-- Kalee's Shrine by Grant Allen and May Cotes (1886) [Note that some editions do not credit May Cotes as co-author. Cotes was a young woman who came up with the story's plot. She contacted author and folklorist Andrew Lang, who suggested she collaborate with Grant Allen, a popular writer of the time. The actual contribution Cotes made to the book -- beyond the original idea -- is unknown.]
Chick-fil-A: This Youtube video showed up yesterday on the wonderful Bits & Pieces blog. * I had to share:
* The blog name is oh-so similar to this regular Monday blog post. Pure coincidence. I took the title from an old newspaper column I used to write in the early Seventies. I'm sure you'll find the Bits & Pieces blog, begun in 2002, far more entertaining than my Monday posts. Besides, I have never been to St. Louis.
Coach Dave Sanders
Fifteen names. Fifteen dead people. Thirteen victims, fifteen if you consider the shooters to also be victims and, perhaps, they should be. Columbine High School, April 20, 1999. This list does not count the other victims: the wounded, family, friends, schoolmates, educators, workmates, responders, and more...people left with physical or mental anguish. Since that day two decades ago there have been many more senseless tragedies with lasting consequences. Two former Parkland high school students recently committed suicide, as did the father of one of the young victim at Sandy Hook Elementary.
We can be a better country than this.
When will we learn?
Four Years and One Day Earlier: April 19, 1995, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 168 dead...171, if you count the unborn children as some are likely to do. 168 persons, too many to list by name here, snuffed out in a single act of terror -- the worst this country had seen until September 11, 2001.
Remember these victim also.
On a Happier Note: Today is the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day and the third anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement to fight global warming. Despite the braying and delaying of the current administration, most people are recognizing their duties as stewards of the Earth. that's a good -- and hopeful -- sign.
Florida Man: Our favorite internet meme has been a busy beaver lately. Here are some of the headlines:
- Florida man commits murder over imaginary girlfriend
- Florida man gropes technician who was fingerprinting him for disorderly conduct charge
- Florida man pretended to be an officer, then tried to pull over an undercover cop
- Florida man foils police speed trap by putting up a handmade sign warning drivers*
- Florida man arrested for wrestling a fake alligator at a shopping mall
- Naked Florida man wanted for burglarizing concession stand
- Police: Florida man thought he was stealing drugs, not laxatives
- Florida man misspells school on crosswalk**
- Huge alligator captured by 80-year old Florida Man: "That thing tugged me all over"
- Florida woman (Florida great-grandma) fends off 300-pound burglar with baseball bat
- Florida man charged over threats to Democrats that mentioned Ilhan Omar
- Florida man charged in racist threats to against Cory Booker and Rashida Talib
- Florida man busted for singing dirty song to neighbor
- Florida man accused of trying to set American flag on fire at Miami Beach church
- Florida man fights the police with a cucumber up his ass***
* The cops thanked him
*** Say what?
There's a wide green map
on Sea Turtle's back.
Currents? She knows
their flows, never slows,
needn't stop for directions
wherever she goes,
flapping her elegant