Today is my dad’s birthday. You can read my birthday poem to him – from two years ago – here. As per usual, even though I have his birthday marked on several calendars, yesterday I was all surprised that the date was already here. So his card will be late. I did wish him a happy birthday on the phone yesterday, and I might call him tonight to sing atrociously (if he’s lucky he won’t be home so he can just delete the message quickly).
I saw on my Today in History widget that today is the day that Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States in 1859. I spent some time browsing his Wikipedia page – fascinating man! I might have to write a poem about him.
This is also the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. 23,000 soldiers died that day. That’s a number that’s pretty hard to grasp – but just for example, the town I live in has around 25,000 people in it. I’ve been through the battlefield – today it’s peaceful and green. Hard to imagine that long ago day when the fields were red with the blood of the fallen. And in fact, I actually try to NOT imagine it.
Dr. M posted some nice photos of our Ohio. Some are repeats from my Saturday post, but there are new things too. Reading his post would be a nice antidote to considering Antietam.
I have felt a few murmurings of creative thought. Maybe summer with all its somnolent ways is finally gone. Maybe.