Friday, September 02, 2011

Labor Day

The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, in Boston, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It became a federal holiday in 1894. The September date was originally chosen by the CLU of New York and has continued to be observed since. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made Labor Day a statutory holiday.

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).

This weekend 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: I've been interviewed by, and if you read it you'll learn--among other things--which character in my new book I most closely identify with and why. Here's the link. They also just posted my segment on "When Life Hands You Lemons...Write About It." You can read it here. And finally, there's a very nice review of Diagnosis Death (currently discounted at Cokesbury) in this month's Afictionado magazine from ACFW.

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