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Saturday, April 13, 2013

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” 
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Albert Einstein

April 13th is Scrabble Day, which celebrates the popular board game. Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts who was born April 13, 1899. It is sold by Hasbro, Inc. It’s very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends. Or play it online.

Every year the second Saturday in April is celebrated as Baby Massage Day to honor the growing trend of infant massage and educate parents (and parents-to-be) about the many benefits it can offer. The stimulation offered through massage can aid a baby’s physical and cognitive development, as well as improve sleep patterns, regulate stress hormones, and increase body weight and length. Some studies have even proven that mothers who participate in regimens of infant massage may reduce their own postnatal depression. The practice of infant massage is both old and natural — it was taught in some ancient Chinese and Indian traditions and can also be witnessed in the animal kingdom through licking and grooming.

Some of the writers born April 13th include:

Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy (1618), Thomas Jefferson (1743), Thomas D’Arcy McGee (1825), Joseph Lightfoot (1828), Juan Montalvo (1832), Alexander Roda Roda (1872), Nella Larsen (1891), Marguerite Henry (1902), Samuel Beckett (1906), Eudora Welty (1909), Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner (1916), Roland Gaucher (1919), John Braine (1922), Robert Enrico (1931), Jon Stone (1931), Pierre Rosenberg (1936), Lanford Wilson (1937), Seamus Heaney (1939), J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940), Jean-Marc Reiser (1941), Ataol Behramoğlu (1942), Drago Jančar (1948), Christopher Hitchens (1949), Dany Laferrière (1953), Colleen Clinkenbeard (1980), Anna Jennings-Edquist (1985) and Sam Loeb (1988).

Today is the 20th anniversary of the loss of Wallace Stegner. He was an American historian, novelist, short story writer and environmentalist, often called “The Dean of Western Writers”. He was an Eagle Scout. In 1934, Stegner married Mary Stuart Page. For 59 years they shared a ‘personal literary partnership of singular facility,’ in the words of Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977. Stegner taught at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University. Eventually he settled at Stanford University, where he founded the creative writing program. His students included Sandra Day O’Connor, Edward Abbey, Wendell Berry, Simin Daneshvar, Andrew Glaze, George V. Higgins, Thomas McGuane, Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, Gordon Lish, Ernest Gaines, and Larry McMurtry. In the late 1980s, he refused a National Medal from the National Endowment for the Arts because he believed the NEA had become too politicized. Stegner died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 13, 1993, from a car accident on March 28, 1993. His son, Page Stegner, is a novelist, essayist nature writer and professor emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz. Page is married to Lynn Stenger, a novelist. Page co-authored “American Places” and edited the 2008 Collected Letters of Wallace Stegner.

Gov. Jon Huntsman’s declaration of February 18, 2009 as Wallace Stegner Day highlighted Stegner as “one of Utah‘s most prominent citizens…a legendary voice for Utah and the West as an author, educator, and conservationist…[who was] raised and educated in Salt Lake City and [at] the University of Utah, [and] possess[ed] a lifelong love of Utah’s landscapes, people, and culture.” In recognition of Stegner’s legacy at the University of Utah, The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental or American Western History was established in 2010 and is administered by the University of Utah Press. This book publication prize is awarded to the best monograph the Press receives on the topic of American western or environmental history within a predetermined time period.

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Four hundred years ago today Samuel Argall captured Native American princess Pocahontas in Passapatanzy, Virginia to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father. She was brought to Henricus as hostage.

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On this day in 1776 American forces in the American Revolutionary War were surprised in the Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey.

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The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India on April 13, 1796.

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On this day in 1829 the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829 gave Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in Parliament.

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The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded April 13, 1870.

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The Colfax Massacre or Colfax Riot occurred on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana, the seat of Grant Parish. In the wake of a contested election for governor of Louisiana and local offices, an armed group of whites, armed with rifles and a small cannon, overpowered freedmen and state militia (also black) trying to control the Grant Parish courthouse in Colfax. White Republican officeholders were not attacked. Most of the freedmen were killed after they surrendered, and nearly 50 were killed later that night after being held as prisoners for several hours. Estimations of the number of dead have varied, other estimates are closer to 150. The attack had the most fatalities of violent events following the disputed contest in 1872 between Republicans and Democrats for the Louisiana governor’s office, in which both candidates claimed victory (in fact, “every election [in Louisiana] between 1868 and 1876 was marked by rampant violence and pervasive fraud.”). In the late 20th and early 21st century, there has been increasing attention given to the events at Colfax and the Supreme Court case, and their meaning in American history.

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James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming on this day in 1902.

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Eugene V. Debs was imprisoned at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 13, 1919, for speaking out against the draft during World War I.

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The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated on this day in 1943 in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth.

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The Hadassah medical convoy massacre was seventy years ago today. In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier were massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.

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Sixty years ago today the CIA director Allen Dulles launched the mind-control program MKULTRA.

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On April 13, 1958, during the Cold War, American Van Cliburn won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The International Tchaikovsky Competition is a classical-music competition held every four years in Moscow, Russia, for pianists, violinists, and cellists between 16 and 30 years of age, and singers between 19 and 32 years of age. The competition is named after Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is an active member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

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The United States launched Transit 1-B, the world’s first satellite navigation system, on April 13, 1960.

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At the Academy Awards on April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.

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An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded on April 13, 1970, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

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The Universal Postal Union decided on this day in 1972 to recognize the People’s Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.

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Western Union, in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, launched the United States’ first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1, on April 13, 1974.

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The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on this day in 1976, Thomas Jefferson’s 233rd birthday, as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.

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The Chicago flood occurred on April 13, 1992, when the damaged wall of a utility tunnel beneath the Chicago River opened into a breach which flooded basements and underground facilities throughout the Chicago Loop with an estimated 250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of water. Rehabilitation work on the Kinzie Street Bridge crossing the Chicago River required new pilings. Unbeknownst to work crews aboard a barge operated by the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, beneath the river was an abandoned Chicago Tunnel Company tunnel that had been used in the early 20th century to transport coal and goods. One of the pilings on the east bank was driven into the bottom of the river alongside the north wall of the old tunnel. Although the piling did not actually punch through the tunnel wall, it caused pressure that cracked the wall, and mud began to ooze in. After some weeks, all the soft mud had passed, opening a leak. The situation was very serious because the flood doors had been removed from the old tunnels after they fell into disuse. The mud continued to push through until the river water was able to pour in unabated, creating an unmistakable emergency. The water flooded into the basements of several Loop office buildings and retail stores and an underground shopping district. The city quickly evacuated the Loop and financial district in fear that electrical wires could short out. Electrical power and natural gas went down or were shut off as a precaution in much of the area. Trading at both the Chicago Board of Trade Building and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended in mid-morning, having a global effect, as water seeped into their basements. At its height, some buildings had 40 feet of water in their lower levels. However, at the street level there was no water to be seen, as it was all underground. At first, the source of the water was unclear. The leak was eventually stopped by Kenny Construction, a private contracting company, by drilling shafts into the flooded tunnel near Kinzie Street and placing emergency plugs in it. It took three days before the flood was cleaned up enough to allow business to begin to resume and cost the city an estimated $1.95 billion. Some buildings remained closed for a few weeks. Parking was banned downtown during the cleanup and some subway routes were temporarily closed or rerouted. Since it occurred near Tax Day, the IRS granted natural disaster extensions to those affected. Eventually, the city assumed maintenance responsibility for the tunnels, and watertight hatches were installed at the river crossings. Insurance battles lasted for years, the central point being the definition of the accident, i.e., whether it was a “flood” or a “leak.” Leaks were covered by insurance, while floods were not. Eventually it was classified as a leak, which is why many residents still call it the “Great Chicago Leak.” Today, there remains contention as to whether the mistake was the fault of the workers on-site, their parent company, or even the claim that maps provided by the city of Chicago failed to accurately depict the old tunnel systems.


Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament on April 13, 1997.

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Today we highlight Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. We have New copies of this paperback in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

Jean Rhys’s reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction’s most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.A sensual and protected young woman, Antoinette Cosway grows up in the lush natural world of the Caribbean. She is sold into marriage to the coldhearted and prideful Rochester, who succumbs to his need for money and his lust. Yet he will make her pay for her ancestors’ sins of slaveholding, excessive drinking, and nihilistic despair by enslaving her as a prisoner in his bleak English home. In this best-selling novel Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” 
― Jorge Luis Borges

Happy D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really? D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Romona Quimby, Age 8.Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!

The General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 12th as International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.” April 12, 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. This day is also known as Russian Cosmonaut Day.

You won’t find this holiday on the calendar, but for licorice lovers throughout the United States, April 12th marks an important holiday . . . National Licorice Day. Celebrate today by learning about the history and benefits of licorice, savor a cup of licorice tea or licorice coffee, chew on a licorice root, host a licorice-tasting party, surprise your friends with a licorice gift, or treat yourself to some licorice candies.

Today is Big Wind Day, which commemorates the highest wind speed ever recorded on the planet. On April 12, 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour. Imagine the difficulties of even making a recording under those conditions back then!

You can stop playing it safe on April 12. Forget thinking outside the box; there isn’t even a box on Walk on Your Wild Side Day. Do something out of the ordinary, or extraordinary. It can be something small, as long as it’s outside of your comfort zone. Be unpredictable or do “something ‘they‘ said you’d never” suggests Wellcat, the holiday’s creators.

Some of the writers born April 12th include:

Guillaume Thomas François Raynal (1713), Charles Burney (1726), Alexander Ostrovsky (1823), José Gautier Benítez (1848), Hardie Gramatky (1907), Ida Crowe Pollock (1908), Beverly Cleary (1916), Mukhran Machavariani (1929), Leonid Derbenyov (1931), Alan Ayckbourn (1939), Georgios Balanos (1944), Tom Clancy (1947), Scott Turow (1949), Ralph Wiley (1952), Jon Krakauer (1954), Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (1963), Shannen Doherty (1971), and J. Scott Campbell (1973).

Lyman Hall was born April 12, 1724. He was a physician, clergyman, and statesman, and was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia. Hall County, Georgia is named after him. Though Georgia was not initially represented in the First Continental Congress, through Hall’s influence, the parish was persuaded to send a delegate – Hall himself – to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Second Continental Congress. He was admitted to a seat in Congress in 1775, a seat that he held until 1780. He was one of the three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence. In January 1783, he was elected an early governor of the state – a position that he held for one year. While governor, Hall advocated the chartering of a state university, believing that education, particularly religious education, would result in a more virtuous citizenry. His efforts led to the chartering of the University of Georgia in 1785.

Today we remember Alan Stewart Paton who passed away twenty-five years ago today. He was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. After graduation, Paton worked as a teacher. After the publishing of multiple books in 1950, Paton was moved from lower class life to middle/upper class off the wealth of his books. During his time in Norway, he began work on his seminal novel Cry, The Beloved Country, which he completed over the course of his journey, finishing it on Christmas Eve in San Francisco in 1946. There, he met Aubrey and Marigold Burns, who read his manuscript and found a publisher: the editor Maxwell Perkins, noted for editing novels of Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, guided Paton’s first novel through publication with Scribner‘s. In 1953 Paton founded the Liberal Party of South Africa, which fought against the apartheid legislation introduced by the National Party. He remained the president of the SALP until its forced dissolution by the apartheid regime in the late 1960s, officially because its membership comprised both blacks and whites. Paton was a prolific essay writer on race and politics in South Africa.

With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorized its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain on this day in 1776 as part of the American Revolution.

April 12th is an important anniversary date for the American Civil War. On this day in 1861 the war began with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. Exactly one year later the Andrews Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase) occurred, starting from Big Shanty, Georgia (now Kennesaw). On this day in 1864 the Fort Pillow massacre occurred. Confederate forces killed most of the African American soldiers that surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. One year after that Mobile, Alabama fell to the Union Army.

The U.S. AutoLite strike began on this day in 1934. It culminated in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.

On April 12, 1937, Sir Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died April 12, 1945 while in office. The vice-president Harry Truman was sworn in as the 33rd President.

The polio vaccine that was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was declared on April 12, 1955 to be safe and effective.

The Euro Disney Resort officially opened April 12, 1992 with its theme park Euro Disneyland. Its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. At 140 acres it is the largest Disney park based on the original. As of 2011, it is the most-visited theme park in Europe, and the fifth-most visited theme park in the world. Like the original park in Anaheim, its centerpiece is Sleeping Beauty‘s castle. The park, as well as its surrounding complex, initially failed to meet financial expectations resulting in an image change in which the word “Euro” was phased out of several names, including Euro Disneyland. The park was known as Euro Disneyland until May 1994, Euro Disneyland Paris until September 1994, Disneyland Paris until February 2002, and Disneyland Park (English) and Parc Disneyland (French) since March 2002. As Michael Eisner noted, “As Americans, the word ‘Euro’ is believed to mean glamorous or exciting. For Europeans it turned out to be a term they associated with business, currency, and commerce. Renaming the park ‘Disneyland Paris’ was a way of identifying it with one of the most romantic and exciting cities in the world.” In order for the fourth park to be based on the original, modifications were made to the park’s concepts and designs. Among the changes was the change of Tomorrowland to Discoveryland, giving the area a retrofuturistic theme rather than futuristic. Other altered elements include the Haunted Mansion, which was redesigned as Phantom Manor, and Space Mountain. The park’s location brought forth its own challenges. Modifications to the park were made to protect against changes in weather in the Parisian climate. Covered walkways were added, though these are described as “Arcades” and not covered walkways, and Michael Eisner ordered the installation of 35 fireplaces in hotels and restaurants.

Laurence A. Canter and Martha S. Siegel were partners in a husband-and-wife firm of lawyers who, on April 12, 1994, posted the first massive commercial Usenet spam. To many people, this event, coming not long after the National Science Foundation lifted its unofficial ban on commercial speech on the Internet, marks the end of the Net’s early period, when the original netiquette could still be enforced. Canter and Siegel were not the first Usenet spammers. The “Green Card” spam was, however, the first commercial Usenet spam, and its unprentant authors are seen as having fired the starting gun for the legions of spammers that now occupy the Internet.

On April 12, 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionaly false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

Planet Hunter

Today we bring you Planet Hunter, Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein.   We have New copies of this Hardcover book in stock for a low price. Amazon gives the following description:

He has discovered more planets than anyone in history. In this inspiring true story, Geoff Marcy’s love of space helped him overcome struggles in his studies until finally he became an astronomer. But he was not on track to make major discoveries. Eventually, he went back to the questions that thrilled him as a boy: Are we alone? Do Earth-like planets orbit the stars in the night sky? It would not be easy to find a planet outside our solar system. Others had tried and failed. But Marcy never gave up. Since 1995, he and his colleagues have discovered nearly half of the 380 known “extrasolar” planets. Stunning paintings transport the reader to the exotic worlds that he and others have found.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

 


People tend to find books when they are ready for them.” 
― Neil Gaiman

Today is National Alcohol Screen Day. Held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April, National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment. Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations provide the program to the public each year.

April 11th is Eight Track Tape Day. Who remembers these? Eight Track Tape Day brings back found memories of the sixties and seventies. During this era, eight track tapes ruled the music world. America’s love of the automobile, was a driving force in creating the demand for musical cassette formats. For those who grew up in this era, an eight track tape player in your home and your car was an essential. It was eventually replaced by cassette and other formats for storing music. If you still have tapes and a player, by all means enjoy the day listening to some great music. If not, just spend a few minutes looking back in time to when you loved your eight track tapes! Eight track tapes were created by the jet maker William Lear.

Today is also Barbershop Quartet Day. Barbershop Quartet Day honors four guys with great voices. This day celebrates the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1938. Barbershop Quartets date back to the early 1900’s in America. Barbershop quartets are a popular musical group. Musical selections are usually happy and light hearted, and allow full utilization of the voice ranges and skills of these great singers. Competitions at local and national levels encourage these groups to flourish. Celebrate today by listening to a Barbershop Quartet, either live or recorded. This day was most likely created by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America to recognize the founding of their society but they do not make any reference to this day on their website.

April 11th is International “Louie Louie” Day. Today provides an annual opportunity to celebrate the song that has been called best party song of all time, has been recorded more times than any other rock song in history, and was very nearly declared the official state song of Washington State. April 11th was chosen primarily because it’s the birthday of Richard Berry, the man who composed Louie Louie. Many other important milestones in the history of Louie Louie occurred on or around April 11th as well. The first recorded version of Louie Louie, by Richard Berry and the Pharaohs, was released in April of 1957 on Flip records as a b-side to “You Are My Sunshine”. On April 6, 1963, at Northwestern Recorders in Portland, Oregon, the Kingsmen record what is to become the most famous version of Louie Louie. About a week later, Paul Revere and the Raiders record their own version of Louie Louie in the same studio. On April 12, 1985, Louie Louie Day” in Washington state was declared by the Washington State Senate. This was as far as the legislature was willing to go along with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek campaign to make Louie Louie the official state song of Washington. On that day, a rally and performance were held at the State Capitol in Olympia, which featured a number of performers including the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Thurston County Commissioner George Barner. “Louie Louie Day” in Seattle occurred April 14, 1985 as proclaimed by the mayor of Seattle. On this day, a Louie Louie event was held at Seattle Center, which included a performance by Jr. Cadillac. These two events in mid-April 1985 marked the height of the effort to make Louie Louie the official state song of Washington. “Louie Louie Day” was proclaimed by the state of Oregon on April 2, 1986. On April 10, 1998, The Kingsman won a historic legal case against Gusto Records and GML in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. At the heart of their case was the undisputed fact that Gusto Records/GML, which acquired the rights to the original Kingsmen masters from Wand/Scepter Records, including the most well known recording of Louie Louie, never paid a penny in royalties from record or CD sales, despite a 1968 contract that guaranteed a 9% royalty to the band members. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case, the members of the Kingsmen were able to collect about $200,000 in royalties that had been held in trust since the group sued in 1993 on grounds that the companies had failed to honor a 1968 contract. By winning this case, the Kingsmen gained complete ownership of all 105 recordings originally recorded for Wand/Scepter Records. Ten years ago today a group Louie Louie fans discussing Richard Berry’s birthday on the Yahoo Louie Louie Party decided that April 11 should be designated “Louie Louie Day” as an annual recognition of this great song. On April 11, 2007 an only slightly more organized effort to promote Louie Louie Day occurs, under the auspices of the newly formed Louie Louie Advocacy and Music Appreciation Society (LLAMAS). So make sure to listen to your favorite version(s) of Louie Louie, call your local radio station and request they play it, and spread the word about the song and ts important place in rock history.

World Parkinson’s Disesase Day is held annually on April 11th. The day is intended to boost awareness of the disorder and to spur new research and treatment innovations. It should be a day of advocacy for PD patients and their families.

Some of the writer’s born on April 11th include:

Christopher Smart (1722), Stefanos Thomopoulos (1859), Bernard O’Dowd (1866), Ivane Javakhishvili (1876), Rachele Mussolini (1890), Léo-Paul Desrosiers (1896), Sandor Marai (1900), József Attila (1905), Leo Rosten (1908), David Westheimer (1917), Peter O’Donnell (1920), Edwin Pope (1928), Anton LaVey (1930), Tony Brown (1933), Mark Strand (1934), Jill Gascoine (1937), Ellen Goodman (1941), John Milius (1944), James Patrick Kelly (1951), Peter Windsor (1952), Michael Callen (1955), Michael Card (1957), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Lynn Ferguson (1965), Sergey Lukyanenko (1968), and Walid Soliman (1975).

Today we remember Erskine Preston Caldwell, an American author who passed away April 11, 1987. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South in novels such as Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region. Caldwell was born on December 17, 1903 in Moreland, Georgia. He was the only child of Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church minister Ira Sylvester Caldwell and his schoolteacher wife Caroline Bell Caldwell. Rev. Caldwell’s ministry necessitated moving the family to various southern states, including Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. When Erskine was 15 years old, the family settled permanently in Wrens, Georgia. He was six feet tall, athletic, and played football. His political sympathies were with the working class, and he used his experiences with common workers to write books that extolled the simple life of those less fortunate than he was. When his first book, The Bastard (1929), was published, it was banned and copies were seized by authorities. Later, with the publication of God’s Little Acre, authorities, at the instigation of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (apparently incensed at Caldwell’s choice of title), arrested Caldwell and seized his copies when he went to New York for a book-signing event. A trial exonerated Caldwell, and he counter-sued for false arrest and malicious prosecution.

We also remember William H. Armstrong today. He was an American children’s author and educator, best known for his 1969 novel Sounder, which won the Newbery Medal. William Howard Armstrong was born on September 14, 1911, during the worst hailstorm and tornado in the memory of his Lexington, Virginia, neighbors. He was the third child born to Howard Gratton Armstrong, a farmer, and his wife, Ida Morris Armstrong. He had a difficult time in school, being a small child with asthma and glasses. While his father taught him to work hard, his mother taught Armstrong to love stories. “No one told me the Bible was not for young readers, so I found some exciting stories in it,” Armstrong said. “Not until years later did I understand why I liked the Bible stories so much. It was because everything that could possibly be omitted [left out] was omitted. There was no description of David so I could be like David… .” Armstrong later used the art of omission in his own writing of Sounder which he wrote based on an account told around his family’s kitchen table in Virginia. One story in particular, told by an elderly black man about Argus, the faithful dog of Odysseus, fascinated him; the dog recognized his master when he returned home after being away for twenty long years. This story stayed with him throughout his life and ultimately was the inspiration for his award winning children’s book, Sounder. He attended Hampden-Sydney College where Armstrong wrote for the college’s newspaper and its literary magazine, and even served as the magazine’s editor. He graduated cum laude in 1936, then continued his higher education with graduate work at the University of Virginia. He farmed in Connecticut near the Housatonic River, also learning to be a carpenter and a stonemason. In 1945, he became a history master at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, where he remained for fifty-two years, teaching general studies and ancient history to generations of ninth grade students. Armstrong was loved, admired, and feared by his students. A truly formidable character and head of “study hall“, he suffered no fools lightly. More than once he was known to send a text book flying across the classroom with unerring accuracy to awaken one inattentive student or another. In 1956, at the request of his school headmaster, he published his first book, a study guide called Study Is Hard Work. Armstrong followed this title with numerous other self-help books, and in 1963 he was awarded the National School Bell Award of the National Association of School Administrators for distinguished service in the interpretation of education. He died April 11, 1999 at his home in Kent, Connecticut at the age of 87.

The last execution for witchcraft in Germany took place on April 11, 1775.

Spelman College was founded on April 11, 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, an institute of higher education for African-American women.

The International Labour Organization was founded on April 11, 1919. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards and decent work for all. Almost all (185 out of 193) UN members are part of the ILO. The ILO registers complaints against entities that are violating international rules; however, it does not impose sanctions on governments.

American forces liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp on this day in 1945 during World War II.

In the Korean War, President Harry Truman relieved General of the Army Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea on April 11, 1951. That same day the Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, was found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey.

The trial of Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem. Otto on April 11, 1961. Otto Adolf Eighmann was a German Nazi SS-Obergruppenführer (lieutenant colonel) and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. Because of his organizational talents and ideological reliability, Eichmann was charged by SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich with the task of facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe. After World War II, he fled to Argentina using a fraudulently obtained laissez-passer issued by the International Red Cross. He lived in Argentina under a false identity, working a succession of different jobs until 1960. He was captured by Mossad operatives in Argentina and taken to Israel to face trial in an Israeli court on 15 criminal charges, including crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was found guilty and executed by hanging in 1962. He is the only person to have been executed in Israel on conviction by a civilian court.

On April 11, 1963, Pope John XXIII issued Pacem in Terris, the first encyclical addressed to all instead of to Catholics alone.

The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965 occurred April 11th. Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states and killed 256 people.

Forty-five years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

Apollo 13 was launched April 11, 1970.

First edition of the BBC comedy panel game I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue was broadcast for the first time April 11, 1972. It is one of the longest running British radio shows in history.

The original Apple Computer, the Apple I was created April 11, 1976. The Apple 1 is a personal computer released by the Apple Computer Company in 1976. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak’s friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer. The Apple I was Apple’s first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs sold his only means of transportation, a VW Microbus and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California.

London Transport‘s Silver Jubilee busses were launched April 11, 1977. Exactly ten years later The London Agreement was secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan.

Twenty years ago today 450 prisoners rioted at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continued to do so for ten days, citing grievances related to prison conditions, as well as the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisons (for tuberculosis) against their religious beliefs.

The detained crew of the United States Ep-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, China after a collision with a J-8 fighter were released April 11, 2001.

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Today we highlight Hiroshima by John Hersey.  We have new copies in stock of this mass market paperback. Amazon gives the following description:

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

We have made it to the 100th day of the year! That means there are 265 days remaining until 2014.

Today is Golfer’s Day. This is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented the addicting, yet relaxing hobby of golf. Also referred to as “Golf Day”, there is only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course. When Golfer’s Day falls on a week day, it is even more special. That means you now have an excuse to take a day off of work and go play a round …or two. Regardless of your score today, you know that even a bad day on the greens, is better than a good day at work. The first professional golf tournament was held on April 10, 1916. The tubular steel golf club shaft was approved for championship play on this day in 1924.

It is National Sibling Day today. National Sibling Day is a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. Siblings are truly a special blessing that we probably all too often take for granted. They are often our best friends and supporters through life. Another reason to celebrate is that not everyone is lucky enough to have siblings. Their lives are significantly different growing up, and throughout life. Celebrate National Sibling Day in a variety of ways. It’s a great time to be thankful for your sibling. But, most importantly get in touch with your siblings. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them, if they live far away. Send them a card, a letter, gifts, or flowers. Claudia A. Evart, President and Founder of this day, initiated National Sibling Day after the tragic deaths of her brother and sister. Twenty two state governors have issued proclamation on this day. President Bill Clinton has supported it.

Today is National Farm Animals Day. This day was founded by Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Page. National Farm Animals Day is a special and vital day to raise awareness about the plight of slaughter animals, as well as to find homes for abandoned and abused farm animals.

Some of the writers born April 10th include:

Hugo Grotius (1583), Benjamin Heath (1704), Michel Corrette (1707), William Hazlitt (1778), Lew Wallace (1827), Forceythe Willson (1837), Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Alfred Kubin (1877), Montague Summers (1880), Maurice Schumann (1911), Stefan Heym (1913), Roger Gaillard (1923), Rokusuke Ei (1933), David Halberstam (1934), Claudio Magris (1939), Paul Theroux (1941), Nick Auf der Maur (1942), Margaret Pemberton (1943), David A. Adler (1947), David Helvarg (1951), Pamela Wallin (1953), Anne Lamott (1954), Juan Williams (1954), John M. Ford (1957), Christopher Simmons (1973), and Faustina Agolley (1984).

Today we remember Charles Bernard Nordhoff who passed away on this day in 1947. He was an English-born American novelist and traveler. Charles Nordhoff was born in London, England, on February 1, 1887, to American parents. His father was Walter Nordhoff, a wealthy businessman and author of The Journey of the Flame penned under the name “Antonio de Fierra Blanco”. Nordhoff’s parents returned to the United States with him in 1889, living first in Pennsylvania, then Rhode Island, and finally settling in California by 1898. Charles Bernard Nordhoff’s grandfather was Charles Nordhoff, a journalist and author of non-fiction books. Charles Bernard Nordoff’s first published work was an article in an ornithological journal, written in 1902 when he was just 15. At seventeen, he entered Stanford University, but transferred to Harvard after one year. After graduation in 1909 he worked for his father’s businesses in Mexico for two years, then four years in California. He quit in 1916, signed up with the Ambulance Corps, and traveled to France. There he joined other American expatriates as a pilot in the Lafayette Escadrille. He finished World War I as a lieutenant in the US Army Air Service. After leaving the service, Nordhoff stayed on in Paris, France, where he worked as a journalist and wrote his first book, The Fledgling. In 1919, he and another former Lafayette Squadron pilot, James Norman Hall, who was also an author and journalist, were asked to write a history of that unit. Neither man had known the other during the war. The two authors then returned to the United States, sharing a rented house on Martha’s Vineyard, until given a commission by Harper’s Magazine to write travel articles set in the South Pacific. They went to Tahiti in the Society Islands for research and inspiration, and ended up staying, Nordhoff for twenty years, Hall for life. Nordhoff once explained how he and James Hall worked together. They initially drew up charts of all the characters, then would dole out the chapters to each other. For their joint works they each made an effort to write in the other’s style so as to achieve a reasonably smooth narrative. Charles Bernard Nordhoff died alone at his home in Montecito, California, on April 10, 1947. His body was found the next morning. Newspapers at the time reported the death as an “apparent heart attack”. Later sources indicate he had been drinking heavily, was depressed, and may have committed suicide.

Today we also remember Michael Anthony Dorris committed suicide April 10, 1997 at the age of 52 after allegations that he sexually abused his daughters. He was an American novelist and scholar who helped found the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth. His works include the memoir, The Broken Cord (1989) and the novel, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (1987). He was married to author Louise Erdrich and the two frequently collaborated in their writing. The Broken Cord, which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, helped provoke Congress to approve legislation to warn of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. In 1971, he became one of the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child. His adopted son, a three-year-old Lakota boy named Reynold Abel, was eventually diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. Dorris’ struggle to understand and care for his son became the subject of his work The Broken Cord. Dorris adopted two more Native American children, Jeffrey Sava in 1974 and Madeline Hannah in 1976, both of whom likely suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. He eventually married Louise Erdrich who adopted his children and birthed three more children for Dorris. Erdrich and Dorris contributed to each other’s writing and wrote together under the pseudonym Milou North.

On this day in 837, Halley’s Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equaled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles).

On April 10, 1606, the Virginia Company of London was established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.

The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, entered into force in Great Britain on April 10, 1710.

The Mount Tambora volcano began a three-month-long eruption on this day in 1815 that lasted until July 15. The eruption ultimately killed 71,000 people and affected Earth’s climate for the next two years.

After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster had cracked during testing, it was recast into the current 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry on April 10, 1858.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City by Henry Bergh on this day in 1866.

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted that day. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

April 10, 1887 was Easter Sunday. On this day Pope Leo XIII authorized the establishment of The Catholic University of America.

The British mystic Aleisdter Crowley transcribed the third and final chapter of The Book of The Law on this day in 1904. This is the central sacred text of Thelema. Aleister Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named “Aiwass”. The full title of the book is Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX, as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI, and it is commonly referred to as The Book of the Law. Through the reception of this book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the “Æon of Horus”. The primary precept of this new aeon is the charge to “Do what thou wilt”. The book contains three chapters, each of which was written down in one hour, beginning at noon, on 8 April 9 April, and 10 April in Cairo, Egypt, in the year 1904.

The Titanic left port in Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 for her first and only voyage.

The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created in New York City on this day in 1916.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published April 10, 1925 in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Warner Brothers premiered the first 3-D film from a major American studio sixty years ago today. This film was called House of Wax.

Paul McCartney announced on this day in 1970 that he was leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

Ping Pong Diplomacy occurred April 10, 1971. In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosted the U.S. table tennis team for a week long visit.

Seventy-four nations signed the Biological Weapons Convention on April 10, 1972, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons. That same day, in the Vietnam War, for the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly began bombing North Vietnam.

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Today we highlight L.A. Rex, a novel by Will Beall. We have Like New copies in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

A gritty and ferocious novel written by Will Beall, an LAPD officer who continues to patrol the streets he writes about. L.A. Rex is the story of Ben Halloran, a seemingly fresh-faced rookie assigned to the 77th Division, L.A.’s most violent precinct, still reeling from the Rodney King riots. Partnered with old-school cop Miguel Marquez, the two plunge fast and deep into the city’s burgeoning gang war—and it soon becomes clear that they won’t be able to emerge again unless Ben faces the demons he’s running from once and for all. Bristling with the energy and authenticity of the author’s experiences as a working policeman in South Central L.A., this is a literary thriller that doesn’t just unfold. It explodes.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.” 
― 
Sylvia Plath

Every year, the public health and medical communities recognize April as STD Awareness Month. This month-long observance provides individuals, doctors, and community-based organizations the perfect opportunity to address ways to prevent some of nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that occur in the United States each year. While most of these infections will not cause harm, some have the potential to lead to serious health problems, if not diagnosed and treated early.

April is National African American Women’s Fitness Month. This national event is designed to encourage health awareness through physical activity for African-American women.
April 9th is Name Yourself Day. Name Yourself Day is your chance to give yourself whatever name you’d like…for a day. If you like your name, then change your name for just today. If you don’t like your name, use today to select a new name for life!

Today is Winston Churchill Day which celebrates the day he was made an honoarary US citizen. On this day in 1963, Winston Churchill became the very first person to become an honorary citizen. He was given this honor posthumously. There have only been 6 people (two are a married couple who received it jointly) to be accorded this stature. What does it take to become an honorary US citizen? You have to have made extraordinary accomplishments or contributions in your life. And, then a law must be drafted and voted upon by the U.S. Senate.

Today is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. Since Census statistics showing the latest wage figures will not be available until late August or September, NCPE leadership decided years ago to select a Tuesday in April as Equal Pay Day. (Tuesday was selected to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week.) The date also is selected to avoid avoid religious holidays and other significant events. Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

The second Tuesday of April is Be Kind To Lawyers Day. A day to be nice to lawyers and try to inject some law-based fun into your everyday life (for example, try DIY with a Gavel, instead of a hammer). Be Kind To Lawyers Day encourages you to – yes, you guessed it – be kind to your lawyer. Wine and dine them, ring them up and tell them how much you appreciate their hard work, and shower them with lawyer-themed gifts!

Today is National Cherish An Antique Day. Celebrate when items were made by loving hands and not machines. Honor the past and timeworn traditions by incorporating an antique into your home, lifestyle or wardrobe.

April 9th is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

Some of the writers born April 9th include:

Philippe Néricault Destouches (1680), Johann Matthias Gesner (1691), Étienne Aignan (1773), Elias Lönnrot (1802), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Jacques Futrelle (1875), Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan (1893), Jean Bruchési (1901), Joseph Krumgold (1908), Lev Kopelev (1912), Johannes Bobrowski (1917), Carl Amery (1922), Paule Marshall (1929), Fern Michaels (1933), Valerie Solanas (1936), Peter Gammons (1945), Jessie Paul (1953), Joolz Denby (1955), Kate Heyhoe (1955), Joe Scarborough (1963), Margaret Peterson Haddix (1964), Soyo Oka (1964), Spenny Rice (1973), Anna Coren (1975), Blayne Weaver (1976), and Gerard Way (1977).

The expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh departed England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony on April 9, 1585.

Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River on this day in 1682. He claimed it for France and named it Louisiana.

On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of an audible human voice on April 9, 1860.

At a general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young explained the Adam-God doctrine on this day in 1852. This is an important part of the theology of Mormon fundamentalism.

Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia on this day in 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War.

The United States Senate ratified a treaty with Russia on April 9, 1867 for the purchase of Alaska. The Alaska purchase passed by a single vote.

The United States Atomic Energy Commission was formed on April 9, 1945. The United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was an agency of the United States government established after World War II by Congress to foster and control the peace time development of atomic science and technology. President Harry S. Truman signed the McMahon/Atomic Energy Act on August 1, 1946, transferring the control of atomic energy from military to civilian hands, effective from January 1, 1947. An increasing number of critics during the 1960s charged that the AEC’s regulations were insufficiently rigorous in several important areas, including radiation protection standards, nuclear reactor safety, plant siting, and environmental protection. By 1974, the AEC’s regulatory programs had come under such strong attack that Congress decided to abolish the agency. The agency was abolished by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which assigned its functions to two new agencies: the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. On August 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed into law The Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, which created the Department of Energy. The new agency assumed the responsibilities of the Federal Energy Administration, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Power Commission, and programs of various other agencies.

The Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes killed 181 and injured 970 people on this day in 1947 in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

The Journey of Reconciliation began April 9, 1947. This was the first interracial Freedom Ride through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court’s 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

NASA announced on this day in 1959 the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dubbed the “Mercury Seven”.

The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ended operations on April 9, 1961.

The Astrodome opened on this day in 1965 and the first indoor baseball game was played.

The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) made its maiden flight on April 9, 1967.

The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS George Washington accidentally collided with the Nissho Maru, a Japanese cargo ship, and sunk it on this day in 1981.
Baghdad fell to American forces ten years ago today. A Saddam Hussein statue toppled as Iraqis turned on symbols of their former leader, pulling down the statue and tearing it to pieces.

On April 9, 2005, the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles took place. They married in a civil ceremony at Windsor’s Guildhall.

A birthday blessing mini

Today we highlight A Birthday Blessing Mini by Welleran Poltarnees.We have New copies in stock of this small hardcover.  We also have the full sized version. These make great gifts. Amazon gives the following Book description for the Mini edition:

For many years customers have requested smaller, less expensive editions of our most popular gift titles and we are happy to announce that we have obliged. A small book has a special charm; it may be slipped into a pocket or a purse with ease. Small Blessings will make welcome gifts for those occasions when a small but lovely token is appropriate. They would also be charming used as an elaborate form of gift-tag, included in a gift basket, or even slipped among the stems of a floral bouquet. A Baby Blessing welcomes a new baby to the world. A Birthday Blessing performs the same function as a birthday card but with much more depth. A House Blessing is intended as a gift for those who have purchased a new home. This is My Wish for You — long our bestselling title — bestows the best of everything to its recipient.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

 

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. It is also National Anxiety Month.

It is Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea Awareness Month has been designated by the National Rosacea Society to raise awareness and understanding of this increasingly common disease. Rosacea is a facial skin condition that can cause permanent physical and psychological damage if it is not diagnosed and treated.

 

April 8th is All is Ours Day. Let’s dissect the meaning and intent of this great day. We will do so by examining the title of this day, word for word. It begins with the word “all“. For such a little word, it’s all-inclusive. From a possessive standpoint, therefore, we are talking about anything and everything we want.. The verb “is” is short, sweet and definite. It leaves no room for doubt or question. Finally, the creator chose the word “our” rather than the word “mine” This is a vital decision allowing us to completely enjoy today. The greatest events, and the best things in life, are those that are shared. The only thing the creator left out is the definition of who “Ours” represents. That is left up to you.

Today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, also known as DABDay.

The International Romani Day is today, it’s a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people. The day was officially declared in 1990 in Serock, Poland, the site of the fourth World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union (IRU), in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, 7-12 of April 1971 in Chelsfield near London.

Some of the writers born on April 8th include:

Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842), Edmund Husserl (1859), R. P. Keigwin (1833), John Fante (1909), Glendon Swarthout (1918), Frédéric Back (1924), Anthony Farrar-Hockley (1924), Tilly Armstrong (1927), Renzo De Felice (1929), Seymour Hersh (1937), James Herbert (1943), Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Jim Piddock (1956), Evan Davis (1962), Nnedi Okorafor (1974), and Mehran Ghassemi (1977).

Betty Ford, the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford, was born on this day in 1918. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife. Throughout her husband’s term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy and was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women’s Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, the ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s. Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She was the founder, and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (alone, presented 1991, by George H. W. Bush). Weeks after Ford became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer on September 28, 1974, after being diagnosed with the disease. Ford decided to be open about her cancer because “There had been so much cover-up during Watergate that we wanted to be sure there would be no cover-up in the Ford administration”. Her openness about her illness raised the visibility of a disease that Americans had previously been reluctant to talk about. The spike in women self-examining after Ford went public with the diagnosis led to an increase in reported cases of breast cancer, a phenomenon known as the “Betty Ford blip”. After leaving the White House in 1977, she continued to lead an active public life. In addition to founding the Betty Ford Center, she remained active in women’s issues taking on numerous speaking engagements and lending her name to charities for fundraising. In 1978, the Ford family staged an intervention and forced her to confront her alcoholism and an addiction to opioid analgesics that had been prescribed in the early 1960s for a pinched nerve. She co-authored with Chris Chase a 1987 book about her treatment, Betty: A Glad Awakening. In 2003, Ford produced another book, Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery. In 2005, Ford relinquished her chair of the center’s board of directors to her daughter Susan. She had held the top post at the center since its founding. Her husband joked about how she had been chairperson of the board while he had only been a president. Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8, 2011, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, aged 93. Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton. On July 13, her casket was flown to Grand Rapids where it lay in repose at the Gerald Ford Museum overnight. On July 14, a second service was held at Grace Episcopal Church. In attendance were former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former first lady Barbara Bush. After the service, she was buried next to her husband on the museum grounds.

Today we remember Ryan White who passed away thirteen years ago today at the age of 18. He was an American from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted but died one month before his high school graduation. Before White, AIDS was a disease widely associated with the male gay community, because it was first diagnosed among gay men. That perception shifted as White and other prominent HIV-infected people, such as Magic Johnson, Arthur Ashe, the Ray brothers and Kimberly Bergalis, appeared in the media to advocate for more AIDS research and public education to address the epidemic. The U.S. Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White Care Act, shortly after White’s death. The Act has been reauthorized twice; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. White participated in numerous public benefits for children with AIDS. Many celebrities appeared with White, starting during his trial and continuing for the rest of his life, to help publicly destigmatize socializing with people with AIDS. Singers John Cougar Mellencamp, Elton John and Michael Jackson, actor Matt Frewer, diver Greg Louganis, President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all befriended White. He also was a friend to many children with AIDS or other potentially debilitating conditions. Despite the fame and donations, White stated that he disliked the public spotlight, loathed remarks that seemingly blamed his mother or his upbringing for his illness, and emphasized that he would be willing at any moment to trade his fame for freedom from the disease. In 1989, ABC aired the television movie The Ryan White Story, starring Lukas Haas as Ryan, Judith Light as Jeanne and Nikki Cox as his sister Andrea. White had a small cameo appearance in the film, playing a boy also suffering from HIV who befriends Haas. Others in the film included Sarah Jessica Parker as a sympathetic nurse, George Dzundza as his doctor, and George C. Scott as White’s attorney, who legally argued against school board authorities. White’s death inspired Elton John to create the Elton John AIDS Foundation. White also became the inspiration for a handful of popular songs. Elton John donated the proceeds from “The Last Song” to a Ryan White fund at Riley Hospital. Michael Jackson dedicated the song “Gone Too Soon” to White, as did 1980s pop star Tiffany with the song “Here in My Heart“.



The first synagogue in New York City, Shearith Isreael, was dedicated on April 8, 1730.

On April 8, 1832, around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops left St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans in the Black Hawk War.

One hundred twenty years ago today, the first recorded college basketball game occurred at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declared unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional on this day in 1895.

On April 8, 1904, Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died April 8, 1906.

Harvard University voted on April 8, 1908 to establish the Harvard Business School.

Superconductivity was discovered on this day in 1911 by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes.

One hundred years ago today the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, became law.

In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashed on this day in 1916. Three spectators were killed and five more were badly injured.

The Works Progress Administration was formed April 8, 1935, when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 became law.

Seventy years ago today, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, froze wages and prices, prohibited workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and barred rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.

On this day in 1952, U.S. President Harry Truman called for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.

A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper met on this day in 1959 to discuss the creation of the new programming language that would be called COBOL.

On April 8, 1968, BOAC Flight 712 caught fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison was awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.

At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715the career home run on this day in 1974, which surpassed Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record.

On April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson managed the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball’s first African American manager.

Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned on April 8, 1987 amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.

Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced on April 8, 1992 that he had AIDS, which he acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

Over four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II on this day in 2005.

The Shedden massacre occurred April 8, 2006. The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, were found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders were soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

The construction of the world’s first building to integrate wind turbines was completed in Bahrain on April 8, 2008.

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Today we highlight The Next Time You Die by Harry Hunsicker.  We have Like New copies of this mass market paperback in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

WHEN YOU’VE GOT AN ASSASSIN’S NAME…When a bourbon-swilling Baptist preacher hires him to recover a stolen file, PI LeeHenry Oswald figures the job will be a quick, painless way to get some cash. But nothing comes easily in Dallas for anybody named Oswald–especially when a psychopathic hit man from out of town shows up, intent on finding the same scrap of missing paper.THERE’S ALWAYS A CHANCE…With the police after him for a murder he didn’t commit, and his every move shadowed by the strange mobster, “Hank” Oswald gratefully accepts another case in an effort to get out of town for a few days. But it isn’t long before Hank realizes there is a chilling connection between the two cases…THAT DEATH WILL COME KNOCKING… Soon Hank finds himself in a murderous race against time as he searches for the secret file and uncovers the mysterious death of his ex-best friend and , yet again, tries to clear his own name in his most explosive adventure yet .

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” 
― 
Voltaire

April is National Minority Health Month. The Office of Minority Health and their partners mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities, and the health care law‘s groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity. This year’s theme, Advance Health Equity Now: Uniting Our Communities to Bring Health Care Coverage to All is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities and increasing access to quality, affordable health care for everyone. April also marks the second anniversary of the launch of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparitiesand the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity.

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. Sarcoidosis is a syndrome involving abnormal collection of chronic inflammatory cells (granulomas) that can form as nodules in multiple organs. The granulomas that appear are usually not of the necrotizing variety and are most often located in the lungs or the lymph nodes, but virtually any organ can be affected. Onset is usually gradual. Sarcoidosis may be asymptomatic or chronic. The causes are not fully known.

The second week of April is National Window Safety Week, and National Animal Control Appreciation Week.

Today is International Beaver Day. Beavers are more than fascinating watchable wildlife; learning to coexist with this species can help solve major environmental problems. By building dams beavers restore the land’s most valuable ecosystem, wetlands. Not only are wetlands havens of life with biodiversity comparable to tropical rain forests, they also provide essential services, such as water cleansing, climate regulation, and moderating the flow of streams.
April 7th is International Snailpapers Day. This is a day to celebrate hard-copy media. Pick up a print newspaper today and read it!

Today is No Housework Day. No Housework Day is your chance to do anything, except housework. Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive groups of tasks. It often goes unrecognized and worst of all….. taken for granted. But, watch out! If the dishes aren’t done, or there’s no clean towels, somebody takes note.

Today is Tangible Karma Day. Giving of your time, of your love, of your talents, of your “extras”… Tangible Karma™ Day celebrates when giving feels as good as receiving. Nationwide, groups and individuals set aside 1 hour of this day to purposefully become aware of the needs of those they are in contact with and actively do something to help fulfill those needs.

Today is the final day of Medication Safety week. Today’s theme is Better Communication with Health Professionals. Actively seek information from your pharmacist about the pills and the supplements that you are taking. Ask for print-out sheets on drugs. Discuss all risks and benefits with your prescribing practitioner. Share information about the medicines and supplements you are taking with all your prescribing practitioners and with your pharmacist. Discuss expected effects and possible side effects. Discuss if there are any serious side-effects that your doctor needs to know about right away. Report adverse drug effects promptly and never hesitate to ask questions when it comes your health and the use of medicines. Your doctor, healthcare practitioner and pharmacist are there to help…just ask!

Today is World Health Day. World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure.

Some of the writers born April 7th include:

John Sheffield (1648), Hugh Blair (1718), William Wordsworth (1770), Charles Fourier (1772), Flora Tristan (1803), Walter Camp (1859), Holger Pedersen (1867), Epifanio de los Santos (1871), Gabriela Mistral (1889), Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890), Walter Winchell (1897), Robert Charroux (1909), Hervé Bazin (1911), Henry Kuttner (1915), Roger Lemelin (1919), Johannes Mario Simmel (1924), James White (1928), Donald Barthelme (1931), Hodding Carter III (1935), Iris Johansen (1938), Julia Phillips (1944), Megas (1945), Herménégilde Chiasson (1946), Michèle Torr (1947), Janis Ian (1951), Gregg Jarrett (1955), Christopher Darden (1956), Artemis Gounaki (1967), and Alexa Demara (1989).

Will Keith Kellog, generally referred to as W.K. Kellogg, was born April 7, 1860. He is best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and practiced vegetarianism as a dietary principle taught by his church. Later, he founded the Kellogg Arabian Ranch and made it into a renowned establishment for breeding of Arabian horses. Kellogg started the Kellogg Foundation in 1934 with $66 million in Kellogg company stock and investments, a donation that would be worth over a billion dollars in today’s economy. Kellogg continued to be a major philanthropist throughout his life.

American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrived on April 7, 1788 at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.

The Mississippi Territory was organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain on this day in 1798. It was expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.

First distance public television broadcast occurred on this day in 1927. It was from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover.

On April 7, 1940, Booker T. Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.

Seventy years ago today, during the Holocaust, in Terebovlia, Ukraine, Germans ordered 1,100 Jews to undress to their underwear and march through the city of Terebovlia to the nearby village of Plebanivka where they were shot dead and buried in ditches.

The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations on this day in 1948.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his “domino theory” speech during a news conference on April 7, 1954.

On April 7, 1955, Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.

The film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 7, 1967. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death earlier this week. He passed away at the age of 70 three days ago, on April 4th. According to his wife Chaz, “We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he [Ebert] looked at us, smiled, and passed away.” The closing sentence on his final blog post, two days before his death, said, “So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.” Ebert’s death prompted wide reaction from celebrities both in and out of the entertainment industry. Barack Obama wrote, “Roger was the movies… [he could capture] the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical… The movies won’t be the same without Roger”. Oprah Winfrey called Ebert’s death the “end of an era”, as did Steven Spielberg, who also said that Ebert’s “reviews went far deeper than simply thumbs up or thumbs down. He wrote with passion through a real knowledge of film and film history, and in doing so, helped many movies find their audiences… [he] put television criticism on the map”.

Today is the Internet‘s symbolic birth date. On April 7, 1969, RFC1 was published. In computer network engineering, a Request for Comments (RFC) is a memorandum, usually published by the RFC Editor on behalf of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), describing methods, behaviors, research, or innovations applicable to the working of the Internet and Internet-connected systems. Request For Comments documents were invented by Steve Crocker in 1969 to help record unofficial notes on the development of the ARPANET. They have since become the official record for Internet specifications, protocols, procedures, and events.

Development of the neutron bomb was canceled by President Jimmy Carter on this day in 1978.

On April 7, 1999 the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.

The Mars Odyssey was launched April 7, 2001. This is a robotic spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars. Its mission is to use spectrometers and electronic imagers to detect evidence of past or present water and volcanic activity on Mars. It is hoped that the data Odyssey obtains will help answer the question of whether life has ever existed on Mars. It also acts as a relay for communications between the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory, and the Phoenix lander to Earth. The mission was named as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke, evoking the name of 2001: A Space Odyssey. By December 15, 2010 it broke the record for longest serving spacecraft at Mars, with 3,340 days of operation, claiming the title from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor. It currently holds the record for the longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth.
Ten years ago today U.S. troops captured Baghdad. Two days later Saddam Hussein‘s regimine fell.

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Today’s highlighted title is Copycat by Erica Spindler.  We have new copies in stock of this mass market paperback. Amazon gives the following description:

Five years ago, three young victims were found murdered, posed like little angels. No witnesses, no evidence left behind. The Sleeping Angel Killer called his despicable acts ‘the perfect crimes.’ The case nearly destroyed homicide detective Kitt Lundgren’s career— because she let the killer get away.

Now the Sleeping Angel Killer is back.

But Kitt notices something different about this new rash of killings— a tiny variation that suggests a copycat killer may be re-creating the original ‘perfect crimes.’ Then the unthinkable happens. The Sleeping Angel Killer himself approaches Kitt with a bizarre offer: he will help her catch his copycat.

Kitt must decide whether to place her trust in a murderer—or risk falling victim to a fiend who has taken the art of the perfect murder to horrific new heights.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

We read to know that we are not alone.” 
― William Nicholson

April is National Donate Life Month. It is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month was introduced as a resolution in 2010 by former Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 410-2 vote on March 23, 2010. The resolution mentions 9-year-old Erica Forney, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver in Fort Collins, CO, in November 2008. Erica’s mother, Shelley Forney, is a founding board member of Focus Driven – Advocates for Cell-free Driving. April 6th is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day, an annual memorial for people who have died in collisions related to drowsy driving. This is an official state-recognized “day” in the state of California.

It is day 6 of Medication Safety Week and today’s theme is Transitional Care Awareness. A change in medical regimen can be confusing and can place you at increased risk. Be diligent about communication with all healthcare professionals. Make sure you understand your medicinces and how you are to take them before leaving the hospital or doctor’s office. Ask for written instructions. Be extra cautious whenever there is a change in your medical regimen. Double-check your medicines when picking up a new or refilled prescription. If a pill doesn’t look familiar, ask why. It may be a generic of the same drug you were taking however, if you don’t ask, you won’t know! Make sure you receive written instructions upon discharge from any medical facility and insist that both the generic and brand names of each drug you are to take is included.

Today is a rather morbid day. It is Plan Your Epitaph Day. When you stop to think about it, maybe it’s best if you do it. You never know what a relative or friend may put on your tombstone once you’re gone. While we’re young, we think this is a long ways away. As we age, and get wiser, more of us consider getting directly involved with our epitaph, as well as all of the details of our demise. So, if you need a little nudge to plan your epitaph, let today be the day.

April 6th is Army Day.

Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. An ad hoc event was held in New York City in 1982, but the current format originated in Canada in the mid 1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s. In Australasia the similar International Tartan Day is held on July 1, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. Tartan Days typically have parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed events.

Today is New Beers Eve. This is an unofficially holiday in the United States celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States. The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 23, 1933. Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% (4% ABV), compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication. On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as “New Beer’s Eve.”

Each year on April 6, it is National Caramel Popcorn Day. In January we celebrated National Popcorn Day, however, today we add delicious caramel with the popcorn, one of America’s favorite snacks. Combining popcorn and caramel began back in the 1890′s with the strong molasses flavor of Cracker Jack, an early version of which was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn that are available in grocery stores, cinemas, convenience stores. There are also specialty brands available at specialty stores, gift catalogs and online. Today would be a good day to make a homemade batch of caramel popcorn.

National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD), celebrated annually on April 6, provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of studentathletes. National STUDENT-Athlete Day seeks to honor those student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while making significant contributions to their communities. National STUDENT-Athlete Day was created by The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities. They have evolved in response to the need to “keep the student in the student-athlete.” The NCAS was first established by Richard Lapchick in 1985 at the Center for the Study of Sports in Society at Northeastern University and was relocated to the University of Central Florida in 2001. The mission of the NCAS is to “create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power and appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”

National Teflon Day is celebrated each year on this date. Today honors the accidental invention on April 6, 1938 by Dr. Roy Plunkett. While working in his New Jersey lab that April day, Plunkett, along with his assistant, accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, which it today called, Teflon. It is a slippery substance often used in non-stick skillets. The Teflon trademark was registered in 1945. In the United States, Kansas City, Missouri resident Marion A. Trozzolo, who had been using the substance on scientific utensils, marketed the first US-made Teflon coated frying pan, “The Happy Pan”, in 1961. Dr. Plunkett was added to the Inventors’ Hall of Fame in 1985. The word Teflon also became a pop culture word in the 1980′s as President Ronald Reagan was referred to as the Teflon president since none of the bad press would stick to him and he had the ability to avoid being tarnished by certain scandals. Teflon can be found everywhere today, coating metals and fabrics, in the aerospace industry,  clothing and pharmaceuticals. Teflon cookware remains as steadfast and reliable as ever.

Today is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day. On this day in 1830, the Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, was organized by Joseph Smith, Jr. and others at Fayette or Manchester, New York. Exactly thirty years to the day later, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints –later renamed Community of Christ—was organized by Joseph Smith III and others at Amboy, Illinois. On April 6, 1893, Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.


Being the first Saturday of April, today is International Pillow Fight Day. There are massive pillow fights in cities around the world today.

Today is Sorry Charlie Day, a day that honors those who have been rejected and lived through it. We have all been rejected at some point. Take a minute today and reflect upon a past dejection. Then, smile with he realization that “_ _ it happens….to all of us!”

The weekend of April 6 – 7, 2013 has been designated as the 23rd Annual “Just Pray NO!” to drugs Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting. Since April 7th, 1991 “Just Pray NO!” Ltd. has sought to unite Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of the addicted and their families. Not only is substance abuse America’s number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction has impacted families and communities worldwide. Substance abuse has been directly linked to violence and sexual immorality and is a major source of income for organized crime and terrorist activities. The “War on Drugs” directly impacts the “War on Crime” and the “War on Terrorism!”

Some of the writers born April 6th include:

Jean-Baptiste Rousseau (1671), Louis de Cahusac (1706), Nicolas Chamfort (1741), James Mill (1773), Alexander Herzen (1812), Aasmund Olavsson Vinje (1818), Nadar (1820), Levon Shant (1869), Erich Mühsam (1878), Gerhard Ritter (1888), Lowell Thomas (1892), Dudley Nichols (1895), Veniamin Kaverin (1902), Julien Torma (1902), Marcel-Marie Desmarais (1908), Willis Hall (1929), Douglas Hill (1935), Homero Aridjis (1940), Cleo Odzer (1950), Rob Epstein (1955), Cathy Jones (1955), Sebastian Spreng (1956), Graeme Base (1958), Jack Canfora (1969), Anders Thomas Jensen (1972), Joe Machine (1973), Hirotada Ototake (1976), Kendra Todd (1978), and Al Mukadam (1985).

Today we remember Isaac Asimo who passed away on this day in 1992 at the age of 72. The American author and professor of biochemistry is best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in nine out of ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series. Later, beginning with Foundation’s Edge, he linked this distant future to the Robot and Spacer stories, creating a unified “future history” for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction “Nightfall”, which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fictions Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French. The prolific Asimove also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction. Most of his popular science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as “brain-proud and aggressive about their Iqs”. He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn, New York elementary school, and one Isaac Asimov literary award are named in his honor.

The poet Petrarch first saw his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon on this day in 1327.

One of the largest earthquakes recorded in the history of England, Flanders, or Northern France, took place April 6, 1580.

The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 began near Broadway on April 6, 1712.

On April 6, 1808, John Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.

On this day in 1861, the first performance of Arthur Sullivan’s debut success, his suite of incidental music for The Tempest, which led to a career that included the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War, was founded on this day in 1866. It lasted until 1956.

Celluloid was patented April 6, 1869.

In Athens on April 6, 1896, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games was celebrated. This was 1500 years after the original games were banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.

Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole on this day in 1909.

Varney Airlines made its first commercial flight on April 6, 1926. Varney is the root company of United Airlines.

Gandhi raised a lump of mud and salt and declared, “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire.” on this day in 1930 which began the Salt Satyagraha.

The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievement on April 6, 1947.

Leonard Bernstein caused controversy with his remarks from the podium during a New York Philharmonic concert featuring Glen Gould performing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto on April 6, 1962.

The first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit was called Early Bird and it was launched on this day in 1965.

Four California Highway Patrol officers were killed in a shootout on April 6, 1970 in what became known as the Newhall Incident. The Newhall massacre or Newhall Incident was a shootout between two heavily armed criminals and officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in the Newhall unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. In less than 5 minutes, four CHP officers were killed in what was at the time the deadliest day in the history of California law enforcement. The Newhall massacre resulted in a number of changes at the CHP, including procedural changes in arresting high risk suspects and standardization of firearms and firearms training used across the department.

The American League of Major League Baseball began using the designated hitter forty years ago today.

Travelers Group announced an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp on This day in 1998. The merger was completed on October 8, of that year, forming Citibank.

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Today we bring you The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. We have new copies in stock.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

 

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 
― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month and National Card and Letter Writing Month? Now is a good time to send a card or letter to someone you haven’t seen in a while and include a poem in it.

April is Workplace Conflict Awareness Month. At today’s harried pace, workplace conflict is increasing. Many of us try to avoid this conflict, but instead we take it home with us. This month, we try to make people aware that trying to avoid conflict is futile; we must learn to deal with it and manage it.

April is National Facial Protection Month. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons urges people to wear mouth guards, helmets, and other safety equipment when playing sports and doing other outdoor activities that can result in injury. Spring often brings a flood of patients suffering with head, mouth and facial injuries resulting from sports-related accidents to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Many oral and facial injuries can be easily prevented with the use of sports safety equipment like helmets and mouth guards.National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

It is National Kite Month. National Kite Month is a not-for-profit venture co-founded by the American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International. Kite events around the world help introduce people to the fun of kite flying, the rich history of kites, the stunning artistry of kite makers, and how kites can be used as educational tools. National Kite Month is a year long effort by kite professionals, enthusiasts, supporters, manufacturers, and friends to promote the wonderful qualities that kite flying has to offer people of all ages & physical ability levels. Kiting is truly a universal activity, limited only by the imagination.



What’s for lunch? How about some deep dish pizza? Today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Chicago style pizza, also known as deep dish, is characterized as having a buttery crust with sides built up to as high as three inches tall. The crust acts as a bowl to help hold the ingredients. As it’s name suggests it was first developed in Chicago in 1943 by Pizzeria Uno’s founder Ike Sewell. Not only is a deep dish pizza different from a traditional pizza because of it’s crust but also because it is heavy on pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings. Deep dish pizza has become so popular throughout the years that many chains have developed their own recipe.

Are you a gambler? Then, today, is your day. It’s Go For Broke Day. Today is a day to put it all on the line, and take a chance. It might be money. Or, it can be a love relationship. Perhaps, it’s time to initiate a risky project, or to take a new job. Many of us go about our daily lives playing it safe, not taking big chances. If you are of a conservative ilk, you may have never gone out on a limb, or taken big risks. If this sounds like you, maybe today is a day to really let loose and “Go for Broke”. If you can muster up the courage to take a big risk, you can enjoy today by taking big risks and “Going for Broke“.

The first Friday of April is National Walk to Work Day. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson declared the first National Walk to Work Day as April 2, 2004. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape. If you can’t walk to work, take a walk during lunch time, or after work. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Health officials, medical agencies, and medical organizations around the country state that a 30 minute walk will significantly improve you health. The benefits are many, including lower weight, less chance of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, and much more. Australia also had a Walk to Work Day. It’s the first Friday in October.

Today is Organize Your Meds Day, as part of Medications Safety week. Keep an updated record listing all medicines and supplements you are taking. Use of a medicine organizer box may be helpful, especially for those taking more than one pill several times a day, however, a medicine organizer box requires close monitoring, especially when there is a change in medicines. Also, be aware that use of an organizer box violates the rule of keeping medicines in their original containers. Take medicines as prescribed. New drugs with time-released action can offer some help with organizing with only once-a-day medicating. Ask your doctor about these newer medicines. Keep your medicine record up-to-date.

Some of the writers born on April 5th include:

Thomas Hobbes (1588), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), Ghazaros Aghayan (1840), Booker T. Washington (1856), István Örkény (1912), Robert Bloch (1917), Arthur Hailey (1920), Rafique Zakaria (1920), Hugo Claus (1929), Larry Felser (1933), Barbara Holland (1933), Frank Gaffney (1953), Guy Bertrand (1954), Anthony Horowitz (1956), Lasantha Wickrematunge (1958), Asteris Koutoulas (1960), Greg Mathis (1960), Anu Garg (1967), Krishnan Guru-Murthy (1970), and Mary Katharine Ham (1980).

Today we remember Saul Bellow who passed away on this day in 2005. He was a Canadian-born American writer. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for Fiction three times and he received the Foundation’s lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1990. In the words of the Swedish Nobel Committee, his writing exhibited “the mixture of rich picaresque novel and subtle analysis of our culture, of entertaining adventure, drastic and tragic episodes in quick succession interspersed with philosophic conversation, all developed by a commentator with a witty tongue and penetrating insight into the outer and inner complications that drive us to act, or prevent us from acting, and that can be called the dilemma of our age.”His best-known works include The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest authors, Bellow has had a “huge literary influence.”

The Native American Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe on this day in 1614 in Virginia.

The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England on April 5, 1621.

The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island on the fifth of April in 1722.

On this day in 1792, U.S. President George Washington exercised his authority to veto a bill. This was the first time this power was used in the United States.

The High Possil Meteorite fell in Possil on April 5, 1804. This was the first recorded meteorite in Scotland.

The War of the Pacific began on this day in 1879 when Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru.

The American Birth Control League was incorporated April 5, 1922. This was the forerunner of Planned Parenthood.

Ninety years ago today the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon-tires.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed two executive orders eighty years ago today. The first of these was 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps. The second was 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.

On April 5, 1949 a fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, killed 77 people and led to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States. Coincidently that was the same day that the American anthology drama series called Fireside Theater made its debut on television. It ran on NBC from 1949 until 1958. It was the first successful filmed series on American television. Stories were low budget and often based on public domain stories or written by freelance writers such as Rod Serling. While it was panned by critics, it remained in the top ten most popular shows for most of its run. It predated the other major pioneer of filmed TV in America, I Love Lucy, by two years.

On April 5, 1969 massive antiwar demonstrations occurred against the Vietnam War in many U.S. cities.

Three years ago today 29 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

fifty shades darker

Today we highlight Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James.  This is the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. We have New copies in stock.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 
― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Keep America Beautiful Month is upon us. It is also Lawn and Garden Month, National Decorating Month, National Landscape Architecture Month, and National Welding Month. From now until the end of September is Home Improvement Time.

April is National Rebulding Month. 270,000 volunteers come together to rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly or disabled people and nonprofit facilities.

It is also World Habitat Awareness Month. This is a worldwide observance for the need to protect the habitat of all Earth’s creatures, to make a conscious effort to preserve nature‘s ecosystems.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

There are a bunch of food related month long observances in April. It is National Pecan Month, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month, Cranberries and Gooseberries Month, Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, Tomatillo and Asian Pear Month, and Soy Foods Month.

April is Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month. The Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month’s purpose is to promote support for bereaved spouses. Often people don’t know what to say to or do for grieving spouses. So sometimes, they turn away and do nothing. Bereavement Awareness Month Coordinators encourage people to turn back and begin to reach out to bereaved spouses by giving them someone who will listen to them without advising them; a shoulder to cry on; and a hug when appropriate and needed. Basically: be there for the bereaved.

April 4th through 10th is Hate Week. Hate Week is an event in George Orwell‘s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, designed to increase the hatred for the current enemy of the Part, as much as possible, whichever of the two opposing superstates that may be. Hate Week is introduced to the reader for the first time in the second paragraph of the first page of the book; however at this point the readers have no idea what Hate Week is. “It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week.” “Hate week” has been adopted by theorists and pundits as a comparator for real life efforts to demonize an enemy of the state.

Some of the writers born April 4th include:

William Strachey (1572), Bettina von Arnim (1785), Thomas Mayne Reid (1818), Comte de Lautréamont (1846), Remy de Gourmont (1858), Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr. (1888), Robert E. Sherwood (1896), Louise Leveque de Vilmorin (1902), Stanley G. Weinbaum (1902), John Cameron Swayze (1906), Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1908), Marguerite Duras (1914), Emmett Williams (1925), Joe Orlando (1927), Maya Angelou (1928), Kronid Lyubarsky (1934), Kitty Kelley (1942), Elizabeth Levy (1942), György Spiró (1946), Dan Simmons (1948), Simcha Jacobovici (1953), David E. Kelley (1956), A. Michael Baldwin (1963), Dang Than (1964), Greg Garcia (1970), Malik Yusef (1971), Roy Padrick (1975), Pamela Ribon (1975), Ned Vizzini (1981), and Angelle Tymon (1983).

Linus Yale, Jr. was an American mechanical engineer and manufacturer who was born on April 4, 1821. He is best known for his inventions of locks, especially the cylinder lock. His basic lock design is still widely distributed in today’s society, and constitute a majority of personal locks and safes. His father had a lock shop in the 1840s in New York that specialized in bank locks. Yale soon joined his father in his business and introduced some revolutionary locks that utilized permutations and cylinders. He later founded a company with Henry Robinson Towne called the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company in the South End section of Stamford, Connecticut. Throughout his career in lock manufacturing, Yale acquired numerous patents for his inventions and received widespread acclaim from clients regarding his products.

One hundred years ago today Muddy Waters was born. The American blues musician who is considered the “father of modern Chicago Blues” was born as McKinley Morganfield. He was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s and is ranked No. 17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Muddy’s grandmother, raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth. She gave him the nickname “Muddy” at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Muddy later changed it to “Muddy Water” and finally “Muddy Waters”. His influence is tremendous, over a variety of music genres: blues, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, hard rock, folk, jazz, and country. He also helped Chuck Berry get his first record contract. The Rolling Stones named themselves after his 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone” (also known as “Catfish Blues”, which Jimi Hendrix covered as well).
Today is the fourth day of Medication Safety Week. Today’s theme is Dietary Supplements Awareness. Discuss taking supplements with your doctor and pharmacist before you start it. Herbal medicines and other dietary supplements can react with medicines and have an unknown synergistic effect.

April 4th is Vitamin C Day. Load up on citrus fruit, berries and green vegetable for Vitamin C Day; boost your immune system, fight off that cold and feel great!

April 4th is Hug a Newsman or Newswoman Day. It is also Walk Around Things Day, an improtant day to avoid problems and risks by walking around the potential problem.

It is School Librarian Day. This day honors those who serve our young students so well in the local school libraries. The education of young minds needs to be nurtured and fed. Feeding those minds with good quality, yet challenging reading material and reference materials is what school librarians excel at. Take a minute today to appreciate all the hard work that a school librarian does daily, and their patience, as they aid our youth.

Today is World Rat Day, a holiday designed to recognize the fancy rat as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages.

April fourth is Tell a Lie Day. Why someone would create a day to encourage a person to lie is hard to comprehend. Be that as it may, today is the day to tell lies, big and small. Tomorrow, we can all get back to the virtue of “honesty is the best policy”. If you find today a bit discomforting, you can look forward to National Honesty Day later in the month. No one seems to know who created this day but the one who did would be the only one who answers “no” to the following question: Did you create Tell a Lie Day? In keeping with the spirit of this day, everyone’s answer will be a lie. Therefore, everyone will say “Yes”, except the creator .


It is International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action. To mark the 14th anniversary of the entry into force of the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), in conjunction with partner Fundacion Arcangeles, launched the 2013 global Lend Your Leg (LYL) action. Take part in the campaign yourself and get your friends, family and network on board the global Lend Your Leg action for 2013! The ICBL has prepared an Action Alert to help you build momentum and encourage as many people as possible in your country to take part in this global action.

Today is also Victims of Violence Wholly Day. It is one of three Days of Respect. Today marks the anniversary of the assassination of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King. On Victims of Violence Wholly Day, programs are dedicated to visually affirming the principles of non-violence as preached by Dr. King. The other Days of Respect are Humanitarian Day in January and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee in August.

The United States Congress adopted the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20) on April 4, 1818.

On April 4, 1841, William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia. This made him the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served.

Happy birthday Los Angeles, California. It was on this day in 1850 that the city was incorporated.

The Kennel Club was founded 140 years ago today. The Kennel Club is the oldest and first official registry of pure bred dogs in the world.

Severe weather caused U.S. Navy airship, USS Akron, to wreck off the New Jersey coast eighty years ago today.

Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty on this day in 1949 which created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The CND peace symbol was displayed in public for the first time in London 55 years ago today.

On April 4, 1964, the Beatles occupied the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assinated by James Early Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennesee on April 4, 1968. Exactly one year before his assassination he had delivered his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in New York City‘s Riverside Church.

The first temporary artificial heart was implanted by Dr. Denton Cooley on April 4, 1969.

The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated forty years ago today.

Microsoft was founded April 4, 1975 as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Thirty years ago today the Space Shuttle Challenger made its maiden voyage into space.

President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons 29 years ago today.

Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark founded Netscape Communications Corporation on April 4, 1994 under the name “Mosaic Communications Corporation”.

On this day in 1996 the Comet Hyakutake was imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.

the middle place

Today we bring you The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. We have New copies in stock.

From Publishers Weekly:

Newspaper columnist Corrigan was a happily married mother of two young daughters when she discovered a cancerous lump in her breast. She was still undergoing treatment when she learned that her beloved father, who’d already survived prostate cancer, now had bladder cancer. Corrigan’s story could have been unbearably depressing had she not made it clear from the start that she came from sturdy stock. Growing up, she loved hearing her father boom out his morning HELLO WORLD dialogue with the universe, so his kids would feel like the world wasn’t just a safe place but was even rooting for you. As Corrigan reports on her cancer treatment—the chemo, the surgery, the radiation—she weaves in the story of how it felt growing up in a big, suburban Philadelphia family with her larger-than-life father and her steady-loving mother and brothers. She tells how she met her husband, how she gave birth to her daughters. All these stories lead up to where she is now, in that middle place, being someone’s child, but also having children of her own. Those learning to accept their own adulthood might find strength—and humor—in Corrigan’s feisty memoir.
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