Great news! You don't have to wait
until December 23rd for "Festivus for the rest of us", you
have plenty to celebrate right now. According to the website
www.timeanddate.com, there are tons of holidays in December. There are some fun
ones and I think we all could use some fun right about now. Here are some of my faves.
December 5 is The Day of the Ninja,
a day to honor and celebrate the masked warriors in black garb from ancient
Japan. This unofficial holiday was created
in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai.
§Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage
Mutant Ninja marathon. §Have a ninja themed party.
§Go to work dressed as a ninja
Did You Know…
…that contrary to popular belief,
ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.
December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
§Watch your favorite time traveling movies and shows (Dr. Who, anyone?) §Host a blast from the past party. Choose an era and base the
party around the clothing, food and language of that period. §Walk around dressed like someone from the past or the future.
People will think you're cool, I swear! December 12 is Gingerbread
House Day This
unofficial holiday celebrates the tradition of making houses and architectural
models out of gingerbread cookies. The tradition can be traced back to the
How to Celebrate?
§Make your own
gingerbread house. Maybe try and recreate a architectural landmark with
gingerbread. §Hold a gingerbread
Did You Know…
….that according the
Guinness Book of World Records, the World’s largest gingerbread house was made
in 2013 by the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
The house was 60 ft long and 10.1 ft tall.
My kind of house!
December 17 is Wright Brothers Day and recognizes the
first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air,
mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903.The
day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower
signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.
§Read more about the
history of aviation §Visit your local
aviation museum §If you have always
wanted to learn how to fly, why not start lessons on this day? §Catch a plane home
for the holidays and marvel at the fact that you don't have to travel by steam
locomotive or covered wagon.
December 30 is Bicarbonate
of Soda Day. Used
in baking, cleaning, polishing silver and treating heartburn, bicarbonate of
soda was used by ancient Egyptians for painting. Its scientific name is sodium
hydrogen carbonate but it is known by many other names around the world. Some
of the common ones are baking soda, cooking soda and bread soda.
How to Celebrate?
§Learn about the history of the manufacturing and use of
baking soda. §Learn what other things you can use baking soda for.
I was out of the country for Halloween. No cute trick-or-treaters, scary movies, or leftover candy for me--I missed it all. For someone who used to throw the most awesome Halloween parties in the neighborhood, it was tough. Even worse, by the time I came home, everyone was in full Thanksgiving mode. I felt cheated. My annual trip down spooky lane, a pillowcase filled with sticky candy, was just a fleeting memory. You may not know this, but every Halloween, three witches gather around their cauldron and mix a strange brew: Adrenalin to make our hearts race and endorphins to put a smile on our face. It gets us through the year.
So here it is, a little late, a creepy video for Halloween: The Joker Journal.
If you're a cozy mystery lover, then have I
got a blog for you! Not only is this blog a feast for the eyes with its
gorgeous hues of purple and lilac, it is a cornucopia of cozy mystery reviews.
The thoughtful well-written reviews are also organized into helpful
Have you ever tried writing a story in just 200 words? It's not easy, since you have to introduce at least one
character, set the scene, and make something interesting happen. It's a great
exercise and better than a crossword puzzle for sharpening your mind!
Golden Doughnut" is a short story contest where each 200 word entry must
be based on the photograph provided. This year's contest was judged by Craig Johnson, the bestselling author of the Longmire
series and I'm excited to report that my story, "The Monster Within",
made it to the top 12. Hooray! All 12 stories are worth the read and, as I
said, they are very short.
Just in time for Halloween, here are the 12 creepy stories:
people have read "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" but I bet I'm the
only one who read it in a dark shuttered house with a tiny flashlight as
Hurricane Irma raged on, pounding trees and battering utility poles until they
were just poles. Luckily, I had saved your book for a rainy day (the rainiest),
which was also the longest day of my life (excluding childbirth).
millions of Americans, I've suffered anxiety, anguish, and angst since Election
Day. Okay, I'm completely freaked out--and the bad news just keeps on coming.
I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't thought about how government functioned
since passing civics class in junior high so I had a lot of catching up to do.
With the help of Wikipedia and other non-fake news, I got up to speed and then
prayed our checks and balances would protect us from the ignorant, pernicious
grifter whose favorite hobbies were bullying and sexual predation. And
to do something, anything, I joined an army of other middle-aged women who wanted
to fight back. (Our motto: "We're not paid protesters, we're your
mother.") After participating in the Women's March in Miami I joined the
League of Women Voters, the ACLU, and Indivisible and then sent money
everywhere--Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club,
NRDC, the ACLU again, and so on. I went to rallies, signed hundreds of
petitions, joined activist FB groups, sent e-mails, made phone calls, mailed
postcards, and registered people to vote. I spoke at a rally and even organized
a protest! My husband of 30 years didn't bargain for a 56-year-old hippie
activist with radical bumper stickers on her car, but for better or worse,
there's any silver lining to all of this, it's that people are waking up and fighting
back. Personally, I've gone out of my comfort zone so many times I couldn't
find it with GPS. Still, it's daunting, depressing, and so, so difficult. Your
book made me laugh and gave me hope. It inspired me to keep going. If you can
do it, I can do it! If nothing else, the fact that I've gained fifty new
Facebook friends since November tells me one thing. I'm Good Enough, I'm
Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!