That is the title of Chapter 15 in The Romance of the Calendar (P.W. Wilson, 1937). I don’t know about you but I am growing weary of the calendar. It’s been a fun run. I think I have one post scheduled for the 31st– therefore I am–, and I thought it might be interesting to take
Today is the anniversary of Robert Frost’s birth in 1875. When the first edition of Anniversaries and Holidays was published (1928), Frost was only 53 years old. I looked around for something a bit more obscure than “The Road Not Taken” but then I read the poem, written in 1916– ha! Ninety-nine years ago!– and
Alternate title: This, my friends, is why we have crappy old books Not long ago I picked up The World’s Great Madonnas: An Anthology of Pictures, Poetry, Music, and Stories Centering in the Life of the Madonna and Her Son (1947; which can be yours for one shiny penny). The largest portion of the book deals
The Roman Empire developed out of Paganism into what came to be called Christendom. The Julian Calendar, revised by Augustus, though Pagan in origin, continued to make headway. On its merits it was accepted as the standard measure of time in the Western World. The persistence of this calendar is simply explained. It excludes the
O Kay! – Hawaiian Pin Up Calendar Glamour Girl – 1937 Now that I’ve gotten your attention… . Chapters 13 & 14 of The Romance of the Calendar (1937) discuss the Caesars’ calendars. Briefly, the Pontifex Maximus was tasked with, among other things, keeping the calendar. Julius became PM in BC 63 and he inherited a mess
Today is the Feast of St. Gabriel. Gabriel was the second of the Archangels, messenger of God, and angel of the Annunciation. You’ll want to remember this.
I am on page 129 of 351 in The Romance of the Calendar by P.W. Wilson (1937). Before I continue I’d like to point out that Wilson missed a glorious opportunity. There should have been 14 more pages. What a laugh that would have been! To paraphrase the first section of the book, stop and think
When I saw the package in the box, I knew it was a book I had ordered but I had completely forgotten what it was. The Romance of the Calendar. Remember that— what Robinson Crusoe did so as not to lose his reckoning of time? Three hundred thirty eight pages about the calendar! WooHoo!!
When Robinson Crusoe landed on his desert island, what was his first haunting fear? It was that he should “lose his reckoning of time for want of books and pen and ink and should even forget the Sabbath days.” He lost not a moment before setting up a post and cutting a notch upon it
The Stamp Act was passed by the House of Lords on March 8, 1765. I have two choices. I can go do the work I need to do, or I can read about the American Revolution. What are the odds I’ll have more to say on this topic later today?
Today we note the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770. “Note” seems too weak a word, doesn’t it? Five colonists died. Eight Redcoats were tried for murder. The story as recounted by Bennett in his American Patriot’s Almanac (2008) is this. “Boston seethed with resentment in 1770.” Taxation without representation. A crowd of colonists began “taunting”
“Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address… .” Posted at 2:18pm. See, Folks, those who look at Big Food, Big Garden, Big Life first thing in the morning have known this the better part of the day. Regular readers have known about Lincoln’s religiosity since February 12, 2015— the real anniversary of
ALT TITLE: Things you may have missed yesterday whist you were busy contemplating World Peace Alexander Graham Bell born 1847 in Scotland. He invented the telephone in 1876. That’s just crazy, isn’t it? Here’s an update on Texas Independence Day: We Texans can celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2 or March 3…because…while the content
This ignorant. Today is the anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh’s birth (1893), an anniversary noted in the Second Edition of Anniversaries and Holidays but not the first. (I’ll return to this some other time.) I asked myself, what better way to commemorate this anniversary than to post “Sunflowers”? Did you know there are like 107
I’ve just become aware that not every child knows the idiom “in like a lion, out like a lamb” as it refers to weather during the month of March. How can this be?
In response to my post on President Houston… this just in from Mr. Big Food’s Dad… Marica— This is actually a “three-fer” in Texas…It’s Texas Independence day, Sam Houston day, and Texas Flag day… Having a “three-fer” of these important days is typical Texas efficiency… Love from Texas, Mr. Big Food’s Dad Now, see, there’s
Portrait by Thomas Flintoff Today is the anniversary of President Houston’s birth in 1793. What’s that, you say? You don’t recall a President named ‘Houston’? That, my dear friends, is because you are not up on your Texas history &/or because you do not have Anniversaries and Holidays (1928) sitting on your desk. Sam Houston was the first
This month’s Crappy Old Book of the Month is Anniversaries and Holiday: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them by Mary Emogene Hazeltine, Principal, Library School, and Associate Professor of Bibliography, University of Wisconsin, 1928. I imagine that from time to time this month I will also draw on related calendar books– of
On September 21, 1780, General Benedict Arnold betrayed his country when he gave the British information that could allow them to capture the American fort at West Point on the Hudson River in New York.  The short story is that “he hungered for money to support the lifestyle he enjoyed with his young wife,
April 8, 1513: Ponce de Leon landed in Florida near the present site of St. Augustine. 1812: Louisiana admitted to the Union. April 9, 1691: La Salle reached the Mississippi. 1870: Nikoli Lenin, founder of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, born. 1912: Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor established. April 10, 1790: