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Today — July 10, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Forget the unmentioned camels -- those O's are Ouija board planchettes.  From Not to Mention Camels.
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
"Time cannot be bound by any means and remains unchanged as it is" (Oneness of the Being).  Photo courtesy of Anthony Jauneaud.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 1934.
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.


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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

From Fall Over Cliff, by Josephine Bell:

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The audience rustled and coughed, and looked about to see which of its members was the most anxious to ask Sir Arthur a question. But...the embarrassing fact became evident that no one had anything at all to say. The Friends of Health looked at one another during a silence that developed through suspense into a kind of terror.

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The young man in the book seemed to have no pursuit in life but that of his own soul, and as this was obviously a very small and anaemic thing, it was not surprising that it constantly eluded him.

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An idea that had just come to him began to unfold and expand itself like a large glittering balloon. It billowed and sank, rose again and tightened, until, reaching its full magnificence, it took to the air and sailed up and away, with David hanging on to it, breathless but triumphant.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"What's all this, then?"  A headline from Medium II newspaper (Mississauga), 1978.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Eastern Kentucky's 1932 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Salem College's 1979 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Somewhere in the darkest night."  From Olivet Nazarene's 1974 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The cats rode geese.  From Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats, Written Principally By a Lady of Ninety, 1923.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"How to keep sane when carrying a suitcase."  From The Link, 1970.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Anderson's 1929 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Robin Redbreast's cherry pie.  From Sandman Twilight Stories by Abbie Phillips Walker and illustrated by Rhoda C. Chase, 1918.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Presbyterian College's 1998 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1931.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1871.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
10
July 2020

“Today is the day for acknowledging rain.”

—Sue Cowing, Fire in the Sea, 1996

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
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Yesterday — July 9, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Finally, a headline we can believe.  "What next?  Nobody knows."  From The Gateway, 1975.
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