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Sunday, June 14, 2020

An almost-forgotten holiday

cj Sez: Today is FLAG DAY, the day set aside by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 to celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag.

   On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress designated, by resolution, a United States flag with “13 stripes, alternate red and white” and “13 white stars in a blue field.” The stars were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, “Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens.” Today the 13 stripes remain, representing the 13 original colonies. Since 1960, shortly after Hawaii became our fiftieth state, there have been 50 white stars in that blue field.

   The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.

   Find fast facts about “Old Glory” here:


   Writing apropos metaphors: A Jane Friedman blog post by developmental book editor Jessi Rita Hoffman.
   “Do you torture your metaphors, linking unlike things in outrageous comparisons? Do you manufacture odd phrases and invent “words” in an attempt to seem “literary” and “sound like a writer”? If so, you probably don’t even know you are doing this, yet the pretentious writing this results in is one of the marks of an amateur writer.”


   The Mystery Writers of America organization posted an extensive list of books written by some of their members. A favorite author or new best friend author…you’re sure to find a book that grabs your interest here:

   According to MWA:  “They may all be found at your local Independent Bookstore.  Remember – books make the best presents and can help get you through these challenging times. Visit this link to find a store near you:  ”

(cj Sez: In Mobile, The Haunted Bookshop is one of the “indiebound” stores.)   

  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same, (Sending up prayers for your health and safety.)


   My love story, “Love is Immortal” is one of the short stories in Bienvenue to the Chateau Rouge anthology.

   One of the 5 star reviews for Bienvenue…In love with the Chateau Rouge
“I can’t express how much I want to book my next vacation at the Chateau Rouge. I have absolutely fallen in love with the place and its inhabitants. All the stories make you feel as if they aren’t only real, but old friends.”

   TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from my favorite indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop 

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