Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Civic Association Wisdom (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, the prompts are being provided by Elephant’s Child.     

This week's prompts are:

  1. Machine
  2. Telephone
  3. Fiction
  4. Delightfully
  5. Trap
  6. Skulduggery


  1. Groaned
  2. Umbrella
  3. Fertile
  4. Corner
  5. Deft
  6. Selection

"It's SKULDUGGERY, I tell you!"

"What is, Grandpa?"  Alissa smiled, but inwardly she GROANED.  Grandpa was a wonderful man, had been a great farmer and provider for his family, an upstanding citizen and elder in the church.  As he got older, though, he had what she thought of as a DELIGHTFULLY FERTILE imagination about what trouble new inventions were going to cause.  He fought against them with all his might and main.

The latest was the TELEPHONE, a MACHINE he was certain was going to cause the "ruination of people, especially the womenfolk!"  He'd heard, or so he said, that one woman in the nearest city had insisted hers be in the kitchen so she could listen in on every conversation on the party line even while she was cooking meals.  "It'll turn people into nothing but idle gossips, talking on that thing all day!  It's a TRAP to make people spend more time jawing and less time doing!" he'd said.

Their small town was finally going to get a line, and Alissa could just imagine how nice it would be to call down to the CORNER store and tell Mr. Jeffers what she needed, saving a trip down there if he happened to be out of it.  Or neighbors letting each other know if that pesky coyote had come back into the area, so they could keep an eye on their henhouses.  Alissa knew having it would be a "modern inconvenience," as they were noisy, especially when the call was for someone else.  That didn't mean she bought into what she thought of as the FICTION that this was a nefarious plot to ruin the country.

"The idea of that noisy talking box in the house, well, we don't need it!" Grandpa was saying.

This was going to take a DEFT touch.

"Grandpa, do you remember when Grandma went into labor with Fred?" she asked.

"Do I ever!" he responded.  "She was having a terrible time, and it was raining fit to beat the band..."

"And you had to get your galoshes and umbrella and go to town for the doctor on foot, it was storming so much with the thunder so loud the horse wouldn't leave the barn."

"I'll never forget, and was I thankful when we got back to the house.  I thought for sure I was going to lose them both!"

"Well," Alissa was careful in her SELECTION of words, "what if you'd had one of these new talking machines and could have just called for the doctor.  Wouldn't that have been better than leaving her here with only the other two children and the hired man while you had to travel in all that weather to go get him?"

"I'm not saying it might not be useful in a case like that," he glowered at her.  "What I'm saying is that it's not going to be used all the time for important things, it's going to be misused most of the time for idle chatter when people would be better off doing chores or housework or reading their Bible."

"Grandpa," she went even more carefully, "don't some people misuse the Bible?"

"Of course some people do."

"Does that mean we shouldn't use it at all?"

"It's a different case, young lady, don't try to take me down that path."

"Well, Grandpa, do you want us to quit using the reaping machines, taking so much longer to bring in the harvest?  And what about trains?  Can you imagine if we had to go back to using the horse and buggy when we want to go visit the cousins?  By train it's a few hours, but by buggy it's two days.  Modern inventions can be misused, but they can also be a huge help."

Grandpa just sat and frowned.  He knew he was going to lose this battle, but he wanted to go down fighting.

Alissa took the starch out of him when she said, "I'll tell you what.  How about if you get to decide where we put it in the house so it will be the least distracting.  And if you honestly think, after we've had it a good while, that it's causing more harm than good to our family, we can always have it taken out."

"Humph.  Just like your Grandma, you can always talk me into letting you get your way.  It's a deal."

Alissa smiled again.  "Grandpa, I'm going to make a prediction.  The first time that Monday rolls around and you call the pastor to discuss his previous day's sermon with him instead of having to hitch up the buggy and ride to the manse, you're going to be glad we have it."

"Maybe.  Just as long as we stop at the telephone and you don't get any ideas about those new horseless carriages.  Now those things are a menace!"


Today is:

Assassination of the Hero of the Nation Day/Prince Rwagasore Day -- Burundi (Commemorates the assassination of Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961.)

Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day -- at your own risk! sponsored by Susan E. Schwartz of "Teddies Are The Answer"

Clean the Crumbs Out of the Broiler Oven Day -- keep it working longer, and prevent a potential fire

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence -- US (students around the nation are asked to sign the Pledge Against Gun Violence)   

Emergency Nurses Day

Fontinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (garlanding of fountains)

H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadeg The Great Memorial Day -- Thailand

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction -- UN 

International Skeptics Day -- while there are skeptic organizations around the globe, there's no documentation of this being celebrated internationally; maybe the creator of the day wanted us to be skeptical about it?    

John Peel Day -- UK (in honor of his last broadcast)

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day -- find information about this disease here   

Modern Mythology Day -- internet generated, go look up a few modern myths on or snopes and have a good laugh

National Fossil Day -- US (National Park Service information

National M&M Day

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day -- because about half of pets in the US are overweight or obese 

National Stop Bullying Day -- use #NationalStopBullyingDay to post on social media (begun in 2009 by eighteen 6th grade students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School, now a nationwide movement)

National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day -- US (sponsored by Kiwi Magazine, encouraging parents to go to school and have lunch with the children, learning what goes into a healthy lunch) 

National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Navy Establishment Day -- US

Runic Half-month Wyn (joy) begins

SAVE Today -- US (Stop America's Violence Everywhere, a day created in 1995 by the American Medical Association Alliance)

St. Colman's Day (Patron of horned cattle, horses, and those who are to be hanged; Austria; against death by hanging and plague; a blessing of horses and cattle is still held at Melk on this day)

St. Edward the Confessor's Day (Patron of kings, those in difficult marriages, separated spouses; the English Royal Family)

Train Your Brain Day -- spread around the internet by no one knows whom, but today is a good day to commit to doing what you can to keep your brain young

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech), 1885

Cornerstone of the White House laid, 1792

US Navy is authorized by the Continental Congress, 1775

Birthdays Today:

Ashanti, 1980

Sacha Baron Cohen, 1971

Nancy Kerrigan, 1969

Kate Walsh, 1967

Kelly Preston, 1962

Jerry Rice, 1962

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, 1961

Marie Osmond, 1959

Chris Carter, 1957

Sammy Hagar, 1947

Pamela Tiffin, 1942

Paul Simon, 1941

Melinda Dillon, 1939

Nan Mouskouri, 1934

Jesse Leroy Brown, 1926

Lenny Bruce, 1925

Margaret Thatcher, 1925

Nipsey Russell, 1924

Yves Montand, 1921

Cornel Wilde, 1915

L. L. Bean, 1872

Rudolf Virchow, 1821

Mary Hays "Molly Pitcher" McCauley, 1754

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"(Play), 1962

"Kukla, Fran and Ollie"(TV), 1947

Today in History:

Nero becomes emperor, 54

The Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania, 409

Rabbi Issac Abarbanel begins his exegesis on the Torah, 1483

Jonathan Swift publishes the last of Drapier's letters, 1724

Charles Messier discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy, 1773

First publication of the "Old Farmer's Almanac", 1792

George Washington lays the cornerstone of the "Executive Mansion" (White House), 1792

Founding of B'nai B'rith, 1843

The first arial photo taken in the US, from a balloon over Boston, 1860

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations, which begins the revival of it as an active and growing language, 1881

Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude, 1884

Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14, 1892

Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey, 1923

Premier of "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie", 1947

Fiji joins the United Nations, 1970

The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C, 1976

Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois, 1983

End of the Lebanese Civil War, 1990

The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue, 2010

In China, 23 elder members of the Communist Party of China call for ending the country's restrictions on free speech, 2010

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2016

Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history when she wins a record 25th medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, 2019

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei sets a new world record of 2:14.04 for the women's marathon in Chicago, beating Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old mark, 2019


  1. I love it - and your story is much more fully and better developed than my snippet.

  2. I need wisdom and right choice of words like Alissa. Great story. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Be like the trees - let some things go.

    Thanx for this, Mimi.

    God bless.

  4. Great story. Mom remembers the party line. I guess her grandparents had one and it never made sense to Mom but she did listen in sometimes when she visited her grandparents.

  5. LOL good sign ha! :-)

    Have a letgotastic week 👍

  6. Love the sign. It's spot on.

    Love your use of the prompts. My grandparents were like that. You made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  7. This story just proves that nothing has changed ;) I liked it much!

  8. I love that sign! What a lovely story, what a deft touch she had with her grandfather, diplomacy and logic wins out - yay!

  9. I dread to think what they will they come up with next! Love the seasonal sign.

  10. National M&M day sounds like a perfectly good reason for celebration.

  11. I think Granpa would turn over in his grave to see what phones led to. :)

  12. Creative writing from the prompts and the Sign brings a great message ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Happy Fall to you to Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  14. ~~~~~~ and with today's "smart phones" we can't begin to think what grandpa would say !!! great story :) ☺☺♥♥

  15. Lovely story as always. I like the sign too.

  16. That sign it so true! That's a terrific story and Grandpa may have been right!

  17. Teddies ARE the answer (not the telephone) Grampa could have been mine. Mimi terrific post today (and yesterday) You ROCK!

  18. I love your story and Grandpa does have a good point about too many people spending hours in idle chatter on the phone. Wait until he finds the convenience of the horseless carriages though.

  19. Love that quote and something that I needed to read today, thanks for sharing!

  20. I sure enjoyed this read. Thanks for everything you do and say and print. HUGS and LOVE


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