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Armistice Day Remembrance

In November, 1919, President Truman stated: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” This was to honor the end of World War I in 1919, and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (signed on June 28, 1919) and the end of the war which had gone into effect six months earlier on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

This marked the beginning of Veterans Day. One of the observations of this day was the suspension of work at businesses for a moment of time: 11:00 AM.  Over the years, the country began to celebrate national holidays on Friday or Monday to give workers a three-day weekend. Many observers of Veterans (Armistice) Day continued to celebrate on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. Veterans Day was, therefore,  restored to its significant date of November 11 and to this day is regarded as a celebration to honor America’s veterans.

I have had ancestors serve in most of the American wars from the Revolutionary War to the Korean War. Many of my friends served in the Vietnam War…and today friends and relatives near my children’s ages continue to serve. I am a lover of history….and the lives of these great men are incredible. I’ve been told a few stories of hardships as well of victory that will remain with me always.

Do you ever see those soldiers standing near the mall, or standing in lines at the clinics to get their physicals…? Be sure to give them a smile, or stop and say thank you. These are the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our country free.

In Honor of my Daddy, whose olive-green jacket I still treasure,

KW

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Spring Forward…Fall Back

Did you remember to change your clocks….turn back one hour and “gain” an extra hour of sleep? LOL, actually gain that hour that was lost when we changed the clocks ahead one hour in the springtime…

I love writing in the early hours of the morning…and with daytime arriving earlier this will be a great help. That extra hour of daytime will be handy in the mornings. Honestly though, when the time is available it really doesn’t matter if it is day or night for one to write! As well as loving early morning…..I am definitely a night owl. A study in contradictions in some ways I guess.

This is one of my favorite times of year! The air is crisp and cool, people are excited about the upcoming holidays and I enjoy planning to spend time with family. Last night I spent several minutes just staring into the night sky at the endless sea of stars…what is it they say….on a clear day you can see forever? It sometimes feels like it. I find this a great way to contemplate personal things as well as plan my writing…me and nature. And the quiet.

Take advantage of that “extra” hour…

KW

 

 

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November Beginnings

Today many of my fellow writers start their participation in National Novel Writing Month! Goals have been set, words have been tallied and new novels are being written. As I look at Facebook tonight I see many writers posting their word count for the day! Way to go…….!!!

Also today marks the beginning of the Harlequin Challenge, So You Think You Can Write. Podcasts, interviews, suggestions from editors and opportunities to interact with many at Harlequin Books make this another great place to visit in November.

Keep writing…this looks to be a busy month,

KW

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