Ridley's Believe It Or Not—October 17, 2014: The weekend is almost upon us which means on Saturday and Sunday you have to go to my blogs to receive these gems. Hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and the quote from Joseph Wresinki, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to a plate of your favorite pasta, blessed with a positive attitude, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.
1. Edge Day—celebrating since 1999 dancing on the straight edge with hard rock and moshing (slam dancing)—definitely not a dance floor for the baby boomers in Social Security mode.
2. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—first observed in Paris in 1987 when 100,000 gathered to honor the victims of hunger, poverty, disease and fear—great idea that gets lost in the fog when entrepreneurship and capitalism get attacked as the cause of poverty.
3. Black Poetry Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1771 of Jupiter Hammond, the first African American to publish his own verse and expanded today to honor the contributions of African Americans to our literary culture.
4. Mulligan Day—celebrating the fact that everyone not just those on the golf course deserve a second chance, a “do-over”.
5. National Pasta Day—celebrating a great way to get your carbs especially in the form of linguine with clams in a white sauce with plenty of garlic.
On this day in
a. 1881 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the optical phonograph (movie).
b. 1931 Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentence to serve 11 years.
c. 1933 Albert Einstein correctly perceiving the future of the Nazis fled Germany to emigrate to the U.S.
d. 1973 in a wake up call as to why we need the Keystone Pipeline OPEC commenced an embargo on the U.S. for its support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
Reflections on International Day for Eradication of Poverty: “Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” –Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of ATD Fourth World Amen to that but the discussion is always in the details of how to achieve it.
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