Core Value: Acceptance

Tell us how you think we embody acceptance. Define it in your own words as you think it relates to our community or give an example of how we embody acceptance.

We embody acceptance by talking about things that needs to be said. And showing support through our books. -Heather K.

I believe we embody acceptance by never turning away anyone who submits to our anthologies, no matter their writing skill level. Absolutely anyone can share their story. -Kate R.

Spring: Facts, Folklore, and More

WHEN IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING? The spring equinox always occurs on either March 20 or 21. 

WHAT DOES THE MARCH EQUINOX MEAN? The word equinox comes from Latin words which literally means “equal night”—aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. With the equinox, enjoy the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. 

Q: ACCORDING TO FOLKLORE, YOU CAN STAND A RAW EGG ON END ON THE EQUINOX. IS THIS TRUE? A: Folklore or not, this egg trick sounded like fun to us. One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Perhaps the equinox has nothing to do with it. Perhaps we just don’t like to take ourselves too seriously! Try this yourself and let us know what happens.


The Sounds of Advice #84: I Told You So...

When was the last time you got to tell someone “I told you so.”?
Sandy: I can't recall one for a while. I'm sure it was to one of my kids though. lol
Michaelle: Definitely to my children 
Sid: When I told a former friend "This is a bad choice, don't make it, but you'll probably do you anyways then find a way to blame me" and that made the choice and immediately blamed me for "letting" them do it.
Kate: The context of mine is going to be so different from everyone else's. I always give out book, television show, and movie recommendations. And I always say "I told you you'd enjoy it." That counts, right? lol 

Facebook Weighs in:
Today... Lily did something and I blurted out "I told you that would happen didn't I" -Sara C.
I say it to my daughter all the time. -Leanne Z.
I'm in a relationship so... -Katy R.
I don't remember when, but it was to my husband. -Colleen R.

Core Value: Compassion

Tell us how you think we embody compassion. Define it in your own words as you think it relates to our community or give an example of how we embody compassion.

All the money we raise goes to various charities. We think about others more than ourselves.
-Colleen R.

By loving each and every person that is party off the team or that just likes the pages we have. We accept every worth loving arms. -Sandy A.

St. Patrick's Day Superstitions

17 St. Patrick’s Day Superstitions:

1. Got an unstoppable itch on your left hand? That may mean a pot of gold is about to come your way. And if the itch is in your right hand, well you won’t be getting any money, but you may be making a new friend.
2. Leprechauns are one friend you don’t want to make. They have a reputation for being deceitful tricksters. However, catch a leprechaun and he’ll probably tell you where his treasure is in exchange for his freedom. Take your eyes off that little guy for even a split second and he will vanish.
3. Cleaning up your March 17 mess? Don’t drop the dishtowel, unless you’re ready for some company. Dropping it almost certainly means an unexpected visitor is on their way, according to the Irish.
4. Listen for a cuckoo on your right and you could be in for a whole year of good luck. Was the Cuckoo on your left? Yikes! Sorry to say, that’s bad luck.
5. Never accept a lock of hair from your lover or you are in for some bad luck.
6. If you honestly just…

The Sounds of Advice #83: Better Than You Actually Are

What do you think you are much better at than you actually are?

Sandy: Drawing lol 
Michaelle: Being organized 
Sid: I can be a bit of a know-it-all, even when I'm wrong, if that counts.
Kate: Writing. I know I'm not nearly as good as people say that I am or even I think that I am most of the time.

Facebook Weighs In:

Word games and spelling -Joseph R.

Drawing probably -Yvonne A.

Adulting -Leanne Z.

Writing and reading -Sara C.

Writing -Joedie M.

Emotional stability -Charlie P.

Core Values: Creativity

Tell us how you think we embody creativity. Define it in your own words as you think it relates to our community or give an example of how we embody creativity.
Rock and roll saved my soul embodies creativity by allowing everyone a voice to embrace the artistic talent that they possess, whether it be story, poem or even drawing. -Gina D.
Rock and Roll Saves my soul embodies creativity by always encouraging it and never making a competition out of it. -Sid L.