ON THIS DAY: October 6, 2020

Dear Readers: This is my last post at Flower for Socrates. Please see yesterday’s TCS: Some Last Thoughts  

October 6th is

American Libraries Day *

Mad Hatter Day *

National Badger Day

National Noodle Day

Physician Assistant Day

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ON THIS DAY: October 5, 2020

October 5th is

Apple Betty Day

Chic Spy Day *

Do Something Nice Day

World Teacher’s Day *

International Day of No Prostitution *

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TCS: Dear Readers – Some Last Thoughts

All good things must come to an end – Geoffrey Chaucer, 1380s

My very first post at Flowers for Socrates, in July 2015, was a Word Cloud about James Dickey, a poet better known for his novel Deliverance.

My very last post will be the ON THIS DAY tomorrow – Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

In between, I’ve posted here over 2,245 times.

Thank you all so much for stopping by, some of you every day, to read what I’ve posted.

The reason I am not continuing is because Word Press has initiated a new block system for writing posts which I find baffling and completely unfriendly to this user. Given the stress which all of us are under because of the pandemic, particularly here in the U.S., the added problems on the West Coast because of the wildfires, our upcoming election, and some personal issues, the timing of this new system is especially difficult for me.

I can’t control a pandemic, a drought, or an election. Trying to meet daily deadlines while struggling with a new system is one stress I can choose not to face. 

I am 71 years old, and had to suffer through learning new systems many times in my  working years in order to continue to make a living. However, I am retired now, and my work at Flowers for Socrates, while I have taken it as seriously as anything I have ever done, has been an enjoyable and fulfilling elective passion project. 

Please know that you, my Dear Readers, have so enriched my life. My knowledge of geography has been greatly enhanced by looking to see where you lived, and your comments have been overwhelmingly kind and positive.

Flowers for Socrates itself will continue until the beginning of 2021, but without any new content – unless somebody else steps in to write it. If you have a favorite post, you should be able to find it using the search function until the site goes dark in the new year.

Special thanks to Gene Howington and Chuck Stanley for recruiting me as a contributor to Flowers for Socrates, and for all your help over the years.

Thank you again Dear Readers for your kindness and support. I wish all of you the very best that life can offer.

Stay well –

Nona Blyth Cloud – wordcloud9

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ON THIS DAY: October 4, 2020

October 4th is

World Animal Day *

National Taco Day

National Vodka Day

Golf Lover’s Day *

Ship in a Bottle Day *

Improve Your Office Day

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ON THIS DAY: October 3, 2020

October 3rd is

National Techies Day *

Boyfriend Day

Pumpkin Seed Day

Walk to School Day

National Soft Taco Day

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ON THIS DAY: October 2, 2020

October 2nd is

Custodial Workers Day

Fried Scallops Day

Guardian Angels Day *

Name Your Car Day

World Farm Animals Day *

International Day of Non-Violence *

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Word Cloud: AIR

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

AIR — it’s all around us, but invisible unless combined with something else. We must have it to live, yet air becomes an alien environment the moment we lift off into it, separating from the Earth.

It is silent when still, but makes everything for miles shriek and roar when its Wind races over land or sea.

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sharlot-mabridth-hall-bookplateThe whirling air takes form of dust –
A little hour – to fall again:
So whirling thought takes form of books,
Dust shaken from the minds of men.

— Bookplate by Sharlot Mabridth Hall

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ON THIS DAY: October 1, 2020

October 1st is

Homemade Cookies Day

Black Dog Day *

Fire Pup Day *

International Music Day *

International Coffee Day *

U.N. International Day of Older Persons *

Raccoon Appreciation Day *

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ON THIS DAY: September 30, 2020

September 30th is

Ask a Stupid Question Day

Hot Mulled Cider Day

Chewing Gum Day

National Mud Pack Day

International Translation Day *

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A Prose Poem in Honor of International Coffee Day

Ron Padgett (1942 – ) American poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator. His first collection, a mix of poetry and prose called Bean Spasms, was written with Ted Berrigan, and published in 1972. Padgett has since produced over 20 collections of poetry and several collections of prose. In 2018, he won a Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America.

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To read Ron Padgett’s “Prose Poem” – a cautionary tale about morning coffee, click:

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