Coming out, teens, language, vision, free thought, clergy and so much more


Friday, October 11, 2013


Sunday October 13, 2013

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
Stephen King

 they put you in charges of books

Welcome to the weekend. The fall weather has finally made its appearance in our neck of the woods. Unfortunately, so has cold and flu season. Hope all of our readers are healthy, cozy, and have a wonderful weekend.


The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975. George Carlin hosted. Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian, and Billy Preston appeared as guests.

reading in space

On October 11, 2000, NASA launched STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.

casimir pulaski

General Pulaski Memorial Day

This United States holiday is in honor of the Polish hero of the American Revolution, General Kazimierz Pulaski. This holiday is held every year on October 11 by Presidential Proclamation, to commemorate his death from wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779 and to honor the heritage of Polish Americans. The observance was established in 1929.

October is Polish American Heritage Month.


National Coming Out Day

NCOD is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender—coming out regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11.

National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Eighteen states participated in the first NCOD, which was covered in the national media. After a media push in 1990, NCOD was observed in all 50 states and seven other countries. Participation continued to grow and in 1990 NCOD merged their efforts with the Human Rights Campaign Fund.

This year is the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. This year’s theme is “Coming Out Still Matters.” When people know someone who is LGBT, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It Gets Better

In honor of Coming Out Day we are lowering the price on the hardcover book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. This book, edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, is “a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site” which shows “LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years. By sharing these stories, It Gets Better reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone – and it WILL get better.”


International Day of the Girl

The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, there are dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” The official website states: “the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.”

The International Day of the Girl Child initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization that operates worldwide. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries in particular.

Southern Food Heritage Day

October 11 is Southern Food Heritage Day, the official day to pull out your cast iron pans and start up the smoker to enjoy your favorite Southern dishes. Let’s all raise our glasses to the delicacies of the South.

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World Egg Day

The second Friday of October is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs. World Egg Day is celebrated in countries all around the world. There are at least a dozen good reasons to honor the egg, but we will only mention a few. They are versatile. They have a high nutrient density. All the important amino acids, the building blocks of body protein, are found in an egg in the right proportions for your body’s needs. As for the fat found in eggs, two-thirds of it is the healthy unsaturated kind.

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World Sight Day

Each year the second Thursday of October is celebrated as World Sight Day. The theme for World Sight Day 2013 is “Universal Eye Health”. This day is dedicated to pledging perfect vision for every individual on earth. It is an event that receives global attention each year. The agencies involved help bring attention to vision related issues that are plaguing the world. The World Sight Day initiative is organized under the Vision2020 global initiative. You can visit the Vision2020 homepage and check the details to make a contribution to the cause.

Not only is October 11th a day dedicated to Sight but the Month of October is both World Blindness Awareness Month and Home Eye Safety Month.


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On October 12, 1773, America’s first insane asylum opened for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia.

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The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many US public schools on October 12, 1892 as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.


President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to the White House on October 12, 1901.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published on October 12, 1979.


Freethought Day

Freethought Day is October 12th, the annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.

The seminal event connected to Freethought Day is a letter written by then Massachusetts Governor William Phips in which he wrote to the Privy Council of the British monarchs, William and Mary, on this day in 1692. In this correspondence he outlined the quagmire that the trials had degenerated into, in part by a reliance on “evidence” of a non-objective nature and especially “spectral evidence” in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused.

Freethought Week is often observed during the week in which October 12th falls and Freethought Month during October which, of course, culminates in the holiday of Halloween.

gaturro lee

UN Spanish Language Day

Each October 12th Spanish Language Day is observed. This event was established by the UNIESCO in 2010, seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.” October 12 was chosen as the date for the Spanish language as Spain’s National Day.

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International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
October 12 is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. Celebrating this Moment of Frustration is simple: scream. Of course, a few precautions are probably in order. Don’t yell at someone, and, if there are people near enough to hear you, give them a bit of warning so they don’t start dialing 9-1-1 and running to save you. If you’re lucky, screaming like this may be so strange you’ll laugh at yourself and start feeling a bit better.

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Universal Music Day

No matter where you live, there is one language that is universal – music. Oct. 12, 2013, is Universal Music Day, an annual “holiday” observed each year on the second Saturday in October. Whether you prefer classical, country, jazz, rock or rap, Universal Music Day celebrates music of all genres.

Author, speaker/consultant, Susan Golden, founded the event back in 2007 to encourage people around the world to “experience creativity, movement, healing and joy through sound, rhythm and melody.” While Music Day should certainly be celebrated every single day of the year, Universal Music Day “brings the world together to make music from our hearts and create a world of peace, love, justice and joy.”


paddington bear

Paddington Bear, a classic character from English children’s literature, made his debut on October 13, 1958.


English Language Day

A language that was the tongue of three tribes 1,500 years ago is today the language of nearly two billion people. It has three-times more non-native speakers than native speakers. No other language comes close to matching that, and it is that that makes English global. It is the modern lingua franca, the language used by the Russians to talk to the Nigerians, the Germans to talk to the Spanish, the Chinese to talk to the Brazilians.

This year English Language Day celebrates ‘English the Global Language’. English is found on every continent. It has major speech communities in over seventy countries. It is the language of the internet. It is language of air-traffic control, of international travel, and of international business. It is the language of science.

English comes in a huge variety forms across time from Old English through Middle English to Modern English and through space from Australian through Jamaican and Indian to Zimbabwean. It exists in a thousand dialects, slangs and street forms. It exists in two major written forms, American and British.

With the role of being a global language goes the need for a large vocabulary, and the vocabulary of English is huge. The online Oxford English Dictionary has over 600,000 headwords; word collectors claim counts of one million and more words. Remarkably, the vocabulary of a university-educated person is about 50,000 words, and any one speaker can only use a tiny portion of the full range of English. English has borrowed words from 350 languages, mainly from French (20,000) and from Latin (20,000). English has given words to as many languages as it has borrowed from, and it has probably given to very many more.

clergy reading

Clergy Appreciation

Clergy Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (Oct. 13, 2013), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States. The celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.

Happy Birthday!

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Some of the writers born October 11th include:

Hans E. Kinck (1865), Francois Mauriac (1885), Joe Simon (1913), Dorothy Woolfolk (1913), T. Llew Jones (1915), Fred Bodsworth (1918), G. C. Edmondson (1922), Elmore Leonard (1925), Thich Nhat Hanh (1926), Saul Friedlander (1932), Daniel Quinn (1935), James M. McPherson (1926), R. H. W. Dillard (1937), Thomas Boswell (1947), Amos Gitai (1950), Bruce Bartlett (1951), Anne Enright (1962), Richard Paul Evans (1962), Brett Salisbury (1968), and Liz Cantor (1982).

Some of the writers born October 12th include:

Aleister Crowley (1875), Louis Hemon (1880), Paula von Preradovic (1887), Eugenio Montale (1896), Lester Dent (1904), Ding Ling (1904), John Murray (1906), Paul Engle (1908), Anne Petry (1908), Robert Fitzerald (1910), Alice Childress (1912), Alice Chetwynd Ley (1913), Robert Coles (1929), Magnus Magnusson (1929), Dick Gregory (1932), Angela Rippon (1944), Chris Wallace (1947), and Brian Kennedy (1966).

Some of the writers born October 13th include:

John Hervey (1696), Ernest Myers (1844), Mary Kingsley (1862), Albert Jay Nock (1870), Patrick Joseph Hartigan (1878), Sasha Cherny (1880), Conrad Richter (1890), Arna Bontemps (1902), Igor Torkar (1913), Richard Howard (1929), Hugo Young (1938), Mike Barnicle (1943), Mollie Katzen (1950), Claude Ribbe (1954), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (1962), Colin Channer (1963), Serena Altschul (1970), and Kira Reed (1971).

teen read week

Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week was started in 1998 and this year runs from October 13th-19th. It is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to “Read For The Fun Of It”. Teen Read Week’s sub-theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

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Bullying Bystanders Unite Week

The third full week of October is observed as Bullying Bystanders Unite Week. Approximately 864,000 teens stay home from school one day each month because they fear for their safety. Check out the Hey U.G.L.Y (Unique Gifted Loveable You) website for more information and to take the pledge.


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