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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/19/18 – EDGAR ALLAN POE DAY!

Once upon a midnight dreary in Boston Massachusetts, actress Elizabeth Poe went into labor, and on January 19, 1809, America’s favorite Dark Traveler was born, and so we celebrate NATIONAL EDGAR ALLEN POE DAY!  When Edgar Poe was a year old, his actor father David Poe, Jr. […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/18/18 – THESAURUS DAY

The craziest thing about the English language is that there is no synonym for Thesaurus, our main source for them. The vague and unsatisfactory “Word Book” or “Synonym Dictionary” are as close as it gets on NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY! Couldn’t British lexicographer Peter Roget have just made […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/17/18 – BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DAY!

It really is all about the Benjamin today,  NATIONAL BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DAY! We know him, we love him, we learned all about him in school, and we covet his portrait on the hundred dollar bill. The oldest Founding Founder was the one with the youngest mind. In his long life, […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/16/18 – WOMEN IN BLUE JEANS DAY!

Okay, this holiday is mostly for men but, as with most things, could not be possible without women. Today is a special day indeed, fellas, NATIONAL WOMEN IN BLUE JEANS DAY! Sure, today is also Magnetic South Pole Day, the day in 1909 that Shackleton and his […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/15/18 – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

There are scientific geniuses, artistic geniuses, literary and political geniuses, each one contributing to mankind with their creations and ideas. Then there are the Transcendent Men, those whose intellect and moral courage change the world, elevating every person. Today we celebrate just such a man on MARTIN […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/14/18 – MARK ANTONY DAY!

A bro looks after a bro’s old lady when he gets assassinated and deified, and when that lady is Cleopatra, then maybe a bro looks after a bro’s ex-old lady a little too carefully, making today NATIONAL MARK ANTONY DAY!  Julius and Mark went way back, best […]

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LIFE EXPLAINED, PART 865

Anyone constantly mentioning how great they are, or how smart and popular, is never any of those things.

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/13/18 – STEVEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY!

He wrote the soundtrack for the latter half of the 19th Century. Everyone reading this knows at least a few of his compositions by heart. Before Tin Pan Alley, before the Brill Building, before Bacharach/David and before Holland/Dozier/Holland there was the Great American Songwriter Steven Foster. Being another […]

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WEEK #52 OF THE TRUMP ERA IN REVIEW, FRIDAY, 1/5/17 TO THURSDAY, 1/11/18

As we approach a full year of President Trump, the theme of week #52 seems to be either “Even for him …(insert your own least faves)” or “Welcome to the studio.” This week’s menu is rich in confusion, outrage and mental instability coming at us nonstop from […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/12/18 – CRYOGENICS DAY!

Maybe you never heard of James Hiram Bedford, but someday you just might. It seems that Jim became the first man to have himself frozen when he died, hoping to get thawed out and cured of what killed him, making today NATIONAL CRYOGENICS DAY! Bedford was no […]

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