what have you got to lose?
Today is the 3rd day of the 42nd week, the 16th day of the 10th month, the 289th day of 2018 [with only 69 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Dictionary Day (Noah Webster's Birthday)
- First quarter of the moon at 2:02 PM EDT
- Global Cat Day
- Information Overload Day
- National Boss Day
- National Cut Up Your Credit Card Day
- National Department Store Day
- National Dictionary Day
- National Face Your Fears Day
- National Feral Cat Day
- National Learn a Word Day
- National Liqueur Day
- national Pharmacy Technician Day
- Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
- Steve Jobs Day
- World Food Day
- World Spine Day
1841 – Queen's University is founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1843 – Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers.
1846 – William T. G. Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
1847 – The novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is published in London.
1869 – The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered".
1869 – Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England's first residential college for women.
1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah.
1882 – The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
1916 – In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opens the first family planning clinic in the United States.
1923 – The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
1950 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is published, starting The Chronicles of Narnia series.
1962 - the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
1964 – China detonates its first nuclear weapon.
1969 - The New York Mets, a previously hapless expansion team, won the World Series 4 games to 1 over American League powerhouse the Baltimore Orioles.
1975 – Rahima Banu, a two-year-old girl from the village of Kuralia in Bangladesh, is the last known person to be infected with naturally occurring smallpox.
1995 – The Skye Bridge, a road bridge over Loch Alsh, Scotland, is opened.
1996 - The British Government announces plans to outlaw almost all handguns in the UK following Dunblane massacre in March.
Quote of the day:
"Loss is a fact of life. Impermanence is everywhere we look. We are all going to suffer our losses. How we deal with these losses is what makes all the difference. For it is not what happens to us that determines our character, our experience, our karma, and our destiny, but how we relate to what happens."
~ Lama Surya Das, “Practicing With Loss”
It would seem that change, which is inevitable, often entails loss of one kind or another. Some losses are irrevocable – the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, the loss of your home – and they leave a hole in your life and your heart. Easy to say “get over it and move on” but not so easy to do it, I have found. While it may be true that when a door closes, somewhere a window opens, what if you really aren’t very good at or even able to start, climbing through windows?
Just been thinking a lot about loss lately – the loss of civility in the political process, the loss of rights or citizenship [how easily the UK decided as part of the Brexit process or the US decided that someone cannot identify themselves adequately, and therefore they must be aliens]; the loss of property as the folks try to put their lives back together after tsunamis and earthquakes and hurricanes; the loss of beloved pets or family or friends; the loss of health; the loss of hope
Guess you never really know how you will react until you yourself are tested.
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