Tuesday June 4, 2013

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx,

The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx


Today is Audacity To Hope Day. This is a symbolic day for all Americans who have a dream: dreams are avievable through the audacity to hope. In 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama published a book entitled The Audacity to Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. The title of The Audacity of Hope was derived from a sermon delivered by Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Wright had attended a lecture by Dr. Frederick G. Sampson in Richmond, Virginia, in the late 1980s, on the G. F. Watts painting Hope, which inspired him to give a sermon in 1990 based on the subject of the painting – “with her clothes in rags, her body scarred and bruised and bleeding, her harp all but destroyed and with only one string left, she had the audacity to make music and praise God … To take the one string you have left and to have the audacity to hope… that’s the real word God will have us hear from this passage and from Watt’s painting.”


The United NationsInternational Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4 each year. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.


Today is Applesauce Cake Day, a time to enjoy an old and often forgotten goodie.


If you haven’t found “Mr. Right” yet and the years are piling up? Then today is a day for you, It is Old Maid’s Day. Old Maid’s Day brings awareness to those of us who have not yet found (and caught) our soul mates. Old Maid’s Day exists to put into the spotlight all of the fair maidens who have yet to find their Prince Charming. Ladies, celebrate Old Maids Day by getting out and getting noticed. Guys, open your eyes…. “Mrs. Right” may be right under your nose.


Today is also Hug Your Cat Day. Cat lovers can really get into this day. If you’re a cat lover, you can really appreciate the warm, cozy feeling you get when you curl up on a couch, bed, or chair, and hug your cat. The only problem is, your cat will most likely only allow a brief hug before sauntering away. If your cat is a true hugger, count your blessings. You don’t have a cat? You can correct this today. The month of June is “Adopt a Cat Month“.


On June 4, 1912, Massachusetts became the first state of the U.S. to set a minimum wage.


The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded June 4, 1917. Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall received the first Pultizer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand received the first Pulizter for history for his work With Americans Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.


The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was approved by the U.S. Congress on this day in 1919 and sent to the U.S. states for ratification. The 19th Amendment prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.


On June 4, 1975, Governor of California Jerry Brown signed the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law, the first law in the U.S. giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights.


Some of the writers born June 4th include:

Aesop (c. 600), Apollon Maykov (1821), Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879), Bhagat Puran Singh (1904), Jacques Roumain (1907), Patience Strong (1907), Elizabeth Jolley (1923), Ruth Westheimer (1928), Maurice Shadbolt (1932), Daphne Sheldrick (1924), Robert Fulghum (1937), Kenneth G. Ross (1941), Bill Rowe (1942), Joyce Meyer (1943), Melanie Phillips (1951), Wendy Pini (1951), Val McDermid (1955), Paul Stewart (1955), John Hockenberry (1956), Simon Cheshire (1964), Roger Lim (1968), Joe Hill (1972), and Buddy Wakefield (1974).


June is National Zoo and Aquarium month, a good time to explore your local zoo and aquarium as well as the websites of America’s great zoos and aquariums. Many of them have excellent educational resources — photographs, videos, facts, lesson plans, activities, and sound so real your dog will growl. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums provides a collection of links to their accredited zoos and aquariums.


June is also Great Outdoors Month. For generations, America’s great outdoors have ignited our imaginations, bolstered our economy, and fueled our national spirit of adventure and independence. The United States holds a stunning array of natural beauty — from sweeping rangelands and tranquil beaches, to forests stretching over rolling hills and rivers raging through stone-faced cliffs. During Great Outdoors Month, we rededicate ourselves to experiencing and protecting these unique landscapes and treasured sites.


first position a century of ballet

Starting today, we have another beautiful book at a much lowered price. We only have one copy and the sale price ends in just one week, so get it while you can. The book is called First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists by Toba Singer. This hardcover book was originally published in 2007. Amazon.com gives the following description: 

The dancers profiled in First Position represent the pinnacle of their art over the last century. Author Toba Singer polled scores of dance critics, dance teachers and professors, and active and retired professional dancers to create a list that represents the best of the various styles of ballet from the last hundred years. The result is a collective biography that introduces the reader to dancers both with household names and those known mostly to ballet aficioinados. Profiled dancers include Carlos Acosta, Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Lazaro Carreno, Margot Fonteyn, Carla Fracci, Gelsey Kirkland, Li Cunxin, Muriel Maffre, Natalia Makarova, Arthur Mitchell, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, and Maya Plisetskaya.

“This volume features profiles of 15 dancers from around the world….Each profile blends biography and a discussion of the dancer’s style and artistic background, associations with choreographers, composers, directors, and partners, and relationship with the audience. Information was drawn from published and unpublished interviews (some with the author) and source material from dance archives in the US and Europe. Dancers were chosen from Singer’s poll of choreographers, teachers, administrators, students, dancers, historians, and writers.”



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