I spent last weekend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – also known as Amish Country – speaking to the Quilt Professionals’ Network about how to write newsletters. It was a wonderful group of women and a chance to reconnect with my love of quilting.
Visiting Lancaster is like visiting a different world. Many of the local Amish people do not use electricity. Transportation is by horse and buggy. Women wear bonnets and long dresses. Stores are filled with baked goods, hand-made textiles and hand-crafted furniture.
Although I’ve been to Lancaster several times, I’d never been in a grocery store. There were so many products I’d never heard of! One of them was Kunzler Scrapple. According to the Kunzler website, scrapple was developed by German immigrants who insisted on not wasting any part of an animal. Scrapple is a blend of pork, grains and spices that have been ground together and thickened into a loaf. Since the product contained gluten, I was unable to eat any and evaluate how it tasted.
Today, write about a regional food that might be unfamiliar to your readers.
Pins and Needle Day is celebrated on November 27. The holiday commemorates the opening of the play – Pins and Needles – on Broadway in 1937. The play was sponsored by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was a light-hearted look at current events.
All of the original cast members were laborers – including cutters, basters and sewing machine operators. Because of their full-time jobs, they could only rehearse at night and performed only on weekends. New songs and topics were introduced regularly and the show ran for an unprecedented 1,108 performances. (Source)
How to blog about Pins and Needles Day:
- Describe a time when you worked in a factory or as a laborer.
- Share your favorite Broadway play (or live event).
- Describe a time when you were on “pins and needles” with excitement.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I’m always thankful to have my family together. My son’s coming home from college and I’ve been clearing out his bedroom (which unfortunately functions as extra storage in his absence) so he can be comfortable..
My son is always so thankful to be home. His top three “likes” are (1) not sharing a room, (2) not having to wear flip flops in the shower, and (3) being able to use cutlery that isn’t made of plastic. It’s amazing how wonderful home seems when you’ve been away for a few months.
Today, blog about something you’re thankful for.
False Confessions Day is celebrated on November 21. It appears that the creator of this day (who I cannot find anything about) wanted people to confess to things that they didn’t do. Even after thinking about this for a while, I can’t see any value in promoting a false confession.
False Confessions Day would be a great opportunity for law enforcement and mental health professionals to educate the public about false confessions, as well as the need for prison reform. For example, there are three kinds of false confessions:
1. Voluntary false confessions. These are given freely and often to protect the person who committed the crime. For example, a child may falsely confess to keep their parent from going to jail. Voluntary confessions can also be a means of gaining attention.
2. Compliant false confessions. These confessions are given to escape a stressful situation (such as police interrogation), to avoid punishment, or to receive a reward (such as a lesser prison sentence).
3. Internalized false confessions. In this case, the person who is confessing genuinely believes that they have committed the crime. This often happens due to highly suggestive interrogation techniques. (Source)