On This Day…10/9/2019

Dad Joke of the Day: How does Moses make coffee? Hebrews it.

Quote of the Day:  “Love and trust must share the same bed.”

Today in History:
1888 – Washington, DC – Built between 1848 and 1884 and dedicated in 1885, the Washington Monument—a marble-faced granite obelisk that honors the first U.S. president, George Washington—opened to the public

Born on This Day:
1948 – Heidelberg, Germany – Clyde Jackson Browne, American Rock and Roll hall of famer, singer-songwriter, poet and musician…
Jackson Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days“, “The Pretender“, “Running on Empty“, “Lawyers in Love”, “Doctor My Eyes”, “Take It Easy”, “For a Rocker”, and “Somebody’s Baby”. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and given an honorary doctorate of music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, during March 1979, Browne joined with several musician friends to found the antinuclear organization Musicians United for Safe Energy. He was arrested protesting against the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo.
Political protest came to the fore in Browne’s music in the 1986 album, Lives in the Balance, an explicit condemnation of U.S. policy in Central America. Flavored with new instrumental textures, it was a huge success with many Browne fans, though not with mainstream audiences.
The title track, “Lives in the Balance” was an outcry against U.S.-backed wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.


I’ve been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you’ve seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war
And there’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs
On the radio talk shows and the T.V.
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends–
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can’t take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire
There’s a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can’t even say the names
They sell us the President the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us everything from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they’re never the ones to fight or to die
And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

Browne performed frequently at benefit concerts for causes in which he believed, including Farm Aid, Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour), post-Somoza revolutionary Nicaragua, and the Christic Institute.

Died on This Day:
1982 – London, England – Anna Freud, psychoanalyst, author, and daughter of Sigmund Freud.
Anna Freud’s work emphasized the importance of the ego and its normal “developmental lines” as well as incorporating a distinctive emphasis on collaborative work across a range of analytical and observational contexts. After being forced to leave Vienna in 1938 with the advent of the Nazi regime in Austria, she resumed her psychoanalytic practice and her pioneering work in child psychology in London, establishing the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic in 1952 (now the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) as a center for therapy, training and research work.

Emergency Nurse’s Day – On the second Wednesday in October we’re given the opportunity to honor our ER nurses around the world. They face impossible tasks with true dedication and commitment. Emergency Nurses Day began in 1989 and is part of Emergency Nurses Week. So here’s to hoping that you never have the occasion to need them, but for me, just knowing they’re there gives me great comfort.
Stop Bullying Day – There are many different types of bullying in this world. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational or cyber, they all are ways for the perpetrator to assert their power. The results can be detrimental to the well-being of the victim and in some cases can even lead to death.

Stop Bullying Day – Observed on the second Wednesday of October, is designed to bring students, faculty and parents together to end bullying.
For assistance in the efforts to stop bullying, visit the US Department of Human Services at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/healthy-relationships/bullying/index.html
In the US, the National Suicide prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and the Suicide Hopeline is 1-800-784-2433

Moldy Cheese Day – Most of us when we open that bottom refrigerator drawer and find a package of cheese with green fuzzy stuff growing on it immediately chuck the entire mess into the garbage, totally disgusted with ourselves for wasting hard earned money. But to a cheese monger (that’s a person who specializes in cheeses, butter, and other dairy products) might take umbrage at offense of moldy cheese. Well, depending on the type of mold, of course.
Those red or brown-tinged molds, for example, are offensive. Toss those bacteria-contaminated moldy cheeses in the garbage quickly and move along to the grey, blue, or green colored moldy cheeses in the fridge instead.
Like a sommelier pairs the best wines with meals, a cheese monger provides expert advice on artisan cheeses for recipes, banquets, and sources for restaurants. Some cheeses such as Maytag blue, Roquefort, Brie, bleu, camembert, gorgonzola, and Stilton are a few of the moldy reasons cheese lovers celebrate on this day.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think I might pass on this one.

What’s Going on Tomorrow? – 10/10/2019

I was talking to some friends of mine here in the backyard about how it would be better if we had a little warning about what was going on. After all, it’s a little difficult to celebrate ‘Stop Bullying Day’ if you don’t know about it until the day is over. And I, for one, would never forgive myself if I missed out on a good hunk of ‘moldy cheese’. How about you?

So as of today, I have revamped ‘On This Day’ to become….(drum roll please)… ‘What’s Going on Tomorrow?’

I hope you enjoy it.

Dad Joke of the Day:  A scarecrow told me, “This job may not be for everyone, but hay, it’s in my jeans.”

Quote of the Day: “Never take more than you need or give more than you can afford.”  

Today in History:   1973 – Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned from office and pleaded no contest to the charge of failing to report $29,500 in income while governor of Maryland.

Born on This Day: 1969 – Gulf Port, Mississippi – Brett Lorenzo Favre (pronounced Farv), a former American football quarterback. Favre began his career with the Atlanta Falcons where he played five plays, (two interceptions, two incomplete passes and an 11 yard sack). During the trade negotiations with the Green Bay Packers, Favre was diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis of the hip. A degenerative disease that should of ended his career. But Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf had faith in Favre’s ability to play and proceeded with the trade. Throughout the rest of his career, Favre became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, attempt 10000 passes and complete 6000 passes. Favre was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame and was selected to the Pro Bowl 11 times in his 20 year career. Talk about overcoming adversity.

Died on This Day: 1985 – George Orson Welles, American motion-picture actor, director, producer, and writer. Well known for his 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of the Worlds’ in which he caused wide spread panic among those listeners who believed they were hearing events about an alien invasion as they were really happening. Although several historians now believe that many of the stories of panic were false or overstated they still propelled him to national fame. Orson Wells went on to make 12 Hollywood movies, most notedly, ‘Citizen Kane’.

Curves Day – Launched in 2015, the second Wednesday of October is synonymous with National Curves Day. Created to recognize plus sized women and men across the country and stop ;body shaming’ while encouraging people to embrace all things plus positive. To get more information please visit http://www.NationalCurvesDay.com. So let’s get dress up in red before heading out the door to show some support to all those curvy bombshells and dapper bombers.

Handbags Day – Hand bags come in as many shapes and sizes as we have the imagination to create. From those so small they can fit in a pocket to ones large enough to carry everything you might need for a weekend getaway. National Handbag Day was created in 2012 to celebrate the ultimate fashion accessory. No matter what style you might prefer, just mix or match it with your best outfit and go have some fun.

Cake Decorating Day – If you’re anything like me, you’ve often oohed and awed over those fancy decorated cakes on the display shelf and secretly wished you possessed the talent to create something that resembled them. Well, you know what they say, “practice makes perfect”. In fact, many professional cake decorators started their careers as hobbyist and now, are so adept with the uses of icings and food coloring that their masterpieces sometimes rival those of Monet of Van Gough or magnificent feats of architecture that even Frank Lloyd Wright would envy.
Most cake decorating can be done with just 5 basic types of icing:
• Butter Cream – This soft and very spreadable icing is tasty and preferred by bakers. It’s made with sugar and either lard, butter, or margarine.
• Cream Cheese Frosting – By combining Butter Cream frosting and cream cheese, this rich and soft frosting pairs well with cupcakes and red velvet cake.
• Fondant – Made with gelatin, glycerine, shortening, and other ingredients, this sculptable and moldable frosting builds a variety of designs on cakes.
• Meringue – Egg whites, cold water, and granulated sugar beaten to a frothy consistency create a beautifully light and airy frosting. The final product may be served chilled or cooked to a crisp. This frosting often will be found on top of tarts or pies.
• Royal Icing – A paste-like frosting, Royal Icing dries to a hard shell. Made from egg whites, icing sugar, and lime juice, this icing readily accepts colors.
So get out your cake mix and icing, invite over a few friends and let’s get this day started with a theme decorated cake. Remember, if you have more cake left over and don’t know what to do with it, I may not be a good cake decorator but I am certainly a good cake eater. Or, you could just freeze it.