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Image: Courtesy of The Family of Judith Jones/Knopf

Judith Jones may not have been a household name, but without her, some of the world’s most famous books may never have been published.

In 1950, Jones was working as an editorial assistant at Doubleday Publishing when she stumbled upon a book in the discard pile that she couldn’t put down. She was struck by the face on the cover: Anne Frank.

“I read all afternoon with the tears coming down my face,” Jones told NPR in 1998. “When my boss got back, it was evening by then. He said, ‘What are you doing still here?’ And I said, 'We have to have this book!’ And he said, 'What? That book by that kid?’”

The book by that kid became The Diary of Anne Frank. It had already been released in German and Dutch, but Jones convinced her bosses to publish it in the United States, vastly expanding its readership. It went on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide in more than 60 languages.

Jones died Wednesday at her home in Vermont. She was 93.

Legendary Editor Judith Jones Dies At 93

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This morning, as you get ready for school, work, or just another Monday, take 20 minutes to pay tribute to the 49 beautiful people who were killed in the terror attack at Pulse Orlando one year ago. Listen to their names, see their faces, hear who they were. Reach out to those you love today, especially your LGBTQ friends and family, and let them know that you care. Our community is still deeply wounded, as we celebrate Pride Month, we carry a heavy weight on us from this day. To my fellow LGBTQ people, take a moment to reflect, honour our fallen, and then carry on with these 49 names in your heart. “Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget; It gets better.”

sanctuary is found on the dance floor. spirits are filled and pain is paused. last year’s attack at pulse night club in orlando, during latino night - was an attack on all of us who have ever feared loving openly in public.

today, we mourn the loss of 49 people. today, we speak their names.

today, we stand with all those who were and continue to be impacted by the pulse night club attack.

as pride month continues, remember to remember that PRIDE IS STILL POLITICAL and it is STILL NECESSARY! REMEMBER that we are NOT alone.

love louder, rage more and march harder!

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I can’t even begin describe how much it means to me that a colorguard created and performed a show tributed to the 49 victims of Pulse. Black Gold World may not have won first at worlds, but they won fan favorite and received a standing o at finals because everyone in the audience and everyone watching online knew how special this show was and how it would be remembered in the colorguard community for decades to come. Thank you for creating such an amazing show that respected and rejoiced the queer community, as well as acknowledging the struggle we face.

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Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and today serves as a national day of remembrance for our soldiers. You can read more about it here.

Thank you to all the Anzacs; the brave men and woman who have sacrificed so much for our countries, and still continue to do so. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda L. Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A. Aracena Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simón Adrian Carrillo Fernández, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter Ommy Gonzalez Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Jean Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean Carlos Nieves Rodríguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano-Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez, 37 years old

Luis Sergio Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Glen Campbell, the country music legend behind the classics “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” among others, died on Tuesday after a long, public struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 81.

Campbell had his biggest hits in the ‘60s and '70s, including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Southern Nights” and “Gentle on My Mind,” which was also the theme of his TV show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

Before beginning on his solo career, Campbell played on many Beach Boys records, also touring with the group in 1964. He also played guitar with the legendary group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, whom he continued to collaborate even after his solo success. Many of them played on his hit records.

“It was the same guys, and it was so much fun in the studio with them because [it was like], 'Hey, old big shot’s back with us, boys,’” he told Fresh Air in 2008.

Though Campbell’s life at times seemed charmed, he battled drug and alcohol addiction and, in 2011, revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. He continued to tour for another 15 months, before recording his final album Adiós, released this past June.

Read highlights from Campbell’s conversation with Fresh Air’s Dave Davies in 2008.

Remembering 'Rhinestone Cowboy’ Glen Campbell

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, “after a period of failing health.”

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled “An Inquiry Into Values”) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

‘Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Photo: William Morrow/HarperCollins

Honouring the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Pulse Orlando terrorist attack one year ago. Even in times of unimaginable darkness, the rainbow shows strong. None of us will ever forget what happened that night, and we will always remember the 49 beautiful people we lost. Although it hurts to look back, it is important so that we may move forward. To all those touched by this tragedy, “Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget; It gets better.”

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them. 

Lest we forget!

(The artwork is called ‘The Catch Up’ by Warrick Eady. It covers 100 years of Australian army soldier uniforms, and is a tear-jerker for many folks from my side of the world. ANZAC day is about Australia and New Zealand and the tragedy the brave men and women bravely endured, but this really is a great image to show respect to all our fallen brothers in arms.)