Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing.

Spring flowers

March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils.

It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses.

More info: 769-7399

Faculty authors

Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and others have contributed chapters to the textbook “Handbook of Early Childhood Education: Education in a Competitive and Globalized World,” published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

The editors are Michael Shaughnessy and Kinsey Kleyn.

Contributors are are Charles Waggoner, Robin Wells, Diane Edwards (wrote two chapters), Tammy-Lynn Moore, Leslie Paternoster, Sarah Wall, Dan Greathouse, educational diagnostician with the Muleshoe Public Schools, and ENMU graduates Jennella Crouch and Autumn Latham.

It’s a fact

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Today in history

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin.

An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hula-hoop-patented

Weather

Today — Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the South at 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the South at 5-15 mph.