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Monday, September 30, 2013


Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
Arnold Lobel

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We finally made it through September. Is your fall going well? Are you ready for October? Grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy today’s dose of history and holidays.



The World Series was televised for the first time on September 30, 1947. The game featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.


The United States Congress passed an Amendment on September 30, 1996 that bars the possession of firearms for people who were convicted of domestic violence, even misdemeanor level.


Blasphemy Day

Blasphemy Rights Day International is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry. The day was set on September 30, to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.


International Translation Day

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on September 30th, on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognized International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalisation.


National Mud Pack Day

Pile on the facial on National Mud Pack Day. Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. It is still popular. But, the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to keep the skin young, soft and supple. A mud pack is a quick treatment for bee stings. Use it, if needed, when you are out on a hike, or until you can get to a place to be treated for bee and wasp stings.


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The News of the World tabloid began publication in London on October 1, 1843.


Yosemite National Park was established by the U.S. Congress on the first of October in 1890.

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The first game of the modern World Series was played between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 1, 1903.

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Mensa International was founded in the United Kingdom on October 1, 1946.

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The first appearance of In God We Trust on U.S. Paper currency was October 1, 1957.

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Walt Disney World opened in Florida on October 1, 1971. Exactly eleven years later EPCOT Center opened at the resort.

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Cartoon Network began broadcasting on October 1, 1992.


International Day of Older Persons

The United Nations General Assembly voted in December of 1990 to establish October 1 as International Day of Older Persons. The holiday was observed for the first time in 1991. The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

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World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day is observed annually on October 1. It is a day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental,health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, which ends with November 1, World Vegan Day, as the end of that month of celebration. Vegetarian Awareness Month has been known variously as Reverence for Life month, Month of Vegetarian Food, and more.



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On October 2, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.

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Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published October 2, 1950.


The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton on October 2, 1996.

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In “Around the World in 80 Days”, on October 2, Phileas Foggs took a bet that he could travel around the world in 80 days.


International Day of Non-Violence

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 2, the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. The United Nations General Assembly voted in 2007 to establish October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate the day in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.”

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Balloons Around The World Day

The first Wednesday of October is Balloons Around the World Day. There’s nothing quite as magical as watching somebody create balloon animals or sculptures. The balance between them unleashing their creativity and the tension of suspecting that the balloons might burst at any moment as they twist, bend and fold creates a magical atmosphere. Balloons Around The World Day is about sharing happiness and ‘giving a smile’ through the giving and sharing of balloon art – whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, why not give balloon art a go at home, at work, or on the streets?

National Custodial Workers Day

October 2nd is National Custodial Workers Day. Give your custodial worker a big thanks. At your school, church, place of employment, and a variety of other places, your custodial support are silently at work all year long. They are the workers who clean and keep in good repair, the facility that you enjoy. They seldom get recognition. They are usually in the background or “behind” the scene.

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World Farm Animals Day

World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and slaughtered for food. World Day for Farmed Animals will continue until animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products. Each year approximately 65 billion animals are killed to produce meat, eggs, and dairy. More animals are killed for food than for all other reasons combined. Most of these animals are raised on factory farms, where they are confined, mutilated, and raised to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death.




On October 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances. This was the last time he was seen in public before his death.


The first successful launch of a V-2/A4-rocket from Test Stand VII in Germany occurred on October 3, 1942. This was the first man-made object to reach space.

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The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurred October 3, 1951 when the New York Giants‘ Bobby Thomson hit a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca. This won them the National League pennant after being down 14 games.


Sports Encyclopedia Baseball

We are lowering our price for this week only on The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 8th Edition.

The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 1988 covers the history of every player, every team, and every season from 1901 through 1988, with detailed statistics and text summaries, as well as full coverage of this year’s exciting pennant race.


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The Mickey Mouse Club debuted on October 3, 1955 on ABC.

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O.J. Simpson was acquitted on October 3, 1995 of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was attacked by one of the show’s tigers on October 3, 2003. This canceled the show until 2009, when they rejoined the tiger that mauled Roy just six years earlier.


Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born September 30th include:

Rumi (1207), Alfred Wintle (1897), Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (1898), Waldo Williams (1904), Truman Capote (1924), W. S. Merwin (1927), Elie Wiesel (1928), Carol Fenner (1929), Shintaro Ishihara (1932), Jurek Becker (1937), Samuel F. Pickering, Jr. (1940), Laura Esquivel (1950), S.M. Stirling (1953), Nicola Griffith (1960), Ari Behn (1972), Jay Asher (1975), Celelia Ahern (1981), and Tea Obreht (1985).

Some of the writers born October 1st include:

William Thomas Beckford (1760), Sergey Aksakov (1791), Charles Cros (1842), Annie Besant (1847), Louis Untermeyer (1885), Ernest Haycox (1899), Daniel J. Boorstin (1914), Jimmy Carter (1924), Sandy Gall (1927), Gunter Wallraff (1942), Tim O’Brien (1946), Isaac Bonewits (1949), John Hegley (1953), Brian P. Clearly (1959), Harry Hill (1964), Jon Guenther (1968), and Ronen Altman Kaydar (1972).

Some of the writers born October 2nd include:

Francis Hopkinson (1737), Wallace Stevens (1879), Graham Greene (1904), Jack Finney (1911), John Whiteside Parsons (1914), Bernarr Rainbow (1914), Jan Morris (1926), Franklin Rosemont (1943), Vernor Vinge (1944), and Melissa Harris-Perry (1973).

Some of the writers born October 3rd include:

George Bancroft (1800), Alain-Fournier (1886), Giovanni Comisso (1895), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Gerardo Diego (1896), Louis Aragon (1897), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Natalie Savage Carlson (1906), James Herriot (1916), Gore Vidal (1925), Jack Hodgins (1938), Sara Zarr (1970), and Lindsey Kelk (1980).


This Week:


National Chimney Safety Week

Next week is Fire Prevention Week, so this week is National Chimney Safety Week. There are 3 levels of chimney inspections. Level 1 is recommended annually for all chimneys. A Level 2 inspection is required when the homeowner has made significant changes to a chimney system or when something indicates that such changes have occurred due to outside events (a fire or tornado, for example). The most complicated inspection, Level 3 requires the removal of walls or other structures for access and is generally recommended when serious hazards are suspected.


October Is:

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Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

To promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters, the ASPCA sponsors this important observance. “Make Pet Adoption Your First Option®” is a message the organization promotes throughout the year in an effort to end the euthanasia of all adoptable animals.

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American Cheese Month

October is American Cheese Month; a celebration of North America’s delicious and diverse cheeses, and the farmers, cheesemakers, retailers, cheesemongers, and chefs who bring them to your table. The purpose is to recognize and raise awareness of the quality and diversity of American cheese and support and promote great cheese, local foods, family farms, traditional methods, and sustainable production models.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pinkribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings.

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Cut Out Dissection Month

Many science classes have lab work that includes dissecting animals. Students have the right to ask for an alternative project that does not involve dead animals. Several states and large school districts have formal student choice laws or policies that guarantee students the right to an alternative without being penalized.


Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. One in ten people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In fact, with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can and do learn successfully. Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. People who are very bright can be dyslexic. They are often capable or even gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports. Dyslexia is not simply “reading backwards.”

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R.E.A.D. Outdoors with Neighbors, Tourism, Stupid Questions, and more



Friday, September 27, 2013


Sunday, September 29, 2013


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


Happy Weekend! You have made it through 270 days of 2013. Only 95 days left! Time to start thinking about holiday shopping yet?



The United States Department of Education received final approval from the U.S. Congress to become the 13th US Cabinet agency on September 27, 1979.


World Tourism Day

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

In line with the 2013 United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the 2013 theme for World Tourism Day is Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future. As the most widely celebrated global day for tourism, it represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to a more sustainable water future.

Travel With Children

To celebrate World Tourism Day we are reducing the price on the Lonely Planet book, Travel With Children by Cathy Lanigan. Amazon gives the following description:


From tots to teens, from Vegas to Vietnam, this practical book is an inspiration for every parent. With vital pre-departure advice from Lonely Planet authors and readers your family will be the best traveling companions you’ll ever have. Discover how travel can be the greatest education as your kids explore different cultures, meet local famillies and answer the age-old riddle, ‘Are we there yet?’

•Advice on breastfeeding, pregnant travel and on-the-road health
•Useful information on packing, planning and preparing for your trip
•Detailed country profiles with the best in kid-friendly sights
•Vital pre-planning information for weekends away or long hauls
•Travel games to amuse for hours
•Foreward by Lonely Planet’s Maureen Wheeler


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Crush a Can Day

How flat can you squish a can? Well, today is the day to find out! The origin of this wacky holiday seems to be smashed into oblivion. Go crush some cans today. You can take our your frustrations on empty soda cans. There are no rules for how, do it any way you want, but please try to do this safely.


Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan Day

The last Friday of September is Hug a Vegetarian/Vegan Day. Have you hugged a vegan today?


Native American Day

Native American Day is observed on different dates in different states. In California, the fourth Friday of September is set aside as a state holiday to honor Native American cultures and contributions to the state and the United States. Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution in 1968 calling for a holiday called American Indian Day. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday.

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Ask a Stupid Question Day

Although Ask a Stupid Question Day’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September. This holiday was created by teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom.According to HolidayInsights.com, “[a]t the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.”


Ancestor Appreciation Day

Ancestor Appreciation day is an observance celebrated each year on September 27th. This is a chance to reflect on our ancestors, learn more about them and the ways in which they influenced our lives. We can gain much insight by looking at our family history. Knowing about ones family history can use us a sense of purpose and provide a sense of comfort and stability in our own lives.


Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) launched National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) in 2008 to recognize the disproportionate impact of the epidemic on gay men. Check out http://aids.gov for more information.


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R.E.A.D. in America Day

The fourth Saturday of September is R.E.A.D. in America Day. R.E.A.D stands for “Reading helps everyone accomplish dreams.” This annual event’s purpose is to raise awareness about child literacy and to encourage the power of daily reading for our youth. It is through the power of reading that goals are set and dreams are accomplished. The motto is “Anything is possible if you read.”


National Good Neighbor Day

September 28th is Good Neighbor Day. Being good neighbors is an important part of the social fiber that makes this country so great. This day is to truly recognize and appreciate your good neighbor. Hopefully, one of those good neighbors is you!

In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.


National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. In 2013, the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest NPLD in the history of the event. National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “treearmy” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

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National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoorsports and conservation. Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Led by fellow sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, these early conservationists called for the first laws restricting the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time. In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement.

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Fish Amnesty Day

Fish Amnesty Day is a day to recognize fish as living animals with rights and in need of protection just the same as other vertebrates. In addition to protection of fish its purpose is also to convert near vegetarians who still eat seafood to take the final step and become fully vegetarian. This holiday was created by PETA in 1997 to coincide with, and counteract, National Hunting and Fishing Day.


Family Health and Fitness Day USA

The 17th annual Family Health & Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 28, 2013. (always on the last Saturday in September.) The event’s purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. Local organizations throughout the country will host family-related health and fitness events at schools, park districts, hospitals, YMCAs/YWCAs, malls, health clubs and other community locations.


World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the United States and the United Kingdom. World Rabies Day takes place each year on September 28, the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine. The aim is to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease, and how individuals and organizations can help eliminate the main global sources. The first World Rabies Day campaign took place in September 2007. The World Rabies Day campaign is organized through a system of global partnerships from government to local level, and a worldwide community of volunteers. Events held range from symposia on current rabies control methods and public events for raising awareness about good prevention practice, to sponsored walks, runs or bike rides, to free or externally-subsidized vaccination clinics for dogs.


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The United States Department of War first established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men on September 229, 1789.


The 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders began on September 29th of that year when the first of seven individuals died in metropolitan Chicago.

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World Heart Day

World Heart Day, which now takes place every year on September 29th, is organized by the World Heart Federation, and has been celebrated annually since 1999. The theme of the 2013 World Heart Day focuses on a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children because healthy children lead to healthy adults and healthy adults lead to healthy families and communities. Each year 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular disease, 80% in the developing world. The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level.

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International Coffee Day

Coffee Day is an annual event observed on September 29th in a handful of countries for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. While the exact origin of International Coffee Day is unknown, many countries around the world participate in this event.

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Confucius Day

Confucius Day honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers. Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, and perhaps the the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings, and gave the world 499 famous sayings. Over the years, many comical and humorous sayings have been created and referenced as sayings of Confucius, usually titled “Confucius Says”. As a rule of thumb, if the saying is humorous, chances are it is not a true saying by this great scholar.

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Gold Star Mother’s Day

GoldStar Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. Each year on Gold Star Mother‘s Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation’s flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.

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Punctuated Banned Books, Dogs, Deafness, Bisexuality and so much more


Monday, September 23rd


Thursday, September 26th



Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This Week Is:


Banned Books Week

The last week of September each year is Banned Books Week, so this year it is September 22-28. Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language,
    racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit,
    suicide, unsuited for age group

  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language,
    religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group,

  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language,
    sexually explicit

  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison

    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

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In honor of banned books week we are reducing the price on several titles that have been challenged and banned.

Arizona Kid

Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge

black beauty

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

brave new world

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Call of the Wild by Jack London


Candide by Voltaire

Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer


Deenie by Judy Blume

Face on the milk carton

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hamlet Pelican Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

King Lear

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

Lord of the flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

My Friend Flicka

My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


National Keep Kids Creative Week

All kids are creative; they’re born that way. But more than ever before, children are losing their innate ability to “think outside the box” at early ages. In schools, government standards have prompted teachers to focus on teaching skills and knowledge needed to pass tests. They hope that parents will be able to encourage children to explore and imagine. But parents, overwhelmed by the pace of their schedules, all too often don’t have time to sit down and help their kids write or draw or discover. They hope the school will pick up the slack. This week is a time to focus on creativity and let “kids be kids”.

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National Dog Week

The phrase “man’s best friend” is a well worn but accurate description of the depth of our relationship with dogs. It is that relationship which is celebrated during National Dog Week. This year, the 74th National Dog Week runs Sept. 22 through Sept. 28. “Man’s Best Friend” is this year’s theme. The idea that the dog is “man’s best friend” is believed to have originated during a closing argument given by Sen. George Graham Vest, of Missouri. Vest, a lawyer, was representing a man whose dog was deliberately shot and killed by a neighbor. The grief stricken dog owner was suing the neighbor for damages. In his closing argument, Vest gave what has become the famous “Tribute to the American Dog.” The speech to the jury was so powerful that it not only won the case, it has been inscribed in a monument in Warrensburg, Missouri. William Safire included it in his compendium of the world’s great speeches. National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Captain Will Judy, a noted dog judge and former publisher of Dog World Magazine. The purpose of National Dog Week is to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets and to their communities, particularly those organizations dedicated to caring for unwanted or lost dogs.

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Sea Otter Awareness Week

Sea Otter Awareness Week falls on the last week in September and is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their naturalhistory and the various conservation issues sea otters are faced with. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week and hope to inspire the conservation of these beloved marine mammals!


Deaf Awareness Week

The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. It is also known as the International Week of the Deaf (or International Week of Deaf People). The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to draw attention to deaf people, their accomplishments and their issues. During this week, many deaf organizations hold activities to celebrate and conduct public information campaigns to educate people about deafness.



The Phantom of the Opera original title: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published on September 23, 1909, as a serialization in Le Gaulois.

Planet Neptune was discovered on this day in 1846.


Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Celebrate Bisexuality Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual and otherwise non-monosexual people in their lives. First observed in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas. This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities. In its first year, an observance was held during the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which occurred during the week of the 23rd. While at first it only took hold in areas with an extremely strong bisexual presence, it is now celebrated worldwide.

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Checkers Day and Dogs in Politics Day

September 23rd is Checkers Day, It is also Dogs in Politics Day. You may be wondering what the connection is. In 1952, Richard M. Nixon was a candidate for Vice-President of the United States, running with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Media speculation centered around an $18,000 campaign contribution, and speculation that Nixon may have used some for his personal use. In a brilliant political maneuver, Nixon took his case to the American people. On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon gave a speech that directly addressed and explained the issue. He assured the public that he did not use any of the funds for personal use. Towards the end of the speech, he stated that his daughters had received a dog, which they named “Checkers”, as a gift. He said they would keep the dog. This speech quickly became known as the “Checkers” speech, and went on to be one of the better speeches in American political history. With “Checkers” the dog included in the speech, this day was sometimes referred to as Dogs in Politics Day.



The office of the United States Attorney General and the federal judiciary system were created on September 24, 1789 when the United States Congress passed the Judiciary Act and the composition of the Supreme Court of the United States was ordered.


Punctuation Day

September 24th is a day for celebration of the lowly comma, the correctly used question mark and other proper uses of periods, semicolons and the ever-mysterious ellipses. National Punctuation Day is the brainchild of Jeff and Norma Rubin, of Pinole, California. They’re writers and educators, and they think it’s high times kids learned that there are rules that govern punctuation—that people judge you by the way you write.

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National Voter Registration Day

Millions of Americans did not vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. On September 24, 2013, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.

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National Woman Road Warrior Day

The fourth Tuesday of September is a day of recognition for the nation’s travelingbusinesswomen. Like their male counterparts, Woman RoadWarriors open and close deals, make sales, give presentations, attend or lead seminars and maintain that all-important in-person presence in the often impersonal corporate world. But simultaneously, many are often charged with keeping their families on track at home—especially their babies, toddlers and multitasking school-age children—and nurture them, even from a long distance.


National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Cherries Jubilee Day is this Tuesday, guaranteed to make cherry lovers jubilant. Cherries Jubilee is easy to make. All you need is a can of cherry pie filling, some cognac (or brandy) and vanilla ice cream.



One decade ago, on September 25, 2003, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck just offshore Hokkaidō, Japan.

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National Comic Book Day

National Comic Book Day is observed each year on September 25th. This is a day to share a comic book with a friend. Comic books are great reading. They either tell an ongoing story, provide humor, or offer intrigue and suspense. In all comic books, good eventually prevails over evil. So, comic books always make us feel good. Comic books have great value as a collectors item. Don’t ever throw away those old comic books. Down the road, the series you are collecting today, may be worth its weight in gold!


National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. This year’s event is set for Wednesday, September 25, 2013, and in future years, is always be held on the last Wednesday in September. This unique national program — with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. — focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.


National One-Hit Wonder Day

September 25th is the day to celebrate every artist who has conspired to give us one massively successful song and the grand total of nothing since. One-Hit Wonder Day was established by music journalist Steve Rosen back in 1990 to pay tribute to those who have had their five minutes (or less) of fame and subsequently vanished, leaving us only a catchy (hopefully!) tune to remember them by. Many of the songs are so good, you can clearly understand why they climbed the charts. But in the case of some of the other one hit wonders, when you listen to some of the songs, you scratch your head trying to figure out just what was the appeal. Today is the day to sing and dance to those here-today gone-tomorrow chart toppers, those musical artist that everybody hurried to go buy the “Cassingle”.

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International Ataxia Awareness Day

Chances are that you have never heard of ataxia. That is why the National Ataxia Foundation and other ataxia organizations throughout the world have declared September 25, 2013 as International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAS) to help get the word out about ataxia. 2013 is the 14th year that an international public awareness campaign has been implemented. The goal of IAAD is for every individual to participate in some activity, creating awareness about ataxia.

Ataxia is a group of rare and often fatal degenerative neurological disorders. An estimated 150,000

people in the United States are affected by ataxia. Symptoms are progressive and often impact

coordination, hearing, vision, and speech. Ataxia affects both genders and all ages, but too often ataxia

strikes children and young adults. At this time, there is no effective treatment or cure for ataxia.

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Hoshana Rabbah

The seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which falls on September 25 this year, is known as Hosana Rabbah. This day is marked by a special synagogue service in which seven circuits are made by the worshipers with their lulav and etrog, while the congregation recites Hoshanot. It is customary for the scrolls of the Torah to be removed from the ark during this procession.


Shmini Atzeret

Shmini Atzere begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 25 and ends in the evening of Thursday, September 26. This is “the Eighth [day] of Assembly]” and is a Jewish holiday.



The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established September 26, 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act.


World Maritime Day

The last Thursday of September each year is observed as World Maritime Day. The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shippingsafety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work. Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day.

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Happy Birthday:

Some of the writers born September 23rd include:

William Holmes McGuffey (1800), Victoria Woodhull (1838), Mary Church Terrell (1863), Emma Orczy (1865), Les Haylen (1898), Jaroslav Seifert (1901), Dominique Aury (1907), Jacques Poulin (1937), George Jackson (1941), Floella Benjamin (1949), Jerry Jenkins (1949), Mark Bego (1952), Peter David (1956), Bill Phillips (1964), Karl Pilkington (1972), and Chris Hawkins (1975).

Some of the writers born September 24th include:

Horace Walpole (1717), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), A. P. Herbert (1890), F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), Ham Fisher (1900), Robert Lewis Taylor (1912), Jan Carew (1920), Sheila MacRae (1924), John Brunner (1934), Yves Navarre (1940), John Kessel (1950), Douglas Kmiec (1951), Michael J. Varhola (1966), Shamim Sarif (1969), and Casey Johnson (1979).

Some of the writers born September 25th include:

Charles Robert Maturin (1782), Lope K. Santos (1879), Lu Xun (1881), Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff (1889), Jessica Anderson (1916), Robert Laxalt (1923), Barbara Walters (1929), Shel Silverstein (1930), Manouchehr Atashi (1931), Aram Saroyan (1943), Cherrie Moraga (1952), Luanne Rice (1955), W. Daniel Hillis (1956), and Bill Simmons (1969).

Some of the writers born September 26th include:

Joseph Furphy (1843), Edith Abbott (1876), Edwin Keppel Bennett (1887), J. Frank Dobie (1888), T. S. Eliot (1888), Robert Staughton Lynd (1892), Vladimir Voinovic (1932), Andrea Dworkin (1946), Jane Smiley (1949), Minette Walters (1949), Will Self (1961), and Mark Haddon (1962).

This Month Is:


National Coupon Month

Since the first handwritten Coca-Cola coupon in 1887, Americans have been using coupons to save on everything from groceries to clothing to entertainment. In 1998, the PMA designated September as National Coupon Month. With coupon distribution and redemption at historically high levels, more attention is being given to this savings tool in today’s economy. By just spending 20 minutes a week clipping and clicking, you could save over $1,000 annually. Grab your scissors, snatch a Sunday circular, and let the coupon clipping commence!

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Mold Awareness Month

September marks Mold Awareness Month and many believe it is a great time to evaluate your home. Studies have shown that there is an association between factors related to indoor dampness, like, mold and mildew, and a wide variety of respiratory illnesses, including asthma, asthma exacerbation, respiratory infections, and upper respiratory tract symptoms such as cough, wheezing and dyspnea.

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Among other month long observances in September, it is also:

Little League Month

International Square Dancing Month

Classical Music Month

Subliminal Communications Month

Sports and Home Eye Health & Safety Month

Pleasure Your Mate Month

National Skin Care Awareness Month

National Preparedness Month

National Pediculosis (Head Lice) Prevention Month

National Sickle Cell Month

National Recovery Month

Sea Cadet Month

Childrens’ Good Manners Month

National Osteopathic Medicine Month

National Home Furnishings Month

National DNA, Geonomics & Stem Cell Education Month

Library Card Sign-up Month

International People Skills Month

Happy Cat Month

College Savings Month

National Rice Month

Go Wild During California Wild Rice Month

Eat Chicken Month

National Blueberry Popsicle Month

Whole Grains Month

National Organic Harvest Month

National Prime Beef Month

Passion Fruit and Peach Month
Peas and Radish Month

Bourbon Heritage Month
Chili Peppers and Figs Month

Great American Low-Cholesterol, Low-fat Pizza Bake Month

Hunger Action Month

National Honey Month

National Mushroom Month

Better Breakfast Month
All American Breakfast Month

Baby Safety Month

National Child Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Backpack Safety America Month
Atrial Fibrillation Month

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Clean Up in Peace and Gratitude with Military, Tradesmen, and Hobbits!


Friday, September 20, 2013


Sunday, September 22, 2013



But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”
Daphne du Maurier


Are you enjoying your September? We have your weekend trivia and observances and will be back on Monday with the events and observances for the last week of September.



On September 20, 1973, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.


In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people on September 20, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror“.


On September 20, 2011, the United States ended its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve in the military openly for the first time.


National Punch Day

National Punch Day is September 20th. The word “punch” allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.” In the early 1600s, sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought a new exotic drink from India to England. The beverage was made with five ingredients—spirits, lemon, sugar, water, and tea. Punch spread from country to country and became one of the most popular party drinks in the world. There are hundreds of different punch recipes now.

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POW/MIA Recognition Day

The third Friday of September is POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. It also seeks the return of the remains of fallen soldiers.

The first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was July 18, 1979. It was the result of resolutions passed in Congress. The first national ceremony was held on this date. Over the next several years, it was held in varying dates of the year. Finally, in 1986, The National League of Families proposed the third Friday in September as a day to recognize and remember POW/MIAs. This date was selected, as it is not associated with any wars. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation on this day.

Please take a few moments to remember our missing soldiers, and those held as prisoners of war. Attend a ceremony in your area. Say a prayer for POWs and MIAs. Also, write to your senators and congressman to urge continued and increased effort towards bringing every service man and woman home.


National Tradesmen Day

The third Friday of September is also National Tradesmen Day. Tradesmen are the ones that build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing, and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation. Say “thanks” to your favorite Tradesmen! Irwin Tools initiated the special day for professional tradesmen three years ago. The skilled workers such as bricklayers, roofers, plumbers and many others deserve the recognition for their daily contributions to our lives.


Clean Up the World Weekend

September 20-22 is Clean Up Your World Weekend. In addition to uniting millions in global environmental action, Clean Up the World Weekend serves as a celebration of participants’ year round activities. By promoting their achievements internationally, Clean Up the World focuses public attention on global community concerns for the environment and how each individual can make a positive contribution to a cleaner and healthier world.

Groups, organizations, schools and businesses from communities around the world unite on Clean Up the World Weekend to take action at a local level to address global environmental issues. Activities can include clean up’s, tree plantings or environmental awareness raising activities.


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The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial was published in the New York Sun on September 21, 1897.

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International Day of Peace

International Peace Day was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in mind….to stop war and violence. Created and sponsored by the United Nations, this day seeks to end war, starting today. The United Nations goal for this day is “a day of non-violence and ceasefire”. To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City).

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has dedicated the World Peace Day 2013 to Peace education in an effort to refocus minds and financing on the preeminence of peace education as the means to bring about a culture of peace. Armed with the Arts, announced in May 2013, is a global campaign to increase awareness of Peace Day and promote peace education within schools and community groups through the Peace Crane Project.

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World Gratitude Day

The United Nations Meditation Group created World Gratitude Dayto express appreciation for the great things that individuals and groups do. This recognition is on a global basis. According to their website: “World Gratitude Day presents an award to someone who we feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of Globalism.” This group also suggests that you find something to be grateful for, and remember the feeling. On a smaller scale, seek to give gratitude and appreciation to people in your life who have done good deeds. It could be something as simple as a “thank you” or a card of thanks to someone. Or, you could offer some type of certificate or plaque of appreciation from a group you belong to, for contributions from individuals inside or outside of your group.


Miniature Golf Day

This Saturday is a great day to go play a round of miniature golf at the local course because it is Miniature Golf Day. Miniature golf is wildly popular by adults and children. It’s a great date for couples, young and old. It’s a great place to hold a birthday party for kids. You don’t have to be good at miniature golf. With twists, turns, and a variety of obstacles, your score is partially the result of luck. And, that’s half of the fun of it.

We certainly hope that your day is up to par!


World Alzheimer’s Day

The theme for this years World Alzheimer’s Day is “A Journey of Care”. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) launched the International Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, 1994 and it has been observed each year since.

The ignorance about the disease and its symptoms has wrecked a number of families and has turned their world upside down when they have to deal with a patient from their family. And the knowledge about what the disease actually is and how the patients should be taken care of can change the way of life of such caregivers and also patient who needs the most care and support in this difficult time.

The World Alzheimer’s Day focuses on getting more people know about the disease and why and how the patients could be managed though the disease itself cannot be cured or controlled as per the development now. The first people who should be educated on the symptoms and management of the disease are those who have someone suffering from it.



The 2013 Octoberfest begins September 21 and runs through October 5. This two week festival is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. While it is a giant world festival in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations are held around the world. It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Each year, the Oktoberfest is opened, as the mayor of Munich taps a keg a of beer. There is even a special brew made, aptly called Oktoberfest beer. Oktoberfest is not just a celebration of beer. It is a huge festival with lots of food, music, dancing, rides, and carnival booths. Each year millions of people from all over the world come to the fair. Oktoberfest celebrations and festivals are held around the world during this time. These festivals also celebrate the rich heritage of the German people.

The very first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810. It was held to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig 1) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding took place on October 12th, and a great horse race (in celebration of the marriage) was held a few days later on October 17th. The marriage was celebrated annually, and came to be known as Oktoberfest.

Early Oktoberfest celebrations were held in October. The festival was eventually moved to September, as the weather was better earlier in the Fall. Oktoberfest has been held annually since 1810. Throughout this time, it has been canceled a few times, due to wars, and once due to a major Cholera outbreak (1854) in the region. Over the years, the festival grew. Carnival booths appeared. Beer became a central theme, and flowed freely. Food was a big part of the festivities. And, later rides were added.



On September 22, 1789, the office of United States Postmaster General was established .

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The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published September 22, 1888.


Business Women’s Day

Business Women’s Day is an American holiday, nationally recognized each September 22. September 22, 1949 is the day which the American Business Women’s Association was founded. It’s mission is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition”.

The holiday commemorates the important legacy and contributions of the more than 68 million American working women and 7.7 million women business owners. The roots of this special day go back to the late 1940s. While men were off fighting World War II, women filled the void in the workforce. The returning soldiers found the women eager to have their men return. But, many women were not anxious to return to traditional roles in the home. Since this time, women’s role and contributions in the workforce have grown and evolved.


Wife Appreciation Day

The third Sunday of September is Wife Appreciation Day. There are few cultural clichés quite as entrenched as the supportive, caring, considerate wife. But believe it or not, it’s not all a big con; the bond between husband and wife runs deep, and it’s important to recognize that level of commitment and dedication to a partner. Wife Appreciation Day encourages husbands and partners to surprise their wives (nicely, fellows) with gifts, recognition and above all, appreciation.

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September 22 is OneWebDay, an annual day of Internet celebration and awareness. The stated goal of founder Susan P. Crawfordis for OneWebDay to foster and make visible a global constituency that cares about the future of the Internet.

The first ever OneWebDay was held on September 22, 2006. A website was established and a global network of events promoted. The suggested theme for this years events is to emphasize web accessibility. Late in 2012 the Internet Society issued a report – Internet use by persons with disabilities: Moving Forward – exploring both the business case and the human rights perspective for improved accessibility to the Internet for persons with disabilities. The Internet Society’s motto is “The Internet is for Everyone,” reflecting the belief that access to the Internet is a fundamental public policy issue. Apart from access to infrastructure and equipment, accessibility depends on making physical devices and online services useful to everyone, including persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities form the world’s largest minority according to the United Nations. There are internationally recognized accessibility guidelines developed by W3C on web content, authoring tools and user agents.


World Car Free Day

Each year on or around September 22, people from around the world get together to remind the world that we don’t have to accept our car-dominated society. The organization behind this day wants people to not only get out of their cars but to stay out of their cars. They want a permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars. Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year. As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.


National Centenarian’s Day

September 22nd is a day to recognize and honor individuals who have lived a century or longer. A day not only to recognize the individuals but to listen to them discuss the memories- filled with historical information- they have of their rich lives. The average age of the American population is on a steady climb, and the national median is nearly 37. As people grow older, many tend to become a little vague about their exact age. After about 85, though, they tend to become proud of their longevity. Not too many years ago, someone who had lived to be 100 was a true rarity. Even today, those reaching 100 are contacted by the White House, and often the national and local media. Now, generations of good nutrition and medical care are paying off, and the picture has changed. On this National Centenarians Day, there are some 53,000 Americans aged 100 or over, almost 83 percent of them women. In 1980, the number was 32,000.

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National White Chocolate Day

It’s National White Chocolate Day! White chocolate was invented by the Nestlé company in Switzerland. The first white chocolate bar debuted in 1930. Despite its long history, for many years the confection we know as “white chocolate” was not officially chocolate at all. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids—one of the main ingredients in traditional chocolate. In 2004, ten years after chocolate manufacturers filed the first petition, the FDA finally relaxed its definition of “chocolate” and accepted white chocolate into the family. According to the regulations, true white chocolate must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% total milk solids, 3.5% milk fat, and less than 63% sugar.



Elephant Appreciation Day

Today is a day for fans of elephants. This is a big, elephant sized day. We feel it should be celebrated in a big way. Little kids and big kids are fascinated by elephants. In a zoo, in the circus, or a wildlife special on television, elephants captivate us by their sheer size. This is your chance to let them see that you appreciate them. Showing your appreciation for them starts with a visit to your local zoo. They will be happy to see you. Making a donation towards their support, is a great way to show your appreciation.

Mission Media Inc. created in 1996, largely because elephants are ….large. (and a whole lot of other great things.) The founder, Wayne Hepburn, received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became fascinated by them. He amassed a huge collections of elephant books and paraphernalia. His fascination and love of elephants, led to the creation of this day so you and I can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.


Autumnal Equinox

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the “autumnal (fall) equinox” in the northern hemisphere. However, in the southern hemisphere, it’s known as the “spring (vernal) equinox”.

September Equinox in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. is on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM PDT.

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Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week

Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age. The week that contains Hobbit Day is Tolkien Week.

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978. Due to the discrepancies between the Shire Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar there is some debate about when toe celebrate Hobbit Day.

The Fellowship of the Ring opened with a celebration of Bilbo’s birthday. It was a large party with food, fireworks, dancing and much merriment. Some Tolkien fans celebrate by having party and feasts emulating the hobbit’s parties. Other fans celebrate by simply going barefooted in honor of the hobbits. Some schools, libraries, and book sellers use this as an opportunity to pique interest in Tolkien’s work by putting up displays and hosting events.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born September 20th include:

Kate Harrington (1831), Upton Sinclair (1878), Charles Williams (1886), Stevie Smith (1902), Geraldine Clinton Little (1923), Donald Hall (1928), Keith Roberts (1935), Jude Devereaux (1947), Steve Gerber (1947), Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (1947), George R. R. Martin (1948), Javier Marias (1951), and Arn Anderson (1958).

Some of the writers born September 21st include:

H.G. Wells (1866), Stephen King (1947), Marsha Norman (1947), Mark Levin (1957), Kelley Eskridge (1960), Frederic Beigbeder (1965), Samantha Power (1970), Heather Brewer (1973), and Vanessa Grigoriadis (1973).

Some of the writers born September 22nd include:

John Home (1722), Theodore Hook (1788), Wilhelm Wattenbach (1819), Ferenc Oslay (1883), Uri Zvi Grinberg (1896), Esphyr Siobodkina (1908), Charles Keeping (1924), Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), Leila Hadley (1926), Fay Weldon (1931), Robert Morace (1947), Jo Beverley (1947), Jim Keith (1949), Elizabeth Bear (1971), and Emilie Autumn (1979).


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Constitutional Pirates Balance Mexican Independence during Sukkot and more


Monday, September 16 through Thursday, September 19, 2013


In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer J. Adler


Yet another week has come around. We are half way through September already, and the summer heat is still here and causing some issues for this blogger. Hope all our readers are staying cool and comfortable.

This Week is:


Balance Awareness Week

The third week of September is Balance Awareness Week. This is the 17th annual observance by the Vestibular Disorders Association. The goal of Balance Awareness Week is to help people recognize the symptoms of a vestibular disorder so that they can seek help to receive an accurate diagnosis and get effective treatment.


Build A Better Image Week

The third week of September is also Build a Better Image Week. To be a success, you need to look like one. This week is set aside for people to evaluate their professional image and take the steps necessary to improve on it. This is a great time to start setting some personal goals.

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National Indoor Plant Week

The third full week of September is also National Indoor Plant Week. The goal is to be a nation-wide effort to increase awareness of the value of plants. Everyone and Anyone Can Celebrate National Indoor Plant Week. National Indoor Plant Week was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe. Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically. Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people.


P2 Week

Pollution Prevention Week, often referred to as P2 Week, runs from September 15 through 21 this year. The 2013 theme is P2 at the Crossroads. This week is an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and government to emphasize and highlight their pollution prevention and sustainability activities and achievements, expand current pollution prevention efforts, and commit to new actions.

Dirty Water

We are lowering our already low price this week on the hardcover book Dirty Water: One Man’s Fight to Clean Up One of the World’s Most Polluted Bays by Bill Sharpsteen. Amazon gives the following description:


Dirty Water is the riveting story of how Howard Bennett, a Los Angeles schoolteacher with a gift for outrageous rhetoric, fought pollution in Santa Monica Bay–and won. The story begins in 1985, when many scientists considered the bay to be one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world. The insecticide DDT covered portions of the sea floor. Los Angeles discharged partially treated sewage into its waters. Lifeguards came down with mysterious illnesses. And Howard Bennett happily swam in it every morning.

By accident, Bennett learned that Los Angeles had applied for a waiver from the Clean Water Act to continue discharging sewage into the bay. Incensed that he had been swimming in dirty water, Bennett organized oddball coalition to orchestrate stunts such as wrapping brown ribbon around LA’s city hall and issuing Dirty Toilet Awards to chastise the city’s administration. This is the fast-paced story of how this unusual cast of characters created an environmental movement in Los Angeles that continues to this day with the nationally recognized Heal the Bay. Character-driven, compelling, and uplifting, Dirty Water tells how even the most polluted water can be cleaned up-by ordinary people.



National Love Your Files Week
Behind every great genius, there are well organized files. This week, take some time to show the files in your life that you care. Slay the vicious monster of disorganization: all it takes is a click, a drag and a drop. Show your files some appreciation by trying some new file management techniques. Throw out or delete anything you know you won’t need anymore, just in time to let the chaos of holiday clutter start to pile up.
A good filling system can be a savior to your life and your business. Whether you’re having trouble sorting through the files on your work computer just to find the latest version of a document, or have to sort through a huge stack of bills and files at home each week, getting organized will definitely make your life better. Since every storage system has a limit, be it a shoe box full of bills or the server in the office, cleaning out unused, out of date data can only speed the sorting process, making all aspects of your work, and home, life easier.


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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 16 was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. On this day various schools and colleges throughout the world organize classroom activities that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, climate change and ozone depletion. Other activities include – promotion of ozone friendly products, special programs and events on saving the ozone layer, and the distribution of awards to those who worked hard to protect the earth‘s ozone layer.

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Working Parents Day

Working Parents Daygives recognition to moms and dads who work hard to provide for their children. They work hard to earn money to make ends meet. They work hard to be able to afford the extras that kids want and need. This includes things like school trips, funding the proms, athletics, music, dance classes, clubs, and much, much more.


National Play Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day celebrates a great childhood play toy. Invented in the mid 1950s, it has entertained millions of children, and allowed them to express their creativity. The invention was simple. A school teacher wanted a safe modeling clay for her pre-schoolers. She asked her brother-in-law Joseph McVicker, who worked at a chemical company, to come up with something. The result was simple….flour, water and food coloring. It hit the market in 1956, and has been a popular play toy ever since.

Hasbro Toys, the current makers of Play-doh, say it a little differently. From their website, they state: “The story of PLAY-DOH modeling compound begins in 1956 when scientists at Rainbow Crafts, a Cincinnati soap and cleaning compound company, stumbled upon a new use for the unique dough-like cleaning product. The company realized this product’s potential as a child’s modeling compound; and thus, the original, reusable PLAY-DOH compound was born.”

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Collect Rocks Day

Collect Rocks Dayis a day to enjoy and add to your rock collection. Kids collect rocks because it is a fun thing to do. They even trade rocks among other rock collectors. Rocks are selected for a collection based upon a wide range of attributes. A lot of it is individual appeal. The rock could be big or small, a particular color or range of colors, smooth or rough, or display a unique characteristic. When it comes to rock collecting, beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder (or rock holder in this case).


StepFamily Day

Step Family Day was established to recognize and show appreciation for the importance and value of step-parents and extended families. This holiday was founded by Christy Borgeld of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Step Family Day was first celebrated with a picnic on September 16, 1997. The suggested method of celebration is a picnic at a park. Since it’s inception, it has slowly gained recognition and popularity. Step families are created through death of a parent, divorce or separation. Decades ago, most marriages lasted for life. Separation and divorce was often looked down upon. In today’s society divorce and remarriages are commonplace. Over 50% of all marriages end up in divorce.


Mexican Independence Day

September 16th celebrates Mexico‘s Independence from Spain. Like the U.S. Independence Day, this day is celebrated in Mexico with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics. In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo of Dolores, Mexico was planning a revolt to free the country from Spanish rule. On September 15, 1810 at 11:00 pm, Father Hidalgo rang his churchbell to call his parishioners, and rally them to fight off Spanish rule. He then made a speech to his congregation, and the fight for freedom began. Today, Mexican people mark this very special holiday, by repeating the ringing of the bells at 11:00 pm on the 15th. It is followed by a day of celebrations on the 16th. There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821. Miguel Hidalgo was a priest but was also known to have lived outside the parameters of celibacy. He was believed to have fathered children, including 2 daughters.

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Mayflower Day

Mayflower Daycelebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America, a settlement in Virginia specifically. On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women, and children were aboard. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. Every Mayflower Day, we commemorate these brave, early settlers. They were the very first immigrants, and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World. The voyage took 66 days. They landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621.


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Citizenship Day and Constitution Day

The Constitutional Congress held it’s final meeting on September 17, 1787 to sign the Constitution of the United States of America, a document for which they so painstakingly labored to create and perfect. After the meeting there was still much to do. Individual states then had to meet and vote on it. The U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until two years later on March 4, 1789. Citizenship Day, observed each September 17,celebrates being a citizen of the United States of America. America is filled with outstanding citizens, many of whom have played a direct or indirect role in making this country and what it stands for, a beacon of hope, promise and success! This special day is for all citizens, both native born, and those who chose to become Americans. It is a day to be proud to be an American; to appreciate being a citizen of this country and the rights and freedoms it brings. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill establishing Citizenship Day on September 17 of each year. The roots of this holiday go back to I Am an American Day, which was established in 1940 by Congress as the third Sunday in May. This day was moved and renamed to Citizenship Day to coincide with the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

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National Apple Dumpling Day

Be a member of the Apple Dumpling Gang on September 17 because it is National Apple Dumpling Day. This tasty fall treat is easy to make (and, even easier to buy!). With the arrival of fall and cool weather, two things happen: the apple harvest begins, and people turn indoors to cooking and baking again. Among the most popular of fall treats is apple dumplings. For those of you who enjoy ice cream, some apple dumpling recipes include a scoop of ice cream atop a generous piece of Apple Dumpling.


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The Jewish observance of Sukkot this year begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 18 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 25. This is a seven-day harvest holiday that starts four days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot hearkens back to times in ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. One of these dwellings was called a “sukkah” and “sukkot” is the plural form of this Hebrew word. These dwellings not only provided shade but allowed the workers to maximize the amount of time they spent in the fields, harvesting their food more quickly as a result. Sukkot is also related to the way the Jewish people lived while wandering in the desert for 40 years (Leviticus 23:42-43). As they moved from one place to another they built tents or booths, called sukkot, that gave them temporary shelter in the desert. Hence, the sukkot (booths) that Jews build during the holiday of Sukkot are reminders both of Israel’s agricultural history and of the Israelite exodus from Egypt.

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Blame, Attonement, Dahl, Cancer Awareness and more


September 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2013


So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”
Roald Dahl

Keep Calm and Continue Reading

It’s Friday! That means the weekend. We have quite a list of observances and facts for you today to cover this weekend.




Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 13th and ends at nightfall on September 14, 2013. This day is also known as Day of Atonement and is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people with central themes of atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

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First weekend of September


September 6, 2013

When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
John GreenLooking for Alaska


We have reached the first Friday of September. Woo-hoo for the weekend! Those of you who entered our Love Bites Giveaway last month should be receiving an email by the time the next blog gets posted with consolation prizes from both Jim Grayson and Deborah Gould to thank you for your interest. These prizes are available no where else.

This Month

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Each month there are dozens of observances. One of the observances in September include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month. The purpose is to educate healthcare groups, children and family organizations, teachers, parents and others by providing information on effective treatments for ADHD.

This weekend in history

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On September 6, 1847, Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.


Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game on September 6, 1995, breaking a record that stood for 56 years.


The first Star Trek series premiered on NBC on September 8, 1966.

Holidays and Observances for this weekend


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Read a Book Day

Today is a day we stand strongly behind. September 6th is Read a Book Day. Take time out of your busy life, and relax with a good book. Cozy up on a chair, indoors or out. It doesn’t matter where you read that book, as long as you can do so in a comfortable manner. If you doze off along the way, we won’t tell anyone. Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many positive attributes. It’s relaxing and therapeutic. It’s educational. Its entertaining. And, a whole lot of other good things, too. If you have young children, or elderly people in your home, take the time to read a book to them today. It is a wonderful time to bond with them and it creates pleasant, lasting memories.


Fight Procrastination Day

Fight Procrastination day is September 6th. This is a day to get things done, it’s a call to action. To many people, procrastination is a way of life. The more difficult the action or decision, the easier it is to join the league of procrastinators. As a procrastinator, you are in very good company. You can even become a card carrying member of a Procrastinator’s club. Today is a day to fight procrastination. Make a decision. Take action. Do it now. Do it today. It may be hard to do. But, you will be glad you did.


Neither Rain nor Snow Day


Neither Rain Nor Snow Day celebrates the opening of the New York Post Office building on September 7, 1914. This following inscription was inscribed on the building: “Neither snow nor rain not heat nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” A lot of people assume the inscription represents the Post Office motto. This assumption is incorrect. But, this inscription is very close to the old Pony Express rider’s motto. Which leads to a third misconception.. ……The Pony Express was not a government funded predecessor to today’s Post Office. The Pony Express was a courier and message delivery service. However, it was privately owned and funded. Use this day to show your appreciation to postal delivery people.


Salami Day

Salami Day was first started in 2006 in Henrico, Virginia, by the Salami Appreciation Society (SAS for short). Salami is cured sausage that has been fermented and air-dried. Countries like Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, and Spain each produce their own style of salami. The varieties differ in the coarseness or fineness of the chopped meat as well as the size and style of the casing. Although the exact origin of salami is unknown, there is evidence that fermented sausage has been made in the Mediterranean region for more than 2,000 years. Both the Romans and Greeks cured their meat so that the final product could be stored at room temperature for up to ten years without going bad. The way in which salami is fermented has many natural health benefits. For example, the final product contains lactic acid bacteria, which can help maintain a healthy digestive system. To celebrate Salami Day, enjoy some delicious salami on a sandwich, in a salad, or on its own!

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Because there is no better day than Salami day to give you a discount on the second book in the Hank Zipzer series we are lowering the cost of I Got a D in Salami this week only. This book is written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Jesse Joshua Watson illustrated it. This paperback book is aimed at kids 7-11 years and is 176 pages long. Amazon gives the following description:


It’s report card day-the most dreaded day in Hank’s school year. And when Hank gets his grades, they’re his worst nightmare come true: a D in spelling, a D in reading, a D in math. After school, Hank and his friends go to his mom’s deli. His mom is on the prowl-she knows a report card day when she sees one. Hank tries to stall her, but she’s going for his backpack. He’s cornered. Hank hands the report card off to his friend Frankie, who gives it to his friend Ashley, who gives it to Robert, who puts it into a meat grinder! Hank watches as his Ds are ground into a big salami, and this particular salami is being made for a very important client. How will Hank get out of this one?



International Literacy Day

The United Nations created International Literacy Day to celebrate and promote literacy all over the world. According to the UN’s UNESECO, “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.” The first celebration was on September 8, 1965.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women;60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

Celebrations of International Literacy Day have included specific themes. The 2013 theme is “Literacies for the 21st Century”. A long list of well know writers are supporting UNESCO through the Writers for Literacy Initiative.

Literacy is a means of personal liberation and development and delivering individuals educational efforts. Literacy is a method of achieving faculties to develop their economic status and general well being and inculcating values of national integration, conservation of surroundings, fairer sex’s equality, observance of standard family tradition, etc. Literacy is not just about educating, it is a unique and powerful tool to eradicate poverty and a strong means for social and human progress.

On this special day, let us take an oath to make our country as well as the world literate. It is possible if we take the very first step ourselves by sparing some time for uneducated people living around us.

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National Pet Memorial Day

People love their pets. We quickly grow attached to our pets. National Pet Memorial Day, held the second Sunday in September each year, is an opportunity to bring closure to the departure of our beloved pets. It allows us to fondly remember our departed pet(s). There are all kinds of pets. Sure dogs and cats are by far the most popular. But, pets also include rabbits, fish, turtles, crabs, snakes, hamsters, and a huge assortment of other animals. Your pet would want you to cherish their memory, then move on. Use this special day for this purpose. This very special day for pet loves was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Cremoratories(IAPC).

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Pardon Day

Pardon Day, on September 8th, an opportunity to seek forgiveness where needed. It is a day to say “Pardon Me”, or “Excuse Me” as appropriate. In today’s busy society, too many people race about their lives, forgetting the small courtesies in life. Among the easiest things to let slip by, is etiquette. Use Pardon Day to reaffirm your manners. People will like you more. And, your mom will be so proud! You can also use this day to seek pardon or forgiveness for mistakes and grievances you have committed. Take the opportunity to clean the slate and start anew.

The roots of this day go back to September 8, 1974. On this day, newly installed President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation pardoning President Richard M. Nixon of any wrong doing related to the Watergate scandal.


Grandparent’s Day

The first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent’s Day. It is only right and fitting that one day of the year is set aside to honor our grandparents. It is time to celebrate those special people who are always there with a hug, a kiss, a cookie, something special, or take us somewhere. National Grandparent‘s Day originated in 1978. Then President Jimmy Carter declared it to be the first Sunday after Labor Day. If you can, enjoy the day with them. That is the greatest gift they can receive from you. If you can’t see them, call them.

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Some of the writers born September 6th include:

Felix Salten (1869), Julien Green (1900), Carmen Laforet (1921), Bud Shrake (1931), Sergio Aragonés (1937), Dan Cragg (1939), Donna Haraway (1944), Go Nagai (1945), Raymond Benson (1955), Ali Divandari (1957), Jeff Foxworthy (1958), Elizabeth Vargas (1962), Alice Sebold (1963), Christopher Nolan (1965), Christopher Brookmyre (1968), Paul Rea (1968), Tony DiTerlizzi (1969), and China Miéville.

Some of the writers born September 7th include:

C. J. Dennis (1876), Elinor Wylie (1885), Edith Sitwell (1887), Taylor Caldwell (1900), Margaret Landon (1903), C.B. Colby (1904), Elia Kazan (1909), Nancy Keesing (1923), Eric Hill (1927), Malcolm Bradbury (1932), Sunil Gangopadhyay (1934), Denis Vagueois (1935), Joe Klein (1946), Barry Siegel (1949), Peggy Noonan (1950), and Jennifer Egan (1962).

Some of the writers born September 8th include:

Charles J. Guiteau (1841), Siegfried Sassoon (1886), Jane Arbor (1903), Gianni Brera (1919), Rasul Gamzatov (1923), Grace Metalious (1924), Robert W. Firestone (1930), Paul M. Fleiss (1933), Michael Frayn (1933), Barbara Frum (1937), Archie Goodwin (1937), Jack Prelutsky (1940), Jon Scieszka (1945), Ann Beattie (1947), Marianne Wiggins (1947), Michael Shermer (1954), Terry Tempest Williams (1955), Christopher Klim (1962), and Angela Rawlings (1978).


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Welcome to September

Monday, September 2, 2013


A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William StyronConversations with William Styron

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We are making more changes to the blog this month. Starting today we will post blogs on each Monday and Friday with an occasional additional post. Fewer blogs a week mean each post is a bit longer so let’s get to it!

This week in history

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The United States Department of the Treasury was founded September 2, 1789.

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On September 3, 1802, William Wordsworth composed the sonnet Composed upon Westminister Bridge.


On September 4, 1781, forty four Spanish settlers founded Los Angeles, California as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola.

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On the fourth of September in 1998 two students at Standford University, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founded Google.

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Tokyo DisneySea opened to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort on September 4, 2001.

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The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Trolly Troubles, was released on September 5, 1927. Oswald was a character created by Walt Disney (before Mickey Mouse).

Holidays and Observances this week:


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Labor Day

Labor day is always the first Monday of September. This is a day in honor of the worker. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you! The first Labor Day was held celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 and was started by the Central Labor Union in New York City. In 1884, it was moved to the first Monday in September. On June 28, 1894, the U.S. congress voted it a national holiday. Labor Day is also viewed as the official end of summer.

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National Beheading Day

Heads will roll because September second is National Beheading Day. Why this day exists, no one seems to know but it is listed on many sites on the internet. Beheadings have occurred throughout history on many that include commoners and Kings. Charles I of England in 1645 is probably the most notable king to be beheaded. Don’t lose your head today!


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Skyscraper Day

Skyscraper Day is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Skyscrapers are truly engineering and architectural marvels. In many crowded cities, space is in short supply, and real estate prices are ever increasing. Building “up” becomes more and more logical. As technical capabilities in construction improved, skyscrapers have become taller and taller. In addition, there is a certain prestige to have one of the tallest structures in the world in your city.

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Another Look Unlimited Day

The day after Labor day is Another Look Unlimited Day, a day devoted each year to lessening the flow to landfills, and is reserved for taking a second look around your house, attic, basement, garage, or any storage area where you may find possessions you no longer need. These items should be taken to a local charity or reused in some other project somehow.




Newspaper Carrier Day

Newspaper Carrier Day honors everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. Years ago, this job was primarily populated by kids, from pre-teen through approximately sixteen. At that age, many, but not all, kids moved to restaurant, grocery store and retail type of jobs. This job is now largely held by adults, many of them delivering the paper from their cars. This day commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier. Newspaper carriers date back to the early 1800s. On September 10, 1833, 10 year old Barney Flaherty became the first newspaper carrier. Benjamin Day, publisher of The New York Sun, hired Barney Flaherty to sell papers for his penny press. The only job requirement, was that he had to show that he could throw a newspaper into the bushes.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 4 and ends at sunset on September 6, 2013. This is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two day celebration which begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year.” The common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is “Shanah Tovah”, which, in Hebrew, means “[have a] good year” or “Ketiva VeChatima Tova” which means “[may you be] written and inscribed [for a good new year].”



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Be Late for Something Day

This Thursday is a great day to be a procrastinator. Being late for something as a common occurrence. It’s caused by a whole host of reasons. Some are intentional, some are not. Fall behind schedule early in the day, and you will be late for everything that follows. Doctors and lawyers are notoriously late for something….their appointment with you! It’s proper to be “fashionably late” for parties. It is easy and natural to enjoy this special day. All you have to do is be late for something. That’s easy for procrastinators.


Cheese Pizza Day

Order yourself a Cheese Pizza on Thursday to celebrate Cheese Pizza Day, one of America‘s favorite meals. If you decide you just have to add other toppings, its okay. We won’t tell. Did you know that Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second? Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, this is the day to celebrate one of the most popular meals in the country. In the 1800s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country. Today, there are hundreds of different pizza types and toppings, but they all originated with the classic cheese pizza. To celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day, head to your favorite pizza place or make your own homemade pizza for dinner tonight. Enjoy!

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National Payroll Week — September 2-6, 2013

This week is National Payroll Week, when we celebrate the hard work by America’s 156 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them.

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Some of the writers born this week include:

September 2nd:

William Somervile (1675), William Seymour Tyler (1810), Lucretia Hale (1820), Eugene Field (1850), Paul Bourget (1852), Romare Bearden (1911), Cleveland Amory (1917), Allen Drury (1918), Grady Nutt (1918), Andrew Grove (1936), Walt Simonson (1946), John S. Hall (1960), and Jon Berkeley (1962).

September 3rd:

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849), Andrey Dikiy (1893), Loren Eiseley (1907), Tereska Torres (1920), Marguerite Higgins (1921), Alison Lurie (1926), Cherry Wilder (1930), Sergei Dovlatov (1941), Malcolm Gladwell (1963), Kiran Desai (1971), and Justin Halpern (1980).

September 4th:

Mary Renault (1905), Richard Wright (1908), Syd Hoff (1912), Victor Kiernan (1913), Craig Clairborne (1920), Per Olof Sundman (1922), Joan Aiken (1924), Forest Carter (1927), and Drew Pinsky (1958).

September 5th:

Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817), Humphrey Cobb (1899), Helen Creighton (1899), Arthur Koestler (1905), Leila Mackinlay (1910), Frank Yerby (1916), Justin Kaplan (1925), Paul William Roberts (1950), Victor Davis Hanson (1953), Frederick Kempe (1954), Chris Gore (1965), and Richard Marsland (1976).

See you Friday!


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And the Love Bites Winner is…

September 1,  2013

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First of all, a big THANK YOU to all who entered Village Book Shop’s first online giveaway.

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The Stats:

We had a total of 1436 entries

At the closing of the giveaway we were up to:

256   Facebook likes

170  Twitter followers

  37   Pinterest followers


Since we were only able to choose one winner, we want to thank all participants with a one-time email from us that will contain a small consolation prize from Jim Grayson and free shipping on your next order with us! (Please watch for an email from villagebookshop1@aol.com).


Without further ado….

The winner of an autographed copy of Trailer Vamp—Love Bites by Jim Grayson, a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a lovely book mark is:


Congratulations Mihaela D. The winner should have an email in their inbox from villagebookshop1@gmail.com.

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The winner is being contacted by email and has 1 (one) week to respond with their mailing address so we can send them their prize. If they do not respond in the given time period of seven days, we will choose a new winner.

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Please consider buying a copy of Trailer Vamp—Love Bites: I promise it won’t hurt and is well worth your time and money. Thank you, once again, to all who entered and shared in our giveaway. Be sure to check back for more!


And for those craving your dose of trivia….


September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the number of days in the week).

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Some of the authors born September 1st include:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Eleanor Hibbert (1906), Liz Carpenter (1920), Wyatt Cooper (1927), Alan Dershowitz (1938), Lily Tomlin (1939), C. J. Cherryh (1942), Scott Spencer (1945), and Dr. Phil McGraw (1950).

What is there to celebrate today?


Emma M. Nutt Day

Emma Nutt became the first woman telephone operator on September 1, 1878. She loved the job, and worked at it for 33 years. Today is a celebration of the world of telephone operators. It was a very important job for many decades. The position has been eliminated, replaced by automation in telephone systems.


National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

Today is a day to celebrate words in the English language that do not rhyme with any other words. See how many words you can find that don’t have a rhyming buddy.

This week is

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Self-University Week has been sponsored by Autodidactic Press since 1989. Chase’s Annual Events lists the first seven days of September as Self-University Week. The purpose of the week is to remind adults that each of us has a responsibility to help shape the future by pursuing lifelong education. Traditional education in America has caused millions of people to conclude that education is something you can “finish.” Answers to our most pressing problems are found in self-education and the willingness to use reason in reaching equitable solutions. The external push for degrees in order to qualify for high-paying jobs often blinds us to the fact that education is as necessary for our general well being as it is for economic opportunity. Using learning institutions wisely depends upon a learning stance, a thirst for knowledge, and the realization that the worth of our future is bound to the quality of our learning. There are many ways to celebrate Self-University Week. Some of these include:

  • reading a book,

  • listening to audio books,

  • look up a new word each day and put it to use,

  • write a letter to an editor or lawmaker,

  • sign up for a workshop, seminar or class that interests you,

  • visit a library or book store and explore a section you’ve never explored before

  • reread a book you thought was “over your head” the first time you tried it

  • join a book club

  • visit a museum

  • some time time asking the wises people you know what were the major lessons they have learned from life

  • volunteer

  • write


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Frankenstein, Toasted Marshmallows and Holistic Pets

Friday, August 30, 2013



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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Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above and no copyright infringement is intended.

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