(PCM) According to the interwebs, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. It’s not clear why this day, in particular, has been set aside to celebrate home bread baking, but it might have something to do with Thanksgiving being just around the corner. All over the country, holiday menus are starting to get written, and bread, in some form or another, is on most of them.

Sure, you could pick up a few bags of pre-baked dinner rolls; no fuss, no muss. You could even toss some quick-rise biscuits or loaves in the oven last minute; they smell nice and taste… fine, but why not gift your loved ones – and yourself – with the real deal this year?

Starting tonight, pick a bread recipe from your favorite cookbook, website, or family vault; gather what you need and set aside a few hours. They don’t even have to be dedicated, undivided hours – bread-making is mostly bread doing its own thing (proofing, rising, getting toasty in your oven, teasing you with that yummy fresh-baked smell). However, you’ll want to give yourself time to do each step right, especially if you’ve never made bread before. But even if you’re an old pro, allow yourself slow down and enjoy it. This time of year can be particularly stressful, but the familiar, physical, meditative act of kneading and baking can be downright therapeutic.

If your bread comes out less than perfect, don’t despair! Consider some of the most common mistakes (Did you buy the right kind of yeast? Was it still in date? Did you let it get too hot or too cold, did you use too much or too little flour in your dough?) Consult one of the many books or websites on the art of bread-making to troubleshoot and fine-tune your craft, and then try, try again! It’s so worth it, and the beauty of Homemade Bread Day is that you still have a week or more before the main event.

With a little pre-planning and elbow grease (and a warm oven!), you too can soon be rolling out delicious bread to break with those you love.

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Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper And Sally Field Unite To Empower Veterans!


(PCM) The national veteran campaign “Got Your 6” has unveiled a new PSA featuring celebrities such as Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, and Sally Field as well as others to show the faces of a new generation of veterans. “Got Your 6” works to bridge the military-civilian divide by empowering veterans as leaders in the community upon their return home.

In the video Chris Pratt explains,  “Every year, a quarter million service members leave the military. Their passion for service does not end when their uniforms come off. They are resilient, they are leaders, and they’re ready to serve again.”

For those that may be curious the term “Got Your 6” means “I’ve got your back” in military lingo. According to the campaign website, the term was made popular by World War I fighter pilots, who referenced a pilot’s rear as the 6 o’clock position.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, check out the all-new PSA below:

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Celebrate National Grandparents Day!


(PCM) Be sure to take some time out of your day to spend a little time with your grandparents, not only on National Grandparents Day which is celebrated nationally on September 13th, but throughout the entire year. Even if it is just a phone call to check in and say “I love you” it will certainly be remembered and cherished.

The idea for Grandparents Day was born in 1970 by Marian McQuade who started a campaign for a special day of recognition especially for grandparents. It was first proclaimed as a holiday in 1973 and was later officially established when President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation in 1978 that stated the first Sunday after Labor Day would be used to observe Grandparents Day.

There are quite a few other ways to celebrate Grandparents Day, in addition to, of course, spending time with your grandparents on this day. Many people are changing their Facebook profile picture to feature one with their grandparents or grandchildren, they are also using the hashtag #GrandparentsDay or #DoSomethingGrand to share with others the way that they are spending the day and to bring about more awareness to the holiday.

A few activities that can be done together include spending some time getting to know your grandparents by asking questions about what it was like for them growing up and the ways in which society has changed. You can also do things like cook a meal or bake together, sort through old boxed and photo albums together, record video/audio messages to one another if you are living far away, start putting together a family or even volunteer together at a local soup kitchen or shelter. The forget-me-not is the official flower of Grandparent Day, so perhaps even planting a small garden could be a fun way to celebrate the day! Additional ideas can be found by visiting the official Grandparents Day website, as well.


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Light A Candle To Support World Suicide Prevention Day


(PCM) World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th and urges all of us to take some time and work together towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Use this day as a reason to go check in on a friend or loved one that you may be concerned about and lend an ear and a shoulder to show them that they do have support in their time of need.

The theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. There are a number of ways that you can become involved to raise awareness, as suicide claims more than 1 million lives worldwide each year. That number equates out to about one suicide every 40 seconds. According to, There is an estimated 10 to 20 suicide attempts per each completed suicide, resulting in several million suicide attempts each year. Suicide and suicidal behavior affects individuals of all ages, genders, races and religions across the planet.

Risk factors remain essentially the same from country to country. Mental illness, substance abuse, previous suicide attempts, hopelessness, access to lethal means, recent loss of loved ones, unemployment and vulnerability to self-harm are just few examples of risk factors. Protective factors are also the same in all corners of the world. High self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviors.

World Suicide Prevention Day represents a call for action and involvement by all governments and organizations worldwide to contribute to the cause of suicide awareness and prevention through activities, events, conferences and campaigns in their country. On September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.


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Police Shut Down Jerry Seinfeld’s Lemonade Stand!


(PCM) We can already see the array of joke material that will be coming from this incident. Police in East Hampton New York swept in an shut down a lemonade stand that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was running with this children after they claimed to have received numerous complaints from neighbors in the area.

It seems that Jerry and his children happened to set up their lemonade stand in an area of their neighborhood that does not allow any type of solicitation or sales to take place. The neighbors became unhappy with the amount of traffic that the lemonade stand was bringing to the area and contacted the local area police to have them shut-down.

Despite being shut down by police the lemonade stand did manage to bring in some money which will be donated to a charity run by Jerry’s wife Jessica call Baby Buggy, which donates clothing to families in need.

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McDonald’s Harshly Rejects Burger King’s Offer To Create The McWhopper


(PCM) In an effort to join forces and celebrate International Peace Day coming up on September 21, Burger King made the decision to reach out to McDonald’s by taking out two full page ads in both the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune to propose that the two companies bring a cease fire to the “burger wars” and combine their two most famous sandwiches, The Whopper and The Big Mac, to create The McWhopper to celebrate Peace Day.

The ad says “Good morning McDonald’s. We come in peace. In fact, we come in honor of peace. We know we’ve had our petty differences, but how about we call a ceasefire on these so-called ‘burger wars’?”. The ad goes on to explain why Burger King decided to extend the olive branch as they feel the creation of something as spectacular as The McWhopper would be an excellent way to get the world talking about subjects such as peace, harmony and non-violence.

Burger King ends the letter by saying “All of the tastiest bits of your Big Mac and our Whopper united in one delicious, peace-loving burger, developed together, cooked together, and available in one location for one day only. Let’s end the beef with beef. Talk soon”.

The company even went as far as to create a YouTube video and website to go along with their outreach to create The McWhopper, however the amazing idea was quickly squashed by McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, who posted a somewhat snarky response on the companies Facebook page which read:

Dear Burger King,

Inspiration for a good cause… great idea.

We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.

We commit to raise awareness worldwide, perhaps you’ll join us in a meaningful global effort?

And every day, let’s acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war.

We’ll be in touch. – Steve, McDonald’s CEO P.S. A simple phone call will do next time.

Many are already calling the response from McDonald’s a bad business move, as it has been no secret that the fast-food chain has been on a downward slope for the last several years. This move could have done wonders to boot their business and reputation. So sad the two companies could not come together as it would have been awesome.  Many are still holding out to hope that McDonald’s will eventually see the err of their ways and come together with Burger King on the epic project to celebrate a great cause.

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