I was so busy yesterday (and so frustrated) that i completely forgot to acknowledge the importance of the date.
I was trying to convince my computer programs that (1) Yes, I really did intend to write one line in English and the next in German; and (2) Yes, I really can spell both languages correctly, even without automated assistance. When my word processors proved to need continual preference-changing in order to accomplish my purposes, I switched to the simplest plain text editor I could find, only to discover that it, too, thought it knew what I was doing better than I did. it was more insidious, however. It would ignore a suggested error when I asked it to, and then, in the final printed version, a telltale red line would once again appear under every German word i used. I ended up wiping out an entire Pinterest board and going off to read a good book.
That does not excuse me, however, from celebrating the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment -- an event extremely important to one of the characters in my next book. So here, just a little late, are the greetings I forgot:
"Thank You!" to all those suffragettes who worked so long to get their state legislators to pass the necessary ratifications.
"Way To Go!" to all the millions of women who have demonstrated their political acumen by voting in local, state, and national elections for the last 96 years.
And "Don't Stop Now!" to every woman over the age of eighteen. Go register and then follow up by casting your vote. And don't forget how many of your predecessors fought to make that possible.