Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stand / Fountain

His mind drifted back across years and miles, and he was once again listening to that voice.  "Figure it out, Jonathan!" Professor Denarius said, tapping on his music stand with the baton.

"Feel the music, don't just play it, let it live through you the way I know you can."

Jonathan tried to let go, to let the music move him, he was too tense and knew it, and as he tried to take a deep breath, he was called back from his reverie.

"What's in the mail, Pop?" his son Alex, with an irreverent grin, brought him back to the present with a suddenness that stunned him.

"A piece of mail for me from someone who died," he answered before he could filter his response.

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


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.

Brick and iron fence with a fountain makes a lovely entrance.

Today is:

Cleat Dancing Day -- don't ask me who started this, i don't want to know what kind of mind came up with trying to tap dance in cleats

Comic-Con International -- San Diego, CA, US (through Sunday)

Dia del Amigo -- Argentina; Uruguay

Folkmoot USA -- Waynesville, NC, US (festival of international folk dance; through the 3oth)

Fortune Cookie Day

Get To Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of each quarter

Independence Day -- Colombia(1810)

International Chess Day -- "Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess" ~ William Ewart Napier

Lumberjack World Championships -- Hayward, WI, US (the world's greatest lumberjacks face off in the "Olympics of the Forest"; through Saturday)

Moon Day/Space Exploration Day -- one small step...was taken 48 years ago today

National Hot Dog Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Lollipop Day

Peace and Freedom Day -- North Cyprus

Perun's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (celebration of Perun, great god of thunder)

Quilt Odyssey 2017 -- Hershey, PA, US (national quilt competition, through Sunday)

Special Oympics Day -- anniversary of the first Special Olympics in 1968

St. Elijah the Prophet's Day (Patron of Carmelites; Romanian Air Force; against drought, earthquakes) related observance;
     Festival at the Monastery of Profitis Ilias -- Santorini, Greece (Prophet Elijas' festival)

Saint Margaret of Antioch's Day (Patron of childbirth, dying peple, escape from devils, exiles, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, martyrs, nurses, peasants, people in exile, women, women in labor; for safe childbirth; against kidney disease, loss of mother's milk by nursing mothers, sterility; Lowestoft, Suffolk, England; Montefiascone, Italy; Queens College Cambridge; Rixtel, Netherlands; Sannat, Gozo, Malta)

St. Uncumber's Day (Patron of difficult marriages; against men's lust; Las Tablas, Panama)

Synoikia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; a celebration of the unification of all Attica, held in Athens)

Thgir-yaw-Dnuor Day -- Fairy Calendar

Ugly Truck Day -- must be a guy thing, they know where every scratch and dent came from, after all!

Vigil for Peace, Justice, and Respect for the Human Rights of all in Columbia -- a movement begun among Native Americans of many tribes, now open to all who seek peace

Birthdays Today

John Daley, 1985
Gisele Bundchen, 1980
Josh Holloway, 1969
Chris Cornell, 1964
Billy Mays, 1958
Donna Dixon, 1957
Carlos Santana, 1947
Kim Carnes, 1946
Judy Chicago, 1939
Diana Rigg, 1938
Natalie Wood, 1938
Chuck Daly, 1933
Cormac McCarthy, 1033
Sally Ann Howes, 1930
Michael Ilitch, 1929
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1873
Gregor Mendel, 1822
Francesco Petrarch, 1304
Alexander the Great, BCE 356

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Like a Rolling Stone"(Single release), 1965
"Stop the World I Want to Get Off"(Musical), 1961
"The Arthur Murray Party"(TV), 1950
"Gang Busters"(Radio drama), 1935

Today in History

Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots during the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain, 1712
French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan, 1738
Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain, 1810
British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada, 1871
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota, 1881
Ford Motor Company ships its first car, 1903
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives, 1921
In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism, while in Nuremburg, Germany, 200 Jewish merchants are arrested and paraded through the streets, 1933
The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain, 1959
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government, 1960
The Special Olympics is founded, 1968
Apollo 11 successfully lands on the Moon 3:39 a.m. GMT 21st July, 1969
India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship, 1975
The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars, 1976
Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career, 1976
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade, 2000
Canada becomes the 4th country to permit same-sex marriage, 2005
The Olympic Torch arrives in London, beginning the final countdown to the Summer Olympics, 2012


  1. Good job in evoking memories via your character's memory. I've had that happen, even with Music. Also cleat dancing, seriously?

  2. Nice job on your story, I could almost feel the memories being pulled forward and then away as his son spoke.

  3. Jonathan must be such a dear student .
    He must miss him too.
    Beautifully written, Mimi.

  4. Well done, as always.Have a great day!

  5. A well written piece. I know that music must be played with feeling, that's I was told. Have a good day!

  6. Daydreaming is what I call that. I've done it many times and often I'm thinking about something that happened many years ago.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. Very nice fence with the fountain!

  8. Hello!:) Your short story, made me think of times when I have been interrupted from daydreaming of something that happened years ago. Well done!:)

    I like the brick and iron fence.:)


  9. We don't need dark old houses and creaking doors to find ghosts, do we? Our minds are a very short path to finding ghosts (of all sorts of temperaments and intentions.
    Good Six this week!

  10. Someone died and he needs to filter his response? Intriguing.

  11. This is beautful. I often think back scores of years back to those formative school years and the way certain teachers really influenced me.

  12. I wonder if Jonathan was ever able to get over being so tense when he played his music. For some this seems to come naturally, while others really struggle to relax and feel the music. Good story.