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Tidbits and Pieces – The year 2009
The financial crisis and recession continues, which is compared to The Great Depression on the 1930s; the H1N1 influenza strain (swine flu) is declared as a global pandemic; US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, makes a successful crash landing in the Hudson River. The aircraft was struck by a flock of geese shortly after take off.
Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th US President.
Michael Jackson, King of Pop, dies and brings a worldwide outpouring of grief. He started his career in 1964 and was the lead singer of The Jackson Five. His personal life drew a lot of criticism due to the frequent changing of his appearance, skin color, and allegations of child sexual abuse. He was tried and acquitted of child sexual abuse in 2005.
Terry Pratchett, an English fantasy author was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He sold more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages. Terry Pratchett, April 28, 1948, to March 12, 2015.
A solar eclipse, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, is considered the longest in the 21st century. It spanned across parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean;
300 fatalities due to 6.3 quake that struck near L’Aquila, Italy; 173 fatalities and 2000 homes destroyed due to bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria; 1000 fatalities near Padang, Sumatra, due to 7.6 quake.
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Rio de Janeiro is elected to host the 2016 Olympics
Word of the week: irreverent (adjective) showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously. synonyms: disrespectful, disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, derisive, disparaging
Words that rhyme: reverent, perseverant, unreverent, perseverant
Used in a sentence: A child should never speak to his parents in an irreverent voice.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, is Gingerbread House Day. To celebrate, gather all the necessary supplies needed to make a gingerbread house and be creative. Make it a fun event for the entire family. And don’t forget to share photos of your beautiful creation.
My photo collage is from our snow event on Dec. 9, 2017
Atlanta rush hour-Dec. 9, 2017-photo via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Those that speak in an irreverent voice
Yes, they have a choice
But misshapen rambling is insensible
The charade has proven to be disrespectful
Mimes perform with insufficient expression
The curtain falls on the wrong impression
Gossips stares turn into scornful looks
Not a chapter meant for comic books
The hall of mirrors reflect different times
Perhaps a lesson for underpaid mimes
Disparaging words are so absurd
Word puzzle clues easily blurred
Time to put on the brakes
Reflection of yesteryears at stake
Don’t let bluebirds songs be deferred
Let living in harmony be the preferred
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