Today is the last day of July. Although meteorologically, we still have more than a month and a half before summer ends, for many young people who will soon return to school (or who already have!), the end of July signals the end of summer break and the beginning of fall classes.
For some people, the start of a new school year is a joyous occasion, an opportunity to see old friends, to make new ones, and to grow as a person. To others, the first day of school isn't as much a new beginning as an end to carefree days with few restrictions.
On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a blank book for her thirteenth birthday. She used the book as a diary, recording daily details, personal thoughts, and observations about the rapidly changing and inhospitable world of German-occupied Amsterdam.
Planning and decorating and shopping and socializing can be a bit overwhelming during the holidays. Everyone wants to have a jolly good time, but the lure of quiet, cozy evenings are also unmistakable. Here’s to getting a good measure of both!
Any season and any month seems like a good time for finding a cozy spot and a long read. But there’s something about October. The bright foliage, sweet smells, and crisp air invite a sense of adventure that has some of us hiking, some of us baking, and many of us reading.
Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
National Grammar Day is 10 short days away, on March 4th, the day of the year that forms a handy imperative sentence. It’s not all commands and demands, though. You’ll have a number of fun options for celebrating. Here are a few you'll want to check out:
We’ve had a little word fun with Valentine’s Day before. We unscientifically proved that the language of love is 70 percent French (or 100 percent Nahuatl), and we took you from a sweet treat to a life commitment in a five-step reflections game. Today, with snow (again!) blanketing much of the U.S., we slow it down and warm it up with a doublets game that goes from warm embrace to warm attachment in eight steps.