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Hokusai died on this day in 1849 at the age of 88, but getting older didn't stop his glorious artistic skills. But he wa...
05/10/2021
Hokusai's Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sketches by Katsushika Hokusai in the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art - 1588347001 | Smithsonian Books Store

Hokusai died on this day in 1849 at the age of 88, but getting older didn't stop his glorious artistic skills. But he was critical of his own work and apparently announced on his deathbed, "If only Heaven will give me just another ten years ... Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter." But our book HOKUSAI'S BRUSH is evidence that he was a real painter all along, so take in his incredible work on every page. http://ow.ly/9Vag30rGkH4

On this day in 1962, Johnny Cash "fulfilled a dream by headlining a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. But he was agitated,...
05/10/2021
Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black - 1588346390 | Smithsonian Books Store

On this day in 1962, Johnny Cash "fulfilled a dream by headlining a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. But he was agitated, nervous, and his voice was shot. His drug use was increasing, and he showed up late for the gig and in no shape to perform. Cash also badly miscalculated in planning the show as a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, because when he took the stage in Rodgers�s signature brakeman�s outfit, it was clear the audience had no idea what he was doing." Read about his life's up and downs in our book JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE MAN IN BLACK. http://ow.ly/qayh30rGkH3

On this day in 1960, U.S. became the first country to legalize the birth control pill, though it was prescribed for marr...
05/09/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

On this day in 1960, U.S. became the first country to legalize the birth control pill, though it was prescribed for married women until 1962. "With the introduction of the round, efficient-to-use DialPak tablet dispenser in 1963, taking a pill seemed closer to medicine than immorality. That feeling was formalized with the disappearance in 1965 and 1972 of the last Comstock 'vice' laws, legislation that had restricted the sale and advertisement of means of contraception." Read about important legislation for women in our book SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN. http://ow.ly/ygc330rGkH2

Phillis Wheatley was born on this day in 1753. She was the first African-American author of a published book of poetry. ...
05/08/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

Phillis Wheatley was born on this day in 1753. She was the first African-American author of a published book of poetry. "Wheatley’s strength of character is reflected in her work and in her ability to navigate in a society that both enslaved and celebrated her. At face value, her poems are straightforward reflections on virtue. Closer attention to the text, however, reveals a more trenchant layer of meaning in which she allies herself with those who had power over her while cleverly exposing critical views of society." Read about more stellar women through history in our book SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN. http://ow.ly/q2vE30rGkGZ

It's World Red Cross Day! By the end of World War I, the American Red Cross had produced hundreds of thousands of sphagn...
05/08/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

It's World Red Cross Day! By the end of World War I, the American Red Cross had produced hundreds of thousands of sphagnum pads, a substitute for cotton dressings. Then in 1919, the Sphagnum Moss Products Company pioneered the production of a new kind of sanitary menstrual napkin. "The product�s box reminded female consumers that the mildly antiseptic moss pads had excelled at soaking up many a soldier�s blood, while the imagery of the Red Cross�capped 'Sphagnum Moss Girl' suggested the health expertise and practicality of the World War I nurse or volunteer." Read more about how the war changed menstrual culture in SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN. http://ow.ly/S5CY30rGkGW

"On May 6, 1967, I stood in the creek-bottom forest near my grandparents’ home, with a pair of heavy 7x50 binoculars tha...
05/06/2021
North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring - 1588346137 | Smithsonian Books Store

"On May 6, 1967, I stood in the creek-bottom forest near my grandparents’ home, with a pair of heavy 7x50 binoculars that my grandfather had loaned me. It was a Saturday morning—the day of Maryland’s annual May Count of birds—and I was surveying birds in this north Baltimore forest remnant. My keen fifteen-year-old ears picked up an unrecognized birdsong in the canopy vegetation: bizz-buzz. What was it? I focused the clunky field glasses on the singer, a small yellow bird with blue-gray wings and white wing-bars, perched on a twig about thirty feet up." Our book NORTH ON THE WING captures ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler's passion for birding and it makes us look up at the birds above us with new appreciation! http://ow.ly/jZ8X30rGkGR

This World Athletics Day, celebrate women like tennis player Althea Gibson and skateboarder Cindy Whitehead who have roc...
05/05/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

This World Athletics Day, celebrate women like tennis player Althea Gibson and skateboarder Cindy Whitehead who have rocked the sports world with their talent and drive in our book SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN! It covers women across all professional fields, including athletes who have made important strides for women. http://ow.ly/o4vw30rGkGP

05/05/2021

From our book WHY WE SERVE: "In May, General George Washington ordered John Sullivan’s troops to lay waste to the Haudenosaunee homelands. Some forty Cayuga and Seneca towns, as well as all apple and peach orchards and cornfields, were burned, causing more than five thousand Haudenosaunee to flee to Canada. Washington’s scorched-earth policy earned him the Haudenosaunee name Hanadahguyus—Town Destroyer." https://www.smithsonianbooks.com/store/recent-releases/why-we-serve-native-americans-united-states-armed-/

It's National Egg Month! How do you take them? SWEET HOME CAFE COOKBOOK features a deviled egg recipe that'll impress at...
05/04/2021
Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking - 1588346404 | Smithsonian Books Store

It's National Egg Month! How do you take them? SWEET HOME CAFE COOKBOOK features a deviled egg recipe that'll impress at parties when you can host them again and the recipes come with history lessons too! "Wrapped in wax paper, deviled eggs journeyed north and west with African Americans leaving the South during the Great Migration. Today, as in the past, they are slipped into fancy deviled-egg plates and set on formal tables and turn up at picnics almost as frequently as ants." http://ow.ly/XyOB30rGkGN

"With every return of spring, sightseers take the opportunity to appreciate our longstanding friendship with Japan, its ...
05/04/2021
Cherry Blossoms Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress - 1588346846 | Smithsonian Books Store

"With every return of spring, sightseers take the opportunity to appreciate our longstanding friendship with Japan, its culture and people, and its lasting influence in the United States and beyond. Japan�s gift of trees to Washington more than a century ago remains a source of joy, delight, peaceful contemplation, and beauty for Washingtonians and countless visitors to the nation�s capital." We're already missing the gorgeous trees that blossom in our neck of the woods, but luckily we have our book CHERRY BLOSSOMS to relive the magical time. http://ow.ly/qxUD30rGkGM

It's National Textiles Day! Our book AFRICAN TEXTILES TODAY is a testament to the importance of the beautiful designs in...
05/03/2021
African Textiles Today - 9781588343 | Smithsonian Books Store

It's National Textiles Day! Our book AFRICAN TEXTILES TODAY is a testament to the importance of the beautiful designs in African life and culture that connect the countries with each other and with the rest of the world! Whether you're in the art industry or you're a casual surveyor of art, read this gorgeous book to learn about African artists' traditions and inspirations. http://ow.ly/3n2Y30rGkGI

It's Asian American Month and today we're highlighting Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to become a maj...
05/02/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

It's Asian American Month and today we're highlighting Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American actress to become a major box-office attraction! Not only was she a talented actress, but she had an amazing command of languages and recorded the dialogue for her films in English, French, and German. Read more about her career in our book SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN. http://ow.ly/IKf330rGkGH

Happy Sibling Appreciation Day! Jean Ritchie, sometimes referred to as the "Mother of Folk" was one of America's  most b...
05/02/2021
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection - 158834665X | Smithsonian Books Store

Happy Sibling Appreciation Day! Jean Ritchie, sometimes referred to as the "Mother of Folk" was one of America's most beloved traditional singers and she was the youngest of fourteen siblings! If you have siblings you want to surprise with a gift, our book SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN WOMEN features profiles of women movers and shakers like Jean Ritchie they'll love learning about. http://ow.ly/1N6430rGkGG

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Hello Everyone… With the coronavirus. we are going through tough times, but God is with us. Keep washing your hands, but most of all keep praying. Here are two great poems from the book “I LOVE GOD by Gregory St. James Mundy Please enjoy and share with anyone you know may benefit from them God Bless. Hard Times Have you ever felt like the whole world was on your shoulders? Like everyone was out to get you and trying to run you over? No matter what you do, it always turns out wrong. Everything around you keeps falling as you try desperately to hold on. Everybody seems to be going up, while you keep heading down. Everyone has something to smile about, while you wear a frown. They all seem to be doing well and climbing up to the top. They all get to drink from the cup of success, but you never get a drop. Nothing ever seems to go your way and you don't even know the meaning of the word Luck? No matter how much you scrape and save, something always comes along and take your last buck. Well... just remember the man who complained about not being able to buy a new pair of shoes, until he met a man with no feet. The girl who complained about having to wear glasses, until she bumped into a blind man on the street. The boy who complained of having to eat his vegetables, when there are kids starving in the world with nothing to eat. The woman who complained about her baby crying all night, while some are born never to speak. Your life may not be as good as others but remember that there is always someone worst off than you. So instead of complaining of what you don't have, take the time to thank the Lord for what you do. DEATH Will the pain ever leave me, will the hurt ever cease? The feeling that we feel when a love one is deceased. The tears that cannot be held back, but so openly flow. The feeling of complete emptiness that you feel from head to toe. I have not lost a relative or a friend, but surely a piece of myself. People gather to offer me sympathy, but they had no idea of how I felt. Losing someone who was so dear and close to me. Trying hard to be strong but feeling complete misery. Never again seeing their smile or being able to share again the fun we had. Wishing that I could just take back some of the things I said. There are so many things I wish we could have done that we never had time to do. Like taking the time out to just spend a little bit more time with you. All the things that I thought that we had a lifetime to do. Now I must convince myself that I will not be doing them with you. There were times when you made me mad and got on my last nerve. But it was nothing compared to all the good times that the two of us shared. Losing a loved one is such a hurting pain. To say how you feel, one is not able to explain. Knowing that you have lost something that can never be replaced. Feeling an empty loss that no amount of time can ever erase. The only comfort is given is knowing of their final resting place. Will be with the Almighty One, The Lord, Our Grace.
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