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November 3, 2013 means an extra hour to read


Did you set your clocks back last night? How did you spend your extra hour? Did you use it to sleep? Did you use it to read? Let us know what you did with the extra 60 minutes in the comments below.


Zero Tasking Day is always the same day that Daylight Savings Time ends. Currently it is the first Sunday of November. This day was created by Nancy Christie, who is the author of The Gifts of Change. According to Christie, this day is to fill that extra 60 minutes with nothing. In other words, take this “extra” time and rest, give yourself a break from all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.


The United States introduced an income tax exactly one hundred years ago today.


Washington, D.C. residents were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time on November 3, 1964.

Today is Cliché day. Use clichés as much as possible today. Hey, why not? Give it a shot! Win some, lose some. You’ll never know ’til you try it.


Diwali begins today. This five day Hindu festival is also known as the “festival of lights” and since it starts on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin the date varies in the Gregorian calendar that most of us are used to. It is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Sinapore, and Fiji. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family and friends. The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.


November 3rd is Housewife’s Day, a day to recognize the importance of stay at home wives and moms. Also referred to as “Retro” Housewife Day. These wonderful, caring creatures, build and enrich strong family environments. They help to instill family values and good character. Housewife is an old term that hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort. It was also a time when women did not have equal rights. While these days are long gone, women views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence. The decision to be a “housewife”, or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many. Unfortunately, income needs often necessitate going to work. Today we celebrate and thank all of the ladies who choose to stay home and tend to the house and family.

We invite you to bite into your favorite sandwich, for today is Sandwich Day. The sandwich is truly a great creation. Sandwiches are a daily luncheon staple for millions of Americans. The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London’s gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. Obviously, the sandwich was named after him.


Some of the writers born November 3rd include:

Lucan (39), Thomas Kyd (1558), William Cullen Bryant (1794), Karl Baedeker (1801), Samuil Marshak (1887), Harry Stephen Keeler (1890), André Malraux (1901), James Reston (1909), Jesús Blasco (1919), Ludovic Kennedy (1919), Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920), Yamaguchi HItomi (1923), Martin Cruz Smith (1949), Anna Wintour (1949), Massimo Mongai (1950), Joe Queenan (1950), Roseanne Barr (1952), Ann Scott (1965), and Ben Fogle (1973).




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Cupcakes, Women’s Health, Bridges, Evaluation and more

Friday, October 18, 2013


Sunday, October 20, 2013


“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”

Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


Happy Friday to you! With October more than half over many writers have turned their attention to preparing for NaNoWriMo. Each November thousands of writers throughout the world participate in National Novel Writing Month. If you have ever considered writing a novel yourself, November is a great time to start. The community aspect of NaNoWriMo will keep you motivated. The goal of the month is to write at least 50,000 words of your first draft. That amounts to 1,667 words a day. For many people this is an hour or two worth of work each day for a month to reach that goal. There are events throughout the month to keep you motivated such as write-ins at local bookshops, libraries, coffee shops and anywhere else participants decide to host an event. It’s a fun ride that at points can make you question your sanity but when all is over you will be proud of yourself for all the words you got to the page and all the friends you make in the process. We will likely be mentioning this month long event again as it has been an important part of some members of the VBS family for years.


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The African American poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery on October 18, 1775.


Herman Melville‘s Moby-Dick was published on October 18, 1851 as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London.


The United States took possession of Alaska on October 18, 1867 after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. This day is celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day.


National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18th is Chocolate Cupcake Day! Chocolate cupcakes are a delightful treat served at gourmet bakeries and kitchen tables across the country. Cupcakes first emerged during the 19th century in the United States. There are two theories about how they got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda. Cupcakes are now made with a variety of flavors, ingredients, and decorations, but simple chocolate cupcakes remain a perennial favorite. Bake, frost, and decorate a batch today to celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

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World Menopause Day

To celebrate World Menopause Day, October 18th 2013, IMS is launching a new campaign with the theme ‘Oncology in midlife and beyond’. After the menopause there is an increased risk of cancer and therefore being proactive in managing a healthy lifestyle will significantly reduce this risk. Preventative strategies, such as decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption, losing weight, eating a healthy diet and undertaking physical activity, and implementation of screening could help to significantly decrease the incidence and mortality from cancer. October is also World Menopause Month.

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Mammography Day

The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment.



Bridge Day

Bridge Day is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia, and it’s the largest extreme sports event and largest gathering of BASE jumpers in the world. More than 450 BASE jumpers from 10+ countries and 40+ US states will leap from the 876′ tall New River Gorge bridge, hundreds of rappellers will descend on fixed ropes, and up to 200,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9am-3pm EDT.


Evaluate Your Life Day

Evaluate Your Life Day gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon our life, where it’s been, and where its going. Are things going well? What is bothering you? What do you need, or want, to change? How’s your appearance? Are you gaining too much weight? With a self evaluation, you can then make big changes to improve the quality of your life, as necessary. Or, if things are going well, just tinker with small adjustments.


Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October. It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.” The first Sweetest Day was pronounced as October 8, 1921 in Cleveland.

The origin of Sweetest Day has always been suspect. Most believe it to be a “made up” holiday strictly for big business to reap profits at the expense of perpetrating romance. Of the twelve Cleveland committeemen who planned Cleveland’s Sweetest Day, eleven directly profited from the sale of greeting cards or candy. Three were on the Board of Directors for Hallmark, four on the boards of various candy companies and four owned card and candy shops in the Cleveland area.

Friends, family, and lovers often give each other candy, flowers, and cards on Sweetest Day. Like Valentine’s Day, the Sweetest Day is associated with heart-shaped boxes, and the colors pink and red. 80% of Hallmark’s greeting cards designed for Sweetest Day are romantic.



The Louisiana Purchase was ratified by the United States Senate on October 20, 1803.

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Birth of the Bab

On October 20th, Bahá’ís around the world celebrate the Birth of the Báb, one of eleven Holy Days in the Bahá’í calendar. The Báb is often referred to as the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, because it was His mission to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Like John the Baptist some 2,000 years before, the Báb called upon the people to purify themselves for the coming of the day of God. Unlike John, however, He founded an independent religion and claimed equal station with Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Bahá’ís view the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh both as “Manifestations of God” even though by the Báb’s own testimony His mission was subordinate to Bahá’u’lláh’s.

The similarities between the missions of Jesus and the Báb are often noted with awe. In his popular book Thief in the Night, William Sears listed a number of them. Both were known for their meekness. Both condemned the corruption present in religious and secular society. Their chief enemies were the religious authorities. Both were taken before the authorities and publicly interrogated, after which both were scourged. Both went first in triumph then in suffering through the streets of the cities where they were to be killed. Both were suspended before a multitude as they were put to death. Both spoke words of comfort to one who was to die with them. Yet in spite of the many similarities, there is one major difference. Almost nothing, it seems, is known about the circumstances attending the Báb’s birth. It is known that He was born on October 20, 1819 (Muharram 1, 1235 A.H.) in Shiraz, Persia. In contrast to the paucity of information about the Báb’s birth, there are stories of His childhood that bear remarkable resemblance (in spirit at least) to the stories told in the Gospels about the young Jesus.

With little or nothing in the way of historical details to go on, and with no established traditions at this early stage of the religion’s history, Bahá’ís celebrate the birth of the Báb in various simple but joyous ways. This day is one of the nine Holy Days on which work is to be suspended. In most communities, parties will be held. After beginning with prayers and devotional readings, these parties can take any of a number of forms. Most often they are simply social gatherings. However they are celebrated, they are open to all who would like to attend.

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Miss American Rose Day

Miss American Rose recognizes and rewards girls and women of all ages for their accomplishments through an online and online/mail-in format competition. It is based primarily on achievements. There are optional competitions in: achievement, academics, talent, community service, career, and beauty. Miss American Rose is a 100% online/mail-in pageant so there are no travel or clothing expenses, no worrying about hair and make-up and no stage fright.


World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis day is observed annually on October 20, and launched a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries. World Osteoporosis Day was launched in 1996.

Happy Birthday:

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Some of the writers born October 18th include:

Heinrich von Kleist (1777), Thomas Love Peacock (1785), Ernst Didring (1868), Mikhail Kuzmin (1982), James Truslow Adams (1878), H. L. Davis (1894), Tibor Dery (1894), Isabel Briggs Myers (1897), Esther Hutzig (1930), Chris Albertson (1931), Chuck Swindoll (1934), James Robert Baker (1946), Ntozake Shange (1948), Wendy Wasserstein (1950), Terry McMillan (1951), Bao Ninh (1952), Rick Moody (1961), Charles Stross (1964), and Bristol Palin (1990).

Some of the writers born October 19th include:

Thomas Browne (1605), James Hendry Leigh Hunt (1784), Lewis Mumford (1895), Miguel Angel Asturias (1899), Russell Kirk (1918), Jack Anderson (1922), John le Carre (1931), Sylvia Browne (1936), Andrew Vachss (1942), L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943), Martin Welz (1945), Philip Pullman (1946), Giorgio Cavazzano (1947), Deborah Blum (1954), Dan Gutman (1955), Steve Doocy (1956), Susan Straight (1960), Tracy Chevalier (1962), Dimitris Lyacos (1966), and John Edward (1969).

Some of the writers born October 20th include:

Isabelle de Charriere (1740), George Ormerod (1785), Thomas Hughes (1822), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Samuel Flagg Bemis (1891), Frederic Dannay (1905), Hans Warren (1921), Art Buchwald (1925), Joyce Brothers (1927), Robert Pinsky (1940), Lewis Grizzard (1946), Elfriede Jelinek (1946), David Profumo (1955), Lynn Flewelling (1958), and Michelle Malkin (1970).

This Week:

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National Character Counts Week

Every year, the U.S. President, U.S. Senate, state governors, and officials around the world proclaim the third week in October CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. And every year millions of kids in dozens of countries participate. No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this event is about the universal values we share. Make Character Your reason for celebration October 20-26th.

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National Chemistry Week

The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Chemistry Week is October 20-26, 2013. This year’s theme is “Energy Now and Forever!” NCW encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level. Local Sections, businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: To promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.


National Forest Products Week

National Forest Products Week is a time to recognize the many products that come from our forests, the people who work in and manage our forests, the people who make the products, and how they all contribute to our lives.


National Save For Retirement Week

Retirement is closer than you think. The third full week of October is National Save For Retirement Week. The week has three primary goals:

• Make employees more aware of how critical it is to save now for their financial future

• Promote the benefits of getting started saving for retirement today

• Encourage employees to take full advantage of their employer-sponsored plans by increasing their contributions


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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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Civil Rights Dream, Racing Mice and Radio Commercials

Wednesday August 28, 2013


Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
Mark Twain

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Happy Wednesday to you. We have made it through the first 240 days of 2013 which means we only have 125 days left until this year is over. Speaking of being over…our giveaway will be over in just a few days! Everyone who enters will receive a small consolation prize and one person will win $10 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of Jim Grayson‘s new novel Trailer Vamp – Love Bites.

This day in history


The first issue of Scientific American magazine was published on this day in 1845.


The longest fillibuster ever conducted by a single senator started on August 28, 1957. U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond attempted to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957 by speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

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Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech.

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Some of the writers born August 28th include:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), Vance Palmer (1885), István Kühár (1887), Firaq Gorakhpuri (1896), Andrei Platonov (1899), John Betjeman (1906), Roger Tory Peterson (1908), Robertson Davies (1913), Boris Pahor (1913), Terence Reese (1913), Tasha Tudor (1915), Jack Vance (1916), Jack Kirby (1917), Fernando Fernán Gómez (1921), Janet Frame (1924),, Maruizio Contanzo (1938), William Cohen (1940), Kay Parker (1944), Vonda McIntyre (1948), Rita Dove (1952), and Jen Kirkman (1974).

Today is

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Race Your Mouse Around the Icons day is one of the zany holidays created by Wellcat.com. Computer owners are encouraged to race their mouse around their desktop icons while waiting for their computers to do whatever it is they’re doing today.

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While you are at your computer today, eat some crackers. Why? Today is Crackers Over Your Keyboard Day. Celebrate those who always eat at their keyboards, you know the ones. The people who accumulate enough crumbs in their keyboard for another meal and their office is frequently visited by armies of ants.

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Today is Radio Commercials Day, in honor of the first radio commercial ever which was broadcast on this day in 1922 by Queensboro Realty. It lasted 10 entire minutes and cost a mere $100. Even though radio commercials are now much shorter, they’re by no means cheaper. More than $17 billion was spend on radio advertising in the U.S. during 2011.

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In honor of Radio Commercials Day we have a book about someone who has spent quite a bit of time on the radio. Vin Scully I Saw It on the Radio (A Tribute Book) is a Hardcover book about Vin Scully who is best known as the long-time announcer for Dodgers baseball. It was recently announced that Vin Scully will be returning in the 2014 season for his 65th year as announcer. Yes, I said 65 years as announcer! Scully is 85 and has made many friends in his years. I Saw It on the Radio is full of stories from a long list of those friends. Get yourself a copy, and this book makes a great gift for any Dodger fan.


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Women are equal and dogs are great

Monday, August 26, 2013

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
Mary Ann ShafferThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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It is the last week of August! Has the summer flown by for you or crawled endlessly? Time to shift from summer reads to fall reads.


Happy Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This special day was created by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1971. On this day in 1920 women were granted the right to vote as a culmination of decades of effort by women suffragettes and other groups dating back to the first women’s rights convention in 1848 in New York.

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National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind.

Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs. National Dog Day was created by the pet lifestyle expert and author, Colleen Paige, and the National Dog Day Foundation in 2004. Their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day. Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!

original dog bible

We have a very big book for you today. The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive New Source To All Things Dog, which is edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, is a 752 page coffee table book. This is the essential dog compendium; a complete and comprehensive overview of everything dog. Get it while you can!


Happy Birthday!

Some of the writers born August 26th include:

William Joseph Behr (1775), Herbert Booth (1862), Zona Gale (1874), John Buchan (1875), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Jules Romains (1885), Eleanor Dark (1901), Caroline Pafford Miller (1903), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Aubrey Schenck (1908), Otto Binder (1911), Julio Cortázar (1914), Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921), Irving R. Levine (1922), Alain Peyrefitte (1925), Pyotr Todorovsky (1925), Naïm Kattan (1928), Nikky Finney (1957), Stephen J. Dubner (1963), Allegra Huston (1964), Michael Gove (1967), and Melissa McCarthy (1970).


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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


How is your weekend going? Take a quick moment to enter our giveaway. There is only one week left before we pick a winner.

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.

sunkeyn gilnets

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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Enjoy the radio this Tuesday.

Tuesday August 20

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”
Amos Bronson AlcottTablets


Happy Tuesday to you. Many of the schools have started back up now and the families are falling back into the routines that fall aside in the summer months. Have your days fallen into the predictable pattern of the school year?

This day in history


Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection on August 20, 1858 in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.


The American Civil War was declared over by President Andrew Johnson on this day in 1866.

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The Great Fire of 1910, which is commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn, occurred August 20, 1910 in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Approximately 3 million acres were burned. The Big Burn

In honor of this anniversary we are reducing the price of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan for one week only, starting today. Goodreads gives the following description:


On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men—college boys, day workers, immigrants from mining camps—to fight the fire. But no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them.
Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by and preserved for every citizen.


Today we are celebrating

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It is National Radio Day, a day that celebrates a great invention and communications medium. The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s. A number of inventors played a role in creating this important medium. A number of inventions and discoveries were required to make the radio a reality. This included both transmission and reception methods and technology. The radio somewhat evolved from the telegraph and the telephone, with wireless telegraph directly contributing to its invention. Celebrate today by finding some music or talk station you enjoy, and listen to the radio. You can also thank your favorite radio personality or others involved in the industry.

Happy Birthday

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Some of the writers who were born August 20th include:

Thomas Corneille (1625), Bolesław Prus (1847), Jakub Bart-Ćišinski (1856), Edgar Guest (1881), Dino Campana (1885), Phan Khoi (1887), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Tarjei Vesaas (1897), Vilhelm Moberg (1898), Salvatore Quasimodo (1901), Jean Gebser (1905), Jacqueline Susann (1918), Walter Bernstein (1919), Vasily Aksyonov (1932), Tom Mangold (1934), Ron Paul (1935), Robin Oakley (1941), Jo Ramírez (1941), Henryk Broder (1946), Connie Chung (1946), Alan Hardwick (1949), Greg Bear (1951), Al Roker (1954), Agnes Chan (1955), David O. Russell (1958), Patricia Rozema (1958), John Stehr (1958), Greg Egan (1961), David Walliams (1971), Marcus Mastin (1975), and Mac Tonnies (1975).


Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States was born on this day in 1833. Harrison was born in Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, at age 21. He became a prominent politician there. This Republican was elected to the presidency in 1888 when he defeated the Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. His administration is remembered most for economic legislation, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. He is to date the only U.S. president from Indiana and the only one to be the grandson of another president. Benjamin was a grandson of President William Henry Harrison and the great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, a Virginia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Bargain hunting, farmer’s markets, and more this week.

Monday, August 5, 2013


I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew across the room.”
Steven Wright


Happy Monday! Did you see yesterday’s blog? We are giving away a copy of Jim Grayson‘s new novel and a $10 Amazon gift card so be sure and check it out. Additional entries are available daily.

This week is….


August 4th through 10th is National Farmers Market Week (NFMW). Markets celebrate NMFW in many way: tastings, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, gardening workshops, live music, scavenger hunts, giveaways and prizes. The impact of these farmer-to-consumer transactions is greater than it appears on the surface. Now more than ever, farmers markets serve as anchors across American communities, positively influencing community health and wealth. Markets result in more viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.

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The fourth through the tenth is also the 4th Annual National Exercise With Your Child Week™. This week encourages parents and guardians to exercise with their children as part of a healthier lifestyle.

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National Bargain Hunting Week begins today. The celebration was founded by author Debbie Keri-Brown in 1996. Consumers are more value conscious today than ever before as a result of the current economic situation in this country. The celebration is recognized the first Monday through the following Sunday in August every year, and coincides with National Smile Week which was developed by Heloise of the Hints From Heloise newspaper column. Although the two celebrations are not affiliated, the date was chosen specifically to overlap because bargain hunting is something to smile about.

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which begins today, is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, usually during the first full week of August. It began in the mid-20th century and was originally held for stunts and races, but has evolved into being a meeting for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country. It brings a lot of income to the citizens of Sturgis. Today, it is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world.

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The deal of the day today is especially for all the motorcycle enthusiasts out there. We have one copy of the book Kawasaki Kz,Zx and Zn 1000-1100Cc 1981-2002 (Clymer Motorcycle Repair). We are lowering its price this week only.

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International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) is this week and was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs that help individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.

Today is…

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Being the Monday of Assistance Dog week, today is Work Like a Dog Day. Today honors working dogs as well as people who Work Like a Dog., those who seldom take a break until the task is completed. Today is a day to show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and work like a dog. You can also honor them by working like a dog today.


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Today is National Oyster Day. There are over 100 species of true oysters and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Kumamoto and La Saint Simon. Archeologists tell us humans have been eating oysters since the dawn of humanity. Oyster farming and cultivation can be traced back to Roman times in France and England. There are a million ways to serve and eat oysters. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed or broiled. As for finding a pearl in an oyster, that’s a rare find. Only one out of 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl. And those oysters aren’t bred for eating. Most of the pearls that are created by these mollusks begin with human intervention. Pieces of shells or beads are inserted inside an oyster. And the natural process goes from there. The oyster covers the foreign substance with layers of calcium and protein. In time, a pearl is produced.


Today is the 10th Annual National Underwear Day. The idea is to focus the public’s awareness of underwear in the spirit of grand celebration. National Underwear Day is the day when underwear becomes not just the first thing you put on and the last thing you take off, but the most important thing you wear all day. The current record for the largest gathering of people in their underwear is 2,270 people. Freshpair founded National Underwear Day in 2003 and has celebrated each year by hosting various events in New York City. As the founder of National Underwear Day, Freshpair understands that confidence is the byproduct of believing in one’s self. This year they are inviting everyone who has ever doubted themselves to join them in attempting to break a Guinness World Record in Times Square.


Today in history

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American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuted on the ABC television network on August 5, 1957.


It was on this day in 1962 that Nelson Mandela was jailed. He would not be released until 1990.

Happy Birthday

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Some of the writers born August 5th include”:

Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), James Anderson (1662), Ivar Aasen (1813), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Mary Ritter Beard (1876), Ruth Sawyer (1880), Conrad Aiken (1889), Peter Viereck (1916), Wendell Berry (1934), Ron Silliman (1946), David Baldacci (1960), James Gunn (1970), and Dan Hipgrave (1975).


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Monday, July 29, 2013

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.”
John BergerKeeping a Rendezvous


July is nearly over and we have some new ideas to look forward to in August. We strive to always be improving. Let us know what you want to see here. Would you like us to do giveaways? You want shorter posts? Longer posts? Different content? Let us know. We want to provide the content that YOU, our dear readers, want to see. Leave us a comment here or contact us by email or facebook and let us know!

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Today’s deal of the day is on the hardcover book The Fat Resistance Diet: Unlock the Secret of the Hormone Leptin to: Eliminate Cravings, Supercharge Your Metabolism, Fight Inflammation, Lose Weight & Reprogram Your Body to Stay Thin by Leo Galland. Amazon’s description is as follows:

No more counting carbs, calories, or fat grams! This revolutionary diet plan works with your hormones to curb your appetite, boost your metabolism, take weight off—and never put it on again.

Cutting-edge scientific research shows that losing weight is not about carbs, calories, or even willpower—it’s about a hormone called leptin and how it functions in your body. Leptin is your body’s natural weight-loss mechanism: it curbs your appetite and jump-starts your metabolism. And when those hormones are working properly, they make you literally fat resistant! You will lose weight effortlessly and efficiently, and never gain those pounds back.

A leading expert in the field of nutritional medicine, Dr. Leo Galland knows that if you’ve struggled to lose weight on diet after diet but still can’t shake those excess pounds, chances are you are “leptin resistant”—your body no longer responds to leptin, making it impossible to slim down, no matter what size portions or how few carbs you eat. But here’s the good news: by adding the right foods to your diet, you can quickly reverse leptin resistance and reprogram your body to start melting away the pounds.

The Fat Resistance Diet is the first weight-loss plan designed specifically to combat leptin resistance, using a unique combination of anti-inflammatory and hormone-balancing foods to get your hormones working again. Used by hundreds of Dr. Galland’s patients with remarkable results, the three-phase regimen includes:
STAGE 1: A fourteen-day starter program that delivers a loss of ten to fourteen pounds in the first two weeks. Inflammation-fighting superfoods work to trigger rapid weight loss and set your hormones straight.
STAGE 2: A ninety-day plan that builds on the benefits of Stage 1 and delivers a loss of at least five pounds a month. You can enjoy a greater variety of foods while still keeping your hormones working overtime.
STAGE 3: Sustainable for life, the meal plans in this phase keep your hormones doing their job, even after you reach your target weight, and offer an expanded, flavorful menu.

With delicious recipes that are rich in healing carbs, healing fats, and powerful phytonutrients, the diet is a breeze to stick with—there are no hard-to-find ingredients, no expensive supplements, and no complicated proportions to figure out. Best of all, when you make the Fat Resistance Diet part of your life, your hormones will do your weight-loss work for you! This groundbreaking program at last reveals the true secret to weight loss success, and will transform you from a chronic dieter into a lean, fat-fighting machine.


National Lasagna Day is today. We hope you have a big appetite. Sure, it’s July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot hotter. But as it cooks, the smell will waft throughout the house. Your mouth will begin to water. When dinner time arrives, you will have a huge appetite for a huge piece of lasagna. Lasagna is a favorite Italian dish. In between multiple layers of lasagna pasta are generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage. Its the favorite Italian dish of millions of Americans. If you don’t have the time or just don’t want to deal with the heat and the mess, this is a good excuse to visit your favorite Italian restaurant.


Over a billion chicken wings are consumed each year. And in 1977 they received their own day in Buffalo, New York when then Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski proclaimed July 29 as National Chicken Wing Day. Thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed each week in Buffalo and around the world. That’s why they are called Buffalo wings. Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by Teressa Belissimo, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank Lenz. When her son, Dominic, arrived late at night unannounced with several of his friends from college, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.


It was on this day in 1981 when a worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


Some of the writers born July 29th include:

Simon Dach (1605), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Max Nordau (1849), Booth Tarkington (1869), Eric Alfred Knudsen (1872), Don Marquis (1878), Porfirio Barba-Jacob (1883), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Dag Hammarskjöld (1905), Stanley Kunitz (1905), Diana Vreeland (1906), Chester Himes (1909), Bruce R. McConkie (1915), Edwin O’Connor (1918), Chris Marker (1921), Harry Mulisch (1927), Peter Jennings (1938), Goenawan Mohamad (1941), Sharon Creech (1945), Dean Pitchford (1951), Jean-Hugues Anglade (1955), Cynthia Rowley (1958), Ruud Janssen (1959), Chang-Rae Lee (1965), Andi Peters (1970), and Ines Gomez Mont (1983).


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