ON THIS DAY: July 12, 2020

July 12th is

Different Colored Eyes Day

Simplicity Day *

Pecan Pie Day

Night of Nights *

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ON THIS DAY: July 11, 2020

July 11th is

World Population Day *

Blueberry Muffin Day

Bowdler’s Day *

Cheer up the Lonely Day

National Mojito Day

Rainier Cherries Day

All American Pet Photo Day

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ON THIS DAY: July 10, 2020

July 10th is:

Clerihew Day! *

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Nikola Tesla Day *

National Piña Colada Day

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Word Cloud: SUMMERFARE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

Edward Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) was born on July 10th in London, England. In his youth, he was educated at London’s prestigious St Paul’s School. Gilbert Keith (G. K.) Chesterton was a fellow student, and became his best friend.

When Bentley was 16 years old, he started to write short descriptive verses about people he knew, or famous people he had read about. Chesterton took up the hobby too and the rhymes were often accompanied by his sketches.

These little poems became known as Clerihews. What makes it a Clerihew?

  1. There are four lines
  2. The name of the subject appears in the first line
  3. The rhyme scheme is AA/BB
  4. It should tell you something about the subject
  5. It should be amusing

They’re perfect poems for summer, like a basket of berries – small but juicy.

This is the first known Clerihew:

Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

What Sir Humphry Davy did was discover how to isolate substances, such as sodium, when they are in combination with other substances, like calcium or magnesium, which led him to invent an entire new scientific field: electrochemistry. But this ur-Clerihew is still a remarkably sophisticated poem for a 16-year-old.

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ON THIS DAY: July 9, 2020

July 9th is:

Open Heart Day *

Gothic Novel Day *

National Sugar Cookie Day

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ON THIS DAY: July 8, 2020

July 8th is:

Chocolate with Almonds Day

Bodypainting Day *

Coca-Cola Day *

Math 2.0 Day

National Blueberry Day *

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ON THIS DAY: July 7, 2020

July 7th is:

Strawberry Sundae Day

World Chocolate Day *

Tell the Truth Day

Save the Dive Bar Day

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day

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ON THIS DAY: July 6, 2020

July 6th is:

U.S. Currency Day *

International Kissing Day

Hand Roll (Sushi) Day *

National Fried Chicken Day

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TCS: Election Anxiety in a Plague Year

 . Good Morning! 

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers
on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in
your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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  Somewhere inside of all of us is
  the power to change the world.

   – Roald Dahl

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My Only Ticket Out – Poems by Mitsuye Yamada

The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII is a dark stain on United States history. There were people who spoke out against it even at the time, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, but the attack on Pearl Harbor swept America with a wave of fury which drowned out the dissenting voices. Mitsuye Yasutake, 18 years old, was one of the many young Americans whose families lost their livelihoods and their homes to that wave.

Mitsuye Yamada (July 5, 1923 – ) born as Mitsuye Yasutake in Fukuoka, Japan; Japanese-American activist, feminist, fiction author, poet, essayist, editor and professor of English. Her parents were both first-generation Japanese Americans living in the U.S., but they were visiting Japan when she was born. Her father was arrested by the FBI for espionage after Pearl Harbor, so she and her family were interned at Mindoka War Relocation Center in Idaho. She was allowed to leave to attend college after she renounced loyalty to the Emperor of Japan. Her first book, Camp Notes and Other Poems, was written during the war, but was not published until 1976. She had to become a “naturalized” U.S. citizen in 1955, five years after her marriage to Yoshikasu Yamada, who was born in Hawaii, and served as a medic and a translator in the U.S. Army during WWII. Her other published works include Lighthouse, her essay “Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster,” and Desert Run: Poems and stories.

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