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19 November 2018 – Last Time Unknown . . .

Once something has happened in a person’s life, we can, in some sense, say it is known. But is it really? Can one tally up all the causes and conditions that accumulated and converged to make an event, an incident, happen? Similarly, can one extrapolate into the future and foresee the related impacts of what is thought known? Yet, humans persist to believe in knowing, and to act upon those beliefs. Thus, passes what is taken for knowledge.
Most people can remember “first times.” Memory being what it is, however, the totality of all “first times” is impossible to remember. Take the first time a parent sees an offspring smile. How can this incident be discerned from all the other smiles that come after? Maybe I’m wrong. I do remember my first passionate, adolescent kiss – a kiss so different from any I had engage before from parents and relatives that it staggered me and left me aching for more. I wonder how many readers remember their first kisses, who the person was on the other end …
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A Cornucopia of Sunday Squibs

Buddhism says good and evil are two sides of the same coin. Reason to say, "Keep the change."

Pantheism, seeing the universe as God, errs in focusing on too slender a fraction of the whole shebang.

When they were giving out gravitas, I thought they said gravy, and caught the wrong boat.

My backwoods town in Minnesota and Paris France are at the exact same latitude. But those 90 degrees of longitude...well, Vive la difference!

People my age hope for ten more years of good health. I just hope to get another 100,000 miles out of my car.

A doctor who claims not to understand the insurance system is like a lawyer saying he doesn't get the whole court thing.

The POW/MIA flag is like the Confederate one, an undying memento of a lost cause.

My stress level has dropped since I started viewing personal attacks as friendly fire.

We complain of the shortening days and early darkness. We should be delighted the clockwork is running as advertised.

Heaven will be never-ending manic p…

Wannaskan Almanac for Saturday, November 17th

Good morning and welcome to another Saturday edition of the Wannaskan Almanac. Today is November 17th and a big, BIG deal/holiday in the Czech Republic.

But first, let me tell you about Kauai! (A hat tip and a high-five to the Kid Writer-in-Residence who held the fort down for me on last Saturday's blog. Well done, bud!)

Kauai Writer's Conference Highlights:

On my first morning in Kauai, I wrote in my journal:

"The rooster crowed.

I just heard a rooster crow. I’m not kidding. It’s not even 6am, I can’t sleep anymore and there’s a rooster crowing. And it’s totally that fairytale-pohadka type of cock-a-doodle-doo, or, in Czech, ki-ki-ri-ki."

By Friday, I lay in bed thinking, "The damn rooster won't stop crowing."

All crowing aside, I had an absolutely fabulous week of learning and meeting people from all walks of life. I started the week with two masterclasses: a screenwriting class with Jeff Arch (aka Jeff 1), the writer for Sleepless in Seattle, and &qu…

Friday, November 16

Welcome to the Wannaskan Almanac for Friday.
On this day in 1776 Fort Washington at the north tip of Manhattan fell to British and Hessian soldiers. Poor General Washington! Imagine having a fort named after you only to have it captured by your enemy a few month later and renamed Fort Knyphausen of all things.
Washington had done well the previous March by ousting the British from Boston. Since then he and his army had suffered a series of losses. Most recently, he had been defeated at the battle of Long Island which wasfought around Brooklyn. His army was almost trapped, but a storm gave him cover to evacuate his troops across the East River to Manhattan.
The British tried to box Washington in there too, but he was able to escape north to Fort Washington. New York is now a concrete jungle, but in 1776 it was a city of wood and brick, its 25,000 inhabitants concentrated at the southern end of the island. The rest of the island was heavily wooded with few roads.
Washington initially wanted…

Wannaska World for Thursday November 15, 2018

A Wannaska Poem by Iclic vermer

Wannaskan Almanac for Thursday November 15, 2018

Scientific Study Undertaken at Palmville Townhall  formerly known as District 44 West

     Iclic Vermer spent a lot of time at the Palmville Townhall (aka Palmville District 44 West) in the years he served as the township constable and caretaker of the hall. He walked to it from his shack across County Road 8, near the woods where the school children used to tie their horses. The little one-room school was also known as the Billberg School for a nearby family of original homesteaders and an early-day schoolteacher named Clarice Boyum, who married one of them.

     Iclic knew many of the stories. He had visited with all sorts of people that stopped by the old one-room school house, or whom he found sleeping in their cars east of the building, either taking a nap after a long drive from somewhere--or sleeping it off after a drunken slosh toward home.

     One guy had passed out and left the keys in the ignition and his more sober dog had started the vehicle, and drove it smack-dab in…

Word-Wednesday, November 14, 2018

And here is the Wannaskan Almanac for Word-Wednesday, November 14, 2018, brought to you by  the 3rd Annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk at the Roseau County Museum. View trees decorated by area groups, organizations, and others. Nov 18, 2:00-4:30 pm; Nov 23, 9:30-5pm; Dec 1, 10-3 pm; Dec 2, 12-4 pm: Dec 8, 11-3pm; Dec 15, 11-3pm; Dec 22, 11-3 pm; Dec 24, 9:30-3 pm; Dec 25, Closed

November 14 is the 318th day of the year, with 47 days remaining until the end of the year, 138 days remaining until April Fools Day, and 1,196 days until February 22, 2022.

Nordhem Lunch: Southern Fried Chicken

Earth/Moon Almanac for November 14, 2018
Sunrise: 7:31am; Sunset: 4:45pm
Moonrise: 1:22pm; Moonset: 10:48pm, waxing crescent

Temperature Almanac for November 14, 2018
         Average      Record     Today
High       52            82           38
Low        33            17            26

November 14 Local News Headline
Roseau Woman Confesses: I Shot My Husband with a Paintball Gun Just to Watch Him Dye

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