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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:
The NIGHT of the soul was BLACK, no MOON could shine and dispel the dark he felt. So bereft, his heart was BROKEN. All the promises were LIES making FALSE promises, and he wanted to CRY but held back. His face wore a frown, and his BODY reflected it in his position.
Then, suddenly, WHISPERS of hope broke through, like WATER hitting the roots of a TREE long in drought. Could it be? Yes! Decisive ACTION taken, and now all is well, the darkness disperses.
What could it all mean? Sweetie's monitor, attached to his DVD player, was kaput. The speakers blown, nothing but distortion of sound came out when he and Brother-in-Law would want to watch a movie with their supper. It cast a pall over the whole house, as he loves to watch his movies, mostly war movies, Westerns, and comedies. All attempts to repair or hooking up other speakers came to naught.
Then, to the rescue, came The Big Boss. He and his wife had just installed new equipment (again), and gave Sweetie the biggest screen he's ever had. Since theirs had hung from the ceiling, they had no stand, so we had to improvise with C-clamps and wood blocks on a sturdy metal shelf.
All it took after Sweetie got the wood and clamps was for me to get up from what i was doing five times,
to figure out how to put the clamps in place,
to help haul the monster to where it belongs, which only cost me one slightly smashed finger when Mr. Impatient yanked on something,
to hook up the DVD player
to program the universal remote to get the monster to recognize the DVD player, and
to show him, again, how to use the remotes.
Then four trips to adjust the brightness, contrast, color and sound.
Then four trips to adjust the brightness, contrast, color and sound.
The world is once again as it should be, and movie night is back.
Administrative Professionals Day -- US
Arita Ceramic Fair -- Arita, Japan (finest porcelain in Japan; during Golden Week until May 5)
Buddha Day/Buddha's Birthday -- dates can vary by country
Cheng Cheng Kung Landing Day -- Taiwan (anniversary of the landing in Taiwan of Ming Dynasty loyalist Cheng Cheng Kung to oust the Dutch colonists)
Feast of the Secret Masters -- can't find any real info on this one, and why should i if it's such a secret, but it is fun to think about
Fish Cleaning Night -- sponsored by David Letterman (it's okay if you don't have an audience, or Mariel Hemingway)
International Dance Day -- International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a UNESCO partner
International Guide Dog Day
Milk-Curdling Day -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
National Adult Public Skipping Day -- because somebody out there either wants you to feel like a kid again, or make a fool of you
National Shrimp Scampi Day
"Peace" Rose Day -- an explanation of this name for the Rosa 'Madame' A. Meilland variety
Remembrance of Victims of Chemical Weapons -- on the day chemical weapons were outlawed in 1997
Ridvan, Ninth Day -- Baha'i (one of the festival days on which work and school should be suspended)
Runic Half Month of Lagu (water) begins
Showa No Hi -- Japan (Showa Day, the birth anniversary of Emperor Showa, begins the Golden Week holiday period of four major national days, through May 5)
Solar Alignment at Teotihuacan, City of the Gods -- Teotihuacan, Mexico (the ritual cave opening aligns to the sunset on Aug. 12 and Apr. 29, the same horizon position of the setting of the Pleiades)
St. Catherine of Siena's Day (Patron of fire prevention, firefighter, nurses, nursing services, people ridiculed for piety, sick people; Europe; Italy; Theta Phi Alpha Sorority; Allentown, PA, US; Siena, Italy; Verazze, Italy; against bodily ills/sickness, fire, miscarriages, sexual temptation)
Walk @ Lunch Day -- founded and encouraged by Blue Cross / Blue Shield
World Wish Day -- from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, marking the date in 1980 that local police let seven-year-old leukemia patient Chris Grecicius be an officer for a day, sparking the idea of the Make-a-Wish Foundation
Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)
Zipper Day -- while i can't confirm it, the modern zipper was supposedly patented on this day in 1913
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, marries Catherine "Kate" Middleton, 2011
Mike Nichols marries Diane Sawyer, 1988
Princess Irene marries Prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma, 1964
Andre Agassi, 1970
Uma Thurman, 1970
Carnie Wilson, 1968
Eve Plumb, 1958
Michelle Pfeiffer, 1958
Daniel Day-Lewis, 1957
Kate Mulgrew, 1955
Jerry Seinfeld, 1954
Nora Dunn, 1952
Dale Earnhardt, 1951
Johnny Miller, 1947
Zubin Mehta, 1936
Lane Smith, 1936
Rod McKuen, 1933
Robert Gottlieb, 1931
Celeste Holm, 1919
Tom Ewell, 1909
Duke Ellington, 1899
William Randolph Hearst, 1863
Oliver Ellsworth, 1745
"ABC's Wide World of Sports"(TV), 1961
"Young Dr. Malone"(Radio), 1940
"There Shall be No Night"(Play), 1940
Roget's Thesaurus(Publication date), 1852
Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major(Mozart K. 454), 1784
Today in History:
The Moors arrive at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, 711
Joan of Arc arrives at Orleans to relieve the siege, 1492
Francis Drake leads a raid in the Bay of Cádiz, sinking at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet, 1587
Eleven Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru, 1623
The Ming Dynasty occupies Taiwan, 1661
James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia, 1770
The French Fleet prevents Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope, 1781
Peter Roget publishes the first edition of his Thesaurus, 1852
The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the trolleybus – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin, 1882
Gideon Sundbach of Hoboken, NJ, receives a patent for the zipper, 1913
The North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden, the biggest in world, officially opens, 1930
The telephone connection of England-Australia goes into service, 1930
The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast airs, and episode of "Space Patrol" shown over ABC affiliate KECA in Los Angeles, 1953
The first military nuclear power plant opens, in Ft. Belvoir 1957
A cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless, 1991
Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production, 2004
Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation, 2005
Economic losses mount and class action lawsuits are filed as the U.S. Coast Guard plans a controlled burn to remove spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010
The International Chemical Weapons Convention deadline for chemical weapon stockpiles comes into effect, 2012
German Measles is declared eradicated from North and South America, the first world regions to do so, 2015
The animated series “The Simpsons” surpasses "Gunsmoke"'s 635-episode count to have highest episode count of any series on TV, 2018