Thursday, March 23, 2023

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"The tension is between the story I want, no, need, to tell, and the story I think they want to hear."

"I can see how that could pose a problem."

"It does.  There's a story needs to be told, and I'm not sure they want this news."

"Are you afraid of no longer being accepted by them?"

"Some people do choose to shoot the messenger, but when I can find the right words to say it, it's a risk I'm probably going to have to take."

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


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!

Driving out in a rural area with Ms. G, i got some rather awful pictures of the long country fences i like to see.


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

I exercise each day

it helps the muscles stay

so I can continue to

do the stuff I like to do!


No, ladies, weights will not

make you look like a guy.

It keeps you young and strong,

and when your older, spry!


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 we saved up enough to try the food at a new local restaurant.  It's Thai and Lao street food, they can make everything in a vegan version, and it's so good!


Today is:

Ancient Roman Calendar Celebrations on this date

     Day of Mouring -- leading up to the festival for Hilaria

     Invocation Day of Mars and Saturn

     Tubilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (ceremony to purify the trumpets used in sacred ceremonies)

Cuddly Kitten Day -- because the cats can't let the dogs get all the attention

Dandelion Dance -- Fairy Calendar

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship -- Hungary and Poland

Day of the Sea -- Bolivia (Dia del Mar)

Liberty Day -- today in 1775, Patrick Henry said, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Lieldienas -- Ancient Latvian Calendar ("Big Days" or "Long Days", four day celebration of spring, each day devoted to a different deity)

National Chip and Dip Day

National Letting Go of Stuff Day -- see for details

National Melba Toast Day

National Puppy Day -- encouraging you to adopt a shelter pup today   

Near Miss Day -- commemorates the mountain sized asteroid that was a near miss on this day in 1989

Rally for Decency Day -- Commemorates the first Rally for Decency, prompted on this day in 1969 by Jim Morrison

Ramadan -- Islam (began sunset yesterday, through April 21)

Republic Day -- Pakistan

St. Turibius de Mongrovejo's Day (Patron of Latin American bishops, native rights; Peru)

Toast Day -- supposedly for the invention of Melba toast; a recent article says it takes 6 steps to toast bread "right"; i say if you can't put bread in the toaster and butter it when it comes out and need long sets of instructions, you shouldn't be let loose in society!

World Meteorological Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

The University of California is founded in Oakland, California, 1868

Birthdays Today:

Michelle Monaghan, 1976

Keri Russell, 1976

Richard Grieco, 1965

Amanda Plummer, 1957

Chaka Khan, 1953

Louie Anderson, 1953

Roger Bannister, 1929

Wernher Von Braun, 1912

Akira Kurosawa, 1910

Joan Crawford, 1905

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bold and the Beautiful"(TV), 1987

"Detective Story"(Play), 1950

"Truth or Consequences"(Radio), 1940

Today in History:

Eighteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. 1066

The first dated edition of Maimonides "Mishna Torah" published, 1490

George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London, 1743

Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech – "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" – at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, 1775

After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home, 1806

Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City, 1857

The Boers and Britain sign a peace accord that ends the First Boer War, 1881

President Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement starting on April 22, starting a Land Run, 1889

The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes, 1903

Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world, 1956

NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young), 1965

Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans, 1980

Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President, 1996

The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji, 2001

In Tokyo, the Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks reports that radioactive iodine in city tap water is two times the recommended level for infants, 2011

GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen, 2016

A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people march on London to demand a new EU referendum, 2019

Syrian Democratic Forces announce the end of the five-year Islamic State "caliphate" with their retaking of the last IS territory, 2019

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for an immediate global ceasefire to battle Covid-19, 2020


  1. Excellent six sentences. I should exercise more, my upper arms are getting flabby now.

  2. Love your poem - and hope the messenger is heard.

  3. Loved your 6 sentences, and the list of anniversaries, very extensive!

  4. Mom doesn't lift weights because she has us. People often ask her if she lifts weights because of her arm muscles from hanging onto dogs.

  5. Weight bearing exercises are a great idea. I really need to get back into my routine but just haven't and there are days I really feel it, too. You do such a good job with the writing prompts - love the little story and poem!

  6. Best of luck telling the story, whatever it is!

  7. metaphorical (or is than an analogy... can never keep them straight) or not, this is surely a challenge those of us who would write stories must face.
    If we're lucky, we face it multiple times as our craft grows.

  8. We love to read about the holidays you post. The Human was excited to see the Latvian holiday as she fondly remembers her trip to Riga, Latvia. We hope Cuddly Kitten Day applies to older felines as well!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Alberto, Oliver & Lily

  9. That was a good tentative story and a good poem too. Your thankful sounds like a nice yummy one. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Nice poem and story. Beautiful long fence. XO

  11. Can be an intimidating task made way more difficult if you can't find the right words. That's definitely when the messenger gets "shot", lol
    Yes! Exercise every day!

  12. I say take the risk...if that means you are breathing your ink to paper.

  13. There is always something here to love, to smile at, to ponder. You cover all the bases. I love reading all the birthdays and different info. It is chip n dip day here everyday for my sweetheart. It is his favorite snack. Have a great weekend.

  14. I am not sure I could exercise in heels. It cracks me up, even on Wheel of Fortune. Vanna is moving up in age and she seems to have slowed down. I think she needs sensible shoes and they certainly make them cute enough today! But the most fake girl in heels with a jackhammer is on one of the DIY shows. C'mon I can not believe anyone in their right mind would wear heels and jackhammer flooring! The last time I wore heels was at our son's wedding in 2016. In 2017 when our second daughter married I went with a classic low heel but super cute silver shoes to match my navy dress. hahaha I am sure I had flats at some point when our oldest married in 2000 as the reception was held in a two story hall and there was no way to get up and down those stairs quickly and I was much younger than. I like comfort over glamour. hahahaha

  15. A heavy-weight in such few words. Loved the poem & SSS.

  16. Great writings and so glad you got out and enjoyed the food ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. Mimi I keep finding you in my SPAM file !! What's with that? I always "retrieve" you of course but I'm sure I miss some of your wonderful poems - THIS one for the lady with the weights is PERFECTION as always!!

    Love, Pam (and Teddy too)

  18. I've always loved 'working out'! Exactly to I can stay 'spry'!
    Don't think I've ever done it in that outfit, though.
    Rats. I want a do-over!


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