Friday, June 14, 2013

There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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Happy Friday! We are 165 days into the year, meaning there are 200 left until we reach 2014.

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Today is Pop Goes the Weasel Day. “Half a pound of tuppenny rice, Half a pound of treacle. That’s the way the money goes, Pop! goes the weasel.” What does the nursery rhyme which originated in the 17th century mean? Pop means pawn and weasel refers to coat. “It was traditional for even poor people to own a suit, which they wore as their ‘Sunday Best.’ When times were hard they would pawn their suit, or coat, on a Monday and claim it back before Sunday. Hence the term “Pop goes the Weasel,” according to Nursery Rhymes.

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It is Strawberry Shortcake Day. National Strawberry Shortcake day is a day we honor the old time favorite cake called the shortcake. On National Shortcake Day it’s traditional to serve you and your family shortcake for dessert on this day. The most popular way to eat a slice of shortcake is with fresh strawberries in juice or sauce with cream on top. While some of us fondly reminisce about Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bars from the ice cream truck, for others, strawberry shortcake conjures up memories of cuddling in Berry Bitty City blankets decorated with Strawberry Shortcake the cartoon character. Those are not really what this day is about. According to KitchenProject.com, strawberry shortcake goes back to at least 1850 in the U.S., and it’s been a perfect summer dessert ever since. Made of sliced strawberries, a little sugar, subtle-sweet individual shortcakes, and whipped cream, this layered delight presents excitement to the eye and to the tongue! There are so many ways to make this dessert: one can go the quick-and-easy route and make it by using store-bought pound cake and Cool Whip, one can go the bake-from-scratch route, and one can do something in between. Make all your celebrations a delicious experience; by learning about Strawberry Shortcake & the holiday named in it’s honor.

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The Friday before Father’s Day is observed as Work @ Home Father’s Day. Work @ Home Father’s Day was created by Jeff Zbar, host of the Chief Home Officer. Jeff is a noted speaker, marketing cosultant and author on work at home topics. His site provides home office business success stories and other resources for those who work from home. Work@Home Father’s Day is always observed on the Friday immediately before Father’s Day to honor fathers who have chosen to work from home in order to impove their family lives or job satisfaction.

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In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened this day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. State to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day. The earliest reference to the suggestion of a “Flag Day” is cited in Kansas: a Cyclopedia of State History, published by Standard Publishing Company of Chicago in 1912. Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation…..one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride! There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Did you know that people who study flags are called Vexillologists.

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Every year, on June 14th, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. However, in many countries, there is not an adequate supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety. An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors.WHO’s goal is for all countries to obtain all their blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.Today, in just 62 countries, national blood supplies are based on close to 100% voluntary unpaid blood donations, with 40 countries still dependent on family donors and even paid donors. The focus for this year’s campaign – the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day – is blood donation as a gift that saves lives. WHO encourages all countries to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so. The objectives of this year’s campaign are to thank blood donors for their life-saving donations; promote voluntary unpaid blood donation; and convince ministries of health to commit to achieving self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products based on 100% voluntary unpaid blood donation. The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2013 is France. Through its national blood service, the Etablissement Français du Sang (EFS), France has been promoting voluntary non remunerated blood donation since the 1950s.

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The Bear Flag Revolt began on this day in 1846 when Anglo settlers in Sonoma, California, started a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.

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Hawaii became a United States territory on June 14, 1900.

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The Marihuana Tax Act was passed on this day in 1937 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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On June 14, 1947, a supposed UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.

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On this day in 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that placed the words “under God” into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

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The first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere opened to the public on June 14, 1959. This monorail system is located in Anaheim, California and is the Disneyland Monorail System, which still runs daily from Tomorrowland (inside the theme park) to Downtown Disney District (outside of the theme park).

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Some of the writers born June 14th include:

Giglio Gregorio Giraldi (1479), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), János Szlepecz (1872), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Margaret Bourke-White (1904), Nicolas Bentley (1907), René Char (1907), Burl Ives (1909), Lise Nørgaard (1917), Gilbert Prouteau (1917), Pierre Salinger (1925), Hermann Kant (1926), Che Guevara (1928), Jerzy Kosiński (1933), Irmelin Sandman Lilius (1936), Peter Mayle (1939), Irmelin Sandman Lilius (1936), Peter Mayle (1939), Laurie Colwin (1944), Donald Trump (1946), Kat Martin (1947), Laurence Yep (1948), Harry Turtledove (1949), Rowan Williams (1950), Leon Wieseltier (1952), Paul O’Grady (1955), Pamela Geller (1958), Campbell Brown (1968), Michael Gerber (1969), Heather McDonald (1970), and Diablo Cody (1978).

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We take a moment to remember Roger Zelazny, who passed away on this day in 1995. The writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels is best known for his The Chronicles of Amber series. He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels. Between 1962 and 1969 he worked for the U.S. Social Security Administration in Ohio and then in Maryland spending his evenings writing science fiction. As a professional writer, his debut works were the simultaneous publication of “Passion Play” (Amazing, August 1962) and “Horseman!” (Fantastic, August 1962). “Passion Play” was written and sold first. His first story to attract major attention was “A Rose for Ecclesiastes”, published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, with cover art by Hannes Bok. In his stories, Roger Zelazny frequently portrayed familiar-seeming worlds with plausible magic systems and/or casually supernatural beings. His novels and short stories often involve characters from myth, depicted in the modern world. Zelazny was also apt to include numerous anachronistic present-day elements, such as cigarette-smoking and references to various drama classics into his fantasy and science-fiction works. His crisp, minimalistic dialogue also seems to be somewhat influenced by the style of wisecracking hardboiled crime authors, such as Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. The tension between the ancient and the modern, surreal and familiar was what drove most of his work. A very frequent motif in Zelazny’s work is immortality or people who (have) become gods. Aside from working with mythological themes, the most common recurring motif of Zelazny’s is the “absent father” (or father-figure). Many of Zelazny’s works explore variations upon the idea that if there exists an infinite number of worlds, then every world that can be imagined must exist, somewhere. Zelazny died in 1995, aged 58, of kidney failure secondary to colorectal cancer.

Reaching the Goal

For the next week we are recuding the price of the book Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints by John Arthur Ricketts. We have this hardcover book listed as is in Like New Conditin. It is actually a never read copy with a slight dent to the cover. Within its 400 pages you can discover the powerful Theory of Constraints (TOC), and use it to drive continuous performance improvement in any services organization. It will help identify hidden contraints that are limiting your organization, and manage or eliminate them. It can help you learn how to simplify processes that have grown unmanageably complex. Amazon’s description includes the following:

Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods.

Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies…thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them.

This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions…from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing.

Whatever your role in improving service delivery, processes, or profitability, this book gives you the tools to reach your goals…and go beyond them.


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