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.
The prompts this week are:
"My brother, while I am most obliged to you for your indulging me in spending a night in your beautiful abode, could I possibly request that you lower the timbre of your voice just a smidge, as I seem to have a touch of VEISALGIA from my outing last night."
Mort sat at the TABLE while Frank bustled about his kitchen BREWING coffee. He gave Mort a stern look that was ignored, and said, "Mort, there's nothing STOIC about you, is there?"
"Well, I will admit that last evening with the lovely young lady I was trying to court did not turn out as I had planned..."
"You don't say," Frank's voice was drier than a martini.
"And I have always worn my heart on my sleeve in such matters," Mort ended his sentence, and Frank finally gave in and laughed.
"Well, here's a brotherly hint or two for the next time you are wanting to court a young lady, as you put it. First, don't drink so much that you end up playing a prank on her friend and THROWING the woman's purse into the ILEX bush. Second, don't eat all of her GELATO. And finally, remember that it's illegal to go wading in the WATERFALL pool in the atrium at the hotel."
"Especially," Mort added morosely, "when you are wearing colored socks that fade so easily. My feet are dyed INDIGO this morning."
"That would have been the least of your troubles if I hadn't been following a murder suspect and ended up at the same place as you. The 'young lady' you were 'courting' was ready to call the police and they wouldn't have hesitated to clap you in IRONS, even if you are my brother. In fact, thinking about it, I'm still tempted to go get a bamboo pole with a metal FERRULE at the end of it and give you one of those spankings our dad seemed to have forgotten!"
Mort looked at Frank, and his eyes glistened. "Thank you. Really, thank you. I shouldn't have gone out last night, and you are right. Is there anything I can do to show you I appreciate what you've done, keeping me out of worse trouble last night?"
"Actually," Frank hesitated. "There's a crime I'm trying to solve. Well, I am starting to think it's more than one. After you shower and eat some breakfast and start feeling better, I'll tell you some of what I am thinking. There may be a way you can use your comedic wit and charm to get some answers out of a suspect who isn't going to let me get near her."
Chicken Lady Day -- Miami, FL, US (in honor of The Chicken Lady, whose nonprofit organization helps people get over being "chicken" about public speaking)
Citizenship Day -- Northern Mariana Islands
Community Service Day -- Dominica
Constitution Day/National Day -- Tonga
Feast of Qudrat (Power) -- Baha'i
Flag Day -- Panama
Giorno dell'Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate and Victory Day -- Italy (National Unity and Armed Forces Day; celebration of the 1918 Treaty with Austria)
Guy Fawkes Eve -- sometimes called Mischief Night in some parts of Australia, UK, and New Zealand, although that is more appropriate to April 30/October 30
Honeymoon Day -- reminisce about your own special trip, on the birth anniversary of Art Carney
King Tut Day -- his tomb was opened this day in 1922
Ludi Plebeii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (public games, through the 17th)
National Candy Day -- guess they're thinking you still have some left over from Hallowe'en
St. Charles Borromeo's Day (Patron of apple orchards, bishops, catechists, seminarians, spiritual directors/leaders, starch makers; Joliette, Quebec; Lombardy, Italy; Monterey, CA; Rocca di Papa, Italy; against abdominal pain, colic, intestinal disorders, stomach diseases, ulcers)
a Bank Holiday in Andorra
Unity Day -- Russia
Will Roger's Day -- especially in OK, US; related observance
Use Your Common Sense Day -- because "Common sense ain't all that common."
Waiting for the Barbarians Day -- internet generated, and i thought they came and took over a long time ago!
Taking of the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran -- 1979
Discovery of King Tut's Tomb -- 1922
Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd, 1842
Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange, 1677 (ruled jointly as William and Mary)
Sean "Diddy" Combs, 1970
Matthew McConaughey, 1969
Andrea McArdle, 1963
Ralph Macchio, 1962
Jeff Probst, 1962
Kathy Griffin, 1960
Markie Post, 1950
Laura W. Bush, 1946
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1946
Loretta Swit, 1937
Doris Roberts, 1930
Martin Balsam, 1919
Art Carney, 1918
Walter Cronkite, 1916
Will Rogers, 1879
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740 (wrote the hymn "Rock of Ages")
"Crimes of the Heart"(Henley play), 1981
"One Man's Family"(TV), 1949
"Prince Igor"(Borodin opera), 1890
Symphony No. 1 in C minor(Brahms Op. 68), 1876
Today in History:
The Flood of the Arno River causes massive damage in Florence, Italy, 1333
Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, 1429
Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal, arrested, 1529
Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria, 1783
The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour, 1825
Benjamin Palmer patents an artificial leg, 1846
Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown, 1873
Tonga adopts a constitution, 1875
James Ritty patents the cash register, to combat the pilfering of the till by the bartenders in his Ohio saloon, 1879
London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell, 1890
The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome, 1921
Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female US State governor, in Wyoming, 1924
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, 1955
Two-thirds of Florence, Italy is submerged as the River Arno floods; together with the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this leads to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books, 1966
Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life, 1970
The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the oil crisis, as the highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters, 1973
First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web, in San Francisco, 1994
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli, 1995
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress, 2002
Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, 2008
In Australia's Northern Territory in the lands of the Jawoyn people, archaeologists discover what is believed to be the world's oldest example of a stone ax, estimated at 35,500 years old, 2010
The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa, 2014
Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, becomes the first African-American Senator from the south since the Reconstruction, 2014
Justin Trudeau is sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and women, 2015
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained, 2017