Thursday, June 13, 2013

A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 
― Marcus Tullius Cicero


June is EntrepreneursDo It YourselfMarketing Month. Even the bravest of entrepreneurs can be immobilized when faced with marketing their businesses. Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month calls attention to small business owners who do their own marketing every day to help their companies succeed. It is easy to confuse advertising with marketing, but they are different. Marketing is the systematic planning, implementation and control of a mix of business activities intended to bring together buyers and sellers for the mutually advantageous exchange or transfer of products. Advertising is a single component of the marketing process and must be included.


From June 13th through 20th is Nursing Assistants Week, and today is National Career Nursing Assistants Day. The First Day of Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers Week is designated as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day to recognize nursing assistants who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others for 5 to as many as 58 years. The 36th annual Nursing Assistants’ and Direct Care Workers Week (NAW) recognizes nursing assistants, home care aides, hospice assistants, direct care workers, and others who provide daily care to frail and long-termcare residents in nursing homes, home care, hospitals, hospice, independent living and other long-term care settings. Now as never before, attention is being directed to care of our elder and disabled citizens and greater attention also is directed to the workers who provide hands-on-care and caring.


Today and September 10th are noted as Sewing Machine Day. Today celebrates a very important invention. The history of the development of sewing machines is far too complicated to go into here, but the first real sewing machine was invented in France in 1830, and this made a continuous chain stitch, using only one thread. It wasn’t until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. Many people believe that Singer invented the sewing machine, but he didn’t. The actual history is an amazing story of espionage and stolen ideas, worthy of a blockbuster film. In much the same way as our modern day Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had the war between Apple and Microsoft, in the 1800s there were Elias Howe and Isaac Singer. Prior to it’s creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand…stitch by stitch. People who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. If you have a sewing machine, enjoy today making things with it. If not, consider picking up sewing as a hobby. There remains some mystery around the date for this day. Almost all documentation on the internet suggests that June 13th is the date for Sewing Machine Day, but no one seems to know why this day was selected. Some sources listed September 10th as Sewing Machine Day, which is the day the sewing machine was patented.


National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day is always June 13. A klutz is a person who is clumsy, foolish, inept, or accident-prone. What has been your klutziest moment in the kitchen? Are you the person who spills the milk? Are you the person who knocks the dish off the counter and breaks it? Do you set the smoke detector off every time you make toast? Do you need to read the directions on how to boil water? Does your family break out in a cold sweat and run for cover every time you attempt to fire up the oven? No matter how hard you try, your home cookin’ just doesn’t turn out like you expected. Move over Lucy Ricardo because, my accident-prone friends, today is your day. On Kitchen Klutzes of America Day it’s ok to be klutzey. If you broke a dish today then be creative and crafty. Pick up the pieces and glue them on something and have some fun. Either way just know that spills and breaks don’t matter at all today. Just enjoy yourself and…. if you see someone be clutzy in the kitchen today… don’t be mean by making them feel bad. Accidents happen all the time so live today on the lighter side of life. No one is really sure why this day has been chosen or even why but it doesn’t matter.


Today is National Weed Your Garden Day. Be sure to celebrate by weeding for an extra 5 minutes today. You should always find out what sort of weeds you have growing in your herb garden. Who knows? You may end up cultivating, instead of pulling, a new favorite. June seems to be a very popular month for gardening holidays. It may not seem like it on the surface, but National Weed Your Garden Day is a very important day. Weeds can be deadly to your garden, your pets, as well as you and your family. After all that careful planning and planting, don’t let your hard work go to the dogs or the weeds.


Grover Cleveland underwent a secret, successful surgery a hundred and twenty years ago today. The surgery was to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw. This operation was not revealed to the public until 1917, nine years after the president’s death.


“You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Where would crime scene investigation and legal shows be without the scene where a suspect is read his or her Miranda rights? On June 13, 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court determined the Fifth Amendment protects people from before being questioned by police without warning.


Thirty years ago today the Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System when it passed beyond the orbit of Neptune (the furthest planet from the Sun at the time).


On this day in 2005, a jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at Neverland Ranch.


Some of the writers born June 13th include:

Fanny Burney (1752), Heinrich Hoffmann (1809), Dwight B. Waldo (1864), William Butler Yeats (1865), Henry George Lamond (1885), Bruno Frank (1887), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Dorothy L. Sayers (1893), Carlos Chávez (1899), Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (1910), Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau (1912), Etienne Leroux (1922), Whitley Strieber (1945), Hannah Storm (1962), Audrey Niffenegger (1963), Marcel Theroux (1968), Laura Kightlinger (1969), Steve-O (1974), Jeff Davis (1975), Johannes Grenzfurthner (1975), Jennifer Nicole Lee (1975), Ryan Pickett (1979), Daryl Blonder (1981), Jess Manafort (1982), Ashley Olsen (1986), and Mary-Kate Olsen (1986).


Today we remember Tim Russert. The American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press was born May 7, 1950. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted an eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC’s The Today Show and Hardball. Time magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Russert was posthumously revealed as a 30-year source for syndicated columnist Robert Novak. Russert penned a best-selling autobiography, Big Russ and Me in 2004, which chronicled his life growing up in the predominantly Irish American working-class neighborhood of South Buffalo and his education at Canisius High School. Russert’s father Timothy Joseph Russert, “Big Russ,” was a World War II veteran who held down two jobs after the war, emphasized the importance of maintaining strong family values, the reverence of faith, and never taking a short cut to reach a goal. Russert claimed to have received over 60,000 letters from people in response to the book, detailing their own experiences with their fathers. He released Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons in 2005, a collection of some of these letters. This book also became a best-seller. Russert made a cameo appearance in 1995 on the critically acclaimed police drama, Homicide: Life on the Street. He played the cousin of fictional Baltimore homicide detective Megan Russert. He was mentioned by name again on the show in 1996, when it was said that he had introduced his “cousin” to a French diplomat, with whom she then went abroad. During his career, Russert received 48 honorary doctorates and won several awards for excellence in journalism, including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the John Peter Zenger Freedom of the Press Award, the American Legion Journalism Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Journalism Award, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication and the Catholic Academy for Communication’s Gabriel Award. Russert also received an Emmy Award in 2005 for his coverage of the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. Russert’s favorite beer was Rolling Rock, and, at his funeral, fellow anchor Tom Brokaw brought and raised a Rolling Rock in Russert’s memory. Shortly after 1:30 pm on June 13, 2008, Russert collapsed at the offices of WRC-TV, which houses the Washington, D.C. bureau of NBC News where he was chief. He was recording voiceovers for the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. According to Brian Williams, during his speech at the Kennedy Center on June 13, Russert’s last words were, “What’s happening?” spoken as a greeting to NBC Washington bureau editing supervisor Candace Harrington as he passed her in the hallway. He then walked down the hallway to record voiceovers in the soundproof booth and collapsed. A co-worker began CPR on him. The District of Columbia Fire and Rescue service received a call from NBC at 1:40 pm, and dispatched an EMS unit which arrived at 1:44 pm. Paramedics attempted to defibrillate Russert’s heart three times, but he did not respond. Russert was then transported to Sibley Memorial Hospital, arriving at 2:23 pm, where he was pronounced dead. He was 58 years old. In accordance with American journalistic tradition, the public announcement of Russert’s death was withheld by both the wire services and his network’s competitors, until Russert’s family had been notified. Retired NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw then delivered, live on NBC, CNBC and MSNBC, the news of his death. Russert had just returned from a family vacation in Rome, Italy, where he had celebrated his son’s graduation from Boston College. While his wife and son remained in Rome, Russert had returned to prepare for his Sunday television show. Russert’s longtime friend and physician, Dr. Michael Newman, said that his asymptomatic coronary artery disease had been controlled with medication and exercise, and that he had performed well on a stress test in late April. An autopsy performed on the day of his death determined that his history of coronary artery disease led to a heart attack. Russert is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery, next to the historic Soldiers’ Home, in Washington’s Petworth neighborhood. The Newseum in Washington, D.C., has a re-creation of Russert’s office. On the evening of his death, the entire, nearly commercial-free half hour of NBC Nightly News was dedicated to Russert’s memory.

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For one week only we are reducing the price of the paperback by Clymer Publications called
Kawasaki Kz,Zx and Zn 1000-1100Cc 1981-2002 (Clymer Motorcycle Repair). This book was published in 2003 as part of the Clymer Motorcycle Repair series. This book is about 376 pages. We have one copy available, which is brand new, still in the original shrinkwrap. Amazon gives the following description:

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