Archive for September, 2016


National Punctuation Day – Sept 24

A comma, a semicolon, a period. To most people, these are simple punctuation marks, to take or leave, especially in this day of text messaging. But to other people, punctuation is an important part of written communication, a roadmap to understanding the intentions of the written word. A much-used example of how improper punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence is: Let’s eat, Grandma. vs Let’s eat Grandma. Certainly, in this case, Grandma is in favor of the comma! Another example of punctuation gone wrong appeared on the cover of Tails magazine. On the front cover, the headline about Rachael Ray’s sources of inspiration read: “Rachael Ray finds inspiration Click to Read more…

National Stepfamily Day – Sept 16

National Stepfamily Day, founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997, is observed on September 16 each year and is a day for stepfamilies to recognize and celebrate their unique family structure. One in 3 Americans is part of a stepfamily, or blended family. It takes time and effort for a stepfamily to come together as a strong family unit. Parenting differences between the two blending families can lead to stress within the marriage. Studies show that it can take, on average, 4 years to build a strong, steady relationship with a stepchild. There will also likely be at least a little bit of jealousy, a feeling that the stepparent is trying Click to Read more…

National Read a Book Day – Sept 6

National Read a Book Day is celebrated September 6 each year, and encourages book reading by everyone. Whether you curl up in a comfy chair with your favorite book, read this summer’s romance on the beach, or get in a few minutes of reading during lunch break, reading is an enjoyable activity for many of us. Surprisingly to those who are avid readers, though, is the fact that 28% of Americans have not read a book in the past year. How is it possible that so many people don’t want to learn, grow, or go on adventures? There are added benefits to reading. Reading reduces stress and improves memory. Books Click to Read more…