Monday, January 28, 2013

It is yet another Monday. Yet another work week. But we have some trivia to distract you for the moment and plenty of books available to get lost in when the work day is done (or on your lunch, or whenever you get a moment).

Today is International Data Privacy Day. This holiday occurs every January 28. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is celebrated in 29 countries including the United States. The original focus was on raising awareness among teens and young adults about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, especially in the context of social networking. The educational focus has expanced over the past few years to include families, consumers and businesses.

The word serendipity was coined on this day in a letter to Horace Mann by Horace Walpole. Have you had any serendipity moments today?

Some of the writers born on this day include:

John Barclay (1582), Johann Elias Schlegel (1719), Colette (1873), Vahan Terian (1885), Marthe Bibesco (1886), Valentin Kataev (1897), Aleksander Kamiński (1903), Nien Cheng (1915), David Lodge (1935), Alan Alda (1936), Ismail Kadare (1936), John Perkins (1945), Rick Warren (1954), Megan McDonald (1959), Robert von Dassanowsky (1960), Arnaldur Indridason (1961), Mo Rocca (1969), and Ramsey Nasr (1974).

Two hundred years ago today the book Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

Elvis Presley made his first US television appearance on this day in 1956.

The Lego company patented the design of its Lego bricks on January 28, 1958. This design is still compatible with the bricks that are produced today.

The Super-group USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) recorded the hit single We Are the World on this day in 1985 to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

On this day in 1960 the American author Zora Neale Hurston passed away at the age of 69. She is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.


little big book for grandfathers

Today we are highlighting a neat book called The Little Big Book for Grandfathers which was edited by Alice Wong and Clark H. Wakabayashi. This square little hard cover book makes a great gift. Amazon gives the following description:

Celebrate the magic of youth and the wisdom of age with The Little Big Book for Grandfathers. Brimming with stories, poetry, songs, activities, and recipes, and designed with timeless vintage illustrations, The Little Big Book for Grandfathers will include: Literary Excerpts: Nine excerpts that include grandfathers in literature (Heidi and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and characters who instruct and teach life lessons (the wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Baloo in The Jungle Book, the fox in The Little Prince). Legendary Tales: Nine stories of adventurers from America’s past, including Daniel Boone, Paul Bunyan, and Calamity Jane. Fairy Tales and Fables: Children will enjoy hearing their favorite fairy tales retold in short verse and will learn more about their favorite stories (why the cow jumped over the moon and why there were four and 20 blackbirds in a pie). Also included are 10 Aesop’s Fables filled with their gentle humor and lessons of life. Poems: Eighteen poems on subjects such as the passage of time and enjoyment of life by great poets including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, William Wordsworth, Shel Silverstein, and more. Activities: Eighteen fun-filled activities, including things to do outdoors (camping, reading the sky), things to make (tiny boats, noisemakers), and things to test the brain (toothpick teasers and parlor tricks). Songs: Twelve old-time favorites that continue to delight such as “Buffalo Gals,” “Keep on the Sunny Side,” and “Home of the Range.” Grandfather Wisdoms: A bird had is worth two in the bush. A clean conscience makes a soft pillow. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Recipes: Over 20 recipes to cook up, including kitchen-sink pizzas, old-fashioned thirst quenchers, and one-dish wonders. Wisdom, jokes, and much, much more!
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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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