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Thursday, February 28, 2019

                                   ôlmə nak
al·ma·nac

Dictionary result for almanac
/ˈôlməˌnak,ˈalməˌnak/
noun: almanac; plural noun: almanacs; noun: almanack; plural noun: almanacks

An annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables.

Definition of almanac. 1: a publication containing astronomical and meteorological data for a given year and often including a miscellany of other information. 2 : a usually annual publication containing statistical, tabular, and general information.

An almanac is an annual publication listing a set of events forthcoming in the next year. It includes information like weather forecasts, farmers' planting dates, a calendar for the coming year, the times of such events and phenomena as anniversaries, sunrises and sunsets.

Almost all the popular almanacs published conversion tables. All the other almanacs mention only tzolkin days in the full or abbreviated notation described above. The astro…

Word-Wednesday for February 27, 2019

And here is the Wannaskan Almanac for Word-Wednesday, February 27, 2019, brought to you today in gratitude for all Roseau County teachers.

February 27 is the 58th day of the year, with 307 days remaining until the end of the year, 33 days remaining until April Fools Day, and 1,091 days until Twosday, February 22, 2022.


Nordhem Lunch: Mushroom & Swiss Chicken


Earth/Moon Almanac for February 27, 2019
Sunrise: 7:10am; Sunset: 6:03pm; 3 minutes, 32 seconds more daylight today
Moonrise: 2:46am; Moonset: 11:44am, waxing gibbous


Temperature Almanac for February 27, 2019
           Average      Record     Today
High       24               45             8
Low         4              -42             1


February 27 Celebrations from National Day Calendar National Kahlua DayNational Strawberry DayNational Polar Bear DayNational Retro Day
February 27 Riddle
A doctor and a plumber waiting in line for the movies. One of them was the father of the other one's son. How could this be?*


February 27 P…

Is it a bird? Is it a plane...no, wait, it was that first one...a bird. Wannaskan Almanac forFebruary 26, 2019

Today marks the 57th day of 2019.  There are 308 days until we receive perfect vision.  (Comment below if you understand that lame attempt at humor).  This is officially the 68th day of winter.  It only feels like the five hundredth day of winter in Ye Olde Wannaska.
The official state bird for Minnesota since 1961 is the loon.  The unofficial state bird is the mosquito.  About twelve thousand loons make their home in Minnesota every summer.  Nobody is really certain how many mosquitoes call Minnesota home every year, but it is likely more than twelve thousand.  The loon is one of several different critical habitat plates that you can purchase for your vehicle.
According to the Minnesota DNR, there are 246 different types of birds that make their home in Minnesota.  Some of them leave in the winter.  These are called snowbirds.  They often spend their winters lounging around in their RV's in Arizona or Florida.
Speaking of lounging around, I used to work for a snowmobile factory u…

25 February 2019 Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, 83-year-old poet, who won the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize (1984), died this past 17 January. The New York Times hailed her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet. (Dwight Garner, February 2007). She produced poems about everyday life and the pristine splendor of nature. I’ve chosen to share in this post selections from her nature poems: geese, owls, and the deep woods. Many good reasons exist for her readers’ wide admiration. Unlike too much poetry, her work is straightforward and loving. Her unabashed enthusiasm for living seem to leap off the page coloring the simple days of human beings, of their spiritual centers, and of the sentient beings that co-exist with them. Some called her naïve. Her fans thought of her as accessible.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward Oliver, a schoolteacher, and Helen (nee Vlasak), a secretary. Though she gave few interviews, in one of them Oliver alluded to childhood abuse, although she did n…

The Giving Tree

Hello and welcome to another snowy Saturday here in Wannaska and across Minnesota. Today is February 23rd and we are at the Boston Scientific FLL MN State Championship in St. Paul where I will be cheering on the Warbotics and Lego the Woods FIRST Lego League teams and the W.A.K.W.I.R. and his teammates on the Lego the Woods team will be trying their best to advance to the World Championships. (Note: Last year, Warbotics made it to Worlds.) The W.A.K.W.I.R. and the Lego the Woods'ers have worked hard this past year. They're an impressively cohesive group with great ideas, lots of imagination and super savvy skills.


Concurrently, we'll also be cheering on the Lady Warriors who won their way to the big MNHSL Girls Hockey State Championship game at 4:00 pm. Go, Lady Warriors! Woohoo!

Today, we also remember English poet, John Keats, who died on this day in 1821.

Have you ever read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? If you haven't, go back and click on the green title and…

Man of the South

Welcome to the Wannaskan Almanc for Friday.

   On this day in 1862, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederate States of America. After seven states had left the Union the previous year, Davis had been named provisional president. In the meantime an election had been held which Davis won without opposition. His wife Varina considered it a tragedy for the family. Davis himself would have preferred to have been leading soldiers in the army.
   Davis was born in Kentucky in 1808 a few months before, and 100 miles distant from, his future adversary Abrham Lincoln. He was the youngest of ten children. His oldest brother Joseph, who would have great influence in his life, was 23 years his senior.
   When Davis was three the family moved to Mississippi and purchased plantations in the Delta. Davis was sent to high school academies in Kentucky. In 1824, brother Joseph arranged for Davis’s appointment to West Point. Just before Christmas of 1826, a large amount of whiskey…

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Long Time No See, Morris.




     Last week, I got a call on our answering machine. 
“Hi, my name is Kerry and I used to go to school with you. This is my phone number. Call me.”

     I knew what this was about, our fiftieth high school graduation reunion, he said as much in his opening dialogue. The cat was out of the bag. No surprises now.

     “Are you on the high school reunion summons board?” I asked him, plaintively.
 “Nay,” he answered, affirmatively.

     Well, in so many words. He denied it, but I knew he’d come ‘round to it again. Kerry was like that ‘way back then, smooth, articulate, genius, and it was all because, he said, he read Playboy--for the articles, of course. As did I, in the latter years of my life, looking for the early 1970s issue that supposedly had one of our his classmates in it as Playmate of the Month. She was somebody our mutual friend, Arthur, dated once, he said. I wasn't sure I'd recognize her, as she was only described to me (I didn't go to that…

Word-Wednesday for February 20, 2019

And here is the Wannaskan Almanac for Word-Wednesday, February 20, 2019, brought to you by the Love to Read Event, Roseau Library, February 23 from 10:30am - 12:00pm, featuring crafts, games, a movie, snacks, and a free Pete the Cat book! 

February 20 is the 51st day of the year, with 314 days remaining until the end of the year, 40 days remaining until April Fools Day, and 1,098 days until Twosday, February 22, 2022.

Nordhem Lunch: Meatloaf Dinner


Earth/Moon Almanac for February 20, 2019
Sunrise: 7:24am; Sunset: 5:52pm; 2 minutes, 28 seconds more daylight today
Moonrise: 7:26pm; Moonset: 8:16am, waning gibbous


Temperature Almanac for February 20, 2019
          Average      Record      Today
High       21               50            21
Low        0              -42             13


February 20 Celebrations from National Day Calendar National Cherry Pie DayNational Love Your Pet Day
February 20 Literary Riddle
What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?*


February 20 Spelling Pun


February 20 Pu…

The Wannaskan Almanac for February 19, 2019

First of all, it is indeed an honor to be writing this on 2/19/2019.  I looked up some interesting events that marked February 19 in the year 219 A.D. and found that nothing of any significance happened on that date.  People were probably too busy celebrating the numerology of that day.
It is now five days past Valentine's Day.  This likely means that even the "Sorry I forgot Valentine's Day" cards are now marked down to half price at Walmart.  Hopefully you got something from that special someone...even if it was late.
February 19 is National Lashes Day.  This day celebrates the beauty of both natural and fake eyelashes.  Here are some real and fake ones for you to check out.


I know that you are probably eager to get some fake eyebrows of your own, so you can purchase some here.  Unfortunately, the fake eyelash store in Wannaska recently closed.   February 19 is also National Chocolate Mint Day.  The very best chocolate mint, according to an expert from Kansas, is …

18 Feb 19 Song 2: Dis-membered continued

If you read the first segment of this second Song posted on 11 February, you may have noticed the cliffhanger ending. In today’s continuation of the second song that “cliffhanger,” is resolved, and we engage the subsequent freefall that occurs after the word, “Then . . .” Read today’s second segment of “Dis-remembered” to see what’s happening. Imagine yourself in this situation.


One second I am breathing, looking down The next tick I am sliding, losing breath dark water rushes - pulls me down into deeper water streaming – choking - no-breath turning - grasping – drowning - nothing holding slow motion blurred shapes under darker gold and then the tree reaches out and grabs me pulling me down                                  deeper into water tangled in branches too deep for him to reach Deep in the water              Deep in the darkness Alive                Not breathing      I can see the stars Tree opens its mouth and whispers my name I relax and listen, floating again as tree tells about the lo…