Thursday, April 2, 2015

A to Z: B is for Brother

The elder of my two younger brothers (if that makes sense) just turned 50.

He's not a kid any more!

(No, it's not a very good picture of a picture, but it was the best i could do in the rush of doing other things at the time.)

He had a party, at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Lots of friends, lots of food, and a big bread pudding with raisins and sauce instead of cake.

Uncle P, as i call him here since he is Uncle to my kids, is single and has no children.  He likes it that way.  It has allowed him to spend time on the mission field without worry about how to provide for a family, and he loves working with both the elderly and mentally challenged individuals.

He also does some stand-up comedy, mostly about what it's like to be straight and single at his age in this society.

He's flying his own path, and comfortable with where and who he is, and i love him and am proud of him.

Today is

Feast of Acan -- Ancient Mayan Calendar (god of wine, whose name means either "belch" or "groan", depending on your source -- although both seem apt, one during the celebration, the other after; date approximate)

Great Lovers Day -- you don't have to be a Cassanova to celebrate the great lovers in your life!

International Children's Book Day -- on the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, sponsored this year by the USA division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People); this year's theme is "Bookjoy around the World"

Malvinas Day -- Argentina (honors veterans of the Falklands War)

Maundy Thursday -- Christian (a/k/a Holy, Green, Chare, Sheer, or Shere Thursday; commemoration of the Last Supper)
     Procession of the Addolorata -- Taranto, Italy

Nafels Pilgrimage -- Canton Glarus, Switzerland (commemoration of the Battle of Nafels in 1388, observed with processions, prayers, sermon, and a reading of the names of those killed in battle)

National Ferret Day -- US (The American Ferret Association)

National Love Your Produce Manager Day -- with its own Facebook page 

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Reconciliation Day -- as recommended by columnist Ann Landers, use today to reach out and mend a broken relationship

Sizdehbedar -- Iran (Nature Day)

Spring Fever and Medical Aid Appeal -- Fairy Calendar

St. Francis of Paloa's Day (Patron of boatmen, mariners, naval officers, sailors, travelers, watermen; Amato, Italy; Calbria, Italy; Fossato Serraita, Italy; Sant'Agata di Esaro, Italy; against fire, plague, and sterility)

St. Urban of Langres' Day (Patron of barrel makers/coopers, gardeners, vine dressers/vine growers/vintners; Dijon, France; Langres, France; against alcoholism, blight, fainting, frost, storms)

Taily Day, Scotland (engage in pranks related to your tail end, a second day of April fooling)

Thai Heritage Conservation Day -- Thailand

Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day -- Belarus

World Autism Awareness Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

Napoleon Bonaparte marries the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, 1810

Birthdays Today:

Bethany Joy Galeotti, 1981
Christopher Meloni, 1961
Pamela Reed, 1953
Ron "Horshack" Palillo, 1949
Camille Paglia, 1947
Emmylou Harris, 1947
Linda Hunt, 1945
Leon Russell, 1942
Dr. Demento, 1941
Marvin Gaye, 1939
Jack Webb, 1920
Charles White, 1918
Alec Guinness, 1914
Buddy Ebsen, 1908
Max Ernst, 1891
Walter Chrysler, 1875
Emile Zola, 1840
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, 1834
Hans Christian Anderson, 1805
Giovanni Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, 1725
Charlemagne, 742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Nickelodeon(TV Cable Channel), 1979
"Dallas"(TV), 1978
2001: A Space Odyssey(Film), 1968
"As the World Turns"(TV), 1956
"The Edge of Night"(TV), 1956
Symphony No. 1 in C major(Beethoven Op. 21), 1800

Today in History:

Mehmed II begins his siege of Istanbul/Constantinople, 1453
Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot in Florida, 1513
"American Farmer," the first successful agricultural journal, begins publication, 1819
Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for president of the US, 1870
The first Easter egg roll is held on the White House lawn, 1877
Puerto Rico is given limited self rule by the US Congress, 1900
The first full time movie theater, the "Electric Theater," opens in Los Angeles, 1902
The Titanic undergoes sea trials under her own power, 1912
President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany, 1917
Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia, 1930
Charles Lindbergh turns over the $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son, 1932
The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London, 1962
Argentine forces sieze the Falkland Islands, beginning the Falklands War, 1982
Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province (British Columbia), 1991
Israeli forces surround and besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated, 2002
Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each, 2012
The Arms Trade Treaty, the first-ever bill to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, is passed by the U.N. General Assembly, 2013


  1. I think it's totally okay to choose to be single, especially with a missionary lifestyle. More power to him.

  2. Your brother sounds like an amazing individual. :) And wow, lots of things to celebrate today. I know what kind of sandwich I'm having for lunch now! Good luck this month.

    Visiting from Untethered Realms

  3. Your brother sounds like a great guy who is living a fulfilling life with no regrets. :)

  4. Your brother is living life on his terms as we all should. I'm guessing I would like him almost as much as I like you.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. that's awesome. happy birthday to him!

  6. Yes, I would have a feeling he would have a complete stand up routine for not being married... yeeks. I am so glad he enjoys what he is doing, and that he has found his calling... (I also got a kick out of your Feast of Acan comment!)


  7. It sounds like you & your brother have a wonderful relationship. I no longer have a relationship with mine. Oh well, only God know why. Uncle P. sounds like an interesting gentleman. Have a great Thursday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. What a sweet post. It sounds like you are both blessed!

  9. The thought of going up on stage doing stand up comedy terrifies me. What a brave brother you have. :)

  10. awesome brother! I bet he says a lot of good things about you also! Have another piece of bread pudding!

  11. Your brother sounds like a great guy.

  12. Well, he only has to please himself and it sounds like he's well adjusted and enjoys his life. I'd call that a success. Thanks for sharing your brother with us! Gwen Gardner from

  13. Uncle P, your bro, is living and loving his life; that's all that matters.

  14. I always admire those who give up their lives for others. Hope he had a wonderful day!

  15. I always admire those who give up their lives for others. Hope he had a wonderful day!