Be An Angel Day, Eat A Peach Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
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:

Angel Cloud

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:

Captain Cook

♥~ 1770 – Captain James Cook, having landed at Australia, claimed it for the British Crown.  Click for more fascinating facts about Captain Cook

♥~ 1865 – William Sheppard of New York City patented liquid soap.

♥~ 1938 – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared, dancing, on the cover of LIFE magazine, published on this day.

♥~ 1984 – The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in Westmoreland, PA. Over 11 million of the economical cars had been produced.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 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;

♥~ 1940 – Valerie Harper Emmy Award-winning actress: Rhoda [1974-75], The Mary Tyler Moore Show, City, Valerie

♥~ 1947 – Cindy Williams actress: Laverne & Shirley, Normal Life, Getting By, The Funny Side, American Graffiti, Rude Awakening

♥~ 1963 – Tori Amos singer: Little Earthquakes, Crucify, Cloud on My Tongue, Hey Jupiter, Horses, Liquid Diamonds, Bells for Her, 1,000 Oceans, Spark, Cruel

★~ 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.


12 thoughts on “Be An Angel Day, Eat A Peach Day

  1. Morno,
    Not a stretch for me to be an Angel; I’m on to god’s work. Afternoon snack peach tart from the bakery.
    Dorothy Park was a character.
    Looks like a lot of food. Good food.
    P.S. My sister was a Cassidy fan, I always thought he was a loser, guess I win. Have to make a phone call.

    • Angels do not torture their sisters. Taking a peach tart to the office however makes up for a lot.
      It was good food!

  2. Good Morno,
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day 😀 . Love peach anything. I’ve been touched by angel a time or two and try to pass it on.
    David Cassidy? He has not aged well. What happened to that poster boy I hung on my teen bedroom wall?
    Happy day!

    • I know, right? DC is a mess. Poster boy for not drinking and driving now.
      Playing angel is kind of fun, isn’t it?

  3. i try to do angelic deeds daily. hit or miss!
    what a breakfast spread this morning! what’s it like to have pork chops or steak for the 1st meal of the day?
    i like peaches. not much for peach anything else though.
    liquid soap b. 1865? wow.
    dorothy parker was a hoot! *the housekeeper*!
    krazy kat & ignatz had quite the impressive readership!
    good day!

    • I’m usually hungry in the morning so ideally I would eat big before 8am and popcorn for dinner. Not sure what inspired this morno’s feast other than I had defrosted some pork chops and needed to think about using them. Love Dorothy’s wit and I’m not usually a fan of sarcasm.
      No peach cobbler? peach turn overs. Does Nik like blueberries, I have a camper that eats blueberries and yogurt with a side of kibble for breakfast.

  4. Phew – I’ve just caught up on over a week’s worth of emails and el Morno’s. Not sure how I fell behind – I’ve been at sixes and sevens since I finished the Bar. Problem is I’m not sure what my new normal is going to be yet. The prior four years my focus was law school. The four years before that was getting Ben through high school and off to college. Have to come up with a new plan for my next four years I guess.

    I had a nectarine this morning. Does that count toward peach day? I really don’t care for even the feel of the fuzzy skin – like nails on a chalk board for me.

    • Medical school? All in good time, all in good time. Sometimes I fear my in box like it’s a rattle snake. Even good news is bad news because I have to do something with it. Setting a timer usually helps and I often continue after the timer chimes. Bet all your free time feels both overwhelming and wonderful.
      Yes, a nectarine counts. Peach cobbler?

  5. I love fresh peaches, but please don’t heat them for me — no peach pies, no cobblers, etc.
    I was too busy with LIFE to even turn on my laptop yesterday. Felt pretty good for a change, but now I must play catch up.
    I saw that photo of David Cassidy in our paper and thought the same thing — some folks, even teen heart throbs, don’t age well!

    • Glad we caught up. When Odd migrated yesterday it left behind yesterday’s El Morno. It is always something isn’t it?
      Cole and I are leaving Vickie in charge of camp and heading to Dearborn, Michigan to experience the American Auto industry. We will leave at the crack of dawn and just spend the day, but still I’ll take a day where I can get it. LIFE IS GOOD.

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