#MLKday

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Today marks the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was born. January 20 was made a national holiday in his honor in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

The holiday was initially supported by labor unions during contract negotiations. It wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states began to observe the holiday.

MLK was known for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement that reached its crest in the 1960s. He advocated for nonviolent activism against racial discrimination in federal and state law.

Several countries observe, or have observed, MLK day: Canada, Japan, Israel, and the Netherlands.

MLK was assassinated at a motel in Atlanta in 1968.

I hope you remember the reason for the holiday. Sonja

I Appreciate You!!!

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Since today is ‘Get to Know Your Customers Day’, I wanted to say hello!

I hope you are able to take a look at my books and can see a little of yourself in the story or in one of the characters. I know I do!

I think the best books are based on real-life emotions and I try to add that to each character’s thoughts and actions.

Tonight is also pet therapy night with Guinness the Therapy Dog! We’ll be playing with a group of kids as a part of Gabriel’s Angels, which is an organization that links up therapy teams with at-risk kids.

We get so much out of these visits!

I hope you have a chance to meet-and-greet with your favorite people today! Sonja

Consider Charity

I support Wreaths Across America, which is an organization that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies each December. The mission of the charity is to Remember, Honor and Teach. Their goal is to place a wreath on every veteran’s grave, from every war, in every cemetery across the United States.

The wreath-laying ceremony across the country is held on the same day and at the same time.

Members of the public are invited to help lay the wreaths, which is normally preceded by a ceremony. During past ceremonies that I have attended, a veteran from each branch of service is chosen to lay a wreath in the veterans’ section of the cemetery.

Donations to buy the wreaths are taken all year, and I highly suggest attending a ceremony in December. It’s quite a touching event. You can find more information on their website: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Find a charity you have passion for. Sonja

We’re halfway between Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

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We’re just days away from 2020! Do you have any plans to celebrate the ringing in of the new year?

I’ll be hanging out with Guinness the Therapy Dog and his sister, Lucy. I expect fireworks in the neighborhood and both need a little reassurance when they hear the loud banging sounds.

I’m excited about the new year. To me, it represents a clean page in my journal and I can’t wait to write out my plans, hopes, and dreams for the next twelve months.

Enjoy the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020! Sonja

Did you get everything you wished for this holiday season?

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It has been three days since Christmas, we’re still celebrating Hanukkah, and gift day for Kwanzaa is still four days away.

That’s a lot.

I hope you found everything you wished for under the Christmas tree and that you will find what you hope for as a Hanukkah gift or on January 1.

Today is also National Call A Friend Day and Card Playing Day.

What a great reminder to call those who are right next door or too far away. You could invite your neighbors over to play a nice game of whist or Hearts!

Poker?

Or you can play solitaire.

Let me ask you, what is the best part of the holidays?

Enjoy your day! Sonja

It’s the first day of Kwanzaa!

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Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which honors African heritage here in the United States. The holiday is observed for one week and ends on January 1, when gifts are exchanged and tables are laden with good food. The week-long celebration can include singing, dancing, storytelling, and drumming.

This holiday was created in 1966, making it new on the U.S. holiday calendar. A professor of African Studies at California State University, Dr. Maulana Karenga, began the holiday in response to the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles, California. He wanted to help return the African-American population to feeling like a community.

Kwanzaa follows seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

To observe these principles, Kwanzaa uses symbols: nuts, fruits, and vegetables to symbolize the crops and the work to maintain them; a placemat to show the foundation upon which people have built their lives; an ear of corn for fertility and to promote children and the future; seven candles, usually red, green, and black, to recreate the sun’s power, which is essential for the harvest; and a candleholder to represent ancestry.

The unity cup is used on the sixth day to honor ancestors and to represent unity and remembrance.

Gifts are given on the seventh day and handmade gifts are encouraged.

If you celebrate Kwanzaa, I hope you have a memorable week. Sonja

Merry Christmas!

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IT’S HERE!!!!!

The day Christians wait for has arrived as everyone, young and old, wake up and look under the tree for gifts labeled for them.

It’s also the time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This is the day Christians celebrate his birth and remember that he died on the cross to save mankind from sin.

My Christmas wish for you is to enjoy your family, spend time together, and tell a story or two to learn where you came from. Family history is an important part of being together.

Enjoy your Christmas! Sonja

Happy Christmas Eve!

Tonight is the night when Christians observe the birth of Jesus Christ.

It’s also the night that Santa Claus comes down the chimney. He fills stockings and leaves gifts under the Christmas tree.

Santa’s ride is immortalized in the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I’m a sucker for a good story written poetically, which is why I love Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

As a gift to you, dear reader, I have put together some deals for the next two days. Effective immediately, The Fairies of Carlow: The Gilding ebook and The Voyage ebook are available for no charge. That’s right. They’re free only until the night of Christmas.

I also scheduled special pricing on The Fairies of Carlow: The Commoner for today and tomorrow only.

Click the links on the left-hand margin of this website, or search for my name, Sonja Danielson, on Amazon.com and you will automatically get the free ebooks or the specially-priced ebook for The Commoner.

I wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas with all the glad tidings of the season.

I wish you a peaceful and happy Hannukah, also, with all the amazing things the holiday brings.

Have a wonderful fun-filled day. Sonja

Guinness is going to be on TV tonight!

(c) 2019

That’s right. This handsome boy will be on Tucson’s Channel 13 tonight. They are planning a feature on the library’s Read-to-a-Dog program and will be ‘interviewing’ Guinness.

He’s fluffed and brushed and ready for his spotlight!

I can’t wait to see him!

I hope you see the story and leave a comment here. He and I read everything and can’t wait to see your thoughts.

We’re also gearing up for Christmas! There may just be a gift under the tree or what you use to present gifts for the holiday (if you put your laptop there!). This is my holiday gift for you, dear reader.

Have a happy holiday week! Sonja