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.


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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