Friday, June 7, 2013

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde

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Happy VCR Day. In this digital age, how many people still own collections of VCR box sets of favourite TV shows, old favourites and movies that are unavailable or simply haven’t been purchased on DVD? VCR day is dedicated to the humble video, and celebrates the simple elegance of analogue recording and playback. We actually have a few VHS tapes in our inventory.


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Today is the first Friday in June which means that it is National Doughnut Day. National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.

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Once you’ve had your doughnut for breakfast you can celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day for your dessert. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a field day for ice cream makers. However, we probably don’t need any additional incentive to eat Chocolate Ice Cream. And, with the arrival of warm, summer weather, cooling off with a little (or a lot) of chocolate ice cream is a natural.

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On this day in 1776, Richard Henry Lee presented the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress. The motion was seconded by John Adams and led to the United States Declaration of Independence.

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Benjamin Harrison became the first President of the United States to attend a baseball game when he attended a major league baseball game on June 7, 1892. Harrison watched the Washington Senators lose to the Cincinnati Reds.

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It was on June 7, 1899 that the American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation began her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.

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The use of contraception by married couples was effectively legalized on June 7, 1965 when the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut.

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Graceland was opened to the public by Priscilla Preseley on June 7, 1982. The bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier was kept off-limits.

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month. This celebration for African American Music originally started as Black Music Month, by President Jimmy Carter, who on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music. Since then, presidents have announced to Americans to celebrate Black Music Month. For each year of his term, President Barack Obama has announced the observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

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June is Rebuild Your Life Month. What better time to start thinking about the future than now? This is an opportunity for adults neglected and/or abused as children to celebrate their self-worth and discover inner power.

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Too many people don’t know what a Migraine is or that Migraine is really a disease. June is National Migraine Awareness Month (NMAW), sponsored by the National Headache Foundation. Every day approximately 430,000 people are unable to work due to Migraines, equaling about 157 million workdays lost annually. Nine out of 10 migraine sufferers report they can’t “function normally” during days in which a migraine strikes, and nearly three in 10 require bed rest. Migraine is the 12th most disabling disorder in the US.

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June is Aphasia Awareness Month and the professionals who work with people who have Aphasia want to bring awareness to the public and let the public know how aphasia affects are fellow human beings. Aphasia is when a person loses the ability to produce and/or comprehend language, due to a brain injury. This injury has nothing to do with loss of hearing or muscle damage. Many people assume that brain injuries can affect someone’s intelligence but with aphasia that is not the case. Aphasia can be a result of a brain injury to the area of the brain that deals with speech. It depends on the area and the extent of the damage on how it will affect someone’s speech. Someone who is suffering from aphasia may be able to speak but not write, or vice versa, or they could display any of a wide range of other deficiencies in language comprehension and production. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders as well which can enhance the difficulty of finding successful treatment.

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Some of the writers born June 7th include:

Étienne Pasquier (1529), Amelia Edwards (1831), Alexander P. de Seversky (1894), Elizabeth Bowen (1899), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917), Harry Crews (1935), Thomas Kailath (1935), Nikki Giovanni (1943), Orhan Pamuk (1952), Louise Erdrich (1954), Bill Prady (1960), Mick Foley (1965), Bear Grylls ( 1974), and Bill Hader (1978).

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Today we take a moment to remember the English author, E.M. Forster. Edward Morgan Forster was born January 1, 1879 and passed away on June 7, 1970. The novelist, short story wrtier, essayist and librettist is best known for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy in the early 20th century British society. Forster’s humanistic impulse toward understanding and sympathy may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: “Only connect…”. His 1908 novel,A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success. In the 1930s and 1940s Forster became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio and a public figure associated with the Union of Ethical Societies. Forster was a closeted homosexual and lifelong bachelor. Forster died of a strokeon June 7, 1970 at the age of 91, at the Buckinghams’ home in Coventry.Forster had five novels published in his lifetime.

 

When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

Today’s special is the hardcover book When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport by Allen Bodner. This book is a splendid oral history of a time in the 1920s and 1930s when Jewish athletes were the dominant ethnic group in professional boxing in the United States. Bodner has incorporated interviews with more than thirty former boxers, trainers, managers, promoters, and boxing judges in this book to report on this overlooked aspect of sports history. The stories of Jewish boxers are explored here both in and out of the ring as well as their lives after they left the ring. This book is just over two hundred pages and we have listed it as Like New. We only have one copy, it is in excellent condition but does not have a dust jacket.

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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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