Sunday, December 10, 2006

Today is a Big Day

Today celebrates children, recognizes the need for human rights and peace, and even remembers a great poet. It must be a big day to recognize all that.

The second Sunday in December is International Children's Day. However, there are many children's days around the globe spread around the calendar. We can handle that fact by observing ALL of them, or by picking one or more and celebrating children everywhere all year long.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marks that day on December 10. It states that "All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms." This year Human Rights Day is focused on fighting poverty.

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Bangladeshi economist Muhammed Yunus who called poverty a fundamental threat to peace. His Grameen Bank fights poverty by giving micro-credit loans to millions of poor people in Bangladesh, especially women. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 94 individuals and 19 organizations since 1901.

Oh, and it is Emily Dickinson's birthday. Ms. Dickinson wrote almost 600 poems and is regarded as a a quintessential American poet along with Walt Whitman.

15 days before Christmas

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