Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Room (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

Turning the key, Jonathan pushed against the wall and a section of the dark paneling opened inward, and before he could ask for one of his companions to shine the flashlight in that direction, an automatic light came on in the chamber beyond. 

The first thing that caught their eyes was an old piano, well preserved, standing in the middle of the marble floor.  Julia gasped and said, "That has to be my grandmother's piano, the one she inherited from her mother!  My mother always wondered what her father did with it!"

"It's obvious your grandfather built a room no one knew about down here in the basement to be his special music room," Jonathan said as the three of them walked in.  Reaching the piano Buddy picked up the piece of paper on the music rack and showed it to them, a note that simply read, "For Julia."

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

(Please note this is a continuing story.  To read the previous segments, click on the Jonathan page above.)


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. 

Another beautiful white picket fence in our neighborhood:

Today is:

Birth of the Blues Day -- birth anniversary of W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues"

Button Day -- internet generated; a day to collect, or reminisce about collecting, buttons, with information about buttons here   

Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day -- originally designated by the National Catholic Education Association   

Dagur Islenskrar tungu -- Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)

Day of Declaration of Sovereignty / Day of National Rebirth -- Estonia

Famous San Diego Chicken Day -- a day to celebrate anyone who has ever slugged a purple dinosaur

Fast for an Abundant World Harvest -- now unsponsored, but one way to help can be found here  

Flag Day/Statia and America Day -- St. Eustatius

Great American Smokeout -- save money and your life, try not to smoke today; started by the American Cancer Society 

Have a Party with Your Bear Day -- no comment, it's too obvious

Hecate Night -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; celebrated still by some Wiccans)

International Day for Tolerance - UN

National Fast Food Day 

St. Gertrude the Great's Day (Patron of nuns; Naples, Italy; West Indies)

St. Margaret of Scotland's Day (Patron of learning, parents of large families, queens, widows; Scotland; against the death of children)

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Eastern Churches)

Use Less Stuff Day -- a great idea!  not an officially sponsored day, but you can get information about using less stuff at

World Philosophy Day -- UNESCO 

Anniversaries Today:

Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907

Birthdays Today:

Maggie Gyllenhall, 1977
Oksana Baiul, 1977
Martha Plimpton, 1970
Lisa Bonet, 1967
Diana Krall, 1964
Dwight Gooden, 1964
Susanna Clarke, 1959
Marg Heigenberger, 1958
Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952
Elizabeth Drew, 1935
Daws Butler, 1916
Burgess Meredith, 1908
W.C. Handy, 1873
Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Roman Catholic Church issues the first new Universal Catechism since 1563, to address modern issues, 1992
"The Real Thing"(Stoppard play), 1982
"The Sound of Music"(Musical), 1959

Today in History:

The second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published, 534
Francisco Pizarro captures the Incan emperor Atahualpa after the victory at Cajamarca, 1532
The first colonial prison is organized, in Nantucket, Massachussetts, 1676
Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress, 1798
The New York Evening Post publishes its first edition, 1801
An earthquake in Missouri causes the Mississippi River to flow backwards, 1811
Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail, 1821
Napoleon Guerin of NYC patents a cork life preserver, 1841
Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities; sentence is commuted to hard labor, 1849
Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens, 1856
William Bonwill patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities, 1875
6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan, 1894
Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera, 1908
US Federal Reserve System formally opens, 1914
LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, 1938
UNESCO is founded, 1945
NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission, 1973
The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, 1992
After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons, 1997
The People's Republic of China begins to implement the "Great Firewall," filters which make it impossible to connect to internet sites the government deems illegal or unhelpful to the communist ideal, 2006
Hostess Brands reveals plans to file bankruptcy because of a baker's union strike, 2012


  1. First of all, who wouldn’t want a special piano room? I know I would. Also international day of tolerance, wonder how that’ll (snark added)

  2. how seamless this week's prompt word-into-current-installment of the story! very nicely done!

  3. For Julia. He knew she would find this room at some point. Loving this ongoing saga.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  4. A secret music room! So exciting! Beautiful white fence.

  5. That is a gorgeous fence. How exciting to find a secret room.Have a good day.

  6. Why would this piano be hidden away? Very interesting.

  7. Excellent, I didn't see that coming.

  8. Interesting story. I like the picture.

  9. One can almost hear the steps of a pianist walking across the marble floor to sit down on the bench to play her/his recital piece. Good SSS.

  10. Looking forward to the continuing story. Quite spooky.

  11. Another intriguing installment which has once again left me wanting more. Excellent.

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  12. the only person I was arguing with was myself, but I can be quite the fighter sometimes. I'm going to move on before this gets even more creepy.Sydney Pianos

  13. While I didn't get a completely satisfying scratch on the itch (I want to paint LOADS of wood and build BIG furniture), I did get to scratch it a bit with this reclaimed wood heart art.iron fence


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