First week of February 2014 has Groundhogs, Death of Music, Postal and Weather People Appreciation, Lame Ducks, Olympics and more

Sunday, February 2, 2014
My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.
-Thomas Helm

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Welcome back to the Village Book Shop Glendora blog. Our blog will be taking on a new format in the coming weeks and months as will other aspects of our online existence.

We are beginning the process of building a new website and improving our social media presence. This will be a gradual process. We appreciate your patience and support and are open to suggestions and voluntary assistance.

Happy Ground Hog Day

To learn more about Groundhogs and Groundhog Day visit Scholastic’s website.

Today, February 2nd, is Ground Hog Day. The biggest Groundhog Day celebration is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Crowds as large as forty thousand have gathered to celebrate the holiday and this celebration has been happening since at least 1841.

Groundhog Day organizers claim that the rodents’ forecasts are accurate as much as 90% of the time but independent studies have found that the actual accuracy is less than 40%.

The legend goes that if the groundhog sees his shadow, meaning it’s a sunny morning, then there will be six more weeks of winter and the groundhog returns to his den for more sleep. However, if he does not see his shadow, meaning it is a cloudy day, then he plays around outside because spring is just around the corner.

The tradition has German roots. Germans immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania brought it with them. It is based upon Candlemas, the day that is the midpoint between Winter and Spring.

The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardsons

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson and their pilot, Roger Peterson died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959

Tomorrow, Monday, February 3rd, is known as The Day the Music Died. On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash at the height of their popularity.

The name of the day is from the Don McLean song “American Pie”.

The investigation later determined that a combination of poor weather and pilot error caused spatial disorientation that made the pilot Roger Peterson lose control of the plane soon after take-off.

Holly’s pregnant wife heard of her husband of six-months death on television. She miscarried the following day, which was attributed to “psychological trauma” which led to a policy by authorities against announcing the names of victims until after the families have been informed.

Thank you so much for delivering my mail

Take time this week to thank your mail carrier.

Thank a Mailman Day is this Tuesday, February 4th. This is your chance to thank the person who delivers your mail and remember how important mail carriers are to our everyday lives.

The Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post in 1775. This was the first organized mail service in America. 

Benjamin Franklin was the nation’s first Postmaster General. Many of the conventions we are accustomed to today such as a standardized rate chart based on weight and distance were established by him.

Before 1847, when the stamp was invented, the sender could either pay the postage in advance or leave it for the recipient to pay upon delivery.

A popular film, The Postman, starring Kevin Costner trying to restore the postal service despite the apocalypse, was loosely based on David Brin’s book of the same name.

Happy Weatherperon's Day!

On Wednesday, February 5th, we celebrate  Weatherperson’s Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries who was one of American’s first weathermen. He was born on February 5, 1744 and began keeping daily weather records in Boston in 1774 and continued to do so until 1816.

This day honors the people who work in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, broadcast meteorology and the volunteer storm spotters and observers.

Sochi 2014 mascots

The Polar Bear, the European Hare and the Amur Leopard were chosen as the games mascots.

The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony will occur this Friday, February 7th. The 2014 Winter Olympics are officially called the XXII Olympic Winter Games and are scheduled to take place from February 6th-23rd in Sochi, Russia.

There will be 98 events in 15 winter sport disciples.

The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, and this will be the first Olympics held in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR.

Sochi will be the warmest city to have hosted a Winter Olympic Games. The average temperature is 42.8F with a humid subtropical climate.

Lame Duck Day

On February 6, 1933, the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect, which addressed presidential succession. It reduced the amount of time between Election Day and the beginning of Presidential, Vice Presidential and Congressional terms.

Thursday, February 6th is Lame Duck Day. This is a day set aside to recognize people whose tenure in a position is running out.

The best example of a Lame Duck is an incumbent politician who lost in the November elections but then remain in office until January but can also apply to leaders who are retiring or whose term of office is ending. A Lame Duck is usually far less effective or even ineffective during the interim period.

Saturday, February 8th is Boy Scouts Day, which celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. William Dickson Boyce, a Chicago publisher, filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia on February 81910 which created the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scout motto is “Do a good turn daily.” The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth related organizations in America. Over 110 million Americans have been part of the Boy Scout Club since its inception in 1910. The main goal of the Boy Scouts of America is to train involved youth in self-reliance and to help them build their character.

February is National Wedding Month

February is National Weddings Month. Not a lot of weddings happen in February but it is prime time to get the last minute preparations done for the wedding season.

There are more than 2.5 million weddings celebrated in the United States each year. has a list of wedding trivia you may find interesting:  

    • The average American engagement lasts 16 months.
    • The average engagement ring costs $4,411.
    • The most popular months for weddings are (in order): June, August, September, October and May.
    • 80% of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues.
    • 175 guests are invited to an average wedding. 
    • The top wedding destinations are Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year) and Hawaii (25,000 weddings/year).
    • The average age for a first-time bride is 27; for a groom it’s 29.
    • The average wedding has 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen.
    • The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800. •   99% of newlyweds take a honeymoon.
    • The average honeymoon vacation lasts one week. •   69% of engaged couples have known each other longer than 3 years.
    • 64% of couples live together before marriage.
    • There is a 43% chance of a marriage ending in divorce.
    • 60% of brides change their surnames.
    • 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.
A Google search found a blog that may be of interest to fans of creative romance.

A Google search found a blog that may be of interest to fans of creative romance.

February is also Creative Romance Month. This month encourages people to find creative ways to add romance to their lives. Check out our selection of romance novels on Amazon.  

Black History Month

Check out for a list of 75 Great Black History Month Quotes

February is Black History Month, which is also known as African-American History Month, honors the history and contributions of African Americans.

This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America”.

This observance began in 1926 as part of an imitative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson when he launched Negro History Week. He chose the second week of February, the time between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month since 1976.

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November 4th, 2013




Our blogs posts may be sporadic again.


This blogger is attempting to do NaNoWriMo, taking online classes and attempting to manage the blog and other computer-requred tasks.  Her computer has other ideas.  Such normal functions as highlighting, scrolling, copying, saving, and opening tabs, windows, or whatnot are becoming quite uncooperative already despite the computer only being a couple weeks old, brand new Windows 8 computer.  This means that not only will the blog likely be unfinished many days, but so will all other tasks and the gray hair may all be pulled out by the end of the month. Please be patient with us.  Health and computer issues are making it extremely difficult to accomplish our usual tasks but we are doing the best we can (which may not be good enough for most).


Some of the writers born November 4th include:

Sterling North (1906), Walter Cronkite (1916), Eugene Sledge (1923), Hannah Weiner (1928), Frank J. Prial (1930), C. K. Williams (1936), Gail E. Haley (1939), Marlène Jobert (1943), Charles Frazier (1950), Alhaii Moulana Ghousavi Shah (1955), Marc Awodey (1960), Matthew Tobin Anderson (1968), Bethenny Frankel (1970), and Curtis Stone (1975).


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November 3, 2013 means an extra hour to read


Did you set your clocks back last night? How did you spend your extra hour? Did you use it to sleep? Did you use it to read? Let us know what you did with the extra 60 minutes in the comments below.


Zero Tasking Day is always the same day that Daylight Savings Time ends. Currently it is the first Sunday of November. This day was created by Nancy Christie, who is the author of The Gifts of Change. According to Christie, this day is to fill that extra 60 minutes with nothing. In other words, take this “extra” time and rest, give yourself a break from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.


The United States introduced an income tax exactly one hundred years ago today.


Washington, D.C. residents were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time on November 3, 1964.

Today is Cliché day. Use clichés as much as possible today. Hey, why not? Give it a shot! Win some, lose some. You’ll never know ’til you try it.


Diwali begins today. This five day Hindu festival is also known as the “festival of lights” and since it starts on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin the date varies in the Gregorian calendar that most of us are used to. It is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Sinapore, and Fiji. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family and friends. The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.


November 3rd is Housewife’s Day, a day to recognize the importance of stay at home wives and moms. Also referred to as “Retro” Housewife Day. These wonderful, caring creatures, build and enrich strong family environments. They help to instill family values and good character. Housewife is an old term that hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort. It was also a time when women did not have equal rights. While these days are long gone, women views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence. The decision to be a “housewife”, or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many. Unfortunately, income needs often necessitate going to work. Today we celebrate and thank all of the ladies who choose to stay home and tend to the house and family.

We invite you to bite into your favorite sandwich, for today is Sandwich Day. The sandwich is truly a great creation. Sandwiches are a daily luncheon staple for millions of Americans. The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. Obviously, the sandwich was named after him.


Some of the writers born November 3rd include:

Lucan (39), Thomas Kyd (1558), William Cullen Bryant (1794), Karl Baedeker (1801), Samuil Marshak (1887), Harry Stephen Keeler (1890), André Malraux (1901), James Reston (1909), Jesús Blasco (1919), Ludovic Kennedy (1919), Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920), Yamaguchi HItomi (1923), Martin Cruz Smith (1949), Anna Wintour (1949), Massimo Mongai (1950), Joe Queenan (1950), Roseanne Barr (1952), Ann Scott (1965), and Ben Fogle (1973).



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Short one for November 2

Happy Saturday to you.

Today is All Soul’s Day.  The Christian holiday of All Soul’s Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Often people will pray to their lost loved ones and even ask for special favors. The day is also called the Day of the Dead.

Since it is the first Saturday of November, today is a holiday for all of us readers.  It is Book Lovers Day. This day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us smarter and happier.

North and South Dakota were admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states on November 2, 1889.

On November 2, 1960, Penguin Books was found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd., the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case.


Some of the writers born November 2nd include:

Moa Martinson (1890), Daniil Andreev (1906), Odysseas Elytis (1911), Steve Ditko (1927), Paul Johnson (1928), Bill Gothard (1934), Arun Shourie (1941), Shere Hite (1942), Lois McMaster Bujuld (1949), Thomas Mallon (1951), Pat Croce (1954), Dale Brown (1956), David Brock (1962), and Jonas Gardell (1963).

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November is upon us


“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
― G.K. ChestertonHeretics


We have reached day 305 of the year, leaving us only 60 more days of 2013. The holidays are just around the corner.  Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, now is a good time to start. This blogger is one of the many of the participants from all over the world who participate in this annual event. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a first draft of a novel in thirty days. That amounts to 1,667 words a day.  It’s not too late to join!  Check out for more information.

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National Author’s Day

November first is National Authors’ Day, which was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929. The US Department of Commerce gave it a place on the list of special days, weeks and months in 1949. The resolution states in part “By celebrating author’s day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America.”

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National Family Literacy Day

National Family Literacy Day, celebrated across the U.S., focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more.

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World Vegan Day

November 1st is celebrated by vegans around the world. The day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President and Chair of The Vegan Society UK to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

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All Saints Day

The Christian holiday of All Saint’s Day honors and recognizes all of the saints of the Christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000 recognized saints. Historically, All Saints Day was known as Hallomas. All Saints Day and All Souls Day was originally in May. They were moved to November 1st and 2and to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos. Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved the Christian holidays to this time periods, the pagan holidays would slowly die away.



William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time on this day in 1604. His romantic comedy The Tempest was presented for the first time on November 1, 1611.

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Edmund Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France, on November 1, 1790. In it he predicted that the French Revolution would end in a disaster.

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The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public on November 1, 1897. The Library had been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol.

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Writers born on November 1 include:

Georg Phillipp Harsdorffer (1607), Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636), John Strype (1643), Florent Carton Dancourt (1661), Stephen Crane (1871), Sholem Asch (1880), Grantland Rice (1880), Hermann Broch (1886), Sakutaro Hagiwara (1886), Edmund Blunden (1896), Nordahl Grieg (1902), Henry Troyat (1911), Gunther Plaut (1912), James Kilpatrick (1920), Gordon R. Dickson (1923), A. R. Gurney (1930), Barry Sadler (1940), Kinky Friedman (1944), Jim Steinmeyer (1958), Susanna Clarke (1959), Louise Boije af Gennäs (1961), Karen Marie Moning (1964), and Jenny McCarthy (1972).





Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text.  Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
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Magic, Art, Pasta, Bandannas, Making a Difference, Cranky co-workers and more

Friday, October 25, 2013


Sunday, October 27, 2013


“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia WoolfA Room of One’s Own

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We have made it to the last weekend of October! Has this year flown by for you or has it dragged on endlessly? Enjoy today’s bits and pieces and click on some of the imbedded links for some book suggestions.



International Magic Week

International Magic Week runs from October 25-31 each year. The dates were picked to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini and Magic Day.


International Artists Day

Although art is generally thought to encompass painting, sculpture, writing and music, in fact art in some form or another impacts on us all on a daily basis.  Artists have the privilege of bringing the timeless dimension of beauty and grace to humanity.  Centuries of our human condition have been chronicled and depicted by artists.  Our major galleries are filled to overflowing and yet the artist remains an enigma. October 25, International Artist Day, is to honor the contribution artists have and are making to society.  Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery,  go to the symphony or participate in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day to day life. This day occurs during National Arts & Humanities Month.


International Bandanna Day

Cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases in the modern times.  The body’s own cells turn against it and destroys healthy tissue.  There is still no known cure.  But with the advent of chemotherapy some symptoms are lessened although there are side-effects especially on hair growth.  Bandanna day joins the daily struggles of people with cancer and the bandanna is a symbol of the battles they fought. Bandanna Day is celebrated every year on October 25. It appears that Bandanna day originated with an Australian youth organization supporting teens who have cancer called CanTeen. Bandanna day’s aim is to give support to young cancer patients through selling bandannas.   They encourage schools and other youth to participate in making bandannas.  They also show different ways on how to wear a bandanna.  Their theme is: “Attitude is everything.”


Sourest Day

Life given you lemons? Sourest Day is the day to shout about it. So on October 25th, reserve the right to be grumpy, irritable and sour about the world and everything in it.


World Pasta Day

On October 25th each year, the world over, World Pasta Day is celebrated in the form of events and promotional initiatives in different countries of the world. The objective of this day is to draw the attention of the media and consumers to pasta. The idea is to underline the fact that pasta is a global food, consumed all over the world, having unquestionable merits, appropriate for a dynamic and healthy life style capable of meeting both primary food requirements and those of high-level gastronomy. The key messages, recurring in the various communication initiatives, emphasize the economic feasibility, gastronomic versatility and nutritional value of pasta.



The infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881.

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The United States passed the USA PATRIOT Act into law on October 26, 2001.

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The Cedar Fire  is the second-largest fire in California history. It occurred ten years ago. 15 people were killed,  250,000 acres, and 2,200 homes were destroyed around San Diego.


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Make A Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals. Many of the 250 HandsOn Network affiliates lead projects across the nation. The stories told around Make A Difference Day show that anyone – regardless of age, location or resources – can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community. Recognizing the power of Make A Difference Day, other organizations join with USA WEEKEND and Points of Light each year to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers. Newman’s Own supports the day by awarding $10,000 to the charities of each of 10 National Honorees and three City Awardees. USA WEEKEND Magazine will feature the All-Star honoree, 10 National and three City Award honorees in a special April 2014 issue coinciding with National Volunteer Week, led by Points of Light.




On October 27, 1992, United States Navy radioman Allen R. Schindler, Jr. was brutally murdered by shipmate Terry M. Helvey for being gay. This precipitated first military, then national, debate about gays in the military that resulted in the U.S. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.



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The U.S. prison population topped 1 million for the first time in American history on October 27, 1994.

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build global awareness of issues on preserving audiovisual material, such as sound recordings and moving images. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with organizations, governments and communities promote the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage each year. Many sound recordings, moving images and other audiovisual material are lost because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Organizations such as UNESCO felt that more audiovisual documents would be lost if stronger and concerted international action was not taken. A proposal to commemorate a World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was approved at a UNESCO general conference in 2005. The first World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was held on October 27, 2007. The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage aims to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken. It also focuses on acknowledging the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.

This day occurs during National Audiology Awareness Month and National Protect Your Hearing Month.


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Cranky Co-workers Day

October 27 is Cranky Co-workers Day.  We are all familiar with the crankiness of some of our co-workers.  This is a day to either try to lighten their mood or to be just as cranky as they are.  Whatever you do, remember you got to work with these people, today, tomorrow and the next day.  It would kind of make me cranky as well.

Speaking of Co-workers, October is both Workplace Politics Awareness Month as well as National Work and Family Month.



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Happy Birthday:

Some of the authors born October 25th include:

Benjamin Constant (1767), Thomas Babington Macualay (1800), Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1875), John T. Flynn (1882), Henry Steele Commager (1902), Edmond Pidoux (1908), John Berryman (1914), Martin Gilbert (1936), Anne Tyler (1941), Daniel Mark Epstein (1948), J. A. Adande (1970), and Zadie Smith (1975).

Some of the writers born October 26th include:

Andrei Bely (1880), Napoleon Hill (1883), Dante Quinterno (1909), Sorley MacLean (1911), Frank Bourgholtzer (1919), Jan Wolkers (1925), Steven Kellog (1941), Pat Conroy (1945), Demetris Th. Gotsis (1945), Hillary Clinton (1947), Trevor Joyce (1947), Andrew Motion (1952), Stacy Schiff (1961), and Jim Butcher (1971).

Some of the writers born October 27th include:

Klas Pontus Arnoldson (1844), Emily Post (1872), Joe Medicine Crow (1913), Dylan Thomas (1914), Ruby Dee (1924), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), Sylvia Plath (1932), Neil Sheehan (1936), Maxine Hong Kingston (1940), J. A. Jance (1944), Jaq D. Hawkins (1956), Steve Almond (1967), Alain Auderset (1968), Jonathan Stroud (1970), and Jade Arcade (1971).


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Friends, Freedom, Red Ribbons, Information, Speech, Food and more

Monday, October 21st, 2013


Thursday, October 24, 2013


“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
― Alan BennettThe Uncommon Reader


Yet another weekend came and went. We hope your work week is a good one, with plenty of time to enjoy a good book.


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This Week:

National Friends of Libraries Week

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries have coordinated the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote the group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.


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Red Ribbon Week

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign®. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week® celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families.

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Freedom of Speech Week

In troubled times more than half a century ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered the visionary principles that would inspire a nation and guide America through World War II and into the 21st century. He called them the “Four Freedoms” – Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Religion, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear. Over the past 60 years, these ideals have survived, and triumphed. Today, free speech defines our American way of life. It is indeed a triumph of our democracy – a freedom to be celebrated. Free Speech Week IS that celebration!  At a time when scores of worthwhile causes are remembered with special weeks or even months, the annual celebration of free speech – the cornerstone of our democracy – is vital and long overdue. By celebrating freedom of speech for a full week every year, Free Speech Week will help ensure that free speech remains “The Language of America.” Free Speech Week (FSW) is celebrated during the third week of October every year.




Pastoral Care Week

This year Pastoral Care Week has the theme of “Prophetic Voice” and takes place through October 26th. Pastoral Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.


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National Respiratory Care Week

In the spirit of celebration and community services, the American Association for Respiratory Care and its members signify Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices. Respiratory care professionals from around the world come together in their workplaces and communities to host activities to honor and reward respiratory therapists, encourage patients and their families in their battles against lung disease, educate the community, build the desire in others to enter the respiratory care profession, and maximize personal and professional skills with new resources.


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National Massage Therapy Week

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW), part of American Massage Therapy Association’s ongoing Consumer Awareness Program, is an opportunity to talk to the community about the health benefits of massage. This year is the 17th annual NMTAW.



National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. This is always observed the third week of October and is now an International event.


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National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week

National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in our nation’s health care institutions. It is an ideal time for pharmacy departments to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements in ensuring safe and effective medication use in their institutions and to share those accomplishments with patients, other health professionals, and the community.



Ally Week

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established nationally in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. GLSEN and students across the country, often as members of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar student clubs, organize Ally Week, this year it’s October 21-25, 2013 in schools and communities nationwide. Ally Week is a week for students to engage in a national conversation and action to become better allies to LGBT youth. Allies are people who do not identify as LGBT students, but support this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. Allies can be straight or cis gender identified youth and adults, or LGBT identified adults! Anyone who takes a student against anti-LGBT bullying and harassment can be an ally.


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National School Bus Safety Week

The third full week of October is set aside as National School Bus Safety Week to focus attention on school bus safety—from the standpoint of the bus drivers, students and the motoring public.



National Nuclear Science Week

National Nuclear Science Week is a national, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. During the week, educators, students, employers and the community participate in a national recognition of how nuclear science plays a vital role in our lives. Activities during this week are intended to build awareness of the contributions of the nuclear science industry and those who work in it every day.


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The first display of the word “Liberty” on a flag was on October 21, 1774. It was raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.


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The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel  For Whom the Bell Tolls was published October 21, 1940.




Celebration of The Mind Day

Martin Gardner passed away on May 22, 2010.  He wanted no memorials, but he expressed a desire for the Gatherings For Gardner to continue.
In this spirit the Gathering 4 Gardner Foundation will celebrate Martin’s life and work, and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles and all of his other interests and writings. The first Martin Gardner Global Celebration of Mind Gathering took place in different locations around the world on October 21, 2010, which would have been Martin’s 96th Birthday.  Continuing with the tradition, the second and third took place on or around October 21st.


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Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day

Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) is one of the most preventable and prevailing micronutrient deficiencies which mainly affect small children and pregnant women. This very serious issue can even result in brain disorders and low mental development among the people and hence it has become important to make the world aware about the Iodine Deficiency Disorders and the problems associated with it. The Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day does just the thing by making the people aware of it and taking steps towards educating the people and introducing healthy eating habits which helps to get closer towards a world with minimal number of people who suffers because they haven’t got the adequate amount of the micronutrient in their diet. This day, which is dedicated towards decreasing the rate of the IDD around the world and in creating a world with no one who suffers because they are deficient in iodine is very important in today’s world as the Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Day does it share in bringing down IDD.  The deficiency in women while she was carrying can result in a child with physical and mental retardation or sometime may even result in stillbirth or abortion. Though IDD has lowered in number over the years due to iodisation of salt and awareness programs, even today one sixth of the world population is still under risk of the disorder and the ratio is even more in the poor and striving countries like Africa and India.  To prevent the iodine deficiency, it is very important to educate the people about the Iodine Deficiency Disorders that they and their kids might get if not careful about their diet and nutrition. They can also be educated on the food stuff rich in iodine and the best way to ensure that they are having a balanced diet. The poor should also be educated. They should know that it is not always a costly foodstuff that can make them healthy, a chart of the best affordable and nutritive food items can be given to them so they can easily get all they want without losing much of their money to stay healthy.


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Information Overload Day

Did you know that over 25% of your work week is sucked away by distractions, email, and over-information? What would you do if you had that time back? On October 21, 2013, we take a pause to mark the annual Information Overload Day, and seek solutions that will bring back that productivity. What will YOU do to mark this occasion?




National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

Remember when you got your computer, and the tidy, empty desktop looked clean, productive and well-organized? Take a look now – we’re willing to bet that it’s strewn with icons that you barely ever use, that there are documents and files sprawling around folders that are in desperate need of organization. Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day, the third Monday of October each year, demands that you put things away, delete things you don’t need, and to put some structure in place to stop things getting quite so messy before the same time next year…


Reptile Awareness Day

Habitat loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptillian life. Reptile Day promotes awareness of all things reptillian, encouraging learning about different types of reptiles, their natural environments and ecological challenges.


International Day of the Nacho

Have you ever thought about who created the first plate of nachos? The story goes that in 1943 several army wives left the army base at Fort Dunan for a fun girls shopping day in Piedras Negras, Mexico. When they finally stopped for dinner, they found out that the restaurant had already closed. However, the maitre d’, Ignacio Anaya, decided to cook something up from what he had on hand so that the ladies wouldn’t go hungry. Ignacio, nicknamed “Nacho,” sliced some tortillas into triangles, covered them in shredded cheddar, and stuck them in the oven. Then he added some sliced jalapenos and presented the hungry ladies with “Nacho’s especiales.”





International Stuttering Awareness Day

October 22nd was designated International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) in 1998. The day is intended to raise public awareness of the millions of people –one percent of the world’s population –who have the speech disorder of stuttering, also known as stammering. The self-help groups and the national associations become very active and creative when International Stuttering Awareness Day approaches. The 2013 theme is “People Who Stutter Supporting Each Other”.


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Toastmasters International was founded October 22, 1924.



Nikola Tesla exposed his six new inventions including a motor with one phase electricity on October 22, 1927.



Fechner Day

October 22nd is Fechner Day, celebrated by Psychophysicists. This day honors the pioneering work of Dr. Gustav Fechner, a 19th century German scientist and philosopher. This day commemorates the morning of October 22, 1850 when Gustav Fechner had an “Aha!” moment and realized that there was a direct, quantitative relationship between the intensity of physical stimulus and its perception by the human mind. Fechner’s “Aha!” moment inspired him to conduct groundbreaking research in the field of psychophysics, which studies the relationship between physical stimulus and psychological perception.

Today, over 150 years later, psychophysicists from all over the world continue to tease out the complex dynamics of the mind-body relationship. Fechner’s law defines how much sound, light, or other sensory stimulus must change before we can perceive a difference. According to the law, the subjective sensation of a stimulus is proportional to the logarithm of the stimulus intensity. Fechner concluded that most people prefer the golden rectangle, whose width to height is the golden ratio. However, some consider this pure malarkey and have challenged the results.



On October 22, 1964, Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turned down the honor. He said that he always declined official honors and that “a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.”



International Caps Lock Day

OCTOBER 22ND IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! It’s a whole day dedicated to something that drives most people crazy—text that is written in ALL CAPITALIZED LETTERS. International Caps Lock Day was created in 2000 by Derek Arnold of Iowa. This holiday began as a parody. It was intended to poke fun at those individuals who unnecessarily capitalize letters, words, and phrases. The day became so popular with internet users that it is now celebrated twice a year—on June 28 and on October 22.

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October 23rd is Medical Assistants Recognition Day.  The third full week of October is Medical Assistants Recognition Week. October is also Organize Your Medical Information Month and National Medical Librarian Month.



On October 23, 1861, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.


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The first North American transcontinental air service began between New York City and Los Angeles, California on October 23, 1929.


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Ipod Day

It’s hard to believe that on this day back in 2001, a revolutionary gadget was unveiled that would forever change the way the world listens to music. Apple launched its 6.5-ounce portable music player – the iconic iPod. October 23 celebrates a musical milestone – it’s iPod Day. The tiny MP3 music player had a 5 GB hard drive that could hold a whopping 1,000 CD-quality songs, built-in FireWire port and a rechargeable battery that could play up to 10 hours of continuous music. The original iPod went on sale in November at a cost of $399. In 2002, the second generation iPod was introduced, which held up to 4,000 songs. Over the years, the iPod continued to evolve with various design and color changes, larger storage capacity, video cameras, video calling, larger screen and video were added. More than 350 million iPod Classic, Mini, Shuffle, Nano and Touch, have been sold around the world as of September, 2012.


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TV Talk Show Host Day

TV Talk Show Host Day celebrates and honors all TV Talk Show hosts. This day is celebrated on the birth date of legendary night time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson is considered the “King of late night television”. He hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His reign lasted a record 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. There were 1,859 episodes. While this day is celebrated on Johnny Carson’s birth date, it is intended to show appreciation to all Television talk show hosts, daytime and nighttime.

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Mole Day

Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists and chemistry students on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number, which is approximately  6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance, one of the seven base SI units.

Mole Day originated in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s. Inspired by the article, Maurice Oehler, now a retired high school chemistry teacher from Wisconsin, founded the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) on May 15, 1991.  Many high schools celebrate Mole Day as a way to get their students interested in chemistry, with various activities often related to chemistry or moles.  This year’s theme is Animole Kingdom.

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Food Day

Food day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24. The aim is to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.



United Nations Day

The United Nations was founded October 24, 1945. In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. The day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.


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World Development Information Day

In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly decided to institute a World Development Information Day coinciding with United Nations Day on October 24th. The object was to draw attention of world public-opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them. World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973, and has been held on this date each year since then. In recent years many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information-technologies, such as the Internet and mobile telephones can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.


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Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born October 21st include:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Will Carleton (1845), Giuseppe Giacosa (1847), Edogawa Rampo (1894), Nikos Engonopoulos (1907), Martin Gardner (1914), Samuel Khachikian (1923), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Frances FitzGerald (1940), Tariq Ali (1943), Ai (1947), Mary Pipher (1947), Shaye J. D. Cohen (1948), Patti Dais (1952), Allen Hoey (1952), and Hal Duncan (1971).


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Some of the writers born October 22nd include:

Ivan Bunin (1870), Alfred Douglas (1870), John Reed (1887), John Gould (1908), Doris Lessing (1919), Timothy Leary (1920), Georges Brassens (1921), Ann Rule (1935), John Blashford-Snell (1936), Jean-Pierre Desthuilliers (1939), Deepak Chopra (1946), Kelvin MacKenzie (1946), Debbie Macomber (1948), and Arto Salminen (1959).


Some of the writers born October 23rd include:

John Russell Bartlett (1805), Robert Bridges (1844), Neltje Blanchan (1865), Marjorie Flack (1897), Aslam Farrukhi (1923), Shamsur Rashman (1929), Vasily Belov (1932), Michael Crichton (1942), Brian Ross (1948), Nick Tosches (1949), Michael Eric Dyson (1958), Nancy Grace (1959), “Weird Al” Yankovic(1959), Randy Pausch (1960), Laurie Halse Anderson (1961), Gordon Korman (1963),  Augusten Burroughs (1965), Alex Finn (1966), Trudi Canavan (1969), Aravind Adiga (1974), and Meghan McCain (1984).


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Some of the writers born October 24th include:

Alban Butler (1710), Dorothea von Schlegel (1763), Sarah Josepha Hale (1788),  Alexandra David-Neel (1868), Moss Hart (1904), Bob Kane (1915), Marghanita Laski (1915), Robin Day (1923), Denise Levertov (1923), Hubert Aquin (1929), Yordan Radichkov (1929), Stephen Covey (1932), Adrian Mitchell (1932), Norman Rush (1933), Wolf Rudiger Hess (1937), Frank Delaney (1942), Ray Downs (1944), John Markoff (1949), Gabriella Sica (1950), David Weber (1952), Jane Fancher (1952), Mindy Newell (1953), Dale Maharidge (1956), Dave Meltzer (1959), Ted Dekker (1962), and Robert Wilonsky (1968).



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Cupcakes, Women’s Health, Bridges, Evaluation and more

Friday, October 18, 2013


Sunday, October 20, 2013


“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”

Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


Happy Friday to you! With October more than half over many writers have turned their attention to preparing for NaNoWriMo. Each November thousands of writers throughout the world participate in National Novel Writing Month. If you have ever considered writing a novel yourself, November is a great time to start. The community aspect of NaNoWriMo will keep you motivated. The goal of the month is to write at least 50,000 words of your first draft. That amounts to 1,667 words a day. For many people this is an hour or two worth of work each day for a month to reach that goal. There are events throughout the month to keep you motivated such as write-ins at local bookshops, libraries, coffee shops and anywhere else participants decide to host an event. It’s a fun ride that at points can make you question your sanity but when all is over you will be proud of yourself for all the words you got to the page and all the friends you make in the process. We will likely be mentioning this month long event again as it has been an important part of some members of the VBS family for years.


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The African American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery on October 18, 1775.


Herman Melville‘s Moby-Dick was published on October 18, 1851 as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.


The United States took possession of Alaska on October 18, 1867 after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. This day is celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.


National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18th is Chocolate Cupcake Day! Chocolate cupcakes are a delightful treat served at gourmet bakeries and kitchen tables across the country. Cupcakes first emerged during the 19th century in the United States. There are two theories about how they got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda. Cupcakes are now made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations, but simple chocolate cupcakes remain a perennial favorite. Bake, frost, and decorate a batch today to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

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World Menopause Day

To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2013, IMS is launching a new campaign with the theme ‘Oncology in midlife and beyond’. After the menopause there is an increased risk of cancer and therefore being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle will significantly reduce this risk. Preventative strategies, such as decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption, losing weight, eating a healthy diet and undertaking physical activity, and implementation of screening could help to significantly decrease the incidence and mortality from cancer. October is also World Menopause Month.

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Mammography Day

The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment.



Bridge Day

Bridge Day is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and it’s the largest extreme sports event and largest gathering of BASE jumpers in the world. More than 450 BASE jumpers from 10+ countries and 40+ US states will leap from the 876′ tall New River Gorge bridge, hundreds of rappellers will descend on fixed ropes, and up to 200,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9am-3pm EDT.


Evaluate Your Life Day

Evaluate Your Life Day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon our life, where it’s been, and where its going. Are things going well? What is bothering you? What do you need, or want, to change? How’s your appearance? Are you gaining too much weight? With a self evaluation, you can then make big changes to improve the quality of your life, as necessary. Or, if things are going well, just tinker with small adjustments.


Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October. It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.” The first Sweetest Day was pronounced as October 8, 1921 in Cleveland.

The origin of Sweetest Day has always been suspect. Most believe it to be a “made up” holiday strictly for big business to reap profits at the expense of perpetrating romance. Of the twelve Cleveland committeemen who planned Cleveland’s Sweetest Day, eleven directly profited from the sale of greeting cards or candy. Three were on the Board of Directors for Hallmark, four on the boards of various candy companies and four owned card and candy shops in the Cleveland area.

Friends, family, and lovers often give each other candy, flowers, and cards on Sweetest Day. Like Valentine’s Day, the Sweetest Day is associated with heart-shaped boxes, and the colors pink and red. 80% of Hallmark’s greeting cards designed for Sweetest Day are romantic.



The Louisiana Purchase was ratified by the United States Senate on October 20, 1803.

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Birth of the Bab

On October 20th, Bahá’ís around the world celebrate the Birth of the Báb, one of eleven Holy Days in the Bahá’í calendar. The Báb is often referred to as the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, because it was His mission to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Like John the Baptist some 2,000 years before, the Báb called upon the people to purify themselves for the coming of the day of God. Unlike John, however, He founded an independent religion and claimed equal station with Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Bahá’ís view the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh both as “Manifestations of God” even though by the Báb’s own testimony His mission was subordinate to Bahá’u’lláh’s.

The similarities between the missions of Jesus and the Báb are often noted with awe. In his popular book Thief in the Night, William Sears listed a number of them. Both were known for their meekness. Both condemned the corruption present in religious and secular society. Their chief enemies were the religious authorities. Both were taken before the authorities and publicly interrogated, after which both were scourged. Both went first in triumph then in suffering through the streets of the cities where they were to be killed. Both were suspended before a multitude as they were put to death. Both spoke words of comfort to one who was to die with them. Yet in spite of the many similarities, there is one major difference. Almost nothing, it seems, is known about the circumstances attending the Báb’s birth. It is known that He was born on October 20, 1819 (Muharram 1, 1235 A.H.) in Shiraz, Persia. In contrast to the paucity of information about the Báb’s birth, there are stories of His childhood that bear remarkable resemblance (in spirit at least) to the stories told in the Gospels about the young Jesus.

With little or nothing in the way of historical details to go on, and with no established traditions at this early stage of the religion’s history, Bahá’ís celebrate the birth of the Báb in various simple but joyous ways. This day is one of the nine Holy Days on which work is to be suspended. In most communities, parties will be held. After beginning with prayers and devotional readings, these parties can take any of a number of forms. Most often they are simply social gatherings. However they are celebrated, they are open to all who would like to attend.

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Miss American Rose Day

Miss American Rose recognizes and rewards girls and women of all ages for their accomplishments through an online and online/mail-in format competition. It is based primarily on achievements. There are optional competitions in: achievement, academics, talent, community service, career, and beauty. Miss American Rose is a 100% online/mail-in pageant so there are no travel or clothing expenses, no worrying about hair and make-up and no stage fright.


World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis day is observed annually on October 20, and launched a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries. World Osteoporosis Day was launched in 1996.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born October 18th include:

Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Thomas Love Peacock (1785), Ernst Didring (1868), Mikhail Kuzmin (1982), James Truslow Adams (1878), H. L. Davis (1894), Tibor Dery (1894), Isabel Briggs Myers (1897), Esther Hutzig (1930), Chris Albertson (1931), Chuck Swindoll (1934), James Robert Baker (1946), Ntozake Shange (1948), Wendy Wasserstein (1950), Terry McMillan (1951), Bao Ninh (1952), Rick Moody (1961), Charles Stross (1964), and Bristol Palin (1990).

Some of the writers born October 19th include:

Thomas Browne (1605), James Hendry Leigh Hunt (1784), Lewis Mumford (1895), Miguel Angel Asturias (1899), Russell Kirk (1918), Jack Anderson (1922), John le Carre (1931), Sylvia Browne (1936), Andrew Vachss (1942), L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943), Martin Welz (1945), Philip Pullman (1946), Giorgio Cavazzano (1947), Deborah Blum (1954), Dan Gutman (1955), Steve Doocy (1956), Susan Straight (1960), Tracy Chevalier (1962), Dimitris Lyacos (1966), and John Edward (1969).

Some of the writers born October 20th include:

Isabelle de Charriere (1740), George Ormerod (1785), Thomas Hughes (1822), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Samuel Flagg Bemis (1891), Frederic Dannay (1905), Hans Warren (1921), Art Buchwald (1925), Joyce Brothers (1927), Robert Pinsky (1940), Lewis Grizzard (1946), Elfriede Jelinek (1946), David Profumo (1955), Lynn Flewelling (1958), and Michelle Malkin (1970).

This Week:

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National Character Counts Week

Every year, the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, state governors, and officials around the world proclaim the third week in October CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. And every year millions of kids in dozens of countries participate. No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this event is about the universal values we share. Make Character Your reason for celebration October 20-26th.

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National Chemistry Week

The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Chemistry Week is October 20-26, 2013. This year’s theme is “Energy Now and Forever!” NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local Sections, businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: To promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.


National Forest Products Week

National Forest Products Week is a time to recognize the many products that come from our forests, the people who work in and manage our forests, the people who make the products, and how they all contribute to our lives.


National Save For Retirement Week

Retirement is closer than you think. The third full week of October is National Save For Retirement Week. The week has three primary goals:

• Make employees more aware of how critical it is to save now for their financial future

• Promote the benefits of getting started saving for retirement today

• Encourage employees to take full advantage of their employer-sponsored plans by increasing their contributions


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October, science, cooking, remembrance, baldness and so much more



Monday, October 14th, 2013


Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”
Hermann Hesse

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How is your October going so far? Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month of October in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair. Ray Bradbury published a collection of short stories titled The October Country in 1955. Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? Are you in a reading group? What is your group reading this month?

This Week:


Earth Science Week

This year Earth Science Week occurs October 13-19 and promotes awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World,” the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact. Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.


YWCA Week Without Violence

The YWCA Week Without Violence, the third week in October, is a signature initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. This year, YWCA Week Without Violence is October 14-20, 2013. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


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The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published October 14, 1926.

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The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, occurred October 14, 1979. It demanded “an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people”, and drew 200,000 people.

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a War on Drugs.


World Standards Day

Each year on October 14, World Standards Day is celebrated internationally to honor the efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards within standards development organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

The day was chosen to mark the date in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Even though ISO was formed one year later, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated. This years theme is “International standards ensure positive change”.

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Be Bald and Be Free Day

Untie that headscarf and remove that toupee — Oct. 14 is “Bald and Free Day”! Today, we tip our hats to the bald and beautiful, saluting those of you freed from the frights of thinning hair, splitting ends, greying strands and the ever-fearful “bad hair day.”


Columbus Day

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United states in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period. Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally the same day as Thanksgiving in neighboring Canada (which was fixed to that date in 1959). Actual observance varies in different parts of the United States, ranging from large-scale parades and events to complete non-observance. Most states celebrate Columbus Day as an official state holiday, though many mark it as a “Day of Observance” or “Recognition” and three do not recognize it at all. Some places have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, or Native American Day.



The first episode of the American television sitcom, I Love Lucy, aired on CBS for the first time. It starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.


International Day of Rural Women

“Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security.” This year’s theme is “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

This is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is observed annually in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, in the United Kingdom and in the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales, in Italy on behalf of a charity named Piccoli Angeli on October 15. The day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States on October 25, 1988 when then-American President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. To date, all 50 American states have yearly proclamations, with Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Dakota enacting permanent proclamations.

The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honor of PAILRD, starting at 1900 hours on October 15 in their respective time zones, and to leave the candle burning for at least an hour. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24 hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

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National Grouch Day

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. The 2013 theme is “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”. National AIDS Awareness Month for the U.S. is October. It was started by presidential proclamation back in 1988 by Ronald Regan.


Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. It takes place on October 15th of each year. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. GHD was created at the annual World Water Week 2008. The first Global Handwashing Day took place on October 15, 2008, the date appointed by the UN General Assembly in accordance with year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. The theme for Global Handwashing Day’s inaugural year was Focus on School Children. The members pledged to get the maximum number of school children handwashing with soap in more than 70 countries. According to the official site, turning hand washing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit was projected to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. Everyone can improve their own health by washing hands with soap, especially after using the restroom and before touching food. This is why the theme for Global Handwashing Day 2013 is The Power Is In Your Hands!

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White Cane Safety Day

White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama.


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On October 16, 1923, the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.


The extrasolar planet Alpha Centauri Bb was discovered October 16, 2012.

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Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758. The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary. Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words.


National Feral Cat Day

National Feral Cat Day was instituted by the cat advocacy group Alley Cat Allies. October 16, 2013 marks the day’s thirteenth anniversary. This year, Alley Cat Allies will mark the day by releasing “Architects of Change for Cats,” a blueprint for animal pounds, shelters and animal control agencies for implementing changes to end the practice of catching and killing community cats.


Hagfish Day

WhaleTimes created Hagfish Day in 2009 to ‘celebrate the beauty of ugly.’ Hagfish are the perfect example. These deep-sea scavengers ooze slime — buckets of slime. They also play an important role in their ecosystem. WhaleTimes believes repugnant and slightly revolting animals like hagfish make great role models for highlighting conservation concerns for all marine animals. This day is celebrated the third Wednesday of October each year.

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Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.

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National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is an event that takes place on October 16, 2013. Parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria. The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.


World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16th in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Program. The World Food Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition


Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day is celebrated on October 16 in the U.S. And Canada. It hwas traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. National Boss’s Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, India, South Africa, Ireland, and Egypt. National Boss Day started in 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Her purpose in promoting National Boss Day through the years has been to improve the relationship between employees and their bosses. She designated October 16th as the special day because it was her father’s birthday.



On October 17, 1979, the Department of Education Organization Act was signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. One of the main aims of the day is to make the voice of the poor heard. To this end, commemorations often include testimonies from people living in poverty, describing their own experiences or those of people they know.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born October 14th include:

Dmitry Pisarev (1840), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Lois Lenski (1893), E. E. Cummings (1894),William Edwards Deming (1900), Ruth Hale (1908), José Arraño Acevedo (1921), John Dean (1938), Peter Nadas (1942), Katha Pollitt (1949), and Olu Oguibe (1964).

Some of the writers born October 15th include:

Virgil (70 BC), Allan Ramsay (1686), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), P. G. Wodehouse (1881), Alvaro de Campos (1890), C. P. Snow (1905), Varian Fry (1907), Robert Trout (1909), George Turner (1916), Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917), Mario Puzo (1920), Agustina Bessa-Luis (1922), William Y. Thompson (1922), Italo Calvino (1923), Antonio Fontan (1923), Eugene Patterson (1923), Marguerite Anderson (1924), Lee Iacocca (1924), Evan Hunter (1926), Laurie McBain (1949), Walter Jon Williams (1953), Peter Bakowski (1954), Stephen Clarke (1958), and Emeril Lagasse (1959).

Some of the writers born October 16th include:

Noah Webster (1758), William Buell Sprague (1795), Oscar Wilde (1854), J.B. Bury (1861), Claude H. Van Tyne (1869), Eugene O’Neill (1888), Cecile de Brunhoff (1903), George Turner (1916), Kathleen Winsor (1919), Gunter Grass (1927), Charles Colson (1931), Paul Monette (1945), Eleanor Lipman (1950), Lorenzo Carcaterra (1954), Kang Kyung-ok (1965), and Adrianne Frost (1972).

Some of the writers born October 17th include:

Jupiter Hammon (1711), Jacques Cazotte (1719), John Wilkes (1725), Elinor Glyn (1864), Simon Vestdijk (1898), Nathanael West (1903), Ester Wier (1910), Jerry Siegel (1914), Arthur Miller (1915), Summer Locke Elliott (1917), Miguel Delibes (1920), George Mackay Brown (1921), Priscilla Buckley (1921), Jimmy Breslin (1930), Ernst Hinterberger (1931), Les Murray (1938), Adam Michnik (1946), Drusilla Modjeska (1946), Robert Jordan (1948), Ron Drummond (1959), Mark Peel (1959), Richard Roeper (1959), Mark Gatiss (1966), and Ariel Levy (1974).

This Month:


National Cookbook Month

October is National Cookbook Month. We have plenty of options in our inventory. If you enjoy cooking or want to learn, now is a good time to grab yourself a cookbook and spend some quality time in the kitchen.

Other Month-long observances in October include (in no particular order):

Celebrating The Bilingual Child Month
Co-op Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Month
Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Fair Trade Month

National Crime Prevention Month

National Field Trip Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Roller Skating Month

International Strategic Planning Month

Long Term Care Planning Month

Spinach Lovers Month

National Chili Month

National Sarcastic Awareness Month

Employee Ownership Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Ergonomics Month

National Stamp Collecting Month

National “Gain The Inside Advantage” Month

National Kitchen & Bath Month

National Chiropractic Month

National Liver Awareness Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Raptor Month

Positive Attitude Month

Photographer Appreciation Month

Right Brainers Rule! Month

National Dwarfism Awareness Month

National Squirrel Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Italian-American Heritage Month

Filipino American History Month


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Coming out, teens, language, vision, free thought, clergy and so much more


Friday, October 11, 2013


Sunday October 13, 2013

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
Stephen King

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Welcome to the weekend. The fall weather has finally made its appearance in our neck of the woods. Unfortunately, so has cold and flu season. Hope all of our readers are healthy, cozy, and have a wonderful weekend.


The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975. George Carlin hosted. Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian, and Billy Preston appeared as guests.

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On October 11, 2000, NASA launched STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.

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General Pulaski Memorial Day

This United States holiday is in honor of the Polish hero of the American Revolution, General Kazimierz Pulaski. This holiday is held every year on October 11 by Presidential Proclamation, to commemorate his death from wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779 and to honor the heritage of Polish Americans. The observance was established in 1929.

October is Polish American Heritage Month.


National Coming Out Day

NCOD is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11.

National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Eighteen states participated in the first NCOD, which was covered in the national media. After a media push in 1990, NCOD was observed in all 50 states and seven other countries. Participation continued to grow and in 1990 NCOD merged their efforts with the Human Rights Campaign Fund.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. This year’s theme is “Coming Out Still Matters.” When people know someone who is LGBT, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It Gets Better

In honor of Coming Out Day we are lowering the price on the hardcover book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. This book, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, is “a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site” which shows “LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Better reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone – and it WILL get better.”


International Day of the Girl

The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, there are dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” The official website states: “the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.”

The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular.

Southern Food Heritage Day

October 11 is Southern Food Heritage Day, the official day to pull out your cast iron pans and start up the smoker to enjoy your favorite Southern dishes. Let’s all raise our glasses to the delicacies of the South.

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World Egg Day

The second Friday of October is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs. World Egg Day is celebrated in countries all around the world. There are at least a dozen good reasons to honor the egg, but we will only mention a few. They are versatile. They have a high nutrient density. All the important amino acids, the building blocks of body protein, are found in an egg in the right proportions for your body’s needs. As for the fat found in eggs, two-thirds of it is the healthy unsaturated kind.

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World Sight Day

Each year the second Thursday of October is celebrated as World Sight Day. The theme for World Sight Day 2013 is “Universal Eye Health”. This day is dedicated to pledging perfect vision for every individual on earth. It is an event that receives global attention each year. The agencies involved help bring attention to vision related issues that are plaguing the world. The World Sight Day initiative is organized under the Vision2020 global initiative. You can visit the Vision2020 homepage and check the details to make a contribution to the cause.

Not only is October 11th a day dedicated to Sight but the Month of October is both World Blindness Awareness Month and Home Eye Safety Month.


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On October 12, 1773, America’s first insane asylum opened for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia.

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The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many US public schools on October 12, 1892 as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.


President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to the White House on October 12, 1901.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published on October 12, 1979.


Freethought Day

Freethought Day is October 12th, the annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.

The seminal event connected to Freethought Day is a letter written by then Massachusetts Governor William Phips in which he wrote to the Privy Council of the British monarchs, William and Mary, on this day in 1692. In this correspondence he outlined the quagmire that the trials had degenerated into, in part by a reliance on “evidence” of a non-objective nature and especially “spectral evidence” in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused.

Freethought Week is often observed during the week in which October 12th falls and Freethought Month during October which, of course, culminates in the holiday of Halloween.

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UN Spanish Language Day

Each October 12th Spanish Language Day is observed. This event was established by the UNIESCO in 2010, seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.” October 12 was chosen as the date for the Spanish language as Spain’s National Day.

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International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
October 12 is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. Celebrating this Moment of Frustration is simple: scream. Of course, a few precautions are probably in order. Don’t yell at someone, and, if there are people near enough to hear you, give them a bit of warning so they don’t start dialing 9-1-1 and running to save you. If you’re lucky, screaming like this may be so strange you’ll laugh at yourself and start feeling a bit better.

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Universal Music Day

No matter where you live, there is one language that is universal – music. Oct. 12, 2013, is Universal Music Day, an annual “holiday” observed each year on the second Saturday in October. Whether you prefer classical, country, jazz, rock or rap, Universal Music Day celebrates music of all genres.

Author, speaker/consultant, Susan Golden, founded the event back in 2007 to encourage people around the world to “experience creativity, movement, healing and joy through sound, rhythm and melody.” While Music Day should certainly be celebrated every single day of the year, Universal Music Day “brings the world together to make music from our hearts and create a world of peace, love, justice and joy.”


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Paddington Bear, a classic character from English children’s literature, made his debut on October 13, 1958.


English Language Day

A language that was the tongue of three tribes 1,500 years ago is today the language of nearly two billion people. It has three-times more non-native speakers than native speakers. No other language comes close to matching that, and it is that that makes English global. It is the modern lingua franca, the language used by the Russians to talk to the Nigerians, the Germans to talk to the Spanish, the Chinese to talk to the Brazilians.

This year English Language Day celebrates ‘English the Global Language’. English is found on every continent. It has major speech communities in over seventy countries. It is the language of the internet. It is language of air-traffic control, of international travel, and of international business. It is the language of science.

English comes in a huge variety forms across time from Old English through Middle English to Modern English and through space from Australian through Jamaican and Indian to Zimbabwean. It exists in a thousand dialects, slangs and street forms. It exists in two major written forms, American and British.

With the role of being a global language goes the need for a large vocabulary, and the vocabulary of English is huge. The online Oxford English Dictionary has over 600,000 headwords; word collectors claim counts of one million and more words. Remarkably, the vocabulary of a university-educated person is about 50,000 words, and any one speaker can only use a tiny portion of the full range of English. English has borrowed words from 350 languages, mainly from French (20,000) and from Latin (20,000). English has given words to as many languages as it has borrowed from, and it has probably given to very many more.

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Clergy Appreciation

Clergy Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (Oct. 13, 2013), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States. The celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.

Happy Birthday!

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Some of the writers born October 11th include:

Hans E. Kinck (1865), Francois Mauriac (1885), Joe Simon (1913), Dorothy Woolfolk (1913), T. Llew Jones (1915), Fred Bodsworth (1918), G. C. Edmondson (1922), Elmore Leonard (1925), Thich Nhat Hanh (1926), Saul Friedlander (1932), Daniel Quinn (1935), James M. McPherson (1926), R. H. W. Dillard (1937), Thomas Boswell (1947), Amos Gitai (1950), Bruce Bartlett (1951), Anne Enright (1962), Richard Paul Evans (1962), Brett Salisbury (1968), and Liz Cantor (1982).

Some of the writers born October 12th include:

Aleister Crowley (1875), Louis Hemon (1880), Paula von Preradovic (1887), Eugenio Montale (1896), Lester Dent (1904), Ding Ling (1904), John Murray (1906), Paul Engle (1908), Anne Petry (1908), Robert Fitzerald (1910), Alice Childress (1912), Alice Chetwynd Ley (1913), Robert Coles (1929), Magnus Magnusson (1929), Dick Gregory (1932), Angela Rippon (1944), Chris Wallace (1947), and Brian Kennedy (1966).

Some of the writers born October 13th include:

John Hervey (1696), Ernest Myers (1844), Mary Kingsley (1862), Albert Jay Nock (1870), Patrick Joseph Hartigan (1878), Sasha Cherny (1880), Conrad Richter (1890), Arna Bontemps (1902), Igor Torkar (1913), Richard Howard (1929), Hugo Young (1938), Mike Barnicle (1943), Mollie Katzen (1950), Claude Ribbe (1954), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (1962), Colin Channer (1963), Serena Altschul (1970), and Kira Reed (1971).

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Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week was started in 1998 and this year runs from October 13th-19th. It is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to “Read For The Fun Of It”. Teen Read Week’s sub-theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

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Bullying Bystanders Unite Week

The third full week of October is observed as Bullying Bystanders Unite Week. Approximately 864,000 teens stay home from school one day each month because they fear for their safety. Check out the Hey U.G.L.Y (Unique Gifted Loveable You) website for more information and to take the pledge.


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