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JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, passed away two days ago at the age of 91.  I first read ‘The Catcher’ when I was 15; our family was spending the evening at my grandparents house, and since my grandfather was a professor, his house was (and continues to be) littered with textbooks throughout the house.  When shuffling through boxes trying to find something to read, I came across The Catcher in the Rye, and decided to pass time by reading a few pages.  In a matter of minutes, I was drawn in and it stands today as one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read.

NPR has been providing some really good coverage of his life yesterday and today, and the following article is one that I found to be an interesting read as it speaks about Salinger and his life…

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Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87.

Zinn died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said. The historian was a resident of Auburndale, Mass.  Full story at the following link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_en_ot/us_obit_zinn

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Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet (sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.” It was asked, “Do they disbelieve in Allah?” (or are they ungrateful to Allah?) He (sallahAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds) done to them. If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking), she will say, ‘I have never received any good from you.” (Sahih Bukhari. Book #2, Hadith #28).

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Funny

This is too funny, lol.  If you’ve ever seen Fresh Prince of Bel Air, you’ll get it.  If you havent, then you wont.  There’s also a Star Wars call in, LOL.

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Haitians are in desperate need for support after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked their island nation on Tuesday.

An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake, which was the worst in the region in 200 years.

“More than 100,000 are dead,” the Haitian Consul General to the United Nations, Felix Augustin, estimated on Wednesday.

Islamic Relief USA has launched a $1 million appeal to help the victims. Please donate today to help them survive and rebuild their lives.

In addition, Islamic Relief USA is working with partners to ship urgently-needed aid to relieve the suffering.

An untold number of people are still trapped under rubble, as every part of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capitol, was either damaged or destroyed. Homes, schools, hospitals, even the National Palace where the president resides, were all destroyed.

Injured children that lost contact with their parents are taking refuge in collapsed buildings and under debris, as aftershocks continue to rattle the small island.

Victims are in desperate need for food, water, shelter and medicine, especially since Haiti’s infrastructure is already very modest and has now been brought to its knees by the quake.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and is also one of the most densely populated and least developed. Nearly 80 percent of Haiti’s 9 million people live in poverty.
Please help the victims and donate to Islamic Relief’s Emergency fund today.

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Contentment

This morning I came across an article that stated 55% of all Americans are currently unsatisfied with their job.  The percentage is apparently the largest statement of dissatisfaction since the survey began being conducted in 1987 and signifies a 3-4% decline in job satisfaction since last year and an overall 16% drop since 1987.
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