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an economy by any other name

Today is the 2nd day of the 43rd week [and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday], the 23rd day of the 10th month, the 296th day of 2017 [81% of the year is past us now], and; 
  • Lung Health Day
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day – this is my very favorite kind of cake to the point where Boston Cream donuts, the now extinct Boston Cream cheesecake, and eclairs are all deserts that I crave.  Shame that most places just use vanilla pudding for the filling instead of the real rich custard though.
  • National Canning Day
  • National iPod Day
  • National Mole Day-- celebrated among chemists, chemistry students and chemistry enthusiasts, it has nothing to do with the animal or spying
  • National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day ((I'm happy to report that I didn't get slapped today -- but whether or not it means I am not irritating or they are worried about liability issues, I cannot say))
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day -- Every year around the Day of San Juan the famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano swirl into the sky and head back to their wintering grounds in Argentina, 6,000 miles south but I cannot find confirmation of when they left in 2017
  • TV Talk Show Host Day – in 1925 comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.  He is best known for his 30 years as host of The Tonight Show.

In 1884 -- Moosomin newspaper [in Saskatchewan, Canada] reports the first shipment of four railroad cars of buffalo bones to the US; used as fertilizer, and burned to make carbon black; 20,000 tons of this prairie cash crop will be shipped out before 1897.  I had heard of Indians and mountain men burning buffalo chips for fuel, but apparently their bones actually burned better – interesting to contemplate what the pioneers did with the mountains of carcasses left by the likes of Buffalo Bill, neh?

In 1983 -- Dedication of the Guan Yin Buddhist Temple in Richmond; Canada designed by architect Vincent Kwan, it is North America's most architecturally authentic Chinese imperial temple, resembling Beijing’s Forbidden City.  Guan Yin is the Chinese Bodhisattva/ Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Kindness, considered to be a mother-goddess and patron of seamen. .

In 2012 – After 38 years, the world's first teletext service (BBC's Ceefax) ceases broadcast due to Northern Ireland completing the digital switchover.  Looks like it was a handy program, especially pre-internet, and I wish the US had developed something like it

In 2015 – The lowest sea-level pressure in the Western Hemisphere [872 mbar (hPa); 25.75 inHg], and the highest reliably-measured non-tornadic sustained winds [maximum sustained winds of 215 mph], are recorded in Hurricane Patricia.  The highest wind speed [outside of a tornado that is] was during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996 when an automatic weather station on Barrow Island, Australia recorded 253 mph mph gusts


Quote of the day:

"Choice of attention, to pay attention to this and ignore that, is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer."

~  W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973) British Poet


We have been talking about the attention economy for a very long time [the book by Thomas H Davenport came out in 2002] and those discussions had a huge impact on the way that I view relationships because for the first time, I saw attention as a finite resource – folks only have so much bandwidth and when that pipe is full, then they lose focus.  I have summed up that personal observation succnectly by stating “while love is infinite and flows freely, time and attention are both finite resources”; it is my strongest caveat against polyamory actually.  But the attention economy was just one of the idesa we had about what would replace the Industrial Revolution:  the knowledge economy, the experience economy, the technological economy, the gig economy, the service economy, etc, etc, and so forth.   Whatever you call it, IMNSHO, we are in the throes of the transition and have been for the past thirty some years, which explains a lot about the kind of societal upsets we are experiencing.  I hope I live long enough to see things settle down – and to get that self-driving, flying car.

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, October 23, 2017

I yam who I yam....

Today is the 6th day of the 42nd week, the 20th day of the 10th month, the 293rd day of 2017, and: 
  • Birth of the Bab -- a prophet who foretold the coming of the Bhá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith
  • Miss America Rose Day
  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • National Call-in Day for Health Reform
  • National Mammography Day
  • National Pharmacy Buyer Day
  • National Suspenders Day
  • The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
  • World Osteoporosis Day
  • World Student Day

1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack [born Jack Rackham] is captured by the Royal Navy; he was hung the next day.  It appears he is famous mainly for having two female crew members

1818 - Britain and the US sign the Convention of 1818, aka the Treaty of Joint Occupation of Oregon aka the Treaty of London; to improve relations in the wake of the War of 1812; agree that their mutual boundary should run westward from the Lake of Woods (in Minnesota), along the 49th parallel of north latitude to the Rocky Mountains; they also sign a North American Fishing Convention which restores US fishing and curing rights around the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Article 3 provides for joint control of the Oregon country – all of which isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds

1952 -- Freddy the Pilot was published

1958 -- Freddy and the Dragon was published   This was hands down my favorite series of books when I was young. Freddy was written by the same author who gave us Mr. Ed [which was also a TV show that I enjoyed] and he has his own very active fan club and yes I am a member although I have yet to make it to the annual convention.  My mother, who monitored my reading pretty closely, had assumed that Freddy was a little boy – much to my adolescent disgust because who wanted to read about a little boy? -- and when she found out he was a pig, she tried unsuccessfully to ban the books as “ridiculous fantasy”.   She kinda washed her hands of me after I discovered science fiction and fantasy.   

1992 -- The host Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in the first World Series game played outside the United States.  Always seemed a bit bombastic of us to claim this is a "world series" when only American teams are playing!  That is exactly like the "Miss Universe" title -- why do we think that an Earth gal is all that and a bag of chips?


Picture of the dayThe photographer lives near my friend in Las Cruses and takes absolutely stunning pictures of the desert.  The juniper in this picture is well over a century old and is now dying




Quote of the day:

"You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

~  James Allen (1864 - 1912), British philosophical writer


This quote resonates with me.  I firmly believe that I am who I am today because of the choices that I have made.  Who I will be tomorrow is based on the choices I am making [or in some cases not making today], and I could not go back and change these choices without changing who I am.    It is a common theme in fiction, for example Jean Luc Picard faced this courtesy of Q and Peggy Sue found out that she couldn’t change the past except in small details.  My kids once asked me if I would change anything in the past – especially the two marriages that ended in rather acrimonious and contentious divorces – and I told them I would not, because then neither of them would’ve been born and I didn’t want to change that.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, October 20, 2017

the Festival of Lights

Today Hindus all over the world are celebrating Diwali with feasts and lights of all kinds, with gifts and family!  
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Thursday, October 19, 2017

one of those days

yup.  That about sums it up
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

a Tuesday of no particular note

Today is the 3rd day of the 42nd week, the 17th day of the 10th month, the 290th day of 2017 [it’s too close to be funny so I’m not telling you how many shopping days until Christmas this year anymore], and: 
  • Black Poetry Day  ((a day for poetry to celebrate the color black, a day for poetry about blacks, a day for poetry by blacks, or a day to write poetry about your dystopian vision))
  • Four Prunes Day – you can rely on these dried plums to keep you regular and they make really moist bread too
  • Information Overload Day
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Mulligan day --  since the 1920’s, in golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action.  I think I like the idea of having a day devoted to do-overs whether it is an old relationship or just a hobby that you put down
  • National Edge Day
  • National Face Your Fears Day
  • National Pasta Day
  • National Pharmacy Technician Day
  • Pay Back A Friend Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
  • Spreadsheet Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • World Trauma Day

On this day:

In 1814 – Eight people die in the London Beer Flood.  Yup, you read that right -- there was a fatal flood in London of beer,  over one million litres in volume and in a tidal wave at least 15 feet high.   

In 1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.  Actually he was already in the US and when Hitler came to power he didn’t return because he was Jewish. The fact that the Nazis ridiculed his Theory of Relativity and specifically denounced him had a lot to do with that decision.  He did return to Europe, and renounced his German citizenship while staying in Belgium in March, returning to the US in October to take a position in Princeton

In 1965 – The 1964–65 New York World's Fair closes after a two-year run. More than 51 million people had attended the event -- my mother and I went to see it the summer of '65, one of the few outings that I can recall going on with her.  We traveled up for the day on the train.  I remember the Parker Pen exhibit where I ended up with my pen pals; walking through the GM giant automobile motor; It's a Small World; and Mom fussing because the Maryland pavilion was serving crab cakes on hamburger rolls instead of properly on crackers.

In 1973 – OPEC imposes an oil embargo that lasted until March 1974 against a number of Western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Egypt and Syria.  Do you remember sitting in line to get gas, when you could only buy on certain days depending on your license plate number [odd or even last digit] and the Christmas without lights?

In 2017 -- NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 28 mins 33 secs of light-travel time from Earth


Picture of the day:   I couldn’t find the original source of the picture, but it is all over the wallpaper sites!




Quote of the day:

   “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

~  Henry Ward Beecher


I remember having this conversation with the CEO at Commercial & Farmers Bank, in the lunchroom.  The point I made as he reflected on his past, was that in his life he had X amount of KSA.  If his mother had stayed with the coal miner she divorced, then that KSA would’ve only taken him so far.  But because she went back to his grandfather, who was a university professor, he started much further up on the social scale and that same KSA took him to where he was.  Got chewed out by the executive secretary for that one because Roberta, bless her heart, thought it was disrespectful of me to talk to him like that, but Jack understood what I meant and agreed with me.  Unbeknownst to me, I was describing the advantages of starting from a place of privilege; I was just explaining why I wasn’t particularly impressed by titles or position..  Never have been.  Never will be.  
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

just another Monday....

Today is the 2nd day of the 42nd week [just think, 4/5 of the year is gone!], the 16th day of the 10th month, the 289th day of 2017 [with 69 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Global Cat Day
  • International Adjust Your Chair Day
  • Multicultural Diversity Day
  • National Boss Day
  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
  • National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day
  • National Department Store Day
  • National Dictionary Day
  • National Feral Cat Day
  • National Learn a Word Day
  • National Liquor Day
  • Steve Jobs Day
  • World Food Day
  • World Spine Day

On this day:  I am trying out a new format and only posting things that for one reason or another interests me.

In 1793 – Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution.   She was 38, and there seems to be some doubt whether or not she really said “let them eat cake” .

In 1843 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.  The definitions don’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but I found out they're used in computer graphics and mechanics calculations to calculate movement and rotation

In 1869 – The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered", as George Hull passes off a stone statue as a petrified man.

In 1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.  I will never forget the moment I fell in love with Disney – it was in the summer of 1986 on EPCOT’s Imagination ride.

In 1962 – the world came to and teetered on the brink of nucklear war as a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union known as the Cuban missile crisis [AKA the October Crisis, the Caribbean Crisis, or the Missile Scare]  began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.


Quote of the day:

I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.”

~ Elias Canetti, The Human Province


Why this quote?  Because it speaks to me about goals.  Because like so many folks, I am my own worse critic.   I always find it interesting in a rather depressing and disturging way when I shut down because I don’t know what to say, and my body language and facial expression are taken to mean disapproval or judgement.  I guess because I come across as garrulous at times when I am silent, folks read more into it?  I don’t know.  As I grow older, I find that I have a tendency to close down more and more, and that of coursse is a self-fulfilling activity because the more I stay alone the more I am alone, the more up-tight I am in company the more difficult I find it to relax.  It is easy to concentrate on all the negatives and forget to give oneself credit for all the positives, neh?  

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, October 16, 2017


Today is the 4th day of the 41st week, the 11th day of the 10th month, the 284th day of 2017, and: 
  • "You Go, Girl" Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • Myths and Legends Day
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Food Truck Day
  • National Fossil Day
  • National It' My Party Day
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • National Stop Bullying Day
  • National Take your Parents to Lunch Day
  • Southern Food Heritage Day
  • Stop America's Violence Everywhere Day
Quote of the day:

"True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only."

~ Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld, French author of maxims and memoirs


Sounds like advice to de-clutter your prose and communications.  Not too sure how I feel about this as polished rhetoric is pretty much inimical to babbling, and babbling is what I do best.  That and asking questions…..


So, what do you thiink about trimming things here in the blog?  Should I keep culling the history pages and listing what happened on this day that I find interesting?  Or is just another list not something you are interested in reading about?  Like today --  back in In 1582 – this day doesn’t even exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain because they switched to the Gregorian calendar.  Back in those days, when a Pope issued a papal bull most of the Western world paid attention because they were all officially Roman Catholic, so ten whole days just disappeared from the calendar as they jumped from Thursday, October 4th to Friday October 15th overnight.  Are you the slightest bit impressed t know that in 1767 the surveying for the Mason–Dixon line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed?  That is the unofficial divide between the North and the South on the East Coast, you know. Or how about the fact that in 1910 Theodore Roosevelt became the first US president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert–St. Louis International Airport) in St. Louis, Missouri.  The press was not impressed.  Do you want to know that NASA launched a moon probe the year after the Russians shocked the world with Sputnik?  It was 1958 --  a lunar probe called Pioneer 1, but it fell back to Earth and burnt up.  They did better a decade later, in 1968 NASA launched Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.    Do you care that 42 years ago today the NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuted and is apparently still ruffling feathers today?


Maybe I should stop just listing thing and go back to the kind of discussion of things that happened on this day in history like I just did.  Don’t know precisely when I went to the list, but babbling is much more interesting I think
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, October 11, 2017

the day after a long weekend....

Today is the 3rd day of the 41st week, the 10th day of the 10th month, the 283rd day of 2017 [chew on that  for a moment – over ¾ of the year is history], and: 
  • Ada Lovelace Day --
  • Headspace Day [Australia]
  • Hug a Drummer Day
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
  • International Newspaper Carrier Day
  • International Stage Management Day
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • National Face Your Fears Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • National Love Your Hair Day
  • National Metric Day
  • National SHIFT10 Day – encouraging you to buy more from small retailers
  • National Tuxedo Day
  • Powers of Ten Day
  • Squid and Cuttlefish Day
  • US Naval Academy Day
  • World Child Development Day
  • World Homeless Day
  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Porridge Day
Quote of the day:

Doing nothing is very hard to do ... you never know when you're finished.”

~ Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor, comedian, and producer

At least it is a short work week, neh?
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 9th

Today is the 2nd day of the 41st week, the last day of a 3-day weekend, the 282nd day of 2017, and:

  • Columbus Day -- the 2nd Monday of October these days instead of the 12th

  • Curious Events Day

  • Fire Prevention Day

  • International Beer and Pizza Day

  • Leif Erikson Day

  • National Chess Day [debatable, some say it is the 13th]

  • National Kick Butt Day

  • National Moldy Cheese Day

  • National Online Banking Day

  • National Pro-Life Cupcakes Day

  • National Sneakers Day

  • Native American Day

  • Nautilus Night (Cephalopods)

  • Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day

  • World Post Day

See?  I am not the only one who dreads Monday morning!

Today is my mother's birthday.  Had she lived, she would be 90 today.  I have written before about my relationship with her, or rather the lack of a relationship, but on this day I always revisit the past.  It isn't so much that I regret what happened -- I just wish that things had been different.  As I deal with my daughter's difference in child-raising philosophy, I often wonder what she would've thought of the choices I made in raising my kids.  You see, in my mother's family, loving someone was dependent on their being aware of their place in the family, of their accepting the roles and responsibilities that being a family member entails, that they conform.  If you didn't do those things, if you went off the rails or were other than what was expected?  Then they couldn't love you, couldn't accept you.  Her family totally would've cast anyone out who loved someone "inappropriate" -- a married person, a member of the same sex, a member of a different ethnicity.  Fortunately, my father's family were more inclusive -- while reserving the right to be all kinds of judgemental and reading you the riot act, their love was unconditional.  They may not like what you are doing or what you became, but they would always love you and wouldn't think of casting you out.   And that was what I tried to give my two children, unconditional love, the feeling that no matter what, I would always love them.  My mother couldn't give it to me, or to her grandchildren, because she had never had it herself and didn't know what it looked like.  And to my sorrow, she didn't get it from her daughter either -- that is what I wish I could've done better.  I couldn't handle her disapproval and distaste and I withdrew -- we were estranged for most of my adulthood.

I'm not a cemetary visitor -- always thought I would be one of those punctilious folks who showed up with flowers on every birthday and holiday -- but on this day, I think about my mother and her life, that I had known her better as a person instead of a parent, and wish that she could've shared more of her journey with me and my kids.  On this day, I know that there will never be a chance to build a bridge between us, and it is that lost potential that I actually am grieving for....

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, October 9, 2017

3 day weekends

Today is the 6th day of the 40th week, the 6th day of the 9th month, the 279th day of 2017 [with only 77 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • American Libraries Day
  • Come and Take It Day
  • Garlic Lovers Day
  • Jackie Mayer Rehab Day
  • Lee National Denim Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Manufacturing Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • National German American Day
  • National Noodle Day
  • National Physician's Assistant Day
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day
  • Plaidurday
  • World Smile Day

105 BC – The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus at the Battle of Arausio:.

1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day is skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1600 – Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, receives its première performance in Florence, signifying the beginning of the Baroque period

1683 – German immigrant families found Germantown in the colony of Pennsylvania, marking the first major immigration of German people to America.

1889 - The Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Paris.

1890 - US President William McKinley brings in the protective McKinley Tariff; Canada applies counter-tariffs soon after; this punitive American measure stifles trade and leads to recession on both sides of the border

1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent "talkie" movie.

1977 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-29, designated 9-01, makes its maiden flight.

1995 – 51 Pegasi is discovered to be the second major star apart from the Sun to have a planet orbiting around it.

2007 – Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

2008 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed below 10,000 for the first time since 2004.


Picture of the day:




Quote of the day:

But what is work and what is not work? Is it work to dig, to carpenter, to plant trees, to fell trees, to ride, to fish, to hunt, to feed chickens, to play the piano, to take photographs, to build a house, to cook, to sew, to trim hats, to mend motor bicycles? All of these things are work to somebody, and all of them are play to somebody. There are in fact very few activities which cannot be classed either as work or play according as you choose to regard them.”

~ George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier


Me?  Most of my daily activities Monday through Friday are definitely classifed as “work”.  I managed to make it through the EOM/EOQ and only have a couple of reports that aren’t as time sensitive to generate.  And not only did I get a short work week this week courtesy of my trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta, I also get a short work week next week courtesy of Christopher Columbus!  

Know what?  I don't even care that it i unseasonably warm and I don't have A/C!
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, October 6, 2017

back from my trip

buckle your seatbelts - it's going to be a bumpy ride
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, October 3, 2017

the days of our lives

Today is the 2nd day of the 39th week, the 25th day of the 9th month, the 268th day of 2017 [with only 90 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Family Day
  • International Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Math Storytelling Day
  • National Comic Book Day
  • National Cooking Day
  • National Crab Meat Newburg Day
  • National Food Service Employee Day
  • National Lobster Day
  • National One-Hit Wonder Day
  • National Psychotherapy Day
  • National Research Administrator Day
  • National Tune-Up Day
  • World Dream Day
  • World Pharmacist Day

275 – In Rome (after the assassination of Aurelian), the Senate proclaims Marcus Claudius Tacitus Emperor.

762 – Led by Muhammad al-Nafs al-Zakiyya, the Hasanid branch of the Alids begins the Alid Revolt against the Abbasid Caliphate.

1513 – Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa reaches what would become known as the Pacific Ocean by crossing the Isthmus of Panama.

1690 – Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.

1789 – The United States Congress passes twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: The Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.

1790 – Peking opera is born when the Four Great Anhui Troupes introduce Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong Emperor's eightieth birthday.

1906 – Leonardo Torres y Quevedo demonstrates the Telekino, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is considered to be the first use of a remote control.

1929 – Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible.

1956 – TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, is inaugurated.

1992 – NASA launches the Mars Observer, a $511 million probe to Mars, in the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. Eleven months later, the probe would fail.

2017 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 24 mins 31 secs of light-travel time from Earth


Who do you think of when you use the phrase “the older generation”?  

If you are like me, the first thing that comes to mind are our grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles – and any of their contemporary cousins etc that we know about.   Oh there is a moment of disorientation when your grandparents and their cronies fade away, or when you look at your grandchildren and remember how OLD your grandmother looked to you when you were their age, but I doubt that you give it much thought.   When your parents go, that gives you pause.   Not only are you an orphan now, not only have you lost the two people you have literally known all your life, but somehow there is the first stirring of the thought that you are next in line.  That incipient thought strengthens as your parents’ generation ends their life journeys – your cousins, your friends, your associates start to find themselves standing as the “older generation” now.  
Somehow I am not prepared for this.   I rather thought that when I reached this point, I would be ….  wiser, more settled, more experienced with a richer tapestry behind me -- in short, I would be a true wise woman, ready to take my respected place in society.  Well that isn’t happening!  I don’t think of myself as “old”, never did get the hang of acting my age and quite frankly?  At times I am *coughs* hot to trot as the saying goes and more than a little annoyed that men my age are all going for gals 15 years younger while the 15 year younger guys are rather uninterested in my person.  I am still working for a living.  Experience?  kinda a relative term -- my internal and 2nd lives are richer and more varied than my 1st life, and I have a wealth of interpersonal interactions, but I haven’t done a lot of travel, of seeing and doing things.  . And yet, I am 67 and today I realize the generation of my family before me is all but gone, leaving me and my six cousins facing the future and the past in a society that seems to treasure its older folks less and less.


*whispers* but as far as I am concerned, “old” is still 15 years older than me….
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, September 25, 2017

that time of year

Today is the 6th day of the 38th week, the 22nd day of the 9th month, the 265th day of 2017 [with only 93 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • American Business Women's Day
  • Autumnal Equinox [AKA the first day of fall] in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Bright Pink Lipstick Day
  • Chainmail Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant  Appreciation Day
  • Hobbit Day
  • Independence Day:  Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire in 1908 and Mali from France in 1960.
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • Love Note Day
  • Mabon -- a harvest festival, the second of three [Lammas and Samhain are the other two], that encourages pagans to “reap what they sow,” both literally and figuratively.
  • National Centenarian's Day
  • National Elephant Appreciation Day
  • National Hobbit Day
  • National Ice Cream Cone Day
  • National Legwear Day
  • National White Chocolate Day
  • Native American Day
  • Proposal Day
  • Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere
  • World Carfree Day
  • World Rhino Day

904 – The warlord Zhu Quanzhong kills Emperor Zhaozong, the penultimate emperor of the Tang dynasty, after seizing control of the imperial government.

1538 - Jacques Cartier receives 50 écus d'or from the French royal treasury for the instruction of Aboriginal youth

1692 – The last of those convicted of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials are hanged; the remainder of those convicted are all eventually released.

1823 – Joseph Smith states he found the golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.

1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

1892 – Lindal Railway Incident, providing inspiration for "The Lost Special" by AC Doyle and the TV serial Lost.  The locomotive involved still lies buried beneath the railway, though the depth remains a source of speculation. 

1927 – Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the "long count" fight in Chicago.  ((for some reason Alexa thought this was the most important news story for this day and went on at length about it))

1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

1964 - The musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances.

1979 – A bright flash, resembling the detonation of a nuclear weapon, is observed near the Prince Edward Islands. Its cause is never determined.

1969 - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th career home run during a game in San Diego.

2004 - "Lost" premiered on ABC.

2017 – OSIRIS-REx swings by Earth for a gravity assist to its speed


Word of the daydotard

Quote of the day


According to the meteorological calendar, the fall season started back on September 1st and will end on November 30th.    While the date on the calendars are determined by astronomical calculations and thus very from year to year,  the weather gurus broke the seasons into three month groups based on the annual average temperatures – which tends to match more closely with how we feel about the weather. 

Fall has always been my favorite time of year.  As a kid, I was always ready to leave summer behind and go back to school usually with new clothes and that feeling of starting afresh, a new beginning   Never a fan of hazy, hot, humid weather, I enjoy the crisp mornings and nights of the new season.  Despite having hayfever, the leaves and nuts falling from the trees has always fascinated me.  And the trifecta of holidays that rolled out in my life – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas -- one right after another in a glittering panoply!   Other folks celebrate too – Eid al-Adha and Muharram, Rosh Soshana and Yom Kippur, Diwali,  Bodhi, Chanukah and the Winter Solstice.  So much to do, to see, to taste, to hear!  

It ALMOST makes up for the winter.....
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Eve musing

Today is the 5th day of the 38th week, the 21st day of the 9th month, the 264th day of 2017: 
  • International Day of Peace
  • Islamic New Year
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • National Farm Safety for Kids
  • National Pecan Cookie Day
  • National Surgical Technologists Day
  • National Teach Ag Day
  • Pause the World Day
  • RAINN Day (Rape Abuse Incest National Network)
  • Rosh Hashanah [started at sundown yesterday]
  • World Alzheimer's Day
  • World Gratitude Day
  • and the last day of summer....

455 – Emperor Avitus enters Rome with a Gallic army and consolidates his power.

1621 - King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) officially grants Canada (including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and parts of Maine) to his secretary Sir William Alexander, first Earl of Sterling

1843 – John Williams Wilson takes possession of the Strait of Magellan on behalf of the newly independent Chilean government.

1897 - the New York Sun ran an editorial answering a question from an 8-year-old girl that included the line, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.

1933 – Salvador Lutteroth ran the first ever EMLL (now CMLL) show in Mexico, marking the birth of Lucha libre.

1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published

1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.

1957 - Raymond Burr stars in Perry Mason, premiering on CBS; the creation of attorney/novelist Erle Stanley Gardner, it First appeared a CBS radio series (1943-1955); the Vancouver-born actor will play the TV role for 9 seasons, making it the longest-running lawyer series on television.

2003 – The Galileo Probe is terminated by sending it into Jupiter.


Quote of the day:

So let's stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall”.

~ Romans 14:13 NLT


I was looking for a picture about Thursday, a cute little quote about how it is just one more day until Friday.  Instead I found this:



Made me well up.  When I look back on my life, on relationships that have ended, on people who left taking a piece of my heart with them, I have wondered more than once if they think of me and wonder …..   So I am sharing it.   
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Thursday, September 21, 2017

once more.....

Today is the 4th day of the 38th week, the 20th day of the 9th month, the 263rd day of 2017, and: 
  • National Gibberish Day
  • National Punch Day
  • National Rehabilitation Day
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day
  • National String Cheese Day

622 – Muhammad and Abu Bakr arrived in Medina
1378 – Cardinal Robert of Geneva, called by some the "Butcher of Cesena", is elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
1498 – The 1498 Nankai earthquake generates a tsunami that washes away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan; since then the Buddha has sat in the open air.
1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia.
1596 – Diego de Montemayor founds the city of Monterrey in New Spain.
1870 – Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia and complete the unification of Italy, ending de facto the temporal power of popes.
1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.
1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.
1973 - Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match.
1998 - After playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.

Word of the dayholus-bolus

Quote of the day:
Robert Greene’s 47th Law of Power: "Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop."
~ HT Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

The GOP in the Senate has once again decided that the rest of the country has more health care insurance coverage than it needs or deserves, so they are once more trying to ram through a repeal of the ACA [AKA Obamacare].  The GOP has a long history of making health care pricey and unavailable, neh?   Richard Nixon saw to it back in 1973 that medical insurance agencies, hospitals, clinics and even doctors, could begin functioning as for-profit business entities instead of service organizations, making them more mindful of their bottom lines than the patients’ wellbeing because investors need to make money.    Ronald Reagan warned repeatedly that “socialized medicine would curtail  American’s freedom”.  Today’s GOP, in an absolutely stunning triumph of Calvinism and Libertarianism, wants to make sure the wealthy do not have to give anything in the way of taxes to those less fortunate.


 How about all of Congress – House and Senate – and the White House get the same exact coverage that they vote for the rest of the US?  Let’s see how they handle the next catastrophic illness or accident in their family!
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, September 20, 2017

well that myth was busted

Today is the 3rd day of the 38th week, the 19th day of the 9th month, the 262nd day of 2017, and: 
  • Get Ready Day
  • Independence Day: Saint Kitts and Nevis from the United Kingdom in 1983
  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day -- a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, US and an institution since 2002
  • national Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • National IT Professionals Day
  • National Woman Road Warrior Day
  • Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 335 Flavius Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle, emperor Constantine I.  In 1778 the Continental Congress passed the first United States federal budget.  In 1846 two French shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, experienced a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette.  In 1879 the Blackpool Illuminations were switched on for the first time.  In 1952 the United States barred Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England.  In 1957 the first American underground nuclear bomb test (part of Operation Plumbbob).  In 1970 "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS.  In 2008 AMC's "Mad Men" became the first basic-cable show to win a top series Emmy award.  In 2011 Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball's all time saves leader with 602. 


Quote of the day:

"Do what you can where you are with what you've got."

~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), 26th President of the United States


Fired by the commercials that showed folks happily dancing with folks from their ancestors’ homelands, and mindful of the family history that claimed Grandpop Hughes’ ancestry, which hailed from the hunters and fishermen of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, included Indain stock, I decided to take the saliva testing to find out where my DNA was from.  I managed to come up with the prerequisite amount of spit, sealed the container and sent it off, waiting with baited breath to find out whether I was really a part of this country’s indigenous population or totallly an immigrant.




So much for family legends.  Looks like I am a polygot stew of legal and illegal immigrants.  I have no idea where that stray bit of Scandanavion DNA came from – my girlfriend says that it was a roving Viking but I am just as convinced it was an early Bluebeard raping and pillaging in the colonies. 



At least my red hair and sensitivity to the sun is explained....

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Today is the 2nd day of the 38th week, the 18th day of the 9th month, the 261st day of 2017, and: 
  • Chiropractic Founders Day
  • Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
  • Independence Day:  Chile from Spain in 1810
  • International Read an dBook Day
  • National Cheeseburger Day
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
  • National Respect Day
  • Respect for The Aged Day
  • World Bamboo Day
  • World Goat Day
  • World Water Monitoring Day
ON THIS DAY:  In96 Nerva was proclaimed Roman emperor after Domitian was assassinated.  In 1618 the twelfth Baktun in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar began.  In 1793 the first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.  In 1809 the Royal Opera House in London opened.  In 1851 the New-York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times, was first published.  In 1870 Old Faithful Geyser was observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition to Yellowstone.  In 1927 the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.  In 1977 Voyager I took the first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.  In 1980 Soyuz 38 carried two cosmonauts (including one Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station. 

One can always determine the level of stress based on the self-medicating with comfort food as well as the sleeping levels
  1. Stage one:  anything that doesn’t move faster than I do is in danger.  Carbs in the form of bread, pasta, and cookies are especially needed -- and then there is ice cream and drinks.  You know, all the stuff that really realy taste good but isn’t good for you?   A good example of this is when I went totally off the rails after Trump was actually nominated for President – I blame the bad habit of watching the new for weight gain and blood sugar issues and have been struggling to break that habit.
  2. Stage two:  Food doesn’t appeal.  Unfortunately, this does not mean an disinterest in treats like dessert or special dinners, but on the whole, the volume of food consumers goes down although the blood sugar may not.   Meal planning becomes too much trouble, or after planned, one decides that one doesn’t really feel like eating that particular meal and grabs a couple of quickie snacks.  Sleep tends to be impacted and really restful nights become rather rare. A good example of this level of stress is the time after June 27th when my daughter learned that she had breast cancer.
  3. Stage three:  loss of appetite and a growing disinterest in food, to the point where one forgets to eat.  In addition the ability to sleep lessens, resulting in a sleep pattern that is more like napping than actually sacking out.  I haven’t been in this mode for a while, but a good example would be when Frank died.   I lost weight and it was literally months before I was able to start sleeping in the bed again instead of just dozing on the sofa.  I have to say that each divorce had the same impact, which led one ex to accuse me of immediately going “on the hunt” for a new man since I had slimmed down

I know that worrying doesn’t help and that stress shouldn’t be allowed to govern one’s life.  How do you handle it when it arrives?  
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, September 18, 2017

the recession isn't over

Today is the 6th day of the 37th week, the 15th day of the 9th month, the 258th day [with only 100 shopping days before Christmas], and: 
  • Constitution Day/Pledge Across America
  • Free Money Day
  • Day – but when you come right down to it, they really don’t exactly know when their birthday is
  • Greenpeace Day
  • Independence day:  Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador from Spain in 1821
  • International Day of Democracy
  • International Dot Day
  • International Grenache Day ((do you know what a grenache is without googling it?))
  • LGBT Center Awareness Da
  • Make a Hat Day
  • National 8-Track Tape Day ((there seems to be a bit of controversy over this date because some folks claim it really should be on April 11th))
  • National Caregivers Day
  • National Cheese Toast Day
  • National Creme de Menthe Day
  • National Double Cheeseburger Day
  • national Felt Hat Day
  • National Hug your Boss Day
  • National Linguine Day
  • National On-line Learning Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • National Tackle Kids Cancer Day
  • National Thank You Day
  • National Tradesman Day
  • Someday – as in
ON THIS DAY:  In 668 Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II was assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.  In 1616 the first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened in Frascati, Italy.  In 1835 the HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galápagos Islands, landing at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.  In 1885 PT Barnum's famous circus elephant Jumbo charged and is killed by a Grand Trunk Railway train in the St, Thomas railway yard  In 1968 the Soviet Zond 5 spaceship was launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.  In 1971 the first Greenpeace ship set sail to protest against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island.  In 1978 Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans.  In 1981 the John Bull became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington DC  In 1982 the first edition of the USA Today newspaper was published.  In 2017 Cassini ends its 20 year exploration of the Saturn system by diving into the planet's atmosphere.
While I didn’t include this in the list of events above, today marks the beginning of the recession when in 2008 the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, a sprawling global bank, filed for bankruptcy protection.  The economy was already on shaky ground as real estate values were falling and this event changed the discussion from a “downturn” to a “recession”    While pundits have been proclaiming The Great Recession over since 2013,  the impact on the already dwindling middle class has been dire and it never rebounded.  I personally believe this directly led to the creation of that group of disaffected voters in the US known as the WWC as very frustrated and frightened folks flailed about trying to regain their footing.

We are like this little guy, overwhelmed by the surge and trying to hang on the best that we can
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, September 15, 2017

can't we all just get along?

Today is the 4th day of the 37th week, the 13th day of the 9th month, the 256th day of 2017 [with only 102 days until Christmas], and: 
Quote of the day:
Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.” “
~  Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies, 1945

I have been pondering this quote for a while now, ever since I ran across it in an article that was referencing internet trolls are the inevitable product of communicating online, claiming the “wild wild west” nature of the internet has created the polarization of extreme viewpoints by permitting all points of view – socially acceptable and culturally non-acceptable alike – to create their soapboxes and gather adherents.

OTOH:  it is tolerance that has given rise to such concepts as diversity and has come out against prejudice on the basis of how we appear – altho it would seem that some parts of what we find okay to deplore, such as making fun of fat or age, is still considered okay.  Tolerance has permitted subculutures to come forward – things like BDSM, M/s and polyandry for example – that existed for a long time but only a tolerant society can accept them.  .

OTOH?  It has also given rise to hate groups – entire bodies of people who only focus on one thing they can vent all of their hostility against “them” whoever “them” is.  These folks are quick to demand toleration for themsolves even as they are denying it to others, and that is what makes Popper’s reflection particularly valid, especially as we struggle with the concept of “free speech” and reject the “them against us” mindset.



Most of us are rather bewildered by all the shouting, figuring that “hate speech” is just plain wrong, and when asked to define it, shrugging and saying that we know it when we see it [much like Stewart’s definition of obscenity].  I truly believe that 99 44/100 % of the inhabitants of this good Earth if given the choice would prefer that we all just get along.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

starting over from scratch

Today is the 2nd day of the 37th week, the 11th day of the 9th month, the 254th day of 2017, and: 

ON THIS DAY:  In 1185 Isaac II Angelos killed Stephen Hagiochristophorites and then appealed to the people, resulting in the revolt that deposed Andronikos I Komnenos and placed Isaac on the throne of the Byzantine Empire.  In 1226 the Roman Catholic practice of public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass spread from monasteries to parishes.  In 1609 Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.  In 1792 the Hope Diamond was stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house where they are stored.  IN 1850 Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," gave her first concert in the United States, at Castle Garden in New York.  In 1903 the first race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin was held; it is the oldest major speedway in the world.  In 1962 the Beatles recorded their first single, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.  In 1972 the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system began passenger service.  In 1985 Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's baseball record for most career hits with his 4,192nd hit.  In 1997 NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reached Mars.  Also in 1997 Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.


Quote of the day:

"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."

~ Golda Meir, Ukrainian-born Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.


Searching for information on .0.11 ran into a bit of a logjam – not sure what would happen to someone outside the US if they ran the search, but hereabouts the results all point to that tragic day 16 years ago.  Like Pearl Harbor, everyone can tell you stories of where they were and what they were doing when the news broke, indeed, I have shared my own in the past.  But today I ran across one story sent to PostSecret  that made me stop short:



The commentary that follows it is telling:  anger, hurt, speculation as to why this person took advantage of a tragedy to start a new life, blaming, moralizing, wistful envy.  Puts me in mind of the fictional Rose in the 1997 movie Titanic, who did the same thing as she walked away from that tragedy.  I wonder if this person saw that movie and realized they had been handed a similar opportunity to start completely fresh, to leave behind an old life that for one reason or another wasn’t right for them.  OTOH: an argument can be made that it was an incredibly cowardly thing to do, leaving friends and family to mourn and potentially in the lurch.   OTOH: an argument can be made that was incredibly gutsy -- can you imagine starting with NOTHING, not even an identity?    


Can’t say that it would even occur to me, which either speaks to my level of commitment to my life or my lack of imagination.  What about you?
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, September 11, 2017


Why is the Equifax data breach so much worse than any we have seen before?

Equifax is one of three credit bureau reporting agencies that determines your credit score.  Every single lender checks a CBRA before even considering giving you a loan.  If your score is less than 600, then you will either find it difficult to get financing for anything [personal, student, credit card, car loan or mortgage], be required to make a larger deposit, have a limit placed on the amount you can borrower, or you will end up paying much more in the way of finance charges.  Pretty much every lender, therefore, reports to one or all of the CBRA.  What do they report?
  • Your full name – not just your first and last name, but your middle name and any suffixes [eg Junior]
  • Your social security number
  • Your driver’s license state and number
  • Your date of birth
  • Your full address and your telephone number
  • Any previous names you have had; past addresses and past phone numbers
  • Your marital status and if you have children – it may include your spouse’s name and that of your children, with their Social Security numbers if you have ever had a joint account or signed as guarantor on a loan with them
  • An approximate salary
  • The name of your lender, your account number, the amount you were lent and your payment record
Every single Lender sends all of this information.  Monthly.   Until your loan is paid off.    

You didn’t agree to have all that reported?  Yes you did – read the fine print in the application you signed to get the loan.  Not that you had any choice – it was sign provide the information and sign the application or you can’t borrow.  Trust me, it is all pretty accurate – lenders are actually fined if found that they have supplied inaccurate information.  And then there are public records.  Ever had a dispute with a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital and you ended up paying less than originally billed?  Ever have a dispute with a home improvement contractor and then had it resolved?  Chances are there is a “public record” notice on your credit report.  Oh you thought that everything was reset after seven years?  WRONG, lenders cannot take into account a bankruptcy or a charge off, for example, but they can still consider your record of payments for decades when making a decision on whether or not to grant credit or decide what interest rate you should be given.

Now Equifax is telling us that all of this information was available to someone for at least two months.  Take a look – that is a LOT of very important information with a wealth of detail.  Anyone can now create a doppelganger without the slightest difficulty because the answers to every security question is there.  And what are they offering to fix it?  A website where you can try and see if you have been impacted:  If you are impacted?  Then they will give you a date on which you may enroll for one year of free identity theft protection. 

There is no expiration date on all of this information –  once it is out it is out.  Equifax failed spectacularly and criminally and I am not surprised that sleazy executives started selling their stock before notifying the public.

Better check your account -- and hope you are small enough potatoes that crimminals won't be interest in beggaring you
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, September 8, 2017

a book a day....

Today is the 4th day of the 36th week, the 6th day of the 9th month, the 249th day of 2017 [with 109 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Barbie Doll Day
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Great Egg Toss Day
  • Independence Day:  Swaziland from the United Kingdom in 1968
  • National Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Read a Book Day
  • Stillbirth Remembrance Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 394 Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeated and killed the usurper Eugenius at the Battle of the Frigidus:.   In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.  In 1522 the Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition, returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.  In 1620 the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date; September 16 per New Style date.)  In 1628 Puritans settled Salem, which will later become part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.  In 1803 British scientist John Dalton began using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.  In 1847 Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.  In 1916 the first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis, Tennessee, by Clarence Saunders.  In 1943 the Monterrey Institute of Technology, one of the largest and most influential private universities in Latin America, was founded in Monterrey, Mexico.  In 1952 Canadian television broadcasting began at 4 PM as CBFT-TV in Montréal (now part of CBC's French network Radio-Canada) goes on the air with the movie Aladdin and His Lamp, followed by a cartoon.  In 1962 archaeologist Peter Marsden discovered the first of the Blackfriars Ships dating back to the 2nd century AD in the Blackfriars area of the banks of the River Thames in London.  In 1995 Cal Ripken, Jr of the Baltimore Orioles played in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for 56 years.  In 1996 Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers.  In 2017 NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 20 mins 47 secs of light-travel time from Earth


Quote of the day:
  “Everyone may not be good, but there's always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
~ Oscar Wilde  (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was a prolific Irish writer who wrote plays, fiction, essays, and poetry)

Today my thoughts are not coherent, they are darting all over the place.

You can say all you want that the rules have changed and there is no such thing as the fashion police [Serial Mon notwithstanding].  I don’t care really that the rules about wearing white [and straw hats and pocketbooks] from Memorial Day to Labor Day was an arbitrary rule – that was how I was brought up and I feel guilty if I do it. 

We are all pointing the finger of blame at POTUS for rescinding the protections for “dreamers”  the fact is that 10 states were ready to sue the government over the policy --  Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia if he failed to do so.  The governors in those states are every bit as heartless.  Congress needs to step into the breach [which they have failed to do in the past] with a legislative fix that assures the futures of about 800,000 undocumented workers who came to the United States as children because this is the only life they have ever known. 

Although I pride myself on having a done switch, once I give my heart a piece of it resides with the other person forever. 

When I was a kid, my mother made a hard and fast rule:  I was only allowed to read one book a day.  For me EVERY day was read a book day and I was very put out if I didn’t get a chance to do so! 


My life would’ve been so drab without my books!
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, September 6, 2017

an early Labor Day this year

Remember, without unions we wouldn't have 8 hour work days, weekends or holidays

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, September 4, 2017

let's try to put this in perspective....

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest of more than 100 estuaries in the United States and third largest in the world.  The land-to-water ratio is 14:1 which is the largest of any coastal water body in the world, and its watershed contains three distinct geologic regions: the Atlantic coastal plain, the Piedmont plateau and the Appalachian province. 




The Chesapeake Bay holds more than 18 trillion gallons of water


Harvey has dumped 19 trillion gallons on Texas, and 5.5 trillion gallons on Louisiana – and the rain is continuing through tomorrow.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

what were they thinking?

Today is the 3rd day of the 35th week, the 29th day of the 8th month, the 241st day of 2017, and: 
  • According to Hoyle Day
  • Chop Suey Day
  • Individual Rights Day
  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests
  • Lemon Juice Day
  • More Herbs, Less Salt Day
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
  • National Swiss Winegrowers Day
  • National Whiskey Sour Day
  • Touch-A-Heart Tuesday
ON THIS DAY:  In 708 copper coins were minted in Japan for the first time   In 1728 the city of Nuuk in Greenland was founded as the fort of Godt-Haab by the royal governor Claus Paarss.  In 1831 Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.  In 1869 the Mount Washington Cog Railway opened, making it the world's first mountain-climbing rack railway.  In 1871 Emperor Meiji ordered the abolition of the han system and the establishment of prefectures as local centers of administration.  In 1885 Gottlieb Daimler patented the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.  In 1898 the Goodyear tire company was founded.  In 1911 Ishi,considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerged from the wilderness of northeastern California.  In 1949 the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.  In 1958 the United States Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In 1965 the Gemini V spacecraft returned to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean.  In 1966 the Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  In 1982 the synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, was first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.  In 1991 Libero Grassi, an Italian businessman from Palermo, was killed by the Sicilian Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their extortion demands. 



This picture has floated to the top of my social media feeds a couple of times.  I have studied it, tried looking into their eyes, thought about it.  They look relaxed and happy, obviously taking time out from their work and hamming it up a bit for the camera – photos were not quite so ubiquitous before cell phones as some of us remember, and shots like this were relatively rare.   It is a nice picture, neh?

And then, after you have taken that long look, sit back and realize their workplace was Auschwitz, and after this interlude they probably went back on duty.  One article attached to this picture was about the mentality of a Nazi and asks the question “How does one rationalize or compartmentalize genocide?”   The other article sarcastically pointed out that these people were the kind of person that says they are apolitical and that things will work out.    

Although I personally think DJT is a puerile reality show host who doesn’t belong in the White House, I am not ready to equate a Trump follower with these people – I think that Democrats need to find out how to listen to the Working Class [white and otherwise] on a very grass roots level, figure out what is driving their anger and resentment, and address these issues.  In my not so humble opinion, dismissing every unrepentant Trump voter as a bigot and a Nazi creates even more polarization   
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Today is the 2nd day of the 35th week, the 28th day of the 8th month, the 240th day of 2017, and: 
  • Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
  • Dream Day Quest and Jubilee
  • International Read Comics in Public Day
  • National Bow Tie Day
  • National Cherry Turnovers Day
  • Pony Express Day
  • Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
  • Radio Commercial Day -- the first radio commercial aired, on WEAF in New York City in 1922
  • Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • Red Wine Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 475 the Roman general Orestes forced western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna.  In1609 Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay.  In 1789 William Herschel discovered a new moon of Saturn: Enceladus.  In 1830 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's new Tom Thumb steam locomotive raced a horse-drawn car, presaging steam's role in US railroads  [the horse won].  In 1845 the first issue of Scientific American magazine was published.  In 1859 the Carrington event is the strongest geomagnetic storm on record to strike the Earth. Electrical telegraph service was widely disrupted.  In 1898 Caleb Bradham's beverage "Brad's Drink" was renamed "Pepsi-Cola".  In 1993 the Galileo spacecraft discovered a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 Ida, the first known asteroid moon. 


I’m not exactly sure where the time has gone.  The weekend just poofed – completely evaporated.  I seem to have lost a month of summer somewhere because Labor Day is this coming weekend.  And 2017 is 2/3’s gone.  And to top if all off? 



Well at least it is the last Monday in August and there are only 14 more workaday Mondays left in the year….
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, August 28, 2017

minus the big stick....

Today is the 5th day of the 34th week, the 24th day of the 8th month, the 236th day of 2017 [with only 122 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Can Opener Day – can you believe it took them 48 years to figure this out
  • International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination, and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code – a rather sad anniversary that we have celebrated for ten years now
  • International Strange Music Day – not related to the day above, but created by Patrick Grant  
  • National Knife Day -- designated to "celebrate and honor the right to own, use and sell knives"
  • National Peach Pie Day
  • National Waffle Day
  • National Waffle Iron Day
  • Pluto Demoted Day --  In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.
  • Shooting Star Day
  • Vesuvius Day -- Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii, Italy, begian to erupt on this day in the year 79; within the next 25 hours, it wipes out the entire town. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists excavated Pompeii and found everything and everyone that had been there that day perfectly preserved by the volcano’s ash.  (NOTE: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October 24).
  • Weather Complaint Day
  • Wayzgoose Day -- at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August), marking the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight.
  • William Wilberforce Day – he was born in 1759 and was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in the British Empire
ON THIS DAY:  In 49 BC Julius Caesar's general Gaius Scribonius Curio was defeated in the Battle of the Bagradas by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia; Curio committed suicide to avoid capture.  In 1215 Pope Innocent III declared Magna Carta invalid.  In 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.  In 1608 the first official English representative to India landed in Surat.  In 1662 the Act of Uniformity required England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.  In 1682 William Penn received the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.  In 1690 Job Charnock of the East India Company established a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city's foundation date is unknown).  In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.  In 1891 Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.  In 1909 workers started pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.  In 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ in just over 19 hours.  In 1936 the Australian Antarctic Territory was created.  In 1989 Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.  In 1995 Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.  In 1998 the first radio-frequency identification (RFID) human implantation was tested in the United Kingdom.  In 1968 France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. 


Quote of the day:

I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.”

~  Benjamin Franklin -- renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States


In this time of polarization, of fanaticism, of revisionist history and alternative facts, I hold on to this thought and try to speak softly….
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Thursday, August 24, 2017

working for a living

Today is the 3rd day of the 34th week, the 22nd day of the 8th month, the 234th day of 2017, and: 
  • National Bao Day
  • National Be an Angel Day
  • National Eat a Peach Day
  • National Pecan Torte Day
  • National Tooth Fairy Day
  • Never Bean Better Day
  • Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
  • Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 392 Arbogast had Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.  In 1639 Madras (now Chennai) India was founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.  In 1654 Jacob Barsimson arrived in New Amsterdam; he is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.  In 1864 twelve nations signed the First Geneva Convention.  In 1865 William Sheppard was issued the first US patent for liquid soap.  In 1902 the Cadillac Motor Company was founded.  In 1978 the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment is passed by the US Congress -- the proposed amendment would have provided the District of Columbia with full voting representation in the Congress, the Electoral College, and regarding amending the US Constitution - but the proposed amendment failed to be ratified by enough states (ratified by 16, needed 38).  In 1989 Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.  In 2004 versions of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, were stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.  In 2017 eye doctors experienced a huge uptick in scheduled appointments. 


Quote of the day:
   “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.”
~ Jim Rohn American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

I went through a phase in my career where I was all about organizational development and personal improvement.  I embraced knowledge management and the free agent nation, which were on the cutting edge some 20+ years ago.  I did public speaking, I devoured management books, I was an active agent of change, I was charged up and ready to go.  That quote would’ve been something that I preached – live your life strongly and head out full speed ahead! 

So what happened?

When my job was phased out at TWSB, and I went with MainStreet Lender, within a few weeks I realized they had hired a worker-bee, and that I had a job, not a career.  I moved from management, from being part of strategic planning and setting up implementation, to doing tasks.  At first I was unhappy with that, but then I gradually grew accustomed – the business and management books started to gather dust, since they would not permit me to travel for speaking on company time but required me to use PTO, the speaking engagements dried up, and slowly I stopped engaging even online.  By the time I lost the job at the beginning of the recession, I had lost my edge and I knew it. 

There are indeed times when I do miss being in “career” mode and regret having settled down into “job” mode.  But you know what?  I’m not sure that I know how to put it, but there are a lot of jobs to be done and someone has to do them, neh?  I never, at my most gung-ho, lived to work, I always worked to live....

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, August 22, 2017

please don't take my sunshine away....

Today is the 2nd day of the 34th week, the 21st day of the 8th month, the 233rd day of 2017, and: 
  • Cupcake Day
  • National Brazilian Blowout Day
  • National Spumoni Day
  • Poet's Day
  • Senior Citizens Day
  • Stay Home with Your Kids Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 959 Eraclus became the 25th bishop of Liège.  In 1770 James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.  In 1821 Jarvis Island was discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.  In 1883 an F5 tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.  In 1888 the first successful adding machine in the United States was patented by William Seward Burroughs.  In 1897 Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles, was founded.  In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen by, Vincenzo Perugia, a Louvre employee.  In 1957 the Soviet Union successfully conducted a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.  In 1961 American country music singer Patsy Cline returned to record producer Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee to record her vocals to Willie Nelson's "Crazy", which would become her signature song.  Also in 1961 Motown released what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.  In 2000 Tiger Woods, American professional golfer, won the 82nd PGA Championship and became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year.  In2017 a total eclipse of the sun traverses the continental United States.


Quote of the day:

There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It's the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end.”

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson


In this day and age when “truth” is all too often a relative term and “facts” seem all to malleable and even have alternatives, I have to agree, it is comforting to see the intricate dance of the sun and moon arrive and depart exactly as expected.  

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, August 21, 2017

heritage VS hatred

Today is the 6th day of the 33rd week, the 18th day of the 8th month, the 230th day of 2017, and: 
  • Bad Poetry Day
  • Birth Control Pills Day -- in 1960 the first contraceptive pill “Enovid” came out in the United States
  • Helium Discovery Day -- on this day in 1868 French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovered helium.
  • Mail Order Catalog Day
  • National Bad Poetry Day
  • National Badge Ribbon Day
  • National Fajita Day
  • National Ice Cream Pie Day
  • National Men's Grooming Day
  • National Soft Ice Cream Day
  • Serendipity Day
ON THIS DAY:  In684 Umayyad partisans defeated the supporters of Ibn al-Zubayr and cemented Umayyad control of Syria at the battle of Marj Rahit.  In 1572 the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre married Margaret of Valois in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics in France.  In 1587 Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas.  In 1590 John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returned from a supply trip to England to find his settlement deserted.  In 1612 the trial of the Pendle witches, one of England's most famous witch trials, began at Lancaster Assizes.  In 1634 Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, was burned alive in Loudun, France.  In 1783 a huge fireball meteor was seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.  In 1838 the Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighed anchor at Hampton Roads.  In 1903 German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flew his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.  In 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.  In 1958 Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita was published in the United States.  In 1969 three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll come to a peaceful end as the Woodstock music festival concluded with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix. 


Last night, once again under the darkness, Maryland removed a statue.  This time it was from the Maryland State House in Annapolis and the statue of Chief Justice Roger B Taney that was removed had sat there since 1872.  Why?  Because despite a long and lustrous legal career, both in Maryland and DC, he delivered the Supreme Court majority opinion in 1857 on the Dred Scott case


As I said yesterday, I am ambivalent about the current rush to take down monuments.   I am on the “heritage” side of the debate and I never did cotton to revisionist history.  On the other hand, the meanings of symbols like that of words changes over time -- what was once acceptable becomes objectionable [I don’t suggest you call any of your gay friends “queer” these days] and what was once vulgar becomes common usage [remember when no one with any pretension to any class at all would say the word f**k?].   The swastika has gone through its own evolution – once a common decoration and a symbol for good fortune, it got hijacked by Hitler and became loathsome.  The Confederacy, and the Stars and Bars, have gone from being a symbol of southern history, to part of the 60’s rebellion and motorcycle counter-culture, to a symbol of hatred and repression.  I resent that these factions, these loathsome amoral people, have co-opted this heritage, and I genuinely fear that they will end up doing the same thing to religious symbols [the Cross and the Star of David for example] in their fanaticism. 



It needs to stop.


0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Friday, August 18, 2017

who gets to draw the line?

Today is the 5th day of the 33rd week, the 17th day of the 8th month, the 229th day of 2017, and: 
  • Baby Boomers Recognition Day
  • Balloon Airmail Day
  • Meaning of "Is" Day
  • National #2 Pencil Day
  • National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • National I LOVE My Feet Day
  • National Nonprofit Day
  • National Thrift Shop Day
  • National Vanilla Custard Day
Quote of the day:

Understanding is a three edged sword: your side, their side, and the truth.”

~ J. Michael Straczynski

I think that we are in agreement that these are dangerous times for the United States.  At the very moment we are wracked by polarization and a paralysis at the federal government level, it would appear that our basic liberties are under assault, especially our ability to speak

Free speech always came with limits – the example that used to be used back in the day was that while you had the right to say anything that you wished, you could and would be held accountable for the harm that would be caused if you suddenly screamed “FIRE” in a crowded theater.  That was a simple example, easily understood and one that most people could agree on.  But what about incendiary and hate speech?  Do we assume that like pornography, we’ll know it when we see/hear it?  Who gets to be the arbitrator, who gets to decide, who is the gatekeeper going to be?  Where is the line to be drawn?  Are we being sucked into the cesspool by not drawing a line?   At what point did we stop teaching folks to think, to assess, to make up their own minds?  Are we saying that humankind is untrustworthy and willing to descent to the lowest common denominator so we have to shovel pap at everyone to digest?
"We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only." ~ Oriana Fallaci, an Italian journalist, author, political interviewer, and a partisan during World War II

We cannot let hate win

But I fear that as we try to stamp it out, we will find ourselves becoming that which we do not wish to be, that we will build a world in which we do not wish to live.   To mix my metaphors with a heavy hand:  the pendulum swings, but I am very much afraid that our course correction may send us off the rails completely. 


 Right now?  As much as I have poked fun at the image, I wish we could all clasp hands, join in a circle and sing Kumbya.   
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Thursday, August 17, 2017

No they are NOT good guys

Today is the 4th day of the 33rd week, the 16th day of the 8th month, the 228th day of 2017 [with only 130 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Independence Day: Gabon from France and Cyprus from Britain in 1960
  • National Airborne Day
  • National Bratwurst Day
  • National Medical Dosimetrist Day
  • National Roller Coaster Day
  • National Rum Day
  • National Tell A Joke Day
  • True Love Forever Day
  • Wave at Surveillance Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 1 BC Wang Mang consolidated his power and was declared marshal of state; Emperor Ai of Han, who had died the previous day, had no heirs.  In 1841 US President John Tyler vetoed a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States; enraged Whig Party members rioted outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in US history.  In 1858 US President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom -- however, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.  In 1891 the Basilica of San Sebastian, Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, was officially inaugurated and blessed.  In 1896 Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.  In 1920 Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit on the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees, and died early the next day; he was the second player to die from injuries sustained in a Major League Baseball game, the first being Doc Powers in 1909.  In 1927 the Dole Air Race began from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crashed or disappeared.  In 1930 the first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, was made by Ub Iwerks.  In 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.  In 1960 Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.  In 1962 Pete Best was discharged from the Beatles, to be replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.  In 1987 thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic convergence," which believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.  In 1989 a solar flare from the Sun created a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market. 


Today, after the riots in Virginia, Baltimore chose to take down the remaining Confederate statues under the cover of night, without announcing their intent to do so.


My feelings on the Confederacy are rather mixed.  On the one hand yes I believe that the War Between the States was about states’ rights.    I don’t have any problem believing that there were good men who fought for and died for the Old South and it doesn’t bother me that their graves are cared for and there are statues to Robert E Lee, etc.   I have friends who are into reenactment and I have been to many parades and battles and other historical renderings.    The Stars and Bars displays do not upset me – it was part of our history.  On the other hand, I am aware that many believe the Civil War was about slavery, that those who carry those symbols are aligning themselves with the KKK and other slime.  I am sensitive to the fact that for a great number of people talk of the Old South is not a historical reflection, it conveys oppression of the worst kind that continues to this day.


My feelings about “white supremacy” and Nazism, however, are not ambivalent.  I believe that these people are evil, cruel and amoral.  That they would choose to twist the symbols of our fractious past for their own propaganda purposes sickens me – if the Stars and Bars are flying next to the Swastika, then both have to go.





It has to stop.




0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

no words

Today is the 2nd day of the 33rd week, the 14th day of the 8th month, the 226th day of 2017 [with only 132 days until Christmas], and: 
  • Color Book Day

  • International Rose' Day

  • National Creamsicle Day

  • national Financial Awareness Day

  • National Navajo Code Talkers Day

  • National Wiffle Ball Day

  • Spirit of '45 Day

  • V-J or Victory Day

Even someone like me who is intentionally ignoring the news cannot ignore the blatant racism and prejudice of those who took to the streets to “celebrate European culture”. 
I am terrified that these radicals will take over and do horrible things in the name of white supremacy
I want to apologize to everyone, to make it go away, to believe it is only a fringe group..
I thought we were so much further along as a society than this.
I don’t know the words strong enough. 

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, August 14, 2017

deal with it Tuesday

Today is the 3rd day of the 32nd week, the 8th day of the 8th month, the 220th day of 2017, and: 
  • Dalek Day
  • Happiness Happens Day – courtesy of the Secret Society of Happy People, which supports people who want to share their happiness despite the ones who don’t want to hear happy news
  • International Cat Day
  • National Dollar Day
  • National Frozen Custard Day – I still miss the old frozen egg custard store In Harper’s Ferry.  We used to drive there just to get a cone on a pretty day way back when
  • National Zucchini Day
  • Odie Day – you know, Garfield’s buddy
  • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day – Grandmom Hughes always had neighbors giving her this squash.  She had an awesome recipe for relish using this; she used to can it and give it to us
  • The Date to Create
ON THIS DAY:  In 870 King Louis the German and his half-brother Charles the Bald partitioned the Middle Frankish Kingdom into two larger east and west divisions in what became to be known as the Treaty of Meerssen.  In 1576 the cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory was laid on the island of Hven.  In 1585 John Davis entered Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage.  In 1605 the city of Oulu, Finland was founded by Charles IX of Sweden.  In 1709 Bartolomeu de Gusmão demonstrated the lifting power of hot air in an audience before the king of Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal.  In 1786 Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border was climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.  In 1876 Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.  In 1908 Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France in the Wright Brothers' first public flight.  In 1929 the German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight.  In 1946 the first flight of the Convair B-36, the world's first mass-produced nuclear weapon delivery vehicle, the heaviest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft, with the longest wingspan of any military aircraft, and the first bomber with intercontinental range.  In 1963 a gang of 15 train robbers ambushed the Glasgow to Euston mail train and stole £2.6 million in bank notes in what became known as the Great Train Robbery.  In 1969 at a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took the iconic photo that becomes the cover image of the Beatles' album Abbey Road.  In 1974 President Richard Nixon in a nationwide television address announced his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.  In 1989 Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.  In 1991 the Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapsed.  In 2017 NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 15 mins 13 secs of light-travel time from Earth


Quote of the day:

   “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”  ~ Mary Manin Morrissey, life coach, motivational speaker, spiritual author, and Founder of Life Mastery Institute


Okay, isn’t there a law or a HR regulation that forbids more than one Monday a week?


Yeah, I know the picture has nothing at all to do with anything else in this post, but it made me chuckle so I shared it anyway.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Tuesday, August 8, 2017

rainy days and Mondays, neh?

Today is the 2nd day of the 32nd week, the 7th day of the 8th month, the 219th day of 2017, and: 
  • Assistance Dog Day
  • Beach Party Day
  • National Lighthouse Day
  • National Psychic Day
  • National Sea Serpent Day
  • Particularly preposterous Packaging Day
  • Professional Speakers Day
  • Purple Heart Day --  in 1782 George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle; it is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
  • Tu B'Av
ON THIS DAY:  In 322 BC the Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedonia.  In 1420 the construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore began in Florence.  In 1679 the brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, was towed to the south-eastern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes of North America.  In 1858 the first Australian rules football match was played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.  In 1879 the Poor Man's Palace opened in Manchester, England.  In 1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends became the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.  In 1927 the Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.  In 1944 IBM dedicated the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).  In 1947 Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashed into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.  In 1955 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sold its first transistor radios in Japan.  In 1959 Explorer 6 launched from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  In 1971 Apollo 15 returned to Earth after a manned mission to the moon.  In 1974 Philippe Petit performed a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air.  In 1976 Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars.  In 1981 the Washington Star ceased all operations after 128 years of publication.  In 1985 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.  In 1987 Lynne Cox became the first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.  In 2000 DeviantArt was launched.


Quote of the day:

"The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality."

~  John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848), 6th President of the United States


And what will the legacy be?  That time when I got annoyed and honked at the car in front of me and upset the driver?  Will my kids remember all the days we read together and did things or will they remember the spankings and confrontations?  Perhaps that time in the office when I pulled off a coup, or maybe that time when I acted like a complete numbskull.  How do I, being neither rich nor famous,  know what impact I am having on those around me?


I don’t.


Guess it behooves me to keep slogging on and do the best that I can without giving up, neh?


0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Monday, August 7, 2017

take a moment....

to greive.

Today the United States became the only nation to use the atom bomb in warfare.

0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Sunday, August 6, 2017

being presidential

Today is the 6th day of the 31st week, the 4th day of the 8th month, the 216th day of 2017 [with only 142 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Braham or Homemade Pie Day – check out the self-proclaimed pie capital of Minnesota
  • Hooray for Kids Day
  • International Beer Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • National White Wine Day
  • Single Working Woman's Day
  • Social Security Day
  • Tomboy Tools Day
  • Twins Day [start of the weekend]
  • US Coast Guard Day --  in 1790 a newly passed tariff act created the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
In 1987 The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues  The fact that today marks the end of media’s legal obligation for objective reporting got me to pondering.  Certainly it appears that as news services no longer have to present a balanced picture, polarization on the issue of the President has increased, neh?  While I am still struggling with not being alarmed by the daily news, I have been thinking a lot about the fact we have been vilifying our presidents pretty harshly in social media, which made me think about how I personally regarded our presidents in my lifetime:


Harry S Truman  1945 – 1953:  I was a baby and didn’t care one way or another

Dwight Eisenhower  1953–1961: I was a kid and still didn’t care much, but the overall impression I had of him in retrospect was that he was blanc

John F. Kennedy  1961–1963:  young, charismatic, dynamic and came to a tragic end.  I was still not very politically sensitive yet

Lyndon Johnson  1963–1969:  I was very political at this time.  I demonstrated against our involvement in Vietnam and abused him with great regularity.  Then I sat down and cried when he announced that he did not want to be a divisive force and would not run for office again, feeling that I personally had caused this man to give up.  In retrospect, he was sneaky and overbearing and the last of the wheeler-dealers, but he got things done and for that he should be respected

Richard Nixon  1969–1974:  I disliked this man intensely and felt he was as crooked as the day is long.  Refused to vote for him but couldn’t support McGovern either so wasted my first presidential election vote on Mickey Mouse.

Gerald Ford  1974–1977:  nice guy but a bit of a bumbler

Jimmy Carter  1977–1981:  I voted for him for two reasons – he was a nice man and he was a successful business man and I thought we needed both in the White House.  In retrospect he was probably one of the most ineffectual presidents every elected.  Makes a simply awesome ex-President though!

Ronald Reagan  1981–1989:  not a bad actor and seemed like a fairly good person, but I voted against him both times as I was not impressed that he was Governor of California and I still think “trickledown economics” is totally ridiculous idea.  As the years have passed, I have developed an actual dislike for his role -- I am convinced that he was simply a stooge for a group of powerful rich old men and they intentionally decimated the Middle Class.

George H. W. Bush  1989–1993:  I honestly don’t remember much about him.  Voted against him

William J. Clinton  1993–2001:  showed a lot of promise but ended up acting like a complete fool and I didn’t like the First Lady either, just for the record.  Only voted for him the second time because I couldn’t stomach the alternative.

George W. Bush  2001–2009:  I have no idea how someone that dumb got elected but then again, I am not a rocket scientist either.  Not a bad person, but another shill for that group of powerful rich old men.  Voted against him both times.

Barack Obama  2009–2017:  voted for him both times but we’ll never know what kind of President he would’ve made because the GOP saw to it that very little could be done.  He had some really good ideas and I cannot acquit most of his opponents from reacting to him because he is black. 

Donald J. Trump  2017–present:  a totally unqualified reality show host more interested in himself than the country who was supported by that group of old rich white men and  got elected by appealing to the folks who felt left behind.  Has it really only been seven months?


I hadn’t thought much about it, but I have tended to think more highly of the Democratic Presidents than the Republicans on the whole.  Perhaps my growing conviction since Reagan that there is a coterie of rich old white men who are determined to stay in power and be damned to the rest of us has colored my perception of the GOP as a whole   Perhaps my concerns about income inequity and the demise of the Middle Class, as well as how unprepared we are for the new realities as we move past the Industrial Revolution have intensified the loathing I feel for Calvinists and Libertarians, both of whom seem to have made the GOP their home.  But perhaps, just perhaps, my viewpoint – and maybe all of our perception -- is colored by the fact I no longer automatically hear both sides of the story, neh?  The FCC did us no favor 30 years ago

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Throwback Thursday

So you have joined socil media and the first thing you have to do is put up a profile picture

When I opened my Facebook account, I chose to use the picture my avatar [beladona Memorial] was using for her profile.  It was a drawig that my former partner Sam had paid an in-world artist to do and I liked it even if the artist left off the freckles.  Bela has had many looks in the past 11 1/2 years, but the glasses and the freckles have remained throughout many changes, even when she is not human.

I thought about naming today "Tired Thursday" because I can't seem to catch enough rest these days

but I oblviously decided to be a bit more upbeat!

Enjoy your Friday's Eve! 
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greeting Monday

Today is the 2nd day of the 31st week, the 31st day of the 7th month, the 212th day of 2017, and: 
  • Mutt's Day
  • National Cotton Candy Day
  • National Jump for Jelly Beans Day
  • National Raspberry Cake Day
  • Shredded Wheat Day
  • Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 30 BC Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces in the battle of Alexandria, but most of his army subsequently deserted, leading to his suicide.  In 781 the oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji  In 1498, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.  In 1790 the first US patent is issued, to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.  In 1865 the first narrow-gauge mainline railway in the world opened at Grandchester, Queensland, Australia.  In 1938 archaeologists discovered engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis.  In 1964  Ranger 7 sent back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes.  In 1970 Black Tot Day -- the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.  In 1971 Apollo 15 astronauts became the first to ride in a lunar rover.  In 1995 Walt Disney Co agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.  In 2008 scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil. 


Quote of the day:

   “If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.”

~ Swami Sivananda,  a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta


So the idea is start Monday off thinking positively.  



I’m working on it, I’m working on it…..
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so long, farewell....

Today is the 5th day of the 30th week, the 27th day of the 7th month, the 208th day of 2017 [with only 150 shopping days until Christmas], and:  
  • Bagpipe Appreciation Day
  • Barbie-in-a-blender Day
  • Cross Atlantic Communication Day
  • National Chili Dog Day
  • National Creme Brulee Day
  • National Intern Day
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day – or the Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War if you are in North Korea
  • National Refreshment Day
  • National Scotch Day
  • Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 1054 Siward, Earl of Northumbria invaded Scotland and defeated Macbeth, King of Scotland somewhere north of the Firth of Forth.  In 1694 the Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.  In 1866 the first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable was successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's Content, Newfoundland.  In 1890 Vincent van Gogh shot himself and dies two days later.  In 1921 researchers at the University of Toronto, led by biochemist Frederick Banting, proved that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.  In 1929 the Geneva Convention of 1929, dealing with treatment of prisoners-of-war, was signed by 53 nations.  In 1940 the animated short “A Wild Hare was released”, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.  In 1949 the initial flight of the de Havilland Comet, the first jet-powered airliner.  In 1987 RMS Titanic Inc. began the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.   In 2017 NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 13 mins 06 secs of light-travel time from Earth


Quote of the day:

  “All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

~ Walt Disney


Today the intern left.    He had resigned back in on Friday, May 5th telling bossman he just didn’t feel this position was what he wanted to do, saying that he wanted to work with people.  Of course, since he did this the day after getting called out for not following procedures and reassuring us that things were getting done, the impression that he left bossman with was that he thought it better to resign than to be fired.  He wasn’t going to be fired, but he was going to be on probation and he was told that truthfulness and organization were two things he needed to work on.  He wasn’t a bad kid, but he acted like a kid if that makes sense  


This was his first experience in an office – bossman hired him because he was impressed with the way he handled tough situations with angry parents while reffing soccer.  We run an  indulgent office – we don’t watch the clock, the dress code is easy going, and there isn’t a lot of hovering as long as the work is getting done in a timely fashion.   This works just as long as everyone is professional enough to appreciate the leeway that is given.  The intern made the mistake of not perceiving the value of that leeway, and assuming that because Servicing is a lot like housework in a way, that it was not needful to give it his full attention.  It is a lot of routine – until it isn’t – and it gets a lot of notice only when and if things go awry.  I think he was stunned to find out just how much everyone cared about things needing to be done correctly and timely.  He also assumed that no one would want the job and was flabbergasted when I started collecting resumes [we got 72] and interviewing candidates [9] at the same time he was having issues getting an interview.    It is my hope that he looks back on his experience here and learns from happened here….


Good luck, kid!  May the stars shine at the end of your road.
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another Wednesday....

Today is the 4th day of the 30th week, the 26th day of the 7th month, the 207th day of 2017, and: 
  • Americans With Disabilities Day --  the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
  • Aunts and Uncles Day
  • Independence Day:  Liberia from the American Colonization Society in 1847 and Maldives from the United Kingdom in 1965.
  • National All or Nothing Day
  • National Bagelfest Day
  • National Coffee Milkshake Day
  • One Voice Day
ON THIS DAY:  In657 in the Battle of Siffin, troops led by Ali ibn Abu Talib clashed with those led by Muawiyah I.  In 1615 first Mass and establishment of the First Roman Catholic mission at Trois-Rivières, Québec.  In 1745 the first recorded women's cricket match took place near Guildford, England.  In 1775 the office that would later become the United States Post Office Department was established by the Second Continental Congress; Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania took office as Postmaster General.  In 1882 premiere of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.  In 1887 publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement.  In 1945 the United States Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis arrived at Tinian with parts of the warhead for the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  In 1951 Walt Disney's 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland, premieres in London, England, United Kingdom.  In 1958 Explorer 4 was launched.  In 1963 Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster.  In 1971 launch of Apollo 15 on the first Apollo "J-Mission", and first use of a Lunar Roving Vehicle.  In 2005 STS-114 Mission -- launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003. 


It has been a tough day.  My daughter shared the details of what she can expect from the chemo treatments that start next Wednesday.  My apartment is in shambles from a leaking HVAC unit and things are all catawampus --  I literally have no place to sit or eat although thankfully I can go to bed in peace.  I am livid that John McCain did not vote against bringing Trumpcare to the Senate floor even though he is enjoying all the perks of good health insurance.  The president chose to tweet again this morning, attacking friends [his Attorney General] and “foes” [Obama and Clinton], making  a policy change for the Armed Services effective immeduately [but does a tweet on his personal twitter account not as @POTUS constitute a valid command a the Commander-in-Chief?], and to announce that in the US we worship God not Government [er, excuse me?  Separation of Church and State mean anything to you?]




And so it goes.  I am worried that what the GOP will do is enviserate the ACA to the point where it will fail.  I am worried that healthcare will be something only the well-to-do will have.  I am worried about life-time caps, pre-existing conditions, charging the sick and elderly astronomial premiums because they are risks, about my insurance company making choices about what care is needed in the name of profit rather than my doctors making the choices of what would be best for me [that last one is already happening with pharmeceutical coverage as I cannot take medication they will not pay for].. 



Go away world, I need to calm down.


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another Monday

Today is the 2nd day of the 30th week, the 24th day of the 7th month, the 205th day of 2017 [with only 153 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Amelia Earhart Day
  • Cousins Day
  • National Drive-Thru Day
  • National Tell an Old Joke Day
  • National Tequila Day
  • National Thermal Engineers Day
  • Pioneer Day  [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] --  in 1847, after 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City.
ON THIS DAY:  In 1132 the Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.  In 1534 French explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France.  In 1823 slavery was abolished in Chile.  In 1847 Richard March Hoe, American inventor, patented the rotary-type printing press.  In 1911 Hiram Bingham III re-discovered Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".  In 1935 the Dust Bowl heat wave reached its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.  In 1950 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station began operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.  In 1969 Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific.   
Mondays.  They are a new day and every new day is a blessing.  They are a fresh start of a brand new work week.  They are a chance to socialize with different folk than you were hanging out with over the weekend.  They get a bad rap and there is nothing wrong with them, in fact, we should be greeting them with joy….
Yeah, I’ll work on that  
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making a difference....

Today is the 5th day of the 29th week, the 20th day of the 7th month, the 201st day of 2017, and: 
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day
  • Independence Day:  Colombia from Spain in 1810
  • International Cake Day
  • International Chess Day
  • Moon Day
  • Nap Day
  • National Fortune Cookie Day
  • National Lollipop Day
  • National Ugly Truck Contest Day
  • Space Exploration Day
  • World Jump Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 70 Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, stormed the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount during the siege of Jerusalem:; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots.  In 1738 Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan.  In 1807 Nicéphore Niépce was awarded a patent by Napoleon for the Pyréolophore, the world's first internal combustion engine, after it successfully powered a boat upstream on the river Saône in France.  In 1903 the Ford Motor Company shipped its first automobile.  In 1968 the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, with about 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.  In 1969 Apollo 11's crew successfully made the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility; Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon (July 21 UTC).   In 1976 the American Viking 1 lander successfully landed on Mars.  In 1997 the fully restored USS Constitution (a.k.a. Old Ironsides) celebrated its 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.  In 1999, after 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was recovered.  In2017 NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 11 mins 57 secs of light-travel time from Earth. 

Quote of the day

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

~  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi  (1869-1948) Indian Nationalist


I have never worked in a hospital.  Although I have worked retail, I have never worked in a medical-related facility.  I imagine that someone working in a pharmacy that is actually on a hospital’s premises hears many stories; sees many people in various stages of pain and worry.   Yesterday, while my daughter was undergoing a proceedure, I took a prescription for the pain medicatin she would need later down to the Walgreens Pharmacy at Mercy to have it filled.  Even though a hospital worker was in line behind me, the older woman waitng on me was patient and meticulous as I scrambled to find my daughter’s insurance card, ID and tried to think of my son-in-law’s birthdate.  There appeared to be an issue with the insurance info and she was struggling to make the website comprehend.  While working on that, she asked me what the meds wre for and I told her about my daughter, about the cancer we had just found out about three weeks ago, about the bad news we got yesterday, about what this year was dumping on her and us, how proud I was of her attitude [sunset hair and purple sparkly nails presented as evidence].   She smiled and told me it would be about 20 minutes, so I went to grab a bite.   When I returned, the prescription was still being processd but it didn’t take very long before she called me to the counter and handed me the bag.   When I asked what I owed, she shook her head saying the issue with the insurance never was resolved, but it was taken care of.   I looked at her in amazement.   She smiled a little and said that we all had enough to be worrying about and she was happy to help ….   I remember saying to her “but you hear so many stories” and she just patted me on the hand and wished us the best.   I just kept thanking her and then left, hurrying upstairs to wait for the surgeon to come talk and talk to me 


I didn’t even think to get her name.  I’ll probably never see her again.  But that simple, unexpected act of kindness will be long remembered.


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Monday's aftermath

Today is the 3rd day of the 29th week, the 18th day of the 7th month, the 199th day of 2017, and 
  • National Caviar Day
  • National Sour Candy Day
  • Nelson Mandela International Day
  • Perfect Family Day
  • World Listening Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 477 BC Veii ambushed and defeated the Roman army at the Battle of the Cremera as part of the Roman–Etruscan Wars.  In 64 the Great Fire of Rome caused widespread devastation and raged on for six days, destroying half of the city ((that's an awfully long time for Nero to be fiddling, neh?)).  In 1334 the bishop of Florence blessed the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.  In 1862 first ascent of Dent Blanche, one of the highest summits in the Alps.  In 1870 the First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility.  In 1925 Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf.  In 1942 the Germans test flew the Messerschmitt Me 262 using its jet engines for the first time.  In 1966 Gemini 10 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a 70-hour mission that includes docking with an orbiting Agena target vehicle.  In 1992 a picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web. 


Quote of the day:

You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

~ Marcus Cole, Babylon 5


How do you handle bad news?  Do you like to have it broken to you gradually or in one bitter dose?  Do you like the “lead with good news first” approach?




How do you react?  Do you drop to your knees and pray?  Do you deny this is happening?  Do you start ranting and raving about the basic unfairness of it all?  How do you assimilate it?  Do you worry and stew?  Is it any easier if it is not happening directly to you if a loved one is being impacted?  How do you support your loved ones?  Do you hover anxiously or keep your distance?  Do you talk about it or ignore it because life does go on?


Me?  I’m much better at handling bad news for myself than I am for things that happen to my kids.  Guess even though they are all grown up [39 and 44], Mommy still wants to fix things…..
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now that you mention it....

Today is the 2nd day of the 29th week, the 17th day of the 7th month, the 198th day of 2017 [with only 160 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Disneyland Day - Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California in 1955
  • Global Hug Your Kid Day
  • National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
  • National Peach Ice Cream Day
  • National Tattoo Day
  • Victims of Baton Rouge, Louisianna Attack Day
  • World Day for International Justice
  • World Emoji Day
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day -- Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the "wrong way" to Ireland In 1938
  • Yellow Pig Day [yes serioualy, it is about math
ON THIS DAY:  In 180 twelve inhabitants of Scillium (near Kasserine, modern-day Tunisia) in North Africa were executed for being Christians -- the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.  In 1902 Willis Carrier created the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.  In 1962 the "Small Boy" test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada National Security Site.  In 1975 an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations. 




Why yes, now that you mention it,  it is Monday…..
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today neatly summed up

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Today is the 2nd day of the 28th week, the 10th day of the 7th month, the 191st day of 2017, and: 
  • Don't Step on a Bee Day
  • Independence Day: the Bahamas from the United Kingdom in 1973
  • International Town Criers Day
  • National Clerihew Day
  • National Piña Colada Day
  • Pick Blueberries Day
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
ON THIS DAY:  In 48 BC Julius Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat by Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium.  In1499 the Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama.  In 1913 the temperature in Death Valley, California, hit 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.  In 1925 Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration.  Also in 1925, in Dayton Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" of John T Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, began.  In 1938 Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.  In 1962 Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, was launched into orbit.  In 1964 the album "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles was released.  In1985 Coca-Cola Co., bowing to pressure from irate customers after the introduction of New Coke, said it would resume selling its old formula.  In 1997 in London, scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Quote of the day

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming."

~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe [German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist]


If you ever think you are having a bad Monday?  Think about this:

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Today is the 6th day of the 27th week, the 7th day of the 7th month, the 188th day of 2017 [with only 170 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Chocolate Day -- marks 467 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe.    Technically chocolate is a vegetable that comes from the Cacao tree found in tropical rain forests
  • Comic Sans Day
  • Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Independence Day: Solomon Islands from the United Kingdom in 1978
  • National Macaroni Day
  • National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day
  • Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
  • Victims of The Dallas, Texas Attack Day
  • Wayne Chicken Day[s]
ON THIS DAY:  In 1124 Tyre fell to the Crusaders.  In 1534 Jacques Cartier made his first known contact with aboriginal peoples in what is now Canada; he traded furs with Micmac.  In 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.  In 1928 sliced bread was sold for the first time (on the inventor's 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.  In 1952 the ocean liner SS United States passed Bishop Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world.  In 1954 Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right."  In 1959 Venus occulted the star Regulus - this rare event was used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.  In 2003 the NASA Opportunity rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover–B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.  In 2011 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final movie based on the wizard fantasy books, debuted in London.

What is this  “crisis management mode” [CMM] that I reference now and then? 

It is a coping mechanism.  It is the ability to shut off emotions and pack them away while you deal with the s**t that just hit the fan.  It makes one into a tower of strength and an oasis of calm, a source of rational and reasoned speaking, and promotes objectivity and clarity when faced with difficult choices that require realistic assessment.  It can also make you appear cold, callous and heartless at times.  It is a skill that is forged in the white heat of a dysfunctional family and/or environment.  And while I consider the ability to go into this mode an asset, I have learned that [1] I cannot always control the implementation – it activates on its own at times and I find myself in CMM involuntarily – and [2] the cost is of exercising this skill is astronomically high.  Angst that has been pushed aside does not just evaporate – it festers, it seethes, it pries at the door shutting it off from your psyche, it attacks your digestive system, it raises your blood pressure, it works on your ability to remember.


You see, sooner or later that box of  delayed emotion has to get unpacked and the longer you wait to process what has happened, the worse the reaction will be.  Some people never get around to dealing with it because it is just too painful and you end up with a fundamental split with two [or more] individuals inhabiting one physical body [AKA Dissociative Identity Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder].  IMNSHO, I came pretty close to this with what I have called my Susie Homemaker phase where I acted like a completely different person for about six years.  Some find it has altered their ability to interact with friends, family, and the world around them.  We write it off and say that what has happened caused the changes, but in truth, it is just as much how we dealt with what is happening as the actual event itself.

When I learned of my daughter’s diagnosis two weeks ago, I went into CMM.  I cannot stay there for the next eight months no matter how much angst the family faces – it isn’t good for her or for me.


I’m working on it.  
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Today is the 6th day of the 27th week, the 7th day of the 7th month, the 188th day of 2017 [with only 170 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • Chocolate Day -- marks 467 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe.    Technically chocolate is a vegetable that comes from the Cacao tree found in tropical rain forests
  • Comic Sans Day
  • Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Independence Day: Solomon Islands from the United Kingdom in 1978
  • National Macaroni Day
  • National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day
  • Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
  • Victims of The Dallas, Texas Attack Day
  • Wayne Chicken Day[s]
ON THIS DAY:  In 1124 Tyre fell to the Crusaders.  In 1534 Jacques Cartier made his first known contact with aboriginal peoples in what is now Canada; he traded furs with Micmac.  In 1907 Florenz Ziegfeld Jr staged his first Follies on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.  In 1928 sliced bread was sold for the first time (on the inventor's 48th birthday) by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri.  In 1952 the ocean liner SS United States passed Bishop Rock on her maiden voyage, breaking the transatlantic speed record to become the fastest passenger ship in the world.  In 1954 Elvis Presley made his radio debut when WHBQ Memphis played his first recording for Sun Records, "That's All Right."  In 1959 Venus occulted the star Regulus - this rare event was used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.  In 2003 the NASA Opportunity rover, MER-B or Mars Exploration Rover–B, was launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket.  In 2011 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the final movie based on the wizard fantasy books, debuted in London.


What is this  “crisis management mode” [CMM] that I reference now and then? 


It is a coping mechanism.  It is the ability to shut off emotions and pack them away while you deal with the s**t that just hit the fan.  It makes one into a tower of strength and an oasis of calm, a source of rational and reasoned speaking, and promotes objectivity and clarity when faced with difficult choices that require realistic assessment.  It can also make you appear cold, callous and heartless at times.  It is a skill that is forged in the white heat of a dysfunctional family and/or environment.  And while I consider the ability to go into this mode an asset, I have learned that [1] I cannot always control the implementation – it activates on its own at times and I find myself in CMM involuntarily – and [2] the cost is of exercising this skill is astronomically high.  Angst that has been pushed aside does not just evaporate – it festers, it seethes, it pries at the door shutting it off from your psyche, it attacks your digestive system, it raises your blood pressure, it works on your ability to remember.




You see, sooner or later that box of  delayed emotion has to get unpacked and the longer you wait to process what has happened, the worse the reaction will be.  Some people never get around to dealing with it because it is just too painful and you end up with a fundamental split with two [or more] individuals inhabiting one physical body [AKA Dissociative Identity Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder].  IMNSHO, I came pretty close to this with what I have called my Susie Homemaker phase where I acted like a completely different person for about six years.  Some find it has altered their ability to interact with friends, family, and the world around them.  We write it off and say that what has happened caused the changes, but in truth, it is just as much how we dealt with what is happening as the actual event itself.


When I learned of my daughter’s diagnosis two weeks ago, I went into CMM.  I cannot stay there for the next eight months no matter how much angst the family faces – it isn’t good for her or for me.




I’m working on it.  
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The big C redux



Nine days ago, exactly four months before her fortieth birthday, my daughter learned that she had breast cancer and our journey entered a dark place.  For the next eight months, as she puts it, things are going to suck. 


The path before her is clear: 

  • Tests, scans, and a genetic workup – for the first time her doctors asked about family past her grandparents, andit was not good news

  • Chemotherapy to start in a couple of weeks

  • Surgery in the fall

  • Radiation treatment

  • Medication for the next decade or so

Her will is strong, her spirit bright and she has much to live for -- a loving husband plus two wonderful daughters and her own business just for starters.  Prayers, healing beams, support energy, and kind thoughts from all and sundry are already flooding her and those who love her.  

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