October 10 has a strange list of holidays including the following feast days of Catholic Saints, Arbor Day in Poland, World National Mental Health Day, and World Porridge Day. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that today is a good day to go camping or straighten hair. Today’s moon is waxing crescent, and the sun and mercury are in Libra. Oh shit, mercury is retrograde and I completely forgot to warn you. Instead of being articulate and understood, you will spend eight more days like the curse of Cassandra, doomed to a world where though given divine foresight, she could not warn others of what she saw coming, as they could neither understand nor believe her. But if it helps, mercury retrograde is only an optical illusion, it doesn’t matter I promise.
Sorry I have disappeared for a while. I have two 10-year-olds who recently started fourth grade, so I have also started fourth grade by default. It is just as tedious as I remember, except now there is also a new form of math that I don’t understand. I will try to keep up. Know that if I miss a day or two, it’s not because I stopped caring about your day, it’s because I am relearning the names of clouds, or solving problems with decimal points.
Philosopher, physicist, and chemist, Henry Cavendish was born on October 10, 1731. Wednesday. He is credited with the discovery of hydrogen gas, the most abundant element in our universe. Unless we ever find out what dark matter is.
Tiberius Gemellus,son of Drusus Julius Caesar and Claudia Livia Julia, adopted son of Caligula, and grandson of Emperor Tiberius and Drusus the Elder, was born on October 10th, 19 A.D. Because I was curious, I looked it up, and it was a Tuesday. His birthday stood out because I have been reading a lot of Greek mythology, and novels based on the story of Achilles in the Trojan War. I know the birth year of Tiberius Gemellus was quite far away from antiquity, but I will recommend two of the novels nonetheless: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker.
Actress Shirley Booth was born on August 30, 1898. She starred as the title character on a show Hazel from 1961 until 1966. I have never seen this show, but first impressions: if Alice from The Brady Bunch had her own spin off; costumes look spot on; and the early 60’s were a much simpler time for writing compelling television shows.