Sub Rosa (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Once the money changes hands, you will both sign the papers and each receive a notarized copy.  There will be no changing your minds after this, understood?”
“Yes, I understand.”
“Thank you, the payment amount is correct, signatures notarized.  And may I suggest, for your own protection, you put these papers in a safe place and act as if this never happened.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Agreed.      
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.
Picket fences always draw my eye.
Today is:
American Enterprise Day — US (a project of Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda Chapter)
America Recycles Day — US     
Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day — originally designated by the National Catholic Education Association   
Changeling Restitution Day — Fairy Calendar (Goblins)
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day — this reminder comes from the folks at, where they think you need to get rid of USO’s (unidentified shrivelled objects)    
Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium — German-speaking Community of Belgium
Don’t Try To Do Everything At Once Day — internet generated, and a blow to us multitaskers
Ennead Feast in the House of Ra, Horus, and Osiris — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fast for an Abundant World Harvest — now unsponsored, but one way to help can be found here 
George Spelvin Day/More Than One Role Day — date of first use, in 1886, of this name for an actor playing two roles in one play; George and Georgette Spelvin have since acted in over 10,000 roles on Broadway
Great American Smokeout — save money and your life, try not to smoke today; started by the American Cancer Society    
I Love to Write Day — encouraging everyone to write something, begun by John Riddle; this is the perfect time for it, really, in the middle of NaNoWriMo   
King’s Feast / Dynasty Day — Belgium
National Bundt Pan Day — yes, really, celebrating the pan itself
National Peace Day — Cote d’Ivoire
National Philanthropy Day® — Association of Fundraising Professionals   
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
National Spicy Hermit Christmas Cookie Day
Nativity Fast begins a/k/a Winter Lent (through Dec 24) — Orthodox Christian
Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day — in honor of all the times she packed yours; combine it with I Love to Write Day and include a note telling her how special she is
Pushkar Camel Fair — Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through Nov. 23)
Republic Day — Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
Republic Proclamation Day — Brazil
Rock Your Mocs Day — Indigenous Americans (begun by Jessica Jaylyn Atsye, a Laguna Pueblo, to encourage all Native Americans to wear the one item they all have in common, hand-made moccasins, with pride) 
Safety Razor Day — King Gillette was granted the patent for his style of safety razor on this day in 1904, changing how men shaved each day
Shichi-Go-San (Shrine Visiting Day)/Seven-Five-Three Festival — Japan (picturesque festival in which 3-year-old children of either sex, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls go to shrines dressed in their best; guardian spirits are thanked for the health of the children and prayers said for their future to be equally bright)
Sing in Your Car Day — they need a day for this?
St. Albertus Magnus’ Day (Patron of medical technicians, natural sciences, philosophers, schoolchildren, scientists, students, theology students; Cincinnati, Ohio)
St. Leopold’s Day (King Leopold III, Patron of dying children, large families, step-parents; Austria)
    Leopoldstag/Goose Day — Austria (the start of the heurigen, the new wine season)
Use Less Stuff Day — a great idea!  not an officially sponsored day, but you can get information about using less stuff at
World Philosophy Day — UNESCO   
Anniversary Today:
William Shatner marries Nerine Kidd, 1997
Birthdays Today:
Jonny Lee Miller,1972
Kevin Eubanks, 1957
Beverly D’Angelo, 1954
Daniel Barenboim, 1942
Sam Waterston, 1940
Yaphet Kotto, 1937
Joanna BArnes, 1934
Petula Clark, 1932
Ed Asner, 1929
Bill “C.W. McCall” Fries, 1928
Joseph Wapner, 1919
Erwin Rommel, 1891
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887
Forrest Clare “Fogg” Allen, 1885
F. William Herschel, 1738
William Pitt the Elder, 1708
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“A Few Good Men”(Play), 1989
Love Me Tender(Film), 1956
“Li’l Abner”(Musical), 1956
“The Planets”(Holst Op. 32), 1920
“Masse Mensch/Mass Man”(Toller play), 1920
Today in History:
Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco, 1492
The NY General Assembly permits Jews to omit the phrase “Upon the faith of a Christian” from adjuration oaths, 1727
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1763
The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress, 1777
Georgetown University, the first Catholic college in the US, opens, 1791
Zebulon Pike gets his first sight of Pike’s Peak, Colorado, 1806
Isaac Pitman introduces his steno/shorthand system of writing, 1832
Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia, 1864
King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade, 1904
The first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire, takes place on W2XBT, in NY, 1938
In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy’s restaurant, 1969
Intel releases world’s first commercial single-chip microprocessor, 1971
René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favour of independence, 1976
The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, 1985
An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council, 1988
The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands, 1988
Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world’s largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, 2007
Sony introduces the Playstation 4, selling a million units the first day, 2013 
World leaders gather in Brisbane for the G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth, 2014
France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in the wake of terror attack on Paris, 2015
Pakistan unveils the remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 2017



“Knee”ding Attention (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Ow, ow, ow, my knee!” he yelled as he came hobbling into the house.
“What happened?” she asked as she helped him over to the couch.
“I tripped over that loose brick on the porch I’ve been meaning to get to, and I heard my knee give a pop noise, and ooooowwww, it hurts!”
“What do you think you need, an ice pack or an ambulance?” she asked, trying to bring in a little levity; she knew if she got him smiling, it would take his mind off the pain, even if it did turn out to be a serious injury.
“As Charlie Brown once observed, I’m dying and all I hear is insults!” he tried looking grumpy as he said it, but failed miserably.
“Ice pack it is,” she said as she got up, and she smiled and nodded when he called after her, “Can I have some ice cream, too?”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Knee.      
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.     
Several times i’ve wanted to stop and snap a picture of this small door in a brick gate that is almost hidden by a tree, and i finally got the chance:
Today is:
Abet and Aid Punsters Day — promoted by Punsters Unlimited, which seems to know better than to host a website
Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day — especially for those who have had to close up the house for winter, we need to create a beautiful aroma for the house; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) — Hindu; Jain; Sikh (second day of the festival)
    Kukur Tihar/Kukur Puja — Day of Dogs
    Jain New Year
Dunce Day — death anniversary of John Duns Scotus (one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of the Middle Ages, he was called the “Subtle Doctor” but his enemies turned his name into the word we use today for someone who isn’t too bright)
Feast of the Four Crowned Martyrs (Patrons of cattle, masons, sculptors, stone cutters; against fever)
Festival of the Mania — Ancient Roman Calendar (to placate the Manes)
Fuigo Matsuri — Kyoto City, Japan (Bellows Festival, Shinto festival in honor of Inari, the kitchen hearth goddess)
I Hate to Cook Day — internet generated, and probably started by someone who wanted an excuse to go out to dinner! 
National Cappuccino Day
National Harvey Wallbanger Day
National Parents as Teachers Day — US
Pirates Week Festival — Cayman Islands (mock pirate invasions, old sailing vessels, and lots of good natured fun; the islands take turns hosting events through the 12th)
Pohnpei Constitution Day — Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Saints, Doctors, Missionaries, and Martyr’s Day — Church of England
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven — Eastern Orthodox Church
Wish-Granting Championships — Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)
World Urbanism Day/World Town Planning Day
X-Ray Discovery Day / World Radiography Day — commemorating the discovery, in 1895, of x-rays     
Anniversaries Today:
Montana becomes 41st US State, 1889
Mount Holyoke Seminary for Women is founded, 1837 (considered by many to be the first true college for women in the US)
Opening of the Louvre, 1793
Birthdays Today:
Tara Reid, 1975
Masashi Kishimoto, 1974
Parker Posey, 1968
Courtney Thorne-Smith, 1967
Gordon Ramsay, 1966
Leif Garrett, 1961
Rickie Lee Jones, 1954
Alfre Woodard, 1953
Mary Hart, 1951
Bonnie Raitt, 1949
Virna Lisi, 1937
Morley Safer, 1931
Patti Page, 1927
Christiaan Barnard, 1922
Esther Rolle, 1920
Martha Gellhorn, 1908
Margaret Mitchell, 1900
Hermann Rorschach, 1884
Milton Bradley, 1836
Edmond Halley, 1656
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Six Degrees of Separation”(Guare drama), 1990
“Night and Day”(Stoppard play), 1978
“Days of our Lives”(TV), 1965
“Life With Father”(Play), 1939
Sister Carrie(Publication date), 1900
“Ruy Blas”(Victor Hugo drama), 1838
Today in History:
Emperor Theodosius declares Christianity to be the state religion, 392
Uprising against Piero de’ Medici in Florence, Italy, 1494
First meeting of Montezuma and Hernando Cortez in Tenochtitlan, Mexico, 1519
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public, 1602
Benjamin Franklin opens the first US library, in Philadelphia, PA, 1731
Elijah Craig, of Bourbon, Kentucky, US, first distills Bourbon whiskey from corn, 1789
Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY’s Booth Theater, 1880
The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time, 1892
Wilhelm Roentgen of Germany discovers X-rays, 1895
The New Testament Gospels are translated into Demotic Greek (as opposed to the Koine Greek of ancient texts), resulting in bloody clashes in Athens, 1901
The first Washington state elections in which women could vote take place, 1910
Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific, 1957
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate, 1966
Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon (Alexander the Great’s father), 1977
The UN Security Council demands that Saddam Hussein disarm or face serious consequences, 2002
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao releases pictures of the moon’s Sinus Iridium, or Bay of Rainbows, taken during the Chang e-2 lunar mission, 2010
The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), 2011
Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War, 2014
Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, the largest art museum on the Arabian peninsula, 2017
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal, 2017


Rousing (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Getupgetupgetupgetupgetup!” the little mite of a child, barely over a year, was exercising her newfound power of speech from her position in a crib at the foot of her parents’ bed.
Rolling over and looking with disgust at the clock, her father said, “Who programmed her to be the new alarm?”
Sleepily yawning, her mother answered, “She’s a morning person, just like your mom.”
“I know,” he groaned, “and I know it’s my turn to get up with her.”
Turning to the solemn brown eyes looking at him from a face he couldn’t deny was his own in a feminine cast, he said, “Okay, kiddo, I’m getting up.  But I’m also remembering this and going to make sure it costs you when you reach your teen years and want to sleep in yourself!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is UP.      
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.     
Back to one of my favorites, a white picket fence with a nice gate:


Today is:
All Hallow’s Day a/k/a All Saint’s Day — Christian, and a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church; a recognized holiday (although not necessarily a day off work) in Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovena, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, East Timor, Ecuador, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Holy See, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Wallis and Fortuna)
Apaturia — Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Phratriai brotherhood festival; dates approximate)
Bulgarian National Revival Leaders’ Day — Bulgaria
Cake Appreciation Day — while i can’t find a reason or sponsor for this, i’m sure the Cake Appreciation Society would approve 
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival — Chicago, IL, US (the largest annual festival of films for children ages 2-18 in the world; through Nov. 9)
Cook for Your Pets Day — did the dogs lobby for this?
Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo — Bhutan
CrossQuarter Day
Day of the Innocents — Mexico (first Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead)
Edgar Allan Poe Evermore — Mount Hope Estate, Manheim, PA, US (nights of suspense with the stories from the master, acted by professionals; through Nov. 11)
Gooseberry Humble’s Tummy-Rumbling Contest — Fairy Calendar
Graveyards Day — a traditional day to tend the graves of ancestors
I Am So Thankful Month begins — before the “holiday” frenzy, spend not just a day, but a month, practicing gratitude
Haryana Day — Haryaha, India
Independence Day — Antigua & Barbuda(1981); North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic, from the Ottoman Empire)
International Coaches Day — no one claims to have started this; if you have, or had, a great coach in your life, let him/her know
Kalends of November — Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Pomonia — Festival to Pomona
Kanhada Rajyothsaya — Kamataka, India (Kamataka Formation Day)
Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez — Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala (kite flying in the graveyard to scare away evil spirits)
Liberty Day / D. Hamilton Jackson Day — US Virgin Islands
NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writer’s Month, write one if you have it in you!
National Author’s Day — US
National Family Literacy Day® — US (but no matter where you live, turn off the tv, pick up a good book! National Center for Family Literacy)  
National French Fried Clam / Deep Fried Clam Day
National Vinegar Day
No Driving with Cell Phones Day — the first law against talking on a hand-held device while driving went into effect in NY, US, on this day in 2001
Old Celtic New Year
Olive Festival — Galilee, Israel (through the month, especially centered around Kawkab and Hurfeish, with open houses, oil production tours, feasts, lectures, concerts, dance performances, and olives galore)
Ozark Mountain Christmas/Branson Festival of Lights — Branson, MO, US
Plate Tectonics Day — birth anniversary of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the theory of continental drift
Remembrance Day — Slovenia
Revival Leaders’ Day — Bulgaria
Revolution Day/National Day — Algeria
Samhain — Celtic (3rd Station), and Wicca, Northern Hemisphere (Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere)
State Foundation Day —  Andhra Pradesh, India; Karnataka, India; Kerala, India
Thanksgiving Day — Liberia
Tori No Ichi — Japan (the first “rooster day” of November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair)
Will Rogers’ Days — Claremore and Oologah, OK, US (celebrating the man’s wit and humor at his birthplace and the museum dedicated to him; through Sunday)
World Vegan Day — International    
Anniversaries Today: 
The Prime Meridian is set at Greenwich, England, 1884
Boston Female Medical School opens, 1848
Birthdays Today:
Penn Bagdley, 1986
Toni Collette, 1972
Jenny McCarthy, 1972
Fernando Valenzuela, 1960
Rachel Ticotin, 1958
Lyle Lovett, 1957
Dan Peek, 1951
Larry Flynt, 1942
Gary Player, 1935
Betsy Palmer, 1926
James Jackson Kilpatrick, 1920 
Alfred Wegener, 1880
Stephen Crane, 1871
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Foreigner”(Larry Shue comedy), 1984
Hello Kitty, 1974 (condsidered her “birth date”)
“Top Banana”(Mercer musical), 1951
Ebony Magazine(First edition), 1945
“Harvey”(Mary Chase comedy), 1944
“The Constant Wife”(Maugham play), 1926
“Emperor Jones”(O’Neill play), 1920
The Crisis: A Record of The Darker Races(Magazine of the NAACP, first edition edited by W.E.B. DuBois), 1910
“John Bull’s Other Island”(Shaw comedy), 1904
Harper’s Bazaar(Magazine, first edition), 1867
Today in History:
The name “Austria” is first used for Ostarrichin, 996
King John of England begins imprisoning Jews, 1210
The Duke of Brabant orders the execution of all Jews in Brussels, claiming they were poisoning wells, 1349
First exhibit of the works of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1512
The Netherlands is hit by a flood disaster, resulting in the deaths of thousands, 1570
Shakespeare’s “Othello” first presented, 1604
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” first presented, 1611
An earthquake in Lisbon leaves over 50,000 dead, 1755
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies, 1765
George Washington gives his “Farewell Address” and the Continental Army is dissolved, 1783
John Adams becomes the first Us president to move into the (still not quite finished) White House, 1800*
*Note: It was still called the Executive Mansion at this time
The first published reference to poker, as a Mississippi riverboat game, 1834
The Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse, which is still in use, is lit for the first time; its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for 19 miles in good conditions, 1859
Passage of the first US Civil Rights Bill, 1866
First publication of “Harpers Bazaar”, 1867
The US Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) begins operations, with 24 locations, 1870
Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (now the Cleveland Press), 1878
The Gaelic Athletic Association is founded at the Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, 1884
Dr. Roux of Paris introduces a vaccine for diphtheria, 1894
Nicholas II becomes the new Tsar of Russia, 1894
The National Geographic Magazine publishes its first picture of bare breasted women (from a Zulu tribe), 1896
The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public, 1897
Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male college fraternity in the US, is established at Richmond College, 1901
Parris Island becomes the officially designated Marine Corps Recruit Depot, 1915
The Ottoman Empire is officially abolished, 1922
Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing, 1938
The first animal conceived by artificial insemination, a rabbit, is displayed, 1939
American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography, 1941
The first issue of Ebony Magazine is published, by John H. Johnson, 1945
Charles Cooper of the Celtics becomes the first black NBA player, 1950
The first hydrogen nuclear device is exploded, by the US, at Eniwetok Atoll, 1952
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante wears a protective mask for the first time in an NHL game, 1959
The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens, 1963
The Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X, 1968
Honda becomes the first Asian automaker to build cars in the US, 1982
Serbia joins the United Nations, 2000
First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation by members of the Liberal Party of Canada, is released in Canada. 2005
Astronomers claim to have detected light from the first stars in the universe by studying high-energy radiation data, 2012
Australian scientists announce the discovery of three new marsupials in Queensland, all shrew-like antechinus species, 2013


Class (Six Sentence Story) and Keep Out! (Good Fences)

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“But Mom, these costumes are classics!”
“Don’t you ‘but Mom’ me, young man!  There is such a thing as class, and those costumes have none!”
“These are what all the other guys in the school will be wearing!  They’ll all make fun of me if I wear something lame.”
“I don’t care what they think, you are my child and you are not going out in a costume that makes it look like your bare bottom is showing even if it isn’t, and you will look back someday and thank me for my wisdom!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Classics.      
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.     
This solid metal fence really says, “Keep Out!”
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Romania
Boun Suang Heua — on the Mekong River near Vientiane, Laos (second day of the Ok Phansa festival, the Boat Racing Festival)
Constitution Day — Lithuania
Day of the Basque Country — Basque Country
Feast of Forty Martyrs of England and Wales — Roman Catholic
International Artist Day — invite an artist to lunch, buy that painting that you’ve wanted for so long, go to an art gallery or the symphony or a play — celebrate how art adds to your life daily! 
Monkey King Festival — China (a celebration of this popular character in East Asian stories, with the best place to see the rituals being the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kowloon)
Munzipan Feast — Fairy Calendar (a fairy delicacy, and you don’t want to know how it’s made)
National Greasy Foods Day
Punk-for-a-Day Day — internet generated; if you’ve always wanted to be a punk, try it out for a day
Punkie Night — Hinton St George, Somerset, England (a celebration for children and adults who carry candle-lit punkies — the best one wins a prize — made out of mangel-wurzels, a type of beet, and sing old punkie songs asking for money or treats)
Republic Day — Kazakhstan
Retrocession Day — Taiwan
Sourest Day — as a balance, because we have so many days that emphasize sweet
Sts. Crispin and Crispian’s Day (Patrons of cobblers/shoemakers, glovemakers, lace makers/lace workers, leather workers, saddle makers, tanners, weavers)
Thanksgiving Day — Grenada
Toronto Ski, Snowboard, and Travel Show — Toronto, ON, Canada (Canada’s largest show of this type; through Sunday)
World Pasta Day — as established by the first World Pasta Congress in 1995; a related website is here    
Birthdays Today:
Katy Perry, 1984
Midori, 1971
Tracy Nelson, 1963
Brian Kerwim, 1949
Jon Anderson, 1944
Anne Tyler, 1941
Helen Reddy, 1941
Bobby Knight, 1940
Marion Ross, 1936
Billy Barty, 1924
Minnie Pearl, 1912
Leo G. Carroll, 1892
Pablo Picasso, 1881
Georges Bizet, 1838
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1800
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Victor/Victoria”(Musical), 1995
“Newhart”(TV), 1982
“Le Repetition”(Anouilh play), 1950
“The Time of Your Life”(Play), 1939
Today in History:
Seljuk Turks defeat the German crusaders under Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum, 1147
Battle of Agincourt, in which the Welsh longbow defeats armored knights, 1415
Christopher Columbus, aboard the Santa Maria, lands at the Dominican Republic, 1492
Dutch sea-captain Dirk Hartog makes second recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the Western Australian coast, 1616
Governor Bradford of the US colony Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day, 1621
Wedding of future US President John Adams and Abigail Smith (the marriage lasted 54 years), 1764
Canadians and Mohawks defeat the Americans in the Battle of Chateauguay, 1813
Opening of the Erie Canal, 1825
Battle of Balaclava, memorialized as the “Charge of the Light Brigade”, results in the deaths of 409 troops, 1854
The Toronto Stock Exchange is created, 1861
Traditionally understood date of the October Revolution in Russia, which corresponds to November 7 on the Gregorian Calendar, 1917
The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces swing  music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”, 1938
Adlai Stevenson shows photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba, 1962
Uganda joins the United Nations, 1962
Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison, 1962
The United Nations seated the People’s Republic of China and expelled the Republic of China, 1971
Proceedings on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction conclude at The Hague, 1980
Three months after the end of the Ten-Day War, the last soldier of the Yugoslav People’s Army leaves the territory of the Republic of Slovenia, 1991
Fidel Castro announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned in Cuba, 2004
Sony removed the original cassette Walkman from the market, 2010
Scientists announce that the completion of the nuclear genome study of a 24,000 year old Siberian boy’s remains shows 2/3 of today’s Native Americans are of Eastern Asia origin, and the others from Western Eurasia, 2013


Requirements of the Day (Six Sentence Story) and Good (Temporary) Fences

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Some of the requirements for a day you wish never happened may include but are not limited to: first, the power goes out in the middle of the night, the generator does not come on, you go out to check and find someone turned it from automatic to off, and you get it working.
About two hours later the power goes out again, and you can’t get the generator on again; upon getting up for the morning two hours after that at around 4:30am (because you finally give up and realize you aren’t going to sleep any more anyway), you find it isn’t that the power is out, it’s that the generator has malfunctioned big time because everything in the house not connected to it has electricity.
A few hours after that, while at the shelter dealing with Kirby escaping his cage again and climbing behind the monitor for the security cameras (yes, we left his cage open, shut the room door, and he climbed back in his cage to hide under his blanket), try at the same time to get in touch with the generator guy, who, it turns out, it two hours away on a job that will take a couple of weeks, and his employee is in another town two hours the other direction doing the same thing.
About this time find out that your work for the day has cancelled due to her own emergency so you won’t get any pay for the day, and get a call from the husband who went back home to try the first solution the generator guy suggested telling you that it didn’t work.
Convince the generator guy to drive back to town to help only to have him break down on the side of the highway; get the generator guy to coach you through cutting off the generator transfer switch without electrocuting yourself by calling him on the spare phone while using your own phone for a flashlight because the kids took the flashlight again and didn’t put it away, but at least that lets the electricity flow into the rest of the house again.
Yes, that was my yesterday (and yes, it means the generator guy will have to come out and do a permanent fix later), today i am fasting while doing a nine hour cleaning job, tomorrow is a colonoscopy — a veritable trifecta of days that meet the requirements for days you don’t really want to have happen at all.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Requirements.     
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 will see more of these temporary fences popping up for a while:


Today is:
Alaska Day — Alaska, US
Anti-Slavery Day — yes, there are still slaves in this world , find out how to help them here         
Biketoberfest — Daytona Beach, FL, US (last chance to ride before winter, and enjoy concerts and shows, too; through Sunday)
Clean Water Act Day — US (considered by many a day to give thanks for water and open any who are grateful for clean water)
Conflict Resolution Day — Association for Conflict Resolution 
Get Smart About Credit Day — sponsored by the American Bankers Association   
Get to Know Your Customers Day — third Thursday of every quarter
Great Pumpkin Carve — Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA, US (carving pumpkins that weigh about 150lbs or more each; through Saturday)
Hard Boiled Guy/B-Girl Day — on the anniversary of the general release of The Maltese Falcon (initial release was in NYC on Oct. 3)     
Independence Day — Azerbaijan(1991)
International Credit Union Day — World Council of Credit Unions   
King Look Under Your Mattress’s Unique Hiding Display — Fairy Calendar (Finally! Proof, on the internet, that you do, indeed, need to look under the mattress!)
National Chocolate Cupcake Day
National Statistics Day — Japan
No Beard Day — internet generated, a day to shave, which is illogical in the northern hemisphere, with winter coming
Pandrosus Festival — Ancient Greek Calendar (all-refreshing goddess, or all-dewy one; date approximate)
Persons Day — Canada (Marking the ruling that women are persons in 1929.)
Preaching of the Lion Sermon — St. Katharine Cree Church, London, England (Sermon dating back to the 1640’s in commemoration of a gift for the poor made by Sir John Gayer, who was delivered from a lion while in Turkey)
Procession of the Lord of Miracles (Senor de los Milagros) — Lima, Peru (Christian celebration of the Lord’s miracles, with song, dance, prayers, and parades; through tomorrow and again on the 28th)
St. Luke’s Day (The Evangelist; Patron of artists, bachelors/unmarried men, bookbinders, brewers, butchers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, glass makers/glasswrkers, gold workers/goldsmiths, lacemakers/lace workers, notaries, painters, sculptors, stained glass workers, Worshipful Company of Painters; Capena, Italy; Hermersdorf, Germany)
Watch a Squirrel Day — internet generated, and different from squirrel appreciation day in January
World Menopause Day — sponsored by the International Menopause Society
Anniversaries Today:
Women in Military Service for America Memorial is dedicated, 1997
University of Heidelberg opens, 1386
Birthdays Today:
Zac Efron, 1988
Freida Pintoo, 1984
Lindsey Vonn, 1984
Vincent Spano, 1962
Wynton Marsalis, 1961
Erin Moran, 1960
Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1960
Martina Navratilova, 1956
Pam Dawber, 1951
Terry McMillan, 1951
Ntozake Shange, 1948
Joe Morton, 1947
Laura Nyro, 1947
Mike Ditka, 1939
Dawn Wells, 1938
Peter Boyle, 1935
George C. Scott, 1927
Chuck Berry, 1926
Melina Mercouri, 1923
Jesse Helms, 1921
Melina Mercouri, 1920
Anita O’Day, 1919
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1919
James David Brooks, 1906
A.J. Liebling, 1904
Lotte Lenya, 1900
Henri Bergson, 1859
Salomon Auguste Andree, 1854
Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, 1697
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Once on This Island”(Play), 1990
“Roseanne”(TV), 1988
“The Girl Is Mine”(Single release), 1982
“Raisin”(Musical), 1973
The Jungle Book(Disney animated film), 1967
“The Apple Tree”(Musical), 1966
“The Yellow Kid Takes a Hand at Golf”(the first actual newspaper comic strip telling a continuing story (as opposed to a single cartoon panel, in American Humorist), 1897
“De Unges Forbund/The League of Youth”(Ibsen play), 1869
“Prometheus”(Liszt S.99), 1855
Moby Dick(Publication date), 1851
Today in History:
Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest), 320
Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah destroys the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, 1009
Battle of Assadun (Ashingdon), Danes defeat Saxons, 1016
Basel, Switzerland is destroyed by the Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, 1356
Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima — Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts in feudal Japan, 1561
The shoemakers of Boston form the first labor organization in the Colonies/US, 1648
The Mason/Dixon line is agreed upon, 1767
Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London, 1851
The US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, for $7.2 million, 1867
Edison makes electricity available for household use, 1878
John Owen becomes the first formally timed person to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds, 1890
United States takes possession of Puerto Rico, 1898
The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded, 1922
The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville, Tennessee, 1925
Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio, 1954
The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet, 1967
Azerbaijan becomes independent from the USSR, 1991
After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan, 2007
Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria, 2013


I Can Quit Any Time (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“And that’s JakeJones for the finish!” the announcer intoned, and Martin yelled out several choice expletives from his vast repertoire to the obvious disdain of his companion.
“Man, you’ve got to stop betting on the horses,” Trey said, “they never brought you nothing but trouble.”
“Aww, it’s just a pastime, I enjoy the thrill,” Martin answered, to which Trey replied, “You didn’t sound thrilled to me just now.”
“You’re starting to sound like my ex-wife,” Martin growled.
“Yeah, she was sure you were hooked, and I’m starting to wonder if she was right.”
“Nah, I don’t have to do it, I just want to.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Finish.      
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.     
When i took a street i don’t usually go down, i found a treasure, a fence with a lovely bush.
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Abkhazia
Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Myths and Legends Day — celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; for all the cephalopods of legend, literature and movies
General Pulaski Memorial Day — US (celebrating Casimir Pulaski, “the father of American cavalry”)
It’s My Party Day — so go have one!
Meditrinalia/Vinalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting of the year’s new wine; in honor of Meditrina, goddess of health/medicine, longevity, and wine, and Bacchus, god of wine)
National Depression Screening Day® 2018 — US (find out how to help spread the word)   
National Sausage Pizza Day
Old Michaelmas Day — Celtic Calendar
Revolution Day/Uprising Against Fascism Day — Republic of Macedonia
Rockport Seafair — Rockport, TX, US (fresh-from-the-bay seafood, entertainment, crab races, and more; through Sunday)
St. Gomar’s Day (Patron of childless people, courtiers, cowherds, glove makers, people in difficult marriages, separated spouses, woodcutters; Lier, Belgium; against hernias)
Sunbeam Sliding Sunday — Fairy Calendar (only occasionally on a Sunday)
World Sight Day — International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (This year’s Call To Action is “Eye Care Everywhere”)    
“You Go Girl!” Day — in honor of Kathy Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space
Anniversary Today:
William Jefferson Clinton marries Hillary Rodham, 1975
Birthdays Today:
Emily Deschanel, 1976
Stephen Moyer, 1969
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, 1969
Jane Krakowski, 1968
Luke Perry, 1966
Joan Cusack, 1962
Steve Young, 1961
Dawn French, 1957
David Morse, 1953
Daryl Hall, 1948
Robert Gale, 1945
Ron Liebman, 1937
Dottie West, 1932
Roscoe Robinson, Jr., 1928
Elmore Leonard, 1925
Art Blakey, 1919
Jerome Robbins, 1918
Charles Revson, 1906
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884
Harlan Fiske Stone, 1872
Henry John Heinz, 1844
George Williams, 1821 (founder, YMCA)
Mason Locke “Parson” Weems, 1759
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”(Play), 1984
“Saturday Night Live”(TV), 1975
“Imagine”(Lennon single release), 1971
“Allegro”(Musical), 1947
“The Silver Tassie”(Play), 1929
The Comptometer (the first adding machine known to be accurate at all times, patented by Dorr Eugene Felt), 1887
Today in History:
Massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria, 1138
Columbus’ ship sites land on the horizon (the Bahamas), 1492
Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland, 1531
Peter the Great becomes tsar of Russia, 1689
Explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at the Grinder’s Stand Inn, 1809
The first steam powered ferryboat, the Juliana, begins operation, 1811
Australia’s oldest university, University of Sidney, is inaugurated, 1852
The Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished, 1871
David Houston patents roll film for cameras, 1881
First female FBI “special investigator”, Alaska Davidson, appointed, 1922
With the opening of store # 1252, in Milford, Delaware, J.C. Penney becomes a nationwide company, with stores in all 48 states, 1929
CBS’s mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, 1950
Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years, Vatican II, 1962
NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, 1968
The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests, 1975
The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth, 1982
The record high of the Dow Jones Industrial Average occurs at 14,198.10 points, 2007
A ban on fracking is upheld by the Constitutional Council of France, 2013


Not Quite (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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She came in from work to find he had arrived home first and was preening before the mirror, dressed in a quite ridiculous outfit.
“What do you think of my costume?” he asked, striking what he hoped was a threatening piratical pose.
She looked at him and bit back a laugh, but had to say with a smile, “That hat – you look like Cap’n Crunch!”
His threatening pose melted in disappointment as he wailed, “Say it ain’t so!”
The fake parrot on his shoulder fell over and hung at a rakish angle, and they both burst out laughing at that point.
When they finally quit laughing, they had collapsed breathlessly onto the couch and he said, “I guess it’s back to the drawing board on what to wear to the costume party.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Crunch. 
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.     
In keeping with going to the dogs this week, at least as much as a cat person ever does, a repeat of my favorite dog fence/gate:


Today is:
Buttering-Up Final — Fairy Calendar
Dalton Defenders Days — Coffeyville, KS, US (honoring those who defended Coffeyville’s banks against the Dalton Gang in 1892; through Sunday)
Festival of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Golf Lovers’ Day — internet generated, enjoy if you love golf
Ieiunium Cereris — Ancient Roman Calendar (fast for the goddess Ceres)
Improve Your Office Day — and water that plant while you are at it!
Independence Day — Lesotho(1966)
International Toot Your Flute Day — an internet generated day for shameless self promotion
Kanelbullens Dag — Sweden (cinnamon roll day)
National Ship in a Bottle Day — another one i can’t find a source for, but it’s listed everywhere
National Taco Day
New York Comic Con — NY, NY, US (through Sunday)
Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival — Nihonmatsu, Japan (one of Japan’s 3 largest lantern festivals; through the 6th)
Peace and National Reconciliation Day — Mozambique
St. Francis of Assisi’s Day (Patron of animal welfare societies, animals, birds, ecologists, ecology, environment and environmentalists, families, lace makers/lace workers, merchants, needle workers, peace, tapestry workers, zoos; Italy, especially Assisi, as well as several other cities around the world; against dying alone, fire)
    Blessing of the Animals Day — at many Catholic Churches, in honor of the Saint
St. Petronius’ Day (Patron of Bologna, Italy)
10-4 Day (C.B. ‘ers) — fourth day of the tenth month, ten-four, good buddy, etc.
Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention — Athens, AL, US (200 contestants, 18 catagories, all crammed into three music filled days; if you love old time fiddle music, this is the place for you)
Tewa Deer Dance — Tewa Native Americans (celebrating the cosmic duality of the feminine and masculine, and honoring male and female ancestors; through the 7th)
Vodka Day — internet generated
World Animal Day — International      
World Space Week begins — International
Anniversaries Today
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, 1957
The Soviet Union launches Luna 3, 1959 (first satellite to photograph the moon’s distant side)
Birthdays Today:
Rachael Leigh Cook, 1979
Alicia Silverstone, 1976
Abraham Benrubi, 1969
Christoph Waltz, 1956
Anita DeFrantz, 1952
Armand Assante, 1949
Susan Sarandon, 1946
Clifton Davis, 1945
Anne Rice, 1941
Jackie Collins, 1937
Alvin Toffler, 1928
Charlton Heston, 1924
Buster Keaton, 1895
Damon Runyon, 1884
Edward Stratemeyer, 1862
Frederic S. Remington, 1861
Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, 1807
Debuting/Premiering Today
“The Alvin Show”(TV), 1961
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major(Shostakovich Op. 107), 1959
“Leave It To Beaver”(TV), 1957
Snoopy, in the Peanuts Comic strip, 1950
Dick Tracy(Comic strip), 1931
Today in History:
One of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Lake Poyang, ends when the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat Chen Youliang, 1363
The first full English translation of the Bible, sometimes called the Matthew Bible, which contained the work of translators William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, is printed in Switzerland, 1537
Pope Gregory XIII’s calendar adjustment that bears his name takes effect, with tomorrow being not Oct. 5, but Oct. 15, 1582
Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts drafts its first code of law, 1636
Peter Stuyvesant establishes America’s first volunteer fire department, 1648
Christian Huygens patents the pocket watch, 1675
The state of Belgium is created after separation from the Netherlands, 1830
The New Orleans Tribune becomes the first black daily newspaper, 1864
The Orient Express, linking Turkey to Europe by rail, makes its first run, 1883
Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 1941
The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature, 1991
The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique, 1992
NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, 2001
SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space, 2004
What is believed to be the oldest high-altitude human settlement is found in Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, 2010
Nissan unveiled the NSC-2015 electric car prototype at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo; the car drove and parked itself, 2012