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I have just learned that today, August 13, is International Left Handers’ Day. Launched in 1992 by the Left Handers Club, it is one way to raise awareness of the disadvantages and advantages of being a left-handed person. In many places events are held to celebrate the day with festivities like left-handed tea parties, sports events and letting right handers see what it is like to be a lefty for a day! It illustrates the ways being a left-handed individual is more difficult for a person in a right-handed world!

When reading about this subject I was surprised to learn in some cultures left-handed people were once thought to be evil. Also, I’ve learned Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais were both left-handed, making them perhaps the most famous couple who were both ‘south paws’. Check out sites online about left-handed people to see just how amazing some of these facts are! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handedness  theweek.com/…/5-surprising-facts-about-lefthandedpeople  www.lefthandersday.com/

According to some reports, it has been said being a lefty could be an advantage…many famous sports figures have been in this category. Our current US President is left-handed; and scores of musicians, artists, writers and others are listed on the site of the Left Handers’ Club. Mark Twain and Eudora Welty, two of my personal favorite authors, are fellow lefties!

As a left-handed child I remember problems with composition books (that darn spiral was on the left…ever try writing with your hand above and over that thing…), scissors (yup, I tried every way possibly…try cutting with your thumb in the side for your fingers and your fingers in the thumb position…can we say uncomfortable), three-ring binders (same problem as with composition books multiplied by at least ten), school desks (these were made for kids that were right handed…I remember sitting practically facing the right wall just to be able to use those desks), and so many more items. Even that #2 pencil…we lefties would be left with the edges of our palms covered in a dark smear from our hand trailing over all the words we’d written.

My mother was ‘changed’ as a child from being left-handed to right-handed. It was often done back then, sometimes because it was thought to aid in a child’s development to be right-handed, also sometimes due to superstition.

Today though, I’d like to share some names of left-handed people who made it in this right-handed world:  Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Queen Victoria of England, Prince William of England, Allen Funt, F. Lee Bailey, Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Armstrong, H. G. Wells, Natalie Cole, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Don and Phil Everly, Seal, George Burns, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Tom Cruise, Steve McQueen, Danny Kaye, Barack Obama, Alistair Campbell, James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Sarah Jessica Parker…….whew, the list goes on and on.

Have a wonderful day…try using that left hand at dinner tonight…could you do it?

KW

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Letters from Memphis!

I had a blast interviewing Sandy Falcetto about her new book, Dear Diary: An Elvis Fan Remembers! She is a delightful lady who followed her dream to meet and get to know the King of Rock and Roll during a great time in his career.

She is getting ready to attend Elvis Week (this year it is August 10-August 18 and information can be found at Elvis. com) in Memphis and will be available at the Dolan House address for you to buy her books (and for personalized copies).

If you cannot make it to Memphis, she has provided the following information for those of us who want to read her book and will want to purchase them direct from her:

S A F Author Inc.

P O Box 724

Portage, IN  46368

She says to make payment in checks or money orders in US dollars! The cost, which includes postage is:

USA  $26.65

Canada:   $27.25

All others:   $33.35

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Front cover of Falcetto’s book

Again, thank you so much, Sandy, for sharing your experiences in this book! We wish you a happy time in Memphis and great success with your book.

She does have a Facebook page at Sandra Ann Falcetto –  Author!

KW

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