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 Charlotte/Mother Owl at her blog. A big thank you to Charlotte for providing such wonderful prompts this month!
This week's prompts are
and/or this photo
"Is it just me, or has my life become a bit, well, HUMDRUM?" she asked her friend as they looked up into the sky through the branches of the bare tree under which they were sitting.
"Maybe a little, but you seem TROUBLED by it, and if it's causing a problem it needs to be solved."
"It seems a PUNY problem to put too much energy into," she started and her friend interrupted.
"Wrong attitude," her friend responded with hint of RIGHTEOUS indignation in her tone. "The idea that just because your problems aren't as bad as other people's problems means you have no problem is wrong. If something's causing a problem, it needs to be solved."
"How do you solve the problem of a life that's gotten a little dull around the edges?"
"You aren't HAPLESS like this tree here. If the tree isn't getting enough water, it can't go fetch water. If you need more happiness or excitement or whatever it is you need in your life, you have the capacity to get up and go get it. Speaking of getting up and going to get something, I'm getting hungry so I'm going to get up and go fetch myself a sandwich. Are you coming?"
"Sure," she laughed. "You know, you're QUIRKY but you have good answers."
"That's why you keep me around!"
Autonomy Day -- French Polynesia
Camera Day -- internet generated, but a fun one to celebrate
Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul -- Christian
St. Paul, Patron of Greece, Malta, rope makers, tentmakers, upholsterers
St. Peter, Patron of clockmakers, fishermen, Russia; against fever, foot trouble, wolves
a recognized holiday in Chile; Holy See; Italy; Malta[l-Imnarja]; Peru; GR and TI, Switzerland; Wallis and Fortuna
Haro Wine Festival -- Haro, LaRioja, Spain (a festival that includes a Battle of Wines, where wine is thrown from buckets at opposing teams; on the feast day of the city's patron, San Pedro)
Rat-Catcher's Day -- often cited because some of the earliest legends of the Pied Piper claim he took the children on the Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul
Hug Holiday -- while the National Hug Holiday Week has been moved to the beginning of May, this is the original day, and was for quite a while, so go give someone a big hug!
Independence Day -- Seychelles
National Almond Butter Crunch Day
Oharai/Grand Purification Festival -- Shinto
Runic Half-month Feoh (wealth) commences
Waffle Iron Day -- don't know why today, but it's a great gadget, and if you have one, pull it out and use it today
Wicked Fairies Summer Debate -- Fairy Calendar (i'd love to hear this!)
Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece and Denmark, 2008
Amanda Donohoe, 1962
Sharon Lawrence, 1962
Fred Grandy, 1948
Richard Lewis, 1947
Gary Busey, 1944
Robert Evans, 1930
Ray Harryhausen, 1920
Slim Pickens, 1919
Bernard Herrmann, 1911
Nelson Eddy, 1901
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900
James Van Der Zee, 1886
William James Mayo, 1863
George Washington Goethals, 1858
Julia Clifford Lathrop, 1858
Today in History:
An Irish monastic chronicler records a solar eclipse, 512
Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island, 1534
The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground, 1613
Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario, 1786
Coal is discovered on Vancouver Island, 1850
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada's worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec, 1864
France annexes Tahiti, 1880
The first known recording of classical music, Handel's "Israel in Egypt", is made on a wax cylinder, 1888
Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation, 1891
Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government, 1895
France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge "freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes," 1922
Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada receives a patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles, 1937
Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, 1974
The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom, 1976
The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir Space Station for the first time, 1995
Two car bombs are found at Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London, 2007
News that European Union members agree on a deal to help some struggling Eurozone members causes world stock markets to soar, 2012
The Beijing Times reports that up to 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared, partly due to natural forces of decay and partly due to people stealing bricks, 2015
Iraqi forces retake the remains of the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri from the Islamic State; it was the symbolic site where their leader had declared a "caliphate", 2017
Lytton, British Columbia, records Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F), before being destroyed by a wildfire the next day, 2021