Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Mom, since the definition of war is, in and of itself, destruction, does that mean that the opposite of war is not peace, but creation?"

Bigger Girl can come up with some humdingers, and this was one of them.

Well, i answered, i guess in the same way that the opposite of love is not really hate, it's fear.

Then i realized most stuff we say we "hate," when we look behind that statement, we either see dislike, distaste, or fear of what we don't know.  Dislike of certain styles of music, distaste for certain foods, or fear of people because we don't know enough about them.  We might still dislike those people after we do know them, but at least we have more understanding of them and ourselves and our reactions.

While i love that she brings this stuff up, i wish she would wait until i've had my coffee in the morning or do it before i'm sleepy and on the way to bed in the evening.


Today is:

Dasera/Dussehra -- Hindu (celebration of victory of Lord Rama over evil)

Feast of Good & Plenty -- the candies

Independence Day -- Zambia

Lilith's Day -- Ancient Mesopotamian Calendar (Lilith, legendary first wife of Adam, mother of the giants; date approximate)

Maladay -- Discordianism

National Bologna Day

Share a Pop Tart With Someone You Love Day -- internet generated, and how much do you want to bet the Kellog company may have had a hand in it?

St. Anthony Claret's Day (Patron of weavers; Catholic press; Claretians; Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

St. Crispin's Eve Celebration -- Tenby, Wales

St. Raphael the Archangel's Day (traditional date; Patron of health inspectors, druggists, happy meetings, leaving home, travelers; against blindness)

Suez Victory Day -- Egypt

Take Back Your Time Day -- Canada; U.S.

United Nations Day
     Disarmament Week begins
     World Development Information Day

Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day -- Islam (begins at sunset)

World Origami Days

Birthdays Today:

Kevin Kline, 1947
F. Murray Abraham, 1939
David Nelson, 1936
J. P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, 1930
Y. A. Tittle, 1926
Moss Hart, 1904
Alexandra David-Neel, 1868 (first female foreigner to explore Tibet)
Sarah Joseph Hale, 1788 (author of "Mary had a little lamb")
Antony van Leeuwenhoek, 1632
Domitian, Roman Emperor, 51

Today in History:

Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated, 1260
The Treaty of Westphalia ends the 30 Years War, recognized the independence of Switzerland, and marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1648
Felix Mendelssohn, age 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin, 1818
The match is patented, by A. Phillips, 1836
The first US transcontinental telegram is sent, from San Francisco to Washington, DC, ending the need for the Pony Express after only 2 years, 1861
Levi P. Morton, US ambassador to France, drives the first rivet for the Statue of Liberty, 1881
Dr. Robert Koch discovers the germ that causes tuberculosis, 1882
Anna Taylor becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901
The first NYC subway opens, 1904
Harry Houdini's last performance, 1926
"Black Thursday", the start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%, 1929
Al Capone is sentenced for tax evasion, 1931
The George Washington Bridge, connecting NY to NJ, opens, 1931
US forbids child labor in factories, 1938
The United Nations Charter is signed by the first member nations, 1945
Eisenhower pledges US support to South Vietnam, 1954
Government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union, 1980
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission, 1998
The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, 2003
Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act, 2006
"Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices, 2008


  1. wow.
    youve got you a wise and thoughtful one...

  2. Miz, she gets it from her Grandpa, i think. Thank you.

  3. How dare are kids for making us think!

  4. Stephen, i'm afraid thinking is sorely lacking these days.


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