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.

Copycat

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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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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