I'm departing from my usual "Friday is for stuff about writing" format to say a few words about the long holiday weekend that's upon us.
Labor Day means different things to different people. Kids who are tired of school already rejoice at a three-day weekend (and their parents groan). Football fans start thinking about that sport, and baseball fans look forward to the World Series with a variety of emotions, depending on how their particular team is doing. Community swimming pools prepare to close. Stores start putting out their Christmas goods (if they haven't done so already).
Today I hope you'll pause and give thanks for the people whose work makes our lives more tolerable. Remember to voice a prayer that those currently out of work will find employment soon. While you're at it, express your gratitude for your freedom, and pray for this country and its leaders. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The random number selector has chosen Jackie (joyfuljelatgmaildotcom) as the winner of a signed copy of DiAnn Mills' latest novel. I've sent Jackie an email, notifying her. Thanks to everyone who commented, and to DiAnn for offering the book.