Welcome to August!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

 

 

Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?”
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Christopher Paolini

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Starting this month we are changing up our format a bit and have some other changes in the mix. We will be switching to 6 days a week of these grab bag posts, leaving Sundays for a day of rest or the occasional special post (as you’ll see this Sunday!).

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Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born August 1st include:

Luis Vélez de Guevara (1579), Francis Scott Key (1779), Lorenz Oken (1779), Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815), Herman Mellville (1819) Paul Horgan (1903), Anne Hébert (1916), Stanley Middleton (1919), Ernst Jandl (1925), Jack Shea (1928), Dušan Třeštík (1933), Robert James Waller (1939), Ram Loevy (1940), Étienne Roda-Gil (1941), David Gemmell (1948), Jim Carroll (1950), Howard Kurtz (1953), James Gleick (1954), Chuck D (1960), James St. James (1966), Thomas Woods (1972), Damien Saez (1977), and Pia Haraldsen (1981).

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Historical trivia

Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state on this day in 1876.

MTV began broadcasting in the United States on August 1, 1981 and aired its first music video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

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August Fun Fact

In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February starts on the same day. August ends on the same day of the week as November every year.

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What’s happening this week?

During the first week of World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated. The theme for 2013 is “BreastfeedingSupport: Close to Mothers”, which highlights breastfeeding peer counseling.

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Have you ever wanted to be a clown? This is your week! The first week of August is International Clown Week. This is as good a week as any to run off to the circus.

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The Pennsic War, a massive gathering of the Society for Creative Anachronism, takes place about the first week of August every year.

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The first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week. This is a good week to get rid of clutter and test out a new organization plan.

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Our special priced book for you today is in honor of Simplify Your Life Week. We are reducing the price of Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet. This paperback by Elizabeth Rogers will help you save both your planet and your and your wallet while making life easier. Check out the full description on the Amazon page.

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What we’re celebrating today!

August first is World Scout Scarf Day. All active and former scouts are asked to wear their scout scarfs in public to make the “spirit of scouting visible. Once a scout – always a scout.

It is Rounds Resounding Day. Rounds Resounding Society sponsors this day meant to celebrate the singing of rounds, catches and canons. The tradition of rounds has survived for centuries. As early as the late 14th century there were published rounds. Rounds are musical compositions where two or more people sing the same melody, basically on a loop, but start at different times. As they sing, different parts of the melody overlap, but ultimately fit together in perfect harmony. More daring performers may choose to sing a catch — a type of round where a catchphrase that might not be obvious in a single line emerges when all the singer’s voices come together, often with obscene results. The day’s motto reads: “as rounds resound and resound, all the world’s joined in a circle of harmony.”

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National Raspberry Cream Pie Day is today. A good day to enjoy raspberries or pie in any form.

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It’s National Girlfriends Day! Where would you be without your girlfriends and gal pals? Today, take a moment to step back and appreciate these lifelong friends.

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August 1st kicks off National Minority Donor Awareness Week. This is observed each year and was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. With more than half of the candidates waiting for transplant are from minority groups; thus it is very important that minorities become the active member of the transplant group and get involved in the noble cause.

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August is American Adventures Month. This month celebrates vacationing in the Americas. What is your idea of a perfect vacation? Let us know in the comments section.

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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 and no copyright infringement is intended

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