Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Why It's Grandma's Favorite Nursery (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     





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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become 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 provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant's Child.                       

This weeks prompts are the following pictures, the first taken by Bill Dodds, and second by Margaret Adamson:





"I still remember the fog that night you left.  The train was swallowed up into it, and I felt like you were turning into a foggy ghost.  Why did you leave me?" he asked.

People who passed him sitting alone on that red bench didn't stop to ask themselves why he was talking to no one.  After so many years, they were accustomed to him.


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Today is:

Black Poetry Day -- birth anniversary of the USA's first published black poet, Jupiter Hammon (some sites say this is on the 3rd Friday each year)

Chung Yeung Festival -- China; Hong Kong; Macau (Double Ninth Festival/Ancestors' Day; date differs in other parts of Asia)

Circleville Pumpkin Show -- Circleville, OH, US (celebrating with over 100,000lbs of pumpkins, squash, and gourds; through Saturday)

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence -- US (students around the nation are asked to sign the Pledge Against Gun Violence)     

Dessalines Day -- Haiti

Doburoku Matsuri -- Oita Prefecture, Japan (one of the few sake festivals at a shrine; through tomorrow)

East Texas Yamboree -- Gilmer, TX, US (yam it up with the family at the carnival, watch them crown the Yamboree Queen, enjoy the livestock show, and more; through Saturday)

Festival of Hengest -- Asatru (approximate date of the Norse celebration of Hengest and Horsa, who fought to establish Norse settlements in Eastern Britain)

Four Prunes Day (only if you dare!)

Gaudy Day a/k/a Wear Something Gaudy Day 

Hagfish Day -- a day to celebrate the uniqueness and necessity of even the ugliest of sea creatures, like the hagfish

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- UN

Large Fairies Come First Day -- Fairy Calendar (because the rest of the year they let the little ones go first)

Loyalty Day -- Argentina

Mulligan Day -- C. Daniel Rhodes wants you to give yourself or someone else a free do-over today

National Fossil Day -- US (National Park Service information)   

National Pasta Day

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day -- US

National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day -- US (sponsored by Kiwi Magazine, encouraging parents to go to school and have lunch with the children, learning what goes into a healthy lunch)   

Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day -- let your inner child go a bit wild

St. Ignatius of Antioch's Day (Patron of the Church in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa; against throat diseases)

St. Richard Gwin's Day (Patron of large families, parents of large families, torture victims)

Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival -- Tacoma, WA, US (for those who want to get the shopping done early, you show offs; through Sunday)

Work on Your Charisma Day -- because what else are you going to do on a lazy October afternoon?


Anniversaries Today:

Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is founded, 1919
Composer Johann S. Bach marries his niece Maria Bach, 1707
Crown Prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile, 1469


Birthdays Today:

Eminem, 1972
Ermie Els, 1969
Norm MacDonald, 1963
Richard Roeper, 1959
Alan Jackson, 1958
Mae Jemison, 1956
Howard Rollins, 1950
Margot Kidder, 1948
George Wendt, 1948
Michael McKean, 1947
Ronn Owens, 1945
Evel Knievel, 1938
Beverly Garland, 1926
Jimmy Breslin, 1930
Tom Poston, 1921
Montgomery Clift, 1920
Rita Hayworth, 1918
Arthur Miller, 1915
Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, 1912
Jean Arthur, 1905
Spring Byington, 1893
Buck Ewing, 1859
Jupiter Hammon, 1711


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical"(Musical), 1967
"The Hollywood Squares"(TV), 1966
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"(Musical), 1965
Jailhouse Rock(Film), 1957
"Chayka/The Seagull"(Chekhov play), 1896
"Don Sanche"(Liszt opera), 1825


Today in History:

King Cyrus the Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon and releases the Jews from their 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration, BC539
Battle of Neville's Cross, the defeat of King David II of Scotland by Edward III of England, 1346
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus, 1604
Boston blacks petition the legislature for equal school facilities, 1787
The political rights of Jews are suspended in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1808
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie), 1888
Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clifden, Ireland, 1907
Albert Einstein arrives in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England, 1956
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra, 1964
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations, 1966
Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria, 1973
Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, making it the World's tallest highrise, 2003
Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Astronomers confirm the identification of the nearest planet outside of our solar system, orbiting Alpha Centauri B, 2012

15 comments:

  1. We did indeed have similar takes on this week's prompts. Sad ones, both. Love yours.

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  2. Four prunes is never enough for me. Which reminds me...I've a packet of them that is waiting for me to open it!!

    I saw the stage show of "Hair" in Sydney, in 1969.

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  3. Four prunes sounds like a lot. I would struggle to eat just one. You've got me wondering who that man is talking to on the red bench.

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  4. Haha! that sign was quite witty :-)

    Have a prompttastic week :-)

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  5. great take on the story related to the two photos....haunting how life treats some folks.

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  6. Love that nursery sign. Very clever.

    Haunting story, but very well done.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  7. Great photos for WW ~ very special ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. I just love coming here and learning all the new stuff that is on here.
    Like...I always thought that Margo Kidder was the same age as me. But she is older.
    Now I know.

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

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  9. Plantasies--love it!! very haunting story!

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  10. Am sending you another comment as I think I have resolved difficulty with commenting with a google account ~ I have to be using a google browser ~ crazy world ~ Google wants a monopoly I guess ~

    Thanks for 'listening' and helping me figure this cyberspace out.

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. I am totally with Pumpkins!

    1808--suppression of Jews by the Duchy of Warsaw. When will this ever stop?!

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  12. How I wish that someday, someone will sit and talk with him, he must be so lonely.

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  13. Hi MessyMimi - so sad that he was talking to himself ... day on day, month as months goes by ... no-one paying attention to him ... well done - cheers Hilary

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