It’s Friday the 13th—the day to avoid black cats, walking under ladders, and picking up pennies tails-side-up. The day has an otherworldly sense of gloom and mystery, so today we’re highlighting the bleak and beautiful art of gothic artists such as Victoria Frances, Cris Ortega, and Nene Thomas.
I love New York City. As a city that I have visited twice and lived in for my freshman year of college, it has a particularly special place in my heart.
I have visited Ground Zero when the rubble was still being cleared away five years later, as well as a WTC museum that still affects me to this day, with the quotes from the answering machines left on loved ones’ phones from the victims on the plane to the hundreds of missing posters on display that are both still prominently in my memory.
I lived in Brooklyn during the construction of One World Trade Center; I visited my friends a year later and had the privilege to visit the new Memorial Plaza, both beautiful and devastating with the pools whose walls are inscribed with the names of the 2,983 people that died.
Today we are all somber and reflective, remembering those we have lost in Flight 93, the Trade Centers, and in the Pentagon, as well as the strength of a city and nation that banded together.
Every Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents Day, a day created by Marian McQuade in order to champion the lonely elderly in nursing homes and to encourage grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. Jimmy Carter proclaimed the holiday in 1978.
My grandparents have always had a fascinating wealth of knowledge, and I’ve always said that I would love to be friends with them even if we aren’t related. My maternal grandmother can recite our entire family history back so many generations, I can’t even count them! My maternal grandfather is a skilled woodworker; he helped me build two bookshelves which are among my favorite possessions. My paternal grandparents taught me to cook. I remember as a child playing card and board games with my grandparents, pretending to host tea time (to which my own grandfather played along very enthusiastically).
We have several puzzles which capture the love between a grandparent and grandchild—all to help you bring back memories of these special figures in our lives.
Do any of these puzzles remind you of your own grandparents? Let us know in the comments!
These puzzles don’t feature people, but they do certainly evoke feelings of grandparents!
Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day, so it will be a great day to unplug and unwind in a cozy chair.
There are some overlapping benefits between reading and puzzling. Both improve concentration and memory and lower stress and keep your brain active. Additionally benefits of reading are a more expansive vocabulary and glimpses to other times, places, and cultures.
Need some book recommendations? Goodreads is fantastic for every type of recommendation you may ever need, including books you should read and others you should avoid, with lists such as:
- Books Read in One Sitting
- Books That Should Be Made Into Movies
- Books Everyone Should Read Once
- Best Books of the Decade: 2000s
- Most Abandoned Books
- Best Books for Book Clubs
- Movies That Were Better than the Books
- Big Fat Books With the Effort
Pick up something new, reread something old, or try out something that’s been sitting on your shelves for ages. Whatever you do, read!
We’ve previously highlighted puzzles with a post on 5 Reasons You Should be Reading Game of Thrones and Book-Related Puzzles. Today here’s all of the Classic Book Puzzles we have, which come in a collectible packaging that looks just like a book on your shelf! It even has a magnetic closing.
The second Sunday of September (the 8th this year) has been set aside as National Pet Memorial Day. There are many ways to honor and celebrate a pet that you have lost, such as dedicating time to an animal shelter or creating a memorial garden in your pet’s honor. We also think a great way to celebrate a pet is by creating a personalized puzzle—maybe your favorite picture of him or her, or the two of you together. It would be a lovely keepsake and you could either glue it and frame it in your home or redo it every year on Pet Memorial Day or your pet’s birthday.
I recently just saw an adorable post on the Internet of people posing with their animals as puppies and years later: