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This week we celebrated daylight savings – which means we got to turn the clocks one hour ahead. The best thing about that is the extra hour of daylight every day, which we means we can participate in more outside activities!
Bet you didn’t know…
Before Spring was called Spring, it was called Lent in Old English. Starting in the 14th century, that time of year was called “springing time”—a reference to plants “springing” from the ground. In the 15th century this got shortened to “spring-time,” and then further shortened in the 16th century to just “spring.”
What About Daylight Savings?
The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin
(portrait at right) during his sojourn as an American delegate in Paris
in 1784, in an essay, “An Economical Project.” Read more about Franklin’s essay.
Some of Franklin’s friends, inventors of a new kind of oil
lamp, were so taken by the scheme that they continued corresponding with
Franklin even after he returned to America.
The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates.
Some say the primary reason that Daylight Saving Time is a part of many societies is simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings, and that reasons such as energy conservation are merely rationalizations.
Personally, I’m going with enjoying longer evening activities rather saving energy.
“Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.”
From London builder William Willett (1857-1915)
in the pamphlet, “Waste of Daylight” (1907)
Do you believe in ghosts? Rooney Fontaine doesn’t—or didn’t until one named
Stuart Granger shows up in her hotel room. Now the humorous, yet desperate,
apparition is begging her to find the men who murdered him before his brother
becomes their next victim.
After serving three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, Stephan Granger is no
-stranger to risk and peril. When a woman shows up at his house rambling about
ghosts, murder and assassins, his first inclination is to deem her wrong in the
head and send her packing. But how does she know things that happened to him
and his dear departed brother in their childhoods, secrets they never shared
Soon after he invites her in to hear more about what really happened to Stuart,
gunfire splits the air and shatters all the windows in the house. Someone is
trying to kill them. Now they’re on the run from assassins while trying to find
out who killed his brother and why they want him dead too.
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Hello, thanks for dropping by again. I hope you’re enjoying my posts about photos that inspired me while writing every one of my books. As I said before, some authors make detailed outlines, chapter-by-chapter, to refer to. Some authors post sticky notes around their computer to remind them where they’re going with their story, and yet others, like me, post photos to keep me inspired while I write.
About Chasing the Dead
Deacon lose Madrid forever?
Here are some photos I posted to the wall while writing CHASING THE DEAD (Bannister Brothers series), a #paranormal #romance.
The story takes place in 1884, New Mexico, a beautiful state! I had to post a photo of the terrain in New Mexico to remind me harsh and wild (and yet beautiful) it was in 1884. Mountains in the back, and white aspens frosted over in winter.
Hacienda – This might be similar to what the Arrende hacienda looked like (Madrid’s home).
By the eighteenth century a typical hacienda was an elaborate institution. In addition to the main house and its guest quarters there
were stables, a general store, a chapel, a school, equipment stores, servants’ quarters, granaries, corrals and a forge. Clothing was produced at the hacienda from cloth woven on the premises.
Sacheen, the Apache Indian Maiden, who helps Deacon and Madrid flee from the vengeful ghost that’s tracking them across New Mexico. Sacheen knows a lot about the weather and how to survive in such a brutal land. A brave young woman, she faces a sinister ghost during the story, even though the Apache greatly feared dead spirits.
Sacheen would have been dressed similar to the picture on the left. Traditional Apache women’s clothing consisted of buckskin dresses. The introduction of commercial cloth brought about the two-piece camp dress for women. Traditional footwear of the Apache are high boot-like moccasins. Apache moccasins have a distinctive up-turned toe, which is purely decorative in nature.
Animals the Apache Avoided: Snakes
Do not enter the reservation with snakes or any product made of snake skin or
any part of the animal. The Apache do not communicate with this animal; it is considered a bad omen to have contact with a snake.
The bear is an animal the Apache do not have contact with because bears are highly respected. Never touch a bear, its waste materials, footprints, bedding area or anything the bear has touched. Do not call him by his name. The Apache people refer to him as “my grandfather” or “my uncle.” If you cross paths with the bear, tell him to go into the dense forest and live where no other entities set foot. Do not enter the reservation with the following: bearskin hides, claws or teeth.
The owl is a night creature and the Apache people do not have contact with this animal. Avoid having a night owl near you. It is considered a bad omen if an owl hoots near you day or night.
Welcome to Keta’s Keep! I’m so happy you dropped by.Today we’re talking about photographs and how they can help your writing.
Some authors make extensive outlines when they begin writing a novel; some use sticky notes and tack them up around their writing space. I use photos as inspiration, images from scenes and/or characters in my book. Photos remind me to look visually at all aspects of my book and help cement those images in my mind.
the death of her uncle, King William IV. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While at first Prince Albert was unpopular in some circles because he was German, he came to be admired for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. The couple had nine children. Victoria loved her husband deeply. She relied on his advice in matters of state, especially in diplomacy. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria was devastated. She did not appear in public for three years. Her extended seclusion generated considerable public criticism. Several attempts were made on Victoria’s life. However, under the influence of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Victoria resumed public life, opening Parliament in 1866. But Victoria never stopped mourning her beloved prince, wearing black until her death in 1901. During her reign, the longest in English history, Britain became a world power on which “the sun never set.”
Pocahontas and John Smith
Hello friends and followers of Keta Diablo.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. This month is a great month to visit the blog because you’ll find all sorts of Holiday traditions and recipes you’ll want to keep handy.
Here’s a recipe for cookies I make every year. They’re easy-peasy yet mouth-watering delicious.
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour. Stir in pecans.
Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 2-1/2-in. logs and shape into crescents. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 325° for 20-22 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Let stand for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
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What could be easier, right? And I know your family will love them!
Now…what about some of the first Christmas traditions in America?
Of course, Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition. However, the first American Christmas tree can be credited to a Hessian soldier by the name of Henrick Roddmore, who was captured at the Battle of Bennington (Vermont) in 1776. He then went to work on the farm of Samuel Denslow in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where for the next 14 years he put up and decorated Christmas trees in the Denslow family home.
The first Christmas tree retail lot was established in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr, who hauled two ox sleds loaded with Christmas trees from the Catskill Mountains to the sidewalks of New York City.
The first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce, and the first president to establish the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn was Calvin Coolidge.
On December 22, 1882, Edward Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas tree lights. They were first sold in New York City.
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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.
MORE CHRISTMAS FIRSTS
December 7, 1898: The first Christmas postage stamp was released in Canada
December 7, 1907: Christmas seals sold for the first time
Wednesday, December 1, 1909: The Christmas Club savings account began
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Quotes inspire us. The give us the impetus to plant our butts in the chair and write. Even when we think we have nothing to say. We must do it anyway. Plant our butts in that chair and write words, any words. We can always edit later.
Quotes give us strength to face a new day. They cheer people, make us realize that every single person you meet is fighting some kind of battle – just like us. Quotes give us hope that even when everything is going wrong today, tomorrow is a new day filled with promise, aspirations, and dreams,
I’ve chosen some of my favorite quotes – some are about life, some about books and writing.
But the last one is for YOU – the great writer, for every writer out there! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a NYTimes Bestseller, I hope this quote convinces you that YOU ARE INDEED A GREAT WRITER.