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FYI September 19, 2021

On This Day

1410 – End of the Siege of Marienburg: The State of the Teutonic Order repulses the joint Polish—Lithuanian forces.[1][2]
The Siege of Marienburg was an unsuccessful two-month siege of the castle in Marienburg (Malbork), the capital of the monastic state of the Teutonic Knights. The joint Polish and Lithuanian forces, under command of King Władysław II Jagiełło and Grand Duke Vytautas, besieged the castle between 26 July and 19 September 1410 in a bid of complete conquest of Prussia after the great victory in the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg). However, the castle withstood the siege and the Knights conceded only to minor territorial losses in the Peace of Thorn (1411). Marienburg defender Heinrich von Plauen is credited as the savior of the Knights from complete annihilation.

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Born On This Day

1889 – Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author (d. 1999)
Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany (September 19, 1889 – January 25, 1999) was an American educator and civil rights pioneer who was the subject, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, of the New York Times bestselling oral history biography, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, by journalist Amy Hill Hearth. Sadie was the first African-American permitted to teach domestic science at the high-school level in the New York public schools, and became famous, with the publication of the book, at the age of 103.

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The Passive Voice, From Publisher’s Weekly: How the AP Stylebook Considers Language on Disability
 
 
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The Pasive Voice, From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Supply Chain Woes…Traditional, Indie, And More
 
 
 
 
Brain Pickings by Maria Popova: The Unfinished Story of the World: Richard Powers’s Advice on Life and the Antidote to Cynicism
 
 
 
 
The Awesomer: The Art of Weird Internet Videos; Making a Guitar in the Forest and more ->
 
 
 
 
By Ken M. Middleton, Medium: What We Can Learn From Pharrell Williams NOT Drinking Alcohol His life is living proof of what is possible.
 
 
 
 
By Nick, Majestic Animals: Goat and rooster rush to save chicken pal from hawk in dramatic footage
 
 
 
 
By Luke Smillie and Anna Antinori, The Conversation: People With Creative Personalities Really Do See the World Differently Not only do open people bring a different perspective, but they genuinely see things differently than most.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

A man went to his lawyer and stated, “I would like to make a will but I don’t know exactly how to go about it.”

The lawyer said, “No problem, leave it all to me.”

The man looked somewhat upset as he said, “Well, I knew you were going to take the biggest slice, but I’d like to leave a little to my children, too!”
Merk
 
 
The judge warned the witness, “Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?”

“I do.”

“Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?”

“Sure,” said the witness. “My side will win.”
Anonymous
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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907 Updates September 19, 2021

James Varsos

Well the cats out of the bag so I had better write something.
The last couple days of the Alaska State Fair I was experiencing sme things that didn’t seem right…mostly intense pain. I then went to play Wyoming for a night and things took a turn for the worse.
When I got back to Nashville I went to the E.R. and was immediately hospitalized. After 3 days of pricks, pokes and probes I was diagnosed with end stage cancer. The cancer (which I didn’t know I had) had spread through my system and had several very, large tumors.
The bottom line is that it is untreatable by chemo/ radiation or surgery. I have been given a short 3 to 6 months to live. Probably more than many get.
Now , with that out of the way I would like to say I am not afraid. I have never feared death as I am good with my Lord. It is however , VERY hard to feel the pain of those I leave behind. Especially that of my beautiful wife of 42 years. This coming on almost immediately after this springs loss of our only child and the tragic death of my beloved daughter in law. I love life but 2021 can go away now…I have had enough.
I have had a very blessed life until recently. I have been able to make a living making people happy , I have been able to live in a State that is the crown of God’s creation , I have seen a great deal of the world and all and all…life has been grand and fulfilling. Keep me in your hearts Alaska as you will be forever in mine.
Nearing the trails end
Hobo Jim

 
 
 
 
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Task & Purpose: This is how to respond to a veteran contemplating suicide I’ll never forget him. Or his voice. And more ->
 
 
 
 
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Quotes September 19, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night
 
 
 
 
“Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal this life was, that you had to seize it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment.”
Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games
 
 
 
 
“There are unheralded tipping points, a certain number of times that we will unlock the front door of an apartment. At some point you were closer to the last time than you were to the first time, and you didn’t even know it.”
Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York
 
 
 
 
“Slowly wheeling, like the rays of a searchlight, the days, the weeks, the years passed one after another across the sky.”
Virginia Woolf, The Years
 
 
 
 
“Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks.”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Glory of Grey”
 
 
 
 
“I understand how scarlet can differ from crimson because I know that the smell of an orange is not the smell of a grape-fruit.”
Helen Keller, The World I Live In
 
 
 
 
“Many of us know the joy and excitement not so much of creating the new as of redeeming what has been neglected, and this excitement is particularly strong when the original condition is seen as holy or beautiful.”
J. B. Jackson, The Necessity for Ruins: and Other Topics
 
 
 
 
“There have been other suns that set in significance for me, but that sun! It was a book-mark in the pages of a life.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
It’s easier to change our circumstances than to change ourselves.
The most important thing is to know ourselves, and to choose the habit strategies that work for us.
GRETCHEN RUBIN
 
 
 
 

5 things making me happy

ONE
As of September 7, the Met is now open again on Tuesdays (visitors must be vaccinated and masked). Wonderful!

TWO
I love studying the five senses; I’ve learned so many odd facts. In a minor but amusing example of how others shape what tastes we choose, research shows that in a restaurant, we usually want to order an item different from what others have already ordered—even if that may mean choosing a dish that we don’t particularly want. This phenomenon explains why I feel uncomfortable ordering the salmon after my two friends have already ordered it. Do you feel this way?

THREE
I had a terrific time talking to the brilliant Kate Bowler on her Everything Happens podcast. We discuss how our senses anchor us to the present, the difference between happiness and joy, and whether happiness is a selfish endeavor. Listen here.

FOUR
I was fascinated by this study of emojis. Guess which emoji is the most popular, worldwide? Tears-of-laughter emoji—along with thumbs-up, red heart, blowing-a-kiss, and single-tear in the top five. Ninety percent of global emoji users said that emojis make it easier to express themselves.

FIVE
The Happiness Museum opens in Denmark! I can’t wait to visit. Another reason to visit Copenhagen, a city that I love.
 
 
 
 
5 things making me happy

ONE
New vocabulary alert! I recently heard myself use a word for the very first time: “zhuzh”—“to make something more interesting or attractive by changing it slightly or adding something to it.” It was strange to hear a new word come out of my mouth, but I did use it properly.

TWO
During my daily visits to the Met, when I’m anywhere nearby, I make a point to walk past Fra Fillippo Lippi’s “Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement.” The sight of that man poking his head through the window makes me smile every time. Fun fact: this is the earliest surviving double portrait in Italy.

THREE
I’ve always been so curious about whole-body cryotherapy—brief exposure to very cold temperatures—and because I’m writing my book about the five senses, I wanted to push myself to try this extreme sensation. I finally booked an appointment, and I’m very glad I did. It was a sensory adventure! Read more about my experience here.

FOUR
I love getting a surprise in the mail. In episode 342 of the Happier podcast, Elizabeth and I talked about a listener’s suggestion to use “rubber duck debugging”—when you explain a problem to a rubber duck, and in the process of talking through it, figure out the answer. A few days later, Elizabeth mailed me my very own rubber duck.

FIVE
Because I love miniatures, a thoughtful reader sent me this 30-second video that shows a tiny room tucked behind an electrical outlet. So fun!
 
 
 
 
13 Tips for Sticking to Your Resolutions

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a Happiness Project. You can start at any time—the New Year, your birthday, after a big change or revelation, or right now, today—and it can last as long as you want. It’s up to you. But when it comes to being happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative, what we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.

For sticking to your resolutions, consider these strategies:

1. Be specific. Resolutions like “Make more friends” or “Strengthen friendships” are vague, and there’s no way to measure your success. Resolutions that are concrete and measurable might be: “Start a group,” “Say hello,” “Make plans,” “Show up,” and “No gossip.”

2. Write it down.

3. Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head, it’s easier to stick to it. Keep a resolution chart or write it on a sticky note in a place you’ll see it every day.

4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution, join or form a like-minded group, use a habit tracker, think about a key identity that you want to cultivate—whatever works for you to make yourself feel accountable for success and failure.

5. Think big. Maybe you need a big change, a big adventure—a trip to a foreign place, a break-up, a move, a new job. Let yourself imagine anything, and plan from there.

6. Think small. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only radical change can make a difference. Just keeping your fridge cleared out could give you a real boost. Look close to home for ways to improve and grow.

7. Ask for help. This can be hard, but you’ll be amazed at how much easier your task becomes.

If you have an especially tough time keeping resolutions, if you have a pattern of making and breaking them, try these strategies:

8. Consider making only pleasant resolutions. We can make our lives happier in many ways. If you’re struggling to keep your resolutions, try resolving to “Watch a movie every Sunday,” “Read for an hour every day,” or whatever resolutions you’d find fun to keep. Often, having more fun in our lives makes it easier to do tough things. Seeing more movies might make it easier to keep going to the gym.

9. Consider giving up a resolution. If you keep making and breaking a resolution, consider whether you should relinquish it entirely. Put your energy toward changes that are both realistic and helpful. Don’t let an unfulfilled resolution to lose twenty pounds or to overhaul your overgrown yard block you from making other, smaller resolutions that might give you a big happiness boost.

10. Keep your resolution every day. It’s often easier to do something every day (exercise, post to a blog, deal with the mail, do laundry) than every few days.

11. Set a deadline.

12. Don’t give up if something interferes with your deadline.

13. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Thank you, Voltaire. Instead of starting your new exercise routine by training for the marathon, aim for a 20-minute walk each day. Instead of cleaning out the attic, tackle one bureau drawer. If you break your resolution today, try again tomorrow.

But the opposite of a profound truth is also true, and you might succeed by ignoring these tips! You might do better when you don’t feel accountable to anyone, or when you don’t have a deadline, or don’t follow a schedule. If a strategy doesn’t work for you, try something else.

There are many ways for us to achieve our aims, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Do what works for you. When we know ourselves better, we can make aims that we’re more likely to keep.
 
 
 
 

The 21 Strategies for Habit Change

Do you want to make a significant change in your life? Or help someone else to make an important change?

Often, this means changing a habit (get more sleep, quit sugar, exercise regularly, spend more time in nature, put down devices). Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life—research suggests that about 40% of our existence is shaped by our habits.

In her book Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin identifies the 21 strategies that we can use to make or break our habits.

1. The Four Tendencies

To change your habits, you have to know yourself, and in particular, your Tendency—that is, whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.

All of us face both outer expectations (meet a work deadline) and inner expectations (keep a New Year’s resolution). Your Tendency describes how you respond to those expectations.

Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations. They work hard to meet others’ expectations—and their expectations for themselves.
Questioners question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified by reason, logic, and fairness; they follow only inner expectations.
Obligers respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations. They keep their promises to others, but have difficulty keeping their promises to themselves. They respond to external accountability.
Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They choose to act from a sense of choice, identity, or freedom. They resist being told what to do; often, they don’t even like to tell themselves what to do.

When we try to form a new habit, we set an expectation for ourselves, so understanding our Tendency allows us to choose the strategies that will work for us. For instance, accountability is a crucial strategy for Obligers, but for Rebels, it can be counter-productive.

2. Distinctions

By taking into account various aspects of our nature related to habit formation, we can avoid wasting energy, time, or money. For example, are you a morning person or night person? An over-buyer or under-buyer? Do you prefer familiarity or novelty; competition or collaboration? Considering such distinctions will help you establish habits in the ways that best suit you.

3. Monitoring

We manage what we monitor. Keeping close track of our actions means we do better in categories such as eating, drinking, exercising, working, TV and Internet use, spending—and just about anything else. A key step for the Strategy of Monitoring is to identify precisely what action is monitored.

4. Foundation

First things first. Certain habits serve as the foundation for other habits, because they keep us from getting too physically taxed or mentally frazzled, and then, because we have more energy and self-control, we follow other healthy habits more easily. We can strengthen our foundation by getting enough sleep; eating and drinking right; exercising; and un-cluttering.

5. Scheduling

For many people, if it’s on the calendar, it happens. Habits grow strongest and fastest when they’re repeated in predictable ways, and for most of us, putting an activity on the schedule tends to lock us into doing it. Scheduling an activity also protects that time from interference.

6. Accountability

Many people do better when they know someone’s watching. For Obligers, most of all, external accountability is absolutely essential.

7. First Steps

It’s enough to begin; if you’re ready, begin now. And while starting is hard, starting over is often harder; once started, try not to stop. Don’t break the chain!

8. Clean Slate

When we go through a big transition, old habits get wiped away, and with that clean slate, new habits form more easily. For this reason, a great time to tackle a new habit is when starting a new job, a new relationship, or a new home. Many people also use the New Year, a birthday, or an important milestone as a clean slate. When facing a clean slate, remember that temporary becomes permanent, so we should start the way we want to continue.

9. Lightning Bolt

Once in a while, we encounter some new idea, new information, or a new role—and suddenly, effortlessly, a new habit replaces a well-established habit. This strategy is enormously powerful, but hard to invoke on command. Examples might include: a documentary or book, a diagnosis, an accident, a conversation with a stranger, parenthood.

10. Abstaining

When facing a strong temptation, “Abstainers” do better when they abstain altogether, while “Moderators” do better when they indulge in temptation sometimes, or a little. For Abstainers, it’s much more difficult to indulge in moderation than to give something up; for Moderators, it’s harder to abstain.

11. Convenience

To a truly remarkable extent, we’re more likely to do something if it’s convenient, and less likely if it’s not. The amount of effort, time, or decision-making required by an action has a huge influence on our habits. Make it easy to do right and hard to go wrong. Likewise…

12. Inconvenience

We’re less likely to take an action if it’s inconvenient. The harder it is to indulge in a bad habit, the harder it is to do it impulsively. To weaken a bad habit, make it as inconvenient as possible.

13. Safeguards

Plan to fail. Try to anticipate and minimize temptation, both in your environment and in your own mind. Use “if-then” planning to prepare for challenges that might arise: “If it’s raining, then I will exercise by following an online cardio video.”

14. Loophole-Spotting

We often seek justifications to excuse ourselves from a good habit…just this once. By identifying the loopholes we most often invoke, we can guard against them.

False choice loophole: “I can’t do this, because I’m so busy doing that.”
Moral licensing loophole: “I’ve been so good, it’s okay for me to do this.”
Tomorrow loophole: “It’s okay to skip today, because I’m going to do this tomorrow.”
Lack of control loophole: “I can’t help myself.”
Planning to fail loophole: “I’m doing this for no particular reason, but now that I’m here, I can’t resist.”
“This doesn’t count” loophole: “It’s a holiday!”
Questionable assumption loophole: “I’m so far behind, there’s no point in starting.”
Concern for others loophole: “If I don’t do this, someone will be hurt or inconvenienced”
Fake self-actualization loophole: “You only live once!”
One-coin loophole: “What difference will this one action make?”

15. Distraction

When we’re tempted to break a good habit, we deliberately shift our attention away from unwelcome thoughts by finding healthy distractions.

16. Reward

External rewards can actually undermine habit formation. The best reward for a good habit is the good habit itself.

17. Treats

Unlike a reward, which must be earned or justified, a “treat” is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it. It’s easier to ask more of ourselves when we’re giving more to ourselves, so so it’s helpful to identify plenty of healthy treats.

18. Pairing

Only do X when you’re doing Y. Pair two activities: one that you need to or want to do, and one that you don’t particularly want to do, and always do them together.

19. Clarity

The more clearly we identify the habit we intend to follow, the more likely we are to stick to it. Frame a habit to be concrete, manageable, and measurable.

20. Identity

Our habits reflect your identity, so if you struggle to change a particular habit, re-think your identity. Every identity—athlete, artist, environmentalist, reliable parent, strong leader—carries certain habits with it.

21. Other People

Your habits rub off on other people, and their habits rub off on you. Associate with people who follow the habits you want to adopt.

Some strategies work very well for some people, and not for others, and some strategies are available to us at some times in our lives, but not at other times. There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution to changing habits. It turns out that it’s not that hard to change your habits—when you do it in the way that’s right for you.

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FYI September 18, 2021

On This Day

1759 – French and Indian War: The Articles of Capitulation of Quebec are signed.
The Articles of Capitulation of Quebec were agreed upon between Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Roch de Ramezay, King’s Lieutenant, Admiral Sir Charles Saunders, and General George Townshend on behalf of the French and British crowns during the Seven Years’ War. They were signed on 18 September 1759, shortly after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.[1]

All 11 demands of De Ramsay were granted by the British Army: the honors of war, the protection of the civilians and their properties, the free exercise of the Roman Catholic religion, etc. Several months later, on 28 April 1760, the French Royal Army attempted to retake Quebec City, at the Battle of Sainte-Foy. Although victorious in battle, the French were unable to retake the city due to a lack of naval support. He was prompted to lift the siege after the French Navy was defeated at the Battle of Neuville.

Nearly a year after the Articles of Capitulation for Quebec was signed, the government of New France capitulated in Montreal after a two month British campaign on 8 September 1760.

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Born On This Day

1948 – Lynn Abbey, American computer programmer and author
Marilyn Lorraine “Lynn” Abbey (born September 18, 1948) is an American fantasy author.

Background
Born in Peekskill, New York,[1] Abbey was daughter of Ronald Lionel (an insurance manager) and Doris Lorraine (a homemaker; maiden name, De Wees).[citation needed] She attended the University of Rochester, where she began as an astrophysics major.[1] She earned a A.B. (1969) and an M.A. (1971) in European history,[2] but shifted to computer programming as a profession “when my advisor pointed out that, given the natural rise and fall of demographic curves, tenured university faculty positions were going to be as scarce as hen’s teeth for the next twenty-five years and my education was turning into an expensive hobby. (He was right, too.)”[3] She had married Ralph Dressler July 14, 1969; they were divorced October 31, 1972.[4] During this period she also became a member of science fiction fandom.
Move to Michigan; accident and aftermath

In 1976, after a stint as a programmer for insurance companies, and work on the state task force involved in documenting the New York City bankruptcy crisis, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] In January 1977, she was injured in an automobile accident while going to pick up Gordon R. Dickson, who was to be a Guest of Honor at that year’s ConFusion.[1] The guilt-ridden Dickson volunteered to assist her by reading and critiquing her work (she’d been writing since childhood).[1] The manuscript he helped her with became Daughter of the Bright Moon.[1]

Publication and marriage
Abbey began publishing in 1979 with Daughter of the Bright Moon and the short story “The Face of Chaos,” in Thieves’ World, the first part of the Thieves World shared world anthology.

On August 28, 1982 she married Robert Asprin, editor of the Thieves World books, and became his co-editor. She also contributed to other shared world series during the 1980s, including Heroes in Hell and Merovingen Nights.

She began writing for TSR, Inc. around 1994 while continuing to write novels and editing anthologies. Her works for TSR include stories set in the Forgotten Realms and the Dark Sun settings. Lynn Abbey wrote for TSR’s Dark Sun series starting with The Brazen Gambit. Further novels in the series include The Rise and Fall of a Dragon King, a novel exploring the topic of genocide, a central theme in the ancient history of Athas, the world on which the Dark Sun setting takes place. Along with Cinnabar Shadows, all three of Abbey’s books written for the Athasian setting take place in and around the City-state of Urik.[5]

Divorce and moves

Abbey and Asprin divorced in 1993 and Abbey moved to Oklahoma City.[1] She continued to write novels during this period, including original works as well as tie-ins to role playing games for TSR.[1] In 2002, she returned to Thieves World with the novel Sanctuary and also began editing new anthologies, beginning with Turning Points. In 2006, she was a writer on Green Ronin’s version of Thieves World.[6][7] She has lived in Leesburg, Florida since 1997.[8]

 
 

FYI

Sir Clive Marles Sinclair (30 July 1940 – 16 September 2021) was an English entrepreneur and inventor, most commonly known for his work in consumer electronics in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

After spending several years as assistant editor of Instrument Practice, Sinclair founded Sinclair Radionics in 1961, where he produced the first slimline electronic pocket calculator in 1972 (the Sinclair Executive). Sinclair later moved into the production of home computers and produced the Sinclair ZX80, the UK’s first mass-market home computer for less than £100, and later, with Sinclair Research, the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. The latter is widely recognised by consumers and programmers for its importance in the early days of the British and wider European home computer industry, as well as helping to give birth to the British video game industry. Among other honours, Sinclair was knighted in 1983 for his contributions to the personal computer industry in the UK.

Sinclair was also recognized for several commercial failures, including the Sinclair Radionics Black Watch wristwatch, the Sinclair Vehicles C5 battery electric vehicle, and the Sinclair Research TV80 flatscreen CRT handheld television set. The failure of the C5 along with a weakened computer market forced Sinclair to sell most of his companies by 1986. Through 2010, Sinclair concentrated on personal transport, including the A-bike, a folding bicycle for commuters, and the Sinclair X-1, a revised version of the C5 electric vehicle but which never made it to market.

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When is the Harvest Moon in 2021?

The exact time of the full Harvest Moon is September 20 at 23:54 Universal Time. At U.S. time zones, that translates to 8:54 p.m. ADT, 7:54 p.m. EDT, 6:54 p.m. CDT, 5:54 p.m. MDT, 4:54 p.m. PDT, 3:54 p.m Alaskan Time and 1:54 p.m. Hawaiian Time.
 
 
 
 
By April White, Atlas Obscura: A Stunning Archive of the Work of Early Black Photographers A new collection acquired by the Smithsonian is a window into Black history.
 
 
 
 
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By Annie Ewbank, Gastro Obscura: Last week, I pulled up Facebook Marketplace to order dinner.
Last week, I pulled up Facebook Marketplace to order dinner. I picked out a sushi bake: a rice-and-seafood casserole that exploded in popularity during the pandemic. Within minutes, I reached the seller and paid over Venmo. At 6 p.m. sharp, I opened my door and found the sushi bake on my front porch, elegantly packaged and emblazoned with a sticker with social media info.

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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!

Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

907 Updates September 18, 2021

KYUU Alaska’s News Source: Man killed in hit-and-run on Seward Hwy Anchorage police investigate the death of pedestrian in hit-and-run collision on Friday; Scientist samples Anchorage creeks for chemical that could be killing fish; Residents near Sullivan Arena voice concerns about future of mass shelter during rocky transition and more ->
 
 
 
 
KTOO Alaska’s News Source: Rasmuson fellow will use award for a film script, in Lingít, about dark history of Native boarding school and more ->
 
 
 
 
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: LKSD Wraps Up Audit To Prevent Sexual Abuse In Schools; Local English News: September 17, 2021 and more ->
 
 
 
 
Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Fish & Game launch radio telemetry arctic grayling study and more ->
 
 
 
 
KRBD: Amylon honored posthumously for his service to the community and more ->
 
 
 
 
Our Third Thirds: A Worrywart Goes on a Road Trip
 
 
 
 

Military September 18, 2021

Military.com: Navy Doing Deep Sea-Search for Sailors’ Remains, Helicopter; The Only American Female POW in WWII Europe Had to Fight for Her Status; USS John S. McCain Heads to New Homeport in Washington After Momentous 24 Years in Japan and more ->
 
 
 
 
DOD: August 29 Strike in Kabul ‘Tragic Mistake,’ Kills 10 Civilians and more ->
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

NSFW

 
 
Robert Lewis Howard (July 11, 1939 – December 23, 2009) was the most highly decorated officer of Vietnam United States Army Special Forces and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.

He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded the Medal of Honor, eight Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross,[a] a Silver Star, and four Bronze Stars.

He was nominated for the Medal of Honor three times over a 13-month period but received lesser medals for the first two nominations, which were for actions performed in Cambodia where the U.S. was fighting covertly. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on December 30, 1968, his third nomination.

He retired from the US Army after 36 years of service as a full colonel. He was one of the most decorated soldiers in the Vietnam War and was “said to be the most decorated service member in the history of the United States”.

He died as a result of pancreatic cancer, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010.

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Quotes September 18, 2021

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness, it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author
 
 
 
 
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Angela Lee Duckworth – Psychologist-American Academic-Science Author
 
 
 
 
We envy people who are extremely old because we wish to live that long, not because we want to be that old.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
 
 
 
 
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
Happy weekend! Take a deep breath to look back at the ground you covered this week and reassure yourself—it is enough.
AmyAnn Cadwell
 
 
 
 
Shine brightly. See beauty. Speak kindly. Love truly. Give freely. Create joyfully. Live thankfully.
Mary Davis – Chief Executive Officer of the Special Olympics
 
 
 
 
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard
 
 
 
 
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Frederick Buechner,
writer, poet, preacher, theologian
 
 
 
 
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
Carlos Santana,
guitarist, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15