Monthly Archives: October 2020
Wishing you a happy – and safe – Halloween, that’s mindful of social distancing in those areas where it is celebrated and is, in these trying times, being permitted to be celebrated.
Coming up tomorrow, a blue moon, and while they have been occurring since time immemorial, the term’s only been around a mere four hundred years or so. https://www.space.com/15455-blue-moon.html https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/what-blue-moon-and-how-often-does-it-occur
The photo above is of Lucky, one of five black beauties our family has shared home & hearth with over the years. He strayed to us as a kitten in 1998, just before Halloween. https://www.petfinder.com/cats/living-with-your-cat/cats-and-witches-history-black-cat/ https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/black-cat-day/
One of England’s most famous real ‘witches’ was Ursula Shipton (née Southeil), more commonly known as Mother Shipton of Mother Shipton’s Prophecies fame. Teens looking for a good pre-Halloween read, should try Mother Shipton & The Sister Witches, by Jude Pittman & Gail Roughton, which features Mother Shipton’s modern day descendants and a time-crossing visit […]
Question: Why did a popular 1970 attempt to abolish the U.S.A.’s Electoral College not pass? Answer: Southern law makers intent on preserving a majority’s grip on electoral power in their states blocked it with a filibuster. https://tinyurl.com/y6mqfu49
Question: British humourist, Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (P.G. Wodehouse), was born October 15th, 1881 and died on Valentine’s Day, 1975 at the age of ninety-three. During his lifetime he lived in England, France, and the United States, and wrote most of his (many) books and stories in those countries. Where was he when he wrote […]
Question: What future revolutionary did Britain appoint as Postmaster of all its thirteen American colonies in 1753? Answer: Benjamin Franklin, who shared the position with printer, William Hunter, but was the main one in charge. In 1775, he became the first Postmaster General of what would become the United States of America. https://tinyurl.com/y3aumnqu