Author Archives: Robin Bernstein

National Young Readers Week

It seems like there are so many days, weeks, and months recognizing literacy as a need in some form or another.  What is literacy?  Simply stated, literacy is the ability to identify, understand and communicate through reading and writing.  This month is “National Family Literacy Month” and the second week in November is well-known as “National Young Readers Week.”  This designation was established in 1985 when Pizza Hut and Center for the Book in the Library of Congress collaborated to launch this initiative.  Continue reading

The Gift of Gab…

If you have ever visited the Blarney Stone, built into the battlements of Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, you would know that it endows the “gift of the gab” to anyone who kisses it.  It makes you wonder if talk show hosts are compelled to visit it before accepting and undertaking a TV talk host assignment.

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Memories Matter!

Everyone forgets something at one time or another; however, those living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia related disorders find this behavior frustrating and can often lead to depression.  While normal memory loss does not prevent you from performing your day-to-day activities, for those living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia it can.

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Navajo Code Talkers

There are approximately 6,500 different languages spoken around the world, each one diverse enough to be unique.  One such language was used as a code language during World War II and those who spoke it were better known as the Navajo Code Talkers.  President Ronald Regan proclaimed August 14, 1982 “National Navajo Code Talkers Day” to recognize all tribes for their contribution to the war efforts and Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed legislation making this day a legal state holiday every year on August 14th.

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Clerihew Who? Or What?

Today, July 10th is celebrated as National Clerihew Day in honor of English novelist and humorist Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956).  He is credited with developing a poem style where the rules state:

  • Include four lines
  • The first and second lines rhyme with each other
  • The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other
  • Include a person’s name in the first line
  • The second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person
  • Say something about that person
  • Be humorous as it is meant to be a funny poem

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Every Second Counts…

Could you save a life?  Someone’s life could be in your hands and their vital statistics could depend on your actions.  June 1 – 7, 2021 is “National CPR and AED Awareness Week.”  The Red Cross emphasizes “Every Second Counts” because every second does count when someone is in cardiac arrest and their life could possibly be saved if everyone knew CPR and how to use an AED. Continue reading

Thinking Small=Big Business!

What do we think of when we think of the month of May?  Let me count the ways…  May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day, just to name a few.  However, did you know that May is also “Small Business Month” and the first week of May is designated “Small Business Week.”  The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has been recognizing the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses for more than 50 years.  This is an opportunity for small businesses and business owners to engage their community, collaborate and/or partner with colleagues, and reward loyal customers for their dedication and support.

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Where in the World Is________________?

Is there somewhere you would like to travel once most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted?  Would it be to Europe, Asia, Africa, or right here at home in the United States of America?  Regardless of where you might travel, you need to know how to get where you are going.  Today, April 5, 2021, is “National Read A Road Map Day.”  Now, does anyone ever really read a road map anymore?  In this day and age of GPS, satellites and voice commands, do we need traditional print maps?  Of course, we do…  Haven’t you ever heard of technology failing, dead batteries, and or lost satellite connections?  Well, it does happen and you might need to rely on a current road map to get you where you were going.

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Surveys! Surveys! Surveys!

Everyone has probably filled out a survey one time or another. You might ask yourself who needs this information, what is the information needed for, where will this information be stored, why do I need to do this, and exactly how is the information going to be used?

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week

Learning to care for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia is the first step in understanding the differences between the two diseases.  The week of February 14 – 20, 2021 is “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week.”  The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) has dedicated a week to raise awareness while educating on the caring of persons suffering from the condition.  Healthcare professionals are encouraged to learn new ways and techniques to assist their patients throughout the week. Continue reading