Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Road Worth Taking (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday

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"Where did you think this road was going to lead you?"


"To tell you the truth, I was looking for a shortcut..."


"Most shortcuts are just detours to nowhere worth going.  There's a reason even geniuses like Edison and Einstein put in long hours and said it was as much work as smarts, so if you want to get to your destination, you have to decide if you're willing to put in the work or keep looking for the easy road."


"What you're saying is, I've wasted my time."


"No, it's not wasted if you've learned from it."



Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Detour.      






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While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!






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 It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    




We really don't mind advertising hair tonics,

We're paid to do it and mostly like our gigs,

These studio lights are getting hot right now,

Get your pictures, please and get us out of these wigs!



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Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  


Today i am thankful Dr. BowTie had an appointment available, my blood pressure was not good, but it's being seen to now.






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Today is:


Boy's Club Day -- founding in 1906


Brown Bag-It Thursday -- it's cheaper and healthier, and you might like it enough to start a new habit


Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day 2018 -- unless you don't like them, then get to work electing better ones; if you know of a good one, take time today to thank her/him


Circus Day -- the four Ringling Brothers opened their first circus on this day in 1884


Dance to Mark the Third of January -- Fairy Calendar (Third of January is when the Founding Fairy Fathers and Mothers arrived in what is now called Fairyland [no one knows where they lived before, or what lived in Fairyland before], so it is one of their most important days; no one knows why it is celebrated in May, either)


Greek Genocide Remembrance Day -- Greece


Lag B'Omer -- Judaism (began sunset yesterday, ends sunset today)


May Ray Day -- to celebrate being able to go out into the sun's rays as summer nears


National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day -- US (information at Banyan Tree Project)


National Devil's Food Cake Day


New England's Dark Day*


Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl -- Cambodia (Royal Ploughing Ceremony, to mark the beginning of the rice growing season)


Plant Something Day -- because it's fun, and summer is coming so you can!


Praia Municipal Day -- Praia, Cape Verde


St. Dunstan of Canterbury's Day (Patron of armourers, blacksmiths, blind people, gold workers and smiths, jewelers, lighthouse keepers, locksmiths, musicians, silver workers and smiths, swordsmiths; Charlottetown, PEI, Canada)


St. Peter Celestine's Day (Patron of bookbinders; Aquila, Italy)


Youth and Sports Day / Commemoration of Atatürk -- North Cyprus; Turkey



Anniversary Today:


Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd, 1979



Birthdays Today:


Rachel Appleton, 1992

Jordon Pruitt, 1991

Eric Lloyd, 1986

Kevin Garnett, 1976

Kyle Eastwood, 1968

Grace Jones, 1952

Joey Ramone, 1951

Archie Manning, 1949

Andre the Giant, 1946

Pete Townshend, 1945

Nora Ephron, 1941

James Fox, 1939

Francis R. Scobee, 1939

David Hartman, 1937

James Lehrer, 1934

Malcolm X, 1925

Ho Chi Minh, 1890

Nancy Astor, 1879

Johns Hopkins, 1762



Debuting/Premiering Today:


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(Film), 2005

Smokey and the Bandit,(Film)oikRoom Service"(Play), 1937

Gone With The Wind(Publication date), 1936

"L'heure espagnole / How They Keep Time in Spain"(Ravel comédie musicale), 1911



Today in History:


Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America, 1535

Anne Boleyn is beheaded, 1536

Queen Elizabeth I orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1568

French forces under the duc d'Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power, 1643

The Long Parliament declares England a Commonwealth, and England remains a republic for the next 11 years, 1649

King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River, 1749

*A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M, 1780

Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Légion d'Honneur, 1802

Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the Mexican-American War and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for $15 million USD, 1848

Jan Matzeliger begins the first mechanized shoe production, 1885

Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol, 1897

White women win the right to vote in South Africa, 1930

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind is published, 1936

Churchill and Roosevelt set May 1, 1944 as their goal date for D-Day (it had to be delayed over a month because of weather), 1943

The Soviet Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus, 1961

Croatians vote for independence, 1991

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts, 1997

Hundreds of Albert Einstein's scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew Universtiy of Jerusalem in his will, 2003

A rare 19th century torpedo is discovered off the coast of California by the US Navy dolphins, 2013

UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960, 2015

EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo, 2018

Greenhouse gas emissions dropped 17% worldwide in April 2020 when most of the world was in lockdown according to a study, 2020

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Somebody Has A Sense Of Humor (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     






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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 WiseWebWoman.     


This week's prompts are:


withdrawal

pollution

embrace

prosecution

year

represent

cottage

overwhelm 


 and this picture:






"Ladies and gentlemen, if you will please gather around this next piece, it is by our famous local photographer, Mr. Mudd.  Let us all study this great work for a few minutes, and then each of you tell me what you think Mr. Mudd was trying to symbolize by this artistic photograph."


"All right, let us begin, who would like to go first.  You, ma'am."


"Yes, I think the deep hole is symbolizing the desire of each of us for WITHDRAWAL from society in this day and time."


"Excellent insight!  Who is next?  Ah, yes, please."


"This is obviously a visual demonstration of how POLLUTION is eating away at all of us and even at the Earth herself."


"Well said, I am impressed.  You, sir."


"We are to EMBRACE one another deeply, digging into each other's lives, getting to know the truths that are beneath the surface we show the world."


"That's quite insightful.  Ah, yes, please, and speak up, we couldn't hear you well last time."


"The PROSECUTION rests!  Meaning, once you have dug up all the evidence, guilt is self-evident."


"That's...interesting.  Next up?"


"YEAR by year by year, time moves inexorably, none can stop it's rampant pace."


"Oh, yes!  I was hoping someone would see that aspect.  Ma'am?"


"This can REPRESENT representation itself, how one thing stands for another."


"Another I had not thought of, very good.  Sir?"


"Beginning from the bottom, thought you start small, as with a COTTAGE industry, by hard work, you build bigger and bigger."


"Well, I'd never thought to look at this as ascending instead of descending.  Quite good.  And last but not least, yes?"


"OVERWHELM."


"All right, what aspect of overwhelm, can you elaborate?"


"As in, I'm overwhelmed that I managed to end up with such a crazy bunch of nitwits when I signed up for a museum tour!"


(And my apologies for naming the photographer "Mudd," as i have no idea who took this photo and it's quite excellent, but i had to come up with a name for the story.)



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Today is:


Apollon Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)


Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay


Emergency Medical Services for Children Day -- because children need different care, they aren't just tiny adults   


Flag and University Day --  Haiti


HIV Vaccine Awareness Day/World AIDS Vaccine Day    


I Love Reeses Day -- as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago   


International Museum Day -- International Council of Museums (ICOM)   


Lag B'Omer -- Judaism (begins sunset today)


Moonbeam Hopping Gala -- Fairy Calendar


National Cheese Souffle Day


National Employee Health & Fitness Day -- US (originally the 3rd Wednesday in May, but now spreading around the world as Global Employee Health & Fitness Month)   


National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)


No Dirty Dishes Day -- spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, break out the paper plates just on this day


Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day -- Somaliland Region, Somalia


Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day -- Turkmenistan


St. Eric's Day (Patron of Sweden)


St. Theodotus' Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)


Turn Beauty Inside Out Day -- the day to remember what really counts is who you are, not just what you look like


Visit Your Relatives Day -- if they are great, go have fun; if awful, go remind yourself why you moved so far away!


World Goodwill Day -- commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899



Anniversaries Today:


Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152



Birthdays Today:


Tina Fey, 1970

Jari Kurri, 1960

Chow Yun-Fat, 1955

Rick Wakeman, 1954

George Strait, 1952

James Stephens, 1951

Tom Udall, 1948

Reggie Jackson, 1946

Brooks Robinson, 1937

Dwayne Hickman, 1934

Robert Morse, 1931

Pernell Robers, 1930

Pope John Paul II, 1920

Margot Fonteyn, 1919

Perry Como, 1912

Big Joe Turner, 1911

Meredith Willson, 1902

Frank Capra, 1897

Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836

Omar Khayyam, 1048



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself"(Opera), 1887



Today in History:


The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268

Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498

Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593

John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631

Rhode Island passes North America's first anti-slavery law, 1652

Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763

The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783

Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804

The destruction of Saturdays forever after:  Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830

The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843

The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896

A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation  of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896

Bram Stoker's Dracula is published, 1897

The Earth  passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910

Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953

Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980

In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990

Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005

A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009

Italian officials announce that many of the country's public assets will be sold in an effort to reduce the country's debt; plans to sell part of the nation's air traffic control and postal services have already been approved, 2014

WHO member states agree to set up an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, including looking at the WHO itself, 2020