Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A to Z: Jalopy (Wordless Wednesday) and Just Deserts (Words for Wednesday)

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(A note to my friends with Wordpress blogs:  even though i have a Wordpress account, Wordpress is not allowing me to comment on your blogs.  My work-around involves me using a different email address and not linking to either of my blogs.  If i don't comment on your blog, please know it's not that i don't want to, but that i cannot.  Thank you for your understanding.)


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.    


Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by Elephant's Child.   

This week's prompts are:

  1. ghoul
  2. ambiguous
  3. forgery
  4. benefit
  5. affair 
  6. parade 


  1. delight
  2. whisper
  3. bottle 
  4. homicidal
  5. sawdust
  6. circle

"Hello, guys and GHOULS!" James said, his attempt at levity upon walking into the office falling flatter than usual when no one even looked up from the CIRCLE of desks around the perimeter of the room.

"What's wrong?" he then asked.  "Such long faces should be reserved for when a HOMICIDAL maniac is running loose or your spouse has had an AFFAIR!"

"FORGERY is bad enough, we don't need either of the other two problems right now," his coworker Tony answered.

"What are you talking about?"

Gina, who seemed to take great DELIGHT in passing on bad news, and the more awful the news the more she delighted in it, answered.  "That big, anonymous donation we got for the BENEFIT PARADE might be a fake!"

James took a deep breath as a feeling like SAWDUST in his throat came over him.  Crossing to the tiny office fridge which, with the microwave on top, served as their only office kitchen, he grabbed a water BOTTLE and very carefully opened it, took several gulps. then looked at his co-workers again.

"The person donating was very AMBIGUOUS about the whole thing," he said, "so I guess I should have suspected.  What do we do now?"

Tony looked him right in the eye and, in a voice barely above a WHISPER, said, "I guess we say we finally got you.  April Fool!"


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Today is:

Barbershop Quartet Day -- founding day of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America

Buchenwald Liberation Day -- at 3:15pm local time, by the Third Army

Eight Track Tape Day -- do you remember those; someone who fondly does has a day to honor them

Festival of Unmediated Play -- just go out there and have fun, like kids do

International "Louie Louie" Day -- a song that caused such a stir it deserves a day; on the birth anniversary of its composer, Richard Berry

Juan Santamaria Day -- Costa Rica (commemoration of the hero of the Battle of Rivas)

Liberation Day -- Uganda (fall of Idi Amin)

M&M Crisis in Space Day -- on this day in 1996, American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from Space Station Mir that she was out of M&Ms; it was the only thing she regularly requested for resupply in her 188 days there!

National Bookmobile Day -- US, on the Wednesday of National Library Week

National Cheese Fondue Day

National Pet Day / Pet Day USA -- US (it's about the love, so adopt, don't shop!)

St. Antipas' Day (spiritual student of St. John, mentioned in the Book of the Revelation of St. John)

St. Stanislaus' Day (Patron of soldiers in battle; Cracow, Poland; Plock, Poland; Poland, where he is celebrated on May 8)

Thank Your School Librarian Day -- US, on the Wednesday of National Library Week

World Parkinson's Disease Day

Anniversary Today:

Spelman College is founded, 1881

Birthdays Today:

Joss Stone, 1987
Tricia Helfer, 1974
Vincent Gallo, 1961
Bill Irwin, 1950
Ellen Goodman, 1948
Meshach Taylor, 1947
Peter Riegert, 1947
Louise Lasser, 1939
Richard Berry, 1935
Tony Brown, 1933
Joel Grey, 1932
Ethel Kennedy, 1928
Oleg Cassini, 1913
Jane Matilda Bolin, 1908
Dalia "Dale" Messick, 1906
Percy Julian, 1899
Lizzie “Lillie” Bliss, 1864
Charles Evans Hughes, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Your Toes"(Musical), 1936
"Matthäus-Passion/St. Matthew's Passion"(Bach BWV 244), 1727

Today in History:

William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain, 1689
The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place, 1775
President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech, urging a spirit of concilliation during reconstruction, 1865
The Shogunate is abolished in Japan, 1868
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized, 1876
Ellis Island is designated as an immigration station, 1890
Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States in the treaty ending the Spanish American War, 1899
The US Navy aquires its first submarine, designed by John P. Holland, 1900
Albert Einstein announces his Special Theory of Relativity, 1905
The International Labour Organization is founded, 1919
The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found in Arbroath Abbey where Scottish nationalist students had taken it from Westminster Abbey, 1951
Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule, 1957
Apollo 13 is launched, 1970
The Apple I is created, 1976
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed, 1979
The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan, 1987
Australia beats American Samoa in a 31-0 win, the biggest ever in an international match of football, 2001
The French ban of Islamic women's face coverings goes into effect, 2011


  1. LOVE your use of the prompts. Fun and clever.

  2. Mimi,

    I hate hearing WP is giving you problems with leaving comments. I don't know what to make of that but I appreciate you stopping in and then sharing it here.

    Nice creative writing with your word prompts. I didn't see that coming as an April Fools prank. :)

    We have a jalopy,too. It just sits in our drive. I suppose we'll need to have towed to the junk yard one day but for now it kinda serves as a bit of security from would-be robbers. Hopefully at a casual glance some bad person will pass our place thinking someone is home even though we're away. Of course, I'm nearly always home during the week so that makes me feel more comfort. :)

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketches 'Jars & Jelly'

  3. National Cheese fondue day? I'm all in! Yum!

    Sorry you are having trouble with wordpress commenting. Have you tried a different browser? Has anything changed since you were last able to comment?

  4. Funny thing about WP, some people have nothing but trouble with it while others love it to pieces.

    I didn't see the April Fool's prank coming either.

  5. Funny prompts Mimi. Why is Wordpress not allowing you to comment on others blog? Sounds silly to me.
    We'll keep in touch my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. National Pet & sibling day. Since I am an only child I'll let our Cocker spaniel, Lucy, be my sibling for the day. Have a blessed week.

  7. I'm sorry you're having issues with commenting on other blogs. Sometimes programs go off tracks and then return. I hope that's the case here.

    I love your stories. So very well done.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  8. Nice! I enjoy prompts and used to view the picture of the day on Wikipedia. I recommend it if you want to give it a try. ~hugs~ Happy Writing!

  9. Happy Biiirthday, dear Aaaple....

  10. That is too bad you can't comment on other blogs. What a pain. We do like reading your stories. You all have a super evening etc.


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