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Archive for August, 2014

What’s on Your Calendar?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 3, 2014

“What’s on Your Calendar?” by Linda Martin Andersen

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On the first day of the month (yes, I’m late), I post about special calendar dates you may want to celebrate. This summer, I didn’t get to take a vacation; so I decided to take one  in my mind–a trip down Memory Lane to recall earlier vacations.  I thought I’d share a few things I have posted on my calendar for this month and ask you about special celebrations you have planned.  Here’s my list:

Special Things I’ll Do This Month:

  • Visit the Duke Chapel in Durham, NC (date to be determined)
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Be a daily caregiver
  • Prepare a query to send two agents for a picture book manuscript
  • Recall memories of  favorite vacations I’ve taken–a road trip across the US as a child and later as an adult.  I’ve also been to the mountains, to the beach, to Disney World, amusement parks, and to Canada.  I will recall who was on the trip, my favorites memories including funny ones, disappointing ones, and others that stand out.  Maybe I’ll visit a different place each day.  Sounds like fun.  Maybe you’d like to try it too.

Special Days on My Calendar in August

  • August 4–Daughter-in-law’s birthday
  • August 17–older son’s birthday
  • Any day a friend calls, emails, or comes to visit
  • August 26–the day our grandsons return to school
  • Attend doctor appointments with my husband

What’s on Your Calendar for August?  I hope you’ll share about it here.  Special days you may want to consider celebrating: 

Special Weeks–
International Tree Climbing Days: 1-5 (I bet this brings back memories)
National Farmers’ Market Week: 3-9 (Have you ever grown a garden?  Tell about it.  Try something new.  Consider a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tasted.)

Special Days–

Smithsonian Day:  10 (Have you been?  What was a favorite display?)

Tug-of-War Day:  27 (When was the last time you played?  Do you remember a movie or television show showing a tug-of-war scene?)

National Toasted Marshmallow Day:  30 (Where did you have your last toasted marshmallow?)


  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (Do you know a child entering kindergarten?  What do you remember from kindergarten?)

What if your teacher asks you about what you did this summer and you want to tell about a vacation trip, but you didn’t get to take one.  Consider telling about a vacation trip you recall from an earlier year. 


Thanks for visiting.  Please share the ways you will celebrate August.  For other special days this month, visit http://www.brownielocks.com/august.html


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