The Kansas City Star newspaper had a front page article Saturday, November 27 on a WWI military unit which became known as the Polar Bears. They were sent by President Woodrow Wilson to the Arctic shore of Russia in 1918, at the end of WWI. Their mission was to oppose the communists and support the czarists as the Russian Revolution began. The men were left in frigid Russia for about seven months before they were evacuated.
On Monday (Nov. 29), the Lee’s Summit Branch wrapped up its first Nanowrimo group. Yep, a total of 7 brave souls embarked on a frenzied 30-day journey that for some of us ended with a completed novel, 50,000 words total. It can be done! I’ve seen it happen!
Unfortunately, I have to admit that my novel never really got off of the ground. 11,000 words in, I got stuck with characters that had no depth at all. Just between us, I had an eerie hankering to kill them all off. I guess there’s always next year.
Discovery Club met on November 3rd to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos/The Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 1st and 2nd. During these days, it is believed that the spirits of their loved ones lost return home. Relatives leave favorite foods and create altars for their loved ones to visit, while those living visit the graveyards for festivities. The Discovery Club kids decorated sugar skulls and made paper skeletons to celebrate the day.
Come join the Blue Springs North Bookies as they meet at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore to judge the First Annual Sunnyvale "BookWalk" Contest. What fun we’ll have as we are entertained by the Sunnyvale Middle School Book Club. Participants will select a literary hero or heroine, dress in character, and entertain us--leaving everyone begging for more Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Be there or be square.
I learned something new today. December 1st marks the 119 anniversary of the invention of basketball. This fact is particularly interesting as I am a KU alum and fan (I know, I know), and basketball has long been identified with KU. I thought I would share with you some facts about basketball that you can share with the family and friends during timeouts and halftime.
Attention all children and parents… Guess who’s coming to town and will be at the Blue Springs North Branch? That’s right! It’s Santa Claus and he’s bringing Mrs. Claus with him. They will be reading holiday stories to the children and afterward, Santa will be available for all the children to tell him what they want for Christmas. So parents, be sure to bring your cameras along and take pictures of your children with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You don’t want to miss out on this fun and exciting visit before they return to the North Pole to prepare for the holidays!
The Christmas season is now upon us, and I can’t wait to make (and eat!) some Christmas cookies! I remember when I was little, going to my grandma’s house in the weeks before Christmas for a day of baking. I would help her mix up the dough, cut out the cookies using her huge supply of cookie cutters, and patiently wait for the first batch to come out of the oven and cool enough that I could begin my cookie decorating extravaganza. There were all kinds of colors of icing and sprinkles to use.
Not only did I have all the yummy food, holiday spirit, and time spent with family to look forward to this Thanksgiving weekend, but I also had the anticipation of picking up my new puppy. I’ve been waiting several weeks for her to be old enough to leave her mom and other siblings to come live with me at my house, and the day has finally come: tomorrow!
Author Tom A. Rafiner will be at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. to present his new book, Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, MO., Chaos, & Order No. 11, 1860–1865.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Become Make Ahead Freezer Meals With These Fabulous Cookbooks
Thanks to these life changing cookbooks, this working mother of five has had a healthy, homemade dinner on the table every night for the last several months. The idea of "assemble-and-freeze" meals was new to me, and I’ll never go back to cooking and washing pans every night again!