On October 2014

All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. (Thomas Wolfe)

October, the tenth month, but it was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar – after all, octo- means eight

For we in the northern hemisphere, October is about autumn, but to those south of the equator, they are enjoying the emergence of spring

In leap years, no month starts on the same day of the week as October, but during common years, only January does

October ends the same day of the week as February every year, but only January does in common years

October’s moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon

Flower: Calendula, Birthstone: Opal, and the Zodiac signs: Libra (until October 22) & Scorpio (October 23 and beyond)

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Sometime in October, all the four major professional sports leagues in North America are playing

Slavs call it “yellow month” because of the colors of leaves, but the Anglo-Saxons refer to October as “Winterfylleth” because at winter begins with this full moon … yet the Germanic use “Wein-mond” for wine month

Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair

Some movies with October in the title: October Sky, Hunt for Red October,
The October Man, First Monday in October, The Hunt for Red October, Mr. October, October Sky, and October

Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills? (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

October is the month to increase awareness for AIDS, Antidepression Death, Blindness, Breast Cancer, Caffeine Addiction Recovery, Domestic Violence, Down Syndrome, Emotional Intelligence, Dyslexia, Eye Injury Prevention, Fair Trade, Global Diversity, Audiology, Chiropractic Health, Critical Illness, Cyber Security, Disabilities Employment, Depression Education, Ergonomics, Liver, Orthodontic Health, Spina Bifida, Substance Abuse, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Work & Family, Rett Syndrome, Workplace Politics, Menopause, and Squirrels

October is the month to celebrate American Cheese, Pharmacists, Apples, Children Magazines, Church Libraries, Class Reunions, Country Music, Eat Better – Eat Together, LGBT History, Free Thought, Books, Bake & Decorate, Arts & Humanity, Medical Libraries, Right Brainers, Spinach Lovers, Cosmetology, Photographers, and Stamp Collecting

October is the month to promote Adopt a Dog, Black Speculative Fiction, Bully Prevention, Bilingual Children, Church Safety & Security, Co-op Awareness, Energy Management for Families, Halloween Safety, Health Literacy, Home Eye Safety, Strategic Planning, Walking to School, Intergenerations, Long-Term Care Planning, Animal Safety & Protection, Crime Prevention, Dental Hygiene, Family Sexuality Education, Kitchen & Baths, Hearing Protection, Gourmet Adventures, Car Care, Tackling Hunger, Window Covering Safety, Organizing Your Medical Info, Self Promotion, Reading Groups, and Toilet Tank Repair

October is the month to appreciate bats, caramel, chili, cookbooks, field trips, popcorn, pork, roller skating, seafood, pizza, sausage, pretzels, desserts, apples, pickled peppers, tomatoes, cookies, and pasta

October is the month to Embrace Positive Attitude, Vegetarians, Family History, Hispanic heritage, German-American heritage, Polish-American heritage, and Italian-American heritage (yea me – Do any of these apply to you?)

October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Every green thin loves to die in bright colors. (Henry Ward Beecher)

On a Popping Monday

While a new week starts, some in the USA start with week with a holiday. How was your weekend?

Ours served as a getaway from some hectic times. Along with snow, Friday brought us two inspectors. Even with that, our weekend included ballroom dancing, a live production of Sound of Music, dinner, visiting family, and a few other things … and Saturday night’s snow fall cancelled a ballroom event!

My week starts with a slice of unknown because I’m unsure about the number of posts publish – but, I hope to conclude Time: The Musical with a prologue that will offer choices.

Upcoming celebrations for your calendar!

  • (Week) No Name Calling Week, Handwriting Analysis Week, Hunt for Happiness Week, Clean Out Your Inbox Week, Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week, Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice Week
  • (Mon) Penguin Awareness Day, Disc Jockey Day, Camcorder Day, Butter Crunch Day
  • (Tues) Squirrel Appreciation Day, Compliment Day, Rid the Word of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day, Granola Bar Day
  • (Wed) Blonde Brownie Day, Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • (Thurs) Rhubarb Pie Day, Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day, Pie Day, Measure Your Feet Day, Lichtenstein’s Foundation Day

Let’s use the Muppets to start the week. This is very timely because Sunday was Popcorn Day. Did you celebrate? Enjoy and have a good week!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 207

On Politics
Gov. Christie (R-NJ) is doing his best to dodge the Bridgegate bullets. Although I’m currently giving him the benefit of the doubt, he is directly responsible for setting the tone for his office … and that is one of the things bothering me about this situation.

Interesting how numerous Republicans are defending Gov. Christie by using Benghazi, which actually has nothing to do with the issue.

Here’s an interesting article about how the Affordable Care Act is affecting Congressional staff.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
English professor suddenly realizes student will believe literally anything she says
Pilot tells passengers he’s about to try something
Shy man narrowly evades free sample
Peewee hockey player wishes dad cared enough to fight at games
Vacationing man excited to try fast food franchise not found in hometown
Unemployed, miserable man still remembers teacher who made him fall in love with writing

Interesting Reads
Some economic myths
Pompeii and religion
For pet lovers: one for cat lovers, and one for dog lovers
The acquisition of California
Creating motion by clicking fast
Secret bid and the Hopi artifacts
The Onion’s tips for getting pregnant

On Potpourri
Short OITS and I haven’t been making my normal rounds – can you tell that my efforts are elsewhere at the moment?

Given the current craziness in at this end, I figure it’s a week-to-week situation. Therefore, I probably won’t post each day next week.

Here are your weekend celebrations

  • (Fri) Fetish Day, Hot Buttered Rum Day, Hot Heads Chili Day, Cable Car Day, Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day
  • (Sat) Winnie the Pooh Day, Bald Eagle Appreciation Weekend, Thesaurus Day, Peking Duck Day
  • (Sun) Popcorn Day, Tin Can Day, Whisper “I Love You” Day, Brew a Potion Day

Let’s use an instrumental hit from 1972 to send everyone into the weekend, which also is very fitting for a Sunday celebration.  Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On an October Return

Greetings everyone! Yep, I’m back to being live.

Special thanks to all who visited and commented on the flashbacks during my blog break. It’s probably too ambitious, but I would love to respond to all the comments. Of course, I must also get back to visiting your fabulous blogs.

A new month upon us means new celebrations. Month-long gastrointestinal celebrations for October include American cheese, apples, country ham, caramel, popcorn, pears, pineapples, pizza, rhizomes, persimmons, sausage, spinach, chili, cookies, pork, pretzels, pasta, and seafood.

Other celebrations for the entire month include squirrel awareness, dwarfism awareness, toilet tank repair, roller skating, liver awareness, Italian-Americans, Polish-Americans, German-Americans, feral hogs, and caffeine addiction recovery.

Just so you know, this is Get Organized Week and Pickled Peppers Week. Daily observances included

  • (Tues) Vegetarian Day
  • (Wed) Name Your Car Day, Balloons Around the World Day, Farm Animals Day
  • (Thurs) Butterfly Day, Techies Day

Here’s an animal treat for a belated-started to the week.

Flashbacks: A Potpourri

(24th) I organized this series involving my Flashbacks around specialized topic; however, real life as us encountering multiple topics all at once. Here’s a potpourri of posts. Enjoy, visit as many as you want, and I hope you comment on the post you visited.