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June 16th

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. – W. Clement Stone


167th day of the year (168th in leap years) with 198 days to follow.

Holidays for Today:
~ Fresh Veggies Day
~ National Fudge Day
~ International Day of the African Child


  • 1738 Mary Katherine Goddard, Connecticut, publisher (1st to print Declaration of Independence with signatories) & 1st American postmistress
  • 1829 Geronimo, Bedonkohe Apache leader (fought against Mexico and Texas during the Apache Wars)
  • 1895 Stan Laurel, British-American comedian (Laurel & Hardy)
  • 1896 Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins), Norfolk, Virginia, author science-fiction (invented parallel universe stories, e.g. Sidewise in Time), inventor (front projection process used in special effects)
  • 1917 Irving Penn, Plainfield, New Jersey, photographer (fashion, portraits, still life); Vogue magazine, etc.
  • 1920 John Howard Griffin, Dallas, Texas, photographer/author (Black Like Me)
  • 1934 Bill Cobbs, Cleveland, Ohio, actor (Decoration Day, The Bodyguard, Demolition Man, Air Bud, Hope Floats, Night at the Museum, Get Low, Dear Secret Santa)
  • 1937 Erich Segal, Brooklyn, New York, author (Love Story, Oliver’s Story)
  • 1938 Joyce Carol Oates, Lockport, New York, novelist (Garden of Earthly Delights, them, We Were The Mulvaneys, The Accursed, Carthage)
  • 1939 Billy “Crash” Craddock, Greensboro, North Carolina, singer ( country and rockabilly)
  • 1943 Joan Van Ark, New York City, New York, actress (Temperatures Rising, We’ve Got Each Other, Spider-Woman, Dallas, Knot’s Landing, The Young and the Restless)
  • 1944 Takamiyama Daigorō [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion
  • 1953 Valerie Mahaffey, New York City, New York, actress (Northern Exposure, Wings, Desperate Housewives, Monday Mornings)
  • 1955 Laurie Metcalf, Carbondale, Illinois, actress (Roseanne, Toy Story, Meet the Robinsons, Desperate Housewives, Mrs. Cooper in The Big Bang Theory)
  • 1963 Deb Caletti, San Rafael, California, author (Wild Roses, The Six Rules of Maybe, Stay, He’s Gone)
  • 1970 Clifton Collins, Jr., Los Angeles, California, actor (Capote, Thief, Star Trek, The Event, Pacific Rim, Transcendence)
  • 1970 Phil Mickelson, San Diego, California, golfer (PGA Tour 42 wins (9th all time); won Masters Tournament 2004, 2006, 2010)
  • 1973 Eddie Cibrian, Burbank, California, actor (Baywatch Nights, Sunset Beach, Third Watch, Invasion, CSI: Miami)

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. – Anais Nin



  • 1858 Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand”.
  • 1864 First roller coaster in US begins operation at Coney Island, NY.
  • 1882 17″ hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa.
  • 1903 Ford Motors incorporates.
  • 1909 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000.
  • 1922 Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics.
  • 1933 US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created.
  • 1948 First skyjacking of commercial plane – storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by the Cathay Pacific airline.
  • 1963 Valentina Tereshkova becomes 1st woman in space, aboard Vostok 6.
  • 1968 Lee Trevino is 1st to play all 4 rounds of golf’s US open under par.
  • 1989 “Ghostbusters II” premiers.
    2010 Bhutan becomes the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.
  • 2012 China launches Shenzhou 9 spacecraft with 3 astronauts, including the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang, to the Tiangong-1 orbital module.
  • 2012 United States Air Force’s robotic Boeing X-37B spaceplane returns to Earth after a classified 469-day orbital mission.
  • 2016 Shanghai Disneyland Park, the first Disney Park in Mainland China opens to the public.


My mother went for her daily run one rainy morning. As she returned to the house, she slipped and fell, hitting her head on the driveway. I called the paramedics.
When they arrived, they asked my mom some questions to determine her coherency. “What’s today?” inquired one EMT.
Without hesitation, Mom replied, “Trash day.”


At a pharmacy, Judi asked to use the infant scale to weigh the baby she held in her arms. The clerk explained that the device was out for repairs, but said that she would figure the infant’s weight by weighing Judi and baby together on the adult scale, then weighing the mother alone and subtracting the second amount from the first.

‘It won’t work,’ Judi countered. ‘I’m not the mother, I’m the aunt.’


How Times Have Changed: 110 YEARS AGO IN THE USA…

~ The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

~ Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

~ Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

~ There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

~ The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

~ Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.

~ The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

~ The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.

~ More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.

~ Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”

~ Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

~ Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

~ The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

~ The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.

~ Drive-by-shootings — in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy — were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.

~ The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.

~ Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

~ There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

~ One in ten U.S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

~ Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”

~ Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

~ Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.

~ Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

~ There were about 230 reported murders in the U.S. annually.

As we said… my, how times have changed!


A Sunday School teacher challenged her children to take some time on Sunday afternoon to write a letter to God. They were to bring their letter back the following Sunday.

One little boy wrote, “Dear God, we had a good time at church today. Wish you could have been there.”

pic of the day: Heartbeat Hibiscus


A pastor goes to a nursing home for the first time to visit an elderly parishioner.

As he is sitting there, he notices a bowl of peanuts beside her bed and takes one. As they continue their conversation, he can’t help himself and eats one after another.

By the time they are through visiting, the bowl is empty. He says, “Mrs. Jones, I’m so sorry, but I seem to have eaten all of your peanuts.”

“That’s okay,” she says. “They would have just sat there anyway. Without my teeth, all I can do is suck the chocolate off and put them back in the bowl.”

Two lawyers are in a bank, when armed robbers suddenly burst in. While several of the robbers take the money from the tellers, others line the customers, including the lawyers, up against a wall, and proceed to take their wallets, watches, etc. While this is going on lawyer number one jams something in lawyer number two’s hand.

Without looking down, lawyer number two whispers, “What is this?”

To which lawyer number one replies, “It’s that $50 I owe you.”


Late for work already, I was annoyed to find a strange car in my reserved parking space again. After locating a spot far away, I stormed into my office determined, to have the car towed. As the morning wore on, however, my anger cooled, and I decided to give the driver another chance.

During lunchtime, I went outside and left this note on the driver’s windshield:

“Please don’t take my parking space. If you do, and your car disappears, don’t say I never towed you!”


Being the office supervisor, I had to have a word with a new employee who never arrived at work on time.

I explained that her tardiness was unacceptable and that other employees had noticed that she was walking in late every day. After listening to my complaints, she agreed that this was a problem and even offered a solution.

“Is there another door I could use?”

Two police officers saw this old woman staggering down the street, stopping her they can tell she has had far too much to drink and instead of taking her to jail they decide to just drive her home.

They loaded her into the police cruiser one of the officers gets in the back with the drunk woman. As they drove through the streets they kept asking the woman where she lived, all she would say as she stroked the officers arm is “Your Passionate.”

They drove awhile longer and asked again, but again the same response as she stroked his arm, “Your Passionate.” The officers were getting a little upset so they stopped the car and said to the woman, “Look we have driven around this City for two hours and you still haven’t told us where you live.”

She replied I keep trying to tell you: “Your Passin’ It!”


I was sitting in church with my boys, four and two. I was just pleased that they were not making noise and never thought they were actually paying attention.

The scripture reading was from Matthew 5 and when the speaker said, “If you hate your brother, you are guilty of murder…”

I then heard my four-year-old say, “Uh-oh.”

As a nightclub owner, I hired a pianist and a drummer to entertain my customers. After several performances, I discovered the drummer had walked away with some of my valuables. I notified police, who arrested him.
Desperate for another drummer, I called a friend who knew some musicians. “What happened to the drummer you had?” he asked me.
“I had him arrested,” I replied.
My friend paused for a second and asked, “Wow…How badly did he play?”


TODAY IN TRIVIA: Which state is furthest south?
Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.

~ Can your brain hurt?
Only figuratively — Pain from any injury or illness is always registered by the brain. Yet, curiously, the brain tissue itself is immune to pain; it contains none of the specialized receptor cells that sense pain in other parts of the body. The pain associated with brain tumors does not arise from brain cells but from the pressure created by a growing tumor or tissues outside the brain.

~ What do you call a male kangaroo?
A male kangaroo is called a boomer, and a female is called a flyer.
QUIP OF THE DAY: Some people work up steam; others just generate a fog.


Thought for the day. . .
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. – Cynthia Ozick

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