Memory Lane (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“What’s Dad doing over there, grinning like he won the lottery?”
“He’s taking a trip down memory lane, looking at pictures from our honeymoon.”
“See how great your Mom looked in a swimsuit, hubba-hubba!”
“Ewwww, I didn’t need to hear that!”
“What do you mean, ewww, your Mom was and still is the prettiest woman around!”
“Okay, okay, Mom’s beautiful, now will you two quit kissing in front of us kids!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Trip.      
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 other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
We are seeing this more and more around here, automatic gates with solar panels on the side, and i like that.
Today is:
Ashura — Islam (optional day of fasting that begins at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)
Birthday of the Sun — Inca (date approximate; a few days before the Autumn Equinox, all fires, including that at the Temple of the Sun, were extinguished and 3 days later ceremonially relighted using only glass to concentrate the sunlight on cotton; followed by 8 days of feasting)
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 10, Disarmament (sponsored by We, the World)   
Feast of Orlog — Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (date approximate)
Feast of Zywie — Poland (goddess of longevity and health; date approximate)
Genesia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor the dead, especially those who died in wars)
Mid-South Fair — Southaven, MS, US (original and fun since 1856! through the 30th)
National Farm Safety Day — US (can’t find a sponsor, but farming is hard and dangerous work, so it’s a good idea)
National Rum Punch Day
National Teach Ag Day — US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)    
National Youth Day — Thailand
Okuma-kabuto Festival — Nakajima, Japan (Noto Peninsula’s top autumn festival)
Pause the World Day — because we’ve all wanted to do this at one time or another 
St. Eustace’s Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
Virginia Peanut Festival — Emporia, VA, US (and you thought all peanuts came from Georgia! come enjoy peanuts and carnival, quilt show, a peanut butter sculpture contest, fireworks, and more the Virgina way; through Saturday)
Birthdays Today:
Kristen Johnston, 1967
Guy LaFleur, 1951
Taro Aso, 1940
Sophia Loren, 1934
Anne Meara, 1929
Donald A. Hall, 1928
Dr. Joyce Brothers, 1928
Red Auerbach, 1917
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, 1890
Maxwell Perkins, 1884
Upton Sinclair, 1878
Rama V, King of Thailand, 1853 (eldest son taught by Anna, of “The King and I” fame)
Emperor Takakura of Japan, 1161
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Cosby Show”(TV), 1984
“Eubie”(Revue), 1978
“The Phil Silvers Show”(TV), 1955
“The Corn is Green”(Play), 1938
Today in History:
Atilla the Hun defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne by General Aetius, 451
Saladin begins the siege of Jerusalem, 1187
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, 1633
Maryland passes the first “anti-amalgamation” law to stop English women from marrying black men, 1664
The Negro Convention of Free Men agrees to boycott slave-produced goods, 1830
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created, 1848
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company, 1857
The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 1891
The Otis Elevator Company unveils the first escalator at the Paris Exposition, 1900
Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania is launched, 1906
The first Cannes Film Festival is held, 1946
James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi, 1962
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched, 1967
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joins the UN, 1977
Walt Disney World hosts its 200 millionth guest, 1985
U.S. President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”, 2001
The US Military ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, 2011
Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales, 2013
President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal’s new constitution into law in Kathmandu, 2015
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 2,975, 2017



Trying to Remember (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Honey, I’m out of that stuff again!”
“What stuff?”
“That supplement!”
“Which one?”
“The one that’s supposed to help you not lose your memory, you know, the one with the name I can never remember!”
“The memory supplement with the name you can’t remember — I don’t think it’s working!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Supplement.     
Please note that the above story is an actual conversation, the names will not be said out loud to protect the gullible.
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
A white picket, always a hit with me:
Today is:
Defy Superstition Day — go walk under that ladder!
Dia de los Ninos Heroes — Mexico 
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 3, Environment (sponsored by We, the World)   
Epulum Iovis and Lectisternia — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva)
Feast of San Gennaro — New York, NY, US (an 11 day street fair centered around Little Italy and its Patron Saint, Gennaro, whose feast day is the 19th; includes a Mass and parading of the Saint’s statue on the final Saturday of the celebrations)
Festival of Lighting the Fires of Neith — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fortune Cookie Day — you might need one after that ladder stunt
Ganesha Chaturthi — Hindu (festival to honor the god of prosperity, prudence, and success, Ganesha; local customs and dates can vary, as can official government holiday status)
Hummer/Bird Celebration — Rockport and Fulton, TX, US (ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avians are the stars of this show; through Sunday)
Independence Day — Venda (recognized within South Africa only)
International Chocolate Day — as declared by the National Confectioners Association
National Celiac Awareness Day — US
National Day of the Working Parent — US (can’t find a sponsor, but it’s listed on several sites as the 2nd Thursday of September)
National Peanut Day
Newport International Boat Show — Newport, RI, US (through Sunday)
Osage River Mountain Man Festival and Black Powder Shoot — Lake Ozark, MO, US (reenactment of a pre-1840s wilderness rendezvous; through Sunday)
Positive Thinking Day — think positively that nothing bad will happen because of that ladder!
Programmers Day — Russia, and among programmers around the world (on the 256th day of the year)
    some sites call this “Thank a Programmer Day”
Rhishi Panchami — Nepal (continuation of the women’s festival, a holiday for Female Employees Only)
Roald Dahl Day — it’s his birth anniversary    
Runic Half Month Ken begins (illumination)
Samvatsari — Jain (final and most important day of the Paryushana Parva, the day focused on forgiveness)
Snack-A-Pickle Time
St. John Chrysostom’s Day (Patron of education, epileptics, lecturers, orators, preachers; Constantinople)
Birthdays Today:
Ben Savage, 1980
Fiona Apple, 1977
Stella McCartney, 1977
Tavis Smiley, 1964
Jean Smart, 1959
Nell Carter, 1948
Jacqueline Bisset, 1944
Peter Cetera, 1944
Bela Karolyi, 1942
David Clayton-Thomas, 1941
Fred Silverman, 1937
Richard Kiel, 1939
Judith “Miss Manners” Martin, 1938
Robert Indiana, 1928
Mel Torme, 1925
Yma Sumac, 1922
Roald Dahl, 1916
Bill Monroe, 1911
Claudette Colbert, 1903
Sherwood Anderson, 1876
John J. Pershing, 1860
Milton Hershey, 1857
Walter Reed, 1851
Clara Schumann, 1819
Cesare Borgia, 1475
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Law & Order”(TV), 1990
Divine Madness(Documentary/Comedy), 1980
“Soap”(TV), 1977
“The Muppet Show”(TV)1976
“The Rockford Files”(TV)1974
“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”(TV)1969
“Yesterday”(Beatles’ single release), 1965
“Canticum Sacrum ad Honorem Sancti Marci Nominis/Canticle to Honor the Name of Saint Mark”(Stravinsky orchestral piece), 1956
Today in History:
The temple of Jupiter on Rome’s Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September, BC509
Building begins on Hadrian’s Wall, 122
St. Francis of Assisi receives stigmata, 1224
Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, 1503
Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him, 1609
NYC becomes the first capital of the US, 1788
US Government takes out its first loan from NYC banks, 1789
Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec, 1847
Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions, 1848
Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1898
Lusitania completes her maiden voyage, arriving in NYC, 1907
The temperature (in the shade) at Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 57.8*C (136.04*F), 1922
Elizabeth McCombs is the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament, 1933
Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China, 1943
IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305, 1956
Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane, based on barometric pressure, in the Western Hemisphere, 1988*
Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu, 1989
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, 2007
Hurricane Ike makes landfall, damaging Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding area, 2007
Jan van Eyck is credited as the painter of ‘The three mary’s at the tomb’ a painting from the 1430’s held in a Rotterdam museum, 2012
EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers, 2015
Residents of a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, are finally rescued after losing their air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma; 11 do not survive, 2017
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Rohingya refugee crisis now “catastrophic” as 370,000 confirmed to have fled Myanmar, 2017


*Replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005


What a Difference (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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We started out with about a dozen of us, determined to get through things together, first high school, then college, then life.
Dan and Kate married and stayed together, Bob and Roxy married and didn’t, the rest of us found or didn’t find love outside of our circle.
Kids and mortgages, jobs and layoffs and moving, life just kept happening.
We all stayed friends, more or less, mostly more, at least when we could, some closer than others because of physical proximity.
When Keith suddenly died of a heart attack, it hit all of us very hard; at his funeral I kept wondering, how did we get to this point?
One day by one day, like beads slipping off a string, one day by one day, each seeming about the same as before, but in reality, what a difference a day makes.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Difference.    
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
This old red brick fence is one i pass at least once a week:


Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Sao Tome and Principe
Defense Day — Pakistan
Ear and Trumpter Contests for Mice — Fairy Calendar
Festa Della Rificolona — Florence, Italy (one of Florences oldest and most colorful celebrations; through tomorrow)
Fight Procrastination Day/National Do It Day
Flag Day — Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Heritage Open Days — UK  (What’s on your doorstep?  Go find out, explore for free places that often charge admission or are not usually open to the public, castles to cottages to battlefields, all over the country; through the 9th and again the 13th-16th)    
Jeune Genevois — Geneva, Switzerland (Genevan fast, dates back to the 16th century; now a flower and garden show also)
Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival — Estes Park, CO, US (wonderful celebration of the heritage of the Highlands and Ireland; through Sunday)
Marion Popcorn Festival — Marion, OH, US (performances by nationally renowned entertainers, races, parade, arts and crafts, and more popcorn than you could ever shuck; through Saturday)
National Coffee Ice Cream Day — Sweetie swears the best ever was at Howard Johnson Restaurants back in the day
Paryushana Parva — Jain (start of the 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement and a celebration of the natural qualities of the soul; the final day is Samvatsari, the most important day and focused on forgiveness)
Read A Book Day — can’t find the history on who set it for today and why, but enjoy!
Rettir — Iceland (around this time of year; a traditional sheep round up celebrated in Iceland during September and into October, actual round up dates may vary from region to region)
Sacrifice to Hera Thelchinia — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Somhlolo Day — Swaziland (Independence Day)
St. Magnus of Fussen’s Day (Patron of crops; against caterpillars, hail, lightning, reptiles, vermin)
Stillbirth Remembrance Day — Canada (some Provinces); US
Toronto International Film Festival — Toronto, ON, CA (through the 16th)
Unification Day — Bulgaria
Yellow Daisy Festival — Stone Mountain, GA, US (annual arts and crafts festival and fun; through Sunday)
Birthdays Today:
Justin Whalin, 1974
Sarah Strange, 1974
Rosie Perez, 1964
Elizabeth Vargas, 1962
Jeff Foxworthy, 1958
Jane Curtin, 1947
Swoosie Kurtz, 1944
Jo Anne Worley, 1937
Billy Rose, 1899
Joseph P. Kennedy, 1888
Jane Addams, 1860
Catharine Esther Beecher, 1800
John Dalton, 1766
Marquis de Lafayette, 1757
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, 1711
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”(TV), 1955
Jack Dempsey/Billy Miske Boxing Match(First match broadcast on radio), 1920
“La clemenza di Tito/The Clemency of Titus”(Opera, Mozart K. 621), 1791
Today in History:
The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world, 1522
The Spanish “Silver Fleet” disappears off the Florida Keys, 1622
Founding of Salem, Massachussetts, 1628
The first US lighthouse is built in Boston, 1716
Hurricane hits Martinique and Guadalupe, hundreds of ships sink and thousands die on land and at sea, 1776
Thomas Blanchard patents the lathe, 1819
Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio becomes co-ed, with 4 women and 30 men in attendance, 1837
Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807, 1870
Juliana becomes Queen of the Netherlands, 1948
Canada’s first television station, CBFT-TV, opens in Montreal, 1952
Nine Israeli athletes are killed during a rescue attempt after being kidnapped at the Munich Olympic Games; two had died during the kidnapping the day before, 1972
The Soviet Union recognizes the independence of the Baltic states: 
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and restores the name St. Petersburg to Russia’s second largest city, 1991
Cal Ripken Jr of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that stood for 56 years, 1995
Diana, Princess of Wales is laid to rest in front of a television audience of more than 2.5 billion, 1997
China launches an investigation into its commercial pilots upon learning that more than 200 of them had falsified their resumes, 2010
Central Australia reports the first sighting since 1960 of a Central rock rat, 2013
Asteroid 2014 RC makes a close approach to Earth (39,900 km; 24,800 mi), 2014
British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic “superhenge” under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls, 2015


Where Do You Get Them? (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“How do you end up with these people?” she asked her friend after hearing about the latest dramatic episode.
“I wish I knew,” her friend answered.  “They must see a flashing sign over my head that’s invisible to me that says, ‘Sucker for hard luck cases, latch on here!'”
“Well, something has to give, you can’t keep running yourself ragged for people who only care about what you can do for them.”
“I know you are right, but once you are in such a situation, how do you get out gracefully?”
“May I suggest that much of the problem is the ‘gracefully’ part, you simply need to put your foot down and nip it all in the bud.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Latch.      
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
Took this one on the fly from the car.  Sometimes there’s no time to really pull over and stop, so if no traffic is coming, i pull to the side and do the best i can.
Today is:
Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Thoughtful Thursday 
Blue Hill Fair — Blue Hill, ME, US (beautiful “down to earth” country fair; through Labor Day)
Chatter Champion Announced — Fairy Calendar
Constitution Day — Kazakhstan
Day of Satisfying the Hearts of the Ennead (Nine Major Gods) — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Eid-e-Ghadir — Iran
Festival of Charisteria — Ancient Roman Calendar (a day to give thanks)
Frankenstein Day — in honor of Mary Shelley (Interesting, when juxtaposed to the next entry.)
Huey P. Long Day — Louisiana, US
International Day of the Disappeared — Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances — UN
International Whale Shark Day — WiseOceans has more information    
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials — Stamford, England (within the beautiful parklands of Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire; through Sunday)
Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and Fair — Morgan City, LA, US (celebrating the importance of the shrimping and petroleum industries in Louisiana, it includes one of the most unique children’s villages among such events and a Blessing of the Fleet; through Labor Day)
National Holistic Pet Day — celebrating the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine for animals
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
Popular Consultation Day — East Timor
Santa Rosa de Lima — Peru
St. Fiacre’s Day (Patron of box makers, cab drivers, costermongers, florists, gardeners, hosiers, pewterers, taxi drivers, tile makers; against barrenness, fistula, haemorrhoids, piles, sterility, syphilis, venereal disease)
Talk Intelligently Day — holiday thought up by someone tired of non-intelligent conversations (maybe with co-workers?)
Victory Day — North Cyprus; Turkey
    Turkey’s Hellespont Swim — one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes is closed so that over 300 participants can swim the Hellespont from Europe to Asia, a Victory Day commemoration of winning the Turkish War of Independence in 1922 against the Greeks
Anniversary Today:
Roman Polanski marries Emmanuelle Seigner, 1989
Birthdays Today:
Cameron Diaz, 1972
Michael Michele, 1966
Michael Chiklis, 1963
David Paymer, 1954
Timothy Bottoms, 1951
Lewis Black, 1948
Peggy Lipton, 1947
Frank “Tug” McGraw, 1944
Jean-Claude Killy, 1943
Elizabeth Ashley, 1939
Warren Buffett, 1930
Kitty Wells, 1919
Ted Williams, 1918
Fred MacMurray, 1908
Roy Wilkins, 1901
Shirley Booth, 1898
Huey P. Long, 1893
Claire Straith, M.D., 1891
Ernest Rutherford, 1871
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1797
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Ten Years a Slave(Film), 2013
“Anna Lucasta”(Play), 1944
Today in History:
European leaders, in an attempt to end war “for all time”, outlaw the crossbow, 1146
One of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty, begins between the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders, 1363
Capture of the entire Dutch fleet by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell, 1799
Founding of Melbourne, Australian, 1835
Founding of Houston, Texas, 1836
Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, 1901
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in south Louisiana, the longest bridge over water (continuous, not aggregate) that is not also a viaduct, opens, 1956
The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation, 1963
Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1967
Guion Bluford becomes the first African American astronaut in space, 1983
NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces, 1995
A commercial expedition to raise part of the sunken British luxury liner Titanic ended in failure, 1996
Harley-Davidson celebrates its 100th anniversary in Milwaukee with a parade of 10,000 motorcycles, 2003
India and Pakistan agree to release hundreds of fishermen and other civilians in each other’s jails as part of their ongoing attempts to negotiate peace between their nations, 2005
Sumatra’s Sinaburg volcano continues to erupt, two people are killed and 21,000 are evacuated from the vicinity, 2010
In Chile, 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the surface make contact with their families for the first time in three weeks since the incident, 2010
In the face of signs that Russian troops and equipment are aiding rebels in eastern Ukraine, the E.U. proposes further sanctions against Russia; President Vladimir Putin denies the charges while calling for independent statehood of the region, 2014


A Bonus Day (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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The stars in their courses, for once, conspired for me instead of against.
One client was out of town, and told me to come on by any time before she got back, in September.
One was sick, and so didn’t want me to come over, another had company.
Thus i got to the out-of-town client before her usual day and got it all done.
Today, for the first time in several months, i have a complete day off.
Don’t ask me to go anywhere or do anything, i am not traveling any further than my own mailbox!
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Mailbox.      
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
It would be a very nice fence if it could straighten up:
Go home, leaning fence, you’re drunk!
Today is:
Acton Fair — Acton, ME, US (an old fashioned country fair plus midway, stage shows, and a great good time; through Sunday)
Black Ribbon Day — Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania
Cobblestone Festival — Falls City, NE, US (something for everyone; through Sunday)
European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism — European Union
Flag Day — Ukraine
Great Feast of the Netjeru (all gods and goddesses) — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Health Unit Coordinator Day — US (National Association of Health Unit Coordinators, Inc.)    
Hotter ‘n H*ll Hundred Bike Race — Wichita Falls, TX, US (four days of challenging events and inspiring activities as cyclists of all ages compete in the largest sanctioned century ride in the US, in the Texas summer heat)
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
National Spongecake Day
Nemeseia — Ancient Greek Calendar (local festival to the goddess Nemesis, date approximate)
Prairie Village Jamboree — Prairie Village, Madison, SD, US (keeping the old prairie life heritage alive for new generations; through Sunday)
Ride the Wind Day — internet generated, a day to get out and ride with the wind in your hair, in whatever transport you choose, or fly a kite
Schueberfouer Shepherd’s Fair — Luxembourg (a two week fair that dates from 1340)
Sento Kuyo — Nenbutsu-Ji Temple, Adashino, Kyoto, Japan (memorial service for graves that no longer have families to tend them; through tomorrow)
St. Eoghan’s Day (Patron of Derry, Ireland)
St. Rose of Lima’s Day (Patron of embroiderers, florists, gardeners, needle workers, people ridiculed for piety; The Americas/The New World, especially Central and South America, Latin America, Peru, and the West Indies; Lima, Peru; Philippines, Santa Rosa, CA, US; Villareal Samar, Philippines; against vanity)
Valentino Memorial Service — Hollywood Cathedral Museum, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Los Angeles, CA, US (annually since 1927, a memorial service celebrating Rudolph Valentino on the anniversary of his death)
Vertumnalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (in honor of Vertumnus and Pomona)
Vulcanalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival to the god of fire)
Watermelon Festival — Winterville, NC, US (sticky fun; through Saturday)
Birthdays Today:
Kobe Bryant, 1978
Jay Mohr, 1970
River Phoenix, 1970
Queen Noor of Jordan, 1951
Rick Springfield, 1949
Shelley Long, 1949
Antonia Novello, 1944
Patricia McBride, 1942
Richard Sanders, 1940
Tony Bill, 1940
Barbara Eden, 1934
Sonny Jurgensen, 1934
Mark Russel, 1932
Vera Miles, 1930
Gene Kelly, 1912
Edgar Lee Masters, 1868
Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, 1785
Louis XVI, 1754
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“She Loves You”(Beatles single release date), 1963
“The Bat”(Mystery play), 1930
“Gasoline Alley”(as a daily comic strip), 1919
Today in History:
On the feast of Vulcan, Roman god of fire, Mt. Vesuvius begins to rumble, 79
Visigoths storm Rome, 410
Edward I executes William Wallace, Scottish patriot, for high treason, 1305
French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada, 1541
Rabbi Joseph Caro completes his commentary of Tur Code, 1542
The St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre of Huguenots in Paris begins, 1572
The first one-way streets open in London, 1617
Steamship service begins on the Great Lakes, 1818
Great Britain abolishes slavery in the colonies, 700,000 slaves are freed, 1833
Automobile tire chain is patented, 1904
The World Council of Churches is formed, 1948
Lunar Orbiter I takes the first picture of Earth from the Moon’s orbit, 1966
Bryan Allan, in a Gossamer Condor, completes the first man-powered flight of one mile, 1977
Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the US, 1979
Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany, 1985
Hungary opens the Iron Curtain and allows thousands of East Germans through to West Germany, 1989
West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on Oct. 3, 1990
The remains of Anastasia and Alexei, rumored to have survived the 1917 assassination of the Russian Czar and his family, are found, 2007
Heavy winds knock down the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam, breaking off approximately one meter above the ground, 2010
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown, 2011
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, announces he will not contest the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges of doping, a result of which will include being stripped of all of his tour de France victories, 2012
Libya’s ruins of Cyrene, a World Heritage Site near Shahhat, is damaged by real estate developers, 2013


Can’t Let Them Know (Six Sentence Story) and Faux Good Fences

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They are bigger and stronger than we are, they could crush us.
If we ever backed down, they would do it, too.
We can’t let them know we fear them.
Keep confident, that’s the only way, bluster through if you have to.
When they ask, “Who do you think you are?”
We respond with, “Who wants to know!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Fear.           
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
This one i call a faux fence, because this is the most fence like porch railing i’ve ever seen in my life.
Today is:
Baba Au Rhum Day — of course, on rum day, bake some cake with the stuff!
Bratwurst Day
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival — Bucyrus, OH, US (food and fun celebration of German heritage, with this year’s theme, “Brats, Beers, and Cheers to Brattie’s 50 Years!”; through Saturday)
Children’s Day — Paraguay
Daimonji Bonfire — Mt. Nyoigadake, Kyoto, Japan (spectacular bonfires in the shapes of word pictures on the mountains surrounding the city)
Elvis Presley Day — can you believe he’s been gone 41 years? 
Festival of the Minstrels — Tutbury Castle, UK (middle ages; celebrated with great pomp, as the Duke of Lancaster had decreed that they each year elect a new king of the minstrels)
Fete de l’Independance — Gabon (National Day)
Harmonic Convergence Day — modern followers of Maya and Aztec calendars
Helsinki Festival — Helsinki, Finland (Finland’s largest arts festival; through Sept. 2)
Joe Miller’s Joke Day — anniversary of the death of English comic actor Joseph Miller in 1738
Kentucky State Fair and World Championship Horse Show — Louisville, KY, US (if you love horses, it’s the place to be since 1904; through the 26th)
Little League Baseball® 2018 World Series — South Williamsport, PA, US (through the 26th)
Madonna del Voto Day — Siena, Italy (a/k/a Palio dell’Assunta, 2nd of the traditional yearly horse races)
Milwaukee Irish Fest — Milwaukee, WI, US (the world’s largest Irish music and cultural event outside of the Emerald Isle; through Sunday)
National Airborne Day — US (honors all Airborne Military)
National Tell a Joke Day — seems internet generated, but probably related to Joe Miller Joke Day
National Rum Day
Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day — internet generated and dangerous!
Restoration of the Republic — Dominican Republic
Roller Coaster Day — the first one was patented this day in 1898
Soldiers’ Reunion Celebration — Newton, NC, US (the oldest patriotic event of its kind in the US, honoring all veterans; annually since 1889)
Sour Herring Premiere — Sweden (by ordinance, the year’s supply of sour herring may begin to be sold on the third Thursday in August)
St. Roch’s Day (Patron of bachelors, dogs, falsely accused people, invalids, surgeons, tile makers; of over 20 cities in Italy as well as Istanbul, Turkey; for relief from pestilence; against cholera, diseased cattle, epidemics, knee problems, plague [Black Death], skin diseases and rashes) 
St. Stephen of Hungary’s Day (Patron of bricklayers, kings, masons, stonecutters; Hungary; against the death of children)
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival — Sun Prairie, WI, US (family fun with a carnival, midget auto races, parade, food, entertainment, and lots of hot, buttered sweet corn; through Sunday)
Xicolatada — Palau-de-Cerdagne, France (hot chocolate festival)*
Anniversary Today:
Sean Penn marries Madonna, 1985
Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, 1983
Gioachino Antonio Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier, 1846
Birthdays Today:
Seth Peterson, 1970
Steve Carell, 1963
Laura Innes, 1960
Timothy Hutton, 1960
Angela Bassett, 1958
Madonna, 1958
Jeff Perry, 1955
James Cameron, 1954
Kathie Lee Gifford, 1953
Reginald VelJohnson, 1952
Leslie Ann Warren, 1946
Julie Newmar, 1935
Eydie Gorme, 1932
Frank Gifford, 1930
Ann Blyth, 1928
Fess Parker, 1925
Menachem Begin, 1913
George Meany, 1894
T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
Bernarr Macfadden, 1868
Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1862
Hongxi Emperor of China, 1378
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Siegfried”(Opera, WWV 86C), 1876
Today in History:
Henry VIII defeats the French at the Battle of Guinegate/Battle of the Spurs, forcing the French to retreat, 1513
Jack Broughton formulates the earliest code of rules for boxing, 1743
Chang and Eng Bunker, the original “Siamese” twins, arrive in Boston to be exhibited, 1829
U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1858
Arica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake, 1868
Gold is discovered in the Klondike, at Bonanza Creek, 1896
Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster, 1898
In Valparaiso, Chile, an 8.6 earthquake followed by fire destroys the city and kills 20,000, 1906
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks, 1930
Democrats nominate Adlai E. Stevenson as presidential candidate, 1956
Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft, 1960
A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market, 1989
For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia), 1997
In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment, 2011


*Yes, they celebrate a hot chocolate festival in the summer.  It all started when the 15th of August was a feast day on which the locals always drank a bit much, and the chocolatier of the town claimed his brew was a good remedy the day after.  The original festival on the 15th has ceased, but the hot chocolate is brewed to this day, served at 11am promptly.


Here’s Your Sign (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences, Broken Gates!

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“You’re working too hard, and I’m worried about you!” he said, his voice a good bit louder than he had intended.
“Oh, you’re worried about nothing,” she said with a smile, then added, “and you don’t have to yell.”
“You are putting in too many hours, you are preoccupied, and that shouldn’t happen,” he said in a softer tone, but with a hard edge, “and there’s another thing, you are getting absent minded at home.”
“Absent minded, pish!” she laughed.  “Prove that!”
“Here’s your sign,” he said, pointing to the milk she had just set in the cabinet while putting the cereal in the fridge.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Sign.      
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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    
Some people love these automatic opening gates, but i can do without:
They look nice from the front side.
They even look nice from the back side.
But the opener arms always break sooner or later.
Today is:
Betty Boop Day — she debuted in “Dizzy Dishes” on this day in 1930
Book Lover’s Day — internet generated, but if you love books, go sit under a shady tree with a cool drink and indulge!
Clean Out the Kitchen Cupboards Day — because someone, somewhere, thought it would be a good day to remind us to get rid of the junk in there we haven’t seen since last year
Dag der Inheemsen — Suriname (Indigenous People’s Day)
Edmonton Folk Music Festival — Gallagher Park, Edmonton, AB, Canada (folk music of all kinds and fun for the whole family; through Sunday)
Festival for Sol — Ancient Roman Calendar
Goblin Ugly Contest — Fairy Calendar
Great River Tug Fest — Port Byron, IL, and LeClaire, IA, US (the only tug-of-war across the Mighty Mississippi, this year’s theme is “Rumble Over The River” and the cause supported is Rapid City Fire Protection District; festival through Saturday)
Hope Watermelon Festival — Hope, AK, US (if you’ve never had Hope watermelons, you’ve missed the best!  Through Saturday)
Independence Day / National Day — Singapore(1965)
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples — UN
International Tango Festival and World Championship — Buenos Aires, Argentina (through the 22nd)
Jersey Battle of Flowers — Jersey, Channel Islands, UK (two days of floats and family fun)
Jesse Owens Day — the day he became the first American to win 4 gold medals
“Li’l” Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival — Leonardtown, MD, US (bluegrass music, crafts, old time tractors and cars, and home-cooked meals; bring a lawn chair!  through Saturday)
Nagasaki Day / Moment of Silence — Japan
National Hand Holding Day — sponsored by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith of Chicago
National Hobo Convention — Britt, IA (held each year since 1900, gathering for migrant workers who are proud to call themselves “hobos” and make a living through working where they choose and travelling where they want; through Sunday)
National Rice Pudding Day
National Women’s Day — South Africa
Remembrance for Radbod, King of the Frisians — Asatru/Norse Pagan
Skowhegan State Fair — Skowhegan, ME, US (since 1818, ten days of grand fun; through the 18th)
Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ Day (born Edith Stein, killed at Auschwitz; Co-Patron of Europe; Patron of converts, martyrs, those who have lost their parents, World Youth Day)
Smokey the Bear Day — Smokey first appeared on a U.S. Forest Service poster on this day in 1944
Veep Day — US (commemoration of the day in 1974 Richard Nixon’s resignation let Gerald Ford succeed to the presidency)
Yosakoi Matsuri — Kochi City, Japan (over 100 groups come up with their own Bon dance and costume and have dance competions in the streets, through the 12th)
Anniversaries Today:
Coronation of Albert II of Belgium, 1993
Birthdays Today:
Audrey Tautou,1976
Eric Bana, 1968
Gillian Anderson, 1968
Delon Sanders, 1967
Hoda Kotb, 1964
Whitney Houston, 1963
Michael Kors, 1959
Amanda Bearse, 1958
Melanie Griffith, 1957
Sam Elliot, 1944
David Steinberg, 1942
Robert Joseph (Bob) Cousy, 1928
P.L. Travers, 1899
Joseph Locke, 1805
Amedeo Avogadro, 1776
John Dryden, 1631
Izaak Walton, 1593
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Béatrice et Bénédict (Beatrice and Benedick)”(Berlioz Opera Comique), 1862
Walden(Thoreau, publication date), 1854
Today in History:
Battle of Pharsalus, in which Julius Caesar defeated Pompey, who fled to Egypt, BC 40
Bulgaria is founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danube delta, 681
Start of construction of the Tower of Pisa, 1173*
Sistine Chapel opens, 1483
First horses arrive in Hawai’i, 1803
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains, 1842
Thoreau’s Walden is published, 1854
Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph, 1892
Betty Boop makes her debut in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes, 1930
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement, 1942
The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time, 1944
Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly, 1965
Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, 1974
Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in ice hockey history, 1988
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership, 1993
Tensions escalate between North and South Korea, when South Korea claims North Korea fired over 100 rounds of artillery into the Sea of Japan, 2010
David Rudisha of Kenya becomes the first athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics to set a new world track record and secures the 800m gold medal, while Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics, 2012


*completed two hundred years later