In a book called, “Brownie Year Book,” written and illustrated by Palmer Cox, he
gives us twelve poems for a year. This was found in an old anthology book, which
was published in the year of my birth, 1955. I have not featured the other months,
but may in the coming year, 2015. It includes amusing, detailed pen and ink drawings
of these little ‘Brownies.’ They are not elf-like nor imps. They are not younger
versions of Girl Scouts either. They look like little men. You may find these curious
characters on the Internet. Go ahead, check what the ‘Brownies’ look like. Otherwise,
I like the power and intricacy of words and will try to draw a picture in your mind of
them. Their eyes are sometimes bugging out of their sockets. In the wacky month
of June, the Brownies are banding together to go on a gentle ride in a boat along a
lazy stream. Alas, they reach a sudden increase of speed. Soon, they are falling out of
their boat going down a waterfall! Chaos and amusement can be found in each month’s
transitions. The ‘Brownies’ are an unexpected pleasure like some kind of dwarves in
their own little adventures. I think they could compare to the movie, “The Box Trolls,”
in their antics. There can be some ‘episodes’ of serious intent as this October shows:
When woods are tinged
with all the glow
October on the woods
And game is plenty
on the tree
And every kind
of weapon free:
imitate the way
Mankind does creep
upon the prey.”
You should be filling out your absentee ballots applications, if you won’t be able to
make it to the polls. One month until elections are here in the U.S. in November.
It will land on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. My Mom and my youngest daughter
sometimes vote using absentee ballots. I sent out a text to one, a hand-written
letter to the other. Not sure if this will be true this year or if they will make it to
Late October, exciting times are coming: The 110th World Series of Major League
Baseball Championship games keep on going with round #7 playing on October 29th.
Remembering 10/1/64 when over 3000 University of California Berkeley, gathered
in protesting Civil Rights activist, Jack Weinberg being arrested, surrounding the
police car. Mario Salvo and other activists had formed the organization of FSM,
(Freedom of Speech Movement.) It was not necessarily just for African Americans,
as there were many Spanish speaking members, along with whites, including Jewish
people. This incident lasted over 32 hours and ended peacefully.
1- Quarter Moon.
3-4- Yom Kippur.
From sundown on October 3rd until sunset on October 4th.
7- Children’s Health Day
Support mothers and fathers who protect their children by keeping their vaccinations
and shot records current. I support our local health clinic in Delaware, Ohio by donating
to their funding.
8- Hunters’ Full Moon
In October, Native Americans also call this Dying Moon and Travel Moon.
9- Leif Erickson Day.
Leif Erickson was believed to be the first (recorded) Nordic explorer of North America.
His Viking ship and members of his crew are shown appreciation on this day. If you
wish to see a humorous interpretation that explains this to children, see Leif Erickson
on Google, then add “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
13- Columbus Day.
Celebrating the ‘discovery’ of America, by Christopher Columbus.
Fly flags for honoring Veterans as this is a government holiday in the U.S.
15- Last Quarter Moon.
17- Alaska Day (observed).
The U.S. officially got the territory of Alaska from Russia transferred on the
date: October 18, 1867.
18- Two very different kinds of television programming going on:
1. Stephen King’s movie, “Big Driver,” will be shown on Lifetime on this evening.
2. “My Boyfriend’s Dogs,” will be shown on Hallmark Channel tonight. The
actress, Ericka Christensen is known for her role on the show, “Parenthood.”
23- New Moon (rising)
24- United Nations Day.
If you have never looked at all the lovely designs for different stationery, you
may wish to check out the UNICEF website. My parents ordered their Christmas
cards every year around this time. My father’s obituary had two donation places
designated in ‘lieu of flowers,’ as UNICEF and the Hospice organization in Cleveland,
Ohio. Mark Chagall’s lovely designs and the iconic Peace dove with the twig of an
olive branch were some of my favorite cards ever.
30- Hallmark Channel presents the American Humane Society Dog Show and
will include: 8 Hero Dogs competing for a national title. Watch these unsung
canine heroes on Hallmark Channel at 8:00 p.m. (EST).
31- Happy Halloween Day!
The evening before All Saints Day was once designated as “hallowed evening.”
All kinds of spirits will be roaming neighborhoods, mainly children dressed
up in costumes. Beware! If you don’t offer treats, you may have some ‘devilish’
tricks or pranks played on you or your house. . .
Also, a very special celebration will be going on in Nevada!
Happy 150th Anniversary to Nevada’s Statehood! There will be no schools
and all government offices closed on this Friday. Then on Saturday,
November 1st, there will be major hoopla going on, starting with a huge
parade! Congratulations for all those living in Nevada and Enjoy!
In Autumn, I enjoy going for a drive in the country, stopping and having a
hike in the woods. This is one simple pleasure that almost anyone, except
an invalid or someone bedridden can partake in. I hope you are healthy,
will enjoy the way your senses can all come into play, while enjoying the
“The Open Road
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road.
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading
wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone
no more, need nothing.
Done with indoor complaints, libraries,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.”