Today, Tom Petty would be 69. Sadly, he left us on October 2, 2017.
The trailer from Echo in the Canyon features (as does the documentary by Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater) Tom Petty. NPR: “one la community where folk and rock converged.”
Given the lost of Petty, this Traveling Wilbury’s song in particular is even more poignant.
Today, Bela Lugosi would be 137. Given his roles as Dracula, it is definite possibility he might still be around! Born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, in Hungary, Bela arrived in Hollywood in the late 1920s. After his appearance as Count Dracula (1931), he became type-cast in horror films. And addiction to methadone further limited his career. Although the Lugosi family and others dispute the accuracy of his portrayal by Martin Landau in Ed Wood, Landau received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the film in 1994. The movie is worth a watch for the outstanding performance. As Halloween draws nigh, a Bela binge is very appropriate.
Some Canadian birthdays:
1904: Tommy Douglas, Canadian Baptist minister and politician, 7th Premier of Saskatchewan His cabinet was the first democratic socialist government in North America and introduced the continent’s first single-payer, universal health care program. (d. 1986) Federally, he was elected as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and first leader of it’s successor, the New Democratic Party (NDP) BTW, Kiefer Sutherland is his grandson.
1961: Les Stroud, Canadian director, producer, and harmonica player (Survivor Man makes for interesting television)
1963: Julie Payette, Canadian engineer, astronaut, and Governor General. Payette flew as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery from May 27 to June 6, 1999, and again in 2009 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Both flights included time spent on the International Space Station. In 2017, she became Canada’s 29th Governor General.
and an event
1818: The Convention of 1818 [commonly known as the Treaty of 1818] is signed between the United States and the United Kingdom. This treaty sets the British North American-American border on the 49th parallel. However, the precise location of the border in the Pacific Northwest remained in dispute (54 40 or fight!) until the Oregon Treaty in 1846 makes the 49th parallel the official border from “sea to shining sea.” Canada, as an amalgam of several existing British colonies, came into existence with Confederation in 1867. In 1931, Canada won the right to conduct it’s own foreign affairs; in 1982, Canada achieved total independence from the UK with the constitutional now solely under the purview of the Canadian parliament. This micro-burst history is in honour of the October 21st federal election in Canada.
Wikipedia further notes:
“The Convention of 1818, along with the Rush–Bagot Treaty of 1817, marked the beginning of improved relations between the British Empire and its former colonies, and paved the way for more positive relations between the U.S. and Canada, notwithstanding that repelling U.S. invasion was a defense priority in Canada until 1928.”
And since you asked what I’m . . .
The Decemberists, I’ll be your Girl (amazing video!), Lana Del Ray, Honeymoon and lots of Tom Petty.
[looking forward to] reading:
third installment of Theodora Goss’ The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl. Just published in early October, I’ve requested it through the interlibrary loan system. Otherwise, I’m almost finished the second book in The Once and Future King, and continue to dabble in The Illustrated Earthsea Trilogy.
[looking forward to] watching:
Red Joan, starring Judi Dench, on Wednesday with my “ladies who lunch” friends
my version of tea biscuits “laced” with ground flax, chai seeds, and herbs (sometimes sharp cheddar cheese, too)
recording as my daily gratitudes:
helping a monarch butterfly navigate a busy street, advising against low flight paths, and directing it to the library’s garden. As I entered a crosswalk, the butterfly swooped down around my head, and I talked and gestured it towards the flowers. Thought I’d lost it at the body piercing emporium, but the butterfly caught up with me a block later.
I pet bees as they gather pollen. Did take me a while to feel comfortable doing this “mindful meditation”. This week, a bee petted me, by gently hovering over my flowered rain shoes, delicately “tasting” my shin, and settling for a moment on my skin.
October 20, 2019 at 6:11 pm
oh, how rich and wonderful this month of post …. from the losses to the celebrations, and the delightful flutter-by and bee exposures ….. just ample reward to read and absorb the all kinds here :)
October 23, 2019 at 4:08 am
Some days are well, overwhelming, in terms of what to include or not. There are often funny co-inky-dinks, or weird juxtapositions, and opposites sharing the same birth day.
The bee experience was very interesting, and to giving a monarch directions was amazing.
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October 23, 2019 at 12:03 pm
I just had a similar encounter with an American Dagger Moth caterpillar – they are such odd things, funny looking – but I didn’t do more than help it across the road … without touching it. But it was a curious incident anyhow.
October 25, 2019 at 10:19 am
I’ve done the same with wooly bear caterpillars — last year I shepherded through our neighbourhood by straddle walking them across a cross-walk no less.
I will have to look up the American Dagger Moth and it’s caterpillar form.
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October 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm
LOL@straddle-walking them across a cross-walk …. I can completely picture you doing this …. and it’s awesome! :D
I’ve encountered 2 woolly bears this year (caterpillars, not actual bears) – and have gently asked them for their winter weather prediction before placing them safely elsewhere … away from possible bird predators. It’s always cool when the unexpected drop by and we have the good luck to witness :)
October 28, 2019 at 2:35 am
When I was growing up, my aunt taught me that the thickness of the stripe around the wooly bear’s middle was an indication of the winter to come. The thicker the stripe, the deeper, darker, stormier, snowier the season.
But, I’ve been reading lately that folks interpret the stripe differently, with the opposite conclusions!
I’ll stick to the thicker the middle stripe, the deeper the winter. Like all insects (except for mosquitoes and their ilk) I see less wooly bears than when I was young.
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October 28, 2019 at 9:42 am
As with most “folklore” – open to interpretations …. so whatever works best for your flavours + tastes is just a-okay :D
It’s true … less than before …. but for some species, it’s simply cyclical, for others, environmental encroachment, and then of course, just plain devastation as we wreck total havoc on the planet …. so of course, the eco-systems are off kilter and out of balanced whack. Sad really.