Sunday, March 24, 2013

Our Own Famous Amos

Every Palm Sunday, we get to see our own Famous Amos.

He's a donkey, and he leads the procession to the church before the service.  Amos is owned by a church member, and has never been ridden, but he's very friendly and waits patiently until the service is over to see everyone again and get lots of petting, and treats.

Bigger Girl was the first to ask, a couple of years ago, if she could feed him -- she brought an organic carrot, and was permitted to give it to him.  Now, it's a habit.  She brings him something, and he loves it.

There is always a big picnic lunch after the Palm Sunday service, with "bounce houses" and an egg hunt and lots more.

We will only stay for part of it, though, as Uncle P is visiting at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they are throwing a birthday party for him.  It's hard to believe my "little" brother is 48.  No, you may not ask how old that makes me!  (Actually, i said that last line for the smile, because i don't mind telling everyone that this year i will celebrate the 21st anniversary of my 29th birthday.  You may know how old i am only if you do the math.)

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone.

Today is:

All Ireland Dance Championships -- Boston, MA, US (the world championships of Irish Dance; through next Sunday

Commonwealth Covenant Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Cuddly Kitten Day -- because if puppies get a day, so should kittens!

Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice -- Argentina

Dies Sanguines -- Ancient Roman Calendar (sacrifices to the war goddess Bellona)

Houdini Day -- see if you can pull a disappearing act in his honor

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims -- UN

Kazimiras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (return of the larks)

Komoeditsi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calandar (honors the great Bear God, Meveshii Bog and includes sacrifices to the Great God of Honey)

Left-of-Field Fanciers' Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

National Revolution Day -- Kyrgyzstan

Orthodox Sunday -- Orthodox Christian

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday -- Christian

Pandia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus that immediately followed the Greater Dionysia; date approximate)

Passion Play in Iztapalapa -- Iztapalapa, Mexico (Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in Iztapalapa, holds one of the world's largest and most amazing religious passion plays)

Semana Santa -- Holy Week in Spain and Spanish speaking areas; special celebrations:
     Mexico -- through the country, but especially in Chiapas, with processions, costumes, and even fireworks, music, dance, and syncretic rituals
     Seville, Spain -- with hundreds of shuffling penitents in their hoods making the torch lit processions through the town; through Easter)

St. Catherine of Sweden's Day (Patron against miscarriages)

St. Gabriel the Archangel's Day (traditional date, now usually celebrated in September; Patron of childbirth, diplomats, messengers, postal workers, stamp collectors, telephone workers)

St. MacCairthinn of Clogher (St. Patrick's "Strong Man" and fellow worker; Patron of Clogher, Ireland)

Truth and Justice Day -- Argentina

World Tuberculosis Day -- UN & WHO

Birthdays Today:

Peyton Manning, 1976
Alyson Hannigan, 1974
Sharon Corr, 1970
Mase, 1970
Annabella Sciorra, 1964
Mark "The Undertaker" Callaway
Louie Anderson, 1953
Alan Sugar, 1947
Steve McQueen, 1930
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919
Joseph Barbera, 1911
Clyde Barrow, 1909
Ub Iwerks, 1901
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, 1887
Harry Houdini, 1874
Fanny Crosby, 1820

Today in History:

Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus, 1401
James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England, 1603
The first game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia, 1629
Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island, 1664
Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers, 1765
Benjamin West of the US becomes president of Royal Academy of London, 1792
In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr., 1832
Canada gives African men the right to vote, 1837
Robert Koch of Germany announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis), 1882
Oscar Straus is appointed the first Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey), 1887
A. A. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history, 1896
"Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world, 1906
Greece becomes a republic, 1923
U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth, 1934
The longest game in NHL history is played between Detroit and Montreal; Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0, 1936
In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III, 1944
The British Cabinet Mission arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership, 1946
Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761), 1958
NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing, 1965
The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland, 1972
In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón, 1976
Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, 1980
In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (42,000 m³) of petroleum after running aground, 1989
Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, 1993
Apple Inc. releases the first version of the Mac OS X operating system, 2001
Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election, 2008


  1. I read this with chuckles. I had seriously thought of raising camels, with the thought of having them participate in church services... Then finding out they are WAY bigger than what I thought. Donkey. Hmm. (Here is where husband gets that funny twitch in his eyelid...)

    As far as the age thing, I give them the year I was born, saying, "I'm an English Major, you do the math." Usually good for a small laugh. And happy returns to the younger sib!


  2. Stopping by from the A-Z list. Love all the information. See ya around the Challenge.

  3. Cat, camels can also be mean, so i would take the hint from your DH's twitch if i were you. Thanks for the good wishes, i'll pass them on to him.

    Thanks, Tim! It's my first time participating, so it ought to be interesting, and i'll be sure to check out your posts.