Thursday, June 27, 2013

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― 
Oscar Wilde

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To focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married, June 27th is Decide to Be Married Day. Based on the poem “Decide to Be Married”: “It’s in the deciding to be united in love, to express your joyful oneness to every person you meet, and in every action you take and together a perfect marriage you’ll make.” As celebration days go, this one has a pretty clear call to action. One of you needs to propose to the other (getting down on one knee being purely optional). Then, hopefully, your other half will accept that proposal, and you can pop the champagne, excitedly call everyone you know and start making plans for your big day. No one is saying that couples should just decide to get married on a whim. Such a lack of forethought will only lead to an increase in the divorce rate. However, for those who are already in a loving, strong relationship and who have been seriously contemplating marriage, maybe the presence of Decide to Be Married Day is just what’s needed to bring an end to needless procrastination.

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With the modernisation of industry, a move from manufacturing to consumerism and a general shift in global market operations, industrial processes and businesses are much less common than they used to be. As such, it’s easy to overlook just how big a part industry still plays, and how many people are employed by industrial organisations working in industrial roles. Industrial Workers Of The World Day on June 27th draws attention to these workers, and to their importance in producing the goods that we consume and rely on.

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Elton John has over a thousand pairs, Canadian singer Corey Hart only wears his at night, and you can tell the good guys from the bad guys in The Matrix by the shape of theirs. What are we talking about? Sunglasses, of course! There’s nothing quite as stylish as a pair of shades, so get out your aviators or your wayfarers and start celebrating Sunglasses Day! Although the origins of Sunglasses Day are unknown, the history of sunglasses stretches far back. During the prehistoric era, the Inuit people used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. In 14th century China judges used eyewear made of smoke-coloured quartz to mask their emotions. Fast-forward 600 years and modern sunglasses as we know them today were first marketed by entrepreneur Sam Foster on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses. One other thing to remember is that sunglasses also help protect your eyes from harmful UV light, so channel your inner-cool and slip on those shades on Sunglasses Day! Sunglasses are quite possibly the most important fashion accessory of the entire summer season.

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Helen Keller Day is a commemorative holiday honoring Helen Keller as authorized by President Jimmy Carter in the year 1980, her 100th birthday. The holiday is celebrated on June 27 per the presidential proclamation. According to the Scranton City Paper, the holiday has been used as a fund-raiser by the Lackawanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind in Scranton, Pennsylvania in Helen Keller’s honor. Named for a true innovator in accessibility, Helen Keller Day is a community-event that explores how and why to employ, educate, entertain, and engage everyone through virtual worlds. Helen Keller Day is a day set aside for information acquisition, education, exploration of employment opportunities, social engagement, and enjoyment of arts and entertainment. No one is immune from the feeling that they are excluded or unable to participate fully. Knowing how to include someone with a disability, and make them feel welcome, is an important social skill, and a small but significant kindness that we can all benefit from and feel good about. Learning how to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities avails business owners and managers of the services of a large pool of highly qualified, dedicated, and reliable workers that are an asset in many business settings.

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Happy National Handshake Day! Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people. Did you know that handshakes have been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.? Many researchers believe that the handshake originated in the Western world. It was a gesture of peace, demonstrated by the fact that the hands held no weapons. Today, a handshake is offered upon meeting or parting. It is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations. Many people believe that a handshake reveals something about the character of the person who gives it. A firm handshake reflects a confident personality while a floppy handshake reveals a shy one. Proper handshaking is the gateway to the prospective business deal. Hand shaking is the vehicle of conveying message of trust, friendliness and warmth. Proper handshaking is the means of making person ensured how much confidence you have in you. The problem is that when we shake hands we are potentially exposing ourselves, and the other person, to germs. By extension if we shake hands with someone who has a cold or is spreading bacteria anything we touch shares those germs; door knobs, papers, telephones, our noses and eyes, even our food. Be friendly, shake hands but keep your self as healthy as possible.

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National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 2005. This day was established as an annual observance to promote HIV testing. This is a particularly important time for YOU to get involved! Take the Test, Take Control. Too many people don’t know they have HIV. In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. Across the country, thousands of HIV testing sites, state and local health departments, and community-based HIV/AIDS service providers will participate in NHTD events, by holding health fairs, providing community and media outreach, hosting special testing-related events or operating extended hours. Some of these events may be scheduled in the days and weeks surrounding NHTD. NHTD organizers will also reach out to communities at increased risk of HIV infection, including African American and Latino populations, both of which are disproportionately affected with HIV when compared to other demographic groups in the United States. The campaign also highlights the HIVtest.org website, which allows users to locate HIV testing sites in their area. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years of age be HIV-tested at least once as part of their regular health screening. Pregnant women should also undergo testing as part of their routine prenatal check-up at each pregnancy to help prevent passing HIV to their babies. The CDC also suggests yearly testing for those at higher risk for HIV, such as intravenous drugs users, people who exchange sex for money or drugs, gay and bisexual men, or people with multiple sex partners. Consult with a healthcare provider to find an HIV testing center, or find a place to be tested in the community. You can find the location of local HIV testing sites by entering your zip code at this website, http://hivtest.org/, or you can text your zip code to “KNOW IT” (566948), or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) 24 hours per day. All of these resources are free and confidential. AIDS is a global epidemic. The CDC first recognized AIDS in 1981, but diagnostic testing and treatment has improved drastically over the last 30 years. The extent and quality of life in patients with HIV/AIDS can be drastically improved. However, high-risk behavior is still prevalent in some communities and continued testing, diagnosis and treatment remains a national health objective.

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The first solo circumnavigation of the globe was completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia on June 27, 1898.

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The United States decided on this day in 1950 to send troops to fight in the Korean War.

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On June 27, 1985, the U.S. Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System after it had been replaced in its etirety by the Interstate Highway System.

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Some of the writers born June 27th include:

Manikkavacakar (862), Louise von François (1817), Lafcadio Hearn (1850), Kate Carew (1869), Emma Goldman (1869), Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872), Helen Keller (1880), Gaston Bachelard (1884), Lewis Bernstein Namier (1888), Vernon Watkins (1906), Catherine Cookson (1906), João Guimarães Rosa (1908), Robert Aickman (1914), Grace Lee Boggs (1915), James Lincoln Collier (1928), Peter Maas (1929), Lucille Clifton (1936), Kirkpatrick Sale (1937), Tommy Cannon (1938), Ivan Doig (1939), James P. Hogan (1941), Anita Diamant (1951), Alice McDermott (1953), Scott Cunningham (1956), Dan Jurgens (1959), Igor Kusin (1963), J. J. Abrams (1966), Jo Frost (1971), Dawud Wharnsby (1972), and Tanay Chheda (1996).

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In honor of Helen Keller Day we are temporarily lowering our already low price on The Miracle Worker: A Play by William Gibson. This is the unforgettable, inspiring story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, the woman who set her free.

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Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
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