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Sunday, October 28, 2018

When everyone else is complaining

cj Sez:  Remember the adage “Spring forward, Fall back?” Well, I’m now doing my civic duty and reminding you that Daylight Savings Time begins on the first Sunday in November…that’s next Sunday.

That means, if you’re in an area that celebrates DST, you need to turn your clock back one hour in the wee hours of the night between Saturday, Nov 3, and Sunday, Nov 4.

I’m not happy about losing an hour, but I plan to “fall back” my clock before going to bed next Saturday night.

As a result of DST, sunrise and sunset will be about an hour earlier on Sunday then it was on Saturday ... that gives people more daylight in the morning to get ready for church/work/school.

Why do we have DST? Allegedly to save energy. The practice was introduced in 2007 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. I truly am not sure if it’s all about energy. After all, we either have to leave our lights on longer in the morning (standard time), or turn them on earlier in the evening (daylight savings time). Granted winter nights are longer than daylight hours, but doesn’t the usage equal itself out? I think there’s more to the story than that explanation. I think someone lobbied for more suntan time on the summer beaches.  What do you think?  
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This came across my Facebook page, from Grammarly and courtesy of a share from Mahala Church (Edit, Write, Teach …FB url ):
Grammarly says this is a fool-proof way to determine if the sentence you wrote is passive voice. Re-write your sentence this way after the verb:

“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- Makes sense?  Yes. It's passive voice.
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- Makes sense?  No. It's active voice.
(From Grammarly Blog)
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BSP (Blatant Self Promotion) I have a story in the soon-to-be-released Hometown Heroes, A Christmas Anthology

The anthology is about Community. Courage. Compassion.

Hometown Heroes brings you five Christmas romances that celebrate everyday heroes.
From paranormal to contemporary to historical, there's something here to fill everyone with the spirit of the season.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cajun Navy Relief, an organization dedicated to helping neighbors in distress

Blurb for my story:
“Hobbes House Noel”   Merrill Cowper rents her beloved Hobbes House lakefront cabin to a stranger and becomes an unlikely hometown heroine when she saves his child from the possibility of a watery death. This would be the year she learns that the best Christmas gifts don’t always arrive wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. Sometimes they don’t even fit under the Christmas tree.
The release date is December 4 . . . watch for it!

That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. PS: Be sure to enter the contest below for a chance to win a gift bag of goodies.


A few more Christmas gift ideas:
Choosing Carter
Deadly Star
The Posse, a Western anthology
Christmas through a Child’s Eyes

Let me know you’ve left a new review on any of my work at Goodreads, Amazon, wherever—good, bad, or simply “I read it.”—and I’ll put your name in the raffle hat. The random name I draw on December 6 will receive a nice gift bag of goodies. I’ll post the winner’s name on my Facebook page, so be sure to stop by.

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