June 19, 2014

We’ve got the most prosperous culture in human history and we’ve also got the biggest spiritual hole in human history. – Mark Victor Hansen


170th day of 2014 with 195 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*World Sauntering Day

*World Sickle Cell Day

*Juneteenth (commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States)



  • 1623 Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, mathematician and philosopher (study of fluids, clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli)
  • 1795 James Braid, Scotland, physician and surgeon (pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy)
  • 1834 Charles Spurgeon, preacher and author (called “Prince of Preachers”, special collection of Spurgeon’s handwritten sermon notes from 1879–1891 located at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama)
  • 1877 Charles Coburn, Macon, Georgia, actor (The More the Merrier, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Green Years, Kings Row, Heaven Can Wait, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
  • 1897 Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, London, chemist (Nobel / mechanism of chemical reactions)
  • 1897 Moe Howard, Brooklyn, New York, actor (leader of The Three Stooges)
  • 1902 Guy Lombardo, Ontario, Canada, bandleader and violinist (The Royal Canadians)
  • 1903 Lou Gehrig, baseball first basemen for the New York Yankees (nicknamed ‘The Iron Horse’, stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 36 – now commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • 1906 Sir Ernst Boris Chain, Berlin, German-born biochemist (Nobel / work on penicillin)
  • 1910 Paul Flory, Sterling, Illinois, chemist (Nobel / work in the field of polymers, or macromolecules)
  • 1914 Lester Flatt, Overton County, Tennessee, bluegrass musician (Flatt and Scruggs duo)
  • 1915 Pat Buttram, Addson, Alabama, actor (sidekick of Gene Autrey, Mr. Haney on Green Acres)
  • 1922 Aage Bohr, Copenhagen, Danish physicist (Nobel / Geometry of atomic nuclei )
  • 1930 Gena Rowlands, Madison, Wisconsin, actress (A Woman Under the Influence, Gloria, An Early Frost, The Betty Ford Story, Hope Floats, The Notebook, The Skeleton Key)
  • 1948 Phylicia Rashad, Houston, Texas, actress (Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, A Raisin in the Sun)
  • 1954 Kathleen Turner, Springfield, Missouri, actress (Body Heat, Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, Serial Mom, Prizzi’s Honor, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, V.I. Warshawski)
  • 1956 Doug Stone, Newnan, Georgia, singer (“I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box))
  • 1962 Paula Abdul, San Fernando, California, singer, actress (American Idol, Live to Dance, The X Factor)
  • 1972 Robin Tunney, Chicago, Illinois, actress (Prison Break, The Mentalist)
  • 1976 Ryan Hurst, Santa Monica, California, actor (Remember the Titans, Sons of Anarchy, King & Maxwell)
  • 1978 Zoe Saldana, Passaic, New Jersey, actress (Pirates of the Caribbean, Uhura in new Star Trek timeline, Avatar)
  • 1984 Paul Dano, New York, NY, actor (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Cowboys & Aliens, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave)


“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi


  • 1306 The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.
  • 1586 English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in North America.
  • 1770 Emanuel Swedenborg reports the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion.
  • 1846 First officially recorded, organized baseball match is played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.
  • 1850 Princess Louise of the Netherlands marries Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1862 The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.
  • 1865 Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.
  • 1910 The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
  • 1913 Natives’ Land Act in South Africa implemented.
  • 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.
  • 1978 Garfield comic strip makes it debut, ends up, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.
  • 1990 The current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, is ratified for the first time by Norway.
  • 1991 The Soviet occupation of Hungary ends.
  • 1999 Wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones.


Dianne had forgotten to buy the bottle of wine she had promised to bring to the dinner party. She called a neighbor to see if she could have one of his, with a promise to replace it later. He wasn’t home, but Dianne had his house keys – for they often watched each other’s homes – so she let herself in and chose an attractive bottle from his wine rack.

The host and guests at the party praised Dianne’s choice of wine, and she managed to carefully remove the label from the bottle before she left the party so she could get the same kind for the replacement.

The local liquor store didn’t carry that brand, but referred Dianne to another, more exclusive store, and they were delighted to sell her the replacement bottle … for $98!

Dianne’s neighbor returned home Sunday evening and Dianne took him the replacement bottle, thanking the man and praising his fine taste in wine. He proudly told her that he had bottled the vintage himself, from a homemade recipe … he had found the wine bottle in a recycle bin and was attracted to its pretty label!


Question: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: 0 … the light bulb has to want to change.


My husband works in the fuels squadron at an Air Force base, and many of his co-workers complain about the superior attitude of the pilots.

One day the fuel guys decided to put things in perspective for the proud pilots. They all came to work wearing shirts inscribed, “Without fuel, pilots are pedestrians.”


ONE-LINERS: Random Thoughts. . .
~ What are imitation rhinestones?
~ Who came up with the word why? And why?
~ Zen Crafters: Total enlightenment in about an hour!
~ Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?
~ The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
~ If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
~ Actually, the alphabet isn’t really in that order at all. We’ve been duped.
~ I have a mind like a steel trap — rusty and illegal in thirty-seven states.
~ If you think of a color that does not exist, is it a pigment of your imagination?
~ Sponges grow in the ocean. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.

Two guys were discussing life in general over drinks one night.

“My grandfather lived to be 96.”

“Ninety-six? What finally got him?”

“Liquor and women.”

“Well, that just goes to show ya,” snickered the one guy, “both will get you in the end.”

“Well actually, no, it’s not what ya think. Towards the end, Grandpa couldn’t get either, so he just laid down and died.”


pic of the day: Mockingbird on Leatherleaf Mahonia



An actor of German descent was stranded far up in a wild country when his touring company went broke. This was in the days when performers were generally regarded as criminals to be shunned, not as celebrities to be shined up to, and he found neither supper nor shelter as penniless and pathetically he wandered the lonesome roads.

Finally, however, he came upon a lioness playing with her cubs outside their den. Assuming his most pitiable air, he approached the matriarch and inquired in the most ingratiating of tones, “Mother, can you lair a mime?”

Alas, his accent betrayed his origins, and with a great roar the lioness sprang at him. The terrified thespian barely scuttled away with his life.

One of the cubs asked, “Why did you do that, Mommy? He seemed nice.”

The mother drew herself up to her full moral height & said, “A Hun is the lowest form of roomer.”

My Grandfather was one of the wisest men I ever knew. I still remember his only advice to me concerning women.

“Ray,” he said, “Trust me on this one, even if you do eventually understand women, you’ll never believe it anyway.”


An idiot decides to start up a chicken farm, so he buys a hundred chickens to get up and running.

A month later he returns to the dealer to get another hundred chickens because the first lot had died.

Another month passes and he’s back at the dealers for another hundred chickens, “I think I know where I’m going wrong” he tells the dealer,

“I think I’m planting them too deep.”


Two drunk men were out bird-hunting. Suddenly, one of them said, “Hey! I see two birds!”

“Well, shoot then,”said the other man.

“But which one do I shoot?”

“Hmm…take another drink,”the other man said, handing him the bottle.

“Hey! Now I see three!”exclaimed the man.

“Good. Shoot the one in the middle.”

QUIP OF THE DAY: The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. – Mark Russell


Thought for the day. . .
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli

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