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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage 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:
'Out of the frying pan and into the fire...'
"Hey, watch what you're doing with that thing!"
"Sorry, I'm trying to PRACTICE making the LIQUID fire to get more light, it's dark out here in the woods at NIGHT."
"But you know the first FAIRY wand rule, NEVER practice with a BENT wand!"
"But Wand Straightening Day isn't until next month, what do I do in the meantime?"
"You use a flint and stone to kindle a fire like the humans do."
"That's the hard way. Why did they make us do our 'weeks in the woods' just now, when it's still so cold?"
"Because it was our turn, that's why. Someone has to be on guard duty. And as for the regular fire, remember we can use it for light and to brew a potion for warmth, and cook some supper. Just put that doggone thing away and let's both use my wand before some human spots straying magic and you throw us out of the frying pan and into the fire ourselves!"
Aerosol Day -- John D. Lynde receives a patent for an early aerosol dispenser on this day in 1862
All is Ours Day -- an internet holiday to remind us of what we do have
Buddha's Birthday -- Mahayana Buddhism in Japan (based on Gregorian Calendar, other Buddhists use a different dating system)
Hana Matsuri Flower Festival
Counter Stool Memorial Day -- when was the last time you got to sit on the stool at a diner counter and spin? if you still have such a place where you live, make sure to go take a spin and give them some business when the stay home order is lifted
DAB(Draw a Bird) Day -- a movement begun in Britain in the 1940's, encourages everyone to draw a picture of a bird, and share it with friends
Feast of the Hummingbird -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (date approximate)
Full Pink Moon -- a/k/a Full Sprouting Moon, Grass Moon, Egg Moon, White Moon, Virgin Moon, and Fish Moon; in other traditions
Bak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Tagu Full Moon -- Myanmar
Hammerin' Hank Day -- anniversary of his 715th homer in 1974, breaking Ruth's record
Hanuman Jayanti -- Hindu (celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman; local dates may vary)
International Day of the Roma -- a celebration of Romani culture
Invocation of Lumps and Cysts -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration)
Milk in Glass Bottles Day -- prior to this day in 1879, milk was sold in the container you brought with you to the seller
National Empanada Day
Pesach/Passover -- Judaism (begins this evening, through the evening of April 27)
Sealing the Frost -- Guatemala (Cuchumatan Indians ritual to protect their corn from frost; date approximate, always early in April)
St. Julie Billiart's Day (Patron against bodily ills, disease, and poverty)
Trading Cards for Grown-Ups Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and i got this out of my system dealing with Pokemon cards when my kids were young
Tutor Appreciation Day -- because some people need that extra boost
Zoo Lovers' Day -- this year, since you can't go to the zoo, get on your local zoo's website and make a donation or join their friends of the zoo organization
Voyageurs National Park established, Minnesta, US, 1975
Kirsten Storms, 1984
Katee Sackhoff, 1980
Patricia Arquette, 1968
Robin Wright, 1966
Julian Lennon, 1963
John Schneider, 1960
Gary Carter, 1954
James Augustus “Catfish” Hunter, 1946
Stuart Pankin, 1946
Kofi Annan, 1938
Seymour Hersh, 1937
Shecky Greene, 1926
William D. Chase, 1922
Carmen Mcrae, 1920
Betty Ford, 1918
Sonja Henie, 1912
Mary Pickford, 1893
O. Raymond Knight, 1872
William Williams, 1731
Lewis Morris, 1726
"Twin Peaks"(TV), 1990
"White Horse Inn"(Musical), 1931
"The Bolt"(Shostakovich ballet), 1931 *Note: sometimes translated as "The Arrow"
"La Gioconda"(Ponchielli opera), 1876
Today in History:
Sultan Baybars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, 1271
The first Jewish congregation in the US forms the Shearith Israel synagogue in NYC, 1730
The first fire escape, a wicker basket on a rope and pulley system, is patented, 1766
The statue Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos, 1820
John D. Lynde patents the aerosol dispenser, 1862
William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons, 1886
The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 1893
Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times, 1904
Auguste Deter, the first person officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, dies, 1906
The last meeting of the League of Nations is held, 1946
Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, beating Babe Ruth's record, 1974
Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries, 1992
The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations, 1993
The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain, 2008
The U.S. Department of Justice admits that it has probed WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, defending the practice and dismissing privacy and freedom of speech concerns, 2011
Wikileaks released 1.7 million U.S diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973-1976 when Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State, 2013
The world's oldest living person, Gertrude Weaver of the U.S., dies at age 116, just five days after the death of the previous record holder, Misao Okawa of Japan, who died at age 117, 2015
A record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs is captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, 2019