Friday, July 12, 2013

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
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Leo TolstoyFamily Happiness

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July is “Freedom From Fear of Speaking Month”. Have you ever gotten social anxiety, where your brain freezes up when trying to talk with others? Many people struggle with public speaking, or even chatting with someone they don’t know. Either that, or sometimes they just need to polish up on their speaking skills in front of groups. Reach out to your local Toastmasters group, which is a group designed to help with public speaking. The fastest way to overcome any fear, much less the fear of public speaking, is to face your fear and attack it. Look for and embrace opportunities to make presentations. Look at your public speaking skills as a muscle. The more you exercise your public speaking muscle, the stronger it becomes and you will improve your speaking abilities.

the spirit of enterprise

Today’s deal is on a First Edition copy of The Spirit of Enterprise: the History of Pacific Enterprises from 1886 to 1989. This hardcover book is by two local authors: Douglas R. Littlefield and Tanis C. Thorne. The dust jacket shows some very minor wear but the book is in new condition.

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Today is Day of Community Care as part of Creative Maladjustment week. Cmweek.org has several suggestions on how to clebrate.

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It’s Pecan Pie Day. This sweet delight has the best of both worlds—a smooth filling and a crunchy top. Traditional recipes for pecan pie call for ingredients like roasted pecans, butter, eggs, and brown sugar, but there are many different variations. Some people even choose to add special ingredients like chocolate or bourbon. Most Americans consider pecan pie to be a Southern specialty, but this type of pie is actually French in origin. French immigrants living in New Orleans baked the first American pecan pies. Many years later, the Karo company popularized the dessert with recipes that called for the company’s corn syrup.

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July 12 marks the fourth year in a row the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has secured federal acknowledgement of “National Collector Car Appreciation Day (NCCAD),” an annual opportunity to recognize and generate awareness for the collector car hobby. The congressional backing is due to the continuing importance of the automobile industry as a whole and restoration industry specifically to American Society. The restoration industry, in addition to preserving a great part of our American past, does indeed also create jobs for those skilled technicians that keep these cars running and being worthwhile investments. Car Collector Appreciation Day has gone international too as Australia and Canada also plan to celebrate this segment of the auto industry that day. Local celebrations may be planned too as many states and cities will be holding rallies and shows for collector car enthusiasts.

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Leonardo DaVinci once said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” July 12, the birthdate of Henry David Thoreau, is the perfect opportunity to help raise awareness in your community about the benefits of simplicity. The reasoning behind International Celebrate Simplicity Day is just as simple as the holiday itself — it was created by professional organizer Carmen Coker and is sponsored by the International Association of Virtual Organizers to help people around the world who want to simplify their busy lives. As an author, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, and more, Thoreau advocated a life of simplicity. He asserted that, “as you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” Duane Elgin’s 1981 book, Voluntary Simplicity was a powerful catalyst for increasing awareness about the need for individuals and society to find sustainable ways to live. The book has been revised and is even more relevant today. Voluntary simplicity is a not a new concept. In fact it speaks to ancient wisdom that our societies seem to have lost in modern times. Choosing to live a life of simplicity is not about choosing to live in poverty; it is about living in balance. Based on three key elements – ecological awareness, frugal consumption and personal growth, voluntary simplicity is helping people change their lives and collectively helping to create a better world.

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Different Colored Eyes Day has two reasons to celebrate. First of all, it celebrates diversity of eye color. Secondly, it recognizes an eye condition called Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. One eye may be brown, while the other is blue. Famous people who have Heterochromia include David Bowie, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken. There are several different types of heterochromia – complete (the complete eye is colored), sectoral (two different colors in the same iris) and central (the iris has several colors.) While heterochromia can occur from an injury, disease or genetics, the result is a rainbow of colors right before your eyes! Your eyes are an important part of your appearance. They are also important in communications. When you look into your lover’s eyes, you need to like what you see. Making “eye contact” just wouldn’t be the same without different colored eye.

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Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the best-documented early printed books, was published July 12, 1493.

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Forty years ago today a fire destroyed the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.


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Some of the writers born July 12th include:

Juan del Encina (1468), Henry David Thoreau (1817), William Osler (1849), Stefan George (1868), Max Jacob (1876), Bruno Schulz (1892), Buckminster Fuller (1895), Pablo Neruda (1904), Mohammad Moin (1914), Pierre Berton (1920), Alastair Burnet (1928), Gordon Pinsent (1930), Eric Ives (1931), Donald E. Westlake (1933), Bill Cosby (1937), Phillip Adams (1939), Robert Fisk (1946), Loren Coleman (1947), Ben Burtt (1948), Voja Antonić (1952), Charlie Murphy (1959), Richard Herring (1967), and Loni Love (1971).

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Disclaimer:
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.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.

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