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Wannaska World Wednesday, September 26, 2018

And here is the Wannaskan Almanac for Wannaska World Wednesday, September 26, 2018, brought to you by Buckskin Bridal Boutique, Uptown Grygla. Check out our "Ride'm Cowgirl!" line of honeymoon tack for your stallion-to-be.

September 26 is the 269 day of the year, with 96 days remaining until the end of the year, and 187 days remaining until April Fools Day.

Nordhem Lunch: Hot Pork Sandwich

Banned Books Week, Must Read: Ulysses, by James Joyce

Earth/Moon Almanac for September 26, 2018
Sunrise: 7:16am; Sunset: 7:14pm
Moonrise: 8:21pm; Moonset: 8:40am, waning gibbous

Temperature Almanac for September 26, 2018
           Average      Record      Today
High       74               92              57
Low        51               32              40

September 26 Local News Headline
Warroad Farmer Assaults Neighbor With Milk and Cheese: How Dairy!

September 26 Celebrations from National Day Calendar
  • National Dumpling Day [a big day for the Chairman]
  • National Situational Awareness Day
  • National Compliance Officer Day
  • National Johnny Appleseed Day
  • National Shamu the Whale Day
  • National Pancake Day
  • National Women’s Health & Fitness Day
September 26 Literary Riddle
According to Sancho Panza, Don Quixote, Part 2,
"As a grandmother of mine used to say, there are only two families in the world,..."
What are the two families?*

September 26 Notable Historic Events, Literary or Otherwise, from On This Day
  • 1212 Golden Bull of Sicily certified hereditary royal title in Bohemia for Přemyslid dynasty [your guess is as good as mine]
  • 1580 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
  • 1892 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band
September 26 Author/Artist Birthdays, from On This Day
  • 1181 Saint Francis of Assisi
  • 1774 Johnny Appleseed
  • 1888 T. S. Eliot
  • 1889 Martin Heidegger
  • 1898 George Gershwin, neé Jacob Gershvin
  • 1948 Vladimir Remek, Czechoslovakia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 28)
Words I Looked Up This Week Writer's Challenge
Make a single sentence (or poem) from the following words:
boulavard, contiguity, daikon, desideratum, hindcast, knabble, knobble, kraken, nictate, phynnodderee, shibboleth, tholtan, turducken

Wannaska World 2018.09.26
Otto's fingers traced across the cold brown waters of Hayes Lake from the stern of Old Man Tofferson's Town and Country canoe, as he fished with his other hand while listening to Bobby opinionate. Though the sky was cold and cloudy, though the canoe weighed a ton, though the fish weren't biting, it wasn't school. It was a good day. Otto liked Bobby for all the ways that Bobby was comfortable being different: Bobby was constantly asking questions of adults; Bobby had a reputation with students, teachers, and the principals as an anti-bully; Bobby seldom knew what he wanted to do, but he always knew how he wanted to do things; Otto had never known Bobby to be lonely, even when Bobby was alone, even in Wannaska.

Otto listened on as Bobby continued his summary of the first three weeks of middle school. "It's like, the same bunch of kids come back from summer to the same school, but now they're a hoard of swarming Mini-Me adults - whacking out on stupid dramas about who did what and who said what. It's like they forgot how to have fun! It's like, the most important thing is to have the most friends."

Bobby had always liked science and social studies - not in a nerdy way, but because those were two of the most important ways that he actually saw the world. Bobby was an expert noticer. Bobby seemed to notice what other people didn't see, and Otto always felt grateful for the larger world that he lived in whenever Bobby shared his noticing talents with Otto - which was often.

"Here's my biggest problem with school so far this year: Have you noticed that the teachers expect us to memorize stuff instead of learning how to think? Have you noticed that like no one dares to raise your hand and ask a question because you might look like a dolt? What are we really supposed to be learning? How to be cool? How to be like everybody else?" Bobby was on a role. Otto once asked Bobby if he wanted to be a lawyer; Bobby said no way. Bobby said he just wanted to learn how to be Bobby. Bobby said that being Bobby wasn't about feeling safe. Bobby said that being Bobby was a bottom-up process that would never stop, not top-down - as in parents, schools, jobs ending up as Bobby-in-a-Box. Bobby didn't have a lot of friends.

But Bobby's few friends were as close as family - to Bobby and to one another - were as different from one another as family members, were not embarrassed to talk about personal problems with one another. Bobby somehow seemed to be the organizing principle and energy for his small, odd-ball family of friends, as if he was the DNA that structured their healthy responses, where his "tribe" was about the care and comfort of its members, and importantly, otherwise unaffiliated. But Bobby was clearly worried about his friends and the pressures of becoming a popular nobody in middle school.

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Parting thoughts on poverty
Now, you can say that I've grown bitter
but of this you may be sure,
the rich have got their channels
in the bedrooms of the poor. 
Leonard Cohen

The greatest and the most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least — the privilege of making them happy. 
Charles Caleb Colton

Wouldn't you think some sociologist would have done a comparative study by now to prove, as I have always suspected, that there is a higher proportion of Undeserving Rich than Undeserving Poor?
Molly Ivins

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged. 
Norman Mailer

Short of genius, a rich man cannot imagine poverty. 
Charles Péguy

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocket-book often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold? 
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.
Jonathan Swift

Be better than yesterday, learn a new word today, and try to stay out of trouble - at least until tomorrow.

*the Haves and the Have-Nots.


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