Happy World Mosquito Day!

World Mosquito Day is celebrated on August 20. It commemorates the day in 1897 when British physician Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria. This holiday was originated in the 1930s by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Every year they hold events to inform people about the dangers of mosquito-carried illnesses, which now include the dangerous Zika virus. At least two million people die each year from malaria and other mosquito caused diseases. (Source)

How to write about World Mosquito Day:

  • Have you (or someone you know) ever experienced serious consequences from a mosquito bite? Describe what happened.
  • What precautions do you take (or not take) to avoid mosquito bites?
  • Have you recently changed travel plans due to the Zika virus? Describe how you adapted your travels.

Happy National Lighthouse Day!

National Lighthouse Day is celebrated on August 7. This holiday was created in 1989 by Senator John H. Chafee (Rhode Island) to commemorate the first Federal Lighthouse Act on August 7, 1789. This act established and supported lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. The 1989 legislation designated that lighthouse grounds (where feasible) be open to the public. (Source)

How to write about National Lighthouse Day:

  • Have you ever visited a lighthouse? Did you climb to the top without having a heart attack? Write about the experience? Have you ever been on the sea and guided by a lighthouse?
  • What is your modern-day version of a lighthouse? Most of us are not sailors. Write about what metaphorically guides you in your life.

Happy National Mountain Climbing Day!

National Mountain Climbing Day was established in 2015 and is celebrated on August 1. The holiday was created to honor two young climbers — Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan – who successfully climbed the forty-six High Peaks of New Your State’s Adirondack Mountains. Their final climb was Whiteface Mountain, on August 1, 2015, and the pair were formally inducted into the Adirondack 46er Club in May, 2016. (Source)

How to write about National Mountain Climbing Day:
Are you a mountain climber? Describe how you got into the sport and share some of your experiences.
Is there a metaphorical summit in your life that you’ve climbed? It might be getting a degree or beating cancer. Share the journey and what it meant in your life.
If you could, what sport would you learn? Describe the sport and why it appeals to you.

Happy National Rat Catchers Day!

National Rat Catcher’s Day is celebrated on July 22 and is based on a folktale by the Brothers Grimm called the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The story was also told in a poem of the same name by Robert Browning which you can read here. (The poem is extremely amusing and I would recommend it.)

The story is that the town of Hamelin, Germany was experiencing a rat infestation. A strangely-dressed man appeared with a magic flute around his neck and offered to rid the town of rats for a thousand guilders. He did as promised, and the townsfolk watched as rats appeared from everywhere and followed him to their death. Since they believed the problem was resolved, they decided to not pay his fee.

The Pied Piper then returned. This time, he used his flute to lure the town’s children to follow him. The children never returned.

How to write about National Rat Catcher’s Day:

  • Read The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Brothers Grimm or The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning..
  • How do you feel about rats? Did you ever have a rat as a pet? Have you ever experienced a rat infestation?
  • Write about an encounter with a rat. I recall being a little freaked out when I saw several on the subway tracks during my first visit to New York City.
  • Write about an encounter with a rat. I recall being a little freaked out when I saw several on the subway tracks during my first visit to New York City.