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Sunday, October 29, 2017

News you can use

cj Sez: We celebrate Halloween by dressing in weird costumes and then go begging for treats.
October 31 - Hallowed Eve, the day before All Saints Day.
But since most stores have ALL their end-of-year marketing displayed, here’s an all-encompassing wish:

November 1 - National Author Appreciation Day

In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club had the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors. An avid reader, while recuperating in the hospital during World War I, she wrote a fan letter to fiction writer, Irving Bacheller, telling him how much she enjoyed his story Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin. Bacheller thanked her by sending her an autographed copy of another story.

To thank him properly, she submitted the idea for a National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and they passed a resolution declaring November 1 as a day to honor American writers. The United States Department of Commerce subsequently recognized the day in 1949.

Now that you know…
Got a writer or two in your life? Go out of your way to encourage them. Buy books by your favorite author and then take five or ten minutes to write a review to support them. 

Also on November 1 – NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is a hot-to-trot race to produce 50,000 words in 30 days1,667 words a day will get you there. Authors, if you’re participating, start your writing.

cj Sez: My gift to you…an extra hour of sleep next weekend.

It’s fall-back time. For those of you on Daylight Savings time, before you tumble into bed next Saturday night, remember to turn back your clocks one hour because on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Nov 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time Ends.  (cj Sez: I like the idea that I can reclaim the hour I lost to DST in March.)

Benjamin Franklin takes the honor (or the blame, depending on your view of the time changes) for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005). 

At the time, Franklin was ambassador to Paris and sowrote a witty letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing over his "discovery" that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.
Even so, DST didn't officially begin until more than a century later. Germany established DST in May 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during World War I. The rest of Europe came onboard shortly thereafter. And in 1918, the United States adopted daylight saving time.

That’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to the same. Hope you have a great week.

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