Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert


Welcome to the Dog Days which start today according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac but not according to established meaning in most European cultures. Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days run parallel to Dog Days from today through August 15th. Air conditioning, invented in 1932, has become a necessity of life for those who can afford it. Heat stroke, heat rash, heat edema, heat cramps, dehydration, and heat exhaustion are all illnesses due to exposure to prolonged excessive heat and humidity. Heat related deaths happen more than all other serious weather phenomenon such as hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning.

original dog bible

In honor of the Dog Days we are reducing the price on a massive book. The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive New Source To All Things Dog is a 752 pages very large paperback. It is edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe. This is the essential dog compendium; a complete and comprehensive overview of everything dog.


July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month.This month seeks to promote support for bereaved parents. Often people don’t know what to say to or do for grieving parents. This observance encourages people to reach out to bereaved parents and their families by listening to them without advising them, giving them a shoulder to cry on and giving them a hug when appropriate and needed. This month seeks to inspire people to “be there” for the bereaved individuals. No parent should have to undergo the pain of losing their child. Unfortunately, death of children does happen. For friends and family, knowing what to say or do to a grieving parent is difficult. July is a time to learn what to do in the most challenging times. Rather than looking ahead and planning their children’s futures, bereaved parents are often trapped for years in the memories of their children’s lives. Bereaved mothers and fathers experience more physical and emotional issues than do non-bereaved parents, including severe depression; mortality due to illness and suicide; and failed marriages. Individuals interested in helping bereaved parents recover are encouraged to engage them in constructive and rewarding activities which produce a sense of meaning and well-being. This July, join various health professionals, friends, and family members, to embrace them during Bereaved Parents Awareness Month. Saying nothing or acting like nothing happened are probably the worst things you can do. Parents need support and just some validation that this actually did happen to them. A simple,” I’m sorry for your loss” can go a long way. Also, hearing a positive impact or story that their child had, can help tremendously. When someone dies, the old saying goes,”time heals all pain.” This obviously has some truth, however, to grieving parents life’s time clock can move incredibly slow. When talking to a grieving parent who had a child die a few years ago, they said they still feel like it was yesterday and cry daily for the child.


International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month is an annual celebration each July of the band Blondie and its lead singer, Deborah Harry. This special month recognizes the significant contribution both Blondie and Deborah Harry have made (and continue to make) to popular music. Blondie took the music world by storm in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and the influence of this band and its lead singer Deborah Harry is still being felt today and increasingly recognized with the passage of time. New York City-based Blondie was formed in 1974, honing its musical skills at the famous punk rock club, CBGBs, and eventually emerging on top of the new wave scene and then crossing over to the pop music mainstream. Their self-titled first album, Blondie, reflected a punk ethos and 1960s girl group sensibilities or, the Ramones meets the Ronettes, as one music critic opined. Blondie made six albums from 1976 to 1982, the most successful being Parallel Lines, considered by many music critics to be one of the best rock albums of all time. Within this time span, from the late seventies to the early eighties, Blondie constituted a major force on the rock/pop scene, producing a string of hit singles internationally. The most well-known of these singles are the reggae-inspired “The Tide Is High,” the rap song “Rapture,” and the disco-flavored “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me.” More recently, in 1999, the single, “Maria,” debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, making this song the sixth number one single for the group there. With this hit single, Blondie reached yet another milestone–the first band to have had a number one single in each of the last three decades in the United Kingdom. So Blondie continues to make music history and the band’s legacy grows. The members of Blondie are true pioneers in every sense of the word.


Today is a holiday that a vampire can appreciate. It is Stay Out of the Sun Day. This day is to encourage us to stay cool in the shade, and to give our skin a rest from the hot, damaging rays of the sun. The sun is directly over head. It’s not a bad day to take a break from catching all of those rays and stay out of the sun. Find some fun and relaxing ways to stay in the shade. A hammock strung behind two shady trees and a great book sounds like a great way to go! If you must go out into the Sun, remember to wear sunscreen! For some people, 15 minutes in the Sun is enough time to start burning.


It is Compliment Your Mirror Day. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?” It goes without saying, you are, of course! Stand in front of your mirror with your eyes closed. Put a big smile on your face…. a big smile. Now, open your eyes. Isn’t the picture of the person in your mirror absolutely stunning!? The person in your mirror is beautiful (or handsome). So, compliment your mirror for displaying this beautiful person.


It is also Disobedience Day. Sometimes it’s proper to be disobedient — not doing something you know is wrong, standing up to injustice, etc. We can only speculate that Disobedience Day is a day for civil or social disobedience as an act of protest. We’re going to be upfront and make it clear that we are neither encouraging nor endorsing disobedience. We also want to make it clear to our younger readers that disobeying parents, teachers, or other authorities is not a good thing………period. We suggest you use this day to learn a little about civil disobedience, and why it is sometimes used. The civil disobedience protests led by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. are textbook examples of how peaceful disobedience can be used to gain independence or fairness.


On this day in 1886, the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.


Idaho was admitted as the 43rd U.S. state on July 3, 1890.


Some of the writers born July 3rd include:

Claude Fauchet (1530), Edward Young (1683), Franz Kafka (1883), Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888), M. F. K. Fisher (1908), Dorothy Kilgallen (1913), João Saldanha (1917), Tom Stoppard (1937), Dave Barry (1947), Tarmo Koivisto (1948), Rohinton Mistry (1952), Matthew Fraser (1958), Charlie Higson (1958), Julie Burchill (1959), Ian Maxtone-Graham (1959), David Shore (1959), Tom Cruise (1962), Joanne Harris (1964), Aku Louhimies (1968), Julian Assange (1971), and Olivia Munn (1980).


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