Patriotic Display (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Vest at The Daily Gaggle.   
 Words this week are:
Or and
“It’s been quite the JOURNEY, getting this product from idea to MANUFACTURE,” Kylie said.
From the OBSERVATION deck of the skyscraper, she and Jaime were ENJOYING the view while waiting for the DINING area to open.
“More like a BAPTISM by fire if you ask me!” Jaime responded.  “I knew it wouldn’t be easy going into BUSINESS for ourselves like this, but now that we are here I’m almost EMBARRASSED to admit how much I didn’t know when we started!”
“Me, too,” Kylie said.  They paused, each lost in her own thoughts for a moment, until they were SURPRISED by the doors that LOUDLY clicked open.
Once seated, they ordered drinks and an appetizer, then turned back to the SUBJECT that was never far from either of their minds.
“I’m so glad we finally found a company with the CAPACITY to fill the first orders,” Kylie noted.
“Which first orders were much bigger than I ever dreamed, thanks to you!” Jaime responded, always willing to give her friend and business partner the lion’s share of the credit.
The server set a glass of wine in front of each of them and both said “A toast!” at the same time, which set them laughing.
“To many years of success!” Jaime said when she caught her breath, to which Kylie responded, “And continued friendship!”
Today is:
Advice-to-the-Lovelorn-Day — date, in 1896, the New Orleans Picayune first published the advice column of Dorothy Dix, Mother Confessor to Millions; it eventually ran in 300 papers for 55 years
Bonfire Night — Northern Ireland (precursor to The Twelfth a/k/a Orangemen’s Day)
Bowdler’s Day
China National Maritime Day — People’s Republic of China
Convenience Store Day — the first Seven Eleven opened on this day in 1927 in Dallas, TX; it was open 7am to 11pm, thus the name
Day of the Flemish Community — Flemish community of Belgium, commemorates the Battle of the Golden Spurs of 1302
Feast of Theano, Philosopher, Mathmatician, wife of Pythagoras, patron of vegetarianism (date approximate, supposedly when she was born)
Feast of Min — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Free Slurpee Day at Seven-Eleven — if you have these stores where you live, stop by between 11am and 7pm to get a free 11.7oz. Slurpee (TM) today
Imamat Day — Ismailism
Naadam Festival — Mongolia (a/k/a Revolution Day/National Day, traditional sporting events nationwide, but best at Ulaanbaatar, through the 13th)
National Blueberry Muffin Day
National Cheer Up The Lonely Day — begun by Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan; he chose to spend his birthday as a day to promote kindness, especially the forgotten at nursing homes and shut ins who have no visitors
National Culture Day — Kiribati
Phyang Tsedup Festival — Ladakh, India (Buddhist festival, through tomorrow)
Reading Guilt Day — the day you are supposed to start reading that book you only read the Cliff’s Notes on in school
St Benedict’s Day (Patron of agricultural workers, cavers/speliologists/spelunkers, civil engineers, coppersmiths, farm workers/farmers, Italian architects, monks, people in religious orders, people who are dying, school children, servants who have broken their masters belongings, students; Europe; Heerdt, Germany; Norcia, Italy; Subiaco, Italy; against erysipelas, fever, gall stones, inframmatory diseases, kidney disease, nettle rash, poison, temptations, and witchcraft)
World Population Day — UN
Worshipful Company of Vintners (Winemakers) of the City of London Annual Procession — after electing their new guild master, the company processes from Vintners Hall to the Church of St. James Garlickhythe for a church service
Wyandotte Street Art Fair — Downtown Wyandotte, MI, US (over 250 seasoned and emerging artists display and sell their wares, with music and entertainment; through Saturday)
Birthdays Today:
David Henrie, 1989
Marie Sernehold, 1983
Michael Rosenbaum, 1972
Justin Chambers, 1970
John Henson, 1967
Greg Grunberg, 1966
Rod Strickland, 1966
Al MacInnis, 1963
Lisa Rinna, 1963
Richie Sambora, 1960
Richie Sambora, 1959
Suzanne Vega, 1959
Mark Lester, 1958
Sela Ward, 1956
Leon Spinks, 1953
Stephen Lang, 1952
Bonnie Pointer, 1951
Beverly Todd, 1946
Giorgio Armani, 1934
Tab Hunter, 1931
Harold Bloom, 1930
Yul Brynner, 1920
E.B. White, 1899
John Quincy Adams, 1767
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Space Oddity”(Single release), 1969
“The Newlywed Game”(TV), 1966
To Kill A Mockingbird(Publication date), 1960
Today in History
Admiral Zheng He sets sail on his first exploratory expedition for the Ming Dynasty, 1405
Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec, 1616
Jews are expelled from Little Russia, 1740
Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire, 1750
Captain James Cook begins his third voyage, 1776
Jacques Necker is dismissed as France’s Finance Minister sparking the Storming of the Bastille, 1789
French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons made his first comet discovery (he discovered 36 over the next 27 years, more than any other person), 1801
Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel, 1804
Waterloo railway station in London opens, 1848
Tijuana, Mexico, is formally founded, 1889
The Lumière brothers demonstrate film technology to scientists, 1895
Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut, 1914
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, 1960
The first U.S. space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean, 1979
According to the UN, the Earth’s population crosses the 5,000,000,000 mark, 1987
The United States announces it will reestablish full diplomatic relations with Vietnam, 1995
Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called “Barefoot Bandit”, is caught in the Bahamas after a 2 year manhunt, 2010
Neptune completes its first orbit of the sun since its discovery on September 23, 1846, 2011
Greece continues negotiations with its creditors after refusing proposed austerity measures, 2015



Celebration with Wordless Wednesday and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.  
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Vest at The Daily Gaggle.   
This week’s words are:
“Why in the world do you carry a sweater with you everywhere even in the SUMMER?” Donna asked her friend Sherilyn as she came through the door.  “Here it is Fourth of July, the temperatures are sweltering, and you lug that thing around!”
“You know I get CHILLY when I go into stores and shops.  Some of those supermarkets are so cold you could hang the meat in the aisles, and I need the WARMTH,” Sherilyn answered.
“Well, it’s not that cold in here, we can’t afford to keep the A/C turned that low.  Come in the kitchen and help me finish this salad dressing, the MIXTURE looks too runny to me.  Do you think it needs to be thicker?”
FOOTSTEPS and a voice came from the direction they were heading, and Donna’s husband Grant met them at the kitchen door.  “It looked perfect to me, and tasted great, too!” he said.
“Now, honey, you know that’s for the animal SHELTER volunteer picnic!” Donna protested.
“Well, I was hungry, so I had a bit of the salad, and the dressing, and it’s good and you made plenty and I’m not sorry!” Grant answered, and they all laughed, then started packing up for their day of celebration.
Happy Independence Day to all who celebrate!
Today is:
American Independence Day Celebration — Rebild Park, Aalborg, Denmark (yes, really, every year except during the two World Wars, they have celebrated American Independence Day here; as a way of thanking the country that has accepted over 300,000 Danish immigrants, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the countries)
Baal Fire Day — Whalton, Northumberland, UK (a bonfire, Anglo-Saxon “bael”, with traditional morris dancing — originally a Moorish dance)
Boom Box Parade —  Willimantic, CT, US (dating back to 1985, when no marching band could be found for the Memorial Day parade, five weeks later, the local radio station staged the first Boom Box Parade, in which they play the march music on their station, and marchers carry boom boxes tuned in on the station; it makes for one unique parade!)
Buffalo Bill Day — he staged his first Wild West show on July 4, 1883
Bullion’s Day — Anglican tradition, the translation of the relics of St. Martin of Bullion; rain today means rain for the next 20 days, according to the legends
Calithumpian Parade — Biwabik, MN, US (clowns, hilarity and patriotism reign together as the 1,000 citizens of Biwabik put on a show for more than 15,000 guests)
Day of Pax — Ancient Roman Calendar
Filipino-American Friendship Day — Philippines; U.S.
Garibaldi Day — Italy
Independence Day — US and Territories(1776)
Independence from Meat Day — don’t be a slave to tradition! sponsored by Vegetarian Awareness Network
Jumping on the Mattress Night — Fairy Calendar
King Tupou VI’s Birthday — Tonga
Liberation Day — Rwanda
National Barbecue Spareribs Day
National Country Music Day — US
Old Midsummer Eve — by the Julian Calendar
Ommegang Pageant — Grand-Palace, Brussels, Belgium (three days of recreating of the medieval entertainment at the court of Charles V)
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day — you can do this anywhere that it’s hot enough, but for the real deal, plan to go to the Solar Egg Frying Contest, held annually on July 4 on old Route 66 in Oatman, Arizona, US, where the rule is you must use solar heat only
St. Elizabeth of Portugal’s Day (Patron of brides, charitable societies, charity workers, charities, difficult marriages, falsely accused people, peace, queens, tertiaries, victims of adultery, victims of jealousy, victims of unfaithfulness, widows; invoked in time of war; Coimbra, Portugal)
St. Ulrich’s Day (Patron of peaceful deaths, pregnant women, weavers; Augsburg, Germany; Creazzo, Italy; against birth complications, dizziness, faintness, fever, frenzy, mice, moles, vertigo)
Stone Skipping Tournament — Windermere Pointe Beach, Mackinac Island, Michigan, US (open to all, come skip some stones and have a blast!)
The North American Tournament — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (show jumping tournament, through Sunday)
World’s Greatest Lizard Races — Chaparral Park, Lovington, NM, US (cheer the lizards and iguanas as they race down a 16 foot ramp, and yes, trophies will be awarded!)
Anniversaries Today
Tuskegee Institute opens, 1881
Birthdays Today
Becky Newton, 1978
Koko, 1971 (gorilla who speaks sign language, and has now taught it to her offspring)
Pamela Howard “Pam” Shriver, 1962
Signy Coleman, 1960
Geraldo Rivera, 1943
George Steinbrenner, 1930
Al Davis, 1929
Gina Lollobrigida, 1927
Neil Simon, 1927
Eva Marie Saint, 1924
Ann Landers, 1918
Abigail Van Buren, 1918
Mitch Miller, 1911
Gloria Stuart, 1910
George Murphy, 1902
Rube Goldberg, 1883
Louis B. Mayer, 1882
George M. Cohan, 1878
Calvin Coolidge, 1872
Stephen Foster, 1826
Hiram Walker, 1816
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“American Top 40″(Radio), 1970
“Honky Tonk Women”(Single release), 1969
“America the Beautiful”(Publication date), 1895
Today in History
A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star Tauri; for several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day, and its remnants form the Crab Nebula, 1054
Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye, 1534
The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France (Quebec, Canada), 1634
City of Providence, Rhode Island forms, 1636
The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress, 1776
The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, opens, 1802
The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American public, 1803
Construction of the Erie Canal begins in Rome, New York, 1817
The world’s first long-distance railway, the Grand Junction Railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool, 1837
The Cunard Line’s 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end, 1840
Henry David Thoreau embarks on a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, 1845
The first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published, 1855
Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell and her sisters a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, 1862*
The Anglo-Zulu war ends, 1879
The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States, 1886
The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia, 1886
Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4, 1892
The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole, 1894
Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a ‘motor race’, 1903
African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States, 1910
First flight of the Lockheed Vega, 1927
Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” as he announces his retirement from major league baseball, 1939
After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States, 1946
The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe, 1950
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law, 1966
NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars, 1997
The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1, 2005
The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks, 2009
Discovery of a picture of the Biblical Samson and a Hebrew inscription in an ancient synagogue in the Galilee region of northern Israel is announced, 2012


They Make ALMOST Anything Prettier (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Lee at Kitchen Connection.   
This week’s “Words for Wednesday” are listed below:
“Are you AUDACIOUS enough to try?”
There was an UNDERCURRENT of “I dare you” in that voice, and she was perspicacious enough to pick up on it, although as a computer generated voice it was not supposed to be PROVOCATIVE in any way.  It was simply supposed to give the options, and issue a challenge, THOUGHTLESS and simple.
She suspected it wasn’t so simple.  The challenge she’d been issued seemed keyed to her particular form of ANGST, the NARRATIVE in which the MULTIPLE options were given was couched in terms that made her feel less CONFIDENT and less competent than she actually was.
For a moment, she actually asked herself why she had chosen to even go this route.  There were easier ways that took longer, that didn’t put you in quite this position in quite the same way.  Then she gave herself a mental shake, thinking about how her competitor would portray her in CARICATURE if she backed out.
She threw her shoulders back in a DOMINANT stance and put an attitude she did not feel into her voice.
“I will try, thank you,” she said, although she knew the COURTESY would be lost on the machine.  She assumed, correctly, the powers behind the machine would catch it.  They did and were impressed.
This was going to be an ULTIMATE test of her will, and she knew she would not back down.
Today is:
Canadian Multiculturalism Day — Cananda
Day of National Unity — Tajikistan
Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art — Turkmenistan
Day Sacred to the Lares — Ancient Roman Calendar (personal household gods); also
    Festival of Jupiter Stator — Jupiter, Stayer of the Rout, god who helped soldiers especially to stand their ground
    Initium Aestatis — three day festival for the goddess of summer, which season they saw as beginning on this day
Decide to Be Married Day — sponsored by Barbara Gaughen-Muller; to focus n the joy of couples deciding to be married
Findle-Fritter’s Stoat Wheedling Event — Fairy Calendar
“Happy Birthday to You” Day — tune composed this day in 1859
Independence Day / National Day — Djibouti
Industrial Workers of The World Day — founded this day in 1905
Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum Smith — Mormon
Mixed Races Day — Brazil
National Indian Pudding Day
National Orange Blosssom Day
Seven Sleepers Day (Siebenschläfertag) — Germany (according to legend, today’s weather determines the pattern for the next seven weeks)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival — Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., US (through July 1, then again July 4-8; a model of research-based presentations of contemporary living cultural traditions of people around the world)
St. Ladislaus’ Day (Patron of Szekszard, Hungary)
Sunglasses Day — a reminder to wear those shades, protect your eyes from UV damage!
Birthdays Today:
Gabi Wilson, 1997
Madylin Sweeten, 1991
Ed Westwick, 1987
Drake Bell, 1986
Tobey Maguire, 1975
J.J. Abrams, 1976
Jason Patric, 1966
Isabelle Adjani, 1955
Julia Duffy, 1951
James Daughton, 1950
Norma Kamali, 1945
Shirley-Anne Field, 1938
H. Ross Perot, 1930
Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan, 1927
Helen Keller, 1880
Patrick Lafcadio “Koizumi Yakumo” Hearn, 1850
Charles Stewart Parnell, 1846
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Live and Let Die(Film), 1973
“Dark Shadows”(TV), 1966
“Captain Video and His Video Rangers”(TV), 1949
Today in History:
General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec, 1759
Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail, 1844
George Dixon becomes the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion, 1890
The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia, 1898
Sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war, 1905
Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane, 1923
The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War, 1950
The world’s first nuclear power station opens in Obninsk, near Moscow, 1954
The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London, 1967
The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d’état, 1973
U.S president Richard Nixon visits the U.S.S.R., 1974
France grants independence to Djibouti, 1977
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, is adopted, 1989
Slovenia, after declaring independence two days before, is invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft, starting the Ten-Day War, 1991
Bill Gates resigns from Microsoft to focus on his charity work, 2008
The first democratic election in the history of Guinea is held, 2010
Tests show radioactive cesium is present in small quantities in residents of Iitate and Kawamata, Fukushima, towns located 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 2011
NASA launches IRIS, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun, 2013


Mobile Hero Chief Slacabamarinico (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Lee at Kitchen Connection.   
This week’s “Words for Wednesday” are the words listed below:
“Just what in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks did you think you were doing!”
Kylie knew her friend and business partner didn’t want an answer yet.  She had a reason, but Jaime needed to let off some steam before she would be able to see what had been done from another PERSPECTIVE.
“This could be a CATASTROPHE!” Jaime continued.  “We have a STELLAR product, we’ve been RESOURCEFUL in getting it almost to market, and there is the POTENTIAL that this could make us both very rich.  Then you go and JEOPARDISE the whole thing with a FRIVOLOUS conversation!”
“I think you are overstating it a bit, aren’t you?” Kylie finally decided to speak up, hoping to speed up the defusing process.  This was typical in their friendship and partnership, Jaime usually calmed down a bit faster if Kylie started to push back at the five minute mark.
Not this time, though.
“Overstating!  No, I don’t think I am overstating!  What did you think your untimely revealing of our launch was going to do, UNITE everyone in a GROUNDSWELL of support?   Draw everyone to our side?”  
Jaime continued in this vein for about five more minutes when Kylie decided she’d had enough.  Every once in a while, she had to cut in and shut her friend down, and this time, she had a good reason to do just that.
It was time for her REVELATION. so Kylie interrupted with a shout, “Actually, everyone is on our side now, if you would calm down enough to listen!”
On the rare occasion that Kylie shouted, Jaime was usually shocked enough to listen.
Kylie then gave a detailed account of the whole situation, her conversations, the reactions, and how she had poised them for even more success than either of them had envisioned.
Jaime, true to her nature, went from being the EMBODIMENT of anger to EUPHORIA in about half the time it took Kylie to tell her the whole thing.
Finally, Jaime caught Kylie up and swung her around, laughing and whooping.
“My friend,” she said, “thank you for sticking with me, no matter how crazy I get!  You let me rant even when you know you are right!”
“You’re welcome,” Kylie said with a grin.  “It’s worth it, especially when I get to have the last laugh!”
Today is:
Cuckoo Warning Day — if you hear the cuckoo today, it will be a wet summer, according to old European traditions
Day of the National Flag — Argentina (Anniversary of General D. Manuel Belgrano’s Death)
Day of the Purification of All Things — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Feast of the Great Spirit / Great Mystery — various Native Americans (celebrations are around the time of the solstice)
    Cherokee call the spirit Asgaya Galun Lati
    Iroquois call the spirit Orenda
    Lakota call the spirit Wakan Tanka
    Zuni call the spirit Awonawilona
Festival for Summanus — Ancient Roman Calendar (the god who threw thunderbolts at night)
Festival of the New Knee — Fairy Calendar
Hogueras de San Juan — Alicante, Spain (“Bonfires of St. John,” through the 29th, with the night of the 24th being the most magical as the festival is for St. John, whose day that is)
Ice Cream Soda Day — i guess because it’s hot enough now for one
International Surfing Day — The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine suggest contests, barbecues, film screenings, and organizing beach clean ups to celebrate 
Iron Skegge’s Day — Vikings (martyrdom of Iron Skegge, who died defending the temples of Maeri against Christians)
Martyr’s Day — Eritrea
Midsummer’s Eve — many and varying traditions, with some celebrating the day before the solstice, and some always tying it to June 23, St. John’s Eve
    Night of the Fairy Goddesses Aine and Finnen — Ireland (watch out for the antics of the little people on Midsummer’s Eve, whichever day you celebrate it!)
National Vanilla Milkshake Day
New Identity Day — an internet generated holiday, just have fun thinking about who you might want to be for a day
Scira/Skirophoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Demeter, organized by the women of Athens; date approximate)
Sonoma-Marin Fair and World’s Ugliest Dog Contest® — Petaluma, CA, US (livestock exhibitions, wine gardens, demolition derby, Ugly Dog Contest, and more; through Sunday)
St. Michelina of Pesaro’s Day (Patron of mentally ill people, people with in-law problems, widows; against death of children, insanity and mental illness)
Takekiri Eshiki Matsuri — Kuramadera, Kyoto, Japan (bamboo cutting festival; the bamboo represents snakes, so cutting it symbolizes victory over evil)
World Productivity Day — no central focus, just a day for suppliers of productivity tools and training to celebrate what they contribute to society
World Refugee Day — UN
Anniversaries Today:
The University of Oxford receives its charter, 1214
West Virginia becomes the 35th US state, 1863
Birthdays Today:
Robert Rodriguez, 1968
Nicole Kidman, 1967
Michael Landon, Jr, 1964
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
John Goodman, 1952
Lionel Richie, 1949
Andre Watts, 1946
Bob Vila, 1946
Anne Murray, 1945
Brian Wilson, 1942
John Mahoney, 1940
Danny Aiello, 1933
James Tolkan, 1931
Martin Landau, 1931
Olympia Dukakis, 1931
Chet Atkins, 1924
Audie Murphy, 1924
Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 1916
Errol Flynn, 1909
Lillian Hellman, 1905
Charles W. Chesnutt, 1858
Scipio Africanus, BC236
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Jaws(Film), 1975
“The Ray Stevens Show”(TV), 1970
“The Ed Sullivan Show”(TV), 1948
Today in History:
Flavius Aetius’ battles Attila the Hun; the battle was inconclusive, and Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory, 451
Jews are expelled from Brazil by order of regent Don Henrique, 1567
The Irish  village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian  pirates, 1631
A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta, 1756
King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution, 1791
The U.S. vessel SS Savannah, the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, arrives at Liverpool, 1819
Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne, 1837
Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph, 1840 
Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1877
Caroline Willard Baldwin becomes the first woman to earn a doctor of science degree, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1895
A rare June hurricane struck Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35, 1959
The so-called “red telephone” is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1963
The German parliament decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin, 1991
The Wikimedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, 2003
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers grants private companies the right to create new website domain suffixes, 2011
Instagram offers users the ability to upload videos to their service, 2013
Dunedin and Christchurch, New Zealand, have roads cut off and flights cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, 2013


His Side/Her Side (Wordlesss Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Lee at Kitchen Connection.   
This week’s “Words for Wednesday” are listed below:
 “Putting these things up is an UPHILL battle!” he complained as they struggled to erect the CANOPY that would keep the family shaded on the beach during their week’s vacation.
“It’s all about your ATTITUDE!” his brother replied.  “If you have INSIGHT you can use this as an opportunity to learn the LESSONS that enable you to ENGAGE in erecting this thing with STRATEGY, and if you have HUMILITY it can help you develop PATIENCE, FORTITUDE, and FORBEARANCE with such UPHEAVAL as these things bring!”
“Oh, can the lecture!  I heard you muttering under your breath about being stuck with the job this year, too!”
Canopies on the beach, as seen from our balcony.  Yes, i’ve put those things up, they are cantankerous.
Today is:
Day of the Living Children of Nut — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Feast of Epona — Ancient Celtic Calendar (Rhiannon in Wales, Macha in Ireland, guardian goddess of horses, stables, horse owners, agriculture, and transportation; date approximate, and disputed, she was the only Celtic goddess worshipped by the Romans, and they celebrated her on December 18)
First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament — Fairy Calendar
Ice Cream Days — LeMars, IA, US (the home of Wells’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream calls itself the Ice Cream Capital of the World and has a parade, basketball tournament, children’s activities, fishing derby, and more along with tons of ice cream; through Saturday)
Ides of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Festival of Jupiter Invictus (Jupiter the Unconquered)
    Lesser Quinquartrus/Quinquatrus Minusculae (festival for those who played flutes at religious ceremonies; through the 15th)
Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Kuopio Dance Festival — Kuopio, Finland (exotic dance art by familiar and new artists from around the world on the sunlit summer nights; through next Tuesday)
Midnight Sun Film Festival — Sodankyla, Lapland, Finland (one of the world’s most unique film festivals; through Sunday)
Missing Mutts Awareness Day — to help families whose beloved pets have gone missing, the Missing Mutts Awareness Society was formed; it no longer seems to sponsor a particular day, though its Facebook Page is active        
National Time Out Day — US, sponsored by The Association of Operating Room Nurses, which wants everyone involved in surgeries to take time out before the procedure to verify the surgery site, type, and patient and decrease OR errors   
Roller Coaster Day — the world’s first “Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway”, patented by LaMarcus Thompson, opened on this day in 1884 on Coney Island, at a cost of five cents per ride
Sewing Machine Day — why this day is anyone’s guess, but we must admit it’s a useful invention
St. Anthony of Padua’s Day, the “Hammer of Heretics” (Patron of amputees, animals, asses, boatmen, domestic animals, elderly people, expectant mothers, faith, fishermen, harvests, horses, mail, mariners, Native Americans, oppressed people, paupers, poor people, sailors, seeksers of lost objects, starving people, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, watermen; Amantea, Italy; Anzio, Italy; Brazil; Cianciana, Italy; Dorado, Puerto Rico; Favara, Italy; Ferrazzano, Italy; Giano Vetusto, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Nocolosi, Italy; Padua, Italy; Portugal; San Antonio Tiayacapan, Mexico; San Fulgencio, Spain; Sandia Indian Pueblo; against barrenness, shipwreck, starvation, and sterility)
    a municipal holiday in Lisbon, Portugal and parts of Spain
Weed Your Garden Day — a reminder to get out there and do a little each day, so the little buggers don’t get out of hand
Anniversaries Today:
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is founded, 1798
Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, 1525
Birthdays Today:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 1986
Raz-B, 1985
Rivers Cuomo, 1970
Jamie Walters, 1969
Ally Sheedy, 1962
Tim Allen, 1953
Richard Thomas, 1951
Ban Ki-Moon, 1944
Malcolm McDowell, 1943
Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939
Christo, 1935
Paul Lynde, 1926
Ralph Edwards, 1913
Red Grange, 1903
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893
Basil Rathbone, 1892
William Butler Yeats, 1865
Winfield Scott, 1786
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Closer”(TV), 2005
Roadie(Film), 1980
“Les vêpres siciliennes”(Verdi opera) 1855
Today in History:
Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots, 1249
Ibn Battuta, who was to become the foremost world traveler of his day, seeing most of the known world in his time, begins his first hadj, 1325
Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain’s North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves, 1774
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia  is founded, 1798
Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River, 1803
A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1886
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM, 1886
Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital, 1898
The University of the Philippines College of Engineering is established, the largest degree granting unit in the Philippines, 1910
Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered, 1955
The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them, 1966
Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid, 1982
Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system, 1983
President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, 2000
The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, 2002
The Al Askari Mosque is bombed for a second time, 2007
A capsule of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa returns to Earth with particles of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court invalides gene patents held by Myriad Genetics when it rules that isolated human genes are not patentable, 2013


Forget Shoes, a Big Chair to Fill (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Lee at Kitchen Connection.   
This week’s “Words for Wednesday” are listed below:
They had been together long enough to know that life wasn’t all RAINBOWs and sunshine.  That’s why, though it broke his HEART, he had to have the discussions with her now, while she still could.  Now, while her LOSS wasn’t imminent, and she could still ENGAGE  in a lucid discussion of anything.
For her part, she kept seeing the COMEDY in the situation.  They’d always assumed she would outlive him, just like happens to most couples.  This part of their lives had become what she called “a bundle of CONTRADICTIONS,”  nothing going the way they’d thought.  She the intellectual, facing the loss of her faculties, he the mechanic/handyman/jack of every trade you can imagine, having to learn how to do the bookkeeping and what he always called brain-work.
She didn’t allow the discussions they undertook to get too EMOTIONAL.  Most people think of the wife as being more SENSITIVE, but that would be to assume these two were typical.  Had she outlived him, she would have been saddened by the loss and yet have continued to make a life for herself.  He was totally unnerved by the idea of being  without her for any length of time, much less FOREVER.
“It’s not forever!” she reminded him sternly one day.  His maudlin attitude that morning had brought out something he hadn’t seen in a while, her LEGENDARY mama bear side.  In fact, since the kids had grown and gone, he’d never seen it.  She called it up now, knowing he needed it.
“You know that it’s the next life that is NEVER-ENDING!” she scolded.  “Here is just the SHADOWS of the life to come.  You have grandchildren who need you to teach them to build a tree-house and work on a car.  There are the widows at church who will still need your handyman skills.  You can miss me all you want when the time comes, but you better promise me you are going to live and love and laugh and enjoy our family and friends and church just as much as you can while you still draw a breath!”
He had promised, and in years to come, keeping that promise is what gave him both the happiest and saddest and richest years of his life.
Please note that i am still having trouble commenting on WordPress blogs, even using my WordPress account.  Sometimes it won’t publish them at all, but please know, i’m still reading and trying to comment.
Curious as a Cathy, my computer is now saying your site certificate expired and that a copycat site may be trying to steal my personal information.  Also, yours is one of the main ones i cannot comment on, not sure what’s up with all that, but i thought you might want to know.
Today is:
Bonza Bottler Day™
Children’s Day — North Korea
Clean Air Day — Canada
D-Day — 74th Anniversary
Drive-In Movie Day*
Helicopter Day — the first one was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936
Hyun Choong Il — South Korea (Memorial Day)
Judgement Day — Fairy Calendar (Petal Hats)
June Bug Days — Baldwin, WI, US (music, tractor pull, free outdoor movie night, and more; through Saturday)
National Applesauce Cake Day
Nationaldagen — Sweden (National Day)
National Gardening Exercise Day — because gardening is good for the body and soul
National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day — US
National Yo-Yo Day — Donald F. Duncan, Sr.’s, birth anniversary; go get out your old Duncan and see if you still remember how to go around the world (but not near Great Aunt Mabel’s antique lamp she left you, please)
Russian Language Day — UN
St. Norbert of Xanten’s Day (Patron of peace; Bohemia; Madgeburg, Germany; against birth complications)
Tailor’s Day — the first Wednesday of June is noted on many sites as the day to thank your tailor
Teachers’ Day — Bolivia
The National Tournament — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (features the Spruce Meadows Show Jumping Championship and the Nexen Cup, with live entertainment and activities daily; through Sunday)
Turtle Races — Nisswa, MN, US (Wednesdays through August 22nd, go race a turtle, it’s only $5 to adopt a turtle for the race and get a participation racing button!)
Birthdays Today:
Staci Keanan, 1975
Max Casella, 1967
Paul Giamatti, 1967
Ena, 1966
Amanda Pays, 1959
Bjorn Borg, 1956
Kenny G, 1956
Sandra Bernhard, 1955
Harvey Fierstein, 1954
Harvey Fierstein, 1952
Robert Englund, 1947
Gary U.S. Bonds, 1939
Marian Wright Edelman, 1939
Billy Whitelaw, 1932
Thomas Mann, 1875
Robert Falcon Scott, 1868
Alexander Pushkin, 1799
Nathan Hale, 1755
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“20/20″(TV), 1978
“Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust”(Album release), 1972
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”(Song release), 1965
Today in History:
Twenty-four wagonloads of Talmudic books are burned in Paris, 1242
The Qing Dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor capture Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty; the Manchus would rule China until 1912 when the Republic of China is established, 1644
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university  museum, 1683
A devastating fire destroys one-third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes, 1752
Napoleon’s brother, Joseph Bonaparte is crowned King of Spain, 1808
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London, 1844
More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed as a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbour, 1882
The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, 1912
The Chrysler Corporation  is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler, 1925
*The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States, 1933
A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy, 1974
Mongolia  holds its first direct presidential elections, 1993
A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 meters diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya with an estimated force slightly greater than the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, 2002
Tamil is established as a Classical Language in India, 2004
In east London, archeologists find remains of the Curtain Theatre, which opened in 1577 and was where some of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, 2012
A solar plane, called The Solar Impulse, lands in Morocco after completing the world’s first intercontinental flight powered by the Sun, 2012


What and Why (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton, with some pictures by her friend Bill, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.        
This week we have a phrase:
  1. Back to the drawing board
Another of Bill’s photos.


Yes, it’s a long road.  It always feels longer when the product didn’t go over so well.
There’s a stark beauty out here that just becomes hot and sere and treacherous when we are heading back to home base to start over instead of to start production.
Today, it’s back to the drawing board.
Today is:
Anguilla Day — Anguilla
Arrival Day — Trinidad and Tobago
BookExpo America — Jacob K Javits COnvention Center, NYC, NY, US (publishers display fall titles; through Friday)
Dia de Canarias — CN, Spain (Canary Island Day)
Dia de las Madres — Nicaragua(Mother’s Day)
Einherjar — Asatru (Modern Norse Pagan) Calendar (a memorial for the war dead in Valhalla)
Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc (Patron of captives, martyrs, opposition of Church authorities, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, rape victims, soldiers, WACs, WAVES; France)
Heirloom Seed Day — While i can’t find the history of this one, it’s a good one to celebrate, we need to raise awareness of and preserve heirloom seeds
Indian Arrival Day — Trinidad and Tobago (anniversary of the 1845 arrival of the first Indian laborers to Trinidad)
Lod Massacre Remembrance Day — Puerto Rico
Loomis Day — because if we are going to honor Marconi, we should also honor the Washington, D.C., dentist Mahlon Loomis, who patented a wireless telegraphy system before Marconi was even born
My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It Day — this one may be listed on another day as well, since no two sites agree; mercy, just go get a new one already! or go get out your Hank Williams records
National Mint Julep Day
National Senior Health and Fitness Day — US (don’t let age get in the way of staying healthy!)  
Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival — Sedalia, MO, US (with a variety of free and paid venues, it’s a good time for all; through Saturday)
St. Walstan of Bawburgh’s Day (Patron of agricultural workers, farmers and farm workers, field hands, husbandmen)
This Day — Fairy Calendar
Water a Flower Day — no sponsor or reason given for this day, except that the spring rains are slowing and you don’t want your garden to wilt
Anniversaries Today:
Henry VIII marries Jane Seymore, 1536
Birthdays Today:
Blake Bashoff, 1981
Trey Parker, 1972
Wynonna Judd, 1964
Tom Morello, 1964
Ted McGinley, 1958
Colm Meaney, 1953
Stephen Tobolowsky, 1951
Meredith MacRae, 1945
Gale Eugene Sayers, 1943
Michael J. Pollard, 1939
Keir Dullea, 1936
Clint Walker, 1927
Benny Goodman, 1909
Mel Blanc, 1908
Countee Cullen, 1903
Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846
Czar Peter the Great, 1672
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Paperback Writer”(Single release), 1966
“War Requiem”(Britten Op. 66), 1962
“Odisséia de uma raça / Odyssey of a Race”(Villa-Lobos Symphonic poem), 1954
“Prodana nevesta / The Bartered Bride”(Opera), 1866
Today in History:
Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem; the Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall, 70
19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal, 1431
In Florida, Hernando de Soto  lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold, 1539
Publication of La Gazette, the first French newspaper, 1631
The Pennsylvania Evening Post become the first daily paper in the US, 1783&
John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria, 1842
Westminster’s Big Ben rang for the first time in London, 1859
Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day”) is observed in the United States for the first time, 1868
New York City’s Gilmores Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public, 1879
The Treaty of London, 1913, ends the First Balkan War and Albania becomes an independent nation, 1913
In China protests erupt against the Great Powers infringing on Chinese sovereignty, 1925
A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes, 1948
The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, is officially opened, 1959
launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to achieve landing on an extraterrestrial body, 1966
At the Ascot Park in Gardena, California, daredevil Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row, 1967
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators, 1989
272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies are held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The last remaining steel beam is removed and transported to the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, 2002
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to end all nuclear power within 12 years, 2011
Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré is convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 2016