watching the moments
Today is the 6th day of the 17th week, the 27th day of the 4th month, the 117th day of 2018, and:
On this day ...
- Babe Ruth Day – first celebrated in 1947
- Day of Dialogue
- Independence Day: Togo from France in 1960 and Sierra Leone from United Kingdom in 1961.
- LGBT National Day of Silence
- Matanzas Mule Day
- Morse Code Day
- National Arbor Day
- National Devil Dog Cakes Day
- National Hairball Awareness Day
- National Little Pampered Dog Day
- National Prime Rib Day
- Undiagnosed Children's Awareness Day
- World Design Day
1539 – Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar.
1565 – Cebu is established becoming the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines.
1595 – The relics of Saint Sava are incinerated in Belgrade on the Vračar plateau by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha; the site of the incineration is now the location of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, in retaliation for the Serbs in Banat uprising in 1594 using the portrait of Saint Sava on their war flags
1667 – John Milton, blind and impoverished, sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus [a guarantee against any detention that is forbidden by law].
1865 – The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.
1972 - Apollo 16 returned to Earth after a manned voyage to the moon.
1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
2005 – Airbus A380 aircraft had its maiden test flight.
2006 – Construction begins on the Freedom Tower (later renamed One World Trade Center) in New York City.
Quote of the day:
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
~ Dr. Seuss
In each day, there are 1,440 minutes, a very specific measurement of time. They glide past, flowing gently into that river of time that stretches both behind us and in front of us, each striking our spirit with an unnoticed little ping, insignificant and insubstantial for the most part. A moment is usually thought to be a less precise measurement of time – a medieval unit of time defined by the movement of a shadow on a sundial [which covered 40 moments in a solar hour] and today usually referring to a brief period of time or a specific point in time. Arguably, we don’t remember “days” per se, we actually remember “moments” and we express it in days. For example, I remember the date of 06.27.2017 clearly [a specific point in time] – it was then that we learned my daughter had breast cancer – but I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it was other than it was a workday because when she called and asked me to come to Mercy Hospital where she was waiting for a biopsy, I was here at work. I vividly remember what I did, and how I felt. Form this I deduce that activity and emotion are more captured in moments rather than minutes and it makes me look at the historical records I scan for what happened on this day a little differently from a matter of perspective rather than fact.. Makes me wonder if you can deliberately craft a moment into a memory.
When you reflect upon the past, which moments stand out for you?
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