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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Forty-three years before the Pilgrims...and a Halloween video

cj Sez: Oh, Canada…Happy Thanksgiving! (Monday, October 12.)  

   The Canadian Thanksgiving holiday tradition dates back to 1578 when the English explorer, Martin Frobisher, landed on the shores of the land that became Canada while searching for a northern passage from Europe to Asia. The day has been a Canadian national holiday on the second Monday in October since 1957.
   When Frobisher came ashore, he gave thanks for surviving a long, treacherous journey and celebrated by feasting on a meal of salt beef and peas.
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   In the U.S., forty-three years later (and months after they arrived in Plymouth), the Pilgrims celebrated a successful harvest by sitting down with the Wampanoag Indians to a feast that likely included venison and maize.


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  Speaking of being thankful, I’m thankful for the Mobile Public Library’s support of the Mobile Writers Guild HALLOWEEN PIECES anthology that launched Oct 9. The library invited the authors to share videos of themselves reading an excerpt of their submission to be posted on the library’s public YouTube site. Here’s the link to my video:
   Let me know what you think of my home-grown “movie set” and the surprise Halloween cameo.
   For readers in the Mobile area: Because of Hurricane Delta, the anthology book signing was postponed to Friday, October 16 at The Haunted Bookshop, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Put on a mask and stop by. We’ll be wearing masks, too, and would love to see you. (I’ll be there from 4 to 6.)


   If you’re wondering about the impact of Amazon on the books you like to read and/or write, a Jane Friedman article examines the multiproduct industry giant:   
       Amazon’s Importance to U.S. Book Sales

   And about that showing and telling in internal dialogue:
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Raising prayers for my neighbors in Louisiana. I cannot imagine the stress they are undergoing as they cope with getting hit ... in the same area ... within the span of six weeks by two of the record-setting ten hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. this year.

   2020 has been one hellacious Murphy's Law year.
    Speaking of hurricanes, part of the proceeds from sales of the anthology HOMETOWN HEROES benefits The Cajun Navy, those wonderful volunteers who trailer their boats to disaster areas to help the victims of hurricane floods. 
  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


P.S.  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  The store has re-opened to limited hours, so you can stop and shop, too.
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  1. I missed the notice of this! Just watched the video--very nice job. It looks and sounds great.

  2. cj Sez: Many thanks for stopping by, Kaye...and for the compliment, too, of course.


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