Sunday, June 16, 2013

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis


Happy Father’sDay. Today marks the first day of Universal Father’s Week. During Universal Father’s Week the importance of fatherhood to the family is celebrated. During Universal Father’s Week we should acknowledge and assist those men who are taking an active role in the lives of children whether or not they are actually their birth fathers. A Father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us. It is the man who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, if they are the father figure to you, give him some recognition today and don’t hesitate to call him “Dad“. The first Father’s Day celebration was in Spokane, Washington on May 18, 1910.


This week is Meet A Mate Week. Singles rejoice! The weather outside is beautiful, so get out of the house and take advantage of the summer’s outdoor activities and use the opportunity to find yourself a mate. People show an unabated need to find long-term companionship, often within monogamous unions legitimated by legal and often religious record. Western culture dictates that finding a single person to spend the rest of one’s life with is desirable, a step toward the balance intended by nature. The creator of Meet a Mate Week, which is celebrated annually the week of June 11th, suggests that while the success of a relationship depends on many factors, not the least of which is the elusive aspect of luck or fate, it can’t hurt to be in the right place at the right time. That is to make oneself available to a casual meeting that may lead to much more. For the occasion, singles are urged take the proactive approach to finding a mate by pursuing their interests in a social setting, not only to keep from missing out on potential partners, but also some interesting people, the possibility of making good friends and having great times. Meet A Mate Week is now celebrated in many countries in the world.


The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children. In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot. More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.


Although one or two places I found list Fresh Veggies Day on June 17th, most sources list today as Fresh Veggies Day. So take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies at every meal, and for snack, too. Better still, try vegetarianism for a day. Today is a day to enjoy vegetables while they’re fresh and full of their maximum vitamin potential.


Today is National Fudge Day! Fudge is a delicious confection made with sugar, milk, butter, and your favorite flavoring. Some of the most popular varieties include chocolate, peanut butter, maple, caramel, peppermint, and marshmallow. Did you know that fudge used to be chocolate-less? Our modern-day fudge evolved from a candy called Scottish Tablet, which originated in the late 17th century. While the recipes are quite similar, Scottish Tablet has a much harder texture and lacks the most important ingredient! To celebrate National Fudge Day, pick up your favorite type of fudge at a local chocolate shop and share it with friends and family! “One of the first documentations of American-style fudge (containing chocolate) is found in a letter written by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, a student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She wrote that her schoolmate’s cousin made fudge in Baltimore, Maryland in 1886 and sold it for 40 cents a pound. Miss Hartridge got hold of the fudge recipe, and in 1888, made 30 lb (14 kg) of fudge for the Vassar College Senior Auction. This Vassar fudge recipe became quite popular at the school for years to come.”


Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on June 16th. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. Bloomsday (a term Joyce himself did not employ) was invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan (artist, critic, publican and founder of Envoy magazine) and the novelist Brian O’Nolan organised what was to be a daylong pilgrimage along the Ulysses route. They were joined by Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, Tom Joyce (a dentist who, as Joyce’s cousin, represented the family interest) and AJ Leventhal (Registrar of Trinity College, Dublin). Ryan had engaged two horse drawn cabs, of the old-fashioned kind, which in Ulysses Mr. Bloom and his friends drive to poor Paddy Dignam’s funeral. The party were assigned roles from the novel. They planned to travel round the city through the day, visiting in turn the scenes of the novel, ending at night in what had once been the brothel quarter of the city, the area which Joyce had called Nighttown. The pilgrimage was abandoned halfway through, when the weary pilgrims succumbed to inebriation and rancour at the Bailey pub in the city centre, which Ryan then owned, and at which, in 1967, he installed the door to No. 7 Eccles Street (Leopold Bloom’s front door), having rescued it from demolition. A Bloomsday record of 1954, informally filmed by John Ryan, follows this pilgrimage. The day involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and other events, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume to celebrate Bloomsday, and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne’s pub. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36 hours. On Bloomsday 1982, the centenary year of Joyce’s birth, Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ, transmitted a continuous 30-hour dramatic performance of the entire text of Ulysses on radio. Here in the U.S., the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia is the home of the handwritten manuscript of Ulysses and celebrates Bloomsday with a street festival including readings, Irish music, and traditional Irish cuisine provided by local Irish-themed pubs. New York City has several events on Bloomsday including formal readings at Symphony Space and informal readings and music at the downtown Ulysses’ Folk House pub. Several other countries observe Bloomsday in their own ways. On Bloomsday 2011, @Ulysses was the stage for an experimental day-long tweeting of Ulysses. Starting at 0800 (Dublin time) on Thursday 16 June 2011, the aim was to explore what would happen if Ulysses was recast 140 characters at a time. In 2004, Vintage Publishers issued Yes I said yes I will yes: A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsday. It is one of the few monographs that details the increasing popularity of Bloomsday. The book’s title comes from the novel’s famous last lines. In 1956, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were married by special licence of the Archbishop of Canterbury at St George the Martyr Church, Holborn, on 16 June, in honour of Bloomsday. Seamus Sweeney’s short story “Bloomsday 3004” is a description of a future in which Bloomsday continues to be celebrated, however its origins are completely forgotten and it is now a quasi-religious folk ritual. Pat Conroy‘s 2009 novel South of Broad has numerous references to Bloomsday. In the novel by Enrique Vila-Matas Dublinesca (2010), part of the action takes place in Dublin for the Bloomsday.


On this day in 1816 Lord Bryon read Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati. These guests were Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. He was inspired to challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.


Three years ago today Bhutan became the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.


Some of the writer’s born June 16th include:

John Cleveland (1613), Salawat Yulayev (1754), Otto Eisenschiml (1880), Natalia Goncharova (1881), Murray Leinster (1896), John Howard Griffin (1920), Herbert Lichtenfeld (1927), Erich Segal (1937), Torgny Lindgren (1938), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), Mumtaz Hamid Rao (1941), Tom Wyner (1947), Scott Alexander (1963), Younus AlGohar (1970), and Ann Shoket (1972).

giant book of word search puzzles

Today we are lowering our price on the Giant Book of Word Search Puzzles. This giant book is 256 pages and appropriate for children as young as seven but enjoyed by adults. We only have one copy available so get it while you can! Here is Amazon’s description: 

Look up and down, and diagonally, too: there’s a “buried treasure” of words to uncover, hidden among the random letters. Young puzzle and language lovers can show what sharp eyes they have with this huge collection of word searches. Each one has a different theme, from Things That Fly (airplane, mosquito, flag) to Martial Arts (aikido, kickboxing), from Sundaes (caramel, cherry, yummy) to Wild Cats (cheetah, ocelot, puma). There are even 24 super School Time terms to track down. Only the best and most interesting word searches are found here–hundreds of them–and so are the answers, in the back, for anyone who needs a little help.




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