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:
"I like cats, they are not OBSEQUIOUS, as are some other animals I could mention."
"Hey, quit knocking my favorite pet! I am not ASHAMED of liking dogs!"
"Who said I was talking about dogs? But now that you mention it..."
"My dog is SASSY not servile. And that MARBLE tabby of yours fawns all over you, PLAIN and SIMPLE."
"Cats are just ZEALOUS about making sure they get the attention they deserve."
"You mean about stealing all the attention they think they deserve. And what's with your cat trying to RAKE the whole baked chicken off the stove? If I hadn't grabbed it in time, there would have been gravy hot enough to SCALD poured all over the kitchen floor and no dinner for us!"
"As I recall, your dog was standing by the stove waiting for my cat to serve up a chicken dinner for both of them. And my cat is old enough that she can no longer jump up on the counter unassisted, so I will bet your dog let her use him as the springboard. They make good partners in crime, I would say!"
"Yeah, you're probably right. Now that I think about it, I once saw my dog let your cat jump on his back and then up on the windowsill before he put his paws up there next to her. And the GRIND of eating the same old kibble day in and day out probably gets to both of them. That would explain why they are always looking for treats."
"In other words, they are getting along better than we are!"
"Sounds like it. I sure never expected to be put with a cat person when I asked for this assignment and told them to give me a random roommate in the apartment."
"And I never thought I'd be put with a dog person, but that's how it is. It's been a MONTH, and we've worked out schedules for who cooks and who cleans, so I'd say we've made progress."
"And I'd say our pets have learned to get along better than we have. What say we use them as a GUIDE and call a truce?"
"Agreed. Also, let's put my cat in my bedroom and your dog in the kennel when either of us are cooking meals. Can't be too careful if they are going to cooperate on dinner heists."
"You said it!"
Abolition Day -- Saint Barthelemy
Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day -- at your own risk! sponsored by Susan E. Schwartz of "Teddies Are The Answer"
Cephalopod Awareness Days: Nautilus Night -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate all of the lesser-known extant cephalopods
Community Day -- Valencia, Spain
Curious Events Holiday -- Fairy Calendar
Emergency Nurses Day
Establishment of the Samitinget in Norway -- Sami People's Parliament
Feast of Abraham the Patriarch -- Christian
Festival for Fausta Felicitas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of good luck and joy)
Festival for Venus -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Give Peace a Chance Day / Instant Karma Day -- in honor of the birth of John Lennon
Independence Day -- Uganda(1962)
International Top Spinning Day -- sponsored by the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum, to recognize the Earth as a large spinning top; add your spins to the total and e-mail results to the sponsor
Korean Alphabet Day -- Korea (Hangul Nal)
Leif Erickson Day -- Iceland; Norway; Minnesota and Wisconsin, US
Messenger Appreciation Day -- 10/9 in radio talk is a request to repeat information
Moldy Cheese Day (sorry, but i do not like the stinky, moldy cheeses, at least not the heavier ones; if you enjoy them, then by all means you may have my share!)
Mop Fair -- Tewkesbury, England (through tomorrow; festival dating back to the 12th century, originally a fair in which prospective employers came to find laborers, now two days of fun, fairgrounds rides, traditional games and sideshows, and more)
National Chess Day -- US (declared by President Ford in 1976)
National Day of Honor -- Peru (sometimes translated as Day of Dignity; commemorates the nationalization of the countries oil fields)
National Pet Obesity Awareness Day -- because about half of pets in the US are overweight or obese
National Stop Bullying Day -- use #NationalStopBullyingDay to post on social media (begun in 2009 by eighteen 6th grade students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, now a nationwide movement)
National Submarine/Grinder/Hoagie/Hero/PoBoy/Pierogi Day -- each of these has its own special day, but today you get to pick which one you want
SAVE Today -- US (Stop America's Violence Everywhere, a day created in 1995 by the American Medical Association Alliance)
St. Denis' Day (Patron of possessed people; France; Paris, France; against frenzy, headaches, rabies, and strife)
St. Dionysius the Areopagite's Day (considered the first Bishop of Athens, mentioned in Acts 17; Patron of Zakynthos Island, Greece; against headaches and the devil)
St. Louis Bertrand's Day (Patron of Caribbean vicariates; Columbia; Dominican novices)
Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival -- Takayama, Japan (ancient, elaborate floats parade through the old city; through tomorrow)
Tavistock Goose Fair -- Tavistock, Devon, UK (known locally as the Goosey, dating back to 12th-century Michaelmas fairs, this orginal livestock fair is now mostly a fun festival)
World Post Day / Universal Postal Union Day -- UN
Yom Kippur -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, ends sundown today)
Ziua Nationala de Comemorare a Holocaustului -- Romania (National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust)
Mission San Francisco de Asis, the oldest building in the city of San Francisco and now called Mission Delores, is founded, 1776
King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII of England, 1514
Zachary Ty Bryan, 1981
Brandon Routh, 1979
Eddie Guerrero, 1967
David Cameron, 1966
Michael Pare, 1959
Mike Singletary, 1958
Tony Shalhoub, 1953
Scott Bakula, 1954
Sharon Osbourne, 1952
Robert Wuhl, 1951
Jackson Browne, 1948
John Entwistle, 1944
Brian Lamb, 1941
Joe Pepitone, 1940
John Lennon, 1940
Russell Myers, 1938
Donald Sinden, 1923
Jacques Tati, 1908
Bruce, Catton, 1899
Alfred Dreyfus, 1859
Camille Saint-Saens, 1835
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, 1823 (with her husband, the first black newspaper publishers in the US)
Robert de Sorbon, 1201 (founded Sorbonne University, Paris)
"High Button Shoes"(Musical), 1949
"The Iceman Cometh"(Play), 1946
"June Moon"(Play), 1929
Today in History:
Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (somewhere in New England or Nova Scotia, possibly?), 1000
Leif Ericson lands in L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, a definitive European landing in the "New World", 1003
The Korean Hangual alphabet is devised, 1446
Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land, 1635
Collegiate School of CT (Yale University) is chartered in New Haven, 1701
Father Francisco Palou founds Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California, 1776
City of Hobart, Tasmania, founded, 1804
Official opening of the University of Ghent, 1817
Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor, 1855
Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass., patents the first Calliope, 1855
The first US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, 1865
Aaron Montgomery starts the mail order business that will later become Montgomery Ward, 1872
The Universal Postal Union is created as part of the Treaty of Berne, 1874
The first 2-way telephone conversation over outdoor wires occurs, 1876
Washington Monument opens to the public, 1888
Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to attend a World Series Game, 1915
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) forms, 1926
Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to L.A., 1936
A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia, 1967
The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia, 1970
Abolition of capital punishment in France, 1981
A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu, 1992
North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device, 2006
First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, 2009
Women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan, 2012
Producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual abuse, 2017