Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sign on the Choir Director's Desk(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. derision
2. mendacious
3. plethora
4. manuscripts
5. unfamiliar
6. gently


1. vaguely
2. expression
3. ornamental
4. peppermint
5. spinning
6. narrowed

and this photo: 

He had a PLETHORA of MENDACIOUS stories, explanations that were nothing but SPINNING a web to cover even his own DERISION for how his life was turning out.

Only VAGUELY did he realize how believing his own spin NARROWED his chances to break out into UNFAMILIAR territory, that of life beyond his own hurt and shame.

Never would he go GENTLY into the admission that he'd done it all to himself.  Sitting on an ORNAMENTAL bench, sipping a PEPPERMINT latte, he cast in his mind for the perfect EXPRESSION to use in the MANUSCRIPT he would write, another note of lies to buy him one more day of appearing to have it all together while living his out-of-control life.


Today is:

Assyrian Martyrs Day -- various Assyrian communities

Battle of Boyaca Day -- Colombia

Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship -- Shelburne, ON, Canada (through Sunday)

Festival Wednesday/East End Parade -- British Virgin Islands

Harvest Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (reaping ceases for a few hours in honor of Volos' beard; bread is eaten and offerings given to Mother Earth and Volos for a bountiful harvest)

Independence Day / National Day -- Cote d'Ivoire(1960)

National Lighthouse Day -- US (American Lighthouse Foundation

National Raspberries in Cream Day

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and especially the kind no one can open without a machete, what's with that!

Purple Heart Day -- US (originally instituted this day in 1782 by George Washington)

Qi Xi -- China (Double Seventh or Chinese Valentine's Day, the 7th day of the 7th moon, the day all the magpies in the world form a bridge so the cowherd and the weaver can meet across the Milky Way, which separates them.)

Say "Cheese" Day -- begun by ecard companies looking for something to celebrate; in my family, we do not say "Cheese", we say "Chicken Lips!" Try it some time when walking past tourists who are trying to get a good photo, and watch them smile genuine smiles and come up with a good picture.

Sea Serpent Day -- no one knows why today, just enjoy

Smartest Leprechaun Eisteddfod -- Fairy Calendar

St. Albert of Trapani's Day (Patron of Carmelite schools; Messina, Italy; Trapani, Italy)

St. Cajetan's Day (Patron of job seekers and the unemployed)

Take Last Winter's Snowballs Out of the Freezer and Have a Fight Day -- in the northern hemisphere, it's certainly hot enough

Birthdays Today:

Charlize Theron, 1975
Harold Parrineau, 1963
DeLane Matthews, 1961
David Duchovny, 1960
Alberto Salazar, 1957
John Glover, 1944
Garrison Keillor, 1942
B.J. Thomas, 1942
Abebe Bikila, 1932
"The Amazing" James Randi, 1928
Carl "Alfalfa" Switser, 1927
Stan Freberg, 1926
Ralph Johnson Bunche, 1903
Rudolf C. Ising, 1903
William Boyd McKechnie, 1886
Billie Burke, 1884
Mata Hari, 1876
Nathanael Greene, 1742

Today in History:

Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon, following the death of Alexander the Great, BC322
Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence, 1420
Coup again the Tianshun Emperor by the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin, 1461
Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth, 1573
The first documented performance of Macbeth, at the Great Hall at Hampton Court, 1606
Sieur de La Salle's brigantine Le Griffon becomes the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes, 1679
Cherokee Indians take Ft. Loudon, Tennessee, 1760
George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart, 1782
Simon Bolivar triumphs over the Spanish at the Battle of Boyaca, 1819
The long simmering tension between the Hatfields and the McCoys on the Kentucky/West Virginia border erupts into full scale violence on election day, 1882
The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, 1927
IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I), 1944
Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America, 1947
Explorer 6 transmits the first TV photo of Earth from space, 1959
The "artistic crime of the century" occurs when Philippe Petit of France, after months of planning and smuggling in materials, makes an illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 1974
Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars, 1976
The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication, 1981
Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts, 1985
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run, 2007
Australia's Sally Pearson sets a new Olympic record when she wins the 100 metres hurdles in 12.35 seconds at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012
The Mendocino Fire becomes the largest recorded fire in California's history at 290,600 acres, overtaking the previous year's Thomas Fire, 2018


  1. Such a sad tale. And true for far too many.

  2. Love your story and sincerely hope he has a sudden "light bulb" moment to get himself on the right path.

  3. I like your story and sad that this is a true story for some people.

  4. We tell mom that same thing about her enthusiasm almost every morning!

  5. Love that sign. I know people that hid throughout their careers so they wouldn't have to work. Sorry excuses.

    Love your story. You do these so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  6. Good story! We like that sign too, the Dad say he thinks they sat behind him in church!

  7. Well done and probably very true, especially in Hollywood.

  8. I liked the sign and your story was a nice read

    Have a tanfastical week :-)

  9. I'm sorry I missed your linky. I host a weekly photo link-up and welcome you to join us any time. It opens at midnight Wednesday Australia time (10 AM EST Monday) and stays open all week. The url is


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