Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jackson Pollock and Aretha Franklin


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Things

What item in your home is your favorite?

Do I have to pick only one thing? I love my craft room which I loftily refer to as my studio. I love my laptop, my craft tables and my little CD player. I spend most of the time in this room.

Fun at Work Day

1914: Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) and other suffragettes held the Mock Parliament in Winnipeg, to agitate for votes for women.

1916: Manitoba became the first province to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections and hold public office.

1968: Aretha Franklin tops the charts with her hit "Chain of Fools." She goes on to earn a string of awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and from the Kennedy Center of the Arts.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after lift off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1866: Scottish explorer David Livingstone embarks on his final expedition in Africa to establish the true source of the Nile. All outside contact with him is lost after he reaches Lake Tanganyika.

Jackson Pollock, American artist (1912

Anna Ivanovna, Russian empress (1693)

Susan Sontag, writer (1933)

Serendipity Day
Serendipity roughly means “a pleasant surprise.” Since it is impossible to plan to surprise yourself, you will have to be the “surpriser.” Here are some possible serendipitous scenarios:
Hide a love note in your mate’s pocket – be mysterious and include a time and place to rendezvous later
Bake some cookies and stop by a friend’s for coffee
Buy a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and leave them on your mother’s kitchen table.
Wrap a five dollar bill around your teenager’s toothbrush
Pack a picnic lunch and camp out under the dining room table with your toddler

1980: Canada’s Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, arranged the escape of six US Embassy employees from Tehran. The six had escaped from the US Embassy when it was occupied by Iranian “students” in November 1979, and by November 22 were safely housed with Canadian Embassy staff. Afraid that the Iranians had learned of the whereabouts of the six, the Americans were driven to Tehran airport, and were able to leave Iran with non-diplomatic Canadian passports they had been given. Taylor and four other Canadians left Iran a few hours later after closing the Embassy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Peanut butter toast and Jagged little pill . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Breakfast

What's your favorite breakfast to get you up and out the door?

My favourite breakfast is coffee and peanut butter toast. I'm not a fan of big breakfasts. I do enjoy brunch though.

National Kazoo Day

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

1721: A mail stagecoach service was established between Quebec and Montreal. It was the first regular postal service in Canada.

1880: Thomas Edison patents the electric light bulb.

1888: The National Geographic Society is established for the purpose of increasing and diffusing geographical knowledge.

1916: Manitoba allowed women to vote and granted political equality.

1945: The Soviet army marches into the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, liberating about 7600 prisoners abandoned there.

1950: India’s Republic Day, Basant Panchmi, is celebrated in commemoration of the proclamation of the republic on this date. India declared its independence from Britain and everybody else and adopted a new constitution.

Jerome Kern, composer (1885) whose most popular achievement was the score for the musical version of Edna Ferber’s novel Show Boat.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer (1756)

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author (1832) and English mathematician who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Donna Reed, actor (1921)

Family Literacy Day

January 27, 1997 - Music - Ottawa native Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill named favorite rock album at the American Music Awards

Monday, November 17, 2014

In the Real World we received our first snowfall last night. I'm not sure I'm ready for winter. Actually I kind of hate winter.


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Movie

Continuing our theme, how about the best movie you have seen recently? What made it so good?

My new best movie I've ever seen is St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. It was genius from the very first joke to the last scene. These two actors are among my list of favourites and the story was touching and surprising and full of pathos and humour. A real mixture. But the star of the show is Jaeden Lieberher who plays Oliver, the little boy who befriends Vincent, played by Murray.

I only made one blog post on this date:

National School Nurse Day

National Compliment Day

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul
And health to the body.

Australia Day
Australia day is a day for the people of Australia to reflect on what has been achieved and to be proud of a great nation. Also called Foundation Day, it commemorates the landing on the Australian continent of Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of men and women in 1788.

1679: The keel of the 44 tonne Griffon was laid at the mouth of the Cayuga Creek on Lake Erie. Launched on August 7, it was the first ship to be built on and sail the Great Lakes.

1905: The world's largest diamond is found near Pretoria, South Africa.

1924: An order-in-council decreed that the Canadian Red Ensign could be flown over Canadian government buildings at home and abroad.

1950: India formally becomes a republic, three years after gaining independence from Great Britain.

1956: Buddy Holly has his first recording session at Decca Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player (1961)

Bessie Coleman, first African American female aviator (1893)

Eddie Van Halen, heavy metal guitarist (1957)

Feast Day of Saint Polycarp, one of the apostolic Fathers whose martyrdom created the tradition of observing saints’ days.

January 26 - Women - Jeanne Sauvé dies in hospital; born in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan April 26, 1922, Sauvé served as Canada's First woman Governor General of Canada; also the First female Speaker of the House of Commons. Montreal, Quebec

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Outlander and Robbie Burns . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Book

What's the best book you've read recently?

Usually the best book I've read is whichever one I am currently reading. I actually have a huge list of favourites. Among the old stand-bys are Gone with the Wind and Vanity Fair and just about anything by Jane Auel. Right now I am reading the Outlander series . . . which I had never heard of until my sister told me about the series on TV. I'm already on the second book.

The only blog I posted today was this one:

Opposite Day

National Speak Up & Succeed Day

1890: Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world trip in record time, beating Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg's record of 80 days.

1932: The Trans-Canada telephone system was inaugurated when the Governor General, the Earl of Bessborough, spoke to nine provincial lieutenant governors.

Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759)
Burns Clubs around the world hold Burns Night celebrations toasting the “Immortal Memory” and concluding with the singing of Burns’ famous Auld Lange Syne.

William Somerset Maugham, British author (1874)

January 25, 1963 - Wilson Kettle dies at age 102; has at that time 582 living descendants. Newfoundland

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Across the country and overseas . . . January 24th

The only post I made to the blog on January 24th was this:

Compliment Day

1848: The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a construction worker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, California.

Edith Newbold Wharton (1862-1937), American novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale University.

1935: The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.

1952: Vincent Massey was appointed the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. He served from February 28, 1952 to September 15, 1959.

1965: Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain from 1940–1945 and 1951–1955, dies in London, England, at age 90.

Ernst Hoffmann, German writer and composer (1776)

Aaron Neville, singer (1941)

Ernest Borgnine, actor (1917)

1978: Cosmos 954, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and crashed in the NWT. The Canadian Armed Forces launched a large operation to recover radioactive debris scattered over a wide area.

CPR station telegraph office

January 24, 1885 - Communications - The CPR telegraph reaches the Pacific from Halifax; now operating from coast to coast. Vancouver, BC.  

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Remember


Today's Writing Prompt: Cruel

What's the most offensive thing you've ever heard anyone say?

Any time I hear "If the ____ (enter any non-British nationality here) don't want to follow our traditions they should pack up and move back to ____ (wherever they lived before moving to Canada)" it takes every bit of willpower I have not to offer to help the speaker pack his or her bags.

One of our "traditions" is the Canadian Bill of Rights. Hey, annoying speaker, have you ever read it? Here's just a little piece of it:

Recognition and declaration of rights and freedoms
1. It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,
(a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
(b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;
(c) freedom of religion;
(d) freedom of speech;
(e) freedom of assembly and association; and
(f) freedom of the press.

Aren't these freedoms one of the reasons we are so proud to be Canadians? One more thing to say and then I'll jump down off my soap box.

In the real world, today is Remembrance Day. Today is a day set aside to honour those who serve our country and help others as well in times of need. But there is no law that says we must honour them. We are free to honour them publicly, privately or not at all. That's what it means to be Canadian.

I would like to thank Harold Hedden, Robert Henderson, Thomas Simpson and Marc Modesto. I'm proud of your service to Canada.

I remember.

January 23

Measure Your Feet Day
History tells us that many units of measure were derived from the physical property of a king or some notable. For example the English unit of length, known as “the foot” was derived from the actual length of a king’s foot.
Celebrate Measure Your Feet Day by taking photographs of your family’s feet. For a great focal point photograph, have your family sit on the floor with their legs outstretched with their feet up against or touching a wall. Line up the feet in order from longest to shortest and snap the picture. On the scrapbook page, label each set of feet and record the size in inches. Since you know this day is coming, treat yourself to a pedicure the day before.

National Handwriting Day
The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. Handwriting adds intimacy to a scrapbook page as you share journaling facts with those who will enjoy your albums for years to come. Some scrapbookers are self-conscious of their handwriting skills. Keep in mind that everyone’s handwriting is unique. Your descendants will cherish the words written in your distinctive style.

National Pie Day
1960: Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh descend into the bottom of Challenger Deep (10,916 m/35,810 ft), setting a new undersea record.

1989: Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter, writer, and member of the surrealist movement, dies in Figueras, Spain, at the age of 84.

Édouard Manet, French painter (1832)

John Hancock, patriot and statesman (1737)

Jeanne Moreau, French theater and motion-picture actor (1928)

January 23, 1922 - Medicine - First successful test on a human patient with diabetes occurrs when a 2nd dose of insulin is administered to dangerously ill Leonard Thompson (14). Following the birth of an idea and nine months of experimentation, and through the combined efforts of four men at the University of Toronto; insulin for the treatment of diabetes was first discovered and later purified for human use. Rural Canadian physician Dr. F.G. Banting first conceived the idea of extracting insulin from the pancreas in 1920. He and his assistant C.H. Best prepared pancreatic extracts to prolong the lives of diabetic dogs with advice and laboratory aid from Professor J.J.R. Macleod. The crude insulin extract was purified for human testing by Dr. J.B. Collip. Insulin, now made from cattle pancreases, lifted the death sentence for diabetes sufferers around the world. Toronto, Ontario

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nancy, Roberta, Victoria . . . and blonde brownies


Today's Writing Prompt: Retirement

What do you want your retirement to be like?

Hal and I dream of owning a motor home and just traveling the continent. That simple. That's all we want. Does anyone have a motor home in good condition they would like to donate . . . LOL???

The only blog post for this date is

January 22 is

Nancy Singer’s birthday . . . LOL

National Answer Your Cat's Question Day

National Blonde Brownie Day

1968: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In premieres on NBC.

1666: Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-1658) who built the Taj Mahal, dies in Agra, India, at age 74.

Lord Byron, English poet (1788)

August Strindberg, Sedish novelist and dramatist (1849)

Sam Cooke, American soul singer and songwriter (1931)

Linda Blair, actor (1959)

St. Vincent’s Day. Saint Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of winegrowers.

1992: Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar was Canada’s first woman in space on board NASA space shuttle Discovery.

January 22, 1901 - Queen Victoria dies at age 82, ending her 64-year reign - the longest in British history. Windsor, England