Monday, June 17, 2013

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 
― Madeleine L’Engle


June is Professional Wellness Month, sometimes called National Employee Wellness Month. This is an annual initiative that helps business leaders learn how companies are successfully engaging employees in healthy lifestyles. It showcases how prevention, coupled with supportive social communities like the workplace, can improve employee health and productivity, lower healthcare costs, and create a healthy workplace culture. Created in 2009 by Virgin HealthMiles in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by these organizations and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork. Employers should show they care about each employee’s well-being, encourage less stressful professional practices, and help employees become more efficient.



The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17th. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme. The theme of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification is drought and water scarcity. Freshwater is valuable. Of all the water on Earth, only 2.5 per cent is freshwater. And of all this freshwater, the total usable supply for ecosystems and humans is less than 1 per cent. When demand for water exceeds available supply, it results in water scarcity. Drylands are particularly vulnerable to water scarcity. The projected intensification of freshwater scarcity will cause greater stresses in drylands. While each person needs at least 2,000 cubic meters of water for human well-being and sustainable development every year, on average, people in the drylands have access to only 1,300 cubic meters. The goal of the 2013 World Day to Combat Desertification is to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in the drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of post Rio+20 agenda, as well as the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. This year’s slogan, “Don’t let our future dry up” calls for everyone to take action to promote preparedness and resilience to water scarcity, desertification and drought. The slogan embodies the message that we are all responsible for water and land conservation and sustainable use, and that there are solutions to these serious natural resource challenges. Land degradation does not have to threaten our future.


Today is International Ride to Work Day. Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate many things: The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians; that motorcyclists are from all occupations and walks of life; that motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities; that motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation; and that motorcycling is a social good. Ride to Work Day was inspired by “Work to Ride – Ride to Work'” marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a Minnesota based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing. In 1992 these items inspired motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau to write an editorial calling for a national ride to work day. The first annual Ride to Work Day event was proposed in Road Rider magazine (now titled Motorcycle Consumer News) in the May 1992 issue. This is an excerpt from that “Ride to Work” editorial: “You may remember several months ago when Bob Carpenter, commenting in his ‘Two Up’ column, mentioned how neat he thought it would be if there was one day a year when everyone who owned a motorcycle used it to ride to work. That comment was prompted by a T-shirt produced by Aerostich RiderWear that simply said, ‘Work To Ride, Ride To Work.’ Everyone seemed to think that a national ‘Ride To Work’ day was one heck of a good idea.” The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22nd, 1992. For several years various motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day. These early advocates included Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. The event continued to grow as an informal grass roots demonstration every year until 2000. That year a non-profit organization, Ride to Work was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day. The first Ride to Work Day event led by this group was the third Wednesday in July of 2001. This day was the annual day until 2008, when it was changed to the Third Monday In June. This change was made to climatically better accommodate riders world-wide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.


Sir Francis Drake claimed a land he called Nova Albion for England on June 17, 1579. The area he claimed is modern California.



The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on this day in 1885.


On June 17, 1901, the College Board introduced its first standardized test, the forerunner of the SAT.


Today is the 50th anniversary of when the United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against allowing the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer in public schools.


President Richard Nixon declared the U.S. War on Drugs on this day in 1971.


During the Watergate scandal, on June 17, 1972, five White House operatives were arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican Party to illegally wiretap the opposition.


Following a televised low-speed highway chase on June 17, 1994, O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.


Some of the writers born June 17th include:

Henrik Wergeland (1808), Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810), Henry Lawson (1867), James Weldon Johnson (1871), Carl Van Vechten (1880), Maurice Cloche (1907), John Hersey (1914), Wally Wood (1927), Roger Steffens (1942), Newt Gingrich (1943), Art Bell (1945), Peter Rosei (1946), Linda Chavez (1947), Starhawk (1951), Gail Jones (1955), Mohammed Ghazy Al-Akhras (1966), Will Forte (1970), Michael Showalter (1970), Christian Claudio (1973), and Jeph Jacques (1980).

freshwater fishing

Schools are out, kids are home, the weather is nice. How about going Freshwater Fishing? We have the Kids’ Guides hardcover book Freshwater Fishing by Tim Seeberg at a reduced price this week. This books is for ages 8 and up. This book gives the basics of freshwater fishing, making it easy to understand. The equipment needed, how to tie knots and cast, and how to stay safe are all covered in this book. Has color photos with enthusiastic-looking young people and family groups.

escape reality open book

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