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Here is the link
to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood:

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

March 20th
is the birth anniversary of
Fred Rogers (1928-2003).

Two or three weeks ago,
my wife told me to put on one of her sweaters,
when I said my side of the room was cold.

When I put on the sweater,
she said I looked like Mr. Rogers,
since the sweater had a zipper up the front.

More annual events,
below the divider doodle.

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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

Here we go:


March 18, 2014

Birth anniversary of Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913).

Birth anniversary of 22nd and 24th US president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908).

Birth anniversaries of George Plimpton (1927-2003) and John Updike (1932-2009).

In 1937, the London School at New London, TX, exploded from a catastrophic natural gas leak, killing 295 students and teachers.

In 1965, Cosmonaut Leonov became the first human to leave a spaceship. He stepped out of Voskhod 2 for 20 minutes on this day.

Happy Birthday! Queen Latifah, Charley Pride, Vanessa Williams

March 19, 2014

Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, CA--as they have since 1776.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA (Mar 19-23). Features the "Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest." See

150th birth anniversary of western artist Charles M. Russell (1864-1926).

Birth anniversary of Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), railroad hand, saloon keeper, gambler, lawman, gunslinger, miner, real estate agent.

Birth anniversaries of  William Jennings Bryan, the “Silver-Tongued Orator” (1860-1925); missionary/explorer David Livingstone (1813-73); artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917); and Watergate judge John Sirica (1904-92).

Happy Birthday! Ursula Andress, Glenn Close, Brent Scowcroft, Bruce Willis

March 20, 2014

Spring begins, Northern Hemisphere (Mar 20-June 21).

Autumn begins, Southern Hemisphere (Mar 20-June 21).

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC (Mar 20-Apr 13). See

Birth anniversaries of dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), children’s educator and entertainer Fred Rogers (1928-2003), psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904-90).

Happy Birthday! Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Spike Lee, Hal Linden, Bobby Orr, Carl Reiner

March 21, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day

175th birth anniversary of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-81).

(Here is a link to one of his works,
Pictures at an Exhibition)

Pictures at an Exhibition

Birth anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

In 1617, Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) died at Gravesend, England.

Anniversary of the Selma Civil Rights March in 1965.

15 years ago, in 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first round-the-world balloon flight.

Happy Birthday! Matthew Broderick, Timothy Dalton, Rosie O’Donnell, Gary Oldman

March 22, 2014

World Day for Water (UN)

International Day of the Seal

India: New Year's Day

Birth anniversaries of Louis L’Amour (1908-88) and Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers (1887-1961).

In 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, was activated.

In 1960, the first patent for a laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) was granted--to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes.

In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, was sent to the states for ratification after the Senate passed it. By the end of 1972, 22 states had ratified it.

Happy Birthday! George Benson, Bob Costas, Orrin Hatch, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Matthew Modine, William Shatner, Stephen Sondheim, Reese Witherspoon


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Chase's Calendar of Events.

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  •  g'day all; picked up part of the files from (12+ / 0-)

    attorney's office.  30 years of living has produced almost 5 file cabinets full of various work product so we left a lot of the older files for a later day.

    In the meantime, the beat goes on as the IRS has issued me an EIN.  I have several left over from various businesses over the years but this one appears to be an EIN for my trust.  If dying gets much more complicated, I may just decide to skip it altogether as it appears to be too much trouble.  I still have to update my living will and DNR.  Then I can resort to an annual review of my will, living will and DNR to make sure they are all up to date or if they need revision.  Things are complicated enough now that it requires an attorney, an accountant, an insurance broker, and a financial adviser just to keep up with various changes in the laws and regulations.  It boggles the mind when you consider my former attorney, Ralph, was literally a one man shop with only one secretary.

    Everyone today is a specialist; I fear Ralph was one of the last of the great generalists, with 50 years experience when he died and was both an attorney and a CPA.  I fear we will not see his sort again any time soon.

    •  I like the idea of the durable power of (5+ / 0-)

      for health care decisions.

      If you have one of your adult children
      you can trust,
      that adult should have that
      durable power of attorney
      for health care decisions.

      That makes more sense to me
      than the other documents,
      living will,

      Those documents are like laws;
      the power of attorney
      is like appointing a judge.

      If you trust the judge,
      a judge is better
      than a strict law.

      Better than
      than mandatory minimum sentences,
      in criminal law,
      for example.

      Seems to me.

      Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 02:03:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  this is Monday night. I will probably see you agai (10+ / 0-)

    n on Wed nite, but it will be WAY late. May be Thursday before I'm on again.

    We appear to be actually making a 2-day zip-trip North, to look at a couple of houses.

    One is REALLY pretty, but the neighborhood seems poised on the brink of an avalanche of hideous single-family to hi-rise condo developments.

    The other is a REAL mess, farmhouse converted (probably illegally) to a multi-unit "apt" house. AND way over budget.

    But we'll get to meet a couple of local realtors, and that may be key to finding something we actually DO want an CAN afford. Wish us luck!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:05:58 PM PDT

  •  I'm listening to the music, (8+ / 0-)

    Pictures at an Exhibition,
    by Mussorgsky.

    I added the link to the diary.

    In case you already read the diary,
    go back,
    look again,
    and click on the link,
    and listen.

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:49:15 AM PDT

    •  Which version? (8+ / 0-)

      Most people are familiar with Ravel's orchestration, some know of the original piano suite.  I think there are several other arrangements, too.

      Not to mention ELP's rock version from about 40 years ago. :-)

      I am trying to recuperate from a wedding trip to Nashville...was the typical Jeckyl-Hyde trip to see family for me.  It's getting tougher to travel with my elderly mother, she was very irritating to me, I lost my glasses in the airport (I think), and the flight back to Tampa was the first time I was actually scared on a flight.

      Good to be back home...but I have to get new glasses today.  It was high time - they were 14 years old.  The reason I lost them is they were useless up close, and I kept having to take them off...I guess bi-focals are in my future.

  •  There may be another piece of music (7+ / 0-)

    with a more
    grandiose intensity,
    but I don't know what that piece of music would be.

    The last part of
    Pictures at an Exhibition is
    the Great Gate of Kiev.

    Over and over,
    they play the melody,
    with more intensity each time,
    slowing it down,
    pushing it harder.....

    I like it.

    Thank you,

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 02:24:42 AM PDT

  •  Little by little, (7+ / 0-)

    the weather is moderating.  There are only a few shaded spots where Sunday's snow lingers and today it will get into the mid-50s.  This March is living up to it's reputation as the windy month.  I'd hate to try flying a kite in the gusts we've had here lately.  My travels today will have the wind in my face early, but at my back when I'm tired and coming home.  All in all, it looks like a decent day.  Of course, it's only 5:30... :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 03:25:28 AM PDT

  •  Just on quickly this morning (6+ / 0-)

    We need to run out and get groceries before Caedy's sister gets here to pick her up. She's spending a couple of days at her parents, then coming home sometime Thursday. So we're up, have the grocery list made, and we're getting ready to jet. I'll be back after, and I'll get Caedy's diary done for tomorrow.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 05:31:55 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    Cool and gloomy now, but it poured all day yesterday and last night.  

    Going out later, but not sure where we're going.  

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 06:06:19 AM PDT

  •  I know. It's way late. (8+ / 0-)

    I'll likely be scarce until Monday morning. Thursday I'm taking a red-eye to Detroit (and winter) to attend a conference and to have dinner with the Motor City Kossacks. I'll bring my laptop but it's been having connection problems.

    and I have a LOT to do between now and then. Happy Tuesday!

  •  I talked with my dad in Florida last night. (7+ / 0-)

    He says it has been a long "cold and wet" year there, but thinks the rain may prevent a bad fire season.    Our local forecaster said that he expects at least two more arctic blasts before nice weather can start, the first freeze starts tomorrow.  I told my dad he need not rush home this year!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:32:22 AM PDT

    •  My take on Florida's winter (6+ / 0-)

      At least here around Tampa Bay - we had more clouds/rain than usual, and more cold snaps, but none seemed to get as cold as we usually see once or twice a winter.  I don't think I've seen a frost around me this season - we're usually good for at least a few.

    •  It has been cold and wet (5+ / 0-)

      And I think the cold felt worse because it was so damp all winter. But, it will be good for fire season, we should have minimal fires this year (knock on wood).This is always good because my lungs and smoke don't get along. One year, when Draco was little (so back in '97 or '98) , I broke out in hives internally and externally from something in the smoke. Still don't know what that was, but it was nasty. That was a miserable, horrible spring.

      I think the rain here has finally ended for the day, but everything is wet and muddy, and my yard is full of Spanish moss 'puddles' again that the kids will have to clean up.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:00:47 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I remember one summer when the neighbor burned all (3+ / 0-)

        the poison ivy that grew around her yard.  The smoke drifted across the church yard where we played baseball in the evenings.  All the kids got itchy and sick for a week or so.  Ooops,  the neighborhood was pretty mad at her for  that.

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:58:04 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  My dad did that once... (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          weck, Kit RMP, bigjacbigjacbigjac

          he's not allergic to poison ivy, and he burned it in the back yard, and had me help. I ended up in the hospital because it was in my lungs and everywhere. My mom was LIVID. That's the last time he had me do anything with poison ivy. I tend to get it if the wind's blowing the wrong way, without it being burned. I'm really glad it's rare down here.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:15:43 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I have a neighbor who has stopped trying to get (3+ / 0-)

            rid of it.  The birds spread it in the fall so I have to be diligent, It causes my skin to become inflamed and raw.  So far I don't have any in my lungs, but what a nightmare for you!

            If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

            by weck on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 11:17:39 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  It wasn't the best winter down here. (5+ / 0-)

      Last winter was much nicer.  

      There was frost in Orlando several times.   Lots of rain, and chilly temps.   It's chilly and damp today, after a downpour yesterday and last night.  

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:20:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I finished another quilt block this morning. (3+ / 0-)

    I have to figure out my next one this afternoon.  I am drafting most of these to fit the 12 1/2 inches square.  That is what take time and sometimes I screw up and get to start over because I am off a fraction of a inch.  I took drafting in college and family members fussed at me for wasting money on the classes.  It was an elective and I have been using it ever since.  

  •  I was just reading about Fred Rogers (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kit RMP

    The death of Fred Phelps was discussed thoughtfully in the New Yorker, in light of the recent death of Fred Phelps, Westboro "Church", who brought their children to carry hateful signs at Mr. Rogers' funeral. Nice piece:

    On a Saturday in May, 2003, hundreds of people gathered in Heinz Hall, in Pittsburgh, to remember Fred Rogers—Mr. Rogers, as he was known to children who gained a sense that the universe had some kindly order to it from the way he put on his cardigan sweater.
    Outside the hall was a group of people whose presence was, at that point, not a surprise, though they certainly were not guests. They were there representing the Westboro Baptist Church, whose leader, Fred Phelps, had been talking for some time about how Mr. Rogers was in hell. (Mr. Rogers’s role in that had something to do with “tolerance.”) About a week after Rogers’s death, as Tony Norman, a Post-Gazette columnist, put it, “Phelps had faxed a manifesto to local news organizations explaining why he hates Mr. Rogers.” Norman called Phelps, who told him that Rogers “gave aid and comfort to homosexuals. … His syrupy teachings led millions astray. He was a wuss and he was an enabler of wusses.” So Phelps had been talking up the protest for months, although, in the end, there were only about half a dozen people in the Westboro contingent, carrying signs with ugly messages and a torn American flag. One was an eight-year-old girl. There were about a hundred and fifty counter-protestors.
    Mr. Rogers spoke of the intense drama of one’s earliest years, ... and the way that friendship, above all, was orienting. Of the two Freds, he’s the one who endures. Phelps, and all his vitriol, will spin away.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 08:46:18 PM PDT

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