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How to write memoir with Marion Roach Smith, author and teacher
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July, 7 2016
Daylillies in BloomIt’s daylily time in my neck of the woods. Do you know about the American Hemerocallis Society, an international daylily society? It was there I learned the preferred spelling is “daylily” as one word, and that the word Hemerocallis is derived from two Greek words meaning “beauty” and “day,” referring to the fact that each flower lasts only one day. Ah research. Remember to do it. See here for more on that topic here.
July, 10 2016
All Hail Kitty Litter!Today is birthday in 1920 of the inventor of kitty litter. After serving a stint in the Navy, Edward H. Lowe suggested the use of clay instead of ashes for his neighbor’s cat, in an attempt to deal with the sooty footprints. What started as ten bags filled and labeled kitty litter and sold at his local dept store, resulted both in the use of kitty litter as a household name and the product being appreciated by cat owners worldwide. Got a pet story? I do.
July, 14 2016
Meet the BeetlesIs there an official beetle month? Not really, but if there is an unofficial month for them, July is surely it. Fireflies in the twilight, whirligigs in the ponds, beetles are on your roses, beans, squash, and potatoes. Love them, hate them? Write to nature’s calendar. Here’s an example of how to do that.
July, 16 2016
Armadillos are MatingAccording to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, armadillos are mating right about now. I wouldn’t lie to you. The season occurs July and August. Normal litter size is four, all of the same sex and all genetically identical since offspring are derived from a single egg. Born fully developed, it takes only several weeks for their pink leathery skin to harden into its lifelong protective covering. Nature has its own calendar, you know. Got an armadillo story? I’d love to see it.
July, 17 2016
A Great Gift to AmericaOn this day in 1838 a ship left port in England carrying the possessions of James Smithson, who left those treasures to America to found the Smithsonian Institution. Interestingly, Smithson had never visited the US. Got a Smithsonian story? Here’s your news peg, news you can use to write memoir.
July, 19 2016
The Full Buck MoonJuly’s Full Moon is known as the Full Buck Moon, a name we take from the Native American tradition. July is the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. Also called the Full Thunder Moon, July’s moon has also been referred to as Full Hay Moon. Think that moments in nature are merely small stuff? Never disparage the small stuff.