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Carol H Tucker

Passionate about knowledge management and organizational development, expert in loan servicing, virtual world denizen and community facilitator, and a DISNEY fan

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Be warned:in this very rich environment where you can immerse yourself so completely, your emotions will become engaged -- and not everyone is cognizant of that. Among the many excellent features of SL, there is no auto-return on hearts, so be wary of where your's wanders...


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(. (.`"If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." -- Richard Bach

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Today is the 6th day of the 16th week, the 20th day of the 4th month, the 110th day of 2018, and: 
  • Chinese Language Day
  • International Cli-Fi Day -- a day of public awareness about cli-fi novels and movies as ways to wake up humankind about the dangers we face from future global warming impact events
  • Lima Bean Respect Day
  • National Cheddar Fries Day
  • National Look Alike Day
  • National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day
  • National Pot Smokers Day [known internationally as 420 Day] – no “420” was NOT a police code.  I am still waiting for recreational week to be legal in MD
  • National Teach Children to Save Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day
On this day in ...

1303 – The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1534 - Jacques Cartier, who had likely accompanied Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, sets sail on a voyage with to Canada in two ships, with 61 men, commissioned by François I to find a passage to Asia

1535 – The sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan.

1657 – Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

1818 – The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld.  In June 1819, Lord Eldon, the Lord Chancellor, introduced a bill to abolish private appeals following acquittals, and also abolish trial by battle, which passed in great haste

1828 – René Caillié becomes the second non-Muslim to enter (and the first to return from) Timbuktu, following Major Gordon Laing.

1862 – Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment falsifying the theory of spontaneous generation, replacing it with the theory of biogenesis [complex living things come only from other living things, by means of reproduction].  

1865 – Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX's yacht, the L'Immaculata Concezion.

1884 – Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum genus -- principally a condemnation of Freemasonry as well as concepts and practices such as naturalism, popular sovereignty, and the separation of church and state.

1889 - Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

1912 – Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and Fenway Park in Boston.

1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

The world of 1889 was relatively quiet,  a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday of the Julian calendar -- the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar -- and it started out with a total eclipse of the Sun is seen over parts of California and Nevada.  There were events, but nothing that causes students to have to memorize that particular year   There were a couple of births of note
  • Albert Jean Amateau,  a Sephardic Jew in Milas, Turkey.  He was a Turkish rabbi, lawyer, and activist promoting both ties between the US and Turkey as well as more Jews in the workplace and government  (d. 1996)
  • Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland (d. 1918), a Swedish and Norwegian prince, the third and youngest son of King Gustav V of Sweden and Victoria of Baden.
  • Marie-Antoinette de Geuser, French mystic (d. 1918) -- She was known as "Consummata".  Being in close contact with the Carmelites, her state of health and the events of World War I did not allow her to take her vows
  • Tonny Kessler, Dutch footballer (d. 1960)
  • Adolf Hitler in the small Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria on the Austrian-German border, the fourth of six children, to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl.
There were no warnings, no dire predictions, no intimation the world was going to be put through a horrific holocaust and war a half of century later – in fact, the world looked pretty good from their perspective.   There was only an infant crying in a crib, suckling at his mother’s breast, sleeping with that angelic peace that all little babies have, and giving off that warm clean scent of a new person.   Every parent gazes down on their child with pride and love; every parent feels a frisson of fear that they will fail in their stewardship, somehow damaging this precious little vessel of humanity with all their future potential .   Parents are not in full control of their kids’ choices, and as soon as they can think, parents may not even be within the sphere of influence  – I can still remember with great clarity that moment of stunned realization that I could not force my 13 year old do his homework – and you constantly wonder if you could’ve done something different, been a better parent, helped your kids more.   




By 1907, both of Hitler’s parents were dead and the young man of 18 moved out into the unsuspecting world to meet his destiny.
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