Republican party. What comes to mind? What are you trying to forget? Or are you just doing your best to ignore it all?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: OK, this isn't going to be about politics for several reasons.

First, because although Red loves history, and there's a fine line between being a student of history and following politics, her area of interest is Tudor history. (Even Black, who loves the question, "Why" hasn't asked her, "Why Tudor history?") Second, neither Red nor Black used to follow politics (we don't count knowing the basic principles of political parties). Ok, we'll be more precise. American politics. Red's excuse was much of her adult life was lived overseas. Black's excuse? She just wasn't interested. That changed for both of them with the 2016 Presidential election, when there seemed to be no way to avoid politics from that point forward.

But this post isn't about politics. You may be thinking, really? It certainly sounds a lot like politics, and we're all exhausted by politics. So, when Red was curious why the Republican party seemed to be imploding, or certainly was at war with itself, and even wondering if the "party of Lincoln" would survive, Black changed the focus of the conversation to the symbol of the Republican party – the elephant.

Anyone who has ever heard (pun intended) us at speaking engagements knows elephants often work their way into the presentation. It's an analogy from our book that becomes hard to forget or, at least, it's something Red has never forgotten. It happened early in her crisis, when she was struggling with having too much to do, too much to learn, and too much to cope with, and Black merely said,

You CAN eat an elephant. You just cannot do it in one sitting.

So, it didn't surprise Red that instead of commenting on the Republican party's current woes, Black immediately thought of the Republican's symbol, the elephant, and her analogy. But it did make Red realize that she didn't have a clue how the elephant became the symbol of the Republican party. But, being that lover of history, she knew the History channel could answer the question, "How did Republicans and Democrats get their animal symbols?".

Last year on MLK Day, Red learned the power and inspiration of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, in these divisive times, we can all learn from him … as not only did he fight for equality for all, but his approach is proof that peaceful protests can achieve social justice.

For most of us, writing and delivering one powerful and/or inspiring thing would be a very difficult task. To be remembered for hundreds is truly amazing.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: There's so much one can say about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968, and whose leadership was fundamental to the ending of legal segregation in many parts of the United States. But regardless of your position on segregation, it's almost impossible not to acknowledge, yet alone appreciate, how incredibly powerful and inspiring his words were and the impact they continue to have on the civil rights movement. But don't believe us. This goodreads post provides more than just a good read, it's a seemingly endless list of inspirational quotes while a great "refresher" course on Dr. King is available at History.com.

National holidays aren’t the time to count calories.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: We both agree that happiness has a hole in it, although one of us may only eat one bagel a year while the other tries to keep it to only one bagel when she does indulge.

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A day to clean up your desk?! It will take way more than a day …

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: No one is immune from piles of paper, not even Black, the master of organization, but there’s a huge difference between a desk with a few small piles and some scattered papers (although her laptop’s keyboard needs serious cleaning) and Red’s “workroom” that usually looks like a tornado hit it.

Which is why Red rolled her eyes when Black mentioned today’s National Clean Your Desk Day, as it’d take her significantly more than a day to “clean up this mess,” but then she remembered Black’s advice on how to keep her piles (and piles) of paper under control and felt inspired. Red admits often feeling like she’s drowning in paper, but that’s because she lets the piles get out of control before reminding herself of Black’s very easy, straightforward approach to turning her mountains of paper into small manageable hills. And, significantly reducing stress along the way, because as Black points out,

Sometimes, it is more important to know what you are ignoring than it is to deal with everything in the piles.