Thursday, July 11, 2013

This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”
― Cornelia Funke
Inkspell

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Happy 7/11. Be sure to stop by a 7/11 convience store for a free slurpee today.

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya

 

Today’s deal is a Deluxe Edition of the hard cover book From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions by Ruth A. Tucker. This book is 528 pages long. Amazon gives the following description:

 

This is history at its best. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya is readable, informative, gripping, and above all honest. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya helps readers understand the life and role of a missionary through real life examples of missionaries throughout history. We see these men and women as fallible and human in their failures as well as their successes. These great leaders of missions are presented as real people, and not super-saints. This second edition covers all 2,000 years of mission history with a special emphasis on the modern era, including chapters focused on the Muslim world, Third World missions, and a comparison of missions in Korea and Japan. It also contains both a general and an ‘illustration’ index where readers can easily locate particular missionaries, stories, or incidents. New design graphics, photographs, and maps help make this a compelling book. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya is as informative and intriguing as it is inspiring—an invaluable resource for missionaries, mission agencies, students, and all who are concerned about the spreading of the gospel throughout the world.

 

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Cheer Up the Lonely Day today is an opportunity to make a lonely person happy. Any time you can make someone happy, you’ve done a good thing, and should be proud of yourself. Lonely people have few friends and loved ones. They may have lost loved ones over the years. They may be elderly or disabled. They see people on an infrequent basis. Spend some time today cheering up lonely people. It’s easy to do…..just spend some time with them. When you visit, bring happy things to talk about. Keep the conversation upbeat, and lively. When you leave, give a big hug and let them know you enjoyed the stay. Just a small, simple gesture can make a great big difference in someone’s life. The most depressing part of this holiday is reserved for anyone who gets an unexpected card or call, because that’s when you truly learn how lonely you are.

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World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. It focuses upon people under 25, reproductive issues, and health. This day is sponsored by the United Nations World Population Fund (UNFPA). This day seeks to provide education and awareness to reproductive health, reproductive choice, family planning, and to provide a better future for young people. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987. World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. This years theme of World Population Day is Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services. Because of the alarming rate of population increase (7 billion!), more and more women are left without reproductive health services. This is an issue that needs to be addressed, so take time to educate yourself and spread the word on World Population Day!

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Today’s theme for Creative Maladjustment Week is Day of Self Care. The cmweek.org website has several ideas on how to celebrate this day.

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The Hollywood Bowl opened on this day in 1922.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was first published on July 11, 1960.

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On July 11, 1987, an eight-pound baby boy, Matej Gaspar, born at 1:35 AM, EST, at Zagreb, Yugoslavia, was proclaimed the five billionth inhabitant of Earth. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities, hoping to draw attention to population growth, proclaimed July 11 as “Day of the Five Billion,” noting that 150 babies are born each minute. We now have over 7 billion people and counting.

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Some of the writers born July 11th include:

Bardaisan (154), Robert Greene (1558), Luis de Góngora (1561), Jean-François Marmontel (1723), Alexander Afanasyev (1826), Léon Bloy (1846), Thomas Mitchell (1892), E. B. White (1899), Cordwainer Smith (1913), James von Brunn (1920), Richard Pipes (1923), Frederick Buechner (1926), Harold Bloom (1930), Pai Hsien-yung (1937), Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938), Patricia Polacco (1944), J. R. Morgan (1950), Robert R. McCammon (1951), Cats Falck (1953), Paul Weiland (1953), Kentaro Miura (1966), Mick Molloy (1966), and Michael Geist (1968).

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Also born July 11 was John Quincy Adams in 1767. He was the 6th President of the United States and also served as an American diplomat, Senator, and Congressional representative. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. Adams was the son of former President John Adams and Abigail Adams. Historians agree he was one of the greatest diplomats and secretaries of state in American history. As president, he sought to modernize the American economy and promoted education. Adams enacted a part of his agenda and paid off much of the national debt. He lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson, and thus became the first president since his father to serve a single term. Adams is best known as a diplomat who shaped America’s foreign policy in line with his ardently nationalist commitment to America’s republican values. Adams was elected aU.S. Representative from Massachusetts after leaving office, serving for the last 17 years of his life with far greater acclamation than he had achieved as president. In 1779, Adams began a diary that he kept until just before he died in 1848. The massive fifty volumes are one of the most extensive collections of first-hand information from the period of the early republic and are widely cited by modern historians. John Quincy Adams is the only president to have a First Lady who was born outside of the United States. During his term, Adams worked on transforming America into a world power through “internal improvements,” as a part of the “American System”. Adams did not retire after leaving office. Instead he ran for and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 1830 elections. He was the first president to serve in Congress after his term of office, and one of only two former presidents to do so. He was elected to eight terms, serving as a Representative for 17 years, from 1831 until his death. Adams collapsed from a cereberal hemmorage and died two days later on February 23, 1848 with his wife and sun at his side in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. His last words were “This is the last of earth. I am content.” John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first father and son to each serve as president (the others being George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush). Each Adams served only one term as president. In the PBS miniseries The Adams Chronicles (1976), he was portrayed by David Birney, William Daniels, Marcel Trenchard, Stephen Austin, Steven Grover and Mark Winkworth. He was also portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the 1997 film Amistad, and again by Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Steven Hinkle in the 2008 HBO television miniseries John Adams; the HBO series received criticism for needless historical and temporal distortions in its portrayal.

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We remember Ross Macdonald today, who passed away forty years ago today from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 67. Ross Macdonald is the pseydonym of the American-Canadian writer of crime fiction, Kenneth Millar. He is best known for his series of hardboiled novels set in southern California and featuring private detective Lew Archer. He was born in California but raised in his parents native Ontario, Canada. He married Margaret Sturm in 1938. They had a daughter, Linda, who died in 1970. He began his career writing stories for pulp magazines. While doing graduate study, he completed his first novel, The Dark Tunnel, in 1944. At this time, he wrote under the name John Macdonald, in order to avoid confusion with his wife, who was achieving her own success writing as Margaret Millar. He then changed briefly to John Ross Macdonald before settling on Ross Macdonald, in order to avoid being confused with fellow mystery writer John D. MacDonald, who wrote under his real name. In the early 1950s, he returned to California, settling for some thirty years in Santa Barbara, the area where most of his books were set. (Macdonald’s fictional name for Santa Barbara was Santa Teresa; this “pseudonym” for the town was subsequently resurrected by Sue Grafton, whose “alphabet novels” are also set in Santa Teresa.) Macdonald has been called the primary heir to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as the master of American hardboiled mysteries. His writing built on the pithy style of his predecessors by adding psychological depth and insights into the motivations of his characters. Author Tom Rizzo has pointed out that Macdonald’s plots were complicated, and often turned on Archer’s unearthing family secrets of his clients and of the criminals who victimized them. Lost or wayward sons and daughters were a theme common to many of the novels. Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Macdonald’s writing was hailed by genre fans and literary critics alike. Eudora Welty, a longtime friend and possible lover, was a loyal fan of his work.

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