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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern  and  a founder of the Southern Humorists writers' organization. She is writer, editor, and webmaster of

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Columnists and Weird Holidays

April 18th was a very important day --- it was National Columnists' Day. I missed out and forgot write anything about it. April 18th was the day chosen to celebrate by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists because it is the day Ernie Pyle, one of the greatest columnists that ever lived, was killed on assignment in the South Pacific.

A strange thing happened to me on April 18th. I was reading email when I opened one that a young person wrote to me about reading my columns online. The last name on the email was Pyle.

When I replied and mentioned the fact that his name was the same as that of a famous journalist. Imagine my amazement when he wrote back to say that he was actually related to Ernest Pyle. I had to double-check to be sure we were talking about the same person. He assured me that we were. (NOTE: I've found out since that Pyle has no living relatives. Liar, liar, pants on fire.)

It is sometimes a strange business, this column writing stuff.

In case you didn't know, Ernie Pyle was famous for his coverage of Word War II in which he wrote about the ordinary GI in the trenches instead of the official story of the war. His six columns per week were like letters home to the millions that read them back in the days before video-cams. He eventually was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his writing.

Unless you happen to be interested in journalism or war stories, you probably would not know much about this type of hero. With the war going on in the Middle East, however, there is a renewed interest in Pyle's writing and its powerful commentary on war and its affect on those who fight it.

Anyhow, speaking of strange things, while I was looking for information about National Columnists Day, I found that it was considered a "weird holiday" by a lot of people and appeared on lists with other strange and weird holidays. I was sorry to find out that I had missed out not only Columnists Day, but some other interesting holidays as well.

For example, April 22 was National Jelly Bean Day. Personally, I never did like jellybeans until I found those little gourmet ones. They are really tasty, but I'd probably be better off weight-wise if I didn't know about them. I also have a recipe for fried jellybeans if you are interested. I've heard that southerners will fry anything, but this may be stretching too far.

April 4 was Tell A Lie day, April 13 was Blame Somebody Else Day, and April 30 was National Honesty Day. Isn't it fortunate that National Honesty Day comes after the first two in case we have something we want to make up for fibbing about or another confession to make.

There is still time to celebrate in May if one is so inclined, and plenty of holidays are on the books. Some of the weirdest ones are: May 3rd, Lumpy Rug Day; May 4th, Respect for Chickens Day; May 8th, No Socks Day; and May 12th, Windmill Day.

Almost every day on the calendar has some sort of observance. How you celebrate these is your own business, however. Personally, I think I can get along just fine without Respect for Chickens Day. My respect for chickens is limited mostly to original recipe or extra crispy.

One good thing did come from all this. I found yet another National Columnists Day on the list for June 26th. So, I'm NOT actually too late to celebrate. I'm just really, really early.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll see what I missed on May 3rd and check for lumps under the rug.

Copyright 2007 Sheila Moss


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