Thursday, June 6, 2013

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

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Today is known as D-Day. The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 am British Double Summer Time (GMT +2). In planning, as for most Allied operations, the term D-Day was used for the day of the actual landing, which was dependent on final approval. The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30am.

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Today is National Gardening Exercise Day. Gardening is good for the mind, body, and soul. Gardening Exercise Day gives us an opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have fun doing it. National Gardening Exercise Day is intended to recognize the important physical health benefits of gardening. Experts say the various activities and tasks of gardening ultimately uses all of the major muscle groups. In addition, strenuous gardening activities such as raking, hoeing, and digging is both aerobic and muscle strengthening.

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June is Perennial Gardening Month. You can celebrate Perennial Gardening Month by discovering new perennials to plant in June. Perennials are plants that continue growing for several years until they reach maturity. Perennials include ornamental grasses, ground-hugging flowers, tall fence-lining blooms, water-loving ferns and aromatic herbs. Perennials can be colorful, hassle-free and with a little care, they come back year after year and save the time and expense of replanting. June is a perfect time to celebrate perennials. According to the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), at this time of year, gardeners can find mature specimens of favorite summer bloomers at their local garden center. They might also plant a “sequential-summer perennial display” of old and new cultivars.

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June is National Rose Month in the United States. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that made the rose the United States’ National Floral Emblem. People everywhere have been passionate about roses for centuries. Roses represent beauty and love to millions. Roses are an ancient symbol of festivals and the commemoration of historic events.

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Yo-Yo day is here…hooray! Not that you need an excuse to play with your Yo-Yo. Wherever you are today, get out your Yo-Yo and impress your friends, family, and co-workers with your Yo-Yoskills. And, do it at work today! If you don’t think it’s appropriate at work, consider the fact that three U.S. presidents (Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) showed off their Yo-Yo expertise while in office! It’s origin is hard to factually prove. Many believe that the Yo-Yo originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C. However, their is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before this time. Over the centuries the Yo-Yo has had it’s ups and downs. The Yo-Yo was made wildly popular in America by businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr. He manufactured the “Duncan Yo-Yo” in the early 1900’s. National Yo-Yo Day was established as June 6th in honor of the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr. The worlds largest Yo-Yo weighs 256 pounds, and is on display at the National Yo-Yo museum. In 1992, Jeffrey Hoffman took a Yo-Yo into space aboard the shuttle Atlantis.


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Today is Drive-in Movie Day. On June 6, 1933, The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”

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The Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted June 6, 1932, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon sold.

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On the sixth of June in 1946 the National Basketball Asssociation (NBA) was created, with eleven original teams.

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One of the best selling video games of all-time was released on this day in 1984. That game is Tetris, which is still loved and played daily by many in many different versions every day.

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Some of the writers born June 6th include:

Pierre Corneille (1606), Johann Georg Estor (1699), Nathan Hale (1755), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Eliza Orzeszkowa (1841), Henry John Newbolt (1862), Thomas Mann (1875), Masti Venkatesha Iyengar (1891), V.C. Andrews (1923), Alexander Cockburn (1941), Cynthia Rylant (1954), Colin Quinn (1959), François Avard (1968), Alan Licht (1968), Sarah Dessen (1970), Natalie Morales (1972), Jonathan Nolan (1976), Carl Barât (1978), and Monice (1989).

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We take a moment now to remember A. Bertram Chandler, who passed away on this day in 1984. Arthur Bertram Chandler was a British-Australian science fiction author who wrote under his own name and the pseudonyms George Whitley, George Whitely, Andrew Dunstan, and S.H.M. He was a merchant marine officer, sailing the world in everything from tramp steamers to troopships. In 1956 he emigrated to Australia and became an Australian citizen. Chandler’s daughter, Jenny Chandler, married British horror fiction writer Ramsey Campbell. Chandler wrote over 40 novels and 200 works of short fiction.

NIrV Kids study bible

For one week, starting today, we have the HardcoverNirV Kids’ Study Bible Revised edition at a special price. Jeol Tanis is listed as the author of this book that is for ages 6. This Bible has book introductions that are written especially for young readers. There are features such as “Look At This” which gives illustrations and descriptions of biblical objects; “Think about This” which gets kids thinking about how a Bible passage applies to their own lives; “Remember This” spotlights key memory verses; “Bible dictionary” explains important Bible words; “Life in New Testament Times” tells kids what it was like to live when Jesus lived. There is full-color artwork in this edition that makes the Bible stories come alive. From the Back Cover:

How can small readers build big faith? By using the study Bible made just for kids. It’s perfect for young hearts who want to discover what the Bible is all about–the people, places, and events it contains, what it teaches, and how to obey it. The NIrV Kids’ Study Bible features the complete, revised New International Reader’s Version, an accurate, easy-to-read children’s translation drawn from the best-selling New International Version. The short, simple words and sentences make this translation ideal for beginning readers. But the NIrV Kids’ Study Bible is more than easy reading. It offers introductions to the books of the Bible, full-color artwork, Life in New TestamentTimes study feature, Look at This notes that describe tools and objects of the Bible, Think About This study questions, Remember This memory verses, and a Bible dictionary–all in one attractive study Bible created especially for a grade three reading level and up.

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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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