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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 49. On Montaigne.

Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) was a French philosopher – but don’t hold that against him. He lived through turbulent times and survived long enough to gift the world his Essays. Rather than writing material so dry it made the Sahara seem like Hawaii, his engaging personality and writing style endeared him to readers past and present.

He asks us to look at the world through another’s eye. He got this idea from his cat. He wondered, “When I am playing with my cat, how do I know she is not playing with me?”

Once again, maybe cats know more than we do.




On This Day…21 August

It’s officially the weekend, people. I know I’ll be working today. But what are you up to? WHO are you up to on this day, 21 August. Tell me to mind my own business and I will. But I’ll still be curious.

On this day in…

1772 – King Gustav III completes his coup d’état by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot. The now-deceased crime writer, Steig Larsson, thinks of how he’ll work Lisbeth Salander into this story.

1879 – The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Just what were these people drinking? That’s what I want to know.

1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee. The lady cracks a wistful smile. Leonardo has a “canary.”

Just what is she smiling at?

1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day. And so is born Steve McGarrett, Dano and Thomas Magnum. TV producers around the world rejoice.

1993 – NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. NASA employees lose contact with their jobs. (I dunno, maybe it went off for coffee or something.)

Happy birthday to:

Kenny Rogers, who celebrates his 72nd birthday. Here he is, performing “The Gambler” on The Muppet Show.

The Fastest Man in the World, Usain Bolt, is a lightning 24-years-old.

There shouldn’t really be any excuse needed to post a picture of Kim Cattrall, but as today is her 54th birthday, I actually have a good one. Happy birthday, Kim.

Your place or mine?