Mostly fiction mixed with a little poetry and a smidgen of real life drama
Author: Jerry Brotherton
I am The Backyard Poet and I warn you that, not only will I ramble on about nothing but, I have been known to stand upon my soapbox and rant about things I care nothing about just to hear the sound of my own voice. I will try to force my opinion upon anyone willing to pay the slightest attention.
Dad Joke of the Day: I read a book on anti-gravity and I just couldn’t put it down.
Quote of the Day: “Worms
don’t fly for a reason.”
Today in History: 1972 – A flight chartered
by a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes Mountains of Argentina,
and the wreckage was not located for more than two months; the incident
garnered international attention, especially after it was revealed that the
survivors had resorted to cannibalism.
Bornon This Day: 1925 –
Grantham England – Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Died on This Day: 1990 – Le
Duc Tho – Vietnamese politician
who, acting as an adviser to North Vietnam, negotiated a cease-fire agreement
with U.S. official Henry Kissinger during the Vietnam War
Dad Joke of the Day: I used to be afraid of hurdles, but I eventually got over it. Quote of the Day: “If you leave your spouse alone too long, they just might get used to the idea.”
Today in History: The New World was “discovered” this day in 1492 when land (most likely San Salvador) was sighted in the Caribbean from the Pinta, one of the three ships that participated in Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage. Persistence matters: • His first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean in 1476 nearly cost him his life as the commercial fleet he was sailing with was attacked by French privateers off the coast of Portugal. His ship was burned and Columbus had to swim to the Portuguese shore. • Columbus devised a route to sail west across the Atlantic to reach Asia, believing it to be a distance of only 2300 miles between the Canary Islands and Japan. Despite many of his contemporary nautical experts adhering to the (now known to be accurate) second-century B.C. estimate of the Earth’s circumference at 25,000 miles, which made the actual distance between the Canary Islands and Japan about 12,200 statute miles. • Columbus’s plan was rejected by Portugal, Genoa, Venice and Spain. While working for Spain he petitioned the court countless times from 1486 until they finally agreed in 1492 to finance his expedition. • Upon his return, he lied about exaggerated his reports about the success of the expedition. • Columbus enslaved the natives to rebuild the city of Navidad which had been destroyed. • His expeditions for riches in gold resulted in very small amounts ever being found. • After his 3rd expedition failed to yield any profit, he was returned to Spain in chains to face the Royal Court. • He convinced the court to give him one more chance. But on his final expedition, he shipwrecked along the coast of Cuba and was stranded from 1502 until his rescue in1504. • On his death bed, Columbus still believed that he had discovered Asia. And here we thought that meteorologist were the only people who became popular for always being wrong.
Born on This Day: 1537 – Edward VI – King of England and Ireland. Edward VI took the throne after his father’s (Henry VII) death in 1547 He was 9 years old.. He was the first monarch to be raised as a Protestant. During his reign, because he had never reached maturity, the realm was governed by a council and was marked by economic problems and social unrest. Edward VI took great interest in religious matters and oversaw the transformation of the Church of England into a Protestant body. Edward VI died in 1553, he was 15. Before his death, he named Lady Jane Grey (The 9 day queen) as his heir.
Died on This Day: 1998 – Fort Collins, Colorado – Matthew Shepard – American college student, several days after being beaten by two men and left in the cold outside Laramie, Wyoming to die. Shepard’s homosexuality was believed to have motivated the attack, and his death contributed to the expansion of federal hate-crime legislation.
National… Savings Day – In 2017, Capital One founded National Savings Day to empower people to feel more confident about their relationship with money by educating them on how saving money can be a simple, straightforward experience that fits more naturally into their lives and existing behaviors. It is estimated that 6 out of every ten American do not have $500 in savings for an emergency.
Freethought Day – I could tell you what to do to celebrate this day but that would not be free thinking.
Gumbo Day – Gumbo is a heavily seasoned, stew-like dish that typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener and seasoned vegetables, generally the “holy trinity’ of Cajun food – celery, bell peppers and onions. Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century Gumbo arose from a West African word for okra, which many believe is how the name and the ingredient also intertwined. Gumbo is thought to have been first documented in 1802 and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter 19th century. It gained widespread popularity in the 1970s when the United States Senate cafeteria added Gumbo to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana. Since 1989, New Iberia, Louisiana has held The World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off.
This one is for my wife who is a crochet-aholic. I Love Yarn Day is celebrated on the Second Saturday in October and embraces the opportunity to share your craft with someone new. Teach someone to knit, crochet, weave or enjoy any yarn craft. Explore the variety of yarns, their vibrant colors, their soft textures, and warm tones. Expose your stash to the daylight and break out the scissors. Needles optional!
My parents used to tell me that someday I’d wish to be a child again. I thought they were a bit senile. Who would want to live a life with no TV, cell phone or Facebook again? Who wants to fish in clean water, breathe unpolluted air, or play in the middle of the street without harm? Who needs to sleep through a quiet night and wake up refreshed? Who needs simplicity, friends …family? Why would I want to hug my father and mother or tell my brothers and sisters I love them? “Not me,” said the ignorance of youth.
Dad Joke of the Day: I’ve decided that I’m going to learn sign language… I hear it’s pretty handy. Quote of the Day:“It aint about having the fanciest buggy, it’s whose riding along with you that counts.”
Today in History: Saturday Night Live, made its debut on the NBC television network. In 1975, Johnny Carson asked to stop showing the Saturday night versions of the Johnny Carson show and save them to air during the weeks that he wanted to take off for vacations. So an American late-night variety show was created by Lorne Michaels to replace it. NBC’s Saturday Night, renamed Saturday Night Live after NBC bought the name from rival ABC, started its on-going 45 season run. During which, it has been nominated for 252 Prime Time Emmy Awards of which they received 65, 4 Writer’s Guild of America awards, 2 Peabody Awards, an induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Saturday Night Live or simply SNL has acted as a springboard to launch the careers of countless contemporary stars such as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Tina Fey as well as talented writers like Seth Myers and Conan O’Brien.
I don’t know what else I can say about it except maybe…”Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night”
Born on This Day: 1884 – New York City – Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat, humanitarian and First lady. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Though widely respected, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights for African-Americans. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. Never one to ride on the coattails of her husband, Eleanor Roosevelt proved that she was more than just America’s First Lady. In her words, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”
Died on This Day: 1965 – San Francisco, California – Dorothea Lange
An American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for humanizing the consequences of the Great Depression and later, the internment of Japanese Americans.
October 11th is National… Day of The Girl Child – was originally founded, in 1995 at the World Conference on Women, to bring awareness and solutions to the unique challenges that girls around the world face every day. In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as National Day of the Girl Child. Celebrate this day by inspiring young girls in your life by speaking about women leaders from the past and present. So here’s to my daughter and three granddaughters, “You go girls.”
Coming Out Day – is an observed civil awareness day created in 1988 designed to celebrate those individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out – regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. A day dedicated to raising awareness of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community through education and support. By sharing their stories, it is hoped they may be more able to live openly and safely.
Sausage Pizza Day – What else is there to say but, “Mmm Mmm good.”
How about a few Pizza Fact: • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905. However, the longest running pizza establishment is Papa’s Tomato Pies on South Clinton Ave, Trenton New Jersey. Papa’s has been in continuous operation since 1912. • Americans eat 350 slices of pizza every second. That’s enough to cover 100 acres. • In 2001 the Russian Space Agency was paid over a million dollars to deliver a 6” pizza to Yuri Usachov. Yuri was orbiting the earth aboard the International Space Station. • The world’s largest pizza had a surface area of 13580.28 sq. feet. • Although no one knows where the origin of the word pizza came from, the first documented use of the words is dated to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. In simplicity lies goodness. There is nothing new or fancy about this recipe, but it is quite delicious. So call up some good friends and bake up a good old fashioned Classic Sausage Pizza 1 – 14-inch pizza shell 6 – ounces all-purpose ground tomatoes 8 – ounce blend shredded mozzarella and provolone ¾ (three-fourth) pound mild or sweet Italian sausage with fennel seed 2 teaspoons dried oregano 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Spread the tomatoes evenly over the crust (this is less tomatoes than you are used to using, but go with it). Sprinkle on the cheese blend. Pinch pieces of the sausage and flatten between your thumb and forefinger. Place sausage over the cheese evenly, pressing the chunks into the cheese a bit. Sprinkle on the oregano. Bake. After the pizza comes out of the oven, and just before sending it out, drizzle on the olive oil.
Or you can do like I do and head on out to my local Pizzeria and enjoy a beer or two while I wait.
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