Friday Fun Facts- Inaugurations!

January 13, 2017

We all know it’s coming. No matter if you voted, or who you voted for in the U.S. presidential elections, we know it will be a moment to remember. Good or bad.

I’ll bet you didn’t know some of these wild facts about past inaugurations!

(Please. This is not for political commentary on current politics.)

  1. George Washington’s inaugural speech came in as the shortest. The brief, and I mean brief, time at the podium consisted of 135 words. Boom! He’s done.rembrandt-peale-george-washington
  2. John Quincy Adams was fashion forward. He was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers.
  3. Thomas Jefferson was the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. He’s also been the only president to walk to and from his glory moment! (Jimmy Carter walked to it, but rode home.)
  4. Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade-1865.
  5. Women weren’t included in a parade until the 2nd inauguration of Woodrow Wilson- 1917.
  6. Harry Truman’s was the first to be televised-1949.
  7. Lyndon Johnson was the first and only president to be sworn in by a woman, US District Judge Sarah Hughes-1963.gty_air_force_one_lbj_jef_150324
  8. All presidents until 1937 were sworn in in March to avoid potential bad weather. An amendment to the Constitution changed the date to January 20th.
  9. Theodore Roosevelt has been the only president not sworn in with a Bible.
  10. In 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy who rode up to him on a horse! Bet that’ll never happen again!891353_525_350_w
  11.  No one throws a party like Old Abe!!!! His inaugural party was so wild, they had to call the police in! Whoa- now that’s a party. ballinhonorofpresidentlincoln-hires

Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #1

January 11, 2017

Writing prompts to kick start your muse.

I’m trying something a little different. Don’t worry. Picture prompts will continue. But let’s broaden the horizon. Every other week, I will either give you writing prompt, dialogue prompt, or idea prompt. Use them to get those creative juices flowing. Use them to do a quick exercise. Use them as inspiration. Write a short story (or novel!), a poem, a song, whatever moves you. Feel free to share your ideas or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I encourage it! Let me know what you think about this new feature. I’d love to hear from you.

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Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2017

January 10, 2017

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to kick your writing into high gear.

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2017 thru February 28, 2017–the much-anticipated SEVENTH Annual Ruby Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts.

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog on the Opening Ceremony here.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

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http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/goal-setting-advice-for-the-winter-writing-festival-2/

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Friday Fun Facts- Thumbs Up!

January 6, 2017

I apologize for not creating our Friday Fun Facts for several weeks. Life took over with the clean up and sale of my parents’ house, trips to New Mexico, Dallas, Nacogdoches, and Fredericksburg, Tx., Christmas, and far too much fun!

thumbs-upLet’s see what’s in store for us today about thumbs:

  1. 6,000,000 years ago hominids developed thumbs.
  2. Ancient Rome spectators decided the fate of gladiators by giving a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Not a good position to be in!joaquinphoenix_thumbsdown
  3. In The Middle Ages, merchants sealed business transactions with a thumbs-up.
  4. During World War II, American soldiers spread the gesture throughout Europe as a means of communication.
  5. In the Twenty-first century, thumbs turn horizontal for testing purposes.
  6. The man with the largest recorded hand is from China. His thumb measured 10.2 inches in length.
  7. “Under someone’s thumb” means to be in their control. Who knew the thumb was so powerful?!?
  8. Scientist think that one of the reasons we have moved to the top of the animal kingdom is because we have truly opposable thumbs.
  9. Thumbs only have 2 bones.pulp_thumb-christian-d

Hump Day Kick Start – The Light Edition

January 4, 2017

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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New year, new prompt.

Who is our subject today, where is he, and what is he doing? Is he beckoning someone to join him in his secret room? Someone special? A lover? His prey? Maybe, he is in an attic searching for clues to a long dead mystery. What if he is the victim in a basement and his sadistic captor has opened the door to throw him scraps, or worse. Conversely, could the sunlight be his hope? Is he about to be saved? If so, by who? Could it be 2017 coming to the rescue?

Tell me a tale or just caption the pic.


Link Of The Week- Goal Setting!

January 3, 2017

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“Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely scroll over to the month of January on our smart phones, there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st. We make notes, either mentally or on paper, of New Year’s resolutions we’re determined to accomplish. Yet, all too often, we stumble over the first steps of change and quietly retreat to old, unhealthy habits. Why not determine for this year to be different?”

Resolutions that aren’t written down are destined to fail quickly. So write them out, and not just anywhere. Keep your list of New Year’s goals in a place where you will see them regularly, so you can review your progress and recommit on a consistent basis.”

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/home/new-years-goal-setting-tips.cfm


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017

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