Thursday, March 22, 2018

Activity (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"Wonder Twin powers, activate!" came blaring from the TV.

"What in the world are you children watching now?" she asked.

"It's the Justice League, mom, they fight crime!"

"Yeah, it's Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman and the Wonder Twins and all that!"

"Well, when this show is over, how about you two go fight some sedentary couch potato-ing and activate yourselves outdoors."

"Okay, as soon as it's over."

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


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.   

From our yard, we can see the tennis court fence at the clubhouse. 

It's nice to have the swim club/tennis court within walking distance.


Today is:

As Young As You Feel Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which encourages you to stop acting your chronological age and go act peppy!

Banned in Boston Day -- see history for 1630 for explanation of why today

Coq Au Vin Day

Crane Watch Festival -- Kearney, NE, US (80% of the world's sandhill cranes congregate on the Platte River during March and April; what better reason to throw a 10 day party?)

Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud (Emancipation Day) -- Puerto Rico

International Goof-off Day -- sponsored by Monica A. Dufour and A.C. Vierow, who think everyone needs a special day each year to goof off.

International Day of the Seal -- drawing attention to a disappearing species

Laser Day -- the first patent on a laser was granted this day in 1960 to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes

National Bavarian Crepes Day

National Letting Go of Stuff Day -- see for details

National Sing-Out Day -- begun by an anonymous person who must love singing; and yes, i promise, i won't sing where anyone has to listen to me

Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens -- Savannah, GA, US (tours of Savannah's historic homes; through Sunday)

St. Darerca's Day (reportedly the sister of St. Patrick; Patron of Valentia Island, Ireland)

World Day for Water -- UN

Anniversary Today:

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, 1941

Birthdays Today:

Cristen Powell, 1979
Reese Witherspoon, 1976
Elvis Stojko, 1972
Matthew Modine, 1959
Stephanie Mills, 1957
Lena Olin, 1955
Bob Costas, 1952
Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1948
James Patterson, 1947
George Benson, 1943
Bruno Ganz, 1941
Marvin Yagoda, 1938
M. Emmet Walsh, 1935
J.P. McCarthy, 1933
William Shatner, 1931
Pat Robertson, 1930
Stephen Sondheim, 1930
Allen Neuharth, 1924
Marcel Marceau, 1923
Karl Malden, 1912
Louis L'Amour, 1908
Chico Marx, 1887

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Conversations with My Father"(Play), 1992
"Brighton Beach Memoirs"(Play), 1983
"All You Need is Cash"(TV movie), 1978
"I Can Get It For You Wholesale"(Musical), 1962
"Mr. Wonderful"(Musical), 1956
"This Year of Grace"(Musical), 1928
"El maleficio de la mariposa/The Butterfly's Evil Spell"(Play), 1920

Today in History:

Hugo de Groot escapes imprisonment in Loevenstein Castle in a book case, 1621
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags, 1621
Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population, 1622
Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables, 1630
Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water (seltzer), 1733
The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Stamp Act, which introduced a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies, 1765
The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand, 1784
The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece, 1829
Cornstarch is patented by Orlando Jones, 1841
Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico, 1873
The Edmunds Act adopted by US to suppress polygamy in the territories (especially aimed at the Mormons), 1882
August and Louis Lumiere privately screen the first "motion picture" ever made, of workers leaving their factory three days earlier, 1895
World's first airline, St Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, begins, 1914
The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt, 1945
Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser, 1960
Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1978
The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips, 1993
Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in space, 1995
The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to earth, 1997
Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest women's World Figure Skating Champion, 1997
ETA, the armed Basque separatist group, declares a permanent ceasefire, 2006
Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest, 2009
The Brazilian government begins auctioning part of the nation's television bandwidth spectrum to mobile phone companies, providing much-needed capacity to meet wireless demand, 2014
The remains of Richard III, King of England from 1483 to 1485, are escorted in a royal funeral procession, 2015


  1. I like your story - and hope they can and do go outside.

  2. Kids need to get UP and out!

  3. Its my favourite show when I was young. Those days, we kids seldom stay at home!

  4. I couldn't stop laughing Mimi. " how about you two go fight some sedentary couch potato-ing and activate yourselves outdoors.". Sounds like what my wife would say to me. Ha,ha,ha.
    Have a great day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. That sounds just like something I would have said to my kids, only back then kids didn't live in front of the tv or computer screen like they so often do now. Great six, Mimi!

  6. That would be great to have a pool right next door. Loved your story, especially the part about Wonder Twins - Activate!

  7. Funny how times have change in this respect. Kids were always outside back in the day. Now it seems many spend their time with electronics. Different times.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  8. Nicely done. I have never heard of the Twins though :)

  9. When I was a kid, Saturdays seemed to be TV day, mornings, some in the afternoons (science fiction B movies!) but I always preferred going outside and "activating" :D
    Good 6! And a pretty accurate commentary on current culture.

  10. Love this! "Activate yourself outdoors."
    Good SSS.

  11. Cute story. The historical tidbits are interesting too.

  12. Good to have these amenities close so you can keep fit. Have a lovely weekend.

  13. Hahaha! The Wonder Twins were the first thing I thought of when I saw the word of the week! But I couldn't figure out a way to put them into a story! I'm so happy to see them here! Zoe

  14. Such a familiar problem for parents today. Children do need to get out more. My grandchildren are dragged out by their parents to seaside , woods or just a walk to the park. And always play out in the garden. Thankfully they are happy to be outside. They've been in a lot over the winter and can't wait for the better weather when we all spend a lot of time by the sea.