’re not on I-285!

            Earth at Perihelion

            Haiti: Ancestor’s Day

            National Geographic Bee where are the Isles of Langerhorn?

            Japan: Kakizome

1/3       Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day we need to remember this?

            National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

            Tolkien Day eat a chocolate covered cherry while reading The Hobbit!

            Congress Assembles

            National Write to Congress Day

1/4       Dimpled Chad Day chads are so much cuter with dimples!

            Trivia Day

            World Braille Day

1/5       Bird Day the creatures, not the hand gestures

            National Second Hand Wardrobe Day wear some hand-me-downs!

            Epiphany or Twelfth Night

1/7       Thank God It’s Monday Day whoever made this one isn’t a teacher!

            Japan: Nanakusa and Usokae

1/8       National English Toffee Day

            National Joy Germ Day why should germs be joyous?

            Show and Tell Day at Work

            Greece: Midwife’s or Women’s Day

            St. Gudala’s Feast Day

1/9       Panama: Martyr’s Day

            Philippines: Feast of the Black Nazarene

1/10     Islamic New Year Day

            National Cut Your Energy Costs Day stay home!

1/11     International Thank You Days (through 1/18)

            Nepal: National Unity Day

1/12     Penguin Awareness Day watch the movie!

1/14     National Clean Off Your Desk Day

            Organize Your Home Day

            Ratification Day

            Japan: Coming of Age Day

            Uzbekistan: Army Day

1/15     Champion of the Month Day  who will it be this year??

            Humanitarian Day

1/16     Appreciate a Dragon Day Grendel rocks!

            Nothing Day beware the nothing!

            Religious Freedom Day

            Japan: Haru-No-Yabuiri

            Malawi: John Chilembwe Day

1/17     Customer Service Day I KNEW it was down to just one day!

            Judgment Day

            Kid Inventors’ Day invent some way to improve customer service!

            St. Anthony’s Day

            Get to Know Your Customers Day

1/18     Pooh (Winnie The) Day

1/19-20            Eagle Days I want to fly like an eagle…

1/20     National Disc Jockey Day

            Inauguration Day

            World Religion Day let’s pray for wise leadership!

1/21     Martin Luther King Day one day isn’t enough…

            National Hugging Day

            Squirrel Appreciation Day let them eat out of the bird feeder…

1/22     Answer Your Cats Questions Day mine won’t talk to me.

            Celebration of Life Day

            International Day of Radiant Peace

            National Speak Up and Succeed Day speak up for peace!

            Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day remember the hot dog diet?


            St. Vincent’s Feast Day

1/23     National Handwriting Day

            National Pie Day eat a Moonpie!

            Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day fun!!

            Bulgaria: Babin Den

1/24     Belly Laugh Day find something funny and share it!

            Women’s Healthy Weight Day that’s not funny…

            Bolivia: Alacitis Fair

            Togo: Economic Liberation Day

1/24-26            Women in Blue Jeans Days

1/25     A Room of One’s Own Day

            Fun At Work Day shouldn’t this go with Belly Laugh Day?

1/26     National Peanut Brittle Day

            National Seed Swap Day

            Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement they need this in Toad Hollow…

1/27     Holocaust Memorial Day never forget…never forget

            Thomas Crapper Day

1/28     Better Business Communication Day

            Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day do a bubble wrap dance!

            National Compliment Day y’all are great!

            Respectful Communication teach it to a young person!

1/29     Free Thinkers Day I don’t believe you should have to pay to think!

            World Leprosy Day

1/30     Inane Answering Message Day

            National Write to Congress Day or leave an inane answering machine message!

1/31     Inspire Your Heart with Art Day make an early Valentine!

            Nauru: National Holiday

Selected author birthdays…

Jan. 1               J. D. Salinger, 1919; Jean Ure, 1943

Jan. 2               Isaac Asimov, 1920; Alma Flor Ada, 1938

Jan. 3               J.R.R. Tolkien, 1892; Carolyn Haywood, 1898

Jan. 4               Jacob Grimm, 1785; Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1933

Jan. 5               Lynne Cherry, 1952

Jan. 6               Carl Sandburg, 1878; Vera Cleaver, 1919

Jan. 7               Zora Neal Hurston, 1891; Minfong Ho, 1951

Jan. 8               Lee Ames, 1921; Stephen Manes, 1949

Jan. 9               Walter Brooks, 1886; Clyde Robert Bulla, 1914

Jan. 10             Sook Nyul Choi, 19?; Christopher G. Knight, 1943

Jan. 11             Robert C. O’Brien, 1918; Alice Mead, 1952

Jan. 12             Charles Perrault, 1628; Jack London, 1876

Jan. 13             David Wiseman, 1916; Michael Bond, 1926

Jan. 14             Hugh Lofting, 1886

Jan. 15             Robert Silverberg, 1935; Bijou LeTord, 1945

Jan. 16             Robert Lipsyte, 1938

Jan. 17             Robert Cormier, 1925; Shari Lewis, 1934

Jan. 18             A.A. Milne, 1882; Raymond Briggs, 1934

Jan. 19             Nina Bawden, 1925; Pat Mora, 1942

Jan. 20             Helen Hoover, 1910; Tedd Arnold, 1949

Jan. 21             Huck Scarry, 1953

Jan. 22             Brian Wildsmith, 1930; Rafe Martin, 1946

Jan. 23             Katherine Holabird, 1948

Jan. 24             John Beatty, 1922

Jan. 25             James Flora, 1914; Debbi Chocolate, 1951

Jan. 26             Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831; Maria von Trapp, 1905

Jan. 27             Lewis Carroll, 1832; Julius Lester, 1939

Jan. 28             Vera B. Williams, 1927

Jan. 29             Bill Peet, 1915; Christopher Collier, 1930; Rosemary Wells, 1943

Jan. 30             Lloyd Alexander, 1924; Tony Johnston, 1942; Michael Dorris, 1945

Jan. 31             Gerald McDermott, 1941; Denise Fleming, 1950

Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia

Posted on December 19, 2007, in Communications. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Dear Ms. Grigsby,
    Thank you for spreading the word about Global Belly Laugh Day, January 24. On Belly Laugh Day we celebrate the great gift of laughter. How? On January 24th at 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Join the Belly Laugh Bounce’ Round the World. The Belly Laugh Bounce begins in New Zealand, continues to Fiji, across Asia, Europe, USA to Alaska and Hawaii. Looking forward to catching your laugh. The symbol for Global Belly Laugh Day is a smiling sun with seven rays and dimples with the numbers 1 and 24. On Belly Laugh Day we celebrate the laughs and smiles that transform our moments 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the seven continents. http://www.bellylaughday.com

  2. Happy 70th birthday, Mr. Lipsyte. I’m honored you wrote and I’ll be thinking of you on the 16th! susan

  3. Dear Ms. Grigsby,
    Thanks for putting my name on such a fine list. It’s a big birthday for me and you’ve made it even better!
    Happy Holidays and New Year,
    Robert Lipsyte

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