A to Z: Kickball (Six Sentence Story) and Keep Out (Good Fences)

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“That was quite the rousing game of kickball,” Dad said with a smile as the children came trooping in.
“Loud enough to wake the dead,” Mom added with a wink at Dad as she served up bowls of steaming soup with thick pieces of crusty bread.
“Yeah, it was a lot of fun!” said the youngest, who had been allowed to join the big kids, along with their friends up the street, as the scorekeeper.
“And we can’t play any quieter,” one of the older ones added.  “Yelling is the best part!”
Mom and Dad both laughed at this and Dad said, “Well, then, we promise not to put a damper on your yelling or your fun.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Wake.     
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    
If you don’t quite have the money to fix the fence, there’s more than one way to keep critters out:
To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.
Today is:
Big Wind Day — anniversary of the strongest natural wind ever recorded on the earth’s surface, at Mount Washington, NH, US; the wind gusts reached 231 mph
D.E.A.R. Day (a/k/a Drop Everything And Read) — sponsored by the ALA, on Bevery Cleary’s birth anniversary 
Eat All Your Snacks Before the Movie Even Starts Day  — with all the ads before the movie, doesn’t that happen anyway?
Festival of Cerealia — Ancient Roman Calendar (seven day public and private festival for Ceres)
French Quarter Festival — New Orleans, Louisiana, US (celebrate all that makes the Vieux Carre special, antiques, food, and 275 hours of musical entertainment; through Sunday)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Halifax Day — North Carolina, US (anniversary of the resolution adopted authorizing voting for independence in 1776)
Houston Art Car Parade Weekend — Houston, TX, US (the world’s oldest and largest art car parade is on Saturday; festival through Sunday)
Lailat al Miraj — Islam (observance of Mohammed’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; begins at sundown, local customs and dates may vary)
Randox Health Grand National — Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England (the world’s greatest steeplechase, according to many, dating back to 1839; today is Grand Opening Day, tomorrow is Ladies Day, and Saturday is Grand National Day)
Sinhala & Tamil New Year’s Eve — Sri Lanka
St. Sabas’ Day (Patron of Lectors, torture victims)
St. Zeno’s Day (Patron of anglers, children learning to speak, children learning to walk, fishermen, newborn babies; city and diocese of Verona, Italy)
Support Teen Literature Day — US (on the Thursday of National Library Week)
Thingyan — Myanmar (Burmese Water Festival; part of the New Year celebrations)
Walk on Your Wild Side Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, a day in which to do something no one would expect from you
Yom HaShoah — Judaism (Holocaust Remembrance Day; began sunset yesterday, ends at sunset today)
Yuri’s Night — International (Commemoration of first human in space, Yuri Gagarin)
    Cosmonaut’s Day — Russia
    International Day of Human Space Flight — UN
Birthdays Today:
Saoirse Ronan, 1994
Riley Smith, 1982
Claire Danes, 1979
Sarah Jane Morris, 1977
Nicholas Brendon, 1971
Shannen Doherty, 1971
Nick Hexum, 1970
Art Alexakis, 1962
Vince Gill, 1957
Andy Garcia, 1956
David Cassidy, 1950
Tom Clancy, 1947
Dan Lauria, 1947
David Letterman, 1947
Ed O’Neill, 1946
Herbie Hancock, 1940
Dennis Banks, 1937
Tiny Tim, 1930
Ann Miller, 1923
Beverly Cleary, 1916
Henry Clay, 1777
Lyman Hall, 1724
Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, BC599
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“21 Jump Street”(TV), 1987
“Your Hit Parade”(Radio), 1935
“Madame Bovary”(Publication date), 1857
“Oberon, or The Elf King’s Oath”(Weber opera), 1826
The Tatler(Journal, first edition), 1709 Note:  this original version of a publication with the name lasted only two years
Today in History:
Constantinople falls to the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire, 1204
The formal inquest of Galileo by the Inquisition begins, 1633
The first edition of Tatler Magazine is published in London, 1709
The American Civil War begins at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 1861
George C Blickensderfer patents a portable typewriter, 1892
Pierre Prier makes the first nonstop flight from London to Paris, in 3h 56m, 1911 
Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England, 1937
The strongest surface wind gust ever measured, 231 mph, at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, 1943
The Salk vaccine is declared safe and effective, 1955
Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space, 1961
Samuel Doe takes over Liberia in a coup d’etat, ending 130 years of peaceful and democratic presidential successions, 1980
The first launch of a space shuttle, the Colombia, 1981
The Euro Disney Resort officially opens (now Disneyland Paris), 1992
Canter & Siegel post the first commercial mass Usenet spam, 1994
Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwe Dollar as their currency, 2009
Following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Japan raises the crisis level to 7, equal to the disaster in Chernobyl, 2011



6 thoughts on “A to Z: Kickball (Six Sentence Story) and Keep Out (Good Fences)”

  1. I’m so down for taking Claire Danes out for a grilled cheese on her birthday. Talk about the stars aligning! I have a pic of a fence in a civil war park that I’d love to contribute.


  2. Finding your blog for the first time after you left a comment elsewhere during the #Challenge. Enjoyed your letter K posting, that I find a great discipline for a writer….having to tell a story in just these few lines. I am quite sure that in preparing for your posts, you have come out the other side more aware of selecting words that help tell your story with clarity. Good job. If you have time or interest, my theme this year has been BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location and about the great people who sell books. Loved the research and the theme, one of my passions. Hope to see you at one of the stores yet this month.


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