Saturday, January 5, 2013

 Hope you are all having a nice weekend with plenty of time to read.

The fifth of January is National Bird Day. According to the reasons for a National Bird Day are:

  • The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration.
  • Today, nearly 12% of the world's 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century, including nearly one-third of the world's 330 parrot species.
  • Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
  • Many of the world's parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss.
  • Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds kept in captivity.
  • The survival and well-being of the world's birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.

Some of the writers born on this date include: Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Humbert Wolfe (1885), Stella Dorothea Gibbons (1902), William De Witt Snodgrass (A.KA. S. S. Gardons) (1926), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), William De Witt Snodgrass (1926), Umberto Eco (1932), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1938), Florence Virginia King (1936), Michael O’Donoghue (1940), Terenci Moix (1942),

On this date in 1972 President Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttle program. Sci-fi fans rejoice at the idea of dreams coming true.

sentimental journey

Today’s highlighted title is sticking with our classics theme.  A Sentimental Journey: Through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick by Laurence Sterne. This is another book that is often a required reading assignment.

books wash away dust

Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.


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