“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
―Henry Ward Beecher
Welcome to summer. Are you enjoying the weather? On non-leap years (until 2039), this day marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and is the day of the year with the most hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the least hours of daylight in the southern hemisphere.
June is Fight the Filthy Fly Month. Fight the Filthy Fly Month is held in observance of the poor horses and other farm animals that must endure the daily bites of filthy flies. Not only are these unsightly insects annoying, but they can also spread disease. In the hot summer months many farm animals will be bitten by horse flies and midges, not to mention the dangerous botfly. On June 21st, many celebrate St. Leufredus’ Day. (For those who keep track, St. Leufredus is the patron saint against flies.) The most common problem flies cause is pain and swelling around the bite. Horses may become unstable and unmanageable when bitten, which is harmful to both horse and rider. Unfortunately there is not any way to completely clear your barn or field of flies and mosquitoes. There are several steps to minimize the exposure of your horses to flies and mosquitoes. The first and most important step is minimizing the breeding grounds of these pests by clear any and all unused buckets that are holding water. Mosquitoes and flies breed in water and the larva is semi-aquatic. Next, you can try and limit high humidity grazing times by putting your horses out in the field in the evenings, and early mornings when flies and mosquitoes are less prominent. The only way to dramatically decrease the exposure to flies and mosquitoes is using pesticides, sprays and horse wear.
The third friday of June is National Flip Flop Day. Flip-Flop Day encourages you to ‘free your feet’ by donning a pair of flip-flops in place of your normal shoes. Be careful though, whilst flip-flops are relaxing and great for resting your feet, many aren’t good for your posture or healthy to walk in for long periods! The day is organised by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a franchise in the USA that wants us to ditch our shoes and socks and get our flip flops on! 2013 marks the 7th annual National Flip Flop Day. This day started as a thank you to the customers of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, but later evolved into a charity to raise money for Camp Sunshine to address the effects of a life threatening illness like cancer, kidney diseases and lupus on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings. Customers who visit any Tropical Smoothie Café across its 300 locations nationwide in between 2 pm to 7 pm on this special day sporting their flip flops will get a 24oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie for free. In return of a smoothie they will simply ask for a donation to send children to Camp Sunshine and through this the company donates $1 for every customer that wears flip flops to Camp Sunshine.
June 21, 2013 (and every June 21) will be a day devoted to the sun and the many benefits of daylighting. What is daylighting, you ask? This term refers to the use of natural light to brighten an interior space, as opposed to electric lighting. Not only will it reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint, but studies have proven that daylighting can enhance mental and physical well-being, as well as boost concentration and energy levels. Sponsored by Solatube International (the leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices) but serving as a public service, this special day celebrates daylight as the best quality illumination for a greener planet. This is a reminder to home and business owners to find a way to bring daylight indoors on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.National Daylight Appreciation Day was created as a way to increase awareness about the benefits of incorporating daylight in all aspects of our lives. Since daylight is free and energy efficient (no electric lights needed), there is a movement afoot to incorporate it everywhere from homes and offices to colleges, universities and schools. The appreciation of daylight goes back practically as far as the history of humankind. The ancients relied on it to tell time, using sundials.
On June 21 skateboarders around the globe celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. OK, most skateboarders do this every day of their lives, but this is just one more reason to blow off your television/computer/video games and go skateboarding! Skateboarders everywhere will show their love and support for skateboarding by holding fundraisers, contests, protests and demos. They’ll skate across cities, gather in skateparks, stream into their local skate shop and some will even revel in the solitary act of skateboarding alone at their favorite spot, all bringing together the skateboarding community in the grind heard around the world. The holiday began in 2003 or 2004 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority. Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard. This is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colors, creeds, and attitudes hold skateboarding events to celebrate the holiday. Skateboarders around the world create their own events and traditions to celebrate skateboarding. The name for the holiday possibly originated from the “No Skateboarding” signs which often has been changed to “Go Skateboarding.” by local skaters.
Take Your Dog To Work Day® celebrates Dogs and Promotes Their Adoption. First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day. Besides a sure-fire way to boost company morale, the national press garnered by Take Your Dog to Work Day is guaranteed to generate lots of good public relations for companies who choose to participate.
World Humanist Day is a Humanist holiday celebrated annually around the world on the summer solstice. According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), the day is a way of spreading awareness of Humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to effect change in the world. It is also seen as a time for Humanists to gather socially and promote the positive values of Humanism. The holiday developed during the 1980s as several chapters of the American Humanist Association (AHA) began to celebrate it. At the time, the date on which it was celebrated varied from chapter to chapter, with selections such as the founding date of the IHEU, or other significant dates. From the late 1980s to the early 1990s, the AHA and IHEU passed resolutions declaring World Humanist Day to be on the summer solstice. The manner in which World Humanist Day is celebrated varies considerably among local Humanist groups, reflecting the individuality and non-dogmatism of Humanism as a whole.
The Fête de la Musique’, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on June 21. World Music Day is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music. Music is the soul of every human being. Fete de la Musique firstly took place in England. But now World Music Day is spread over the entire globe. Fete de la Musique is actually a Lebanese music festival. World Music Day was firstly initiated by France. It was firstly ideated by French Dance and Music director Maurice Fleuret for the sake of Minister of Culture Jack Lang during the time of 1981. Though the festival took place in the year 1982. In order to build peace worldwide by the means of music, this gala of music festival is celebrated joyfully worldwide. The festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.
New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States and was admitted as the 9th state in the United States on this day in 1788.
On this day in 1982, John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
Some of the writers born June 21st include:
Increase Mather (1639), Charles Thomas Jackson (1805), William Stubbs (1825), Frans de Cort (1834), Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839), Daniel Carter Beard (1850), Damrong Rajanubhab (1862), Heinrich Wölfflin (1864), Fyodor Gladkov (1883), Milward Kennedy (1894), Donald C. Peattie (1898), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Aleksandr Tvardovsky (1910), Mary McCarthy (1912), Vishnu Prabhakar (1912), James Joll (1918), Dee Molenaar (1918), Gérard Pelletier (1919), Jacques Hébert (1923), Bernard Ingham (1932), Françoise Sagan (1935), John W. Dower (1938), Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (1942), Henry S. Taylor (1942), Adam Zagajewski (1945), Trond Kirkvaag (1946), Fernando Savater (1947), Ian McEwan (1948), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Anne Carson (1950), Robert Menasse (1954), Berkeley Breathed (1957), Rudi Bakhitiar (1966), Alon Hilu (1972), and Natasha Desborough (1974).
We remember three authors today on the anniversary of their passing.
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and author who lived from May 3, 1469 until June 21, 1527. He was based in Florence during the Renaissance. He was a founder of modern political science, and more specifically political ethics. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language. He wrote his masterpiece, The Prince, after the Medici had recovered power and he no longer held a position of responsibility in Florence. His moral and ethical beliefs led to the creation of the word machiavellianism which has since been used to describe one of the three dark triad personalities in psychology. Machiavelli was taught grammar, rhetoric, and Latin, and became a prolific Chef. It is thought that he did not learn Greek, even though Florence was at the time one of the centers of Greek scholarship in Europe. Machiavelli died in 1527 at the age of 58. He was buried at the Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. An epitaph honoring him is inscribed on his monument. The Latin legend reads: TANTO NOMINI NULLUM PAR ELOGIUM (“so great a name (has) no adequate praise” or “no eulogy(would be appropriate to) such a great name”). Commentators such as Leo Strauss have gone so far as to name Machiavelli as the deliberate originator of modernity itself. Others have argued that Machiavelli is only a particularly interesting example of trends which were happening around him. In any case Machiavelli presented himself at various times as someone reminding Italians of the old virtues of the Romans and Greeks, and other times as someone promoting a completely new approach to politics. Scholars have argued that Machiavelli was a major indirect and direct influence upon the political thinking of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Machiavelli is a major character in the novel seriesThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.
Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a Canadian novelist and playwright who lived from October 30, 1930 until June 21, 2002. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff orTiffy, an acronym of his initials. He attended a boarding school until he had to leave during grade 10 for health reasons. He pursued a career in the arts, studying dance and acting, and had significant success as an actor before turning to writing. Though Findley had declared his homosexuality as a teenager, he married actress/photographer Janet Reid in 1959, but the union lasted only three months and was dissolved by divorce or annulment two years later. Eventually he became the domestic partner of writer Bill Whitehead, whom he met in 1962. Findley’s first two novels were originally published in Britain and the United States after having been rejected by Canadian publishers. He was a founding member and chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and a president of the Canadian chapter of PEN International. His writing was typical of the Southern Ontario Gothic style — Findley, in fact, first invented its name— and was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology. Mental illness, gender and sexuality were frequent recurring themes in his work. His characters often carried dark personal secrets, and were often conflicted — sometimes to the point of psychosis — by these burdens. Findley was an active mentor to a number of young Canadian writers. In the final years of Findley’s life, declining health led him to move his Canadian residence to Stratford, Ontario, and Stone Orchard was purchased by Canadian dancer Rex Harrington. Findley died on June 21, 2002, in Brignoles, France, not far from his house in Cotignac.
Leon Marcus Uris was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels, who was born August 3, 1924 and passed away ten years ago today. At age six, Uris reportedly wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. Uris attended schools in Norfolk, Virginia and Baltimore, but never graduated from high school, and failed English three times. When Uris was seventeen and in his senior year of high school, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Uris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While recuperating from malaria in San Francisco, he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant; they married in 1945. Coming out of the service, he worked for a newspaper, writing in his spare time. His best-known work may be Exodus, which was published in 1958. Most sources indicate Uris, motivated by an intense interest in Israel, financed his research for the novel by selling the film rights in advance to MGM and by writing newspaper articles about the Sinai campaign. It is said that the book involved two years of research, and involved thousands of interviews. Uris was married three times: to Betty Beck, with whom he had three children, from 1945 through their divorce in 1968; Marjorie Edwards in 1969, who committed suicide by gunshot a year later. His third wife was Jill Peabody, with whom he had two children. They married in 1970, when she was 22 years old and he was 45; the couple divorced in 1989. Leon Uris died of renal failure at his Long Island home on Shelter Island in 2003, aged 78.
Today we are offering a hard to come by book at a reduced price that once belonged to a library. Hollywood in the Nineteen Forties: The Stars Own Story edited by Ivy C. Wilson is a wonderful book with a textbook binding. Contains a forward by Liz Smith. This book has all the usual library stamps and tags.
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