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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 WiseWebWoman.
This week's prompts are once again a picture and two sets of words:
The children sat at the table playing SCRABBLE while mom and dad did the dishes and eavesdropped on the conversation.
"Did you see the fox about half way up the ridge this morning?" Justin asked.
"Yes! It was beautiful, and it stood there for the longest time. I WONDER what it was watching," Cathy answered, then she added, "it's your turn, Sam."
"I only have the letters to spell 'LASSO,'" Sam said, putting the letters on the board and counting his total, which he very solemnly wrote with the care of one who is still learning a lot about writing. "It's fun to see all the animals around here, and I can't wait for winter to be over so we can go play in the creek again."
"That fox was a new ARRIVAL, I hadn't seen that one before," Justin continued. "It may be trying to move into this as its territory, and I don't think the one that has a den nearby is going to like that."
Then he said, "GADGET, that's a good word, and I get to double the second 'G'. Your turn, Cathy."
As Cathy chose more tiles and debated what word to spell, Mom shook her head.
"What?" Dad asked, "is something wrong?"
"No, nothing at all," she said. "But if you had told me that leaving the city with its crowds and TRAFFIC LIGHTS and crime and moving our family halfway up a MOUNTAIN would have had our kids playing nicely together this way, I would have thought you were INSANE."
"So you are glad we did this?"
"You have no idea."
Amelia Earhart Day
Children's Day -- Vanuatu
Cousins Day -- because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins
Festival of St. Eloi -- French Basque
Jakaba Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James' [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)
Jilwalla Jinks' Jamboree -- Fairy Calendar
National Drive Through Day -- but only if you won't pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain
National Tequila Day -- celebrate North America's first native-born distilled spirit
Oregon Brewers Festival -- Portland, OR, US (81 microbreweries from across the nation showcase their best, including rare, hard-to-find, and exotic beers; through Saturday)
Pioneer Day -- Mormon Christian
Pop a Wheelie Day -- before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun
Public Opinion Day -- the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!
Simon Bolivar Day -- Ecuador; Venezuela
Sts. Boris and Gleb's Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)
St. Christina the Astonishing's Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)
St. Christina of Bolsena's Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)
Sumarauki -- Iceland (their calendar's extra days added to take into account the "drift" of the calendar from the moon phases)
Tell an Old Joke Day
Tenjin Matsuri -- Tenmangu Jinja, Osaka, Japan (one of Japan's 3 major festivals, through tomorrow)
Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993
Bindi Irwin, 1998
Dhani Lennevald, 1984
Anna Paquin, 1982
Summer Glau, 1981
Rose Byrne, 1979
Eric Szmanda, 1975
Jennifer Lopez, 1969
Kristin Chenoweth, 1968
Kadeem Hardison, 1965
Barry Bonds, 1964
Julie A. Krone, 1963
Lynda Carter, 1951
Michael Richards, 1949
Peter Serkin, 1947
Robert Hays, 1947
Chris Sarandon, 1942
Ruth Buzzi, 1936
Pat Oliphant, 1935
Billy Taylor, 1921
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1900
Chief Dan George, 1899
Amelia Earhart, 1897
Oswald Chambers, 1874
Alexandre Dumas, pere, 1802
Simon Bolivar, 1783
John Newton, 1725 (wrote Amazing Grace)
The Fellowship of the Ring(Publication date), 1954
Today in History
Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216
Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487
Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701
A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715
Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823
The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824
Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass, 1832
After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847
The first tramway opened in England, 1861
Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866
Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883
O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901
Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas", 1911
The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915
The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy's Hospital, London, 1925
The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929
The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935
During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"), 1967
The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001
Lance Armstrong wins his 7th consecutive Tour de France, 2005
Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather, 2011
The scientific theory of supersymmetry is challenged after experiments with the Large Hadron Collider yield an incredibly rare particle decay event, 2013
After being reintroduced to Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, the first bison is born there in 140 years, 2018