Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dear World,

Dear World,

Please don't judge the state of Arkansas based on one individual.

I assure you, this is not what everyone in Arkansas is like.

I know there are a lot of stereotypes and ideas about how we live, and this doesn't help our image much.

There are some of us who actually wear shoes, have all of our teeth, and go to school past the age of 12.

However, this is funny, and I hope everyone else can laugh too...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Five Things Friday, February Edition


 Today's "Five Things Friday" is going to be a little different.

Today I want to focus on the different things going on in February.

1. Black History Month
For more about this holiday and how it came to exist on our calander...
click here.

From a literary standpoint...I think that all literature can be read at all times of the year, but if you are feeling particularly historical, I suggest the following African-American writers...

1. Zora Neale Hurston (one of my personal favorites of all time, There Eyes Were Watching God is amazing)
2. Frederick Douglass
3. Maya Angelou (who, conincedently grew up a few miles down the road from me)
4. Charles W. Chessnutt
5. W.E.B. Du Bois
6. Ralph Elison (Invisible Man...a very powerful novel...check it out)
7. Langston Hughes
8. Jamaica Kincaid
9. Toni Morrison

Obviously, these are only a few of the many great African-American authors, these are just a few of my faves.

Who are some of yours?


2. Groundhog Day
February 2nd

For more about this unusual holiday, because I certainly don't know everything about it, click here.

3. Valentine's Day
February 14th


4. President's Day
February 21st

How many of our past presidents can you name?
Go ahead...give it a try...
how far did you get?

More info on past presidents and why we celebrate this day can be found here.

Go ahead and take a gander...it's actually pretty interesting reading.



And lastly...

5. Mardi Gras Season
Technically, Mardi Gras can fall on any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th.

Given, I don't live in Louisiana anymore, I still consider myself close enough.
I live, literally, five minutes from the Louisnana state line.

I always get excited about Mardi Gras and I love going to the parades.

So, remember ...

Laissez les bons temps rouler