Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's Carnival Time! (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 River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words are:

1. passport
2. movies
3. puffed
4. complete
5. transport
6. bleach


1. avenue
2. helicopter
3. fair
4. clearly
5. foolishness
6. ability

If this was the MOVIES, now would be the time to BLEACH my hair, grab my PASSPORT, and find some form of TRANSPORT, train, plane, bus, HELICOPTER, anything, and make my break. 

It would be a COMPLETE removal of myself from the FOOLISHNESS with which I am surrounded and which I have no ABILITY to change.

There are currently no FAIR skies in my forecast, and no AVENUE open before me which I can pursue that will bring the change I desire.

Resistance is futile, the PUFFED up little tyrants who run my world will remain in charge of everything.

Or so they think.

My thoughts and dreams are CLEARLY my own.


Today is:

Aspirin Day -- Bayer received its US patent for the medicine on this day in 1900

Carnaval de Ponce -- Ponce, Puerto Rico (through Mardi Gras)

Day of Selene -- Ancient Greek Calendar (goddess of the moon, date approximate)

Equirria -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Cavalry Horse Festival)

Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows/Gabriel Possenti (Patron of clerics, students, young people; Abruzzi, Italy; Catholic Action)

Inconvenience Yourself™ Day -- enrich your life by looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world, even if it inconveniences you    

Independence Day -- Dominican Republic(1844)

Majuba Day -- South Africa (celebration of the Boers victory at Majuba Hill)

National Kahlua Day

National Strawberry Day -- no, i don't know why this isn't in June, when the berries are best; maybe the person who put it here had too much Kahlua

No Brainer Day - this day is for me! created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, "America's Premier Eventologist"

Polar Bear Day -- as declared by Polar Bears International

Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day -- internet generated, and am i the only one who likes the idea?

Read Me Day -- local and national celebrities, with community volunteers, are encouraged to visit classrooms this week and read to children; the original idea included wearing t-shirts with writing on them and encourage the children to read the shirts, thus "read me"   

Runic Half Month Tyr commences (cosmic pillar)

St. Galmier of Lyon's Day (Patron of locksmiths)

Teal Ribbon Day -- Australia (wear a teal ribbon, raise awareness of ovarian cancer)    

The Hop -- Fairy Calendar

Threepenny Day -- Eton College, England (By the last will of two Provosts in the 16th century, each boy receives a threepenny piece on this day -- enough to buy half a sheep back then.)

Anniversary Today:

African Burial Ground National Monument is established, 2006

Birthdays Today:

Josh Groban, 1981
Chelsea Clinton, 1980
Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, 1971
Grant Show, 1963
Adam Baldwin, 1962
Michael Bolton, 1953
Alan Guth, 1947
Mary Fran, 1943
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 1942
Howard Hesseman, 1940
Ralph Nadar, 1934
Elizabeth Taylor, 1932
Joanne Woodward, 1930
Ariel Sharon, 1928
John Connally, 1917
James Thomas Farrell, 1904
John Steinbeck, 1902
Gene Sarazen, 1902
Marian Anderson, 1897
David Sarnoff, 1891
Hugo La Fayette Black, 1886
Alice Hamilton, 1869
Ellen Terry, 1847
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807
Constantine I, 272

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"What Makes Sammy Run?"(Musical), 1964
"Road to Utopia"(Film), 1946

Today in History:

The first Russian Embassy arrives in London, 1557
The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland, 1560
Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci, 1626
Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I, 1670
The Pacific island of New Britain is discovered, 1700
Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire, 1812
The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti, 1844
Composer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine, 1854
Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland, 1861
The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships, 1870
Charlotte E. Ray becomes the first African American woman to earn a law degree, from Howard University, 1872
Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway, 1912
Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14, 1940
The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over, 1964
The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973
People magazine is published for the first time, 1974
U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated", 1991
A Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya, 2002
The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years, 2007
Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, 2010
Wikileaks begins releasing 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company, 2012
At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his farewell address, 2013


  1. Nice use of the prompts, yes your thoughts and dreams are clearly your own.
    And so many of today's celebrations speak to me. Now I sit here in my cold study with pictures of the market in Khartoum, somewhere in Austria, Polish streets, music by Shumann, and words from Benedict XVI's speech, all flashing through my brain. Where I should be writing next chapter in the Words for Wednesday-challenge.
    I too like reading dictionaries. "Read page five" gives me only one problem: Which dictionary do I choose?

  2. Nice pics don't you just love a carnival

    Have a mardigrastastic week :-)

  3. Love your story. "puffed up little tyrants" is great, I could use that in so many places about so many people, ha ha.

  4. I think I'll read my 5 pages from Johnson's dictionary - kinda doubles the bang for your buck.

  5. Time for things to get wild in New Orleans!

  6. We are thinking about a 11 day cruise that stops in New Orleans for 3 days while the Mardi Gras is taking place. My friend took the cruise and said New Orleans & the Mardi Gras was fantastic. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Wonderful Mardi Gras photos and love the King Cake tradition and yummy too! Happy Mardi Gras ^_^

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

  8. I've never even been to Mardi Gras. Too old now for that kind of thing. I need my rocking chair and a good book. Love all the beautiful colors.

    I always enjoy your stories. You use the prompts so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  9. I have all the fun beads and masks etc. But have never been there in person. My cousin works for a bakery in Arvada, CO. and they make the King Cakes. I Love all the shares you post. THank you. HUGS

  10. I love your decorations. Nice story too.

  11. The thing is we always have our dreams don't we? Nice work for WFW!

  12. I have been to Mardi Gras once!
    The most WILD party ever!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

  13. Loved your pics of the Mardi Gra. I never been to one, but my old boss use to go down to New Orleans a lot. She brought me back a crocheted cape. It was navy blue angora. It was absolutely the bom!!! I wish I still had that. :( Have a great day & thanks for sharing!

  14. Thanks for reminding me to grab a King Cake which aren't all that plentiful around here. I remember letting a lady have the last one a few years ago but this time all bets are off. Sounds like a fun action movie.

  15. I'd love to witness Mardi Gras! One day hopefully.


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