A couple of things:
First: The study of Martial Arts breeds, among other things, in the young, respect, honesty, loyalty, and a feeling of confidence and self worth. My friend Dawn Royer, of Dawn Royer Photography, has a young man who is studying martial arts and his Sensei is up for a vote on the web. Go here and vote for Master Kyung Sik Mun.
Most of you don't know that I studied Martial Arts long enough to be one test away from my Brown Belt in Ryukyu Kempo, a form of Karate. I know and understand the things that the study of Martial Arts can bring to a young person, and I am happy to say that Dawn's young man has benefited greatly from what he has learned. It is for this reason I ask you to vote for Master Mun.
Second: I know that there are many more skilled writers out there than I could ever count and most of you know I participate in the 100 Word Challenge when it is posted. Well, there is a new challenge out there (well, new to ME, anyway) which has drawn my attention, and I thought there might be a chance that more than me might be interested.
It's called The 10th Daughter of Memory, because sometimes Nine Muses are not enough. Twice a month challenges are issued, and responded to, and voted on and it's all an effort to improve as writers. Check it out.
Today is the first day of Winter, and if we were pagan Romans we would be celebrating Saturnalia, by now, getting all drunk and debauched and stuff. Ah, debauchery. Do they still do that?