Saturday, September 26, 2009

Vacation musings

This prewriting posts is a strange thing.

If it works, then great, I have a fun new toy to play with in the future, and a way to save my dull thoughts when they occur, instead of hoping for the muse to strike at the right time.

If it isn't working right, then I am in New Mexico today, with no way to know about it, and no way to fix it, and no way to tell anyone about Balaclava Day.

Or even more important, Johnny Appleseed Day! The life of John Chapman has held a great fascination for me for years. If the Almighty had not seen fit to make me a dull, dumpy, middle-aged housewife, I would have chosen to be a pioneer in some way.

Why not celebrate the spirit of the man who planted orchards across the land and go out and do something totally different today. After all, I guess that's what I am doing, being out of town without the family for the first time ever.

Today is:

Balaclava Day

Bureflux -- Discordian Calendar

Ceremony of the Dead, Cambodia

Cobweb Pie Making day -- Fairy Calendar

Family Health and Fitness Day

Feast of Lamps, India

Feast of Zame ye Mebege, Gabon (god of narcotics)

Good Neighbor Day

Independence Day, Yemen

Johnny Appleseed Day

Kiwanis Kids' Day

Mifflin County Goose Festival, Pennsylvania

National Pancake Day

National Public Lands Day

Neptune Festival

St. Cosmas and Damian' Day (patron of physicians, barbers, druggists, chemical workers; against bladder diseases)

St. John Cyprian of Carthage's Day -- Eastern Christian Churches

Birthdays Today:

Lawrence Leritz, 1962
Linda Hamilton, 1956
Olivia Newton-John, 1948
Anne Robinson, 1944
Kent McCord, 1942
Julie London, 1926
Jack LaLanne, 1914
George Gershwin, 1898
T.S. Eliot, 1888
Edmund Gwenn, 1877
Ivan Pavlov, 1849
John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, 1774
St. Francis of Assisi, 1181

Today in History:

In keeping a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus, Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, BC 46
Sir Francis Drake returns to England with Spanish treasure, 1580
In a battle between Venetians and Turks in Athens, the Parthenon and Acropolis are seriously damaged, 1687
New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine, 1772
Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first Secretary of State of the US, 1789
The Diamond Match Company patents book matches, 1892
New Zealand declares independence from UK, 1907

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