Wednesday, October 28, 2020

How We Love the Pipes (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


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 to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, i am providing the prompts.  You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.

Feel free to use some, all, or none of the prompts.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!

The prompts for the week are:








the following photo by Maria Orlova on Pexels     

Stepping out onto the balcony of his condo, Frank took a swig of his coffee and noted in passing that the fog was obscuring the view across the river.

This case was still being a BEAR to solve, kind of like the puzzlement that had been his last GIRLFRIEND.  He couldn't figure her out, and he couldn't figure this new widow out, either.

She was running hot and cold, this one.  Sometimes she seemed to actually be missing her husband, and sometimes she acted like she could not care less.  He'd surreptitiously watched her as she threw away some of her late husband's things with  what seemed great HOSTILITY.  He'd watched her go back to the graveyard a couple of times and just stand quietly, raising a tissue to her eyes on occasion.

One of his street informants said he'd overheard her telling a friend she was planning to move back EAST.  Then he got a tip she was seen at the HARDWARE store, buying the types of supplies you'd need to do repairs around the house.

Something still wasn't adding up, even as the coroner kept him abreast of the latest lab results as they trickled in.

Frank hated hitting a brick WALL in an investigation this way, and he knew he had to clear the fog from this case the way the sun was going to burn the fog off of the river.   He had one last trick he was going to try.  He'd head down to the file room when he got to work, start looking through other unsolved crimes.  For some reason, it sometimes sparked a stray thought that moved him past being stuck.

It was worth a try, he had little else to go on in this one.


Today is:

Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day -- just check the fire code before you light that candle

Celtic Tree Month Negetal (Reed) begins

Children's Day -- Australia

Dia do Servidor Publico -- Brazil (Civil Servants' Day)

Flying Baby Day -- celebrating the first baby born on an airplane on this day in 1929

Fyribod (or Forebode) -- Ancient Norse Calendar (announces the beginning of winter; date approximate)

Hari Sumpah Pemuda -- Indonesia (Youth Pledge Day)

Hawaiki Nui Va'a Race -- French Polynesia (spectacular three-day open water outrigger canoe race from Huahine to Raiatea to Tahaa to Bora Bora; through Friday)

Independence Day -- Czechoslovakia (from Austria-Hungary in 1918; still celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia)

International Animation Day -- ASIFA (to honor the day Emile Reynaud presented the first animation to the public)

Isia -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (dates approximate; first day of the 6 day Isis festival)

Lung Health Day -- US (on the Wednesday of Respiratory Care Week; some sites to explore about lung health are here and here   


Mawlid an Nabi -- Islam/Muslim (Prophet's Birthday, celebration begins at sunset)

Milvian Bridge Day -- Christain (day to reflect on the interrelationship of religion and government)

National Chocolate Day

Oxi Day / Greek National Day -- Greece (Sometimes "Ochi" or "Ohi", literally "No Day", celebrating resistance to Mussolini.)

Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day -- internet generated, celebrate at your own risk

Plush Animal Lovers' Day -- internet generated; celebrate your love of stuffed animals today

Runic Half-month Hagal (hailstone) begin

St. Jude Thaddeus' Day (Patron of desperate or hopeless cases -- the reason Danny Thomas chose this saint to invoke as patron of the hospital he helped found.)

St. Paraskevi of Iconium's Day (Patron of fairs and traders; in Russia, patron of marriage; associated in Ukrain with Mokosh, the ancient women's divinity, and celebrated on the final Friday of the month)

St. Simon the Zealot's Day (Patron of curriers, sawmen, tanners)

Wild Foods Day -- as in, grown or caught in the wild (please be careful if you like mushrooms and want to gather your own!)

World Maritime Day Parallel Event -- Durban, South Africa (events to go along with World Maritime Day; through the 30th)

Anniversaries Today:

Statue of Liberty dedicated, 1886

Maimonides College is founded, 1867 (first Jewish college in the US)

R.H. Macy & Co. in NYC opens, 1858

Founding of Harvard University, 1636

Universidad Santo Tomas Aquino is established, 1538 (first university in the New World)

Birthdays Today:

Matt Smith, 1982

Joaquin Phoenix, 1974

Brad Paisley, 1972

Jeremy Davies, 1969

Julia Roberts, 1967

Andy Richter, 1966

Jami Gertz, 1965

Daphne Zuniga, 1962

Lauren Holly, 1963

Bill Gates, 1955

Annie Potts, 1952

Bruce Jenner, 1949

Telma Hopkins, 1948

Dennis Franz, 1944

Jane Alexander, 1939

Charlie Daniels, 1936

Cleo Laine, 1927

Jonas Salk, 1914

Francis Bacon, 1909

Edith Head, 1907

Howard Hanson, 1896

Georges Auguste Escoffier, 1846

Desiderius Erasmus, 1467

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Jack Benny Program"(TV), 1950

"Dead End"(Play), 1935

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique(Tchaikovsky Op. 74), 1893

Today in History:

Constantine the Great defeats Maxentius, 312

Battle of Yaunis Khan in which Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza, 1516

Battle of Amba Sel, in which Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia; the southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad's control, 1531

Peruvian cities of Lima & Callao are demolished by an earthquake, 18,000 die, 1746

Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, 1793

The first railroad in Spain, between Barcelona and Mataro, is opened, 1848

The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, and celebrated by the first ticker tape/confetti parade in NYC, 1886

An earthquake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan, kills 7,300, 1891

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer's death, 1893

The St. Louis police try a new investigation method -- fingerprints, 1904

Czechoslovakia gains its independence in the break up of Austria-Hungary, 1918

The Volstead Act, passed by Congress over Wilson's veto, starts Prohibition, 1919

The first coast to coast radio broadcast of a football game, 1922

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary, 1936

The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1942

Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT, 1948

The modern Kingdom of the Netherlands is re-founded as a federal monarchy, 1954

Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, 1962

Nostra Aetate, the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, 1965*

Britain launches its first satellite, Prospero, into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, 1971

The centenary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York Harbor, 1986

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina, 2007

The US celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, 2011

The World Health Organization ranks tuberculosis alongside HIV as 2014's two deadliest infectious diseases, 2015

The EU agrees to another Brexit extension to January 31 2020


  1. Sounds like an interesting detective story. Hope he finds some clue that would lead him to close the case.

  2. Well, I'll tell you what I'll follow you behind you and when you catch the dirty bugger give him a good smack and CUFF HIM!!!! GOOD LUCK!

  3. Bagpipes always make my eyes leak.
    I am really loving your continuing story - and am always awed at those who can manage to do that week after week.
    My take is below.

    You are my girlfriend but you behaved like a grumpy bear woken from hibernation a month too soon when I rang you. Why?. Just where did this hostility spring from? It has caused a huge divide between us. An almost impassable wall. My love for you is as sure as the sun rising in the East, and deeper than the chasm which has appeared between us. Love can bridge that gap (no hardware or architectural skills required). Love will allow us to come together again. Please, I am begging you, reach out your hand and come to meet me. We can conquer this. Two loving hearts can meet on that bridge and banish the fog with the rays of our love…

    1. Ohh sweet love letter, I would forgive him, or come back or whatever is appropriate.

  4. I love the sound of bagpipes!
    Thank you for continuing your story, I am enjoying it.

  5. I tried to learn playing the bagpipes once. The neighbours liked it so much they broke our windows to hear me better. They asked me to play far away. But I did not have the music score to that song. So they called the police in case they knew what to do.

    God bless.

  6. I actually like bagpipes, and always watched the tattoo on TV as a child and young one.
    I hope Frank gets a brain spark in those dusty archives.
    My continuing story is over Here

  7. That was a terrific story! We think those bagpipe things sound like sad cats crying.

  8. Story is getting really good- can't wait for more.

  9. Crime stories are my favorite. I hope there will be a follow-up to yours. :)

  10. Oh the story. Is he going to arrest her for murdering her husband? I want to know.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  11. What a nice view and I am with X-mas Dolly haha!

    Have a encapsulatedtastic safe week 😷😷😷

  12. MAYBE frank is going to find out there's another :similar: unsolved case that will give him the opening in the wall he needs to solve this one ??!!

    hay, uz tabbies due knot trust that widow ladee..just sayin ~~ ☺☺♥♥

  13. It's National Chocolate Day!!!! I was born for this day. I gotta get some chocolate ice cream now. See ya later.

  14. I love a good mystery. Now I'm wondering what he's going to find, and whether she had something to do with it or not.

  15. My friend Frog is a piper. He teaches it and plays at weddings and funerals and stuff. He says he only needs to know a few songs, people only ask for the standard pipe songs. They are kind of loud in when played in his house...on the plus side he has not rodents or bugs in or around the house.

  16. I LOVE pipers!
    One of the most wonderful experiences of my life was when my son's army unit was given the key to the city and, during the ceremony, they had a 600 piper band play. I still get the shivers when I think of that first amazing note! Awesome!
    I loved your story! Can't wait for the next chapter!

  17. I love your story and hope he can get the case and the widow worked out.
    I love bagpipes when the player can actually play, the newbies still learning are hard on the ears though.