Shorter days foster ideas, energy, opportunities to learn!

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. ― Confucius

Celebrate Confucius’ Birthday by taking time on
September 28 to read and reflect on a few of his uniquely quotable quotes.  You have latitude because the philosopher’s birthday is uncertain and celebrations vary by politics and culture.   People of all ages commemorate the 28th as “Teachers Day”, also a moveable feast.   Whenever and whatever the celebration, the words of the philosopher live on and offer wisdom and comfort  befitting these troubled times.

Though the Banned Book Week post was covered in an earlier post (  here are a couple of fun ideas that caught my attention as creative ways to spotlight the meaning of the celebration –

Vaguely related, this brief reading reflects the reason that reading and bookstores matter in this democracy.  This article was published in the Huffington Post as President Obama was leaving office –

October 1-7, marks the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week.  This year’s theme is Real Newspapers…Real News.  More to follow.

October 1, 5:00 PM – MnArtists offers a unique presentation of the mind and work of Eric Larson – “Explore the elusive and entertaining form in a pop-up ‘Meme Town’ alongside Minnesota artists from a range of disciplines including visual art, performance, and music. Through interactive installations, digital playgrounds, and memes circulated before and aft.

October 4 – ( Possibly as a gentle reminder of what’s to come, on October 4th the U.S Postal Service will dedicate The Snow Day Forever Stamp.  This is the First Day of Issue for the famous children’s book written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.  The celebration will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Art Buddies, a creative project matching volunteers with young artists, is still looking for volunteers.  Art Buddies  foster budding talents at fall programs now underway at Riverview West in St Paul (Monday),  Bancroft (Wednesday) and Whittier (Thursdays/Fridays) It’s not too late – details here:

The National Archives commemorated Constitution Day 2017 with an informative panel discussion of “Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good.”  The lively discussion of a pressing issue is posted on YouTube:

Just one more post-State Fair update – this time the true facts about the origins of the Butter Queen tradition

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.  ~ Theodore Roosevelt














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