Thursday, October 12, 2017

Family Ties (Six Sentence Story) and Iron Art (Good Fences)

"Denarius did have a kid, you know," Buddy said, "but his wife died when the child was very young and by the time we had him as a professor, their daughter was grown and married."

"Yeah, I remember hearing that he and his daughter had a rough time of it after his wife died, and he didn't like the man she married, so he hardly ever talked to her," Jonathan added.

"Which is why I checked his obituary and got the name of his daughter and granddaughter," Buddy added.

"Great, now we can contact them!" Jonathan exclaimed.

"That's the spirit," Buddy smiled, and added, "I have my friend who is in the state police looking for their addresses or contact information, he's going to tell them about the letters and ask if he can put us in touch.  It seems they may not have gotten along well, but the apple didn't fall far from the tree and just like Denarius would never tell any student where he lived, his daughter and granddaughter seem to be just as private, with not much available online about them."

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Spirit.


Good Fences

Gosia, of 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 others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world. 

Our church building has expanded over the years, and fences have moved.  One particularly nice iron gate was too pretty to just get rid of, so it's now an artwork.

Cast iron gate as outdoor art.

Today is:

Ayathrem -- Zoroastrianism (feast of bringing the herds and flocks home, a five day feast, dates approximate)

Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Fossil Day -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, for all the "incredible suckers that have gone extinct"

Chicago International Film Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (oldest competitive international film festival in North America; through the 26th)

Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day -- remembering back to when we didn't say every kid with ants in his/her pants needed drugs

Children's Day / Feast of Our Lady of Aparecida -- Brazil

Cloud-Stamping Pentathlon -- Fairy Calendar

Cookbook Launch Day -- someone started this one just because s/he likes cookbooks is my guess

Day of Fortuna Redux -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of successful journeys and lucky homecomings, favored by travelers and soldiers)

Day of Giving the Black Land to Horus and the Red Land to Set -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

"Discovery" of America by Columbus, actual date; most government holidays will be on the Monday nearest this date
    Columbus Day -- Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
    Descubrimiento de América -- Mexico
    Día de la Hispanidad or Fiesta Nacional de España -- Spain
    Dia de la Raza -- Latin America and especially Guatemala (Day of the Race, or Day of the Natives)
    Día de la Resistencia Indígena -- Venezuela (Day of Indigenous Resistance)
    Dia de las Americas/Descubrimiento de America -- Uruguay
    Dia de las Culturas -- Costa Rica (Day of the Cultures)
    Dia del Descubrimiento de dos Mundos -- Chile
    Discovery Day -- Bahamas
    Encuentro de Dos Mundos -- Ecuador
    Pan America Day -- Belize

Fiesta Nacional de Espana -- Spain (National Day/Hispanity Day)

Freethought Day -- celebration by Freethinkers of the effective ending date of the Salem witch trials

Independence Day -- Equatorial Guinea(1968)

International Moment of Frustration Scream Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want you to go outside at 1200GMT and scream for 30 seconds so we can all get it out of our systems 

National Depression Screening Day® 2017 -- US (find out how to help spread the word

National Gumbo Day

National Student Day -- US (sponsored by the National Association of College Stores, spotlighting and celebrating students through campus store events) 

Native American's Day -- often celebrated on both the observed and the traditional Columbus Day; a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans

Old Farmers Day -- an unsponsored day, and any day is a good day to honor the men and women who work hard to grow our food

Rockport Seafair -- Rockport, TX, US (fresh-from-the-bay seafood, entertainment, crab races, and more; through Sunday)

Simchat Torah -- Judaism (day to celebrate the reading of the Law; begins at sunset, through sunset tomorrow)

St. Edwin of Northumbria's Day (Patron of converts, hoboes/tramps, homeless people, kings, parents of large families)

St. Wilfred of York's Day (Patron of Middlesbrough, England; Ripon, England)

World Arthritis Day -- people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases can make their voices heard today 

World Sight Day -- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (This year's theme is "Universal Eye Health" and the Call To Action is "Make Vision Count") 

Anniversary Today:

Day of Six Billion, 1999 (marking the world population reaching that number)

Birthdays Today:

Marion Jones, 1975
Kirk Cameron, 1970
Adam Rich, 1968
Hugh Jackman, 1968
Carlos Bernard, 1962
Ronald E. McNair, 1950
Susan Anton, 1950
Chris Wallace, 1947
Tony Kubek, 1936
Luciano Pavarotti, 1935
Dick Gregory, 1932
Charles Gordone, 1925
Jean Nidetch, 1923
Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872
Jonathan Trumbull, 1710

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Jesus Christ, Superstar"(Rock opera), 1971
"The Bob Hope Show"(TV), 1953
"The Burns and Allen Show"(TV), 1950
"Call Me Madam"(Musical). 1950

Today in History:

The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon, BC539
King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, 1216
Nichiren, Japans Buddhist monk who founded Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon, 1279
Christopher Columbus' expedition makes landfall in the Bahamas, 1492
Massachusetts discontinues all witch trials, 1692
America's first asylum for "Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds" opens in Virginia, 1773
Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen; this celebration becomes the founding of the first Oktoberfest, 1810
Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sells the first raincoat, 1821
Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) is enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities 'Criminal Tribes', i.e. hereditary criminals, 1871*
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House, 1901
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston, 1928
The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits, 1964
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published, 1979
The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip, 1979
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China, 1986
NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus, 1994
The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born, 1999
The second Chinese human spaceflight, Shenzhou 6, is launched, 2005
The first of the thirty-three miners trapped in the Copiano mining disaster, Florencio Avalos, is rescued, 2010
The customary law preventing women from inheriting their family home is overturned in Botswana, 2012

*Not repealed until India's independence in 1949


  1. Always glad I stop by. Good post

  2. Wow Mimi, you have the dialogue thing downpat...not easy. Really nice flow. Ivy/zoe

  3. I like that gate. Great story, you are such an amazing writer.

  4. Curious to see if they can be tracked down!

  5. Just enough unanswered questions to leave us wanting more, well written Mimi.

  6. Wow, your post is amazing. Thank you for all that information!

  7. Yes, as Kristi said, interesting to see what develops here.
    Cephalopod awareness - awesome.

  8. No more witch trails. A great day in history. Good catching up with you again! :)

  9. Hi. I feel like we're closing in, and yet there's always more. Another well crafted installment.