Somebody’s been eating my porridge, and it’s all gone


Summing Up:

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.

For tonight: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Helen Hayes

Actress Helen Hayes was born on October 10, 1900. Tuesday. Leap year.

Louise Mack

World War I journalist and the first woman war correspondent in Belgium, writer Louise Mack was born on October 10, 1870. Monday. Her book A Woman’s Experience in the Great War is available at that link on Project Gutenberg.

Catalina Micaela of Spain

Catalina Micaela of Spain

Catalina Micaela of Spain was born on October 10, 1567, second daughter of King of Spain Philip II. Friday.

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The Man in the Moon is struck by a spacecraft in the 1902 fantasy film Le Voyage dans la Lune

August 22nd is the Full Sturgeon Moon. It’s also a blue moon. The Old Farmers Almanac says that this month’s moon was named as such because it was observed that the fish in the Great Lakes were more plentiful this time of year. It is also noted to be a good day to make jams or jellies.

Read some superstitions about the number 22.

Tomorrow the sun enters Virgo.

Lucky numbers: 9 and 17

Magic 8 ball answer: Ask again later.

For today: Have an apple.

Hyères, France Henri Cartier-Bresson

Astronomer and inventor Samuel Langley was born on August 22, 1834.

French composer Claude Debussy was born in Paris on August 22, 1862.

Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was born on August 22, 1891.

Poet Dorothy Parker was born on August 22, 1893. One of my most favorite quotes, though there is some debate on the actual phrasing, as recalled in the book The Improbable Life and Times of Charles MacArthur by Ben Hecht:

At a subsequent Halloween party, Miss Parker spoke one of her wryest sentences. Asked to join a group of merrymakers who were “ducking for apples,” Dorothy said, “Change one letter in that phrase and you have my life story.”

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born on August 22, 1903.

Dorothy Parker, circa 1920
Samuel Pierpont Langley, circa 1900
Langley’s steam-powered Aërodrome №5 in flight, May 6, 1896. Photo by Alexander Graham Bell.
Postcard from c. 1920 showing the street and house in Saint-Gemain-en-Laye where Claude Debussy was born (in the house on the right, topped with skylights and chimneys.)
Claude Debussy, 1908
Portrait of Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz by Amedeo Modigliani, 1916,