May 2016 archive

May 30

Bill

Tom’s youngest brother, Bill, died, which was a major shock to all of us.  He’d had Polycystic Kidney Disease and decided to go for a kidney transplant.   William T. O’Connor (January 19, 1949 – May 29, 2016) Send Sympathy Gifts Guest Book | Sign Guest Book | Send Private Condolences | Send Sympathy Card …

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May 30

Memorial Day 2016

Thanks, Grandpa…  You weren’t American, but you fought valiantly for the cause overseas.   I never met my grandfather.  He had died in Peshawar, India, fighting for the Black Watch during World War l.  Peshawar was on the northern frontier of British India, near the Khyber Pass. In 1947, Peshawar became part of the newly …

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May 25

Happy National Tap Dance Day!

  Another of the Who Knew?-type posts. It’s National Tap Dance Day.  When I was a little kid, I took the “required” ballet and tap classes for a year.  My mom has a picture of me in my tutu and one in my majorette costume for the tap recital.  I imagine I only took for the year …

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May 25

Don’t Forget Your Towel Today!

Each year, May 25 is Towel Day.  Do you know why? Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, to demonstrate their appreciation for …

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May 24

Can you Steal a Free Book?

  From Book Riot Little Free Libraries are pure literary generosity. These charming book exchanges, which stand in front yards across the country (and around the world), are typically self-sustaining. Neighbors take a book when they see something they like, and donate a book when they have one to share. Through this cyclical system, Little …

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May 24

Mark Your Calendars!

  Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans.

May 24

That TV Show

  When I was a young woman, I just loved That Girl.  I’d rush home from school to watch.  Later, several of us would watch in the common room of our dorm at college. Over the years, I’ve owned video tapes, DVDs.  My mom bought me an episode guide for Christmas one year – which …

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May 23

See A Penny, Pick It Up…

    See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck. When you are out and about today, look on the ground for pennies. It just might be your lucky day! My mom is forever picking up pennies – or anything that’s cash-looking.  She’s made a record over the years of …

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May 16

Who Knew?

Today is National Biographer’s Day!     National Biographer’s Day commemorates the anniversary of the first meeting of Samuel Johnson and his biographer James Boswell in London, England on May 16, 1763, and honors all biographers. A biography is a written account of another person’s life. Famous poet, essayist, literary critic, editor and lexicographer, Johnson …

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May 13

I Almost Forgot…

  Though folklorists claim there is no written evidence for the superstition before the nineteenth century, the date has long been connected to notorious events in history and religion. According to Roman Catholic belief, one of the most significant events in their religion and many others – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – took place …

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