Otto,I dreaded today in the expectation of a severe lambasting to me and my profession. Alas, is that the best you can do! I think we come out of it as caring, precise individuals who happily try to make the lives of those we care about more enjoyable. Why it was only last night when I was feeling romantic that Shane [Bruce’s wife. Otto] asked me to tell her about what happened during the day. Strangely after about an hour or so she asked me to stop as she needed sleep. Ah, for the good old days of romance!RegardsBruce
Love the history. More pleaseWayne b
Brilliant story re Yamaguchi San, thank you Otto. I must have missed it first time around.
Hi OttoThank you for the timely reminder about the story of Ruby Bridges. The more things change the more they stay the same. How far has the US actually moved on from that momentous day, when one considers the latent racism whipped up by that loser Trump?The depiction of the event by Norman Rockwell is one of my favourite paintings of all time.cheersRobyn
CIVIL RIGHTS ICON'S MOTHER DEAD AT 8611/11/2020
Lucille Bridges, who made a historic walk with her 6-year-old daughter, Ruby Bridges, in 1960 -- into a segregated New Orleans public school -- has died.Ruby announced her mother's passing Tuesday night ... calling her a hero and "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." Lucille's cause of death is unknown but Ruby paid a touching tribute to her saying, "Today our country lost a hero. Brave, progressive, a champion for change. She helped alter the course of so many lives by setting me out on my path as a six year old little girl."
Lucille -- who gave birth to Ruby the same year as the landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education to end racial segregation in schools -- is memorialized alongside Ruby in Norman Rockwell's famous painting, "The Problem We All Live With" ... which shows Ruby carrying her school supplies as U.S. Marshals escort her.When the NCAAP requested Ruby attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School as a first-grader in 1960 ... Ruby's father, Abon Bridges, was reluctant. But, according to the National Women's History Museum, it was Lucille who insisted because she wanted Ruby to have the education she herself missed out on. Lucille walked Ruby to school every day amid hateful and racist rhetoric spewed in their direction.New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, "Lucille's strength was unbounded during this period. Lucille insisted, seeing the action as an opportunity to help all Black children, and walked Ruby, with federal marshals, past chanting and taunting white protesters and to the schoolhouse. Mother and daughter both revealed their character and courage."
Rockwell's painting came back into the spotlight during the run-up of the presidential election ... with an adapted version showing now Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walking with Ruby's shadow cast on a white wall. The painting's been dubbed "That Little Girl Was Me."Ruby wholeheartedly approved the image saying, "I am Honored to be a part of this path and Grateful to stand alongside you, Together with Our fellow Americans, as we step into this Next Chapter of American History!"Lucille had 5 children. Her husband died in 1978.She was 86.RIP
December, 2020 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
Santa's' List Day - we hope you are on the "Nice" list
Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!
Bartender Appreciation Day - in Europe
National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?
International Children's Day - Second Sunday in December
Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year, date varies
National Date Nut Bread Day - or September 8!?
Festivus - for the rest of us
Boxing Day - date can vary