“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and Nationwide Insurance are working together to mark July as Women’s Motorcycle Month. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation says women make up nearly 30 percent of students in its Basic RiderCourses program. This month celebrates the pioneers who broke down gender and racial barriers in the early days of motorcycling. According to J.D. Powers and Associates, 12 out of every 100 motorcycles are sold to women, and the numbers are increasing each year.
Today’s Deal of the Day is for a hardcover coffee table book. Fifty Golden Years of Oscar: The Official History of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is authored by Robert A. Osborne and Designed by Ernest E. Schworck. This 300 page book is in Very Good condition as it has some wear to the dust jacket.
July is National Child-Centered Divorce Month, dedicated to alerting parents about the harm to their children when divorce isn’t handled effectively. Repeated studies show that it isn’t divorce per se that damages children. It’s the mistakes that unaware parents make before, during and after divorce that does the harm. Throughout July divorce attorneys, mediators, therapists, financial planners, coaches, educators, clergy and other professionals concerned about the effects of divorce on children will be sharing their advice and insights on the topic. Their goal is to educate parents about the choices they do have before moving into divorce to prevent negative consequences for children of all ages. National Child-Centered Divorce Month was initiated by divorced parent and author Rosalind Sedacca, a certified corporate trainer and Relationship Coach who is recognized as The Voice of Child-Centered Divorce. Sedacca founded the Child-Centered Divorce Network for parents and works closely with concerned divorce experts around the globe who are focused on providing ways to create the most positive and harmonious outcomes for families transitioning through divorce. Parents and divorce professionals interested in learning more about activities related to National Child-Centered Divorce Month can get involved by contacting Rosalind through her Child-Centered Divorce Groups at Facebook and LinkedIn, which are free for parents and divorce professionals to join, or by visiting www.childcentereddivorce.com.
Ramadan, the greatest religious observance in Islam, is an an annual month of fasting which begins today. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibraeel (Gabriel) to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell (Jahannam) would be closed. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year and contains no intercalation, Ramadan migrates throughout the seasons. The Islamic day starts after sunset. Many Muslims insist on the local physical sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan, but others use the calculated time of the new moon or the Saudi Arabian declaration to determine the start of the month. Since the new moon is not in the same state at the same time globally, the beginning and ending dates of Ramadan depend on what lunar sightings are received in each respective location. As a result, Ramadan dates vary in different countries, but usually only by a day. Each year, Ramadan begins about eleven days earlier than in the previous year. Laylat al-Qadr is observed during one of the last ten days of the month. Muslims believe that this night which is also known as “The Night of Destiny” is better than a thousand months. This is often interpreted as praying throughout this night is rewarded equally with praying for a thousand months (just over 83 years i.e. a lifetime).
It’s National Sugar Cookie Day! Today, we honor a cookie that is simple and straightforward, but totally delicious. Traditional sugar cookie recipes call for just six ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and baking powder. Although sugar cookies by themselves can be quite plain, they are incredibly versatile. Use cookie cutters to create shaped sugar cookies, and top them with frosting or sprinkles. You can also make cookie sandwiches with two sugar cookies and fillings like marshmallow, melted chocolate, or jam. To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, make a batch of homemade sugar cookies to share with friends and coworkers. Provide a variety of interesting decorations and let everyone personalize their bite-sized dessert!
The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified July 9, 1868, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.
The Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred on July 9th. In Nashville, Tennessee, an inbound local train collided with an outbound express. It was the deadliest rail accident in United States History with 101 killed and 171 injured.
Some of the writers born July 9th include:
Alexis Piron (1689), Johann Nikolaus Götz (1721), Ann Radcliffe (1764), Matthew Lewis (1775), Jan Neruda (1834), Barbara Cartland (1901), Basil Wolverton (1909), Mervyn Peake (1911), Charles E. Wicks (1925), Oliver Sacks (1933), June Jordan (1936), Dean Koontz (1945), O. J. Simpson (1947), Jesse Duplantis (1949), Amal ibn Idris al-Alami (1950), Thomas Ligotti (1953), Tim Kring (1957), Paul Merton (1957), Marco Pennette (1966), Lars Gyllenhaal (1968), and Masami Tsuda (1970).
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