A brief American history lesson from a Canadian living in Germany
Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday and he’s worth celebrating. In 1750 he published a proposal for an experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm. But it’s not like he was just flying kites all day; not only was he a scientist, he was also an author, one of the Founding Father’s of the United States, a political theorist, a politician, a postmaster, a musician, an inventor, a satirist, a civic activist, a statesman, and a diplomat. And I thought I was busy!
As a tribute to “The First American” here are some wonderful books by BookRix authors from the United States. These stories are about the hardships and rewards of shaping a nation. Go Team America!
There are few days in the year that make us want to return to school, but today is definitely one of them. On December 11, Mountain Day means classes are cancelled (hooray!) and your class, along with the student body, head to the mountains or a park for the day. Doesn’t that sound fun? A picnic, a great book to read – sounds like the perfect day. And being surrounded by mountains seems like an ideal backdrop for a little r & r.
The General Assembly deemed this day as International Mountain Day back in 2002. Since then, they have encouraged communities (internationally) to organize events on December 11th to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.
Whether you’re taking a beautiful drive, heading down a slope on your snowboard or simply taking a peaceful hike – stop and take in the beauty of the mountains surrounding you. If you want to take your appreciation a step further, check to see if your local community is doing anything to celebrate this wonderful day. Your participation is just a Google search away!
If you’re housebound or stuck in the office today, don’t fret. If you can’t go to the mountains, BookRix will bring them to you with these two mountain themed eBooks.