Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We’re half way through the week!

Today we have a few State related pieces of trivia for you.

On this date in 1788 Connecticut became the fifth state to be admitted to the United States. And then exactly 73 years late, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union in 1861 before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Two years to the day later the Battle of Fort Hindman began in Arkansas.

Some of the writers who were born on January 9th include:

Ivan Gundulić (1589), Thomas Warton (1728), Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom (1790), Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811), Thomas William Robertson (1829), Anton Aškerc (1856), Hayyim Nahman Bialik (1873), Lascelles Abercrombie (1881), Giovanni Papini (1881), Karel Čapek (1890), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Gypsy Rose Lee (1911), Lister Sinclair (1921), Judith Krantz (1928), Brian Friel (1929), Algis Budrys (1931), Wilbur Smith (1933), Anne Rivers Siddons (1936), Stuart Woods (1938), John Dunning (1942), Robert Drewe (1943), Morris Gleitzman (1953), Philippa Gregory (1954), Hal Niedzviecki (1971),

On this day in 1923 the world lost Katherine Mansfield. She was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction born in New Zealand.

On this date in the year 1431 investigations began for the trial of Joan of Arc in Rouen.

Today is also the birthday of the 37th president of the United States, President Richard Nixon. He served from 1969 until 1974.

good grief cover

Today’s highlighted book is Good Grief: 50th Anniversary Edition by Granger E. Westberg.  This book is described on Amazon as follows:

For fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. Now this classic text is available in a new edition with a foreword by one of the nation’s leading communicators of medical health care information. An afterword by the author’s daughters tells how the book came to be.

Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief–shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no “right” way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. The anniversary gift edition includes space for readers to record thoughts about their personal experience with grief.

Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.

barbara a tuchman

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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