Monthly Archives: August 2013

Frankenstein, Toasted Marshmallows and Holistic Pets

Friday, August 30, 2013

 

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Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there.”
― 
Sarah DessenThis Lullaby

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Happy Friday to all our readers! The Love Bites giveaway ends tomorrow! Be sure and enter while you can. In other Village Book Shop news: We will be making further changes to our blog and website in the near future. We will keep you advised of what we are up to via our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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In honor of author Mary Wollenscraft Shelley who was born on August 30, 1797, today is Frankenstein Day. For that reason we are lowering our already low price on the Barnes & Noble Classics editions of Frankenstein by Mary Wollenscraft Shelley which has an introduction by Karen Karbiener.

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The end of August is a great time for Toasted Marshmallows, especially today, Toasted Marshmallow Day. Make some s’mores today. Ancient Egyptians mixed the sap of the marshmallow plant was mixed with honey to create a sweet treat in 2000 B.C. Today’s marshmallows are made from corn syrup, sugar, water, dextrose and air. “The marshmallow plant is native to salt marshes and shorelines in Asia and Europe and is now grown in the eastern United States “according to Campfire Marshmallows. The plant, specifically the skin of the Althaea officinalis plant, can be used to treat irritated skin.

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National Holistic Pet Day is a day to celebrate those pets who are treated with holistic pet care and a day to recognize the benefits of holistic care for our pets. With the increase of interest in eco-friendly, organic and natural alternatives for humans, the same can be applied for your pet. Natural foods, supplements instead of medications, and good old fashioned exercise are just some of the ways to helping your pet lead a long and happy life, holistically.


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Some of the writers born August 30th include:

Joseph Dennie (1768), Mary Shelley (1797), Agoston Haraszthy (1812), Marcelo H. del Pilar (1850), John Gunther (1901), Bhagwati Charan Verma (1903), Virginia Lee Burton (1909), and Charmaian Clift (1923), Laurent de Brunhoff (1925), Ben L. Jones (1941), Colin Dann (1943), Robert Crumb (1943), Molly Ivins (1944), Lewis Black (1948), Frank Conniff (1956), and Lisa Ling (1973).

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Nuclear testing according to Hoyle, seasoned smartly

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
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Charlaine Harris

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How is your week going? We only have one more work/school day and then we reach the final weekend of August. The final weekend of August marks the end of our first giveaway so as I’ve said before…enter while you can!



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Some of the writers born August 29th include:

Janus Pannonius (1434), Giovanni Battista Casti (1724), Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809), Henry Berg (1811), Edward Carpenter (1844), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Marquis James (1891), Luther Davis (1916), Richard Blackwell (1922), John Edward Williams (1922), Helene Ahrweiler (1926), Herbert Meier (1928), Thom Gunn (1929), Lise Payette (1931), Karen Hesse (1952), Michael P. Kube-Mcdowell (1954), Lenny Henry (1958), Michael Jackson (1958), and Ian James Corlett (1962).

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The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29. It was established on December 2, 2009 at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution in particular calls for increasing awareness “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world”. Following the establishment of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, in May 2010 all state parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons committed themselves to “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”.

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In honor of International Day against Nuclear Tests we are reducing our price on Hiroshima by John Hersey this week only. Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:

 

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.


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Today is According to Hoyle Day. Edmond Hoyle gave instructions in the playing of games. His “Short Treatise” on the game of whist (published in 1742) became a model guide to the rules of the game. Hoyle’s name became synonymous with the idea of correct play according to the rules, and the phrase “according to Hoyle” became a part of the English language. Hoyle was born at London about 1672 and died there on August 29, 1769.Today offers game-players everywhere a chance to remember Endmond Hoyle and have some fun playing according to the rules.


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Individual Rights Day is celebrated on August 29th, the birth date of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government‘s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves. Individual Rights Day was started by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, so people can contemplate the importance of this concept to man’s right to life and to use reason to ensure his own survival.

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Today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, which promotes the us of healthy herbs over salts. Late August is a very appropriate time to celebrate this special day. The harvest of garden herbs is at a peak. There’s nothing better than fresh garden herbs in your favorite recipes. WellCat.com, the creators of this day, offer little information about this day, other than the fact that herbs are better for your health than salt.

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Civil Rights Dream, Racing Mice and Radio Commercials

Wednesday August 28, 2013

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
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Mark Twain

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Happy Wednesday to you. We have made it through the first 240 days of 2013 which means we only have 125 days left until this year is over. Speaking of being over…our giveaway will be over in just a few days! Everyone who enters will receive a small consolation prize and one person will win $10 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of Jim Grayson‘s new novel Trailer Vamp – Love Bites.

This day in history

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The first issue of Scientific American magazine was published on this day in 1845.

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The longest fillibuster ever conducted by a single senator started on August 28, 1957. U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond attempted to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957 by speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

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Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech.


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Some of the writers born August 28th include:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), Vance Palmer (1885), István Kühár (1887), Firaq Gorakhpuri (1896), Andrei Platonov (1899), John Betjeman (1906), Roger Tory Peterson (1908), Robertson Davies (1913), Boris Pahor (1913), Terence Reese (1913), Tasha Tudor (1915), Jack Vance (1916), Jack Kirby (1917), Fernando Fernán Gómez (1921), Janet Frame (1924),, Maruizio Contanzo (1938), William Cohen (1940), Kay Parker (1944), Vonda McIntyre (1948), Rita Dove (1952), and Jen Kirkman (1974).

Today is

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Race Your Mouse Around the Icons day is one of the zany holidays created by Wellcat.com. Computer owners are encouraged to race their mouse around their desktop icons while waiting for their computers to do whatever it is they’re doing today.

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While you are at your computer today, eat some crackers. Why? Today is Crackers Over Your Keyboard Day. Celebrate those who always eat at their keyboards, you know the ones. The people who accumulate enough crumbs in their keyboard for another meal and their office is frequently visited by armies of ants.

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Today is Radio Commercials Day, in honor of the first radio commercial ever which was broadcast on this day in 1922 by Queensboro Realty. It lasted 10 entire minutes and cost a mere $100. Even though radio commercials are now much shorter, they’re by no means cheaper. More than $17 billion was spend on radio advertising in the U.S. during 2011.


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In honor of Radio Commercials Day we have a book about someone who has spent quite a bit of time on the radio. Vin Scully I Saw It on the Radio (A Tribute Book) is a Hardcover book about Vin Scully who is best known as the long-time announcer for Dodgers baseball. It was recently announced that Vin Scully will be returning in the 2014 season for his 65th year as announcer. Yes, I said 65 years as announcer! Scully is 85 and has made many friends in his years. I Saw It on the Radio is full of stories from a long list of those friends. Get yourself a copy, and this book makes a great gift for any Dodger fan.

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Just Because Day

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
― 
Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Happy Tuesday to you. We have a short post for you today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Pinterest and like us on Facebook. You also have only a few more days to get as many entries as you can to win our Love Bites giveaway.

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This week only we are lowering the price on Anne Lamott‘s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Amazon gives the following description:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my  brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'”

 

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Some of the writers born August 27th include:

James Henry Breasted (1865), Amado Nervo (1870), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Andreas Alföldi (1895), C. S. Forester (1899), Norah Lofts (1904), Gloria Guinness (1912), David Rowbotham (1924), Saiichi Maruya (1925), Ira Levin (1929), Sri Chinmoy (1931), Antonia Fraser (1932), Frank Yablans (1935), Joel Kovel (1936), William Least Heat-Moon (1939), Peter Krieg (1947), Peter Stormare (1953), Jeff Grubb (1957), Tom Lanoye (1958), András Petöcz (1959), Jeanette Winterson (1959), Reece Shearsmith (1969), and Johan Norberg (1973).




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Today is Just Because Day. It’s your chance to do something without a rhyme or reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, or we want to, or it’s expected of us. None of those reasons apply today. Is there something you’d like to do, but there isn’t a reason or logic for doing it? Well, today is the day to go out and do something “just because”. It is most enjoyable if it is an uncommon, or unexpected activity or action. Perhaps, you have something in mind. If not, just go with the first thing that comes to your mind. “Just because” activities often come from a “whim” or a “what if I” type of thought. We know you will quickly get the hang of this day, and have a lot of fun with it.

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Women are equal and dogs are great

Monday, August 26, 2013

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
― 
Mary Ann ShafferThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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It is the last week of August! Has the summer flown by for you or crawled endlessly? Time to shift from summer reads to fall reads.

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Happy Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This special day was created by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971. On this day in 1920 women were granted the right to vote as a culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups dating back to the first women’s rights convention in 1848 in New York.

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National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind.

Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs. National Dog Day was created by the pet lifestyle expert and author, Colleen Paige, and the National Dog Day Foundation in 2004. Their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day. Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!

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We have a very big book for you today. The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive New Source To All Things Dog, which is edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, is a 752 page coffee table book. This is the essential dog compendium; a complete and comprehensive overview of everything dog. Get it while you can!

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Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born August 26th include:

William Joseph Behr (1775), Herbert Booth (1862), Zona Gale (1874), John Buchan (1875), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Jules Romains (1885), Eleanor Dark (1901), Caroline Pafford Miller (1903), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Aubrey Schenck (1908), Otto Binder (1911), Julio Cortázar (1914), Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921), Irving R. Levine (1922), Alain Peyrefitte (1925), Pyotr Todorovsky (1925), Naïm Kattan (1928), Nikky Finney (1957), Stephen J. Dubner (1963), Allegra Huston (1964), Michael Gove (1967), and Melissa McCarthy (1970).



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Don’t forget to enter our giveaway! You only have a few days left.

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Second hand clothing, bats and more this weekend

Saturday, Sunday August 24-25

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― 
Victor HugoLes Misérables

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How is your weekend going? Take a quick moment to enter our giveaway. There is only one week left before we pick a winner.

Today in history

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The Gutenberg Bible was completed on August 24, 1456.

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Alaska became a United States territory 101 years ago today.

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It was on this day in 1932 when Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop. Her trip took her from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey.

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On August 24, 2006 The International Astronomical Union fired Pluto from it’s job as our furthest planet from the sun. Throwing a bone to Pluto for it’s long standing place and tenure as a planet, they declared Pluto a “dwarf planetoid object”. This is defined as a body that orbits the sun, has enough mass to be nearly round in shape, is not a moon, and finally, has not “cleared” it’s orbit of all debris.

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Our deal for today is on an autographed copy of the paperback book called Sunken Gillnets: Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska by William H. Nicholson. Amazon gives the following description:

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During the winter of 1978, dynamic change loomed on the horizon. Ultimately, this would change our lives for the better, since my friends and I began to think of fishing another species of fish, other than salmon. Over the last few months, we heard rumblings of a potentially lucrative new herring fishery not too far from Dillingham. It sounded like a fishery that targeted on a species not too much larger than a smelt. I was interested. So were many other residents who pondered how they could make money off so small a fish.

Happy Birthday!

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Some of the writers born August 24th include:

John Taylor (1578), Robert Herrick (1591), Max Beerbohm (1872), Earl Derr Biggers (1884), Jean Rhys (1890), Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Gaylord DuBois (1899), Fernand Braudel (1902), Mary Burchell (1904), James Tiptree, Jr. (1915), Léo Ferré (1916), Howard Zinn (1922), David Ireland (1927), Betty Dodson (1929), A. S. Byatt (1936), Susan Sheehan (1937), Paulo Coelho (1947), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Orson Scott Card (1951), Oscar Hijuelos (1951), Marion Bloem (1952), Linton Kwesi Johnson (1952), Dick Lee (1956), Stephen Fry (1957), Chris Offutt (1958), Takashi Miike (1960), Major Garrett (1962), Dana Gould (1964), David Gregory (1970), Dave Chappelle (1973), John Green (1977), and Vahur Afanasjev (1979).

Some of the writers born August 25th include:

István Gyöngyösi (1620), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Nikolaus Lenau (1744), Bret Harte (1836), David Shimoni (1891), Paul Herman Buck (1899), Brian Moore (1921), Thea Astley (1925), Hal Fishman (1931), Patrick F. McManus (1933), István Gaál (1933), Charles Wright (1935), Virginia Euwer Wolff (1937), Frederick Forsyth (1938), Marshall Brickman (1941), Howard Jacobson (1942), Conrad Black (1944), Charles Ghigna (1946), Michael Kaluta (1947), Martin Amis (1949), Simon McBurney (1957), Simon McBurney (1957), Tim Burton (1958), Sterling Harwood (1958), Ian Falconer (1959), Lane Smith (1959), Marti Noxon (1964), Dan Parent (1964), Rachel Ray (1968), and John Witt (1969).


Observances

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Today is Vesuvius Day. Today is the anniversary of when Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion, one of the largest explosions in recorded history. This was in 79 A.D. The Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were destroyed by this deadly volcano when they were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. About 3,360 people died in the eruption. Mount Vesuvius also exploded a second time in 1631. At that time, it killed approximately 3,500 people.


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GoTopless Day always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day (August 26th). On August 26, 1920 women earned the right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. The US Congress made August 26th into a nationally recognized date in 1971 and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. This Sunday people around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. Gotopless.org has a “Boob Map” where you can find events in your area.

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It’s Kiss and Make Up Day this Sunday, a great way to end a spat. Everyone, whether it be family, friends, or lovers, has an occasional fight. Today is the day to end the fight, kiss, and make up. Get over your issues and resolve your differences today.

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National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25. Who doesn’t love a bargain, especially in this economy. This day celebrates both the thriftiness and practicality of second-hand clothing. Two good ways to celebrate today are to buy second-hand clothing and making a donation. The point of this event is to draw attention to the money and earth-saving benefits of buying used clothing rather than buying only new items.

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August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day. This well-loved concoction is a perennial favorite, made by mixing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally a dash of egg white, then shaking everything, straining, and serving straight or over ice. Traditionally, it is garnished with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry .Historically, its recipe first appearing in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bon Vivant’s Companion or How to Mix Drinks. There seems to be some dispute, as with many classic cocktails, as to its true origin. Some trace its development back to the early days of naval expansion back in the 1700’s. When sailors were coming down with scurvy (a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C) citrusy fruits like lemons and limes were used in drinks to ward off the disease. Due to problems preserving the fruit for long durations, sailors started adding sulphur dioxide, demerara rum, gin, and eventually whiskey, resulting in the whiskey sour. Another tale traces its birth to an English steward on a sailing ship. As a closet bartender, he was constantly experimenting with shaking and stirring things up. One variation states that possibly the same steward created it after opening a bar in an unnamed Peruvian city.

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International Bat Night has taken place the last full weekend of August every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries. Groups from across Europe pass information to the public about the way bats live and their needs in ways that include presentations, exhibitions and bat walks. Bats are scary to many, this probably has been made much more so by the vampire and other scary stories that have used this misunderstood animal. These scary stories have led to bats becoming endangered. Most people don’t know that bats, like bees, pollinate plants.

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Remembering and riding the wind

Friday, August 23, 2013

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
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G.K. ChestertonHeretics

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Friday is here! TGIF! Are you ready for the weekend? What will you be reading? Let us know in the comments. Also let us know if you’ve entered our current giveaway.

Happy Birthday!

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Some of the writers born August 23rd include:

Sigismund von Herberstein (1486), François Hotman (1524), Stanisław Lubieniecki (1623), William Ernest Henley (1849), Arnold Toynbee (1852), Edgar Lee Masters (1868), István Medgyaszay (1877), Alexander Grin (1880), Will Cuppy (1884), Henry F. Pringle (1897), Nazik Al-Malaika (1922), Ephraim Kishon (1924), Gyula Hernádi (1926), Dick Bruna (1927), Nelson DeMille (1943), Willy Russell (1947), Andrei Pleşu (1948), Charles Busch (1954), Park Chan-wook (1963), Roger Avary (1965), Charley Boorman (1966), Jeremy Schaap (1969), Christian Beranek (1974), and Diamondog (1980).

This day in history

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On August 23, 1990, Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War. In an unrelated story, that same exact date is when Tim Bernes-Lee opened the WWW (World Wide Web) to new users.

Today’s observances

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Each year August 23rd is observed as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO designated this day to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791 on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. UNESCO Member States organize events every year on this date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

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Today is Valentino Day which commemorates the death of Rudolf Valentino (or Rudolfo Alfonzo Raffaelo Piero Filibert Guglielmi De Valentina D’Antonguolla) who was a 1920’s film star from movies such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik.

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Today is a carefree day to soar above the earth because it is Ride the Wind Day. Catch a ride with the breeze, or float along slowly like a gentle, late summer cloud. Summer will soon be over. Catching the drift of this day is easy. Just relax, and let the wind carry you away in whatever direction it is blowing. Leave your troubles and worries behind for a spell, as you waft in the air. Some great ways to enjoy today include flying in an airplane, flying a kite, parachuting, hang gliding, riding on a motorcycle, sail boating, or getting lost in a book about flying.

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Our deal of the day takes you to the sky. The paperback Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet by Heather Poole falls into the memoir genre. Amazon gives the following description:

Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of “Galley Gossip,” a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.

 

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Read some poetry to your favorite senior citizen today.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” 
― Plato

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Happy Hump Day. We have made it half way through another work week. Congratulations! Celebrate by giving yourself a chance to win one of my favorite books and an Amazon gift card worth $10.

This day in history

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On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the Union.

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Some of the writers born August 21st include:

Jules Michelet (1798), Emilio Salgari (1862), William Henry Ogilvie (1869), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Ruth Manning-Sanders (1886), Constance McLaughlin Green (1897), Angel Karaliychev (1902), Don E. Fehrenbacher (1920), Thomas S. Monson (1927), X. J. Kennedy (1929), Melvin Van Peebles (1932), Robert Stone (1937), Hugh Wilson (1943), Margo Kane (1951), Harry Smith (1951), Ivan Stang (1953), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), and Daniel Dickey (1986).

Today is….

 

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day, also known as Ecological Debt Day.
Just as a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network measures humanity’s demand for and supply of natural resources and ecological services. They estimate that in approximately eight months, we demand more renewable resources than what the planet can provide for an entire year. In 2012, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 22. This year it is one day earlier. While only a rough estimate of time and resource trends, Earth Overshoot Day is as close as science can be to measuring the gap between our demand for ecological resources and services, and how much the planet can provide. Throughout most of history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and roads, to provide food and create products, and to absorb our carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. But in the mid-1970s, we crossed a critical threshold: Human consumption began outstripping what the planet could reproduce. Ecological Debt Day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by Earth that year), by the world Ecological Footprint (humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian calendar year. The goal of Global Footprint Network’s Earth Overshoot campaign is to bring the idea of limited global resources into people’s minds. The basic question is: What happens when an infinite-growth economy runs into a finite planet?

 

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The third Wednesday of August is National Medical Dosimetrist Day. Each year, the third Wednesday of August is designated as the day for celebrating medical dosimetry professionals around the world, recognizing the importance of their profession and honoring their contributions. Dosimetrists are members of a team that contributes toward cancer survivorship on a daily basis.


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Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, a day to honor our elderly population. President Ronald Reagan said in his August 19, 1988 Presidential Proclamation, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.” Spend some time with senior citizens today. Show your appreciation for them. Perhaps do some volunteer work in support of the elderly. If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There’s bound to be plenty offers today.


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Today is “Poet‘s Day” and a time for us to acknowledge and honor all those truly talented bards whose inner pain and personal sorrow has given us volumes of prose to recite and contemplate.

 

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Our deal of the day is in honor of Poet’s Day. We are reducing the price this week on the Hardcover book The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove. We have a new copy that is still in its original shrink wrap. Amazon gives the following description:


Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

 

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Enjoy the radio this Tuesday.

Tuesday August 20

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”
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Happy Tuesday to you. Many of the schools have started back up now and the families are falling back into the routines that fall aside in the summer months. Have your days fallen into the predictable pattern of the school year?

This day in history

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Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection on August 20, 1858 in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.

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The American Civil War was declared over by President Andrew Johnson on this day in 1866.

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The Great Fire of 1910, which is commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn, occurred August 20, 1910 in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Approximately 3 million acres were burned. The Big Burn

In honor of this anniversary we are reducing the price of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan for one week only, starting today. Goodreads gives the following description:

 

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men—college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps—to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.

 

Today we are celebrating

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It is National Radio Day, a day that celebrates a great invention and communications medium. The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention. Celebrate today by finding some music or talk station you enjoy, and listen to the radio. You can also thank your favorite radio personality or others involved in the industry.

Happy Birthday

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Some of the writers who were born August 20th include:

Thomas Corneille (1625), Bolesław Prus (1847), Jakub Bart-Ćišinski (1856), Edgar Guest (1881), Dino Campana (1885), Phan Khoi (1887), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Tarjei Vesaas (1897), Vilhelm Moberg (1898), Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Jean Gebser (1905), Jacqueline Susann (1918), Walter Bernstein (1919), Vasily Aksyonov (1932), Tom Mangold (1934), Ron Paul (1935), Robin Oakley (1941), Jo Ramírez (1941), Henryk Broder (1946), Connie Chung (1946), Alan Hardwick (1949), Greg Bear (1951), Al Roker (1954), Agnes Chan (1955), David O. Russell (1958), Patricia Rozema (1958), John Stehr (1958), Greg Egan (1961), David Walliams (1971), Marcus Mastin (1975), and Mac Tonnies (1975).

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Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States was born on this day in 1833. Harrison was born in Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, at age 21. He became a prominent politician there. This Republican was elected to the presidency in 1888 when he defeated the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. His administration is remembered most for economic legislation, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. He is to date the only U.S. president from Indiana and the only one to be the grandson of another president. Benjamin was a grandson of President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a Virginia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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