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January, 2 2017
Winter Home of Monarch Butterfly DiscoveredOn this day in 1975 was the discovery of the winter home of the Monarch Butterfly. The monarch migration is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders when each year, hundreds of millions of monarchs migrate between the United States and Canada to areas in Mexico and California. I find this inspiring, and might add a post about it to my Creative Inspiration blog category.
January, 4 2017
Garden Catalogs Arriving in the MailDo you garden? Or are you what we call an armchair gardener? Either way, you’ve surely noticed that your garden catalogs have begun arriving in the mail. And right on time, aren’t they? Now we can settle in for winter. The holidays are past, and the garden is not yet begun in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere, making it the perfect time to dream a little dream of zinnias or asters, pumpkins, peas or nasturtiums. For me, gardening is about inheritances. And you?
January, 5 2017
First Divorce Granted in AmericaAccording to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, today in 1643, the first divorce in the US was granted. Got a divorce story? Here’s your news peg. Need examples of essays written on deadline? See my blog category NPR essays, for pieces I’ve aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. I’ll be adding to this over time.
January, 9 2017
Connecticut Becomes the Fifth StateOn this day in 1788, Connecticut became the 5th state to ratify the US Constitution. Do you live in Connecticut? Is something worth an op-ed going on in your state? Use the anniversary as your news peg, and have at it.
January, 12 2017
The Man with the Famous Signature is BornOn this day in 1737, Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock was born. Got a penmanship or signature story? Here’s your news peg. How to make that memoir interesting to others? Maybe I can help. Read this.
January, 15 2017
British Museum OpensOn this day in 1759 one of the great wonders of the world opened — the British Museum. The will of physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), bequeathed to King George II his collection of more than 71,000 objects, library and herbarium to be preserved intact for the nation. I find this inspiring, and might write a blog post on a memorable visit to that museum and add it to my Creative Inspiration blog category.
January, 16 2017
Dian Fossey, a Woman to AdmireIt’s the birthday in 1932 of Dian Fossey, one of the 20th century’s greatest naturalists, who devoted her life to protecting and studying the mountain gorillas of Africa. Making her first trip to Africa in the 1960s, her work extended in the 1980s. Need some tips on what to do on the anniversary of someone you admire? See my blog category Creative Inspiration.
January, 21 2017
“Over the Rainbow” CopyrightedOn this day in 1939 the song “Over the Rainbow,” was copyrighted by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. A quick check of the My Memoir Writing category of my blog will provide you with both blog posts and radio essays written on deadline.
January, 25 2017
Robert Burns BornOn this day in 1759 was the birth of poet Robert Burns, who reminded us about those best laid schemes of mice and men go astray. He also wrote My Love is Like a Red Red Rose. Few poems are more famous than that. Need some how-to instruction on what to do with such anniversaries? See the How-T0 category of my blog.
January, 26 2017
Raccoons Mating NowAccording to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, raccoons are mating now. Their mating season runs January through March, and after a little more than two months females gives birth to a litter of between four to six young. What to do with this fact? Have you seen the How-To category of my blog?
January, 27 2017
The Last TelegramOn this day in 2006, Western Union sent its last telegram. If you are of a certain age, you have a telegram story. But maybe you need to cut it down to fit a certain venue — a radio essay can be only 615 words, for instance. How to do that? See here.
January, 29 2017
Charles Darwin Takes a WifeOn this day in 1839 Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood. Before he proposed, Darwin made a list of the pros and cons of marriage, weighing such things as giving up the “conversation of clever men at clubs,” and “less money for books” against the obvious connubial benefits. See my blog category, My Memoir Writing, for both blog posts and radio essays written on deadline.