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It’s Mother Goose Day!  I love Mother Goose rhymes and stories, so sing-song, so simple!  My kids and I can spend hours reading the short poems and playing with the words.

There are a lot of theories about whether or not Mother Goose was a real person, and who she was, if she was, but no one really knows for sure.  Everyone seems to agree though, that she wasn’t a real goose. Which is just silly, because it’s not like there’s any proof of that, either.

My personal favorite by the famous water-fowl matron:

Butterfly, Butterfly

Butterfly, Butterfly,
Whence do you come?
“I know not, I ask not,
nor ever had a home.”

Butterfly, Butterfly,
where do you go?
“Where the sun shines
and where the buds grow”

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In addition to being National Zipper Day, it’s also:

Shrimp Scampi Day:Did you know that “scampi” actually means “shrimp”?  Yeah, neither did I- until NOW!   And I could have kept that a secret and held my increased knowledge over your head, but I’m not that kind of person.  Well, I’m not today, anyway.

World Wide Pinhole Photography Day: Did you ever make a pinhole camera in school? You know, in art class or maybe science class? NO? (this is my horrified gasp) Then get ye to Google and learn how to make one! Do it now! It’s easy, and it’s fun, and then you can scan and upload your pinhole photograph on the website linked above and share it with the world.

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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far, away, when the forest was young, and deep, and dark, there lived an old/young/unique woman/man/boy/girl/person/talking animal who….

However you like your stories, fantastical, fictional, factual, today is the day to tell them.  Tell a child, tell a friend, heck-call a stranger and tell them a story over the phone. Maybe you can get a group of friends together to tell a story in rounds, each of you picking up where the last leaves off.

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Stories are our oldest method of passing on history and the first form of entertainment our species ever enjoyed. Stories have been around longer  than music, longer than paintings.  Stories are humanity’s first  art form, our first refuge from every day life.

Tell a story today. Share a piece of your mind, a part that is uniquely you.

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It’s a classic board game that’s been around since 1938, although it was called Criss-Crosswords at that point.  It took 10 years before it was simplified and turned into the game we know it as now, and another 4 years after that before it gained any measure of popularity.

It’s gone through several incarnations, as the classic gather-round-the-table game for 2-4 players, as a TV show, and as an on-line game. Like many popular TV shows, it’s even had spin-offs, including the hugely popular Words With Friends that is apparently taking the celebrity world by storm.

Warning! May be addictive!

Personally, I’m extremely fond of the on-line spin off Words With Friends, and plan on celebrating the day by catching up on the games that have been sitting and waiting for my attention. Since I won’t be flying, that shouldn’t be a problem.

 While I’m sure that the games inventor, Alfred Butts, would be gratified by the booming popularity of the game he invented, I wonder if he’d be a little mystified by the arts and crafts projects it’s inspired. A quick Google Images search brings up photos of pillows, jewelery, back yard over-sized games, cakes, and drink coasters just to name a few.

So, pull up a chair, grab a slice of Scrabble cake, and celebrate the game that’s been around in one form or another for the past 74 years


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