Monday, October 15, 2018
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH., 2018
LOOK UP ENDANGERED SPECIES!
October 16th., for those of you who don't
already know, is "Dictionary Day."
The date is actually a tribute to Noah
Webster who was born on October 16th.,
1758. He's considered to be the Father of
the American dictionary.
I'll bet a lot of you, somewhere in your
past, had questions about how to spell a
particular word. Chances are somebody,
probably your teacher, told you to "look it
up in the dictionary."
If you're like me your response, at least
in a stage whisper, was "how can I look it
up when I can't spell it!" Accidentally or
not I usually found what I needed after a
lot of lost time searching..
Today we're typing on laptops. If we
misspell a word it's automatically underlined
in red and a list of words similar to the one
you typed shows up on your screen so you
can correct your error. It's not perfect. The
automatic spell check still can't determine
if you meant to type to, too, or two.
Checking a definition is as simple as
entering the word in question in the
"Search line" of your computer and
it, along with all options pop up for you
It seems the dictionary we're "celebrating"
today is on the endangered species list. It like
the encyclopedia may be facing practical
extinction! You'll still find them but will
anybody actually use one?
I can almost picture the expression on some
of my teacher's faces if I could go back and
tell them about this. On the other hand they'd
probably just send me to the dictionary to
lookup "Laptop" and "Spell Check!"
Hope you keep a dictionary around,
just in case, and that all your NEWS is
Sunday, October 14, 2018
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15TH., 2018
OSCAR AND THE OTHERS!
It's October 15th. A day set aside
to honor......well maybe not honor,
but at least take note of an individual
or individuals we all know and.........
well......we all know.
This is National Grouch Day!
Judging from the posts I see on
Facebook every day a lot of people
will be celebrating!
A Grouch's mission in life is to be
as miserable and grouchy as possible,
and pass that feeling on to everyone else!
I'm not sure if the trait has to be learned
or just comes natural to some folks. I do
know a few people who seem to work very
hard to maintain their "Grouch status!"
According to one website the day was
created for and inspired by Alan Miller, a
retired teacher and chairman of the board
of NAG, (National Association of Grouches).
I don't know how we're suppose
to celebrate this day. Maybe we just
congratulate the grouches we know?
Of course you'll want to be careful if
one happens to be your boss!
Hope no one congratulates you....and
that all your NEWS is good!
Saturday, October 13, 2018
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH., 2018
LET'S GIVE A ROUSING CHEER!
I always liked cheerleaders. I think
most of us do. On Saturday there were
cheerleaders all over the place!!!!
They turned out in Exeter for a
big competition. And it was worth
Usually the weekly football games
have everybody watching the players, from
Midget Football to the Pros, as they battle
their opponents to gain ten yards at a time
and, hopefully, a touchdown or two.
The cheerleaders are there too, in
the same hot or cold weather, trying to
get spectators to follow their routines
as they support their respective teams.
You might remember a cheer or two but
have you every really noticed the physical
effort and precision these kids offer as
they stand along the sidelines?
One Saturday the cheerleaders were
the only focus of attention. There were plenty
of teams on the field but no football players.
Saturday was a day devoted to the
cheerleaders as they competed before a
panel of judges ruling on the quality of
their cheers and even their dance steps
when those cheers were performed to
They came in all ages and sizes
representing separate squads that show
up to cheer on football teams in various
age brackets as well.
One had to be impressed with the
quality of the efforts show to those
Prizes were awarded for the best
efforts but, in reality, all of these young
cheerleaders are winners. Next time you're
at a game give them a round of applause!
They truly deserve it!
Hope you'll cheer along too and
that all your NEWS is good!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH., 2018
Cell phones are, in principal, a great
thing for society. It's great to be able to
reach almost anyone else from where
ever you happen to be by voice or by
That said they can also be a very
big pain in so many ways! You know
the laundry list. Driving while calling
or texting. Lighting up an otherwise
dark auditorium during a play or
concert. Or getting your picture taken,
like it or not, when you're out and about.
Now there's a new concern!
Even though my cell phone number
does not appear in any telephone book
I am now receiving calls for some
company that is certain I need a back
I will admit my knees ache from
time to time and that probably does
cause some amount of back pain. But
how do these callers know about my
knees or my back? And how did they
get my cellphone number?
Since minutes cost money I'm
beginning to think they may actually
be a phone company trying to rack up
my bill by hoping to keep me on the
My land line (yes I still have
one) is on a Do Not Call List. I guess
I'll have to add my cell number as
well. The list doesn't seem to stop
all the calls but I think it may be
reducing the number we get.
If I can't stop the cell phone
solicitations I may order a brace for
the pain in my neck they've become!
Hope your back is well and that
all your NEWS is good!
Thursday, October 11, 2018
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH., 2018
READ THIS ONE OVER...EASY!
Welcome to October 12th! Many know
the date as the actual Columbus Day. But
it also happens to be "World Egg Day!"
I'm not trying to scramble your mind!
The second Friday in October was officially
designated as World Egg Day in 1996 at a
conference in Vienna.
The organization conducting the
conference was the IEC. That's the
International Egg Commission.
Somehow I've lived three quarters
of a century without ever knowing there
is an International Egg Commission! I
should probably be fried for that!
Anyway the day was established to
celebrate the egg and its value to nutrition
around the world!
A number of countries have special
events planned for the day and, in some cases,
an entire week of celebration. In Canada, for
instance, farmers will be in markets throughout
the country answering questions about egg
production. India is distributing 3 million
boiled eggs to school children for World
Don't stay in your shell! Join in the
observance by enjoying or even sharing some
Hope you'll keep your sunny side up an
that all your NEWS is good.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH., 2018
REMEMBERING THE GENERAL!
This is a holiday that could easily be missed.
In fact I'll bet there are a lot of you who weren't
even planning a celebration today!
General Pulaski Memorial Day is a U.S.
holiday honoring General Kazimierz
Pulaski. a Polish hero of the American
Revolution! And it's official! The observance
was established by Congress in 1929 and has
been proclaimed every year since by the
There's a village in upstate New York
names for the General, a Skyway in New
Jersey and, I think, a street in Nanticoke!
And while the day itself is dedicated to
Pulaski's memory it is also intended as a
time to recognize all of those of Polish
heritage and their contributions to our
I don't have a list of those individuals
or contributions but anybody who brought
kielbasa to the U.S. is OK in my book!!!!
Hope you'll join in the celebration and
that all your NEWS is good!
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH., 2018
I FOUND HARVEY!!!!!
We were returning from our Travelworld
Tour to Montreal. Our route included a stop
at Saratoga Springs, New York. This small
community is already famous for its Mineral
Springs. Revolutionary War Battlefield, and
Saratoga Race Course. But who would have
ever believed I'd find Harvey here!
For those of you who don't know, and that
probably means you're a kid, Harvey is a
A Pooka ( or Phouka, Phooca, or Puka)
is a creature of Celtic mythology often
considered to bring good fortune. It can appear
as an animal such as a cow, or dog or goat.
But most of us old timers remember the Pooka
that appeared to Jimmy Stewart as a tall rabbit
in the movie "Harvey" in 1950. As the title
suggests that Pooka was named Harvey.
Our search for a restaurant in Saratoga
Springs brought us to a place called "Harvey's."
This pleasant bar/restaurant had fantastic food,
a great staff, and there, on the wall, the
unmistakable shadow of a 6 foot tall rabbit!
It was Harvey!
I'm not sure if everybody can see him.
He only appeared to Jimmy Stewart in the
movie. But Leona and I saw him. Even before
we had our brews! And finding this place was
certainly good fortune for us!
I was so impressed I bought a T Shirt which
includes the legend of the Pooka and an
image of a large rabbit as well!
Hope it brings me luck and that all your
NEWS is good!