Author Archives: Diane Osborne

Halloween Candy Fun Facts

Halloween is a time for creative costumes, sneaky tricks, and fun treats. You’ve always had that one treat that you set your sights on while trick or treating, right?  Many of the popular treats you see today go back a long way, and have evolved ever since.  Every year it seems that they come out with a twist or whole new kind of candy.  So, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the history of Halloween candy.

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National Americana Month

The Williamson County Convention &Visitors Bureau founded National Americana Month to inspire everyone to celebrate what Americana means to them. It was first celebrated in 2017 when the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Americana Month to be observed. Americana, much like art, inspires people in different ways. To some it is nostalgia. For others it is music, food or culture. For some, it’s celebrating who you are as an American. National Americana Month was founded in Franklin, TN, home to the Americana Music Association, the Americana Music Triangle, and Music City Roots.

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National Wellness Month

Live Love Spa founded National Wellness Month in 2018 to promote community, connection, and commerce in the Wellness industry. National Wellness Month inspires consumers to focus on wellness and provides a platform for wellness companies to highlight their services and benefits.  The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Wellness Month to be observed annually in August.

All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. We encourage you to create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel!  Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways.

Here are some tips to try this month:

  • Keep a journal to help you process your feelings and thoughts.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables that will make you feel better.
  • Enjoy music that is uplifting and makes you feel good.
  • Our bodies are about 60% water, so stay hydrated.
  • Make sure you take time to do some form of meditation.
  • Make time to hang out with friends and family.
  • Go watch the sunrise or sunset and enjoy nature.
  • Participate in at least one physical activity a day.

If you are looking for even more ideas, this healthy women blog has tips that apply to both men and women.


Tech Talk Summer 2019

The Bellevue University Library has kept current in the library world by offering more electronic journals than print so that they are available to everyone.  So, what are the differences between electronic journals and print? Is one better than the other?  That depends on you and your needs.  One of the areas that the Technical Services department of the Freeman/Lozier Library works with is journals and they can answer these questions.

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Social Wellness Month

July is Social Wellness Month. Social Wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. It involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you.  Our relationships can offer support during difficult times so take some time this month to evaluate your relationships. Continue reading

Are you a Survivor?

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.


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Have You Shared Your Personal History?

Each May, the Association of Personal Historians celebrates Personal History Awareness Month. They remind us that May is a great time to continue or begin a genealogy project of your own. You might wish to only do your own history or embark on a grand family project or work together with a family member who is already working one up. The time is right, this month, because procrastination is one of the biggest killers of personal historical data collection.  Continue reading

Golden Rule Week

When I was growing up, I had one common motto for my life known as the “Golden Rule.” My parents must have taught me it at an early age because I still live by it today.  As defined by Merriam-Webster, the Golden Rule is a rule of ethical conduct referring to Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31: (in the Bible) do to others as you would have them do to you.  Another definition of the Golden Rule is: A basic principle that should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity.  I think we all want to be successful, right? So, I believe it is important to have something to live by to guide you when you make decisions.

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