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August 24, 2015

1944 Vesuvius Eruption
Vesuvius Day
You may not recognize this volcano but you may recognize the destruction it has caused.  Vesuvius is the famous volcano that buried Pompeii and created a fascinating account of history in 79 A.D. The town and residents of Pompeii were buried in ashfall that came from a very sudden explosion within Vesuvius.
Lanny with Vesuvius in the background
In the summer of 2012 my Dad took his family, all 10 of us at the time, to Italy.  We were able to visit Pompeii and see Vesuvius in the distance. My brothers and sister-in-love, along with my nephew, even hiked part of it before coming into Pompeii.
Pompeii's obliteration is a fascination that continues throughout time.  A whole entire town and most of its residents buried in mere minutes.  And what the ash preserved is rather incredible. It has created quite a curiosity as excavations continue.  There was a movie made last year centered on Pompeii. Then there's the song by Bastille.
What would happen if Mount Vesuvius erupted today?
A true eyewitness account of Vesuvius exploding in 79 A.D. 

Knife Day
A very brief history of the Knife
Wow, if you can't find the knife you are looking for on this site then it probably doesn't exist.

Pluto Demoted Day
My youngest daughter is very offended on Pluto's behalf.  She is aghast that a planet would be demoted.  I will say that Pluto's demotion ruins my schooling back in the day about space and planets.  The mnemonics we learned to memorize the order of the planets no longer make sense. *wink* And it seems my daughter wasn't the only one upset about Pluto's declassification. 6 Angry Letters Kids Sent Neil deGrasse Tyson About Pluto  Hahahahaha!

Pluto’s big comeback: Why it could be reclassified as a planet (May 2014)
Pluto Is a Planet Again. Sorta. (October 2014)

The good news is that Pluto showed everyone what's up in July (2015) when the spacecraft New Horizons did a fly by and captured new pictures and data. What was captured fascinated us all over again and most importantly Pluto let everyone know that it still has the love for the universe.  *wink*

Pluto July 2015

International Strange Music Day
Huh.  The links I pulled up about strange music seemed to be centered on hip-hop and various sub-genres of rap. Not really sure what to say about this day's celebration. I think I may


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Here's some inspiration - yes, a lot of it is faith based (okay maybe all of it) but if you don't subscribe to a faith that's okay! You still have a cardboard testimony. 


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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Watching my brothers become Uncles - thanks to my oldest redhead - has been one of the best things in my life. It was through their interactions with her from the moment she was born until present day that made me see the men they were growing up to be and what kind of Father's they would be to their own children someday. It takes nothing at all for me to think back to those days when she was an itty-bitty and my brothers - who had no experience with babies - took on soothing her when she cried, changing her diapers, helping feed her, and just snuggling. Mushy gushy heart.

What makes you sentimental today?