Tuesday, March 21st

February Design Challenge Winner — Michelle Lanoue

GCU February Challenge Winner Michelle Lanoue Please list any awards or contests you’ve won outside of GCU. I was thrilled to have my children’s books published a few years ago after going the self-publishing route. But sadly, the publisher, Crafty Canuck, closed shop.  I am back to self-publishing although I have been putting more energy into my GCU greeting cards as of lately.  I am always on the lookout for another publisher. You just never know! This is a page from my book, The Dinosaur and Ladybug in Heels Christmas Nativity Story. I have a few more in the series and a few different books other than the series. I have also Click to Read more…

Saturday, March 4th

National Grammar Day – March 4

    National Grammar Day, established by Martha Brockenbrough, has been celebrated in the United States since 2008. Ms Brockenbrough is the author of Things That Make Us [Sic] and the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. In this age of quick, short, electronic communication, grammar seems to have morphed into a new language. And that’s fine, even useful, if you’re speaking with peers. But when speaking with workmates, your boss, or a client, you need to be seen as someone who has command of standard language usage. It makes for effective and professional communication. Proper language usage serves the same purpose as dressing correctly for Click to Read more…

Wednesday, March 1st

Julia Bryant – January Design Challenge Winner

BallettElephant with Music Notes and Tutu for Dance Teacher Birthday by Greeting Card Universe artist Julia Bryant Please list the URLs of your 3 favorite cards in your storefront and why they are your favorites. Being ex-military, I wanted a card that would be encouraging to someone about to begin the most exciting and scary part of their life.   What were your inspirations for both of your winning cards? Please walk us through the process of how these cards went from ideas to greeting cards. I wanted the dance teacher birthday card to be whimsical. I imagined a little girl or boy wanting to give a special birthday card Click to Read more…

Wednesday, January 18th

Thesaurus Day — January 18

  Thesaurus Day is a celebration of Peter Mark Roget’s January 18 birthday. Roget, a doctor, spent his retirement writing Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. A thesaurus is a book of English words and phrases with similar meaning. “Thesaurus” is Latin for “treasure”. Roget’s original (first/initial) thesaurus contained 15,000 words in six categories: quantity, relation, number, existence, and time. Currently, the book (volume/work/writing) has 230,000 words. Since its first publication, Roget’s Thesaurus has never been out of print. A thesaurus is an important (necessary/essential) tool (means/device) for students (pupil/scholar), but should be used cautiously (carefully, guardedly). As Professor Simeon Potter, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Click to Read more…

Thursday, January 12th

National Pharmacist Day — January 12

  National Pharmacist Day, observed January 12 each year, is a way to recognize this important and helpful profession. The word “pharmacy” comes from the Greek word “pharmaleon”.   University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the first pharmacy school in North America, was established in Philadelphia is 1821 when 68 apothecaries met with the purpose of improving their profession, and thus, patient care. The name was changed in 1921 to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. They awarded the first pharmacy degree to a woman in the United States in 1883 to Dr. Susan Hayhurst.   Pharmacists spend between six to eight years in pharmacy school, learning subjects such Click to Read more…

Friday, January 6th

Three Kings’ Day

Three Kings’ Day, an ancient church feast day celebrated January 6, is also known as the Epiphany (illuminating discovery or realization), Twelfth Night, or Theophany (the manifestation of God). For Roman Catholics and Protestants,  this is a celebration of the visit to the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, who represented Europe, Arabia and Africa; for Eastern orthodox churches, it is a commemoration of the baptism of Jesus when he was 30 years old by John the Baptist. The six Sundays after the Epiphany are referred to as the time of manifestation. The Twelfth Day of Christmas ends the Christmas season, and does not, as Click to Read more…

Tuesday, January 3rd

Get Organized Month, sponsored by the Association of Professional Coordinators, has been observed in the month of January since 2005. The timing of this event makes it perfect as a New Year’s resolution. It’s estimated that Americans spend up to an hour a day looking for misplaced items. From a child almost missing their bus because they can’t find their shoes, to Dad trying to find his keys, the stress and wasted time add up. Clutter makes organizing difficult, so the first step is to throw or give away everything you don’t need. This step is hard if you have an emotional attachment to your belongings, so you may want Click to Read more…

Saturday, December 24th

National Eggnog Day — December 24

December 24 is not just Christmas Eve; it is also the day eggnog lovers rejoice: National Eggnog Day! Eggnog, also known as egg milk punch, is a sweetened dairy beverage that is made with milk or cream, sugar, spices, whipped eggs. It is available for sale in the United States from mid-November to January. Its popularity is shown by the fact that an estimated 135 million pounds of eggnog are consumed each year in the United States. Many people wonder why eggnog isn’t made year round. Manufacturers would do so if it were cost effective, but consumption of eggnog falls notably after Christmas, flattening out in January. There are many Click to Read more…

Wednesday, November 16th

National Unfriend Day – Nov 17

  National Unfriend Day is observed November 17. Founded in 2010 by tv talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, this is a day when, according to the official Facebook page, “all Facebook users shall protect the sacred nature of friendship by cutting out any ‘friend fat’ on their pages occupied by people who are not truly their friends.” According to Jimmy Kimmel, the standards for unfriending are: If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them. If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them. Here are a few additional suggestions for weeding out your Facebook Click to Read more…

Monday, November 7th

International Day of Radiology – Nov 8

International Day of Radiology is celebrated November 8, the anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. This day recognizes the important role radiologists play in healthcare delivery. Medical imaging includes x-rays, MRI scans, and ultrasound. Sponsoring organizations, the American College of Radiology (ACR), the RSNA, and the European Society of Radiology, will be joined by more than 140 medical organizations. This year’s celebration is dedicated to breast imaging. Breast imaging has an important role in the detection and diagnosis of diseases of the breast. Regular mammography screening was introduced in the United States in the early 1990s and has resulted in a 35% decrease in breast Click to Read more…

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