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Second hand clothing, bats and more this weekend

Saturday, Sunday August 24-25

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
Victor HugoLes Misérables


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Today in history

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The Gutenberg Bible was completed on August 24, 1456.

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Alaska became a United States territory 101 years ago today.


It was on this day in 1932 when Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop. Her trip took her from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey.


On August 24, 2006 The International Astronomical Union fired Pluto from it’s job as our furthest planet from the sun. Throwing a bone to Pluto for it’s long standing place and tenure as a planet, they declared Pluto a “dwarf planetoid object”. This is defined as a body that orbits the sun, has enough mass to be nearly round in shape, is not a moon, and finally, has not “cleared” it’s orbit of all debris.

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Our deal for today is on an autographed copy of the paperback book called Sunken Gillnets: Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska by William H. Nicholson. Amazon gives the following description:

Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska

During the winter of 1978, dynamic change loomed on the horizon. Ultimately, this would change our lives for the better, since my friends and I began to think of fishing another species of fish, other than salmon. Over the last few months, we heard rumblings of a potentially lucrative new herring fishery not too far from Dillingham. It sounded like a fishery that targeted on a species not too much larger than a smelt. I was interested. So were many other residents who pondered how they could make money off so small a fish.

Happy Birthday!

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Some of the writers born August 24th include:

John Taylor (1578), Robert Herrick (1591), Max Beerbohm (1872), Earl Derr Biggers (1884), Jean Rhys (1890), Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Gaylord DuBois (1899), Fernand Braudel (1902), Mary Burchell (1904), James Tiptree, Jr. (1915), Léo Ferré (1916), Howard Zinn (1922), David Ireland (1927), Betty Dodson (1929), A. S. Byatt (1936), Susan Sheehan (1937), Paulo Coelho (1947), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Orson Scott Card (1951), Oscar Hijuelos (1951), Marion Bloem (1952), Linton Kwesi Johnson (1952), Dick Lee (1956), Stephen Fry (1957), Chris Offutt (1958), Takashi Miike (1960), Major Garrett (1962), Dana Gould (1964), David Gregory (1970), Dave Chappelle (1973), John Green (1977), and Vahur Afanasjev (1979).

Some of the writers born August 25th include:

István Gyöngyösi (1620), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Nikolaus Lenau (1744), Bret Harte (1836), David Shimoni (1891), Paul Herman Buck (1899), Brian Moore (1921), Thea Astley (1925), Hal Fishman (1931), Patrick F. McManus (1933), István Gaál (1933), Charles Wright (1935), Virginia Euwer Wolff (1937), Frederick Forsyth (1938), Marshall Brickman (1941), Howard Jacobson (1942), Conrad Black (1944), Charles Ghigna (1946), Michael Kaluta (1947), Martin Amis (1949), Simon McBurney (1957), Simon McBurney (1957), Tim Burton (1958), Sterling Harwood (1958), Ian Falconer (1959), Lane Smith (1959), Marti Noxon (1964), Dan Parent (1964), Rachel Ray (1968), and John Witt (1969).


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Today is Vesuvius Day. Today is the anniversary of when Mount Vesuvius erupted in a huge explosion, one of the largest explosions in recorded history. This was in 79 A.D. The Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were destroyed by this deadly volcano when they were buried by volcanic ash and pumice. About 3,360 people died in the eruption. Mount Vesuvius also exploded a second time in 1631. At that time, it killed approximately 3,500 people.


GoTopless Day always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day (August 26th). On August 26, 1920 women earned the right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. The US Congress made August 26th into a nationally recognized date in 1971 and named it “Women’s Equality Day”. This Sunday people around the world are invited to stand up for women’s right to go topless in public. Gotopless.org has a “Boob Map” where you can find events in your area.


It’s Kiss and Make Up Day this Sunday, a great way to end a spat. Everyone, whether it be family, friends, or lovers, has an occasional fight. Today is the day to end the fight, kiss, and make up. Get over your issues and resolve your differences today.


National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is on August 25. Who doesn’t love a bargain, especially in this economy. This day celebrates both the thriftiness and practicality of second-hand clothing. Two good ways to celebrate today are to buy second-hand clothing and making a donation. The point of this event is to draw attention to the money and earth-saving benefits of buying used clothing rather than buying only new items.

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August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day. This well-loved concoction is a perennial favorite, made by mixing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally a dash of egg white, then shaking everything, straining, and serving straight or over ice. Traditionally, it is garnished with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry .Historically, its recipe first appearing in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bon Vivant’s Companion or How to Mix Drinks. There seems to be some dispute, as with many classic cocktails, as to its true origin. Some trace its development back to the early days of naval expansion back in the 1700’s. When sailors were coming down with scurvy (a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C) citrusy fruits like lemons and limes were used in drinks to ward off the disease. Due to problems preserving the fruit for long durations, sailors started adding sulphur dioxide, demerara rum, gin, and eventually whiskey, resulting in the whiskey sour. Another tale traces its birth to an English steward on a sailing ship. As a closet bartender, he was constantly experimenting with shaking and stirring things up. One variation states that possibly the same steward created it after opening a bar in an unnamed Peruvian city.


International Bat Night has taken place the last full weekend of August every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries. Groups from across Europe pass information to the public about the way bats live and their needs in ways that include presentations, exhibitions and bat walks. Bats are scary to many, this probably has been made much more so by the vampire and other scary stories that have used this misunderstood animal. These scary stories have led to bats becoming endangered. Most people don’t know that bats, like bees, pollinate plants.



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Monday, July 8, 2013

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
Stephen Fry


July is Independent Retailer Month. This month-long shopping movement marks July as atime for communities to celebrate the diversity of local independent retail whilst stimulating the economy. Independent Retailer Month is an effort by all of these organizations to show to communities the value of an independent retailer within that community. Research after research show that dollars spent with an independent retailer do more for the economy of the community than dollars spent with a chain store, mass merchant or ‘box’ store. Independent Retailer Month started life in the USA and was born from the collaboration of two very different individuals who share a common desire to salute independent retailers around the globe. In 2003, Tom Shay, principal of Profits Plus, created a holiday, ‘National Independent Retailer Week’, to show retailers how they could create celebrations for their communities, industries and own businesses. In 2009 Kerry Bannigan, Founder and CEO of Nolcha, devised ‘Independent Retail Week’, a week-long, city-wide, shopping extravaganza in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Jersey advancing the business of independent fashion retailers. This initiative worked with over 300 retailers, garnered support from the city’s tourism boards, chambers of commerce and Mayor’s office; with features on NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS. Early 2011 discussions began between Bannigan and Shay as they wanted to be inclusive of everyone that had some form of recognition for independent retailing. July 2011 Independent Retailer Month USA was born with the goal to become a global campaign highlighting the important role local merchant’s play in the community, economy and overall retail sector. The campaign expanded to the United Kingdom led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion. In 2012 the global campaign expanded to Canada, led by Barbara Crowhurst from Retail Makeover.

learn to read new testament greek

Today’s deal is on the Hardcover book Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Alan Black.


This user-friendly introduction to New Testament Greek keeps discussion of grammar as non-technical as possible. Black provides tools and exercises for bringing the student to the experience of reading from the Greek New Testament after just 17 lessons. Valuable for Bible students and pastors.


As we posted about yesterday, this is Creative Maladjustment week. Today’s theme is Day of Action and Movement. Cmweek.org gives some suggestions on things you can do.


This week is Nude Recreation week. This is a celebration of naturaism around the world and an opportunity for first timers to enjoy some clothes-free relaxation whereever they are. Nude Recreation week began as National Nude Weekend in 1976, a part of the American “free beach” movement of the 1970’s. The American Association for Nude Recreation is encouraging celebration at skinny-dipping events at participating clubs and legally-sanctioned nude beaches throughout North America.


July 8th is Math 2.0 Day, a celebration of math intermingling with technology. Well, you can learn a new math trick to impress your friends, find out some little-known facts about how numbers help keep the world running smoothly, and settle all those questions you’ve had in the back of your mind about how the world of math works.


SCUD Day stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day, and encourages those of us whose lives might have a touch too much drama to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life. Relaxation and humour are good for your physical and mental wellbeing, so turn the drama down a notch and enjoy a good laugh instead. Life is only as serious as you make it and life is too short to go around stressed and downtrodden.


The Second Monday of July is International Town Criers Day. In olden times, when few people were literate, and there was little access to printed media, town criers were a central part of urban living. Town criers were responsible for keeping the populace up to date with the latest news and events, and for disseminating news from the ruling classes to the wider populace. Now, the general literacy of the populace, and the ease of access to printed (and digital) media has rendered the town crier somewhat redundant – Town Crier Day celebrates the historical role of the town crier by encouraging people to take up the role of the town crier in their town or city. Since being replaced by the newspaper, Town Criers spoke on behalf of the rulers and their safety was key as killing a town crier was treason and often punishable by death. Hence the term “Don’t shoot the messenger”. So today, loudly and clearly announce whatever information others should know like “by official degree of me it is dinner time” or loudly announce your local news, new product release, weather update, any pertinent information will do.


Today is Video Games Day, one of two holidays to celebrate video games. The other is National Video Games day on September 12. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set. Todays kids (big kids and little kids) have an enormous array of video games to play. Before you get tired of one game, another one hits the market.


The first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published on this day in 1889.


On July 8, 1932, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of the Great Depression.


Some of the writers born July 8th include:

Heinrich Albert (1604), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), Frederick W. Seward (1830), Richard Aldington (1892), George Antheil (1900), Raquel Correa (1934), Raffi (1948), Jim Miklaszewski (1949), Anna Quindlen (1952), Marianne Williamson (1952), Monty Don (1955), Aleksandr Gurnov (1957), Billy Kimball (1959), Whilce Portacio (1963), Mike Nawrocki (1966), and Pendleton Ward (1982).


Georges Bataille was a French intellectual and literary figure working in literature, anthropolgy, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art. Eroticism, sovereignty, and transgression are at the core of his writings. He was born September 10, 1897. Though he is often referred to as an archivist and a librarian because of his employment at the Bibliothèque Nationale, his work there was with the medallion collections (he also published scholarly articles on numismatics). Founder of several journals and literary groups, Bataille is the author of a large and diverse body of work: readings, poems, essays on innumerable subjects. He sometimes published under pseudonyms, and some of his publications were banned. He was relatively ignored during his lifetime and scorned by contemporaries such as Jean-Paul Sartre as an advocate of mysticism. He was heavily influenced by Hegel, Freud, Marx, Marcel Mauss, the Marquis de Sade, Alexandre Kojève, and Friedrich Nietzsche, the last of whom he defended in a notable essay against appropriation by the Nazis. Fascinated by human sacrifice, he founded a secret society, Acéphale, the symbol of which was a decapitated man. Bataille drew from diverse influences and used various modes of discourse to create his work. Bataille’s first marriage was to actress Silvia Maklès, in 1928; they divorced in 1934, and she later married the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Bataille also had an affair with Colette Peignot, who died in 1938. In 1946 Bataille married Diane de Beauharnais, with whom he had a daughter. In 1955 Bataille was diagnosed with cerebral arteriosclerosis, although he was not informed at the time of the terminal nature of his illness. He died seven years later, on 9 July 1962.


We remember Paula Danziger. The children’s author was born August 18, 1945 and grew up in New Jersey. She lived in New York and spent several years in London. Danziger said she knew in the second grade that she wanted to be a writer and wrote more than 30 books. After being injured in an automobile accident, had trouble writing, as she was only able to write backwards. She was able to regain the ability to write normally, but she was able to write backwards for the rest of her life. Most of her books are considered Young Adult (YA) books, although some of the Amber Brown books were aimed at younger readers. Her first publication was The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, whose characters were largely based on her experiences from childhood. She has collaborated with Ann M. Martin twice. The two would send correspondence to each other as if they were the main characters. Paula and Bruce Coville would read to each other over the phone, as a way to edit and receive feedback on their individual work. She frequently gave lectures and speeches, wearing elaborate costumes and calling herself a children’s Dame Edna Everage. She is quoted as saying that her alternative career choice would have been as a stand-up comedian. However, Paula expressed that she was doing exactly what she wanted to be doing in life – and loved her life. One morning while her niece, Carrie Danziger, was visiting her, she was having chest pains. Paula tried to hide this so it wouldn’t disrupt Carrie’s visit. This included calling a friend in her apartment building and mentioned she thought it was a heart attack. Carrie had to tell Paula to go to the hospital, where Paula received open heart surgery and was kept alive for nearly a month. Paula Danziger died on July 8, 2004, following complications of a heart attack at the age of 59. At the time of her death, many of her books had been published in 53 countries and in 14 languages. Paula had a very passionate and emotional funeral in New York City, which was led by best friends and fellow authors Elizabeth Levy and Bruce Coville. Paula’s family were all present and gave speeches about how wonderful of a person Paula was. Paula is buried in the Woodstock Artist’s Cemetery in Woodstock, NY. In 2012, Coville and Levy continued her Amber Brown series, beginning with Amber Brown is Tickled Pink, which told the story of the title character’s mother’s re-marriage.

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