Monday, May 27, 2018

Friends, greetings.

Today is Memorial Day. If you can, please take the opportunity to take in a Memorial Day ceremony. Odds are a veteran’s organization in your town is planning one and they generally take no more than an hour of your time. Some work and diligence go into these and really good ones may well make you weep.

Today on The Diary of a Nobody Sparrow talks about buying gas for a girl who needed some for her car, plus the usual whining about the lawn and he also buys some bird seed so the neighborhood birds don’t starve.

One of the questions we get asked from time to time is if there is ever any trouble finding stuff to write about for The Diary. No, there isn’t. When you’re a writer every person is a potential character and every situation a plot and we have a knack for making the everyday and the mundane more or less interesting. So there is never any trouble finding something to write about.

Not for the first time – and from two years back – J.R.R. Tolkien has The Thought for the Day. Today Tolkien talks about having long arms when victory appears to be slipping from your grasp.

On This Date:
In 1934: The Dionne quintuplets are born near Calder, Ontario on this date. They would later become the first quintuplets to not only survive infancy but also make it to adulthood. The first died in 1954 and today two of the sisters, now 83, are still alive.

In 1956: Dale Long of the Pittsburgh Pirates establishes a new ML record with home runs in eight consecutive games. The record would be tied by Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987 and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners in 1993.

In 1966: Percy Sledge moves into the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with When  a Man Loves a Woman, replacing Monday, Monday by The Mammas and the Pappas. It would be Sledge’s only #1 hit.

Many thanks for reading, as always,

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