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September 17, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: It’s important to connect the mundane with the miraculous. That’s how miracles happen in our lives. (anonymous)
★~ Citizenship Day:
Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day) marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens. The origin of this holiday dates back to 1940 when “I am an American Day” was celebrated on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, Congress moved the date to September 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day.” In 2004, the official name changed to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.”
★~ Apple Dumplings Day:
A dumpling is a globular mass of boiled, steamed, backed dough filled with meat, vegetables, or fruit. The apple dumpling is a traditional dessert native to the Pennsylvanian Amish who eat them for breakfast
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1964 – The situation comedy Bewitched premiered on ABC-TV. Elizabeth Montgomery played the witch, Samantha Stevens, twitching her magical nose all the way to July 1, 1972.
♥~ 1965 – Hogan’s Heroes premiered. I see nothing, nothing at all…
♥~ 1967 – The Doors performed Light My Fire on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan had requested that lead singer Jim Morrison delete the line, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” but Morrison refused.
♥~ 1972 – M*A*S*H premiered on CBS-TV. This popular award-winning CBS series was based on the 1970 Robert Altman movie and a book by Richard Hooker. Set during the Korean War, the show aired for 11 years (lasting longer than the war). It followed the lives of doctors and nurses on the war front with both humor and pathos. The final episode, “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the highest-rated program of all time, topping the “Who Shot J.R.?” revelation on “Dallas.”
♥~ 1983 – Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, was crowned Miss America. Williams was the first black woman in the 62-year history of the Miss America Pageant to win the coveted title. Williams relinquished her crown during her reign when nude pictures of her were published in Penthouse magazine. Vanessa Williams went on to enjoy popularity as a singer (Dreamin’, Save the Best for Last) and an actress (Candyman, Another You, Under the Gun)
♥~ 2006: An Italian thief robbed an elderly lady in Milan, lost his cell phone, called his own number, and unwittingly arranged a date with police, who had his phone. On his way, the 35-year-old robbed another old lady and rode a stolen scooter to meet police.
♥~ 1923 – Hank (Hiram) Williams Sr.musician, songwriter, singer: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Cold, Cold Heart, Take These Chains from My Heart, Honky Tonkin’,Jambalaya, Kaw-Liga, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Lovesick Blues; 1st country musician whose music crossed over into pop; wrote 125 compositions; died Jan 1, 1953
♥~ 1931 – Anne Bancroft (Anna Maria Louisa Italiano) Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress: The Miracle Worker ; The Graduate, The Turning Point, Agnes of God, Malice, Point of No Return, The Elephant Man, Silent Movie; married to Mel Brooks; died June 6, 2005
♥~ 1953 – Rita Rudner comedienne, actress: Rita Rudner TV series, Hollywood Squares
★~ Good to Know: Spark Creativity with these tips from the book Daily Rituals How Artists Work by Mason Currey
♥~ Beethoven started his day by making coffee. He insisted on using 60 beans per cup.
♥~ Benjamin Franklin was “early to bed, early to rise,” and in his later years, early to take it all off. Franklin’s morning “air baths” consisted of reading and writing completely starkers for about an hour. Then he put his clothes on and got back to work.
♥~ Many famous writers and artists made sure to eat breakfast. Victor Hugo preferred his eggs raw.
♥~ Before Freud went into the office, he got a daily house call/beard trimming from his barber.
♥~ Agatha Christie never owned a desk. She wrote her 80 novels, 19 plays, and numerous other works wherever she could sit down.
♥~ Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up.
♥~ Thomas Wolfe also wrote standing up, using the top of a refrigerator as his desktop. (He was 6’6″.)
♥~ Some people actually get work done at Starbucks. Rainbow Rowell, author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Eleanor and Park, has written all of her books at the coffee chain.
♥~ Richard Wright did all of his writing, rain or shine, on a bench in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.
♥~ Maya Angelou prefers working in nondescript hotel and motel rooms.
♥~ Frank Lloyd Wright wouldn’t sketch anything until he’d worked out an entire design in his head.
♥~ Truman Capote told The Paris Review, “I can’t think unless I’m lying down.” Neither could Proust.
♥~ When composer Igor Stravinsky felt blocked, he’d stand on his head to clear his mind.
♥~ Woody Allen gets in the shower—sometimes multiple times per day—when he needs a mental boost.
♥~ Classical pianist Glenn Gould fasted on days he recorded music. He thought it made his mind sharper.
♥~ German poet Friedrich Schiller insisted that the smell of apples rotting in his desk drawer stimulated his creativity.
♥~ While writing The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen worked at his computer wearing earplugs, earmuffs, and a blindfold.
♥~ Stephen King writes every day of the year and aims for a goal of 2000 words each day. (It usually takes about five hours.)
♥~ Vladimir Nabokov wrote first drafts on index cards. This way, he could rearrange paragraphs and chapters with a quick shuffle. Once the author knew what order he wanted, his wife Vera typed them into one manuscript.
♥~ When Anthony Trollope finished writing one book, he immediately started another. Henry James did the same thing.
♥~ Theologian Jonathan Edwards, most famous for the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” didn’t have the luxury of Post-it notes or a portable pen. When he had ideas while horseback writing, he’d associate a single thought with a section of his clothing and then pin a piece of paper to that area. When Edwards returned to his desk, he’d unpin the papers and write down the thoughts.
♥~ After dinner, Mark Twain read the day’s writing aloud to his family to get their feedback.
♥~ While writing Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice appropriately slept all day and worked all night. She likes to follow this schedule to avoid distractions.
♥~ Writer Jerzy Kosinski got eight hours of sleep each day, but he didn’t get it all at once. He woke at 8 a.m. and then slept four hours in the afternoon. Then he woke again, continued working until the wee hours, and slept four more hours before starting the next day.
♥~ Night owl Willem de Kooning often wore a hat and coat while he painted—his studio turned off the building’s heat after 5 p.m.
Speaking of tips I just recently learned that If you use the word “BECAUSE” in a request, you have a 60% more chance of your request being granted. Give it a try, because it might work!
Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday!
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