In Celebration of the American Worker…

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Monday, September 2nd is right around the corner.  Although it may signal the end of summer, the end of hot dog season, or the beginning of football season, Labor Day is so much more than that.  It is a celebration of the American worker and all they have achieved. The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City.  10,000 people marched down the streets of Manhattan for labor rights, in a time where most Americans (children included) worked 12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week.  By 1894, it had caught on in 23 other states…

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It’s National Thesaurus Day!

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As someone who uses a thesaurus on a regular basis, I was surprised that I did not know that there was a national day of celebration for it.  The thesaurus is a best friend to writers who are looking for the right word to express their thoughts and feelings. The thesaurus was brought into being by Peter Mark Roget for the first time in 1852.  The thesaurus lists synonyms and antonyms for words.  Writers tend to use it so that repetition in their sentences doesn’t become an issue.  Sometimes they use it to find words that better suite the sentence they have written.  The bonus…

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Left Handedness: A Super Power

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August 13th marks 41 years of celebrating International Left-Handers Day.  You right-handers may not know this, but thirteen percent of the world’s population are left hand dominant.  You may also know that this means the right side of a lefty’s brain is in control. People who are “right brained”, or left-handed, tend to be creative.  They are visual thinkers, have good spatial awareness and active imaginations.  You will find a higher percentage of left-handed individuals appear in professions related to music, the arts, and media. Even though we may have our difficulties with scissors and knives, and must buy a…

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Help Clear the Shelters on August 15th

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There are few things that are near and dear to the hearts of the Muses than animals.  We adopt when we can, foster when we can and donate needed items to shelters when we can.  We even urge others to do the same. We, like so many others, hope to see a rise in adoptions and responsible pet owners.  We hope to see a rise in spay/neuter statistics.  We hope to see more cities like Phoenix who recently upheld their ordinance that pet stores offer adoptable pets from shelters.  We also hope to see as many shelters as possible become no kill facilities. The summer…

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Cleaning House

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Are you feeling stagnant?  Are you having trouble concentrating on what you’re doing?  Take a look at your desk, apartment, house, what have you.  Is it cluttered?  Is there paper everywhere?  If it is, then that could very well be what’s got you down. It’s purge time!  Go through all of the things in your space that seem to have no permanent place to live.  Do you need them or are they just taking up valuable space?  I think you’ll find that you can do without most of the things that are cluttering up your abode.   You’ll feel better once…

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