Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
Mark Twain


June is Camping Month, and time to stock up on marshmallows! Pack the tent or stock the caravan, and head out into the countryside. Get away from desks, television and the internet for a couple of days and experience the tranquility of camping out in the open world. The North Face presents National Camping Month to inspire and encourage individuals, and their families and friends to embrace the outdoors in the simplest form – sleeping beneath the open skies. All month long, visit NeverStopExploring.com and @thenorthface on Twitter for giveaways, guest blogs and tips on how to get outside this June. Whether it’s a week-long trip to the mountains or simply setting up a tent in the backyard, National Camping Month sets no boundaries.


Autistic Pride Day, an Aspies for Freedom initiative, is a celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum on June 18 each year. Autistic pride recognises the innate potential in all people, including those on the autism spectrum. In June, the organisations around the world celebrate Autistic Pride Day, with events around the world, to persuade “neuro-typicals”, people not on the autism spectrum, that autistic people are “unique individuals” who should not be seen as cases for treatment.” Autistic pride asserts that autistic people have a unique set of characteristics that provide them many rewards and challenges. Although autism is an expression of neurodiversity, some people promoting Autistic pride believe that some of the difficulties that they experience are as the result of societal issues. For instance, campaigns to gain funding for autism related organizations promote feelings of pity. Researchers and people with high-functioning autism have contributed to a shift in attitudes away from the notion that autism is a deviation from the norm that must be treated or cured, and towards the view that autism is a difference rather than a disability.


Today is International Panic Day, not to be confused with International Picnic Day, which is also observed today. International Panic Day is a day for everyone to be worried and concerned. We’re not sure what is so big, and so widespread, to create an international incident of this magnitude. This is not the only day to be paniced. The month of March also has a Panic Day. Let’s face it. Stress is just part of our lives. But because everyone handles stress differently, it’s important to learn how to better manage the stress in your life. Prolonged stress can lead to a variety of issues, including panic attacks which are “sudden episodes of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.” It’s estimated that 60 million American adults will suffer from panic attacks at some point in their lives. And if you’ve ever had one, you know how scary they can be. And to make matters worse, once you’ve had one, you worry about having another one. In honor of International Panic Day, take a moment out of your hectic schedule and do something just for you? Why not kick back with a great book or go on a relaxing picnic with friends or family?


As mentioned, it is International Picnic Day. This informal food holiday is celebrated by eating in an outdoor location. The origin of the concept of a picnic may have been the social banquets held outdoors by wealthy people in medieval times. The earliest picnic gatherings were also probably related to an outdoor feast held after a successful hunt. In reality, any individual, couple, family, or group who ever enjoyed eating outdoors for any reason was having a picnic, whether or not they had a specific word for it at the time. It is possible that International Picnic Day has been developed and promoted as a way to create a uniform worldwide picnic celebration. During the Victorian era, picnics were very important social occasions. They offered the rare opportunity for young men and women to spend time together in the great outdoors. They were also quite elaborate. A picnic for twenty people might feature cold salmon, lamb, veal, chicken, ham, pigeon pie, sandwiches, fruit, a selection of cheeses, and a variety of baked goods! The modern-day picnic is much less complicated. In fact, the phrase “it’s a picnic” means “it’s easy.”


Today is Go Fishing Day. It’s a day to go out and bring home a healthy, tasty, meal for the family. Fishing is hard work. The pressure to bring home a “mess of fish” to feed the family is almost unbearable. After all, as the “Hunter-gatherer” of the family, you need to bring home the meal, or the family might starve. Celebrate today, on the shore or in a boat, with a fishing pole in one hand, and your favorite beverage in the other. And, don’t go home until you have caught your limit! With fishing as a recreational sport on the up in younger generations, there’s never been more locations to have a go at certain types of fishing.


Today is International Sushi Day. Celebrate one of the original “fast foods”! Not only is Sushi delicious, its also an art form meant to be appreciated and worthy of celebration. Once a means of preserving fish in Southeast Asia, Sushi has now become a popular dish and experience enjoyed by people of all ages at restaurants around the world. Try something new! Sushi really has nothing to do with raw fish. It refers to the vinegar-seasoned rice used in making what we refer to as sushi. There are SO many types of this dish that are generically (often wrongly) called “sushi”. Sashimi is simply slices of raw fish (often salmon or tuna). It is not served with the sushi rice. Nigiri is made from forming a handful of rice into a mound, and placing a piece of seafood over the top. Maki rolls are made from wrapping sushi rice and various fillings inside a seaweed wrapper. Maki rolls have had the most variations created in Western society. For example, the “California Roll” is made with avocado, imitation crab and cucumber. There is also the inside-out California Roll that has the rice on the outside. The “Philadelphia Roll” has smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber. the “Texas Roll” has tuna, avocado, cucumber, and is rolled in crushed French fried onions.


It is National Splurge Day. National Splurge Day is a day to treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. Isn’t that a great thing? Maybe, you’re on a diet, and that special dessert is too many calories. Maybe, you want to buy a steak, and the budget is a little tight. Toss out the reservations, and go for it today. Celebrate this day to the fullest degree. Treat yourself to whatever you want and to excess . For, this is a day to splurge. Do so without worry or concern…until tomorrow. This holiday was created by Adrienne Koopersmith in 1994, to support splurging of all sorts. So whether you’re a terrible shopaholic, aching for that brownie a la mode, ready for a day at the spa, or something else entirely, go ahead and splurge (You can blame it on the holiday). Today would be the perfect opportunity to buy that something you’ve been wanting but were afraid you might regret it and feel guilty later. Can’t feel bad if it’s a holiday, right? Now, this doesn’t mean you should hit the stores and shop ‘til you drop or until your wallet is empty, simply buy that item you’ve been eyeing or needing for a while.


The U.S. Congress delared war on the United Kingdom on June 18, 1812.


On June 18, 1928, Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. At the time she was a passenger; Wilmer Stultz was the pilot and Lou Gordon was the mechanic.


Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space thirty years ago today.


On June 18, 1996, Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.


Some of the writers born June 18th include:

Ivan Goncharov (1812), E.W. Scripps (1854), George Essex Evans (1863), Raymond Radiguet (1903), Frithjof Schuon (1907), Sylvia Field Porter (1913), Robert Kanigher (1915), Tom Wicker (1926), Geoffrey Hill (1932), Jean-Claude Germain (1939), Roger Ebert (1942), Russell Ash (1946), Chris Van Allsburg (1949), Mohammed Al-Sager (1951), Richard Powers (1957), Steve Murphy (1960), Angela Johnson (1961), and Christopher Largen (1969).

The Penguin Anthology of 20th centyr american poetry

This week our sale is The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. We have one copy of this 656 page hardcover book. Our copy is still in its original shrink wrap. Amazon gives the following description:

Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.


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