10 Labor Day Facts from Forbes Magazine

Written By: carolmoye - Sep• 01•14
  1. Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S.  Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.
  2. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.  The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
  3. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
  4. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
  5. What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
  6. In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living.  Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.
  7. The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
  8. Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
  9. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
  10. Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned by students all over).  Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).

So take some time during this last summer hurrah to relax, enjoy the family, and enjoy the end of summer!

– Steve Odland




Richmond, VA: Favorite Restaurants

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 30•14

Places I’ve been to eat in Richmond, VA and LOVE:

1. Croaker’s Spot: Great fish and other seafood dishes, very generous portions

2. Mama J’s:  Servers greet you with “Welcome Home”. Great food. Reasonable prices.

3. Strawberry Street Cafe: If for no other reason, you MUST check out the salad in the tub.

4. Buzz and Ned’s Barbecue:  Great barbecue!

5. Bistro 27: Great atmosphere. Wonderful servers. Great Sunday brunch! Slightly pricey, but not unreasonable.

Best burgers: My son and I disagree. He likes What-a Burger. I do too. A lot. Can’t beat the price either. That being said, Carytown Burgers and Fries wins the best burger award so far for me.


My ABSOLUTE Favorite place to go in Richmond (Not a restaurant though) is For the Love of Chocolate. If you are ever in Richmond, you MUST go there. Best chocolate selection anywhere. Best candy selection, period.


This is the short list. I’ll add more later.


The 3 Elements of Exposure (Infographic)

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 28•14

This is an excellent graphic lesson on aperture/shutter speed/ISO for those trying to learn how to shoot manually.  Source: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cheetsheets-for-photographers/exposure

Wordless Wednesday

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 27•14

Pink Beauty

Wordless Wednesday (or not)

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 20•14

I ran into a “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot! protest in Pittsburgh yesterday evening. The only camera I had with me was my cellphone, so it’s not the best quality.

Michael Brown protest-East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA

Joyful Lives

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 18•14

Joyful lives


Borrowed from: http://ilovedevotionals.com



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More Places to Get Free and Cheap eBooks

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 15•14

Today my first book is featured at these two sites. I link to the pages where my book is featured, but there are many free and bargain Kindle reads on both. Check them out.

Pixelscroll also has tons of other things like movies, music and games. Hope you find something fun and  relaxing.


Ebook Hunter




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Fun Friday

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 15•14

The last two weeks have been intense. Violence in the Middle East, the loss of Robin Williams, the madness in Ferguson Missouri, police harming or killing innocents….. I need a laugh.

Here’s a joke that I borrowed from Greatcleanjokes.com

Speeding Ticket Joke

So there was this female business executive who was late for a meeting. She is going 65 on a street where the speed limit is 40. A cop pulls her over and says “ma’am, can I please see your license?” She says “I’m sorry, officer, but I got it revoked two years ago for drunk driving.” His brow furrows and he straightens up. “Well, can I please see the registration of your car?” She says “I stole the car and I killed the driver; he’s in the trunk.” “Ma’am, DON’T MOVE, I’m calling for backup.” He mutters furiously into his walkie-talkie… Five minutes later, half the squad pulls up, the Chief of Police walks over to the woman’s window. “Ma’am, can I see your license?” he asks sternly. “Of course, officer,” she smiles demurely and pulls out a license from her purse. He squints warily at it. “This looks legitimate,” he mumbles. “Can I see the registration to this car?” She pulls it out of the glove compartment and hands it to him. “Ma’am, stand back!” He bangs open the trunk of the car and flinches: but it was completely empty… The woman brandishes a finger at the first cop and says accusingly, “And I’ll bet that liar told you I was speeding too!!”

The fabulous humor author, Carol Wyer has jokes on her blog every Friday. She calls it “Feel Good Friday”. The joke above appeared on her blog along with many other corny but fun jokes. Here’s her frog page from a couple of weeks ago. Feel Good Friday Frog Page

The Oatmeal can be quite funny. Here’s a link to their jokes page: Dumb Jokes That are Funny

Hope you find something that makes you laugh today.


Although I linked to clean jokes, not everything on the Oatmeal page nor Carol Wyer’s page is child friendly. Some of the jokes on the Great Clean Jokes page are a bit offensive. Proceed with caution.



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Free and Bargain Kindle Books

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 14•14

In my attempts to find ways to promote my eBooks inexpensively, I found this site. Check it out, you’ll find a great selection of books there.

Good eBooks website

Wordless Wednesday

Written By: carolmoye - Aug• 13•14

I am busy working on a project I have to finish today, so this one is two weeks old. The perseverance of this young girl was just amazing! None of the older kids did as well as she and her five to seven-year old friends.


girl climbing wall


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