Monday June 3, 2013

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” 

― Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood


Today is Repeat Day, I said today is Repeat Day. This is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Choose to repeat things you enjoy doing today.


June third is Chimborazo Day. On Chimborazo Day, we celebrate Chimborazo, which is not only the point on Earth that’s closest to the Moon but also the farthest point from the Earth’s center. With a peak elevation of 6,268 metres (20,564 ft), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. It is the highest peak in close proximity to the equator. While Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center.


Today is National Leave the Office Early Day. This day was created by bestselling author and workplace issues expert Laura Stack in 2004. She chose June 2nd for this day because that is her birthday. Since the second falls on a weekend this year, the holiday is observed today. The theory behind this holiday is not to encourage people to slack off at work, but to give themselves a break and put their lives into better balance. This can cause productivity to increase. Knowing you will be leaving work early gives workers a reason to focus and get their work done early. Stack always advises against workaholism in her writings and talks. She maintains that work quality and quantity both go down as time totals go up. So give yourself a break today, leave work early and enjoy some personal time, have a little fun.


“Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888” is a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. First published in The San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, it was later popularized by DeWolf Hopper in many vaudeville performances.


On June 3, 1932, Lou Gehrig and teammate Tony Lazzeri hit four home runs in one game, and hit for the natural cycle, respectively. The natural cycle, in which the hits come in order from least total bases to most (single, double, triple, and home run), has been accomplished 13 times in MLB history. These two feats are both less common than a perfect game, which has occurred twenty one times in one hundred and twenty years.



Seventy years ago today the Zoot Suit Riots occurred in Los Angeles, California when white U.S. Navy sailors and Marines clashed with Latino youths.


On this day in 1965 the first American spacewalk was performed by crew-member Ed White as part of the Gemini 4, which was the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew.


June is known for the large number of marriages that occur over the course of the month. According to one etymology, June is named after Juno (Hera). Juno was the goddess of marriage and a married couple‘s household, so some consider it good luck to be married in this month. There are many books to help you prepare for a wedding day, the long marriage (prevent divorce), or to give as gifts.


June is LGBT Pride Month. Gay pride celebrations take place in many countries in honor of the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States. Not only is June LGBT Pride Month it is also National GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender) Book Month.


Some of the writers born June 3rd include:

Philippe Quinault (1635), Detlev von Liliencron (1844), Otto Erich Hartleben (1864), Alla Nazimova (1879), Pedro Mir (1913), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930), Ben Wada (1930), John Norman (1931), Larry McMurtry (1936), Jon Tolaas (1939), Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (1939), Melissa Mathison (1950), Lawrence Lessig (1961), Susannah Constantine (1962), Anderson Cooper (1967), and John Hodgman (1971).


The 24th Vice President of the United States, Garret Hobart, was born on this day in 1844. Hobart served under President William McKinley and was the sixth American vice president to die in office. As vice president, Hobart proved a popular figure in Washington and was a close adviser to McKinley. Hobart’s tact and good humor were valuable to the President. Hobart died in November 1899 of heart disease at age 55; his place on the Republican ticket in 1900 was taken by New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt.


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Starting today for one week only we have a beautiful book called Polar Bears from Worldlife Library reduced by more than 30% off our usual price! This paperback is by Nikita Ovsyanikov and was published in December of 1998. This book is a great introduction to polar bears by one of the worlds foremost polar bear researchers. Ovsyanikov has lived among the great white bears for many years. The book has easy-to-read text that details such things as eating habits, habitats, and behavior of polar bears. It is filled with spectacular photos of polar bears in the high Arctic and all over the globe. 

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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 and Google. Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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