Better Late Than Never (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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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 River at Drifting Through Life.    
 
 
This week’s words are:
 
1. bathroom
2. parasol
3. furniture
4. duck
5. phone
6. puzzle
 
and/or:
 
1. wade
2. grim
3. barge
4. sporadic
5. pizza
6. burial
 
Detective Clegg grabbed another slice of PIZZA and shook his head.  He’d been relying on fast food way too much lately, and had to face the GRIM fact that he was regaining the weight he’d worked so hard to lose.  His hours had become way too SPORADIC again in the wake of this latest case for him to continue cooking the healthy meals he’d fought to learn to make.
 
Turning to the papers on his cluttered desk, he tried to once again WADE through the reports and make some sense of the PUZZLE.  A gruesome BURIAL of the victim with a PARASOL clutched in his hand.  FURNITURE overturned into the strangest pattern, obviously done on purpose.
 
His lower tract chose that moment to BARGE in on his reverie with an insistence that could not be denied, so he decided to head for the evidence room and look at the objects recovered from the scene and DUCK into the BATHROOM on the way.
 
The moment he opened the men’s room door, his PHONE rang.  “Of course!” he thought, glancing at the screen and hoping he could ignore it for the moment and return the call.  No such luck.
 
“Clegg,” he said, and listened while one of the investigators said, “We found a second victim buried in the yard.  We’re pretty sure it’s his ex-wife.”
 
“I’ll be down there as soon as I can,” he said, knowing that it was going to be another long afternoon.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Blessed Wulfric’s Day
 
Butter Lantern Festival — Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)
 
Cherry Pie Day
 
Clean Out Your Bookcase Day — supposedly begun in 1985, but i can’t find information on who started it; donate books you don’t need any more to a local friends of the library group
 
Flying Car Day — the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)
 
Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) — at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Khajuraho Dance Festival — Khajuraho, India (annual gathering of Indian classical dancers from across the country and abroad; through the 26th)
 
Love Your Pet Day — a day to pamper pets, like they don’t get pampered enough
National Handcuff Day — on the anniversary of its patent 
 
St Leo of Catania’s Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)
 
Toothpick Day — first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872
 
World Day for Social Justice — UN
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Rihanna, 1988
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O’Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel”(Play), 1963
“Barber of Seville”(Rossini Opera), 1816
“Giulio Cesare in Egitto”(Opera, HWV 17), 1724
 
 
Today in History:
 
Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter’s dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organised, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O’Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer’s cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot’s U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013
A 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair sells at auction for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector, 2016
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017
Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis, 2018
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Wonderful Thought (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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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 River at Drifting Through Life.    
 
This week’s words are:
 
1. shutdown
2. wreck
3. hairclip
4. marked
5. old school
6. brewery
 
and/or:
 
1. release
2. hell-no!
3. cherries
4. insignificant
5. coffee
6. almost
 
 
“Mabel, did you hear the BREWERY had another SHUTDOWN?” Edna asked her back yard neighbor as they both stepped out to hang clothes on their respective lines.
 
“Oh, HELL-NO!” Mabel yelled.  “This is gettin’ ridiculous!  What happened now?”
 
“When you are done hangin’ your clothes, come on in for some COFFEE and I’ll tell you all about it,” Edna answered.
 
“I’ll be right over, after I readjust my HAIRCLIP.  It keeps saggin’ and it makes my hair look like a WRECK.  I swear I need another hair trim and it seems like ALMOST yesterday when I had the last one.” 
 
Both ladies finished up with this step of their laundry chore, and Mabel went in to fix her hair and grab a couple of pieces of the pie that she’d made from the CHERRIES that grew on the fence line tree.  There was nothing like Edna’s coffee and Mabel’s pies, other ladies used to say, and the two usually knew the best town gossip as well.
 
“So what’s goin’ on this time?” Mabel asked as the two sat down at the oilcloth covered kitchen table to eat and drink and talk, their three favorite things.
 
Edna began, “Well, Joe asked for a work RELEASE today so he could go back to the doctor, you remember, he’s been havin’ trouble with his lumbago.  He had MARKED it on his time card that he was gonna be out.  Anyways, they asked him to come in for the mornin’ since his appointment wasn’t until afternoon.  While he was there, that newfangled machine they just got went plumb crazy again, spewin’ beer all over instead of into the bottles.”
 
Mabel interrupted with, “Land sakes!  As my Daddy used to say, the OLD SCHOOL way may be slower, but we know it always worked!”
 
“I know just what you mean,” Edna agreed.  “Joe barely got to his appointment, they almost didn’t want to let him go but he told them he was goin’ and he’d be back as soon as he could.  They think his lumbago is INSIGNIFICANT compared to keepin’ the place going, but if they don’t have the good workers like my Joe and your Ben in good health, they ain’t gonna have anythin’!”
 
“You got that right,” Mabel agreed.  “And how did you find out about it?”
 
“Oh, Joe stopped off here to grab his lunch on the way to his appointment, but he’s done with that and back at work by now,” Edna said.  “They’ll probably have another late night, all of them.  Here, have another cup of coffee, we may as well relax a while, no need to make an early supper tonight.”
 
“That’s fine by me,” Mabel sighed with satisfaction.  “I’d just as soon have a nice, long afternoon chat as go swelter over a hot stove!”
 
 
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Today is:
 
Break-Up Day — if you are over him/her, don’t go through tomorrow pledging love falsely, get out today
 
Dream of Your Sweetheart Day — a reminder that if you aren’t ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, you’d better get cracking
 
Employee Legal Awareness Day — Australia
 
Get a Different Name Day — for those who hate their name; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Ides of February — Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Parentalia begins — through the 21st (honoring divi parentes — the deified ancestors)
    Lupercalia begins — through the 15th (to rid the city of evil spirits)
    Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa begins — through tomorrow
 
I Value Your Friendship Day — because you don’t want to neglect your friends while we are remembering love this week
 
Madly in Love With Me Day — because you have to love “me” before you can love “we”
 
National Tortellini Day
 
St. Catherine dei Ricci’s Day (Patron of the ill)
 
Ta-asobi — Akatsuka Suwa Shrine, Itabashi-ku, Japan (ceremony to pray for a good harvest)
 
Trndez or Tearnandarach — Armenian Christian Church (fire celebration, begins in the evening and goes through tomorrow; originally a pagan sun worship celebration, it is now a Candlemas celebration by the OS Calendar)
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Mena Suvari, 1979
Robbie Williams, 1974
Kelly Hu, 1968
David Naughton, 1951
Peter Gabriel, 1950
Stockard Channing, 1944
Jerry Springer, 1944
Carol Lynley, 1942
Peter Tork, 1942
Bo Svenson, 1941
George Segal, 1934
Kim Novak, 1933
Chuck Yeager, 1923
Eileen Farrell, 1920
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919
Eddie Robinson, 1919
Grant Wood, 1892
Alvin York, 1887
Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia Wallace Truman, 1885
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, 1849
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1682
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Merlin”(Musical), 1983
“Prince Valiant”(Comic strip), 1937
 
 
Today in History:
 
Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, 1258
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland, 1349
The Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta); Frenchman Charles de la Motte accused Italians of cowardice, and thirteen Italians proceeded to rout 13 Frenchmen in a chivalrous horseback tourney, 1503
St. Augustine, Florida, is founded, becoming the oldest continuously occupied European established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States, 1566
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that the Earth revolves around the sun, 1633
Treaty of Lisbon:  Spain recognizes Portugal, 1668
The Massacre of Glencoe: 78 members of the clan Macdonald are murdered for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange (William III), 1692
Cholera appears in London, 1832
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards, 1867
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert, 1881
Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class, 1886
Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector, 1894
English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested, 1907
The Negro National League is formed, 1920
A jury in Flemington, New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, 1935
France tests its first atomic bomb, 1960
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released, 1970
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981
An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany, 1990
The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies, 2000
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, 2004
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations, 2008
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds, 2009
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855, 2011

If It Weren’t For the Rust (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
 
 
This week’s words are:
 
1. consternation
2. tourist
3. attached
4. fresh
5. specific
6. memory
 
and/or:
 
1. advantages
2. amount
3. spray
4. reef
5. ouch
6. living
 
Much to his CONSTERNATION, the TOURIST had ATTACHED herself to him like a piece of coral on the REEF they were above.
 
She was relentless in her questions, and in LIVING MEMORY he could not think of anyone asking for so many species SPECIFIC details on what they were seeing.
 
No AMOUNT of dodging shook her loose, even as he worked with others to prepare them for the snorkeling adventure they were about to have.  There were so many ADVANTAGES to working in this paradise, but tourists like her were not one of them.
 
He’d hoped she’d be as tired as he was by the end of the snorkeling, but she came out of the water with a FRESH batch of questions as she shook the water out of her hair, SPRAYing everyone around her.  Even his long-suffering captain yelling “OUCH” as she removed her equipment with vigor and bopped him on the head with it did not douse her ardor.
 
This was one day he couldn’t wait to get home.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Aldus Day — death anniversary of Aldus Manutius, inventor of italics
 
Asahikawa Winter Festival — Asahikawa, Japan (through the 11th)
 
Bob Marley Day / Reggae Day — Jamaica (birth anniversary)
 
Gamelia — Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate)
 
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation — United Nations
 
Lame Duck Day — US, on the anniversary of the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution; a day to recognize those whose tenure is running out
 
National Chopsticks Day
 
 
Oto Matsuri — Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (fire festival)
 
Pay-A-Compliment Day
 
Rubik-Cube Muddling Championships — Fairy Calendar
 
Sami National Day — Finland, Norway, Russian, and Sweden
 
St. Dorothy of Caesarea’s Day (Patron of brewers, brides, florists, gardeners, midwives, newlyweds; Pescia, Italy)
 
St. Peter Baptist’s Day (Patron of Caceres, Philippines; Japan)
 
Vancouver International Boat Show — Vancouver, BC, Canada (with two venues in the city, there is sure to be enough to delight even the pickiest sailors; through Sunday)
 
Waitangi Day — Maori, New Zealand and Niue (treaty with Britain, 1840; also considered National Day)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 (upon the death of her father, George VI)
Massachusetts becomes the 6th US State, 1788
The College of William and Mary in Virginia is founded by royal charter, 1693
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Axl Rose, 1962
Barry Miller, 1958
Kathy Najimy, 1957
Robert Townsend, 1957
Natalie Cole, 1950
Bob Marley, 1945
Michael Tucker, 1944
Fabian, 1943
Gayle Hunnicutt, 1943
Gigi Perreau, 1941
Tom Brokaw, 1940
Mike Farrell, 1939
Francois Truffant, 1932
Rip Torn, 1931
Mamie Van Doren, 1931
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919
Mary Leakey, 1913
Ronald Reagan, 1911
Babe Ruth, 1895
Aaron Burr, 1756
Nicolaus II Bernoulli, 1695
Chongzhen, Emperor of China, 1611
Christopher Marlowe, 1564
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Masque of Kings”(Play), 1936
“Rhenisch”(Schumann’s 3rd Symphony), 1851
 
 
Today in History:
 
The United States signs its first treaty, in which France recognizes the US and promises aid, 1778
New Jersey issues the first US railroad charter to John Stevens, 1815
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore, 1819
The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia, 1820
Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony, 1840
Harper’s Weekly publishes the first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers, 1869
The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Netherlands’ Senate ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree, 1900
The Young Women’s Hebrew Association organizes in NYC, 1902
The “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for the first time, 1935
Turkey holds its first election in which women can vote, 1935
K Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese-US female lawyer, 1937
Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI, 1952
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit, 1959
Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed, 1987
The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989
Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile, 2000
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands, 2013
Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha, 2017
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, 2018

Veterinarian Sense of Humor Times Two (Wordless Wednesday), Words for Wednesday, and Would You Rather

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This month, the prompts are being provided by lissa at The Memory of Rain
 
This week’s prompts are (you may use the whole phrase or the words separately):
1. last day
2. zealot
3. homeward
4. listen
5. midnight
6. always
 
And/or:
1. start
2. wicked
3. holiday
4. castle
5. infinite
6. goodbye
 
 
Like a ZEALOT heading for a religious service he wouldn’t miss even if it were his LAST DAY on earth, James headed HOMEWARD at a WICKED speed.
 
Home, he thought.  His CASTLE, his sanctum sanctorum, his safe harbor in a cruel world.  It was close to MIDNIGHT, no other traffic on the two lane road.  He’d gotten a later START than he wanted, thus he raced along.
 
As he got near the Brewer place, his headlights picked up the old horse, moseying across the road.  In a split second that seemed INFINITE, he braked and swerved, and the horse shied the other direction.  Another moment and instead of the beginning of a two week HOLIDAY from work and a new assignment that wouldn’t require travel any more, his family would have been biding him a final GOODBYE.
 
He brought the car to a complete stop and got out to see where the horse had run off to.  After all, the Brewers were good neighbors, even if they didn’t ALWAYS secure that animal.  It had run back to the barn which was where he found it, and as he walked back to his vehicle, he stopped to LISTEN to the sounds of the country night with a renewed appreciation.
 
Only another two miles to home, he would take them a bit below the speed limit now.  He had plenty of time.
 
 
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Cathy of Curious as a Cathy posted these and i thought i’d take a stab at it.
 
 
Her questions:
1. Would you rather drink raw eggs or eat sushi (uncooked)? Why?
2. Would you rather live in a hot or cold climate year-round? Why?
3. Would you rather wear slacks or dresses? Why?
4. Would you rather be single or married? Why?
5. Would you rather be on Facebook or Pinterest all day? Why?
6. Would you rather be unique and thought weird or like everyone else with no personal identity to call your own? Why?
7. Would you rather wear all black or any other color? Why?
8. Would you rather be mute or deaf? Why?
9. Would you rather binge watch your favorite TV show or be outdoors on a cold, snowy weekend? Why?
10. Would you rather be trusting or suspicious of all people? Why?
 
My answers:
 
  1. The only sushi i eat is the veggie sushi, and it’s raw!
  2. Hot, because cold is very painful for me (capillaries in my hands can break from the cold and cause sores, and breathing in the cold makes my scarred lungs wheeze).
  3. Jeans, actually — you can’t get on the floor to clean a tub or toilet in a dress, and slacks are too nice.
  4. If i’m with my Sweetie, married, if i were with anyone else, single.
  5. Neither, i don’t have an account with either and i never hope to.
  6. Since i’m already unique and thought weird, i’ll just stay that way.
  7. Purple.  All other colors only exist to show off how beautiful purple is, and i mean every shade of purple/violet except puce.
  8. Mute, because i can write what i want to say, but if i can’t hear music i think i will curl into a ball and shrivel.
  9. TV, and i don’t own one, so that tells you how much i wouldn’t want to be outdoors longer than a few minutes in the snow.  (On the rare occasion when we get snow down here, i go out to get pictures and that’s about it.)
  10. Suspicious, but with a kind demeanor that didn’t let you know i was suspicious, and i’ll let the suspicious go as soon as i know you are okay.
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Cash Register Day — James Ritty and John Birch were granted a patent on this day in 1883 for an early mechanical cash register
 
Congressional Brawl Day — marking the first ever all out brawl in the US Congress in 1798
 
Draw A Dinosaur Day — and post it to the web site  
 
Feast of King Charles the Martyr — Anglican
 
Fred Korematsu Day — US (honoring the civil rights activist who protested the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII) 
 
Inane Answering Message Day — the day to change those annoying messages, sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
King’s Birthday — Jordan
 
Martyrs’ Day — India (assassination anniversary of Gandhi)
 
National Croissant Day
 
Pax — Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Peace)
 
Puce and Ochre Day — Fairy Calendar
 
School Day of Nonviolence and Peace — sponsored by DENIP
 
St. Aldegund’s Day (Patron of cancer patients; against cancer, childhood diseases, sudden death, wounds)
 
St. Bathilde’s Day (Patron of children, sick people, widows; against bodily ills and sickness)
 
St. Martina of Rome’s Day (Patron of nursing mothers; Rome, Italy)
 
Three Archbishops’ Day — Eastern Orthodox (a/k/a Holy Hierarchs’ Day)
 
US National Snow Sculpting Competition and Championships — Lake Geneva, WI, US (through Sunday)
 
Yodel For Your Neighbors Day — Why?  Do you hate your neighbors?
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Johnathan Lee Iverson, 1976
Christian Bale, 1974
Brett Butler, 1958
Phil Collins, 1951
Charles Dutton, 1951
Steve Marriott, 1947
Marty Balin, 1942
Dick Cheney, 1941
Vanessa Redgrave, 1937
Boris spassky, 1937
Tammy Grimes, 1934
Louis Ruckeyser, 1933
Gene Hackman, 1930
Dorothy Malone, 1925
Dick Martin, 1922
Barbara W. Tuchman, 1912
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882
Isaiah Thomas, 1749
Thomas Rolfe, 1615 (Only child of John Rolfe and Pocahontas.)
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Yogi Bear Show”(TV), 1958
“Robert Montgomery Presents”(TV), 1950
“City Lights”(Chaplin Movie), 1931
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Jews of Freilsburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349
King Charles I of England is beheaded, 1649
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed after having been dead for two years, 1661
The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master, 1703
Henry Greathead tests the first boat intended to be specialized as a lifeboat for rescue purposes, which he invented, on the River Tyne in England, 1790
The burned Library of Congress is reestablished, with Thomas Jefferson contributing, 1815
Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica, 1820
The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened, 1826
A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1841
The city of Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, for the nearby mission of the same name, 1847
William Wells Brown publishes the first Black drama, “Leap to Freedom,” 1858
The US Navy’s first ironclad warship, the Monitor, is launched, 1862
The pneumatic hammer is patented by Charles King of Detroit, 1894
The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy, 1911
The House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill, 1913
“The Lone Ranger” begins a 21 year run on ABC radio, 1933
Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, 1948
American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1956
The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police, 1969
Carole King’s Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide, 1971
Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary, 1975
Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”, 1982
Peter Leko of Hungary becomes the world’s youngest chess grand master at age 14, 1994
Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease, 1995
Over half a million people participate in the world’s largest wildlife survey after extreme cold drives exotic birds into Britain’s back gardens, 2011

W(h)ine All About It (Wordlesss Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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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 lissa at The Memory of Rain
 

This week’s prompts are:
1. birthday
2. dream
3. cake
4. sugar
5. wishes
6. grant

And/or
1. joyride
2. promise
3. wishing well
4. ghost
5. flowers
6. love
“What does my LOVE want to do for her birthday?” he asked. “Tell me your fondest DREAM for that day!”

She laughed and said, “If WISHES were horses, the beggars would ride, my mother used to tell me. A small CAKE will do.”

“I thought you were staying away from SUGAR?” his eyes held a glint of amusement.

“That’s why I said a small cake,” she said, looking down her nose at him. She added, “Actually, FLOWERS would be better, but they would cost more than something we bake here.”

“We could take your cousin up on the offer to take his new convertible for a short JOYRIDE,” he mused. “He said he wouldn’t mind if I took you out to dinner in it on your birthday.”

“Yes, we could, but I hardly call riding in a sports car in January something you’d hope for at the WISHING WELL. Besides, you know I think those things entice people to drive more dangerously than they would otherwise and I’ve no desire to become a GHOST before my time.”

Laughing together, he said, “We don’t have much yet, but I PROMISE things will be different someday, and we will celebrate birthdays with more than just flowers and cake.”

“I know,” she answered, “but somehow, I don’t think they will be any more fun that what we have right now.”

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Bounty Day — Pitcairn Island (celebrates the burning of the HMS Bounty in 1790
 
Cold, Cold, Cold Day — coldest temp ever recorded in the US, -79.8°F (-62.11°C), this day in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska
 
Day of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Lenaia — Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Dionysian festival to arouse the sleeping vegetation and bring spring; date approximate)
 
Measure Your Feet Day — one can only ask….”Why!?!”
 
National Pie Day — US, sponsored by the American Pie Council     
 
National Handwriting Day — US, on the birth anniversary of John Hancock, to encourage the dying art of legible handwriting by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association 
 
National Rhubarb Pie Day
 
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti — TR and WB, India (birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose)
 
Ragwort Dance — Fairy Calendar (Pixies only)
 
Sioux Empire Farm Show — Sioux Falls, SD, US (great winter farm show, since you can’t be planting, come out and have fun; through Friday)
 
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; plow drivers, see how far you can make those rural mailboxes go!
 
St. John the Almoner’s Day (Patron of Knights Hospitaller; known for his generosity to the poor, “If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.”)
 
Women in Medicine Day — Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman awarded the degree of Medical Doctor in 1849
 
Zehnder’s Snowfest, Ice Carving, and State of Michigan Snow Sculpting Competition — Frankenmuth, MI, US (fun for the whole family; through Monday)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
The founding of Georgetown University, the first US Catholic college, 1789
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Tito Ortiz, 1975
Tiffani Thiessen, 1974
Mariska Hargitay, 1964
Gail O’Grady, 1963
Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957
Antonio Villaraigosa, 1953
Pat Haden, 1953
Richard Dean Anderson, 1950
Rutger Hauer, 1944
Gil Gerard, 1943
Chita Rivera, 1933
Jeanne Moreau, 1928
Ernie Kovacs, 1919
John M. Browning, 1855
Edouard Manet, 1832
Stendhal(Marie-Henri Beyle), 1783
John Hancock, 1737
Joseph Hewes, 1730
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The A-Team”(TV), 1983
“Roots”(TV miniseries), 1977
“Barney Miller”(TV), 1975
“King Family Show”(TV), 1965
“After the Fall”(Miller’s Play), 1964
“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”(Film), 1948
 
 
Today in History:
 
Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga (Hindu Iron Age of the Gods), BC3102
In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops, 971
The first printing of Ramban’s Sha’ar ha-Gemul, 1490
The first printing of the Pentateuch, 1492
The second version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England, 1552
What is probably the most deadly earthquake in history kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China, 1556
Queen Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange in London, 1571
Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales, 1656
Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament on his affirmation, 1833
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female physician in the US, 1849
The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1855
Alesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Alesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless an one person dead, 1904
Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American US senator, 1907
Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of the Polish government in exile, 1940
Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time, 1943
The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet) in the Pacific Ocean, 1960
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, 1986
Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10, 2003
Six Venezuelan cable television channels are taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after refusing to transmit government messages, 2010
Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep, 2018

A Client’s Husband Thinks It Will Fit, Decorated and All (Wordless Wednesday) and Words For Wednesday)

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This month, the prompts are being provided by lissa at The Memory of Rain
 

This week’s prompts are:

The sounds of a thunderstorm

And/or

1. it’s going to rain today
2. chasing storms
3. umbrellas
4. charmed
5. a long journey
6. trains

“It’s going to rain today,” husband said.

“I have no objection,” wife answered.

“We haven’t done anything fun in a while,” husband said. “How about if we take umbrellas and see if we can go chasing storms like we used to?”

“No need to chase,” wife noted as a peal of thunder was followed by the sounds of a downpour. “How about instead we plan a long journey, taking the trains.”

“Yes, we could do that,” husband agreed.

“We used to live a charmed life,” wife said, “even when we had work we took time out to travel and enjoy things, and now we’ve retired and gotten slothful. A trip would be a nice change.”

“Agreed. We will plan a trip, and to be daring, bring no umbrellas!”

 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Appreciate a Dragon Day — share stories of your favorite dragons from literature; begun by author Danita K. Paul
 
Concordia —  Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of harmonious relations)
 
Day of Offerings to the Shemsu of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition — Rockford, IL, US (frozen art fun; through Saturday)
 
Inflatable Tire Day — birth anniversary of Andre Michelin
 
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
 
Laurent Kabila — Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes’ Day)
 
National Day of Peace — El Salvador (anniversary of 1992 peace treaty)
 
National Fig Newton Day
 
National Good Teen Day — which really is most of them, isn’t it
 
National Nothing Day — created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”
 
National Work At Home With Your Spouse Day — internet generated; try if you dare, i won’t, as much as i love him, i’d have to kill him.
 
National Religious Freedom Day — US (anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom)
 
Religious Freedom Day — US (in 1786, the Virginia legislature adopted a statute guaranteeing religious freedom to citizens of that state, and protecting them from discrimination for their religious choices)
 
St. Anthony’s Eve — Abruzzo, Italy (Fires of Saint Anthony — Anthony the Great)
 
St. Honratus of Arles’ Day (Patron for rain; against drought, misfortune)
 
Teacher’s Day — Thailand
 
There’s No Business Like Show Business Day — Ethel Merman’s Birth Anniversary!
 
 
 
Birthday’s Today:
 
Kate Moss, 1974
Sade, 1959
Debbie Allen, 1950
John Carpenter, 1948
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947
Ronnie Milsap, 1944
A.J. Foyt, 1935
Dian Fossey, 1932
Dizzy Dean, 1911
Ethel Merman, 1908
Frank Zamboni, 1901
Harry Carey, Sr., 1878
Robert W. Service, 1874 (Poet, The Cremation of Sam McGee)
Andre Michelin, 1853
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Hello, Dolly”(Musical), 1964
“A Pastoral Symphony”(Ralph Vaughan Williams’ third symphony), 1922
 
 
Today in History:
 
The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Casesar Octavian by the Roman Senate, BC27
The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison, 550
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt, 1362
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy, 1412
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella, 1492
Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia, 1547
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism, 1581
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, 1605
The Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks, 1776
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson, 1786
The refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, 1868
The Pendleton Act creates the basis of US Civil Service system, 1883
The British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole, 1909
The British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland, 1913
Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia, 1914
The US ratifies the constitutional amendment on Prohibition, to take effect one year later, 1919
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, 1920
The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida, 1936
Benny Goodman plays the first jazz performance at Carnegie Hall, 1938
Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard, 1942
Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk, 1969
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects, 1970
The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt, 1979
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force., 1986
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war , 1992
The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban, 2002
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, but disintegrates 16 days later on reentry, 2003
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president, becoming Africa’s first female elected head of state, 2006
New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba go into effect, 2015

Of Course We Go to Ladies’ Circle for the Bible Study! (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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This week’s prompts are two photos:

She wasn’t sure if it was more like walking into shadows, or seeing a double exposed film, but either way, the second sight was very unnerving sometimes. Even after years and years, the sudden ability to see what others could not would take her breath away.

And always, after she warned them of what she had seen, whether she was believed or not, whether the warnings were heeded and danger averted or not, the birds would gather, her guardians, to gossip over it.

 
 
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Today is:
 
Balloon Ascension Day / Aviation in America Day — the first manned free balloon flight in the US was on this date in 1793 at Philadelphia
 
Duelo Nacional — Panama (Martyrs’ Day)
 
Feast of All Fairies — Fairy Calendar
 
Feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene — Quiapo District, Manila, Philippines (culmination of the celebrations; a 400 year old Catholic procession with a black life-sized wooden statue of Jesus)
 
Festival of the Agonalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (gifts given to Janus)
 
Hatsu-Ichi — Maebashi, Japan (a daruma — good luck doll — market, to start the year off right)
 
“I Will Stay” Day — Brazil (anniversary of the start of the Independence Movement in 1922)
 
National Apricot Day
 
Peace Agreement Day — South Sudan
 
Positively Penguins Day — a day to celebrate all things penguin
 
Republic Day — Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Static Cling/Static Electricity Day — on some sites, listed as April 26; i can only ask why it’s listed anywhere for any reason
 
St. Marciana’s Day (Patron of those with wounds)
 
Stepfather’s Day — not official, but it should be, there are some great stepfathers out there
 
Stuffed Animal Laundry Day — give that old bear a bath!
 
Toka Ebisu — Japan (parades and shrine rituals through Japan, but especially in Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka; through the 11th)
 
Ullr Festival — Breckenridge, CO, US (festival of the mythical Norse god of winter; through Saturday)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Connecticut becomes the 5th US State, 1788
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sergio Garcia, 1980
Dave Matthews, 1967
Joely Richardson, 1965
Mark Martin, 1959
Imelda Staunton, 1956
J.K. Simmons, 1955
Crystal Gayle, 1951
Jimmy Page, 1944
Joan Baez, 1941
Susannah York, 1941
Byron Barlett “Bart” Starr, 1934
Bob Denver, 1935
Judith Krantz, 1928
Lee Van Cleef, 1925
Les Paul, 1915
Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Hovick), 1914
Richard Nixon, 1913
Simone De Beauvoir, 1908
Chic Young, 1901
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, 1859
Gracie Fields, 1898
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“It Takes a Thief”(TV), 1968
“Rawhide”(TV), 1959
“Dear Abby”(newspaper column), 1956
“Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze”(Film), 1894
 
 
Today in History:
 
Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, 475
Seven hundred Jews, believed to be causing the Black Death, are burned in their homes in Basel, Switzerland, 1349
The first sighting of manatees by a European (Columbus), 1493
Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London, 1768
The first hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, 1793
Income Tax is introduced in the UK (to fund the war against Napoleon), 1799
Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral, 1806
Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery, 1816
The Daguerrotype photo process is announced at French Academy of Science, 1839
Thomas Henderson makes the first measure of stellar parallax, of Alpha Centauri, 1839
The Astor Library opens in NYC, 1854
The first hostilities of the Civil War, at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 1861
The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow, 1880
New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts, 1894
Alfred Tennyson’s son, Hallam, the Second Baron Tennyson, becomes the second Governor General of Australia, 1903
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity to be officially recognized at Howard University is founded, 1914
The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated, 1916
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogiro (helicopter) flight, Spain, 1923
A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Quebec, Montreal, kills 78 children, 1927
Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians, 1964
Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh, 2005
Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement rebel group sign a peace agreement in Naivasha, Kenya, 2005
Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice determines they can defer the latest inauguration of President Hugo Chavez while his cancer operation recovery continues, 2013