Wednesday, August 21, 2013
“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.”
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
On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the Union.
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 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?
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.
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.
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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