Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.”
― 
Gail Carson LevineWriting Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

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Today is Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day. Have you ever heard of a wakrapuku, a Javanese bonang or a kaval? These are all types of musical instruments used around the world that, although rare here in America, are still widely used today. Many play an important role in the history and culture of their region. Spend a few minutes learing about an uncommon musical instrument today.

The History of Musical Instruments

 

In honor of Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day we are lowering the price of the paperback book by Curt Sachs called The History of Musical Instruments (Dover Books on Music). We have a couple of new copies of this 560 page book still in stock. Amazon gives the following description:

 

Written by one of the world’s most distinguished musicologists, this is the first comprehensive history of musical instruments. It traces their evolution from prehistoric to modern times, combining scholarship with insight in a remarkable fusion of music, anthropology, and the fine arts. Includes 24 plates and 167 illustrations.

 

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Today is Harry Potter‘s birthday. It is also the birthday of his creator, J.K. Rowling. Enjoy some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans today and read (or re-read) some of the books. Or perhaps do a marathon watching of the films

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July 31 is Mutts Day — a day when we can pull out all the canine stops and show our precious mixed breed pups that they are special, too. By definition a mutt, sometimes called a “Halfbreed”, is a dog that is of mixed breed. They come from two to several breeds. Purebred owners, and sometimes the public in general, view them as lesser in many ways. Mutt owners know better. They value the diversity and uniqueness of their mutts. Sure, a mutt doesn’t carry the expensive price tag that a purebred with papers has on its head. To the mutt owner, however, the mutt is invaluable. In addition, mutts don’t walk around needing to prove anything. You won’t see them strutting around any dog shows trying to prove they are the best.

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On this day in 1964, Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up photographs of the moon. The images were 1,000 times clearer than anything every seen from earth-bound telescopes.

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Some of the writers born July 31st include:

Peter Rosegger (1843), Premchand (1880), Herbert W. Armstrong (1892), Brett Halliday (1904), Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (1909), Irv Kupcinet (1912), Primo Levi (1919), Gilles Carle (1929), Lynne Reid Banks (1929), Cees Nooteboom (1933), Yvon Deschamps (1935), Carol J. Clover (1940), Jonathan Dimbleby (1944), João Barreiros (1952), Andrew Marr (1959), J. K. Rowling (1965), Mark Cuban (1968), Ahmad Akbarpour (1970), Dave Wedge (1970), and Giorgos Kapoutzidis (1972).

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Today we remember two authors on the anniversary of their passing.

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Poul Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories.

He received numerous awards for his writing. He earned a B.A. in physics with honors but made no real attempt to work as a physicist.

Anderson married Karen Kruse in 1953. Their daughter Astrid is now married to science fiction author Greg Bear.

Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital. A few of his novels were first published posthumously.

Anderson was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers’ Guild of America. Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy.

Anderson is probably best known for adventure stories in which larger-than-life characters succeed gleefully or fail heroically. His characters were nonetheless thoughtful, often introspective, and well developed. His plot lines frequently involved the application of social and political issues in a speculative manner appropriate to the science fiction genre. Much of his science fiction is thoroughly grounded in science (with the addition of unscientific but standard speculations such as faster-than-light travel).

In his numerous books and stories depicting conflict in science-fictional or fantasy settings, Anderson takes trouble to make both sides’ points of view comprehensible. Even where there can be no doubt as to whose side the author is on, the antagonists are usually not depicted as villains but as honorable on their own terms.

Philip K. Dick’s story “Waterspider” features Poul Anderson as one of the main characters. In the opening of S.M. Stirling‘s novel In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, a group of science fiction authors, including Poul Anderson, watch first contact with the book’s Martians while attending an SF convention. Poul supplies the beer.

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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer known, as Gore Vidal, for essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. As a well-known public intellectual, he was known for his patrician manner and witty aphorisms. As well known for his essays as his novels, Vidal wrote for The Nation, New Statesman, the New York Review of Books and Esquire.

Vidal always rejected the terms of “homosexual” and “heterosexual” as inherently false, claiming that the vast majority of individuals had the potential to be pansexual. His screenwriting credits included the epic historical drama Ben-Hur (1959), into which he claimed he had written a “gay subplot.” Ben-Hur won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Vidal wrote several mystery novels in the early 1950s under the pseudonym Edgar Box. He wrote plays, films, and television series. For six decades, Gore Vidal applied himself to a wide variety of sociopolitical, sexual, historical and literary themes.

Vidal had affairs with both men and women. The novelist Anaïs Nin claimed an involvement with Vidal in her memoir The Diary of Anaïs Nin but Vidal denied it in his memoir Palimpsest. Vidal also discussed having dalliances with people such as actress Diana Lynn, and alluded to the possibility that he may have a daughter. He was briefly engaged to Joanne Woodward, before she married Paul Newman; after eloping, the couple shared a house with Vidal in Los Angeles for a short time. In 1950, he met his long-term partner Howard Austen.

Vidal was an atheist, and humanist, and in 2009 was named honorary president of the American Humanist Association. Vidal died at his home in Hollywood Hills, California, at about 6:45 p.m. July 31, 2012, of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

At the time of his death, he was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II, including J. D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, and Joseph Heller. Perhaps best remembered for his caustic wit, he has been described as the 20th century’s answer to Oscar Wilde.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”
― 
Voltaire

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We want to hear from you! We’ve got some ideas on how to improve our blog and our website but we want to hear what people want. Some changes to the blog are coming very soon including the occasional giveaway. The website will be redesigned in the next few months as we are currently looking at how to do that most effectively. What are your opinions on Village Book Shop? What would you like to see on our website, blog, Facebook and elsewhere from us?

Of God and Pelicans

Today we have a paperback by Jay B. McDaniel for you. We are reducing the price for this week only on Of God and Pelicans: A Theology of Reverence for Life. Amazon gives the following description:

Jay McDaniel’s book discusses the understanding of God’s relationship to all living things, the foundations and guidelines for a life-centered ethic, the understanding of Christian spirituality, and feminism. It is a powerful statement on justice, peace, and respect for the integrity of all creation.

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July 30th is Paperback Book Day. Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic.

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National Cheesecake Day is today. As food holidays go, this is one of the tastiest of treats. Despite being a rich, high calorie, and cholesterol filled, cheesecake is a very popular dessert. Why? Because it tastes so good. It is enjoyed plain, or with your favorite fruit topping. Enjoy the day with a piece of cheesecake, along with your favorite topping. If you have time, make the cheesecake yourself.

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Today is Father-In-Law Day, a day that honors that loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.


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The first cartoon short to use Technicolor as well as being the first Academy Award winning cartoon short was Walt Disney‘s Flowers and Trees which premiered on this day in 1932.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized In God we trust as the U.S. national motto on July 30, 1956.

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Medicare and Medicaid were established on this day in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Some of the writers born July 30th include:

Giorgio Vasari (1511), Samuel Rogers (1763), Emily Brontë (1818), Chaim Aronson (1825), Salvador Novo (1904), C. Northcote Parkinson (1909), Michael Morris (1914), Berniece Baker Miracle (1919), Alexander Trocchi (1925), Patrick Modiano (1945), Anna Panayiotopoulou (1947), Richard Linklater (1960), Alton Brown (1962), Lisa Kudrow (1963), Christopher Nolan (1970), Graham Nicholls (1975), Cherie Priest (1975), Diana Bolocco (1977), and Maya Nasser (1979).

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Today we remember Maeve Binchy Snell. Known as Maeve Binchy, she was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columist, and speaker best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature and her often clever surprise endings. Her novels, which were translated into 37 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death, announced on Irish television late on 30 July 2012, was mourned as the passing of Ireland’s best-loved and most recognisable writer. Her books have outsold those of other Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. She cracked the U.S. market, featuring on The New York Times best-seller list and in Oprah’s Book Club. Recognised for her “total absence of malice” and generosity to other writers, she finished ahead of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Stephen King in a 2000 poll for World Book Day. In 2002, Binchy “suffered a health crisis related to a heart condition”, which inspired her to write Heart and Soul. The book about (what Binchy terms) “a heart failure clinic” in Dublin and the people involved with it, reflects many of her own experiences and observations in the hospital. She suffered with severe arthritis, which left her in constant pain. As a result of the arthritis she had a hip operation. A year ago today the 72 year old Binchy succumbed to illness. Her husband was by her side. In all, Binchy published 16 novels, four short-story collections, a play and a novella. Her first book was rejected five times. She would later describe these rejections as “a slap in the face […] It’s like if you don’t go to a dance you can never be rejected but you’ll never get to dance either”. Binchy announced in 2000 that she would not tour any more of her novels, but would instead be devoting her time to other activities and to her husband, Gordon Snell. Binchy wrote several dramas specifically for radio and the silver screen. Additionally, several of her novels and short stories were adapted for radio, film, and television.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.”
― 
John BergerKeeping a Rendezvous

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July is nearly over and we have some new ideas to look forward to in August. We strive to always be improving. Let us know what you want to see here. Would you like us to do giveaways? You want shorter posts? Longer posts? Different content? Let us know. We want to provide the content that YOU, our dear readers, want to see. Leave us a comment here or contact us by email or facebook and let us know!

the fat reswistance diet

Today’s deal of the day is on the hardcover book The Fat Resistance Diet: Unlock the Secret of the Hormone Leptin to: Eliminate Cravings, Supercharge Your Metabolism, Fight Inflammation, Lose Weight & Reprogram Your Body to Stay Thin by Leo Galland. Amazon’s description is as follows:

No more counting carbs, calories, or fat grams! This revolutionary diet plan works with your hormones to curb your appetite, boost your metabolism, take weight off—and never put it on again.

Cutting-edge scientific research shows that losing weight is not about carbs, calories, or even willpower—it’s about a hormone called leptin and how it functions in your body. Leptin is your body’s natural weight-loss mechanism: it curbs your appetite and jump-starts your metabolism. And when those hormones are working properly, they make you literally fat resistant! You will lose weight effortlessly and efficiently, and never gain those pounds back.

A leading expert in the field of nutritional medicine, Dr. Leo Galland knows that if you’ve struggled to lose weight on diet after diet but still can’t shake those excess pounds, chances are you are “leptin resistant”—your body no longer responds to leptin, making it impossible to slim down, no matter what size portions or how few carbs you eat. But here’s the good news: by adding the right foods to your diet, you can quickly reverse leptin resistance and reprogram your body to start melting away the pounds.

The Fat Resistance Diet is the first weight-loss plan designed specifically to combat leptin resistance, using a unique combination of anti-inflammatory and hormone-balancing foods to get your hormones working again. Used by hundreds of Dr. Galland’s patients with remarkable results, the three-phase regimen includes:
STAGE 1: A fourteen-day starter program that delivers a loss of ten to fourteen pounds in the first two weeks. Inflammation-fighting superfoods work to trigger rapid weight loss and set your hormones straight.
STAGE 2: A ninety-day plan that builds on the benefits of Stage 1 and delivers a loss of at least five pounds a month. You can enjoy a greater variety of foods while still keeping your hormones working overtime.
STAGE 3: Sustainable for life, the meal plans in this phase keep your hormones doing their job, even after you reach your target weight, and offer an expanded, flavorful menu.

With delicious recipes that are rich in healing carbs, healing fats, and powerful phytonutrients, the diet is a breeze to stick with—there are no hard-to-find ingredients, no expensive supplements, and no complicated proportions to figure out. Best of all, when you make the Fat Resistance Diet part of your life, your hormones will do your weight-loss work for you! This groundbreaking program at last reveals the true secret to weight loss success, and will transform you from a chronic dieter into a lean, fat-fighting machine.

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National Lasagna Day is today. We hope you have a big appetite. Sure, it’s July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot hotter. But as it cooks, the smell will waft throughout the house. Your mouth will begin to water. When dinner time arrives, you will have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna. Lasagna is a favorite Italian dish. In between multiple layers of lasagna pasta are generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage. Its the favorite Italian dish of millions of Americans. If you don’t have the time or just don’t want to deal with the heat and the mess, this is a good excuse to visit your favorite Italian restaurant.


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Over a billion chicken wings are consumed each year. And in 1977 they received their own day in Buffalo, New York when then Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski proclaimed July 29 as National Chicken Wing Day. Thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed each week in Buffalo and around the world. That’s why they are called Buffalo wings. Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by Teressa Belissimo, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank Lenz. When her son, Dominic, arrived late at night unannounced with several of his friends from college, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.

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It was on this day in 1981 when a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


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Some of the writers born July 29th include:

Simon Dach (1605), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Max Nordau (1849), Booth Tarkington (1869), Eric Alfred Knudsen (1872), Don Marquis (1878), Porfirio Barba-Jacob (1883), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Dag Hammarskjöld (1905), Stanley Kunitz (1905), Diana Vreeland (1906), Chester Himes (1909), Bruce R. McConkie (1915), Edwin O’Connor (1918), Chris Marker (1921), Harry Mulisch (1927), Peter Jennings (1938), Goenawan Mohamad (1941), Sharon Creech (1945), Dean Pitchford (1951), Jean-Hugues Anglade (1955), Cynthia Rowley (1958), Ruud Janssen (1959), Chang-Rae Lee (1965), Andi Peters (1970), and Ines Gomez Mont (1983).

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air.”
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Maggie StiefvaterShiver

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July is National Make a Difference to Children Month. Find a way to make a difference to a child in your life this week. Does not have to be much, read them a book, play a game with them, take them out to eat, listen to them.

Condor

Starting today, for one week only, we are lowing the cost of the hardcover book Condor by Bernard Cohen. We only have one new copy in stock so get it while you can.

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World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. If left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. In 2013 the ‘This is hepatitis’ theme has been evolved to ‘This is hepatitis… Know it. Confront it.’ The new slogan encourages people to recognise how prevalent the condition is. It also challenges people to take steps to increase their own awareness, but also the priority of the disease worldwide.

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Today is Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day. The mission of the Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness group is to generate public awareness of Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease through recreational paddle boating in observance of Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day on the last Saturday of July each year. Being a disease of the hips, it seems most appropriate to create awareness without the use of the legs. What better way to show your support than to spend the day paddling your row boat, canoe, kayak, or raft while enjoying the outdoors! According to Mayo Clinic, “Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a childhood condition associated with a temporary loss of blood supply to part of the hip joint. Without adequate blood flow, a process can occur in which the bone becomes unstable, and may break easily and heal poorly. ”

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Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day! Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? That’s right—chocolate can make you happy! This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

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In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as ParentsDay, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children. The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love. Today is not a day of gift giving. That’s for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents doing something fun. Its also important that you let them how how much they are loved and appreciated.

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Sponsored by Savvy Auntie, Auntie’s Day, is a time to thank, honor and celebrate the aunt in a child’s life, whether she is an Auntie by Relation (ABR), Auntie by Choice (ABC), or godmother, for everything she does for a child not-her-own. On Auntie’s Day – a ‘Mother’s Day’ for aunts – aunts and godmothers will be celebrated with special activities and gifts.

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In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed a law designating July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States. This day commemorates the formation on that date in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. African-American soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. But it was not until after the war that permanent all-black regiments were established, maintaining the U.S. armed forces policy of segregation. The African-American regiments were deployed in the southwest and in the plains states to serve U.S. interests against Native American tribes, to protect important shipments, and to construct roads and trails. A longstanding debate ranges around the origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier,” with some maintaining that the nickname reflected the toughness of the soldiers and others claiming that it was a disparaging racial term used by Native Americans to describe the dark-skinned soldiers they met in battle. The segregated regiments served in the Spanish-American War, World War II, and other conflicts, before being disbanded during the 1940s and 1950s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration.

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Some of the writers born July 28th include:

Fabre d’Églantine (1750), Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844), Beatrix Potter (1866), Malcolm Lowry (1909), C. T. Vivian (1924), John Ashbery (1927), Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), Jean Roba (1930), Natalie Babbit (1932), Francis Veber (1937), Tonia Marketaki (1942), Jim Davis (1945), Fahmida Riaz (1946), Randall Wallace (1949), Shahyar Ghanbari (1950), Glenn A. Baker (1952), John Feinstein (1956), Michael Hitchcock (1958), William T. Vollmann (1959), Rachel Sweet (1962), Michael Ruhlman (1963), Jeffrey S. Williams (1971), Justin Lee Collins (1974), James Piotr Montague (1979), and Stephen Christian (1980).

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
― 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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July is Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month. Chronic fatigue and joint pain are the most common complaints of people with hemochromatosis. For this reason, the complete diagnosis is often delayed because these two symptoms are commonly seen in other diseases. Pain in the knuckles of the pointer and middle finger “The Iron Fist” is the only sign or symptom specific to hemochromatosis, but not everyone with HHC experiences the Iron Fist. Check out the http://www.hemochromatosis.org for signs, symtoms, and what tests to have your doctor run if you suspect you may have this condition.

 Lust in Translation

 

Today we have the book Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee by Pamela Druckerman. This hardcover book is just over 300 pages. Amazon gives the following description:

 

An irreverent and hilarious journey around the world to examine how and why people cheat on their spouses; this global look at infidelity reveals that Americans are uniquely mixed up about being faithful.

It’s an adulterous world out there. Russian husbands and wives don’t believe that beach-resort flings violate their marital vows. Japanese businessmen, armed with the aphorism “If you pay, it’s not cheating,” flock to sex clubs where the extramarital services on offer include “getting oral sex without showering first.” South Africans may be the masters of creative accounting: Pollsters there had to create separate categories for men who cheat, and men who only cheat while drunk.

In America, however, there is never a free pass when it comes to infidelity. According to our national moral compass, cheating is abominable no matter what the circumstances. But do we actually behave differently than everyone else? Pamela Druckerman, a former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, decided to delve into this incredibly taboo topic. She interviews people all over the world, from retirees in South Florida to Muslim polygamists in Indonesia; from Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn to the men who keep their mistresses in a “concubine village” outside Hong Kong. Druckerman talks to psychologists, sex researchers, marriage counselors, and most of all, cheaters and the people they’ve cheated on, and concludes that Americans are the least adept at having affairs, have the most trouble enjoying them, and suffer the most in their aftermath.

Lust in Translation is a voyeuristic, statistics-packed, sometimes shocking, often hysterical, worldwide glimpse into the endlessly intriguing world of extramarital sex. It may be politically incorrect to say so, but who knew infidelity could be this fascinating?

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Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. It is the 60th anniversary.

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Today is National Day of the Cowboy. This day is observed each year on the fourth Saturday of July. Celebrate American cowboys today.


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Today, ladies and gentlemen, is Barbie-In-A-Blender Day. I am not joking, this is for real. This day is in honor of a court case victory in which a photographer beat Mattel. Mattel sued the photographer for publishing nude Barbies in awkward positions and being blenders, mixers, and other kitchen appliances.

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Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. NDD achieved national recognition when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, announced at a press conference on July 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C., that she was introducing a congressional resolution declaring the last Saturday in July to be the country’s official National Dance Day.

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Today is a day for walking. It is Take Your Houseplant For a Walk Day, Take Your Pants for a Walk Day, and Walk on Stilts day. Can you do all three at once? Whether you decide to celebrate, one, two, or all three of these today, let us know. We would like to see photos of you taking your plant and your pants for a walk…while on stilts.

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The first U.S. federal government agency was established on this day in 1789. It was called the Department of Foreign Affairs but is now called the Department of State.

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On July 27, 1890 the artist Vincent van Gogh shot himself. He died two days later.

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The Chicago Race Riot erupted on July 27, 1919 after a racial incident occurred on a South Side beach, leading to 38 fatalities and 537 injuries over a five-day period.

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Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting proved on this day in 1921 that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.

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On this day in 1981, Adam Walsh, the 6 year old son of John Walsh, was kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida. His body was found two weeks later.

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RMS Titanic Inc. began the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic on July 27, 1987.

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Some of the writers born July 27th include:

Jacob Aall (1773), Thomas Campbell (1777), Denis Davydov (1784), Alexandre Dumas (1824), Giosuè Carducci (1835), Vladimir Korolenko (1853), Hilaire Belloc (1870), Jerzy Giedroyc (1906), Joseph Mitchell (1908), Julien Gracq (1910), Rayner Heppenstall (1911), Elizabeth Hardwick (1916), Norman Lear (1922), Jack Higgins (1929), Gary Gygax (1938), Michael Longley (1939), Peter Reading (1946), Robert Rankin (1954), Ricardo Uceda (1954), Cat Bauer (1955), Maya Rudolph (1972), Cassandra Clare (1973), and Foo Swee Chin (1977).

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Friday, July 26, 2013

I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be.”
― 
Elizabeth ScottBloom

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Sandwich Generation Month is an annual commemoration and celebration of the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the sandwich generation – those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents. The annual recognition of Sandwich Generation Month is every July, with organizations and communities throughout the United States holding events to raise awareness of and provide support for members of the sandwich generation.

 

Beserk vol 28

Today we have a special book for you. Berserk, Vol. 28 is written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. This paperback is different than most of the books in our inventory. It falls into the graphic novel category. This is an adult book, not a childrens book. It contains graphic violence and sex. Amazon gives the following description:

 

Guts, the Black Swordsman, and his companions have finally arrived at the sea, where they discover a mysterious child who seems to share a special bond with Guts and his former lover, the now-mad Casca. The troupe’s brief respite at the shore offers moments for quiet introspection and deeper bonding, but such peace is always short lived where Guts is involved, and Guts must once again don the demonic Berserker Armor to take on a force of bloodthirsty beasts emerging from the once-peaceful surf, possessed by the accursed sorcery of a powerful Kushan enchanter! And who knows what will happen when internal strife pushes a member of Guts’s band unknowingly into the comforting companionship of an enemy!

 

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It’s the last weekend of July which means Garlic Days. Established in 1979, this three-day summertime celebration requires the work of 4,000 community volunteers. In 34 years of operation the Festival has entertained 3,938,036 guests and provided $9,737,763 to local non-profit organizations. Check out http://gilroygarlicfestival.com for details.

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One Voice Day” is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 1 p.m. CDT on July 26 each year. The Universal Peace Covenant is a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries and the world together in a peaceful co-existence despite our constantly changing world.

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Today, the last Friday in July, is National Talk In Elevators Day. Combine the lesson of not talking to strangers with our collective fear of public speaking, and you have an explanation for that awkward yet familiar silence found in an elevator full of people. More awkward is being in an elevator with one other person, silently. While most people seem to have no problem sharing what they had for lunch on their favorite social media, it seems nearly impossible to strike up a short conversation in an elevator. On National Talk in an Elevator Day, you are challenged to do just that. The Fun Times Guide has a fun list of things to try in an elevator.

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July 26, 2013 is the 14th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was working in the server room, monitored it for stability, set up the software, and kept backups in case anything went wrong. They installed the routers, laid the cables, configured the networks, set up the firewalls, and watched and guided the traffic for each hop of the network that runs over copper, fiber optic glass, and even the air itself to bring the Internet to your computer. All to make sure the webpage found its way from the server to your computer. A sysadmin makes sure your network connection is safe, secure, open, and working, your computer is working in a healthy way on a healthy network, takes backups to guard against disaster both human and otherwise, holds the gates against security threats and crackers, and keeps the printers going no matter how many copies of the tax code someone from Accounting prints out. A sysadmin worries about spam, viruses, spyware, but also power outages, fires and floods. A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality. So if you can read this, thank your sysadmin — and know he or she is only one of dozens or possibly hundreds whose work brings you the email from your aunt on the West Coast, the instant message from your son at college, the free phone call from the friend in Australia, and this webpage. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.

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Today is All or Nothing Day. How will your day go? Will you have it all….or nothing. (Sounds to me, a little like “Deal, or no Deal?”) How would one describe All or Nothing Day. It is certainly as day of extremes. If you’re a gambler, it’s a day to go for broke. A little drastic day, perhaps. There’s definitely no grey area in how you spend this day. We hope you have it all on All or Nothing Day, and every day.

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Aunt and Uncles Day today honors a very special pair of relatives. They are your mom and dad”s brothers and sisters. Our Aunts and Uncles mean a lot to us. Among other things, they are most likely:

  • The backup caretaker when mom and dad go out, or are at work.

  • Real characters at family get-togethers and events.

  • Someone we can talk to and related to….. some things we just can talk about with “parental units”.

  • Sound counsel and advice.

  • Someone who takes you to fun places and events.

  • Someone whose house is a great place to sleepover, especially if you have cousins.

  • The ones who give you great presents for birthdays, Christmas and special events.

  • And, the benefits of Aunts and Uncles goes on, and on, and on, and………

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The office that would later become the United States Post Office Department was established by the Second Continental Congress on July 26, 1775.

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New York ratified the United States Constitution on this day in 1788, becoming the 11th state of the United States.

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On July 26, 1947, as part of the Cold War, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United States National Security Council.

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Walt Disney‘s 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premiered in London, England on this day in 1951.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law by President George Bush on July 26, 1990.

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Some of the writers born July 26th include:

George Bernard Shaw (1856), Rajanikanta Sen (1865), Carl Jung (1875), Antonio Machado (1875), André Maurois (1885), Aldous Huxley (1894), Paul Gallico (1897), Jean Shepherd (1921), Jan Berenstain (1923), Ana María Matute (1926), Ibn-e-Safi (1928), Bernice Rubens (1928), Jun Henmi (1939), Mary Jo Kopechne (1940), Jean Baubérot (1941), Hart Hanson (1957), Rick Bragg (1959), Anne Provoost (1964), Chris Pirillo (1973), and Rebecca St. James (1977).

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
― 
Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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The Village Book Shop Blog is going on a short vacation but we will be back late next week!

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Be sure to check us out on Amazon, where products continue to be added on a regular basis.

Our inventory on Amazon can be found at http://tiny.cc/villagebookamazon

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We are also on Facebook.

Our facebook address is  http://www.facebook.com/VillageBookShop

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We plan to start Tweeting soon! Keep an eye out for that once we return.

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We are also looking at launching a new and improved website. If you have any suggestions, or want to help us with our website, please let us know. We are only looking for volunteers. There is no funding for this and the blog and other online work is done by volunteers, not paid staff.

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We would like to congratulate Jim Grayson, a friend of Village Book Shop, who has recently published his first novel which is available on Amazon now.

Trailer Vamp – Love Bites: A Josh Blackthorn Adventure is a very fun book that members of Village Book Shop were among the lucky few to get to read early versions of this book and watch it grow. (There is even a mention of us, the Glendora writers critique group, in the acknowledgements!) This story, the first in a series, is Vampire-lite. We fell in love with Josh Blackthorn and his eclectic group of friends as we followed them through some exciting adventures. Jim Grayson is currently in the process of writing the second book in the series. Please consider getting yourself a copy of Trailer Vamp. It is a great story that had us laughing until we cried. 

 

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Want to talk to us? Please do!

We can be reached in a few ways.

You can post comments to the blog.

You can post on our facebook wall, or send us a private message through facebook.

We now have two email addresses. Email us at villagebookshop1@aol.com to reach Deborah Gould, the shop owner. This is our primary email account.

If your wish to reach the volunteer, Jennelle, you can also email villagebookshop1@gmail.com. She is the person responsible for posting the blog, is the primary manager of the facebook page, and the one who has taken on the task of building a new website. Jennelle (also known as skybluefusion) is a true novice and would appreciate any feedback, suggestions, and assistance. 

Bridal Memories

Today’s deal is on the hardcover book Bridal Memories which is compiled by Blue Lantern Studio. This book is a collection that represents the most beautiful, inspiring words and images from bridal books dating from the 1890s to the 1930s. The book contains plenty of space to record facts and memories. This makes a great gift for any bride-to-be!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
― 
George Orwell1984

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It is National Rabbit Week here in the United States, an event intended to promote responsible rabbit ownership and to honor the adorableness of our long-eared furry friends. National Rabbit Week also provides a great excuse to sit down and read a hopping good rabbit story.

lighting and posing techniques for photographing women

Today’s deal is on a paperback book by Norman Phillips called Lighting and Posing Techniques for Photographing Women (Pro Photo Workshop). Amazon gives the following description:

 

Featuring 15 of the industry’s top photographers, among them Monte Zucker, Michael Ayers, Dave Newman, and Kathleen Hawkins, this guide teaches professional photographers how to capture the most flattering views of the female form—and appeal to their largely female clientele—through careful lighting and posing. This reference emphasizes how from the very start of the process, certain techniques should be employed to create high quality images, such as using light to enhance a beautiful face and employing shadow and light to downplay any of the subject’s percieved flaws or insecurities. With 36 detailed lighting and posing diagrams illustrating how to re-create the work of the pros, this handbook reveals numerous ways to create a technically flawless, saleable portrait of a female client.

 

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Do you ever secretly wish you were a kid again? Or have you ever wanted to do something over the top, just plain silly? Well, today may be your lucky day! July 15th is National Be a Dork Day, also known as Be a Dork Day. Today is the perfect day to slip on those plaid bell-bottom pants or favorite polyester shirt from the 70s that’s still hanging in the closet. Or heck, why not wear your clothes inside-out just for fun? Or even better – why not wear two different shoes to work today? Add a loud tie and a pair of wild suspenders and you are good to go! Why not gross out your friends, co-workers or kids by sucking on something that leaves your teeth or tongue a brilliant shade of blue or green? Change your profile picture on Facebook to the dorkiest photograph you have of yourself. Frolic in the front yard for all your neighbors to see wearing Bermuda shorts that go up to here, white knee-high socks and black shoes. Whatever it is – the dorkier the better!

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It’s National Gummi Worm Day. These yummy candies were created by the German company Trolli in 1981. Did you know that gummi worms were not the first “gummis” made? That’s right—another familiar candy, the gummi bear, was invented about 60 years before the worm. This first gummi was created by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo. It was named because of its rubber-like texture. In fact, “gummi” means “rubber” in German. These creepy, crawly treats now exist in a variety of flavors. Sweet or sour, red or green, the choice is yours! Grab a bag of your favorite gummi worms and celebrate National Gummi Worm Day!

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Today is Tapioca Pudding Day. Tapioca Pudding is a cooling, enjoyable dessert, for a hot summer day. Perhaps it is hard to believe, but many people have never had Tapioca Pudding. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate. Whether or not you’ve had it before, Tapioca Pudding is good treat for today, or any day. Tapioca is the starch from a cassava root. This starch forms the soft, tiny balls in the pudding. It gives tapioca pudding a unique texture.

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On the third Monday in July, the entire world celebrates “Global Hug Your Kids Day.” It’s a special day meant to remind parents of the importance of hugging their children each and every day. Besides giving each of your children a great big loving hug, you can celebrate by spreading the word and helping raise awareness for such an awesome cause.

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The third Monday in July is also the day we celebrate “National Get out of the Doghouse Day.” It’s a day to be on your best behavior and keep your fingers crossed for a suspended sentence. Perhaps you’ll be well served to make an extra stop at the card shop or mall to pick up a little something that communicates your remorse and willingness to try harder.

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Today is Cow Appreciation Day. And, that’s no bull! But, it is something to “Moo” about. Our appreciation for cows can be expressed in many ways. Some websites suggest you go out and give a cow a big hug and/or a kiss. While it might sound like fun, you don’t have to go to extremes to enjoy this special day. It can be as simple as pausing for a moment to to think about cows, and all that they do for us. Restaurants and dairy companies celebrate this day by offering specials. Watch for them, and save.

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Today is Saint Swithin’s Day. Swithun was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day will continue for forty days. The precise meaning and origin of Swithin’s name is unknown, but it is largely considered to mean ‘Pig Man’, or possibly “strong”. He died on 2 July 862. On his deathbed Swithin begged that he should be buried outside the north wall of his cathedral where passers-by should pass over his grave and raindrops from the eaves drop upon it. He was moved from his grave to an indoor shrine in the Old Minster at Winchester in 971. His body was probably later split between a number of smaller shrines. Continue reading

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”
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Diane DuaneSo You Want to Be a Wizard

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Welcome to a new week. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Grab your cold drink and enjoy today’s dose of daily trivia, our deal of the day, and more.

cover up what the government is still hiding about the war on terror

Today we have the book Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror by Peter Lance on sale for you. This is a New hardcover book. Amazon gives the following description:

 

Ever since 9/11, investigative reporter Peter Lance has been leading the fight to expose the intelligence gaps that led to 9/11. Now, in the follow-up to his bestselling 1000 Years for Revenge, he returns with devastating new evidence that the government has been covering up its own counterterror failures since the mid-1990s — and continues today.

In Cover Up, Lance shows how the government chose again and again to sacrifice America’s national security for personal motives and political convenience. In its first half, he unveils shattering new evidence that terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef ordered the bombing of TWA 800 from his prison cell in order to effect a mistrial in his own terror bombing case. Astonishingly, the FBI was alerted to Yousef’s plans in advance by a prison informant who even passed along his detailed sketch of a bomb-trigger device — a document seen here for the first time. And Lance reveals the shocking reason the Justice Department suddenly ruled the crash an accident despite overwhelming evidence of the bombing — throwing away its best chance to penetrate the cell that was already planning 9/11.

And the outrage doesn’t stop there. In Part II, Lance offers an unofficial “minority report” on the 9/11 Commission, critiquing it as the incomplete, highly politicized “Warren Commission of our time.” He explores potential conflicts of interest among its members, from the staff director who wrote a book with Condoleezza Rice, to the former Clinton deputy attorney general who participated in a critical meeting that upended the TWA probe. He exposes the report’s false contention that the 9/11 plan was conceived in 1996, when the FBI had knowledge that the plot was in motion as early as 1994. And, in a heart-stopping, minute-by-minute chronicle of the attacks, he asks dozens of unanswered questions about the defense failures of that day — from why fighter jets weren’t scrambled for almost an hour after the hijackings, to why the president and several of his top military advisers remained virtually incommunicado for more than half an hour after it was clear that America was under attack.

At a time when America feels no safer than ever, Cover Up will lend new eyes to readers who want the full story behind the 9/11 attacks — and inspire us all to keep demanding the truth.

 

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National Nude day, which is now International Nude day, is not a public holiday but a day to celebrate the human form. National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day. So, take it off today……take it all off. There are a sizable number of nudist groups around the world. They are not perverts. Rather, Nudists believe that the body is a beautiful thing, and meant to be displayed. Nudist colonies, nude beaches, and other venues exist to cater to the preferences of individuals who seek to walk around “au natural”. Our bodies are the only things we own, be proud of them no matter what shape or size you are.

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If you’re looking for a day to get crazy, July 14th is the day for you because it’s Pandemonium Day. On this day, you have an excuse to get crazy so long as the craziness you create is both fun and legal. Everyone has a day like this once in while. Its a day when all sort of unexpected things occur. Its a time when everything is happening at the same time, and at a very fast pace. Don’t let today, or any other day shake you up. If Pandemonium prevails, just go with the flow in a calm, cool manner. Sanity will return soon enough…..we hope.

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Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale. It commerates the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortressprison that was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790 was a huge feast and official event to celebrate the uprising of the short-lived constitutional monarchy in France and what people considered the happy conclusion of the French Revolution. The Bastille Day MilitaryParade is the French military parade that has been held on the morning of 14 July each year in Paris since 1880. This is a popular event in France, broadcast on French TV, and is the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe. In some years, invited detachments of foreign troops take part in the parade and foreign statesmen attend as guests. Celebrations are held in many places around the world including over 50 U.S. cities.

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On this day in 1798, the Sedition Act became law in the United States, making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.

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Jane Goodall arrived at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-Tanzania on July 14, 1960 to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.

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Some of the writers born July 14th include:

Poliziano (1945), Caspar Abel (1676), William Oldys (1696), Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin (1743), Mordecai manuel Noah (1785), Owen Wister (1860), Gertrude Bell (1868), Scipio Slataper (1888), Alexander M. Volkov (1891), Garimella Satyanarayana (1893), Irving Stone (1903), Pavel Prudnikau (1911), Arthur Laurents (1918), Leon Garfield (1921), Robert Creamer (1922), John Chancellor (1927), Peggy Parish (1927), E. V. Thompson (1931), Pema Chödrön (1936), Jerry Rubin (1938), George E. Slusser (1939), Susan Howath (1940), Maulana Karenga (1941), Christopher Priest (1943), L. Brent Bozell III (1955), Robert Jensen (1958), Joe Keenan (1958), Phil Rosenthal (1963), Brian Selznick (1966), Ranj Dhaliwal (1976), Kirsten Sheridan (1976), and Aqeel Ahmed (1987).

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Exactly a century ago today the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, was born. Ford served from 1974-1977, and prior to this was the 40th Vice President of the United States from 1973-1974. He was the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew had resigned. When he became president upon Richard Nixon‘s resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. After experiencing health problems, Ford died in his home on December 26, 2006. Ford lived longer than any other U.S. president, living 93 years and 165 days, while his 895-day presidency remains the shortest of all presidents who did not die in office.  Continue reading

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn’t have any excuse to be stupid.”
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Joan BauerRules of the Road

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Social Wellness Month is historically celebrated during the month of July. It was created and sponsored by Words of Wellness and was put in place to assist people in their efforts to live a healthier life. Need a little sprucing up on your social skills? Let’s face it– unless you’ve been to an etiquette school or have been seriously schooled at home on proper etiquette everyone could use a few pointers now and then. This is especially true in prominent situations and can make or break a first impression. The concept of social wellness does not end with knowing the correct fork to use or how to set a proper table, though those are good things to know just in case. Social wellness includes public speaking, good manners, sending thank you notes, RSVPing on time and all of the things that show that you can effectively socialize in any and all situations.

transformation the mindset you need

Today we are reducing our price on the hardcover book by Bill Phillips called Transformation: The Mindset You Need. The Body You Want. The Life You Deserve. Amazon gives the following description:

 

From worst to first in health and well-being.” That is the mantra of Body-for-LIFE® author Bill Phillips as he lays out this personalized, realistic plan to help people become healthier, happier, and more alive. Concerned by the unhealthy physical and emotional trends in U.S. populations, Bill firmly believes the well-being of the country can be completely transformed in 10 years—one person at a time. After reading this book, you’ll believe it too.

Bill uses personal examples and touching stories to exemplify that real people can, and have, overcome their worst to truly reinvent their lives. In his 18-week Transformation program, you’ll learn:

How to achieve a sustainable healthy lifestyle

How to transcend your unhealthy habits

How to harness the power of a positive mindset

How to heal emotions and find happiness

How to live more deeply and compassionately

Transformation is a process of reshaping your whole person. If Body-for-LIFE was a manual for the physique, Transformation is the how-to guide for invigorating the body, mind and soul. When you make healthy changes in your life, you are able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. And ultimately, that is what Transformation is all about.

 

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It is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, a day to relax and enjoy the sweet voices of the Sweet Adelines, or a Barbershop Quartet. Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma invited some women to her home to sing on July 13, 1945. Their husbands were members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The ladies wanted to participate in the singing fun and enjoyment. On that evening, the “Sweet Adelines” were born. The group later became Sweet Adelines International., which now boasts hundreds of groups and thousands for members. Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. Barbershop Music is a classic form that originated in the 19th century when U.S. barbershops often also served as community centers. There are 4 singers in a barbershop quartet as each of them has a chord for each melody note — the lead, tenor, bass and baritone. Barbershop music often features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.

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Today is Gruntled Workers Day which brings up the question: what is gruntled? To find the answer, we ask the question a different way… How can someone be disgruntled without there being a gruntled? So apparently, gruntled is the opposite of disgruntled. So today we celebrate the people who are satisfied in their work and are truly having fun at their jobs. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many of them out there these days, but when you do run into them it definitely does make a difference.


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The second saturday of July is Grange Day. The Grange is a family, community organization with its roots in agriculture. Founded in 1867, the Grange was formed as a national organization with a local focus. The members are given the opportunity to learn and grow to their full potential as citizens and leaders. Every year, Grange members give thousands of hours to volunteer in their communities and raise millions of dollars for important causes. Grangers attend public meetings, inform themselves of local, state and national issues, and speak for the rights of all Americans, especially those who work in agriculture, producing our food, fuel and fiber.

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Today is National French Fries Day. French fries are the ultimate feel-good food, and there are dozens of different ways to enjoy them. Whether you prefer your fries Cajun-style and spicy, sweet, crinkle-cut, curly, waffle, or covered in chili and cheese, today is the day to celebrate this American classic. Although the exact origin of French fries is unknown, one theory suggests that they date back to 17th century Belgium. The inhabitants of this region often cooked small fried fish to accompany their meals. When weather conditions made it too dangerous to go fishing, they cut up potatoes in long, thin strips (to resemble the fish) and fried them. Today, French fries are a global phenomenon. Whether it’s “pommes frites” in France, “patatas fritas” in Spain, or “chips” in the UK, French fries are a worldwide favorite. Grab an order of fries today to celebrate National French Fries Day!

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Today is a great day to be a geek, or know a geek because it is Embrace Your Geekness Day. A geek is an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd“. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise. Some people view the term “Geek” with a negative connotation. Are they jealous of your knowledge and skills, perhaps? We certainly think so.

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Phrase Finderdefines a fool’s paradise as “a state of happiness based on false hope,” but everyone can use a little false hope every now and then! The phrase dates back centuries, when the first recorded example is found in the Paston Letters of 1462. Today is “Fool’s Paradise Day,” and maybe the most fun part can be thinking up what improbable set of circumstances you want to celebrate.

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Today’s theme for Creative Maladjustment week is Legacy of Lunacy. Check out cmweek.org for ideas on how to celebrate.

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On July 13, 1923, the Hollywood Sign was officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywoodland, Los Angeles, California. It originally reads “Hollywoodland” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

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On this day in 1985, the Live Aid benefit concert took place in London, England, United Kingdom and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as other venues such as Sydney, Australia and Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union.

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Vice President George Bush became the Acting President for the day on July 13, 1985, when President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon.


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Some of the writers born July 13th include:

István Pauli (1760), John Clare (1793), Stewart Culin (1858), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Kenneth Clark (1903), George Weller (1907), Loren Pope (1910), Dave Garroway (1913), Kaoru Ishikawa (1915), Marcia Brown (1918), Sam Greenlee (1930), Wole Soyinka (1934), Earl Lovelace (1935), Catherine Breillat (1948), Jane Hamilton (1957), Ian Hislop (1960), Dean Barnett (1967), Christian Taylor (1968), and Eva Jinek (1978).


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