Just Because Day

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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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bird by bird

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.'”


 book fork

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).


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.


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.
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