Monday, June 10, 2013

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” 
― Jorge Luis Borges


Today marks exactly one year since the brick-and-mortar version of Village Book Shop closed its doors. This blogger knows she is not alone in missing that wonderful, welcoming, little shop in the Glendora Village, run by the amazing Deborah Gould. Village Book Shop is not gone. It lives on in our hearts and on the World Wide Web. The email address for the store,, is still active, still checked regularly by Deborah. The inventory is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and many of the groups are still held at private homes of the members. If you have a moment, drop a note to the email account and let Deborah and Larry know that they are missed in the Village and appreciated for all they’ve done and continue to do for the community.


June is Lane Courtesy Month and National Drive Safe Month. Most motor vehicle accidents can be prevented by taking small but important safety measures. The left lane of a multi-lane highway is for passing and not traffic flow. “Lane Courtesy Month” has a much more pleasant ring about it than “Get the Hell Out of the Left Lane, You Mouth-Breathing-Troglodyte Month,” but the intent is really the same. When all motorists adhere to the basic principle of keep right, pass left, traffic flows more freely and in a safer manner. Yielding to faster traffic is a simple concept, but it’s often forgotten. Chances are that when you’re behind the wheel, you see a bunch of people ignoring this basic driving rule, which is commonly referred to as lane courtesy. If everyone would practice lane courtesy, driving would be more enjoyable, our roads would be safer, congestion would be reduced, and we would even save money on gas.


Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. This year Men’s Health Forum has taken on the issue of stigma and mental health in men and are using this week to pomote mental well-being and help-seeking in men. Despite men and women experiencing mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for it and the consequences of this can be fatal.


Today is Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day. On June 10, 1935, Bill Wilson and his friend Dr. Robert Smith set out to find the best way to reform alcoholics, and Alcoholics Anonymous was born. The anniversary event kicks off the annual showing of the film “Bill W.” every June 10 and launches a new campaign for a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate the extraordinary, life-changing accomplishments of Bill Wilson. He almost died of his own addiction, found sobriety, then dedicated the rest of his life to helping other alcoholics reclaim their lives. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Yet for years, no one knew his last name. A seemingly unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio in 1935 between two men, both of whom were termed “hopeless” alcoholics, began a program of recovery that has helped millions find sobriety and serenity. Bill W. was one of those men. In fighting his own battle against drinking, he had already learned that helping other alcoholics was the key to maintaining his own sobriety, the principle that would later become step twelve in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.


With the official start of summer just a few days away, the timing is perfect for NationalIcedTea Day. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health! Since ancient times, people have believed that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more. In some cases research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to it’s value over time, drink and enjoy because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you and it just tastes good.In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn’t want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst… something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. On September 20 and 21, 1890, the Missouri State Reunion of Ex-Confederate Veterans was held in Nevada, Missouri. Fifteen thousand veterans converged on the city of Nevada including several hundred from St. Louis. This event was held at the Artesian Park where an encampment was set up with rows upon rows of tents. The encampment was called Camp Jackson. On the first day, a huge meal was served. The magnitude of this large barbecue is absolutely amazing even by today’s standards. The biggest surprise however, is that the meal included iced tea – 880 gallons of it, as documented in a newspaper article at the time. This article was published fourteen years before the World’s Fair. It also seems notable that the article is written in a style that infers that the newspaper assumed its readers knew what iced tea was. There can be no doubt that this clipping proves that iced tea was not “invented” at the St. Louis World’s Fair and it inference is that iced tea had been around prior to 1890. This causes one to wonder if one of the St. Louis delegates remembered this drink and “re-invented” it at the fair. Or maybe the 1904 iced tea invention was just one of the many myths surrounding the World’s Fair.


Some of the writer’s born June 10th include:

Esprit Fléchier (1632), Edwin Arnold (1832), Louis Couperus (1863), Lin Huiyin (1904), Terence Rattigan (1911), Saul Bellow (1915), Nat Hentoff (1925), Maurice Sendak (1928), Gordon Burns (1942), Rich Hall (1954), Anderson Bigode Herzer (1962), Tony Martin (1964), John Yoo (1967), Kate Snow (1969), Dustin Lance Black (1974), and Robert Rave (1974).


Today we remember Louis L’Amour who passed away on this day in 1988. Louis Dearborn L’Amour was an American author. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work ‘Frontier Stories’), however he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into movies. L’Amour’s books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death some of his 105 existing works were in print (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) and he was considered “one of the world’s most popular writers”. By the 1970s his writings were translated into over 10 languages. Every one of his works is still in print. L’Amour also did some ground breaking work in the Audio Publishing field. For most authors, an audio publishing program is merely offering “books for the blind” or having an actor simply read a book of short stories or novel so that the “Audio Book” can be enjoyed while driving or doing similar activities. Many of the L’Amour titles have been produced in this so-called “single voice” style. In the early days, however, when the fledgling Bantam Audio Publishing (now Random House Audio) came to L’Amour about converting some of his old short stories into audio, he insisted that they do something to offer the audience more value than just having an actor read a bunch of old pulp stories. Together he and Bantam executive Jenny Frost created the concept of a series of “Radio Drama” style productions that would combine a large cast of actors, sound effects and music to produce a modern audio drama of each story. The innovative team of David Rapkin (Producer) and Charles Potter (Director) was employed to produce a prototype show and L’Amour’s son Beau came into the program as Supervising Producer. In 1982 he won the Congressional (National) Gold Medal, and in 1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded L’Amour the Presidential Medal of Freedom. L’Amour is also a recipient of North Dakota’s Roughrider Award. In May 1972 he was awarded an Honorary PhD by Jamestown College, as a testament to his literary and social contributions. L’Amour died from lung cancer on June 10, 1988, at his home in Los Angeles, and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. His autobiography detailing his years as an itinerant worker in the west, Education of a Wandering Man, was published posthumously in 1989.


civil rights movment photographic history

Today we bring you The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68. This beautifully done hardcover book is by Steven Kasher and has an Introduction by Myrlie Evers-Williams. This book is about 255 pages long and is about an inch thick and 9.1 in x 9.1 in. The story of the American civil rights movement is told through the rousing and often wrenching photographs that recorded, promoted and protected it. There are photos by over 50 photographers within this book. It goes from the Montgomery bus boycott through the student, local and national movements. The big marches in Washington and Selma, Freedom Summer, Malcolm X and Black power, and the death of Martin Luther King are all covered here. The chapters each start with a fast-paced narrative of a crucial event in the movement which is complemented by a portfolio of photos on the subject. Many of the photos have remembrances and analysis by photographers and participants. There is a concise chronology of the major civil rights events of the period and suggestions for additional reading featured in the book. The Civil Rights Movement is a moving tribute. We are reducing our price for one week only. Get it while you can!



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