Happy Frankenstein Friday!

Frankenstein Friday is celebrated on the last Friday of October. This holiday was created in 1997 by Ron MacCloskey. Mclosky hails from Westfield, New Jersey which is also the hometown of Charles Addams, the New York Times magazine cartoonist who created The Addams Family.

This holiday celebrates the “birth” of Frankenstein in 1818, when author Mary Shelley wrote the story “Frankenstein.” Neither Shelley nor Frankenstein were born in October, so I assume that the holidays was created to coincide with Halloween. (Source)

How to blog about Frankenstein Friday:

  • Anyone: Read Frankenstein and blog about it. (I must confess that I’ve never read it.)
  • Food blogger: Create a Frankenstein-themed menu.
  • Nutritionist: Describe the concept of Frankenfoods and what makes them unhealthy.
  • Costume designer: Explain how to create a Frankenstein Halloween costume.
  • Movie buff: Share your top ten favorite scary movies.


Reviewed – Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big

I first heard author Julia Pimsleur speak at Womancon 2015 last month and was surprised to learn how few women’s businesses raise money from venture capitalists. As the founder of “Little Pim” – a children’s language learning DVD set – Pimsleur raised more than $2.1 million in venture capital. It became her mission to help women raise venture capital.

Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big is the manual she wished she had. It’s more than the story of her company’s growth and how she raised capital. She shares her experience balancing her role as wife, mother of two young children, and CEO of her business. Also included are several interviews with women (and a few men) about creating relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors.

I would recommend this book to female business owners who want to think bigger and are considering getting investors for their business. It is a comprehensive guide to raising capital and an inspirational read about building a business.

What is a “passed with flying colors”?

This expression was first used in the book The Beaux’s Stratagem, which was published in 1706. The term refers to sailing ships who would fly colorful flags as they sailed into ports or passed each other at sea. “Passed with flying colors” came to mean triumph, victory or success. (Source)

Happy National Mole Day!

National Mole Day is celebrated on October 23 from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM. This special day honors Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is the atomic mass of a single molecule. This mole measurement was first proposed by Amadeo Avogadro in 1811.

National Mole Day began with an article in The Science Teacher magazine. The National Mole Day Foundation was founded in 1991 and the holiday is now celebrated around the world.

I’ve been writing this newsletter for a year now, and this is the first holiday that I couldn’t figure out how to write about. Thankfully the National Mole Day Foundation has a mole related theme for each year. These include “Mole Out the Barrel” (1963), “Molar Reflections” (2002), and “Mole-O-Ween” (2014). Please go here to their website to learn more about National Mole Day. (Source)