- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- AWKWARD PHOTO OF THE DAY
- TWEET TREATS
- DID YOU KNOW...?
- DOG CONFESSIONS
- DOG HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
- GARDEN UPDATE
- LAUGH & BE HAPPY
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD?
|I always salute a neighbor by lifting up my shirt, sticking out my belly and screaming incoherently at the top of my lungs @IAmEnidColeslaw|
Today is Columbus Day, which is sometimes referred to as "Discoverer's Day".
Some key facts (in case you forgot them since grade school):
- Columbus discovered America in 1492. He originally set sail on August 3, 1492, but had trouble with the ships, stopping at the Canary Islands for a month. The ships left the Canary Islands on September 3,1492.
- He travelled with three ships: The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria
- While Columbus was an Italian, he could not find funding in Italy, so he turned to the King of Spain. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella provided the funding.
- Christopher Columbus did not land on the U.S. mainland. He landed on an island in the Caribbean. While many believe he landed on San Salvador, there is still debate on which island he originally landed on.
DOG HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Today I finally got around to making the firestarters. My trick of using small waxed Dixie cups was a big hit. I filled them with my old potpourri and juniper acorns and bark. They will smell amazing when they are lit. Then I just melted the wax and filled them up!
That song, which begins "Put another candle on my birthday cake" and ends "I'm another year old today" -- in between there was "pie and sandwiches and chocolate ice cream, too" -- is one of the few things in this world I know by heart. ("The Birthday Cake Polka" is its name, though that never came up at the time.) He also showed us a starred checklist of good behavior for daily review. He was a sheriff, after all.
Sheriff John, Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and their kind is gone now, because commercial local television, except for the news and the news-lite, no longer exists; only public-access cable and some non-commercial public broadcasters carry that flag now. It is all cartoons and sitcoms in kiddieland now; some of them are excellent. But they are a world apart from the person on TV who knows it is your birthday, and says your name.
We remember Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo and Sheriff John -- human beings who looked you straight in the camera's eye -- the way we remember favorite old teachers. Indeed, a show like Sheriff John, which began each day with the Pledge of Allegiance, was a kind of rehearsal for going to school.
Rovick had a long, open face, with soft eyes and ears that stuck out a little -- it was a kid's face, in a way, trusting and trustworthy. As a sheriff, he was no Old West gunslinger but a New West ranger, rather, a civil servant, in a white Stetson, crisp khakis and a necktie, easygoing but authoritative. He was a man with a bulletin board. I imagined his "wood-paneled" office being not too far out of town, where the houses got farther apart and the fields still held their ground.
And out of town was not too far, then. He was a neighbor. He might come to your school, to your supermarket.
With nearly two decades wearing the hat and the badge, he belonged to more generations than mine. Indeed, by the time I can remember watching him, he was halfway through his run. After "Lunch Brigade" and "Cartoon Time" were canceled in 1970, he stayed on at KTTV for another 11 years as a staff announcer.
He was a mentor, a happy smile and lived his personal life adhering to his favorite song, "Laugh & Be Happy and the world will smile with you"... a voice that continued to sound like home to us who remember him and looked forward to sharing our day with him. At age 93 he went on to his much deserved reward, probably with his boots up on the desk in heaven, running law enforcement in the clouds.
1869 President Grant announces the death of former President Pierce
1888 The Washington Monument officially opens to the public
1936 Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles
1944 Churchill and Stalin confer
1963 Landslide kills thousands in Italy
1967 Professional revolutionary "Che" Guevara is executed in Bolivia
1969 National Guard breaks up anti-war protests
1974 Hero Oskar Schindler dies
1975 Sakharov wins Peace Prize
1976 Disco/Classical hybrid "A Fifth Of Beethoven" is the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts
2004 Afghanis vote in a democratic election for the first time
2012 TV Kids Hero, Sheriff John dies at age 93