By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director of Southern Writers Magazine
Happy Birthday to a Southern Writer from Virginia and our first President George Washington. His books, documents, papers, diaries and words are still being read, and studied, today.
One of his books, George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation is still in print. It includes 110 rules based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595.
simplified their version. His
book established his rules to live by. The rules focus on self-respect and
respect for others with etiquette details. Readers can read tips on how
to dress, walk, eat in public and address one's superiors. Washington
Wonder what George would think about what it takes to get a book published today? Computers as a means to write a book? Tablets to read a book? I think the Father of the
would embrace social media platforms, being "friends" on Facebook, tweeting
on Twitter. Anyone who put a 1700s spin on rules from the 1500s would
embrace what it takes to be a writer in the twenty-first century. United States
Happy Birthday, President George Washington!