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.
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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