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August 22, 2013
★~ Todays Quote: The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. ~Eric Honeycutt
★~ Be An Angel Day:
Every act of generosity can make a difference. Be someones angel today.
★~ Eat a peach Day:
Originally cultivated in China and once the fruit of the emperors, peaches were revered for bestowing good health and prosperity to all who ate them. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but, if the legend is true, peach eaters live long and prosper!
Pick the perfect peach by GENTLY laying your palm around the fruit to feel whether it is firm or soft. DO NOT squeeze with your fingers and thumbs.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1938 – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared, dancing, on the cover of LIFE magazine, published on this day.
♥~ 1880 – George Herriman cartoonist: comic strips: Krazy Kat, and Ignatz, A strip about a cat named Krazy who is in love with its tormentor, a mouse named Ignatz Mouse whose favorite activity is to throw bricks at Krazy Kat, which Krazy Kat interprets as a sign of affection. The police dog, Offissa Bull Pupp, wants to win over Krazy Kat, so he is constantly finding and jailing Ignatz Mouse. Krazy Kat counted among its fans Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Jack Kerouac, and Charles Schulz.
♥~1890 – Claude Debussy compositions are considered a seminal force in the music of the 20th century. He developed a system of harmony and musical structure that has been compared to the work of Impressionist and Symbolist painters. His style was reflected in his best known quote: “Music is the space between the notes.” Google is celebrating his birthday with with an animated doodle set to one of his best-known pieces, Clair de lune (Moonlight).
♥~ 1893 – Dorothy Parker (Rothschild) author: News Item: Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses; Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, Death and Taxes, Here Lies; New Yorker columnist;
♥~ 1947 – Cindy Williams actress: Laverne & Shirley, Normal Life, Getting By, The Funny Side, American Graffiti, Rude Awakening
★~ Good to Know:
♥~ Parker was born at her parents’ beach cottage in Long Branch, New Jersey, 120 years ago today. She liked to say they rushed back to Manhattan after Labor Day so she could be a “true” New Yorker.
♥~ Her mother died when she was just four; her father remarried two years later. Dorothy was not a fan of her stepmother and refused to call her anything but “the housekeeper.” Ouch.
♥~ She married the same man, Alan Campbell, twice. They were great writing partners, but there relationship might have only been on paper – she often referred to him as “queer as a billy goat.”
♥~ Dorothy was known for her sarcastic quips and biting observations, but she also wrote some rather treacle-y stuff: she was an uncredited screenwriter for It’s a Wonderful Life and wrote lyrics for the Bing Crosby song “I Wished on the Moon.”
♥~ Her uncle, Martin Rothschild, went down with the Titanic in 1912.
♥~ She wrote book reviews for The New Yorker under the pseudonym “Constant Reader.” She hated Winnie the Pooh and wrote of The House on Pooh Corner, “Tonstant Weader Fwowed up.”
♥~ When she died in 1967, she left her entire estate to the Martin Luther King, Jr., foundation, and then to the NAACP when the Dr. was assassinated.
♥~ She left her ashes, , to playwright Lillian Hellman, who never bothered to collect them. They went unclaimed for years and were passed around rather unceremoniously, spending about 17 years in her lawyer’s filing cabinet. The NAACP finally claimed what was left of Ms. Parker and erected a memorial garden in her honor. Her epitaph: “Excuse my dust.”
♥~ There’s no shortage of Dorothy Parker quotes, but a few of the most quoted: “I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.”
And now sad, sad news….David Cassidy Charged with Felony DWI. My Facebook friend Carolee said it best, “The arresting officer was Tom Jones, you can’t make this stuff up!” Sigh.
The reason EL Morno is late…well I woke up and decided to cook. Eggs, 6 pork chops, popovers, bacon. Strawberries and whip cream for the popovers. I don’t cook often, but when I do….
Now, I have the urge to plow a few fields, herd some cattle, and shear the sheep.
Go forth and have a terrific Thursday.