Tuesday, April 2, 2013

 

Books may well be the only true magic.” 
― Alice Hoffman

We have more of the monthly, weekly, and daily observances for you today as well as other interesting trivia tidbits, author birthdays, reading suggestions, and so on.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, or ASPCA Month. The ASPCA urges supporters across the country to support our efforts and Go Orange for Animals in honor of the signing of the ASPCA’s charter in 1866. April is also National Frog Month.

This month is also Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month, National Pet Month, and Nationl Pest Management Month. And the week of April 1st through 7th is APAWS Pooper Scooper Week.

April is Physical Wellness Month. Time to get in shape for summer! Shed those winter clothes and extra pounds, and rejuvenate your body with healthy eating, restful sleep, vigorous exercise and a new look. Jog, swim, bike, roller-skate, play tennis, go hiking or backpacking. Spend time daily outdoors breathing in fresh air, and take time to relax. Retire to bed early for restful sleep and wake up early feeling refreshed and energized.

It is National Cancer Control Month in April as well as Irriatble Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. It is also Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

April is Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month.

April is National Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Month. It is also National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and April 2nd is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action.

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Global Child Nutrition Month is observed annually in April to heighten awareness of childhood hunger.

Library Snapshot Month is in April and provides a way for libraries of all types across a state, region, system or community to show what happens in a single day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will enable library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decisionmakers and increase public awareness.

April is International Guitar Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. 

It is International Twit Award Month. Dictionary.com defines slang for twit as a “foolishly annoying person”. So, what can you do to celebrate International Twit Award Month on behalf of the annoying person in your life? No matter when you choose to celebrate it there is one thing you can do that’s guaranteed to get on the nerves of any twit in your life. When he or she is up to the familiar antics you can smile to yourself. After all, there is a very special award for this very special person. Best of all, the nominee for International Twit Award Month will have no idea what you’re grinning about.

Today is the second day of Medication Safety Week. Today’s theme is Know Your Medicines. Know both the generic and trade names of your medicines. Know how to identify pills and know what they are for. Make a list of all the medicines you are taking. List prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, birth control pills and patches and supplements. Keep the list updated and keep it with you at all times.

Today is “National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.” For those of us who aren’t allergic, it’s the perfect opportunity to try some new twists on an old classic. Yahoo! Shine offers recipes for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie.

We all know that reading is important. We also know that reading with our kids helps them to be better students overall. But did you know that two-thirds of all students who cannot read well by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare? According to BeginToRead.com the fourth grade is the “watershed year.” If students haven’t made the reading mark by then, their chances of catching up are less than 25 percent. Parents can — and do — make a difference. “By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers,” according to a study cited by bookspring.org. Today is “Children’s Book Day,” and the perfect reminder of the importance of reading with our young ones. What was your favorite children’s book? Why not celebrate the day by picking up a copy to read with your kids or donate to your local daycare center?

Do you have a hatchet that needs to be buried or a fence that needs mending? If so, today’s the day — it’s “Reconciliation Day.” It’s the perfect time to let go of old grudges and start anew. Science has shown that holding grudges causes stress. In fact, Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, PhD, says that the physiological consequences of not forgiving can put people at greater risk of everything from mild depression to acute heart ailments. So take this opportunity to put an old issue to rest. Forgive, and then forget.

Today is World Autism Day.

Some of the writer’s born April 2nd include:

Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Francisco Balagtas (1788), August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798), Hans Christian Andersen (1805), Erastus Brigham Bigelow (1814), Émile Zola (1840), Iván Persa (1861), Nicholas Murray Butler (1862), J.C. Squire (1884), Roberto Arlt (1900), George MacDonald Fraser (1925), Kenneth Tynan (1927), György Konrád (1933), Denis Tuohy (1937), Anne Waldman (1945), Camille Paglia (1947), Daniel Okrent (1948), Joan D. Vinge (1948), James Vance (1953), David Frankel (1959), Steve Monarque (1959), Mark Shulman (1962), Shane and Sia Barbi (1963), Tim Hodge (1963), Michael Panes (1963), Tine Wittler (1973), and Zane Lamprey (1976).

Today we remember C.S. Forester who passed away on this day in 1966. Cecil Scott “C.S. Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. He married Kathleen Belcher in 1926, had two sons (John & George) and divorced in 1945. His elder son, John Forester, wrote a biography of his father. During World War II, Forester moved to the United States where he worked for the British Information Service and wrote propaganda to encourage the US to join the Allies. He eventually settled in Berkeley, California. While living in Washington, D.C., he met a young British intelligence officer named Roald Dahl, whose experiences in the RAF he had heard of, and encouraged him to write about them. In 1947, he secretly married a woman named Dorothy Foster. In 2003 a “lost” novel of Forester’s, The Pursued, was discovered and bought at an auction and was published by Penguin Classics in November 2011. British author Roald Dahl‘s writing career began after he met Forester in early 1942. According to Dahl’s autobiographical Lucky Break, Forester asked Dahl about his experiences as a fighter pilot. This prompted Dahl to write his first story, “A Piece of Cake”.

It was 500 years ago today that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sighted land in what is now Florida.

The Coinage Act was passed on April 2, 1792, establishing the United States Mint.

Ludwig van Beethoven led the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna on this day in 1800.

The Richmond Bread Riot was on this day in 1863. Food shortages incided hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand that the Confederate government release emergency supplies.

Electric Theater” opened April 2, 1902 in Los Angeles, California. It was the first full-time movie theater in the United States.

The ill fated RMS Titantic began sea trials one hundred and one years ago today.

President Woodrow Wilson asked the U.S. Congress on this day in 1917 for a declaration of war on Germany in World War I.

On April 2, 1956, As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiered on CBS-TV. The two soaps became the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.

The first official Panda crossingis opened outside Waterloo station, London on April 2, 1962.

Actor Charlie Chaplin returned to the United States on this day in 1972 for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.

The computerized legal research service LexisNexis was launched forty years ago today.

Construction of the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 1975. At 553.33 meters (1,815 ft) in height, it became the world’s tallest freestanding structure.

President Jimmy Carter signed the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act on April 2, 1980 in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.

Over 60 tornadoes broke out in the United States seven years ago today. Tennessee was the hardest hit with 29 people killed.

called to question

Today we bring you the book Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir by Joan Chittister. Amazon gives the following description of this book:

Called to Question is Sr. Joan Chittister’s most personal and intense writing to date. Centered around a series of conversations with spiritual writers featured in her private journal, Sr. Joan looks at the common questions or dimensions of life as we know them in our daily lives-not answers as we’ve been given them-in an attempt to unravel their many meanings, to give them flesh, to honor their spiritual import now and here, in our time and in our own lives. By sharing the questions, doubts, and convictions in her own heart, Chittister explores the heart of faith itself and nurtures a spirituality that pushes readers beyond superficial questioning and unexamined faith.
The paperback edition includes a new Prologue about the power of questions in today’s society. Following a moving prologue on the nature of faith, Called to Question is broken into six parts that explore key themes- the inward life, immersion in life, resistance, feminist spirituality, ecology, dailiness. Within each theme is a wide array of topics that embody Sr. Joan’s life’s work as a sociologist, theologian, Benedictine nun, rights activist, and spiritual guide to countless people throughout the world. Alive with the raw energy of a journal and polished with the skill of a master storyteller, each chapter is an engaging dialogue between Sr. Joan and many different wisdom sources about such topics as God’s existence and call, experience, struggle, justice, the role of women and men in society and church, living through doubt, and celebrating life. Called to Question is a rare and powerful invitation to look into the center of our own souls, name our questions about God and life, admit the worst, and pursue the best—even when we are unsure where that pursuit will take us.

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

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