Saturday, June 1, 2013


“So many books, so little time.”
Frank Zappa

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Welcome to June! Due to unavoidable issues this is the first posting to this blog in quite a while, so thank you for reading. Due to both health and computer issues this blogger had to take some time off. We apologize for our absence and hope the issues can be worked around and avoided in the future. We have some new features and specials planned for our blog, facebook, and elsewhere on the Web soon, so stay tuned!

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June 1st is Dare Day, a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. Today is a call to action. Dares take on many forms. Whether it is a prank, a challenge to accomplish something, or a personal action like asking someone on a date, this is the day to make and take the dare!

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Today is Flip a Coin Day. Julius Caesar is credited with starting the practice of flipping a coin to make decisions. His own head was on one side of every Roman coin, so “heads” determined the winner in each flip. The coin flip was used in serious litigation involving property, marriage and even criminal guilt. Just think how many lawyers would be out of a job if we went back to flipping a coin as a form of justice. Use this method of decision making for all decisions, and for everything you do today.

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Being the first Saturday of June, today is Drawing day. So drop everything, pick up a pencil and draw.

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The first Saturday of June is also National Trails Day. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more.
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The grass has sprouted, the sun is shining and your feet are ready to enjoy summer. While you can celebrate National Barefoot Day by walking around barefoot, the purpose of the holiday is to “raise awareness for the millions of people worldwide who live in extreme poverty and can’t afford shoes,” according to Soles4Souls.org. The group will distribute new pairs of shoes during the first week of June. National Go Barefoot Day happens on June 1, kicking off Barefoot Week.

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June 1 is Pen Pal Day worldwide… not widely recognized unless you enjoy this hobby! Pen Pals often find great friendships that last a lifetime! Happy Writing!

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The first of June is Say Something Nice Day. Mayor Keith Summey of the City of North Charleston, South Carolina, issued a proclamation declaring the month of June as Better Communication Month and June 01, 2010 as Say Something Nice Day. He presented the proclamation to Dr. Mitch Carnell at the regular city council meeting on May 27th. The mayor made several remarks urging all citizens to take an active part and to treat all people with respect. This is a day to say thank you to those who make our lives better just by being a part of them. A day to recognize those who contribute to our lives in specific ways. And a day to apologize for words spoken in frustration, anger or disappointment.

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Today is Heimlich Maneuver Day. The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine on June 1, 1974.

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Stand For Children was launched on June 1, 1996, when more than 300,000 people — of all ages, races, regions, incomes, faiths, and political philosophies — gathered on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for a national day of commitment.

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Are you hungry? June first is National Hazelnut Cake Day. There are many Food related observances in June. It is both Dairy Month and Dairy Alternative Month. It is also Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. It is Corn and Cucumber Month, Lemon and Mango Month, and National Papaya Month as well as Okra & Pluot and Aprium Month.

Do you like Country Cooking? Well June is your month. Not only is it Country Cooking Month but it also National Ice Tea Month. Those two go good together. June is National Soul Food Month, National Steakhouse Month, and Turkey Lovers Month.

It is also National Candy Month for those of us with a sweet tooth. Candy makes a nice dessert after all those fresh fruits and veggies, steak, turkey, soul food, and country cooking.

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The International Clothesline Week runs the first Saturday-Sunday week of June, so begins today.

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It was on June 1, 1792 that Kentucky was admitted as the 15th state of the United Staes. Exactly four years to the day later Tennessee was admitted as the 16th state.

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The North Magnetic Pole was discovered by James Clark Ross on this day in 1831. Robert Falcon Scott’s South Pole expedition left England on this day in 1910.

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Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting June 1, 1980.

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Some of the writers born on June 1st include:

Friedrich August Schulze (1770), Ferdinand Raimund (1801), Brigham Young (1801), John Masefield (1878), Charles Kay Ogden (1889), John Van Druten (1901), Julie Campbell Tatham (1908), Hans Vogt (1909), Bill Deedes (1913), Dilia Díaz Cisneros (1925), Andy Griffith (1926), Bob Monkhouse (1928), James H. Billington (1929), John Lemmon (1930), Christopher Lasch (1932), Colleen McCullough (1937), Khawar Rizvi (1938), Katerina Gogou (1940), Kuki Gallmann (1943), Tony Snow (1955), Ahron Bregman (1958), and Matthew Hittinger (1978).

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Charles “Charlie” Nesbitt Wilson was born on this day in 1933. He was a United States naval officer and former 12-term Democratic United States Representative from Texas. Wilson is best known for leading Congress into supporting Operation Cyclone, the largest-ever Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covert operation which, under the Reagan administration, supplied military equipment including anti-aircraft weapons such as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and paramilitary officers from their Special Activities Division to the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. His behind-the-scenes campaign was the subject of the non-fiction book Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile and a subsequent film adaptation starring Tom Hanks as Wilson. Charlie Wilson passed away in 2010.

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Another notable birthday today is Oscar the Grouch. The Muppet character on the tv program Sesame Street lives in a trash can between 123 Sesame Street and Big Bird’s nest. Everyone recognizes him as a green furry creature but few realize he was orange during the first season. On November 12, 2009, Oscar appeared on CNN to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Oscar revealed that he would still be orange if he bathed; his green exterior is apparently moss. His favorite thing in life is trash and there is a running theme on the show of his compulsive hoarding of seemingly useless items. Grouch describes both his attitude and his species. Oscar has been part of Sesame Street since it began in 1969. Both Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird are operated and voiced by Caroll Spiney. For the two to appear together one is operated by one of the other team members and voiced with a tape while Spiney operates and voices the other. In 1981 a Sesame Street storybook about Oscar the Grouch’s birthday was released called Oscar’s Rotten Birthday written by Dan Elliott and Illustratred by Normand Chartier.

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Today is the anniversary of the passing of Helen Keller and William Manchester.

Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 and passed away on June 1, 1968. She was an American author, political activist, and lecturer who was both deaf and blind. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.

William Raymond Manchester was born on April 1, 1922 and passed away June 1, 2004. He was an American author, biographer, and historian. He is notable as the best selling author of 18 books that have been translated into over 20 languages.

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Charleton Watkins

Village Book Shop has a beautiful book at a special price for this week only. The book is called Carleton-Watkins: The Art of Perception by Doug Nickel. According to Amazon: 

Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) is best remembered for his large-format photographs of the American West, especially those taken in Yosemite. This new volume, the latest in the popular In Focus series, is devoted to some of his smaller and unusually shaped works, including stereographs, albumen prints, and cabinet and boudoir cards–most of which have never before been published.


The J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of Watkins’s photographs consists of 1464 pictures, making him the best-represented nineteenth-century photographer in the collection. Presented here are more than fifty of these photographs, along with commentary on each image by Peter Palmquist. The book also offers a chronological overview of the artist’s life and an edited transcript of a colloquium on his career. 

We have only one copy left in stock of this beautiful book. Carleton Watkins is considered one of the most gifted American photographers of the 19th century. For this week only we have lowered the price an additional 20% off our usual price, which is already below retail.

This 228 page hardcover book is a collection of 125 of Watkins’s best images accompanied by “compelling and informative essays by Douglas Nickel, associate curator of photography at SFMOMA, and Maria Morris Hambourg, curator in charge of the Department of Photographs at the Met, as well as Peter E. Palmquist’s notes on the plates, a list of selected references, and a chronology.” The book was published in 1999 and is 11.6 by 10.6 by 1.1 inches.

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Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and sources linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Goodsearch.com and Google. Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.

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