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Today's photos are a little different. Yesterday, i noticed my neighbor's crepe myrtle tree and one branch that stuck out and was abloom at the very end. It charmed me, i thought it was aww-some, and i hope you do, too.
Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border. Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is on a blog break and is sorely missed. Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.
Clothile done did her bes’
When de enfants were small
To teach de love o' books
An' libraries an' all.
Aline done took to readin'
As de cochon like de mud,
A lifelong love of learnin'
In dat petit fille did bud.
Now Tee be a diff'ernt matter
He don' like it nohow,
When Clothile take him to libraries
He wrinkle up hims brow.
Many year had passed by
Clothile be wit' de grands,
Dem petit enfants enchant her
She hold dey little hands,
She read to dem ver' of'en,
She scour out ever' nook,
An' lookin' fo' mo' to read dem,
She foun' a library book!
It be a chil'ren's book an',
When she look in de back,
She see dat Tee done check it out,
An' she have de agita attack!
'Cause Tee done got dat book
Back when he be in grade two,
An' now he be growed an' marry,
What was Clothile to do?
She done call dat Tee boy,
She say, "Guess what I done foun'?
You done check out dis years ago,
It be time to bring it back 'roun'."
An' Tee say, "Sorry, I cain't do dat,
Tho' you don' need to fret,
I'll get to it ver' soon,
But I's not done readin' it yet!"
Baba Au Rhum Day / National Rum Day -- of course, on rum day, bake some cake with the stuff!
Children's Day -- Paraguay
Daimonji Bonfire -- Mt. Nyoigadake, Kyoto, Japan (spectacular bonfires in the shapes of word pictures on the mountains surrounding the city)
Elvis Presley Day -- can you believe he's been gone 36 years?
Festival of the Minstrels -- Tutbury Castle, UK (middle ages; celebrated with great pomp, as the Duke of Lancaster had decreed that they each year elect a new king of the minstrels)
Fete de l'Independance -- Gabon (National Day)
Harmonic Convergence Day -- modern followers of Maya and Aztec calendars
Joe Miller's Joke Day -- anniversary of the death of English comic actor Joseph Miller in 1738
Madonna del Voto Day -- Siena, Italy (a/k/a Palio dell'Assunta, 2nd of the traditional yearly horse races)
National Airborne Day -- US (honors all Airborne Military)
National Tell a Joke Day -- seems internet generated, but probably related to Joe Miller Joke Day
Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day -- internet generated and dangerous!
Restoration of the Republic -- Dominican Republic
Roller Coaster Day -- the first one was patented this day in 1898
Shahenshahi -- DD, DN, GJ, MH, India (Parsi New Year)
Stay at Home With Your Kids Day -- begun by Work at Home Moms ezine in 1999, to encourage and support parents who work from home
St. Roch's Day (Patron of bachelors, dogs, falsely accused people, invalids, surgeons, tile makers; of over 20 cities in Italy as well as Istanbul, Turkey; for relief from pestilence; against cholera, diseased cattle, epidemics, knee problems, plague [Black Death], skin diseases and rashes)
St. Stephen of Hungary's Day (Patron of bricklayers, kings, masons, stonecutters; Hungary; against the death of children)
Surveillance Day -- formerly Wave at the Surveillance Cameras Day, go ahead and make the lives of those monitoring your every move a little less boring and more pleasant by giving a little wave when you know you are being watched
Xicolatada -- Palau-de-Cerdagne, France (hot chocolate festival)*
Yukon Discovery Day -- YT, Canada
Sean Penn marries Madonna, 1985
Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, 1983
Gioachino Antonio Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier, 1846
Seth Peterson, 1970
Steve Carell, 1963
Laura Innes, 1960
Timothy Hutton, 1960
Angela Bassett, 1958
Jeff Perry, 1955
James Cameron, 1954
Kathie Lee Gifford, 1953
Reginald VelJohnson, 1952
Leslie Ann Warren, 1946
Julie Newmar, 1935
Eydie Gorme, 1932
Frank Gifford, 1930
Ann Blyth, 1928
Fess Parker, 1925
Menachem Begin, 1913
George Meany, 1894
T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
Bernarr Macfadden, 1868
Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1862
Hongxi Emperor of China, 1378
"Siegfried"(Opera, WWV 86C), 1876
Today in History:
Henry VIII defeats the French at the Battle of Guinegate/Battle of the Spurs, forcing the French to retreat, 1513
Jack Broughton formulates the earliest code of rules for boxing, 1743
Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese" twins, arrive in Boston to be exhibited, 1829
U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1858
Arica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake, 1868
Gold is discovered in the Klondike, at Bonanza Creek, 1896
Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster, 1898
In Valparaiso, Chile, an 8.6 earthquake followed by fire destroys the city and kills 20,000, 1906
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks, 1930
Democrats nominate Adlai E. Stevenson as presidential candidate, 1956
Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft, 1960
A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market, 1989
For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia), 1997
In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment, 2011
The world's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven Harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots, 2018
*Yes, they celebrate a hot chocolate festival in the summer. It all started when the 15th of August was a feast day on which the locals always drank a bit much, and the chocolatier of the town claimed his brew was a good remedy the day after. The original festival on the 15th has ceased, but the hot chocolate is brewed to this day, served at 11am promptly.