Sunday, June 2, 2013

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 

― Jane Austen

The week of June 2-8 has quite a few observances. It is Black Single Parents Week, National Business Etiquette Week, National Tire Safety Week, National Headache Awareness Week, National Sun Safety Week, Rip Current Awareness Week and National Fishing and Boating Week.

The first Sunday of June is National Cancer Survivors Day.

June Second is National Bubba Day, which honors anyone called Bubba. It’s a somewhat common nickname for men in the Southern United States but Bubba is also the Yiddish word for grandmother.

Today is also National Rocky Road Day. Want to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream? Just add nuts (almonds and/or pecans), mini marshmallows, and chunks of semisweet chocolate to your favorite ice cream recipe. Today would be the perfect day to make, and certainly eat, a batch of Rocky Road ice cream. If you aren’t into making ice cream, or just don’t have the time, you can buy Rocky Road ice cream at any grocery store. Or, visit your favorite ice cream store for a cone (large today).

P.T. Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States on June 2, 1835.

On this day in 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.

Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio, on June 2, 1896.

On June 2, 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.

Ten years ago today Europe launched its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

June is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month. APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. There are two known forms of APS. APS may occur in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, other autoimmune disease, or in otherwise healthy individuals.

It is Children’s Awareness Month, a month long celebration of America’s children in our everyday lives and communities. It is also Child Vision Awareness Month.

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June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Celibacy Awareness Month, National Rivers Month, and Skyscraper Month. May 20th through June 20th is National Smile Month in the UK. June is also Beautiful in Your Skin Month.

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Writers born June 2nd include:

Marquis de Sade (1740), Thomas Hardy (1840), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Dorothy West (1907), John Lehmann (1907), Michael Peto (1908), Walter Andreas Schwarz (1913), Barbara Pym (1913), Kathryn Tucker Windham (1918), Johnny Speight (1920), Juan Antonio Bardem (1922), June Callwood (1924), W. Watts Biggers (1927), Norton Juster (1929), Carol Shields (1935), Dimitri Kitsikis (1935), Jean Nelissen (1936), Kevin Brownlow (1938), Frank Rich (1949), Keith Allen (1953), Cornel West (1953), Caroline Link (1964), Jim Knipfel (1965), and Andy Cohen (1968).

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Also born on June 2, 1731 was Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington and first 1st First Lady of the United States.

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We want to take a moment to pay tribute to David Eddings who passed away four years ago today at the age of 77. He was an American fantasy writer who authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series with his wife Leigh. He was born in Spokane, Washington in 1931 and grew up near Puget Sound. Eddings displayed an early talent for drama and literature, winning a national oratorical contest, and performing the male lead in most of his drama productions. He wrote a novel for a thesis at Reed College before being drafted into the U.S. Army. After several years as a college lecturer, a failure to receive a pay raise drove Eddings to leave his job, move to Denver and seek work in a grocery store. He also began work on his first published novel, High Hunt. Convinced that being an author was his future career, Eddings moved to Spokane where he once again relied on a job at a grocery shop for his funds. Eddings’s call to the world of fantasy came from a doodled map he drew one morning before work. This doodle later became the geographical basis for the world of Aloria, but Eddings did not realize it until several years later. Upon seeing a copy of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, in a bookshop, he allegedly muttered, “Is this old turkey still floating around?” and was shocked to learn that it was in its seventy-eighth printing. Eddings realized that the world of fantasy might hold some promise for his talents, and immediately began to annotate his previously forgotten doodle. Eddings’ wife, Leigh Eddings, was uncredited as co-author on several of his early books, but he later acknowledged that she contributed to them all. She was a credited co-author starting in the mid-1990s.

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My View from the corner

Starting today, for one week only we are further reducing the price of the hardcover book My View from the Corner: A Life in Boxing. This book is by Angelo Dundee and Bert Sugar and has a foreword by Muhammad Ali. Dundee is a Hall of Fame corner man who has worked alongside 15 world boxing champions worked with the renowned boxing storyteller and editor tracing Dundee’s career that took him from boxing‘s first televised bouts to the heavyweight pay-per-view spectacles of today. The book was published in 2007 and is a little more than 300 pages, covering half a century of boxing history with humor and great insight. 

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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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