Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jackson Pollock and Aretha Franklin


Today's Writing Prompt: Best Things

What item in your home is your favorite?

Do I have to pick only one thing? I love my craft room which I loftily refer to as my studio. I love my laptop, my craft tables and my little CD player. I spend most of the time in this room.

Fun at Work Day

1914: Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) and other suffragettes held the Mock Parliament in Winnipeg, to agitate for votes for women.

1916: Manitoba became the first province to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections and hold public office.

1968: Aretha Franklin tops the charts with her hit "Chain of Fools." She goes on to earn a string of awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and from the Kennedy Center of the Arts.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after lift off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1866: Scottish explorer David Livingstone embarks on his final expedition in Africa to establish the true source of the Nile. All outside contact with him is lost after he reaches Lake Tanganyika.

Jackson Pollock, American artist (1912

Anna Ivanovna, Russian empress (1693)

Susan Sontag, writer (1933)

Serendipity Day
Serendipity roughly means “a pleasant surprise.” Since it is impossible to plan to surprise yourself, you will have to be the “surpriser.” Here are some possible serendipitous scenarios:
Hide a love note in your mate’s pocket – be mysterious and include a time and place to rendezvous later
Bake some cookies and stop by a friend’s for coffee
Buy a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and leave them on your mother’s kitchen table.
Wrap a five dollar bill around your teenager’s toothbrush
Pack a picnic lunch and camp out under the dining room table with your toddler

1980: Canada’s Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, arranged the escape of six US Embassy employees from Tehran. The six had escaped from the US Embassy when it was occupied by Iranian “students” in November 1979, and by November 22 were safely housed with Canadian Embassy staff. Afraid that the Iranians had learned of the whereabouts of the six, the Americans were driven to Tehran airport, and were able to leave Iran with non-diplomatic Canadian passports they had been given. Taylor and four other Canadians left Iran a few hours later after closing the Embassy.