Thursday, September 19, 2019

You Can't Make Me! (Six Sentence Story), Hard to See (Good Fences), Piratical Dilemma (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday



No.

No, I won't.

I refuse!

I don't care if it is Talk Like a Pirate Day!  I will not let you dress me up in that silly costume!  I have my dignity, you know.

Somebody save me!



Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Refuse.  (We tried to get Jezzie to wear her pirate costume to try it out early for Halloween, but she was having none of it.)      


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Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.      

This gate fascinated me.  In spite of the interference of the wires, see if enough detail came through for you to tell why i liked it, as it's rather fancy.




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It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    



You may think I'm scary,
I'm a pirate, as you see.
But I am hiding a secret,
Come stand right next to me.

I have a map to my treasure,
And I'll give you part, I swear,
If you can help me read all of
The words I wrote on there!

My hand 'o write's atrocious
And I haven't got a clue,
So be a pal and help me
And I'll keep my word, it's true!


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Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

This week i am thankful someone pointed out something to me that i did not know.  It could have caused me a big problem, but because i was warned, i think i have resolved it, and i am very glad.


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Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Chile

Cosmetic Bridge Day -- seems internet generated, but i'm sure your dentist will approve

Day of the First Appearance of the Slovak National Council -- Slovakia

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 9, Freedom (sponsored by We, the World

Hummer/Bird Celebration -- Rockport and Fulton, TX, US (ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avians are the stars of this show; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- St. Kitts and Nevis(1983)

International Talk Like a Pirate Day  www.talklikeapirate.com

Jubilee of the Moth Moons -- Fairy Calendar

Mid-South Fair -- Southaven, MS, US (original and fun since 1856! through the 29th)

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

National Teach Ag Day -- US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)  

Osage River Mountain Man Festival and Black Powder Shoot -- Lake Ozark, MO, US (reenactment of a pre-1840s wilderness rendezvous; through Sunday)

St. Januarius of Naples' Day (a/k/a Gennaro of Naples; Patron of blood banks; Naples, Italy; against volcanic eruption) related observance
    Feast of San Gennaro -- NYC, NY, US (began on the 13th, continues to the 23rd; one of the highlights of the festival is this, the actual Saint's day)

Women's Suffrage Day -- New Zealand


Birthdays Today:

Alison Sweeney, 1976
Jimmy Fallon, 1974
Jim Abbot, 1967
Soledad 'Brien, 1966
Trisha Yearwood, 1964
Kevin Hooks, 1958
Joan Lunden, 1950
Leslie "Twiggy" Lawson, 1949
Jeremy Irons, 1948
Randolph Mantooth, 1945
Jooe Morgan, 1943
"Mama" Cass Elliot, 1941
Bill Medley, 1940
Paul Williams, 1940
David McCallum, 1933
Mike Royko, 1932
Adam West, 1928
Duke Snider, 1926
Sir William Glding, 1911
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., 1907
Joseph Pasternak, 1901
Henry Peter Brougham, 1778
Charles Carroll, 1737
Jan Luyts, 1655


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Skylight"(Play), 1996
"ER"(TV), 1994
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"(TV), 1970
Funny Girl(Film), 1968
"Flipper"(TV), 1964
"The Virginian"(TV), 1962



Today in History:

Edward, the Black Prince, commands the forces which defeat the French army and capture France's King John II, 1356
Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem Witch Trials, 1692
The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the US, 1778
Ephraim Morris patents the railroad brake, 1838
Bond and Lassell discover Hyperion, moon of Saturn, 1848
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all of its women the right to vote, 1893
Funeral of assassinated President William McKinley, 1901
Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut as Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theater in NYC, 1928
The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich, 1946
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland, 1959
Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them, 1961
The Solomon Islands join the United Nations, 1978
Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System, 1982
Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists, 1991
The BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was declared “effectively dead” by retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the blowout disaster, 2010

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Vets Are At It Again (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     






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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, Delores is providing the prompts.  This may be the end of an era, as she has had so much trouble with a troll that she is planning to shut down her blog after she provides the prompts this month.  She will be missed.
This week's words are:

kindness
handicapped
blessings
fight or flight

and/or

gruff
spike
hurry
include

and/or

blind
chance
fright
frigid

She took a deep breath and tried to suppress her initial reaction, which was to be GRUFF at the slightest hint of KINDNESS from a man she didn't know, and to react with a FRIGID attitude even toward those she did.

Like a hedgehog ever ready to trust his suit of SPIKEs, she knew it was a FIGHT OR FLIGHT response.  Knowing didn't make the FRIGHT she felt any less.  She was still scared for her life, even though she'd been rescued.  The deep fear would take time to release its hold.

The counselor assured her she was only temporarily HANDICAPPED with this response, and that it was only natural.  

"You have family now," the counselor told her.  "They want to INCLUDE you in their lives.  It's a BLESSING, even though it feels odd to know at first."  Then she added, "Don't be in too big of a HURRY to accept or reject them.  They know what you've been through, and want to give you space and time to get over it."

It was BLIND CHANCE  that she was the one kidnapped as a child, held captive and abused.  It was her snatching a lucky break that got her out of the situation.

Now her freedom came with a price, the price of learning how to be free again, without fear, without wondering if there was a motive behind every nice thing a man did for her.  She took another deep breath and said, "Thank you" to the orderly who had handed her an extra cup of juice.


She couldn't quite manage a smile, but he knew what an effort it was for her to even acknowledge him.  He gently said, "You're quite welcome."  As he headed back toward the kitchen, he grinned.  Orderly or not, he'd been there long enough, he knew a breakthrough when he saw it, and even he celebrated in his own way.


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Today is:

Autumn Equinox Festival at Chichen Itza -- beginning today, thousands will gather for the amazing play of light and shadow each evening at sunset through the 27th)

Chiropractic Founder's Day -- celebrating the first chiropractic adjustment ever performed, by D.D. Palmer on Harvey Lillard, on this date in 1895

Ear Wig Fitting Day -- Fairy Calendar

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 8, Human Rights (sponsored by We, the World

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally -- Ruidoso, NM, US (trade show, bike shows, riding tours, skills event, stunt show, parade, and fun; through Sunday)

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day -- they are generally anonymous, often underappreciated, so today, give one a hug! (if you know any, that is)

Independence Day -- Chile

Kentucky Bourbon Festival -- Bardstown, KY, US (self explanatory; through Sunday)

National Cheeseburger Day

National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and Walnut Valley Festival -- Winfield, KS, US (through Sunday)

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day -- US  

National Rehabilitation Day -- US (on the Wednesday of National Rehab Awareness Week)

National Respect! Day(sm) -- US (encouraging abused women to respect themselves enough to get out)

National School Backpack Awareness Day 2019 -- US (or anywhere else that you want to weigh your child's backpack on the 3rd Wednesday of September, to make sure it's not heavy enough to hurt them)   

Plataia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Joseph of Cupertino's Day (Levitating saint, and so Patron of air crews, air travelers, astronauts, paratroopers, pilots/aviators, students, test takers; Cupertino, Italy)

World Water Monitoring Day -- International    



Anniversaries Today:

Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964
The United States Air Force becomes a separate military service, 1947
Hull House opens, 1889


Birthdays Today:

Jada Pinkett Smith, 1971
Lance Armstrong, 1971
Alsha Tyler, 1970
James Gandolfini, 1961
Ryne Sandberg, 1959
Frankie Avalon, 1939
Robert Blake, 1933
Scotty Bowman, 1933
June Foray, 1920
Jack Warden, 1920
Rossano Brazzi, 1916
Agnes DeMille, 1905
Greta Garbo, 1905
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, 1905
John Diefenbaker, 1895
Joseph Story, 1779
George Read, 1733
Samuel Johnson, 1709
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus, Emperor Trajan, 53


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Baseball"(Documentary), 1994
"Love is a Many Splendored Thing"(TV), 1967
"Get Smart"(TV), 1965
"The Addams Family"(TV), 1964
"Wagon Train"(TV), 1957
"The Paul Winchell Show"(TV), 1950
"Johnny Belinda"(Play), 1940
"Strictly Dishonorable"(Play), 1929
"Disraeli"(Play), 1911



Today in History:

Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and final voyage, 1502
Ft. Ticonderoga, NY opens, 1755
The British capture Quebec City, 1759
John Harris builds the first spinet piano in the US, 1769
President Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building, 1793
Royal Opera House in London opens, 1809
A horse beats the first US made locomotive, near Baltimore, 1830
Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City; the store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", 1837
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is first published, 1842
First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times, 1851
Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone, 1870
The banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. in Philadelphia declares bankruptcy, which starts the Panic of 1873 and a severe economic depression, 1873
The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time, 1879
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination, 1885
In appreciation for all she had done for the tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse, adopted as a member of the Seneca tribe, is made a chief of the Six Nations Tribe at the Tonawanda Reservation, 1891
Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment, 1895
A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong, 1906
The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I, 1914
The Netherlands gives women the right to vote, 1919
The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, 1927
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel, 1928
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator's term, 1948
Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations, 1960
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash, 1961
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations, 1962
The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations, 1973
Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people, 1974
Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together, 1977
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station, 1980
Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic, 1984
Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations, 1990
ICANN is formed, 1998
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast, 2009
Chileans celebrate the 200th anniversary oof their independence, 2010
After a large storm that took the roof off of Stadium Southland in Invercargill, 100,000 people in New Zealand are left without water, 2010
Scotland votes to remain a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum, 2014
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal publishes finding about the earliest known fishhooks, at 23,000 years old, discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, 2016

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Word Counting and Random and Happy Tuesday

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

Also, today i am trying something new (new to me, not the other participants), a writing challenge called Word Counters. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 10 and 35. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words. 
I was assigned the word count number: 31
It was submitted by: Diane of On the Alberta/Montana Border

So here's my first attempt at writing a piece using an exact number of words:

Dr. D submitted the grant proposal, and someone there messed it up.  Instead of yesterday being a catch up day, it was a marathon of correcting and resubmitting.  We hate bureaucrats!

Other participants in Word Counters are:

Baking In A Tornado                       
Spatulas on Parade                    
On the Border                          
Wandering Web Designer             
Sarah Nolan                                

Now for the funnies:






It's laundry day, so i will be checking up on our laundromat library.  So far it's been a hit, people are reading books and taking books and leaving more books.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!






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Today is:

Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala -- Tonga

Citizenship Day -- US

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 7, Women (sponsored by We, the World

Feast of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fundacion de Melilla -- ML, Spain

Get Ready Day -- US (help your community, workplace, or school to get ready for disasters or emergencies)   

International Country Music Day

National Apple Dumpling Day

National Heroes Day -- Angola

Niketeria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Opening of Parliament -- Netherlands (holiday in The Hague)related observance
    Prinsjesdag -- Netherlands  (technically translates "Prince's Day;" the day Parliament opens and the reigning sovereign, now King William-Alexander, gives the Speech from the Throne and the Minister of Finance proposes next year's budget)

Operation Market Garden Remembrance -- Netherlands

Pledge Across America Day -- US (beginning of Constitution Week, every school is invited to join a synchronized Pledge of Allegiance across the whole nation, from 8am Hawaiian time to 2pm Eastern; schools are also encouraged to have an exercise of some kind about the US Constitution)

Return of Kelp-Koli Celebration -- Fairy Calendar (under duress, of course)

Stigmata of St. Francis' Day

St. Hildegard von Bingen's Day (author of treatises on natural healing and the first musical composer whose biography is known)

St. Lambert's Day (Patron of Middelaar, Netherlands)

Time's Up Day -- created by Wellcat Holidays; time's up on holding that grudge, you need to make amends with people today, since you aren't guaranteed a tomorrow

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day -- anniversary of founding in 1914


Anniversary Today:

The Constitution of the United States is signed, 1787
American Professional Football League (later the NFL) founded (a/k/a the Swallowing Up of Weekends), 1920



Birthdays Today:

Chuck Liddell, 1969
Kyle Chandler, 1965
Rita Rudner, 1956
Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, 1951
John Ritter, 1948
David H. Souter, 1974
Ken Kesey, 1935
Maureen Conolly, 1934
Anne Bancroft, 1931
Roddy McDowall, 1928
George Blanda, 1927
Hank Williams Sr., 1923
Chaim Herzog, 1918
Warren E. Burger, 1907
Jerry Colonna, 1904
John Willard Marriot, 1900
Andrew "Rube" Foster, 1879
Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, 1730


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Home Improvement"(TV), 1991
"Head of the Class"(TV), 1986
"M*A*S*H"(TV), 1972
"McMillan and Wife"(TV), 1971
"Mission: Impossible"(TV), 1966
"Bewitched"(TV), 1964
"The Fugitive"(TV), 1963
"Car 54 Where are You?"(TV), 1961
"Outward Bound"(Play), 1923


Today in History:

The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between 300 Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas, and the Achaemenid Empire begins, BC480
Arabs conquer Alexandria, and destroy its library for the last time, 642
Netherland sailors discover Mauritus, 1598
Massachusetts Bay Colony gets a new charter, 1691
Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain, 1776
US Constitution is adopted by the Philadelphia convention, 1787
Sprinkler system for extinguishing fires is patented by Phillip W. Pratt, 1872
The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality, 1908
The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York to Pasadena, is completed after 82 hours 4 minutes, 1911
The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards 
of 2,500 people, the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, 1928
The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives, 1949
Television is first broadcast in Australia, 1956
Malaysia joins the United Nations, 1957
Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations, 1974
The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA, 1976
The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt, 1978
Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America, 1983
Estonia, North Korea, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations, 1991
The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet, 1991
Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years, 2006
A drill finally reaches the 33 Chilean miners trapped after the Aug. 5 Copiapo mining accident, 2010