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Quote of the Week – May 27

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have ~ Thomas EdisonOriginal link
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Quote of the Week – May 20

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonOriginal link
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Vacation plans change due to COVID 19


Well most of our summer plans have changed – and even our Thanksgiving vacation plans are in jeopardy – and all due to COVID 19 lockdowns.Originally we had planned to go to South Padre Island as part of my husband’s annual summer conference. But due to the uncertainty if restrictions would still exist on how many people can gather in one place, the attorney group hosting the conference moved it to a virtual conference.So, gone was our trip to the beach though my husband and I thought me might take the kids later in July if things improved. This discussion was back in April before Texas started relaxing the Stay At Home rules.We also had plans to go to New Orleans with my parents and brother....
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Quote of the Week – May 13

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough ~ Mae West Original link
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Finishing up the school year with distance learning


At the end of March, I wrote my third post about COVID-19 in which I wrote about my kids’ school moving to distance learning. At the time, we thought we would be going back to school on April 24. Then the date was moved to May 4, and then finally the governor of Texas closed schools for the rest of this school year.This means that the last 9 weeks of school would all be done online. Now, I’ve read lots of articles about parents or students struggling with distance learning. Parents don’t know how to teach their kids or don’t have the time or knowledge. Students aren’t being engaged, don’t have the discipline without supervision or simply are “done” with school (which would have happened even...
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#AtoZChallenge 2020 recap


In case you took all of April off from viewing my blog, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the blog topic started with A, on April 2 the blog topic began with B and so on.This was my seventh year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists, songs about magic and character flaws. This year my theme was comic strips.This turned out to be a very good topic. I got to review some great classic strips such as Peanuts as well as discover ...
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Recipe of the Month – Wookiee Cookies


Monday was Star Wars Day. (May the Fourth be with You) This inspired me to pull out The Star Wars Cookbook for this month’s recipe. The cookbook is geared toward young Rebels who want to whip up a Star Wars themed meal or dessert. I like cookies to I thought I’d share Wookiee Cookies which basically are chocolate chip cookies.Ingredients2 1/4 cups flour1 t. baking soda1 t. salt1 t. ground cinnamon1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature1 cup packed brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar2 large eggs1 1/2 t. vanilla extract1 cup milk chocolate chips1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chipsDirections Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Place flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir.Put butte...
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Quote of the Day ~ May 6

Monday, May 4th, was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you). Today, May 6th is sometimes referred to as Revenge of the Sith, which is a reference to the third Star Wars movie – Revenge of the Sith. (Some Star Wars fans use May 5th as Revenge of the Sith.) Either way, that inspired me to use a Star Wars quote today.“Without strife, your victory has no meaning. Without strife, you do not advance. Without strife, there is only stagnation.” ~ Uthar Wynn (a Sith lord from the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)Original link
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Celebrating Star Wars Day


Today is May 4th – better known as Star Wars Day. For those of you who are not Star Wars fans, May the Fourth sounds a lot like May the Force – as in “May the Force be with you” or as fans say today “May the Fourth be with you.”HistoryNow obviously this isn’t an official holiday. You won’t find it on most calendars. This is a holiday devised by fans that grew by word-of-mouth. It now has been embraced by Lucasfilm and Disney (the parent company of Lucasfilm).Strangely one of the first published uses of the “May the Fourth be with you” was in a newspaper ad by the UK’s Conservative Party on May 4, 1979 during the election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.Now while Star Wars fans may hav...
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Z is for Ziggy #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.If you are here looking for my typical Thursday post on writing or publishing, I will go back to my regular schedule in May. Until then, enjoy the A to Z Challenge…Z is for Ziggy, created in 1968 by Tom Wilson. The strip became syndicated in 1971 in 15 newspapers, later growing to over 600 publications. Wilson drew the strip until 1987 when his son Tom Wilson II took over and still draws the strip...
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Y is for Yankee Doodles #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.If you are here looking for my typical Wednesday quote, I will go back to my regular schedule in May. Until then, enjoy the A to Z Challenge…Y is for Yankee Doodles, by Ben Templeton, Don Kracke and Fred W. Martin (though on the strip they only listed their first names). It ran from 1973 to 1977. The comic strip takes place during the American Revolution featuring characters such as George Washing...
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X is for Xtra #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907 but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.X is for…. well, there are no comic strips that begin with X. There are no comic strip characters that start with X. So, I decided this would be a good day to feature an extra – or rather Xtra – comic strip of my choosing. There are a lot of good ones that I haven’t covered (or won’t cover in the next two posts). It was hard decision, but I went with FoxTrot by Bill Amend.FoxTrot started as a seven...
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V is for The Van Swaggers #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.V is for The Van Swaggers by Russ Westover. He created it as a topper (a secondary comic strip seen along with a larger Sunday strip) for his Tillie the Toiler comic strip, which ran in 600 newspapers. The Van Swaggers ran from 1926 to 1943. The strip was about a goofy elder couple, Han and Min Van Swagger.I’d like to say more about this comic strip but information on the internet was scarce, but ...
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T is for Terry and the Pirates #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.If you are here looking for my typical Thursday post on writing or publishing, I will go back to my regular schedule in May. Until then, enjoy the A to Z Challenge…T is for Terry and the Pirates. This action-adventure comic strip ran from 1934 to 1973. It was created by Milton Caniff. In 1946, Caniff won the first Cartoonist of the Year Award presented by the National Cartoonists Society. This is ...
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R is for Rose is Rose #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.R is for Rose is Rose by Pat Brady. He started the strip in 1984 and turned the illustrations over to Don Wimmer in 2014. The strip centers around Rose Gumbo and her family – husband Jimbo, son Pasquale, and cat Peekaboo. This strip is unusual for a modern comic strip as it has a generally positive and cheerful outlook on life. Rose and Jimbo are sometimes drawn as little children to emphasize the...
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P is for Peanuts #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.P is for Peanuts, by Charles Schultz. Could it be anything else? Peanuts ran from 1950 to 2000, and reruns of the popular strip still run. It ran in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and was translated into 21 languages.Peanuts focus on a group of young children with adults that are rarely seen or heard. The main character, Charlie Brown, lacks self-confidence. His dog, Snoopy, is shown with b...
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O is for Outland and Opus #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.O is for Outland and Opus by Berkeley Breathed. Outland is a follow up comic strip to Berkeley’s Bloom County strip that ran from 1980 to 1989 (and again in 2015 to present). Outland was a Sunday Spin-off of Bloom County and ran from 1989 to 1995. This strip featured a minor character – Ronald-Ann Smith – from the original strip. Other characters from Bloom County such as Opus the Penguin also app...
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L is for Li’l Abner #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.L is for Li’l Abner, written by Al Capp. The comic strip ran for 43 years from 1934 to 1977. It is unique as it was the first comic strip based in the South. The strip featured a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished mountain village of Dogpatch.The comic strip had 60 million readers in over 900 American newspapers and appeared in newspapers in 28 foreign countries. While it may have s...
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J is for Joe Palooka #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.J is for Joe Palooka, which began in 1930 and ended in 1984. This comic strip, started by Ham Fisher, centered around a heavyweight boxing champion.At its peak, the strip ran in 900 newspapers. Fisher was the author and illustrator until his death in 1955. His assistant, Moe Leff, took over for the next four year before being replaced by Morris Weiss (author) and Tony DiPreta (illustrator) who wor...
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I is for The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil #AtoZChallenge


For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.I is for The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil, which ran from 1940 and 1956. It has also gone by the names Scarlet O’Neil (1949-1954) and Stainless Steel (1954-1956). The strip was the product of Russell Stamm who had previously been an assistant to Chester Gould who developed Dick Tracy.This strip follows Scarlet O’Neil, a superhero with the power of invisibility. As time progressed, Scarlet’s powers wer...
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