Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I cannot live without books.”
― Thomas Jefferson


Today is World Sickle Cell Day. This day is recognized globally and was created by the United Nations by resolution. The U.N recognizes that sickle-cell anaemia is one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases, that is has severe physical, psychological and social consequences for those affected and their families, and that in its homozygote form it is one of the most lethal genetic diseases. There is a need for greater international cooperation to facilitate access to education, management, surveillance and treatment for SCD. The World Health Organization (WHO) has started work to promote a world wide agenda to address hemoglobin dysfunctions. The World Sickle Cell day is celebrated across the globe with special emphasis in African Nations and Asia. The celebrations include a press, media campaigns, music shows, cultural activities, and talk shows. The main emphasis is on educating medical professionals, care givers, and associated personnel about prevention, research, and resources to minimize the complications due to sickle cell disease.


Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings; a time for reflection and rejoicing. A time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation –which has become official January 1, 1863. Today, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place along side older organizations – all with the mission to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. As of June 2012, 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or special day of observance. Ralph Ellison‘s second novel Juneteeth deals with this holiday and its traditions. Carolyn Meyer’s novel Jubilee Journey is the story of one young biracial girl celebrating Juneteenth with her relatives in Texas, while also learning to be proud of her African-American heritage. Ann Rinaldi’s historical novel Come Juneteenth is the story of how Juneteenth came to be, and follows the life of a plantation-owner’s young, white daughter in Texas during the Civil War whose family faces tragedy after her mulatto half-sister runs away when learning she was lied to about being free.


World Sauntering Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the 19th of June each year. World Sauntering Day is a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go. You can spend your life walking through life, jogging through life, or being dragged through life. But, life is far more enjoyable, if you saunter through it. Its doubly true if you saunter with a friend or loved one. Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot, or run. Sauntering is a form of strolling. Sauntering is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement from point A to Point B. The dictionary defines sauntering as walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly. Now, doesn’t this sound like a grand way to get around? On World Sauntering Day, practice your sauntering technique. Saunter everywhere you go. This day was created in the 1970’s by W. T. Rabe at Mackinac Island, Michigan while he was the Public Relations Director for a hotel on the island. Rabe was well known for his publicity stunts. The purpose is to remind us to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.


The Tasmanian Devil, often referred to as Taz, is an animated cartoon character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons. The character appeared in only five shorts, before Warner Bros. Cartoons closed down in 1964, but marketing and television appearances later propelled the character to new popularity in the 1990s. In 1991, Taz got his own show,Taz-Mania, which ran for three seasons, in which he was the protagonist. Why are we bringing this up? Today is Taz’s birthday. He is known for his verious appetite. This appetite serves as the impetus for the animated short Devil May Hare, Taz’s first appearance, which was released June 19, 1954. All five of the original Tasmanian Devil cartoons are included in Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 as is “The Fright Before Christmas”. In 1997, a newspaper report noted that Warner Brothers had “trademarked the character and registered the name Tasmanian Devil”, and that this trademark “was policed”, including an eight year legal case to allow a Tasmanian company to call a fishing lure the Tasmanian Devil. Debate followed, and a delegation from the Tasmanian government met with Warner Bros. Ray Groom, the Tourism Minister, later announced that a “verbal agreement” had been reached. An annual fee would be paid to Warner Bros in return for the Government of Tasmania being able to use the image of Taz for “marketing purposes”. This agreement later disappeared. After much lobbying from the Tasmanian state government in Australia, Warner Bros. decided to assist the fight against extinction of the Tasmanian Devil due to devil facial tumour disease. The deal with Warner Bros. allows the Tasmanian Government to manufacture and sell up to 5000 special edition Taz plush toys with all profit going towards funding scientific research into the Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The deal also aims to increase public attention towards the threatening disease.


Another cartoon character is celebrating a birthday today. Today is Garfield the Cat Day. Garfield debuted on this day in 1978. Garfield was created by Jim Davis. The comic strip that has been published since June 19, 1978, chronicles the life of the title title character, his owner Jon Arbuckle, and John’s dog, Odie. As of 2013 it is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. Common themes in the strip include Garfield’s laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays and diets. The strip’s focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but recurring minor characters appear as well. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action films and three CGI animated direct-to-video movies. In 1981, less than three years after its release, the strip appeared in 850 newspapers and accumulated over $15 million in merchandise. To manage the merchandise, Davis founded Paws, Inc.

Garfield was born June 19, 1978, in the kitchen of Mamma Leoni’s Italian Restaurant weighing 5 lbs and 6 ounces at birth and loved Lasagna the day he was born. Ever since then, it has always been his favorite food. However, the restaurant owner of Mamma Leoni’s Italian restaurant had to choose between keeping Garfield or closing down his restaurant due to a lack of pasta; so Garfield was sold to a pet shop. On Garfield’s 25th anniversary in 2003, several strips were featured with him interacting with the version of him from 1978.


The first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played June 19, 1846, under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey‘s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.


On June 19, 1862, the U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.


The Communications Act of 1934 established the United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 19, 1934.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved June 19, 1964 after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.


Some of the writers born June 19th inlcude:

Gustav Schwab (1792), Sam Walter Foss (1858), Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes (1884), Laura Z. Hobson (1900), Osamu Dazai (1909), Anthony of Sourozh (1914), Julius Schwartz (1915), Pauline Kael (1919), Charlie Drake (1925), Barry Took (1928), José Sanchis Grau (1932), Jeff Moss (1942), Salman Rushdie (1947), John Ralston Saul (1947), Laura Ingraham (1964), Thomas Breitling (1969), and Lara Spencer (1969).


Today we remember Sir William Golding. The English novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate is best remembered for his novel Lord of the Flies. He was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogyTo the Ends of the Earth. In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Golding married Ann Brookfield, an analytic chemist, in September 1939 and they had two children, Judith and David. William Golding joined the Royal Navy in 1940. At the war’s end, he returned to teaching and writing.

Soon after Golding’s third novel, Template: The Spire (1964), had been published, critical opinion was divided, and the author hoped for a positive boost from the BBC. But the programme turned sour with a vehement review. In retrospect, it marked the beginning of more than a decade in which Golding underwent a profound personal and artistic crisis, drove his wife and children to the brink of despair, and began the obsessive compilation of an extraordinary dream diary that charted his pain. Over more than 20 years, the diary’s volumes would run to thousands of pages and some 2m words. The grim and protracted aftermath of The Spire’s troubled publication was all the more poignant because, as a batch of recently discovered colour photographs demonstrates, the 1950s had seen Golding enjoying some of his happiest, most carefree years.

In 1985, Golding and his wife moved to Tullimaar House at Perranarworthal, near Truro, Cornwall, where he died of heart failure, eight years later, on June 19, 1993. He left the draft of a novel, The Double Tongue, set in ancient Delphi, which was published posthumously. He is survived by his daughter, the author Judy Golding, and his son David, who still lives at Tullimaar House.

Golding’s often allegorical fiction makes broad use of allusions to classical literature, mythology, and Christian symbolism. No distinct thread unites his novels (unless it be a fundamental pessimism about humanity), and the subject matter and technique vary. However his novels are often set in closed communities such as islands, villages, monasteries, groups of hunter-gatherers, ships at sea or a pharaoh’s court.

Hagen Renaker Through the years

We have a Schiffer Book for Collectors for you today: Hagen Renaker Through the Years by Nancy Kelly. The copy of this 160 page paperback we have is signed by the author and we have reduced our price for one week only. Amazon description:

The Hagen-Renaker pottery company of California was founded in the garage of John and Maxine Renaker in the mid-1940s. They vigorously pursued the dream of having their own pottery company, creating appealing, yet affordable, figurines, along with a few table pieces. Their dream blossomed into reality, and the business has grown over the years, a testament to the desirability and durability of their creations. Here are the unique products the company produced as it grew, illustrating how it and the designers who worked there evolved and matured. It presents hundreds of charming Hagen-Renaker creations, from their realistic horses to whimisical or stylized animals in many varieties. Also included are some fabulous test pieces, a chapter dedicated to identifying and dating Hagen-Renaker pieces, and a current price guide. This invaluable guide identifies the period in which these items were created, and gives tips for recognizing Hagen-Renaker models and the imitations that have followed.


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