Wednesday, November 7, 2018

An Excellent Idea (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


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 Elephant's Child.     

This week's prompts are:

  1. enclosing
  2. purpose
  3. care
  4. patch 
  5. jamming
  6. shame


  1. bent
  2. organic
  3. mangle
  4. textbook
  5. gravity
  6. excuse 

“We don’t want to be simply JAMMING something together that we will have to PATCH later, although there is no SHAME in tweaking the idea as we see how things are working out.”

“Right, tweaking.”

“And our PURPOSE is not to force it, we want it to be an ORGANIC movement, as it were.  We want to take CARE that we don’t MANGLE anything spontaneous that comes up or ruin any BENT it will take.  After all, there is no TEXTBOOK that can tell us what to expect.”

“No real text on it yet, uh-huh.”

“Correct.  We are ENCLOSING the GRAVITY as an EXCUSE,  too.”

“Yeah, very grave.”

“You are not paying a bit of attention to anything I’m saying!”

“Of course not, as usual you got me completely lost about twenty minutes ago!”


Today is:

Commemoration Day -- Tunisia

Day of Accord and Reconciliation -- Russia (formerly Great October Socialist Revolution Day, with the date determined by the Gregorian Calendar)

Deepawali/Deepavali/Diwali/Divali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (for the next five days; local dating customs and government holidays for this Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights can vary)
    Kag Tihar/Kag Puja -- Day of the Crows (day one of the festival)

Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus (the Subtle Doctor, known for merging the views from many philosophies)
    Dunce Day -- from the word Dunse, a name for the followers of the philosophy of John Duns Scotus

Feast of Stolen Fire -- find it listed on several sites, but none have any background; maybe celebrate that Prometheus stole fire for us?

International Tongue Twister Day -- internet generated

Mariachi Night -- Brawley, CA, US (sponsored by the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce, a free night of celebrating the heritage of Mariachi music)

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Revolution and Solidarity Day -- Bangladesh

National Stress Awareness Day -- UK (International Stress Management Association)    

October Revolution Day -- Belarus; Kyrgyzstan; Transdniestria

Stay Away from Anyone named Honest John Day -- internet generated; no comment

St. Florentius' Day (Patron against gall stones, ruptures)

St. Willibrord's Day (Patron of epileptics; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Utrecht, Netherlands; against convulsions, epilepsy)

Wish Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Fairies)

Anniversary Today:

The Old Stoughton Musical Society, the oldest choral society in the US, is founded, 1786

Birthdays Today:

Jeremy London, 1972
Keith Lockhart, 1959
Joni Mitchell, 1943
Johnny Rivers, 1942
Barry Newman, 1938
Joan Sutherland, 1926
Al Hirt, 1922
Billy Graham, 1918
Albert Camus, 1913
Dean Jagger, 1903
Leon Trotsky, 1879
Madame Marie Curie, 1867
Captain James Cook, 1728

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"America Hurrah"(van Itallie play), 1966
"Face the Nation"(TV), 1954
"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"(Radio),1932
The Republican Elephant, as drawn by T. Nast in Harper's Weekly, 1874
"The Conscious Lovers"(Steele play), 1722
The Oxford Gazette(first edition), 1665 (Now The London Gazette)

Today in History:

The oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, the Ensisheim Meteorite, strikes around noon in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France, 1492
Pierre Gassendi observes the transit of Mercury as predicted by Kepler, 1631
Anne Htchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic, 1637
The first edition of the "London Gazette", the oldest surviving journal, is published, 1665
Lewis and Clark first sight the Pacific Ocean, 1805
The first Thomas Nast cartoon depicting the Republican Party Elephant is published, 1874
Edward Bouchet becomes the first black to receive a PhD from a US college (Yale), 1876
Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, 1893
The first air freight shipment is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio), 1910
Mao Tse Tung proclaims the "Chinese People's Republic", 1931
Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City, 1933
Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city, 1967
Douglas Wilder wins the governor's seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States, 1989
Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland, 1990
NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor, 1996
U.S. voters in the state of Massachusetts approve a referendum legalizing the use of medical marijuana; Colorado and Washington approve the legalization of recreational use of the drug, 2012
Sierra Leone is declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (death toll 4,000), 2015
Extreme smog in Delhi, India, leads Indian Medical Association to declare "a state of medical emergency", 2017


  1. Love your take on the prompt - and was relieved to learn that I wasn't the only one who got lost.

  2. Good write up on the prompts. Have a beautiful day!

  3. I liked the quote on the board

    Have a prompttastic week :-)

  4. I'm always so impressed at how you take those words and turn them into fabulous stories. Very talented :-) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  5. We love all of our Veteran heroes!

  6. You lost me on enclose the gravity :) I always thank veterans. I am thankful for their sacrifices.

  7. Yes thank a veteran.

    Love your stories. You do these so very well.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  8. I totally agree with you Mimi. Freedom is so important and yes all of our vets are important. I wear my poppy with proud for all the men & women who died for my freedom. Enjoy your day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Always thankful, and I am sure to let vets know. Even donated a story to an anthology to help vets. :)

  10. Grateful for our military ~ wonderful sign ~ have similar one on back of my car ~ Freedom isn't free ~

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

  11. Good job using all the words. And we do need to thank our veterans. Great post. Have a good rest of the week.

  12. Your stories always leave me wanting more!

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

  13. I like your story, a classic case of inattention. Mine is scheduled for Friday 9th.

  14. Mimi,

    Freedom isn't free. Amen to that! We need to thank ever Vet that we see for serving always. Great story using the prompts. I sorta feel lost when DH explains electrical diagrams. I can't imagine why that would be, can you? lol

  15. lol - well written. made me think of several conversations I'd had with my engineer brain father.

  16. You lost me as well. I suppose it is pure hogwash after all :)

  17. Eventually i discovered the way to freedom through trial and error i returned to sanity.Excellent.