What is the connection between Thanksgiving Day and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?
Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.
YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"
May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.
Even though the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.1%, a recent study by online job aggregator Indeed.com found that there are many opportunities available in the healthcare field, especially for registered nurses.
Thanks to aging baby boomers, other in-demand healthcare jobs include:
It's that time of the year for gardeners that is both bitter and sweet. It is sad to reflect on the end of the harvest of beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it is wildly liberating to think that the endless weeding, watering and energy required to maintain that garden is drawing to a close. There's something almost cathartic about looking out on a snowy landscape knowing your gardening chores are mostly done.
All you have to do is remember these simple ABC's for end of the season gardening:
A - Amend the soil Have your soil tested and make the necessary adjustments. If you do it in the fall, by spring your soil will be ready to plant. Contact your County Extension Office for soil testing laboratories.
B - Bring in the last of the fruits and vegetables that won't survive frost
Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (aside from miniature Kit Kats) is figuring out your costume. Instead of renting or buying a costume, you can create a unique look by visiting your local thrift store and taking advantage of the special Halloween section which usually has lots of themed used clothes, actual costumes and a frightening number of ghoulish accessories.
25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America. A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.
While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:
International Walk (or bike) to School Day is Wednesday, Oct 5th!
In the 1960's about 1/2 of all kids walked or biked to school. Now nearly 90% arrive in cars or buses. Take a walk with your child and cash in on the environmental, safety education and fitness benefits together! Children ages 1-15 years of age typically receive less than $1 in traffic education and the cost of an injury involving a vehicle is staggering.
Safe Travel for the Elementary School Child Children need adults to teach them how to be safe around vehicles, not to dart between parked cars, to watch for turning cars and not to play behind a parked car, even if it is in their own driveway. Here is a bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety education training course with K-5 curriculum from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.
Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.