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 Margaret Adamson and her friend, Sue Fulcher. They will also feature photographs by Margaret's friend, Bill Dodd. The prompts will be posted on Elephant’s Child's blog.
This week's prompts are:
"Are my TERPSICHOREAN endeavors annoying you, brother?" Ella asked, twirling around the room as her brother sighed deeply.
She'd been practicing the latest assignment from her dance teacher, a vigorous number and rather OBNOXIOUS in her brother's estimation, with GUSTO.
"Using big words again, sister?" Dave asked in return. "Better watch out, next thing you know, you'll be describing our canoe as a FLOTATION device and calling my enjoyment of stamp collecting PHILATELY."
"There's nothing wrong with using big words," Ella smiled at him. "You remember how Uncle Artie always used big words. He said you could use them to get into college, because if you couldn't dazzle the professors with brilliance, you could use your big words to baffle them with bull manure."
"Count on Uncle Artie," David noted drily, "to APPRAISE professors that way. If you want to MEMORIALIZE him like that and SWADDLE all of your essays in 50-cent words, go ahead, but don't rely on them exclusively, it can backfire."
"Breakfast!" The VOICE of their mother, a PHLEGMATIC woman whose cooking the aforementioned Artie used to describe as VOLUPTUOUS, came from the direction of the dining area. "I made YOLK eggs, so don't dawdle, you like them best fresh."
"Of all the 9-letter words in our language, I think I like 'breakfast' the best," Dave said, jumping up and heading for the table.
"At least we can agree on that!" Ella said, following hot on his heels.
Brumalia -- Byzantine Empire celebration of Dyonisus and New Wine Festival; until the solstice
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day -- there used to be a website associated with this day, but it closed; that's no reason for you not to celebrate your uniqueness!
Celtic Tree Month Ruish (Elder) begins
D.B. Cooper Day -- anniversary of the 1971 hijacking
DrinksGiving -- if you've come home for Thanksgiving and are meeting up with old friends for a night on the town, don't forget to call for a ride
Discovery Day -- Tasmania (by Abel Tasman in 1642)
Evolution Day -- On the Origin of Species published this day in 1859
Feast of the Martyrs of Vietnam -- Roman Catholic Church
Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh
Lachit Divas -- Assam, India
National Sardines Day
Persephone Day (a/k/a Kore -- Ancient Greek Calendar (celebration of her as wheel goddess of the underworld; date approximate, but she is often associated with St. Catherine)
Ragtime Day -- birth anniversary of Scott Joplin
St. Colman of Cloyne's Day (Patron of Cloyne, Ireland)
St. Joachim Ho's Day -- a Martyr of China
St. Mary of Cordoba's Day (Patron of martyrs)
Teacher's Day -- Turkey
Thanksgiving Day -- Norfolk Island
Third Bash of the Tree-Toppers -- Fairy Calendar (fairy creatures who don't believe in "one" or "two", so start counting at three)
Tie One On Day -- an apron! on US Thanksgiving eve, write a note of encouragement or prayer, tuck it in the pocket of an apron, and wrap the apron around a good home or bakery made loaf of bread, then deliver it to someone who needs a kind gesture
Use Even If Seal is Broken Day -- internet generated; observe at your own risk, always!
Katherine Heigl, 1978
Brad Sherwood, 1964
Stanley Livingston, 1950
Rudy Tomjanovich, 1948
Dwight Schultz, 1947
Oscar Palmer Robertson, 1938
William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925
Howard Duff, 1913
Charles "Lucky" Luciano, 1897
Dale Carnegie, 1888
Erich von Manstein, 1887
Alben William Barkley, 1877
Scott Joplin, 1868
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864
Bat Masterson, 1853
Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849
Bram Stoker, 1847
Zachary Taylor, 1784
Laurence Sterne, 1713
Charles Theodore Pachelbel, 1690
Baruch Spinoza, 1632(O.S. date)
"Guys and Dolls"(Musical), 1950
Softball, as a sport, invented this day as a spur of the moment game at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago, IL, US, 1887
Today in History:
Theodosius I makes his formal entry into Constantinople, 380
Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes his Talmudic dictionary, 1105
The Thames River freezes, 1434
First observation of transit of Venus occurred (only 2, record event), 1639
Abel Janzoon Tasman becomes the first European to see Van Damien's Land, later renamed Tasmania, 1642
First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia, 1703
Mt. Vesuvius erupts, 1759
Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species", 1859
Luik-Visé-Maastricht railway opens, 1861
Joseph F Glidden patents his improved barbed wire, 1874
The first US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont, 1896
Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter, 1903
Radio Belgium makes its first transmission, 1923
The first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight, Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to Calif), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days, 1930
In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens, 1932
Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby, 1963
During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again, 1971
A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany due to the 1973 oil crisis; it lasts only four months, 1973
The communist party resigns in Czechoslovakia, 1989
By a margin of only 50.28% t 49.72%, Ireland votes to end the 70 year old ban on divorce, 1995
Ireland presents its austerity package to the European Union and IMF, 2010
Palestinian officials announce their plan to exhume the body of Yasser Arafat too determine if he was poisoned, 2012
An international research team publishes their discovery of 1,500 new viruses found in invertebrates, 2016
Former First Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President of Zimbabwe, replacing ousted dictator Robert Mugabe after a 30-year tenure, 2017
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly win the district council elections in a strong rebuke to Hong Kong leaders, 2019
Scotland's Parliament passes a law making it the first nation to guarantee period products free to all women who cannot afford them, 2020