She’s Been Married Seven Times Before

Second Verse, same as the first:

I can’t believe this was on primetime television, and that people screamed for it.

Henry VIII was born today in 1457. Flemish painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. Violinist Stefi Geyer was born in Budapest on June 28, 1888. Heir presumptive Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated today in 1914, igniting factor of World War I. Coincidentally, the Treaty of Versailles was signed exactly five years later, officially calling an end to the war.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Old Woman and Boy with Candles, c. 1616/17

Stefi Geyer

According to The Secret Language of Birthdays, the tarot card associated with June 28th is The Magician. The first card of the Major Arcana in a traditional tarot deck, it signifies all possibilities. Cups, wands, coins, and swords are held or before him; a lemniscate or symbol of infinity crowns him, and he is pointing to the heavens and the earth. It’s a good wish card, so perhaps you could make a Möbius strip and contemplate your dreams the way one might pray with beads? But it is also a what-goes-around-comes-around, be careful what you wish for card. Watch out for fakes and charlatans. I will take the stage direction and make my quiet exit the way my dog does when he finds something he might like to eat (usually from the garbage) but is afraid I might take away from him — backward, slowly, without eye contact, sudden movement, or the slightest acknowledgment that something might be amiss.