Reblog: Lederer on Language, Our Language is Moonstruck on with Lunar Words

If you are still mooning over the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing last month, then this word play article by Dr. Lederer is right up your alley.


Happy National White Wine Day

According to Days of the Year, White Wine Day was August 3.  However, according to Checkiday, it is today.  Celebrate it when you can.

What white wines do you like?  Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,  Seyval, Reisling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Viognier. Chenin Blanc,  and Semillon are just a few of the varieties.

From National White Wine Day webpage.

White wines are usually made with grapes with light yellow-green skins or light red skins, while red wines are made from grapes with purple or black skins. But it is not the color of the grape skins that gives white wine its yellow or golden color. Both white and red wines are made using the clear juice of grapes, but the skins of the grapes used to make red wine are used in that wine as well. It is the tannins in the grape skins that gives red wine its color and some of its taste.

What are the health benefits of white wine?  According to Wine Country Living (not an unbiased source), the 5 Health Benefits include weight loss, disease prevention, heart protection, lung health, and reduced hangovers (less tanins).

Betty, I disagree.
White wine should always be tried
This, I can agree with.

I can’t think of a better way to celebate National White Wine Day than a cool glass of white wine while viewing a buccolic scene from one of the my favorite Virginia wineries. The hard part will be deciding which winery to visit today. Will I have enjoy a sauvignon blanc or a chardonnay? Will let you know later.

Bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all of the books in the world.jpg

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #30

via I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #30

These three Haku Senryu were in response to the challenged posted on this blog.  This picture is the blog challenge.

I Write Her Weekly Haiku-Senryu Challenge 30


Confusing image

Trees or hair?  Unkempt, untamed

Lip service outlined


Bow shaped forest trees

Sending roots down deep into

Bottom lip below,


Dubious picture

Repugnantly lip-shaped. Not

Enticing to kiss


Recovery’s a slog,
Not a sprint or a race.
Each day progressing
At it’s own pace.

Pain is a skirmisher
Delaying tactics on hand
Like winter reluctant
When Spring tries to land.

Physical gains
Are more easily tracked
Today a new goal
That yesterday lacked.

Progress is slower
From walker to cane
Seldom achieved
Without accompanying pain.

It’s been a struggle,
Can’t say it’s been fun
I hope I’ll be happy
With what has been done.

Days to Celebrate in August

AugustusNamed for Ceasar Augustus (who was ceasar when Jesus was born).  From Wikipedia

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days.[1] It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, and March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC, it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC (708 AUC), giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed in honor of Augustus. According to a Senatus consultum quoted by Macrobius, he chose this month because it was the time of several of his great triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt

August 1 is Spider Man Day.  He made his debute in August 1962.   For more information checkout the Checkidea website. The Ramones wrote the lyrics to the popular Spiderman song.

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can
Spins a web any size, catches thieves just like flies
Look out, here comes the Spiderman

There are several versions of this song on YouTube, but I personally did not find any as good as the Ramones original.

National Coloring Book DayNational Coloring Book Day is August  2.  No longer just for children, adult coloring books have been gaining in popularity.  It can be a form of therapy, a delightful recreational pasttime, something you can do alone,  or with friends of family.

ALA recognizes August 8 as Cat Read Day.  Google did not confirm this as a day that anyone else celebrates.  From Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat to T.S. Eliot’s  Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats., there were cat books long before there were cat videos.

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

 From Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats

National dollar dayAugust 8 is National Dollar Day.  It “commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786.”  Does anyone remember the old Five and Dime stores like Woolworth?  These were the original variety stores.  Now adays they have been replaced by Dollar General and a host of its kindred.

Do you really need an excuse to read?  IF you are a bibliophile, book nerd, or a Tsunde oku, then National Book Lovers Day on August 9 is for you.  There may not be such a thing as coincidences, but I learned about Tsunde oko last night on Jeopardy when they were rerunning the first day of  the Teen Tournament and Alex Trebek asked a young lady about an unfamiliar martial art she practiced.

“What is Tsunde Oko? ”  Alex asked.

“It’s not a martial art, it’s Japanese for someone who buys books and then leaves unread and lying aroud” paraphrasing what the young  lady responded.

The dog days of summer last from July 12 to August 20. According to Wikipedia

The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

National Dog Day is celebrated just after that period on August 26.  Appreciate man’s best friend whether your dog came from a shelter or a breeder; is a pet, service dog, working dog or some other role.  Wisdom from a dog:

Wag more, bite less.

Reblog: I Love My Librarian Award Nominations


On behalf of the I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee, I am excited to share the news that nominations for the award are now open and run through October 21, 2019.

The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the public service contributions of exceptional public, school, college, community college and university librarians in the U.S. who have gone above and beyond to improve lives and make a difference in their communities. For the first time in the award’s history, the ten winners will be honored by their colleagues at an award ceremony during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January of 2020, in addition to receiving a $5,000 prize and travel stipend.

Past winners have powerful stories about how they transformed lives, including an academic librarian who stocks the library with non-perishable foods and toiletries for low-income students, a public librarian who created a book project to preserve refugees’ stories and a school librarian who uses therapy and certified reading dogs to help students who are struggling with anxiety or have disabilities.

Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony in January 2020, during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Every year, we look for ways to ensure the nomination pool reflects the diversity of the profession and represents all types of communities across the country. With that in mind, we hope you will help spread the word about the award in your local area and bring much deserved recognition to librarians and the incredible work they do every day. The electronic nomination form is available online at and on the I Love My Librarian webpage there are free promotional tools for libraries, library groups and library supporters to promote the award, including:

  • Flyer
  • Sample newsletter copy
  • Digital graphics
  • Social media copy
  • Press release template
  • Table tent

We are grateful for any promotional support you are able to provide in getting the news out about the award. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help with any efforts.

All the very best,

Loida Garcia-Febo

Chair, I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee

Logos: Carnegie Corporation of New York; New York Public Library, New York
 Times, American Library Association


On Those Nights

On those nights  when bruises  bloom
Freight train whistle fills the room
Chug chug clickety clack
Signalling another pain attack

Pain meds provide no relief I sigh
As the hours trickle by
One, two.three, then four
Shadows shift across the floor

I lie awake alone at night
And wish my pain would just take flight
Through long hours of introspection
Why the pain, is this infection?

I’m relieved to see at dawn
Merely bruises to gaze upon.

New DoD Studies from the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Library of Congress Logo1.  USE OF US ARMED FORCES ABROAD, 1789-2019

There are only nineteen years since 1789 when the U.S. did not have armed forces engaged in military operations abroad, according to an updated tally from the Congressional Research Service. See Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2019, updated July 17, 2019.

The most recent year in which U.S. military forces were not used in a foreign conflict was 1979, according to the CRS. The CRS account does not reflect covert action, disaster relief, or training activities involving U.S. forces abroad.

Though there have only been 11 formal declarations of war, there have been hundreds of military actions including “extended military engagements that might be considered undeclared wars.”

“These cases vary greatly in size of operation, legal authorization, and significance,” CRS said. “Some actions were of short duration, and some lasted a number of years. In some examples, a military officer acted without authorization; some actions were conducted solely under the President’s powers as Chief Executive or Commander in Chief; other instances were authorized by Congress in some fashion.”

2.  DOD’s Cloud Strategy and the JEDI Cloud ProcurementCRS In Focus, updated July 16, 2019

3.  Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress, July 11, 2019

NC Flying Boats

proceedings-first-issueOne of the many interesting projects done by the USS Midway (CV-41) Carrier Museum Library  is the ongoing partnership with the Naval Institute Proceedings in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Naval Institute got funding to digitize every issue of the Proceedings.  CDR Phil Eakin (USN Ret) led the charge with volunteers of  Midway Proceedings Summary Project to provide keywords and summaries for every article in each each Proceedings issue since it’s beginning in 1874.  The jounal is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States.

Phil recently shared the summary of the NC Flying Boats from the 4th Quarter, 1919 issue of Proceedings.  The NC Flying Boat was the first plane to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

The summary was written by “Steve Sheldon, a full-time NCIS agent at 32nd Street Naval Station. It is just background on the flying boats’ design and construction but provides a different angle on the cross-ocean jaunt.”

The summary and the link to the actual article:

This 53-page article relates the author’s first-hand account of the design and construction of the Navy, Curtiss (NC) Flying Boats. The article includes numerous illustrations and photos of aircraft designs and construction techniques. On America’s entry into WWI in April 1917, no definite air policy or program existed. Two months later, a joint Army-Navy team was ordered to Europe to study air matters among the principal governments arrayed against Germany and to recommend development of an American air service. The author was a member of that team. After carefully studying aircraft types in England, France and Italy, the team concluded kite balloons should be tethered to destroyers for observation and flying boats used for patrol and to bomb submarines. After discussions, Chief of Navy Construction and Repair, Rear Admiral Taylor, issued requirements for the design and construction of flying boats with capabilities far beyond current types. The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation was the only aeronautical manufacturing company with a force capable of handling the requirements. On award of contract, the Curtiss organization worked out all design and construction details under navy supervision. Curtiss would build four aircraft, designated NC-1 through NC-4. Numerous technical problems were attacked, especially regarding the use of aluminum or wood for wing strut and other foundational parts. Navy engineers contributed much to the NC design, especially regarding hull design and construction. Design concepts were rigorously tested and improved by subjecting scale models to wind tunnel testing at the Washington Navy Yard. NC-1 was delivered in September 1918. Modifications were made for subsequent models included changes in tail section configuration and addition of a fourth engine. Though details of NC-2 through NC-4 are not discussed the author concludes, “Such is the story of the design and construction of the NC flying boats. The performance of these machines in the recent trans-Atlantic flight, both in the air and on the water, shows the excellent results that may be obtained by the application of real engineering principles of design to the solution of problems seemingly as impossible of solution as was this one when first proposed by Admiral Taylor.”  Keywords: Naval Aviation history.

USS Midway banner

Squirrelly in the Summer: Hanging By a String

The squirrels had become quite adept at feeding from the seed brick enclosed by a metal cage, even after my husband relocated  the feeder from inside the porch to the outside edge porch overhang.  The squirrels would either climb down from the gutter or a few would still jump up from the porch railing.

The three main techniques were the wrap around position:

Squirrel eating in the wrapped position

The upside down position:

squirrel upside down from the feeder

The  most impressive position (which I never got a picture of) was a squirrel hanging by one toe from the gutter above and feeding from an upside down position.  This position always ended with the one  toe slipping, an embarressed squirrel bouncing off the railing below and dashing back towards the tree.  Tell-tail evidence was a wildly rocking metal container.

Earlier this month, my husband decided to make squirrel feeding a more competitive exercise by removing the metal cage and handing the food brick from a plastic wire attached to the hook that previously held the metal cage.  Most of the bird were light enough to perch on the side of the block, while the squirrels would have to figure out how to hang  upside down from the gutter above.

It took a day before one industrious squirrel figured out how to eat by hanging down from the gutter above.  From this picture, the fellow almost looks like he has six pack abs. You can see where a corner of the block has been chewed away.

hangin by a st ring--squirrel chewing on a seed

Once the squirrels had figured out how to deal with this new take-out impediment, my husband relented and restored the metal cage, making it easier for birds and squirrels alike.