Thursday, June 22, 2017

Well, and State Park Fence

"Well, what do we do now?" his mother asked as she blew her nose and tried to cover up that she wanted to cry. 

"I continue to do what I've always done," he answered, "I work hard at school, and I play music for fun, because it is fun, it's just not my main thing."

"Your music teacher told me this months ago," she admitted.  "He called me in to talk to me, and he tried to convince me you would make a great surgeon, but only an average musician, and I knew he was right but I just didn't want to give in."

"Did you know that Dr. Joe plays guitar with a band to relax on weekends that he's not on call?  It's not going to be how I make my living, but music will always be a big part of my life."

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, hostess of Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is Well.


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.

The state park fence among the dunes and sea oats.

Today is:

Anti-Fascist Resistance Day -- Croatia

Bouphoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice of an ox to symbolize social order dissolving and being restored; date approximate)

Dairy Queen Day -- the first Dairy Queen® opened this day in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War -- Belarus

Elfin Music Festival -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of 1 Lithe -- Hobbit Calendar

Festival of the Tarasque -- Tarascon, France (celebration of the legend of the dragon tamed by St. Martha; through Monday)

Galesburg Railroad Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (celebrating the city's railroad heritage with carnival, exhibits, and more; through Sunday)

Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) -- Islam (Night of Destiny; began at sundown yesterday, through sundown tonight, although local observances may vary and governmental days off vary from country to country)

Little Bighorn Days -- Hardin, MT, US (celebrating the life and legends of the American West, with battle reenactments at the "Custer's Last Stand" battle site this weekend; through Sunday)

National Chocolate Eclair Day

National Onion Rings Day

Saint Ignace Auto Show -- St. Ignace, MI, US (parade, cruise night, and swap meet; through Saturday)

Shakespeare on the Green -- University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, US (nonprofit professional productions of the Bard's works, including preshow seminars, workshops, period music and entertainment; this year's performances will be The Taming of the Shrew and The Tragedy of Macbeth, through July 9)

Soap Microphone Day -- grab your soap in the shower and pretend you are on stage! (promise i won't tell)

Solennität -- Morat, Switzerland (on Morat Commemoration Day, a Youth festival remembering the pivotal role this tiny town played in winning a battle in 1476)

St. Nicetas' Day (Patron of Romania)

St. Thomas More's Day (Patron of adopted children, civil servants, difficult marriages, large families, lawyers, politicians/politicos/statesmen, step-parents, widowers; Arlington, VA; Ateneo de Manila Law School; Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL; University of Malta; University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters)

Stupid Guy Thing Day -- included under protest; "guy things" aren't necessarily stupid, it should just be Guy Thing Day; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want all women to just not count anything against guys today, but chalk it up to being a Stupid Guy Thing

Teacher's Day -- El Salvador

Telluride Wine Festival -- Telluride, CO, US (meet winemakers, celebrity chefs, experts and authors for an unparalleled educational and epicurian experience; through Sunday)

Watermelon Thump with World Champion Seed Spitting Contest -- Luling, TX, US (fun for all, and lots of juicy watermelon, bring lots of wet wipes, enjoy the music and food and crafts, too; through Sunday)

Anniversary Today:

Harry Houdini marries Wilhelmina Beatrice "Bess" Rahner, 1894

Birthdays Today:

Eric Stretch, 1980
Donald Faison, 1974
Carson Daly, 1973
Mary Lynn Rajskub, 1971
Kurt Warner, 1971
Amy Brennenman, 1964
Dan Brown, 1964
Randy Couture, 1963
Tracy Pollan, 1960
Freddie Prinze, 1954
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
Todd Rundgren, 1948
Meryl Streep, 1949
Lindsay Wagner, 1949
Pete Maravich, 1947
Klaus Maria Brandauer, 1944
Ed Bradley, 1941
Michael Lerner, 1941
Kris Kristofferson, 1936
William Ralph "Bill" Blass, 1922
Joseph Papp, 1921
Billy Wilder, 1906
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906
John Dillinger, 1903
Captain George Vancouver, 1757

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Rescuers(Animated film), 1977
Lady and the Tramp(Animated film), 1955

Today in History:

Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom, BC217
Bilbo Baggins returns to his home at Bag End, (Shire Reconning), 1342
The  Jewish quarter of Prague is burned and looted, 1559
Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views, 1633
A poisonous cloud from Laki volcanic eruption in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France, 1783
The British Parliament abolishes feudalism  and the seigneurial system in British North America, 1825
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee procession in London, 1897
The Flag of Sweden is adopted, 1906
The Flag of the Faroe Islands is raised for the first time, 1919
Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk, 1942
The Cuyahoga River catches fire, which triggers a crack-down on pollution in the river, 1969
The Canadian  House of Commons  abolishes capital punishment, 1976
Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, is discovered, 1978
The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska (7inch diameter, 18.75 inch circumfrence), 2003
Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon, 2009
UNESCO officially names Mount Fuji a World Heritage Site, 2013


  1. I am glad that the mother finally understands after the music teacher called to talk to her. He can now pursue his ambition as a surgeon and enjoys his music as a hobby.

  2. Good story and Dairy Queen day! Lovin that!!

  3. What a nice little story, and a pretty beach fence photo, too!

  4. Do what you love and love what you do. Music can be a way to relax, not a means of a living.

    Love the fence and the ocean.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Wow. That was an emotional punch in very few words.

    BTW the fence shot was beautiful.

  6. This story speaks to many of us parents. We want to encourage our children's hopes and dreams but sometimes a reality check is in order.

  7. A beautiful six, Mimi. I admire her son's sensitivity .

  8. Certainly something we must think about when we educate our children, that they are allowed to have fun!

  9. As a musician myself and part of a family of many other musicians, both professional and "on-the-side" I can tell your character this is such a wise approach. Especially given the volatile nature of the music industry. Good six!

  10. hopefully we can do (something we love) and a lucky few do for a living, something they love. Sometimes its difficult to see that both can be equal, at least for the individual

  11. Sounds like a great resolution. How nice it would be to do musically talented and smart enough for med school :)

  12. Well, I'm glad these two have come to this reasonable agreement. Nicely done.

  13. Music is a great accomanpaniment to the main course! Sounds like a great combination.

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  14. Children need to follow their own inner course! There are things we are really good and, and also things we love that we aren't so good at, we can have both in our lives! Great story, a wise mother who accepts what is.

  15. It may be that his talent and participation in music has helped him be able to reach a point where he has the intellectual skills and other abilities needed to pursue a medical degree. I'm glad his mother sees the light in this situation.

  16. The music and being a doctor have so much more in common than we might think. Here's to him knowing his heart!