Thursday, July 4, 2019

Process (Six Sentence Story), Patriotic (Good Fences), Brian's Thankful Thursday, and Sammy's Poetry Day

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Happy Independence Day!!!

Decor at a client's home.


"How many pictures do you have on that phone?" he asked the younger man.

"Oh, I don't know, a couple thousand, maybe," was the answer.

"And all of them are good and worth keeping?" he probed a bit further.

"Well, I wouldn't say that, necessarily -- there are probably some I should get rid of, but when do I have the time?" came the younger man's reply.

"Sort of like in the old days, when did we have time to drop the rolls of film off at the pharmacy so they could process them, I remember I used to forget and had to always make a special trip back over there," he reminisced.

"So they could what?" asked the younger man, confused, to which he replied, "Oh, never mind."

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


Gosia at 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 other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    

While on vacation, i snapped a picture that is perfect for today:


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.

Let's see, it's July 4, Independence Day, so what am i thankful for?  For freedom, of course, the freedom to worship how i choose, live where i choose, work where i choose, create my own work if i can't get hired, and within a few limits, go where i choose.

It's a wonderful life!


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:

It wasn't really a dark and stormy night,
There was no reason for any real fright,
There was just some fog that happened to stay
To shroud the trees that winter's day.

The street lights shone 'til almost noon,
I walked along and hummed a tune,
Alone with my thoughts I was happy to stay
Shrouded in fog on that winter's day.

I knew the damp mist would not last long,
The peace and quiet would end in song
Of hustle and bustle, for fog does not stay
For all of the whole of a winter's day.

Enjoy the wandering while you can
Away from the prying eyes of man,
The solitude of fog just does not stay
When it rarely comes on a winter's day.


Today is:

American Independence Day Celebration -- Rebild Park, Aalborg, Denmark (yes, really, every year except during the two World Wars, they have celebrated American Independence Day here; as a way of thanking the country that has accepted over 300,000 Danish immigrants, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the countries)

Baal Fire Day -- Whalton, Northumberland, UK (a bonfire, Anglo-Saxon "bael", with traditional morris dancing -- originally a Moorish dance)

Boom Box Parade --  Willimantic, CT, US (dating back to 1985, when no marching band could be found for the Memorial Day parade, five weeks later, the local radio station staged the first Boom Box Parade, in which they play the march music on their station, and marchers carry boom boxes tuned in on the station; it makes for one unique parade!)

Buffalo Bill Day -- he staged his first Wild West show on July 4, 1883

Bullion's Day -- Anglican tradition, the translation of the relics of St. Martin of Bullion; rain today means rain for the next 20 days, according to the legends

Calithumpian Parade -- Biwabik, MN, US (clowns, hilarity and patriotism reign together as the 1,000 citizens of Biwabik put on a show for more than 15,000 guests)

Day of Pax -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Earth at Aphelion -- @23:10 UTC (Earth at its furthest distance from the sun)

Filipino-American Friendship Day -- Philippines; U.S.

Garibaldi Day -- Italy

Independence Day -- US and Territories(1776)

Independence from Meat Day -- don't be a slave to tradition! sponsored by Vegetarian Awareness Network

Marrakech Popular Arts Festival -- Marrakesh, Morocco (the country's best Folklore Festival, featuring art and music as well; through next Sunday)

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial and Rodeo -- Mescalero Apache Reservation, NM, US (a great way to learn about Native American culture, and including Apache Maidens' Puberty Rites; through the 7th)

Jumping on the Mattress Night -- Fairy Calendar

King Tupou VI's Birthday -- Tonga

Liberation Day -- Rwanda

National Barbecue Spareribs Day

National Country Music Day -- US

Old Midsummer Eve -- by the Julian Calendar

Ottawa Bluesfest -- Ottawa, Canada (fabulous music through the 14th)

Rath Yatra & Bahuda Jatra-- Puri, India (the first is the Chariot Festival, pilgrims pull huge chariots across the city, and the second is 8 days later, the Return Festival; one of the most awaited Hindu festivals in the state and country)

Savonlinna Opera Festival -- Savonlinna, Finland (one of Finland's most illustrious and internationally significant cultural events; through Aug. 3)

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day -- you can do this anywhere that it's hot enough, but for the real deal, plan to go to the Solar Egg Frying Contest, held annually on July 4 on old Route 66 in Oatman, Arizona, US, where the rule is you must use solar heat only

St. Elizabeth of Portugal's Day (Patron of brides, charitable societies, charity workers, charities, difficult marriages, falsely accused people, peace, queens, tertiaries, victims of adultery, victims of jealousy, victims of unfaithfulness, widows; invoked in time of war; Coimbra, Portugal)

St. Ulrich's Day (Patron of peaceful deaths, pregnant women, weavers; Augsburg, Germany; Creazzo, Italy; against birth complications, dizziness, faintness, fever, frenzy, mice, moles, vertigo)

Stone Skipping Tournament -- Windermere Pointe Beach, Mackinac Island, Michigan, US (open to all, come skip some stones and have a blast!)

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival -- Greensburg, PA, US (multicultural celebration of food, fine arts, handicrafts, and music from many nations; through Sunday)

World's Greatest Lizard Races -- Chaparral Park, Lovington, NM, US (cheer the lizards and iguanas as they race down a 16 foot ramp, and yes, trophies will be awarded!)

Anniversaries Today

Tuskegee Institute opens, 1881

Birthdays Today

Becky Newton, 1978
Koko, 1971 (gorilla who spoke sign language)
Pamela Howard "Pam" Shriver, 1962
Signy Coleman, 1960
Geraldo Rivera, 1943
George Steinbrenner, 1930
Al Davis, 1929
Gina Lollobrigida, 1927
Neil Simon, 1927
Eva Marie Saint, 1924
Ann Landers, 1918
Abigail Van Buren, 1918
Mitch Miller, 1911
Gloria Stuart, 1910
George Murphy, 1902
Rube Goldberg, 1883
Louis B. Mayer, 1882
George M. Cohan, 1878
Calvin Coolidge, 1872
Stephen Foster, 1826
Hiram Walker, 1816
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"American Top 40"(Radio), 1970
"Honky Tonk Women"(Single release), 1969
"America the Beautiful"(Publication date), 1895

Today in History

A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star Tauri; for several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day, and its remnants form the Crab Nebula, 1054
Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye, 1534
The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France (Quebec, Canada), 1634
City of Providence, Rhode Island forms, 1636
The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress, 1776
The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, opens, 1802
The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American public, 1803
Construction of the Erie Canal begins in Rome, New York, 1817
The world's first long-distance railway, the Grand Junction Railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool, 1837
The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end, 1840
Henry David Thoreau embarks on a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, 1845
The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published, 1855
Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell and her sisters a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, 1862*
The Anglo-Zulu war ends, 1879
The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States, 1886
The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia, 1886
Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4, 1892
The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole, 1894
Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a 'motor race', 1903
African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States, 1910
First flight of the Lockheed Vega, 1927
Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth" as he announces his retirement from major league baseball, 1939
After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States, 1946
The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe, 1950
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law, 1966
NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars, 1997
The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1, 2005
The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks, 2009
The discovery of a picture of the Biblical Samson and a Hebrew inscription in an ancient synagogue in the Galilee region of northern Israel is announced, 2012
Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson, 2012
Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran), 2015
NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit, 2016
North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan, 2017
Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong, 2018


  1. Oh, the terminology of the "old days." LOL
    Great SSS.
    I like the poem you wrote too.

  2. Happy Independence Day. I remember saving up to get photos processed - and hoping that there weren't too many 'duds'.

  3. Great fence. HappyIndependence Day

  4. We just have to remember that freedom is not free.

  5. That was a purrfect story a terrific poem and a darn good thankful! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop and Happy Independence Day from all of us!

  6. Tempting tho' it is to head to Marrakech (what a festival that must be!), I'm making today Jz Sits Tight Day - and milking that for all it's worth.
    Enjoy your day!

  7. What a wonderful post today! Happy Independence Day!

  8. Happy Independence Day from across the pond! It's funny to remember that once upon a time, every click of the camera cost us a bit of money! I took 70 photos on my phone during a walk yesterday - I can't imagine what that would have cost to have processed on film!

  9. Hi Mimi. Have a wonderful 4th of the July my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. prints! (and the negatives in those semi-cellophane envelops)
    such an improvement! Surely digital photography has made us all better picture takers!
    Have a good holiday try to remember tomorrow isn't Sunday lol

  11. LOL That so sounds like me! Making the time to flip through tons of pictures I know I'll never look at again. Nice job illustrating how the same challenges exist perpetually, they simply manifest in current day terms.

    The poem is wonderful. An excellent blending of visual and emotional components. I look forward to reading more of your poetry:)

  12. I remember the film days. I can't imagine having to do that now. I'm happy that I don't. How about going on vacation and getting an x-ray proof camera bag to protect your film. I remember that too.

    Love the poem.

    Have a fabulous Independence Day, my friend. ♥

  13. Happy 4th of July. What a haunting picture and a wonderful poem. Yes many Danes celebrate today in Rebild Bakker (not me, as I live far from Rebild) - but I'm afraid the weather today has dampened the spirits. It's rainy and cold, not more than 12 degrees.

  14. This is my story too, I never find time to clean off my phone, and so many are ones I really want to save. If I would only discipline myself to keep up with it daily! We often talk about taking pictures with cameras and then developing rolls of film, getting copies made to send to family if there were any decent ones, and often those were rare. Now I can take 20 selfies to get one I can live with. :-) Today's kids will never know the struggle. LOL Great story!

    Love the fence with the flag! Would like to see more of that not just today but everyday!

  15. Excellent poem. I like the story too,I feel so old :) Happy 4th!

  16. Oh, the days of getting a roll of film developed and seeing which ones turned out! Nice use of the prompt!

  17. We live in historic times. We have seen so much 'progress'. Who'da thunk it...

  18. fun story and lovely fence photo for the 4th ~ ^_^

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

  19. I've been out of town and didn't take my laptop. Commenting has been difficult on the phone! Great post.. the old days...ah!


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