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Issue #76: How Cheese Grotto Rewards Their Best Customers

As part 3 of our 10-part marketing automation series, the What’s in Store crew recently spoke with Jessica Sennett, founder of Cheese Grotto.

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TechKnowledge 2017: Creating Equity through Technology

October 18, 2017

Every autumn since 2010 Library Journal and School Library Journal have presented an all-day, all-virtual learning event devoted to technology and libraries. This year we have reimagined the event as

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The Authors’ Billboard: Halloween by Mona Risk

Did you know that one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween?  Yes, October is the cruelest month for our molar teeth. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.   It is hard to imagine that 100 years ago, Halloween looked quite different from the candy debauch of today. Halloween origin: Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.   History of Halloween: At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious Continue Reading →

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FYI October 12, 2017

1799 – Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse was the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 900 meters.
Jeanne Geneviève Garnerin (1775–1847), née Labrosse,[1] was a French balloonist and parachutist. She was the first to ascend solo and the first woman to make a parachute descent (in the gondola), from an altitude of 900 meters on 12 October 1799

Labrosse first flew on 10 November 1798, one of the earliest women to fly in a balloon.[Note 1] She was the wife of André-Jacques Garnerin, a hydrogen balloonist and inventor of the frameless parachute.

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1893 – Velvalee Dickinson, American spy (d. 1980)
Velvalee Dickinson (born October 12, 1893 – died ca. 1980), was convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II. Known as the “Doll Woman”, she used her business in New York City to send information on the United States Navy to contacts in Argentina via steganographic messages. She was finally caught when one of her contacts in Buenos Aires moved and her messages were returned.[1]

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The Rural Blog Heather Chapman: Farmers looking to space to limit crop damage
The Rural Blog Heather Chapman: Childhood trauma can cause long-lasting harm to rural adults; help less available in rural areas
By Emma Upton: Street View goes to the “top of the world”

By Gary Price: Library of Congress Releases Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (in Original Format) Online
By Adele Peters: These Cold-Weather Container Farms Let Produce Grow In The Arctic
The Growcer
By Chris Eger: Green Beret to accept Medal of Honor for all who served in Laos
By Jennifer Cruz: Car dealership gives new ride to veteran who stole truck to take Vegas victims to hospital (VIDEO)
By Adam Clark Estes: The 11 Best Tiny Houses You Can Buy on Amazon
By Rhett Jones: Drone Video Shows Postal Worker Still Delivering Mail in Neighborhood Ravaged by Wildfire

By Clayton Purdom: Feel true terror with this vintage clip of Gerard Butler auditioning to be Dracula







FROM DEBRA: Firestorm + Smoke Inhalation, almost 100 new Q&A comments, 7 new radio show transcripts

Debra Lynn Dadd: Non-toxic Living

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Maria Popova Brain Pickings: The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

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Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings:  Eleanor Roosevelt on the Power of Personal Conviction and Our Individual Responsibility in Social Change

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FYI October 11, 2017

1767 – Surveying for the Mason–Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania is completed.
The Mason–Dixon line, also called the Mason and Dixon line or Mason’s and Dixon’s line, was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the resolution of a border dispute involving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware in Colonial America. It is still a demarcation line among four U.S. states, forming part of the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia (originally part of Virginia before 1863).

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1872 – Emily Davison, English educator and activist (d. 1913)
Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was a suffragette who fought for votes for women in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century. A member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and a militant fighter for her cause, she was arrested on nine occasions, went on hunger strike seven times and was force fed on forty-nine occasions. She died after being hit by King George V’s horse Anmer at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she walked onto the track during the race.

Davison grew up in a middle-class family, and studied at Royal Holloway College, London, and St Hugh’s College, Oxford, before taking jobs as a teacher and governess. She joined the WSPU in November 1906 and became an officer of the organisation and a chief steward during marches. She soon became known in the organisation for her daring militant action; her tactics included breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to postboxes and, on three occasions, hiding overnight in the Palace of Westminster—including on the night of the 1911 census. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the union. A procession of 5,000 suffragettes and their supporters accompanied her coffin and 50,000 people lined the route through London; her coffin was then taken by train to the family plot in Morpeth, Northumberland.

Davison was a staunch feminist and passionate Christian, and considered that socialism was a moral and political force for good. Much of her life has been interpreted through the manner of her death. She gave no prior explanation for what she planned to do at the Derby and the uncertainty of her motives and intentions has affected how she has been judged by history. Several theories have been put forward, including accident, suicide, or an attempt to pin a suffragette banner to the king’s horse; none has ever been proven.

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By Air Force Airman 1st Class Kaylee Dubois, 633rd Air Base Wing: Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Pilot Teaches New Generation of Aviators
The once young boy from Argentina with a dream of flying found his place in a nation that allowed him to experience the world. Now he prides himself in protecting that nation, giving back to fellow countrymen who fueled his desire to serve.
“There’s nothing like flying in the U.S.,” Basabilbaso said. “The people you meet when stopping for fuel or at a temporary duty station are like no others; genuine Americans who never fail to thank us for what we do.”


By Anne Victoria Clark: The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment
It’s as clear cut as this: Treat all women like you would treat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
By Scott Neuman: Nobel Goes To American Richard Thaler For Work In Behavioral Economics
By Anne Easton: In Oprah’s New Show, Mass Incarceration Hits Home

By Bob: Man sends a perfect letter 14 years in the making
By Kristen Lee: What It Takes To Launch One Of The Toughest Off-Road Races In America
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By Starre Julia Vartan: How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora

By Andrew Liszewski: Watch a Pack of Adorable Arctic Fox Pups Destroy a Documentary Filmmaker’s Camera

Twisted Sifter: 12 Amazing Highlights from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest


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The Public Domain Review: Latest Newsletter

Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart.

The Civil War Sketches of Adolph Metzner (1861–64)

Remarkable collection of sketches, drawings, and watercolours left to us by Adolph Metzner, during his three years of service with the 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry.

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Carolyne Aarsen: Giving thanks

This is a picture taken close to our place. If you’ve stopped in at my website you’ve probably seen some of these.

From the letters I’ve been getting on that post and the comments, I have to admit that I live in a gorgeous spot of the world. Open spaces and fields. Blue skies and changing seasons.

Right now, thanks to decent weather, harvest is going full tilt. It hasn’t been an easy year. Last fall the farmers had to leave so much crop out because of early snow, too much rain in the fall and then more snow. So right now everyone who is out working late hours is happy and thankful.

In Canada we do Thanksgiving in October – which, ahem, is also my birthday. And each year I am thankful for so many things. Each year we also go around the table and ask everyone what they have been especially thankful for the past year. It’s always a warm and special time and it gives us all a chance to look back and realize what we have.

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