Daily Thoughts & Issues

IN THIS ISSUE:

DECEMBER 10

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December 10 - *Human Rights Day The day Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, and fundamental rights of all men and women were recognized world-wide (1948). inquiries@un.org Visit www.hurpec.org who are publishing the live news about the functions which will be held today around the world. * Tom Molineaux, the first unofficial heavyweight champion of the US, was a freed slave from Virginia. He was beaten in the 40th round by Tom Cribb, the English champion, in a boxing match at Copthall Common in London (1810) * The first Nobel Prizes are presented as the legacy of Alfred Berhard Nobel, the creator of dynamite, in recognition of outstanding contributions to humanity (1901). University of Chicago professor Albert Michelson, eminent physicist known for his research on the speed of light and optics became the first US scientist to receive the Nobel Prize. (1907) Ralph Bunche was the first black man awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1950) He was awarded the prize for his efforts in mediation between Israel and neighboring Arab states in 1949. * Sioux Chief Red Cloud was born in 1822 near North Platte, NE. A courageous leader and defender of Native American rights, he was the son of Lone Man and Walks as She Thinks. His unrelenting determination caused US abandonment of the Boseman trail and of three forts that interfered with their hunting grounds. He died in Pine Ridge, SD on this date in 1909. * Soyuz 26 (USSR) launched with Cosmonauts who linked it with Salyut 6 space station (1977) after an unsuccessful attempt by Soyuz 25 earlier in that year. It spent a record-setting 96 days in space. * Birthdays: Melvin Dewey, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Mark Anthony Aguirre, Kenneth Branagh, Harold Gould.

DAILY THOUGHTS

On this day in 1950, Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. African American History

I have a runner's watch that measures the pulse. My wife puts it around my penis and measures its rate while she does different things to it. - James, 35 Best of 1001 Sex Secrets Every Man & Woman Should Know

Expecting a new addition to the family?  Start early and teach gentleness with a pet or stuffed animal. Show your child how to hold a baby, supporting back and neck, and then praise her or him for the gentleness shown. Dr. Buff's 365 Day Parenting Calendar

In his book A Search for God in Time and Memory, John Dunne suggests that we think about our life as a whole, all the elements of drama in it, which will provide a sense of how out lifetime fits into the larger historical and generational saga of our times. New Passages

I believe that grace is available to everyone, that we are all clocked in the love of God, no one less nobly than another. The only answer I can give, therefore, is that most of us choose not to heed the call of grace and to reject its assistance. All of us are called by and to grace, but few of us choose to listen to the call. The Road Less Traveled

Honoring the mystery in a relationship allows our willfulness about its shape and timing to be placed in a greater context, and we can give over some of our anxiety and effort. Soul Mates

Do not be afraid of the past. If people tell you that it is irrevocable, do not believe them - Oscar Wilde Achieve Your Dreams

The time between the throwing of a bottle with a chart of deserted peoples and the bottles recovery on shore has varied from a few days to sixteen years and the distance from a few miles to five thousand miles. Forgotten English

Things to Be Happy About: Rinse-and-reuse paper towels. Making time for someone. Obeying your heart. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About

It's hard not to pick at it. Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me

Choice is the exploration of desire and then the selection of action. In every moment, you are choosing either to align yourself with your own true path or to veer away from it. There are no neutral actions. Even the smallest gesture has a direction to it, leading you closer to your path or further away from it, whether you realize it or not. If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

Can you name the bisexual poet born on this day in 1830 who wrote over 1,700 poems but had only seven published during her lifetime? (Answer below.) Gay & Lesbian Calendar

Wreath Cookies: These cookies are a cinch to make - and children love the braiding part. Start with a soft molasses or ginger cookie (3" in diameter). With a 1 1/2" round biscuit cutter (or knife), cut a hole from the center of the cookie. Save the center. Spread a light layer of frosting over the cookie. Loosely braid 3 green sour-sugar straw candies and place on cookie (the frosting will keep the braid in place). Using tiny dabs of frosting, attach cinnamon candies to the braid. Cut out a bow-tie shape from center cutout piece; frost, then coat with sugar crystals and attach to wreath with frosting. Parents Tips & Tricks

"For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Before you get angry, ask yourself if it's worth the price you pay for it.  Stress Busters

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford Win the Day!

El aprendizaje (ahprehndeeSAHheh) Learning, wisdom. Eres una mujer de gran aprendizaje. You are a woman of great wisdom. Living Language

Answer: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

TODAY'S ISSUE: RACISM

In 1973 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the years 1973-1983, beginning December 10, UN Human Rights Day, as the Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. Renewing its efforts, the UN designated the years 1983-1993 as the Second Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. The adopted Program of Action states the decade's goals and outlines the measures to be taken at the regional, national and international levels to achieve them. In 1992, the Assembly called upon the international community to provide resources for the program to be carried out during a third decade (1993-2017), particularly for the monitoring of the transition from apartheid in South Africa.

Hey Man: Did you make a difference yesterday? Let us know at Contact Us. Do the tough stuff first, and reward yourself with fun stuff later. What Every Man Needs to Know Want to make a difference but you don't know where to start?

 

BOOK OF THE WEEK

Dress Like the Big Fish: How to achieve the image you want and the success you deserve, Dick Lerner. To land a job these days, prospective employees need more than a strong resume. Their dress and image need to mirror their credentials. The author, a Certified Wardrobe Consultant and Certified Custom Clothier, points out, "An investment in an appropriate wardrobe is an investment in career success." In this book he offers sensible, practical advice for everyone from young people looking for their first job or to step up a rung; retiring or recently discharged military personnel who have been wearing a uniform for many years; women and men re-entering the work force; and anyone looking to land a job in this tough job market. Things considered: that sport coast that's on sale may not be such a good buy. Business casual does not mean jeans. Wear wool. When you can't afford wardrobe clothing, buy fewer pieces, but better quality. Dress for the job two levels above you. Also, a check-list for non-clothing items: hair, eyeglasses, facial hair, fingernails. www.DressLiketheBigFish.com, Bel Fir Fashions Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9793463-0-9

SPECIAL URLs

 

MENSTUFF COLUMNS BY AUTHOR

  • The Advice Diva - The Advice Diva - relationship and sexuality issues discussed - www.menstuff.org/columns/advicediva/archive.html
  • Peter Alsop - Song of the Month - www.menstuff.org/columns/alsop/archive.html
  • Reid Baer - A Man Overboard - Interview of the Month - www.menstuff.org/columns/overboard/archive.html
  • Reid Baer - Poetry - poetry read on YouTube - www.menstuff.org/columns/baer/archive.html
  • Molly Barrow - Shrink About This - www.menstuff.org/columns/barrow/archive.html
  • Peter Baylies - At Home Dads - on at-home-dad issues that impact fathers who stay at home to raise their kids - www.menstuff.org/columns/baylies/archive.html
  • Tom Blake - Middle-Age Relationships - from an expert on dating after 50. www.menstuff.org/columns/blake/archive.html
  • Mark Brandenburg - Great Fathers - on fathering issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/greatfathers/archive.html
  • Ted Braude - BoysWork - a columnist in the The Detroit Free Press "Body and Mind" section www.menstuff.org/columns/braude/archive.html
  • Armin Brott - A Father's Guide - hosts "Positive Parenting" on radio www.menstuff.org/columns/brott/archive.html
  • Dan Bulf - Get Real - weekly pod cast on men's issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/bulf/archive.html
  • Ken Byers - Transition - on men's life transitions - www.menstuff.org/columns/byers/archive.html
  • Sandra L. Caron - Sex Talk - college students get answers to their questions - www.menstuff.org/columns/sextalk/archive.html
  • Neil Chethik - Relationships - www.menstuff.org/columns/chethik/archive.html
  • Otto & Susie Collins - Susie and Otto - relationship issues discussed - www.menstuff.org/columns/susie&otto/archive.html
  • David Copeland - How to Succeed with Women - www.menstuff.org/columns/howtosucceed/archive.html
  • Layne & Paul Cutright - Powerful Partnerships - relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/cutright/archive.html
  • Ron DesMarais - Cavemen in the Kitchen - great recipes for men - www.menstuff.org/columns/desmarais/archive.html
  • Jed Diamond - Irritable Male Syndrome - www.menstuff.org/columns/diamond/archive.html
  • Doc Love - Women Don't Lie, Man Don't Listen - answers to relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/doclov/archive.html
  • Barry Durdant-Hollamby - Creating Change - creating change in your life - www.menstuff.org/columns/durdant/archive.html
  • Irv Engel - The Real Deal - www.menstuff.org/columns/engel/archive.html
  • Nancy Fagan - Expert Dating Advice - with Nancy Fagan - www.menstuf.org/columns/fagan/archive.html
  • Warren Farrell - Men's Issues: Facts and Perspectives www.menstuff.org/columns/farrell/archive.html
  • Leonard Felder - Wake Up or Break Up - www.menstuff.org/columns/felder/archive.html
  • Marty Friedman - Strong Men, Strong Marriage - www.menstuff.org/columns/friedman/archive.html
  • Kim Garretson - Mansgland - using humor to encourage prostate exams - www.menstuff.org/columns/mansgland/archive.html
  • Lion Goodman - How to get Women to Love You - www.menstuff.org/columns/goodman/archive.html
  • Liz Halliday - In a Man's World - www.menstuff.org/columns/halliday/archive.html
  • Tim Hartnett - Daddyman Speaks - being a father www.menstuff.org/columns/daddyman/archive.html
  • John Hershey - Blood, Phlegm & Bile: Parenting with Humor - He writes a syndicated biweekly humor column about parenting and family life. www.menstuff.org/columns/hershey/archive.html
  • Gary Hoeber - Psychotherapy as Soul Work, www.menstuff.org/columns/hoeber/archive.html
  • Patrick Houser - Fathers Make a World of Difference, www.menstuff.org/columns/houser/archive.html
  • Paul Joannides - The Guide to Getting It On - on sex - www.menstuff.org/columns/getiton/archive.html
  • Jack Kahn - NOMAS Boston - www.menstuff.org/columns/kahn/archive.html
  • Patrick Kennedy - Seniors - www.menstuff.org/columns/kennedy/archive.html
  • Joe Kort - Gaydar - to increase understanding between gay and het men - www.menstuff.org/columns/kort/archive.html
  • David Kundtz - David Kundtz - presents seminars, workshops, retreats, and conference presentations in the areas of men's emotional health, stress management, and spirituality. www.menstuff.org/columns/kundtz/archive.html
  • Bruce Linton - Dr. Dad - on fathering - www.menstuff.org/columns/drdad/archive.html
  • Ron Louis - How to Succeed with Women - www.menstuff.org/columns/howtosucceed/archive.html
  • Wendy McElroy - Wendy McElroy on Feminism, www.menstuff.org/columns/mcelroy/archive.html
  • Robert N. Minor - Minor Details - on GBT sexuality - www.menstuff.org/columns/minordetails/archive.html
  • Robert L. Moore - Man & Mythology - www.menstuff.org/columns/moore/archive.html
  • Dennis W. Neder - Being a Man - general questions about men's lives - www.menstuff.org/columns/neder/archive.html
  • Marty Nemko - Worklife - general questions about men and work - www.menstuff.org/columns/nemko/archive.html
  • Eli Newberger - Eli Newberger - general information on men's lives - www.menstuff.org/columns/newberger/archive.html
  • Linda Nielsen - Embracing the Father - working with the father/daughter relationship. www.menstuff.org/columns/nielsen/archive.html
  • Kathy Noll - Bullies and Youth Violence - working with schools, teachers and parents to end school violence - www.menstuff.org/columns/noll/archive.html
  • Mark Phillips - Stay-at-Home-Dads - helping men maintain that which makes us men, instead of becoming hairy Mom-substitutes - www.menstuff.org/columns/phillips/archive.html
  • Carey Roberts - Socialism & Feminism - is a social commentator on political correctness. www.menstuff.org/columns/roberts/archive.html
  • Perry Rose - Dating, Relationship, Sex
  • Glenn Sacks - His Side - on fathering - www.menstuff.org/columns/sacks/archive.html
  • Trudy Schuett - Domestic Violence - serving the under-represented www.menstuff.org/columns/schuett/archive.html
  • Carl J. Schutt - Circumcision - social commentator on circumcision - www.menstuff.org/columns/schutt/archive.html
  • Hugo Schwyzer - A Pro-feminist's Response - www.menstuff.org/columns/schwyzer/archive.html
  • Michael Shaffran - Men's Issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/shaffran/archive.html
  • Judith Sherven - Judith & Jim - discussion and answers regarding relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/judith&jim/archive.html
  • Judith Sherven - The New Intimacy - www.menstuff.org/columns/newintimacy/archive.html
  • George Simons - Bellicose Veins - is a US specialist in intercultural and gender communication who hangs out in Mandelieu - la Napoule, France, as well as in Santa Cruz, CA. www.menstuff.org/columns/simons/archive.html
  • Andy Smith - Hard Hat Brotherhood - www.menstuff.org/columns/hardhat/archive.html
  • David B. Smith - Fighting Father Dave - www.menstuff.org/columns/smith/archive.html
  • Jim Sniechowski - Judith & Jim - discussion and answers regarding relationship issues - www.menstuff.org/columns/judith&jim/archive.html
  • Jim Sniechowski - The New Intimacy - www.menstuff.org/columns/newintimacy/archive.html
  • Reena Sommer - Custody - is an internationally recognized relationship and divorce consultant. www.menstuff.org/columns/sommer/archive.html
  • R. Don Steele - Don Steele - relationship questions answered -
    www.menstuff.org/columns/steele/archive.html
  • David Steinberg - Comes Naturally - on sexuality - www.menstuff.org/columns/steinberg/archive.html
  • Mary Lou St Lucas - A Mother's Love - www.menstuf.org/columns/stlucas/archive.html
  • Surprise - Surprise Author - From a new columnist every month - www.menstuff.org/columns/surprise/archive.html
  • Steven Svoboda - Fatherhood, Activism and the Law www.menstuff.org/columns/svoboda/archive.html
  • Michael Taylor - A New Conversation with Men - www.menstuff.org/columns/taylor/archive.html
  • Bruce Van Horn - Yoga for Men - issues around the health benefits of yoga for men - www.menstuff.org/yoga/archive.html
  • Michael Webb - Secrets of Blissful Relationships - on relationship - www.menstuff.org/columns/bliss/archive.html
  • Stuart Wilde - Spirituality - www.menstuff.org/columns/wilde/archive.html
  • Dr.Williams - Sex Health - on sexual health - Dr. Williams, www.menstuff.org/columns/sexhealth/archive.html
  • KC Wilson - On Gender Politics is a social commentator and author. www.menstuff.org/columns/wilson/archive.html

Plus

  • Health Tips - on general health - www.menstuff.org/columns/healthtips/archive.html
  • Independent Means - resources for raising financially fit kids - www.menstuff.org/columns/independentmeans/archive.html
  • Numbers - www.menstuff.org/columns/numbers/archive.html
  • Questions - www.menstuff.org/columns/q&a/archive.html
  • Surprise - from a new columnist every month - www.menstuff.org/columns/surprise/archive.html
  • Words Can Heal - helping children grow up healthy - www.menstuff.org/columns/wordscanheal/archive.html
  • Wuzup?! - National or international events happening this month - www.menstuff.org/columns/whassup/archive.html 

AWARENESS EVENTS THIS MONTH

December is Kidstuff month. Also check Toy Safety and Happy Holidaze. Holiday Designated Driver, Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness; Hug-A-Week for Hearing Impaired; International Calendar Awareness; *National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention; National Stress-Free Family Holidays; Safe Toys and Gifts; Universal Human Rights Month.

11/1-12/13: Merlin's Snug Hugs for Kids, 11/27-12/26: Ramadan. 11/1/00-01/01/01: Tie One on the Safety; 11/4-12/4: Jewish Book Month. 11/26-12/25: Operation Blessing International's 30 Days of Holiday Hope. 12/1-7: National Aplastic Anemia Awareness; Tolerance; 12/10-16: *Human Rights Week. 12/15-21: International Language Week 12/16-24: Posadas.. 12/17-23: Tell Someone They're Doing a Good Job Week. 12/22-29: Chanukah. 12/25-31: It's About Time Week. 12/26-1/1: Kwanzaa. 12/1: Day without Art/*UN World AIDS Day; 12/2: Pan American Health; International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Advent/Festival of Lights. 12/3: UN International Day of Disabled Persons. 12/5: Bathtub Party; International Volunteer Day for Economy and Social Development Day. 12/7: *National Pearl Harbor Remembrance; UN International Civil Aviation Day. 12/9: UN Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948). 12/10: * Human Rights; International Shareware; UN Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination Day. 12/12: Poinsettia Day. 12/15: *Bill of Rights; Underdog; One Day. 12/17: End Violence Against Sex Workers (International) *Pan American Aviation; Wright Brothers Day. 12/20: Louisiana Purchase; Mudd Day. 12/21: Forefathers'; Humbug; Phileas Fogg Wins a Wager; World Peace Day. 12/25: Christmas, A'phabet Day. 12/26: National Whiner's; Boxing Day. 12/28: Holy Innocents Day. 12/29: UN International Day for Biological Diversity Day. 12/31: Namahage (Japan); Make Up Your Mind Day. World Peace Meditation.

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