Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Get Shed Of" (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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It is not so easy to shed the chains that can bind us, whether it be bad habits or bad company or worse.

If we don’t shed them, though, it can break hearts.

#1 Son lost a friend this week, a friend who had been clean and sober from drugs for a couple of years, who had even become a mentor at a sober living house.

The young man fell off the wagon, and it cost him his life.

His younger brother died of a drug overdose about 7 months ago; they were the only two children in that family.

If you have such a chain, please shed it, before it is too late.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Shed.  


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.    

Some fences look welcoming, but some, like this, look like they mean to say "Keep Out!"

The house's back is to the street, and the gate says stay away.


Today is:

Birthday of Prince Joachim -- Denmark

Curwood Festival -- Owosso, MI, US (over 40 events commemorate the life and work of James Oliver Curwood, the Owosso-born author and conservationist; through Sunday)

Daniel Boone Day -- Kentucky, US (date in he first sighted, in 1767, what would become Kentucky)

Flag Day -- Peru

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Festival -- Clarinda, IA, US (come celebrate the music of an era; through Sunday)

Journalist's Day -- Argentina (marking the first publication of a newspaper in Argentina on this day in 1810)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (Leaping songs)

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Sette Giugno -- Malta (commemoration of the tragedy of June 7, 1919, considered their National Day)

Shelburne County Lobster Festival -- Shelburne County, NS, Canada (celebrating the Lobster Capital of Canada; through Sunday)

Show-Me State Games -- Colombia, MO, US (Olympic-style sports festival for all ages and skill levels, to encourage people to develop their physical and competitive abilites to the height of their potential through participation in fitness activities; through Sunday, and again July 20-20 and 27-29)

St. Meriadoc's Day (Patron of the deaf and against deafness)

Superman Celebration -- Metropolis, IL, US (only in Metropolis, right? through Sunday)

Union Dissolution Day -- Norway

VCR Day -- the first Sony Betamax went on sale today in 1975

Vestalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (multi-day festival for Vesta, goddess of the hearth, this first day termed the Vesta Asperit; through the 15th)

Vivien Kellems Memorial Day -- born this date in 1896, she fought the IRS and income tax for her whole life

Winnipeg International Children's Festival -- The Forks, Winnipeg, MB, CA (a premier family festival with incomparable entertainment and activities; through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Jimmy Osmond marries Michele Larson, 1991
YMCA is founded by George Williams, 1844

Birthdays Today:

Michael Cera, 1988
Anna Kournikova, 1981
Larisa Oleynik, 1981
Bill Hader, 1978
Allen Iverson, 1975
Bear Grulls, 1974
Karl Urban, 1972
Roberto Alagna, 1963
Prince, 1958
Louise Erdrich, 1954
Liam Neeson, 1952
Orham Pamuk, 1952
Jenny Jones, 1946
Bill Kreutzmann, Jr, 1946
Tom Jones, 1940
John Napier Turner, 1929
Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917
Dean Martin, 1917
Jessica Tandy, 1909
Virginia Apgar, 1909
James Braddock, 1906
Paul Gauguin, 1848

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Ghostbusters(Film), 1984
"Johnny Cash Show"(TV), 1969
"The $64,000 Question"(TV), 1955
"The Seven Deadly Sins"(satirical ballet chanté), 1933

Today in History:

The first Crusaders begin their Siege of Jerusalem, 1099
Port Royal, Jamaica, is devastated by an earthquake, 1692
David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba, 1800
Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada, 1832
1,800 Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after they loot and plunder around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec, 1866
Tolbert Lanston receives patents for monotype typesetting machines, 1887
Norway's parliament dissolves  its union with Sweden, 1905
Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public, 1975
Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public, 1982
Mt. Pinatubo erupts, sending an ash cloud 7km/14.3mi high, 1992
The United Nations defines the Blue Line as the border between Israel and Lebanon, 2000
According to a new study, breast milk boosts brain development by 30% compared to babies who are fed formula, 2013


  1. Those chains affect the whole family. And never in a positive way.

  2. Oh dear lord, I haven't thought of *Jimmy* Osmond in years!

    And yeah, way too many chains out there. In one year, three different women at work were made grieving mothers. It is horrible.

  3. What a sad, sad story, and one that touches very close to me. Clean for so long, and one slip becomes a gateway to heaven or hell, leaving such pain and sadness behind.

  4. Sad and heartbreaking on so many levels. Grievous for those left behind. A solemn 6.

  5. I agree, those gates sure look like a deterrent to visitors. Addiction is a terrible thing. I feel for the family.

  6. What a sad post this is, but the message is spot on. I don't have any chains. Got rid of those many years ago.

    Have a blessed day, my friend. Big hug. ♥

  7. Some people have chains and don't even know it. Good reminder.

    I like your gate. Sometimes people drive down our driveway and then walk right in the door. I REALLY need a gate that says keep out.

  8. all too true, it (addiction) can be a killer

  9. That is so sad about that young man's life. Yikes. That gate is wonderful. You all have a wonderful evening.

  10. I am so sorry about your son's friend. Addiction is such an awful thing and sadly, so common.

  11. Oh my God! I feel so bad that these two young lives have been destroyed with drugs. Tell your son that I'm thinking about him at this moment.

    Cruisin Paul

  12. How sad for the family and the friends of this young man. Suicides happen all too often. I hope that there is grief counseling available.

  13. That poor family. May your son be strong.

  14. Im so sorry. Addiction is such a heartache.