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


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!



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 for details.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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………


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


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


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.


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


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


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).


Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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