when are you home?
Today is the 6th day of the 41st week, the 12th day of the 10th month, the 285th day of 2018 [with only 73 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
- Columbus Day (Traditional)
- Cookbook Launch Day
- Day of the Six Billion
- Drink Local Wine Day
- Freethought Day
- Independence Day -- Equatorial Guinea from Spain in 1968.
- International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
- National Family Bowling Day (or Kids Bowl Free Day)
- National Farmer's Day
- National Gumbo Day
- National Savings Day
- Old Farmers Day
- Spanish Language Day
- Stem Cell Awareness Day
- World Arthritis Day
- World Day Against the Death Penalty
- World Egg Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1113 – The city of Oradea is first mentioned under the Latin name Varadinum ("vár" means fortress in Hungarian).
1279 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk founder of Nichiren Buddhism, is said to have inscribed the Dai Gohonzon.
1492 – Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached the Indies.
1535 - Iroquois show Jacques Cartier and his crew the use of tobacco,Québec
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor Sir William Phips.
1773 – America's first insane asylum opens.
1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day is held in New York City.
1793 – The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
1799 – Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse becomes the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 900 metres (3,000 ft).
1810 – First Oktoberfest: The Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
1823 – Charles Macintosh of Scotland sells the first raincoat.
1847 – German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens & Halske, which later becomes Siemens AG.
1849 – The city of Manizales, Colombia is founded by 'The Expedition of the 20'.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.
1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.
1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.
1933 – The military Alcatraz Citadel becomes the civilian Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
1960 – Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Union colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe.
1964 – The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits.
1971 – The 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire is held (until October 16).
1971 - "Jesus Christ Superstar," a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opened on Broadway.
1979 – The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
1979 – The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
1994 – The Magellan spacecraft burns up in the atmosphere of Venus.
2005 – The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
“Home is where the heart is” goes the old saw, but then other folk wisdom cautions that “you can never go home again”. One of the first things a lot of folks do when they go into Second Life is settle down and create a home for their avatar[s] that may or may not include other people, sometimes with quite elaborate furnishings and landscaping and a surprising degree of realism for a fantasy world. Makes me wonder sometimes what mysterious alchemy turns a dwelling place into a “home” as opposed to a residence or way station or base, especially if you are living alone. Is it being surrounded by your stuff? Is it being able to shut out the outside world, creating a refuge? I know it doesn’t happen instantaneously when you move but takes time to settle in before it feels like a place belongs to you and you belong to there, but how does that change process?
Things you think about on a lovely Friday afternoon when the weekend is beckoning….
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