Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

Ambrose Bierce the center of controversy his entire life. This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names.

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Ambrose Bierce, a man of mystery, controversy, and wearer of a fabulous mustache.

Some names simply scream nominative determinism. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce has such a name. A descendant of the Mayflower through his mother, Laura Sherwood Bierce. With a dad named Marcus Aurelius Bierce, you just know things are going to happen. Ambrose was the tenth of thirteen children. All of their names started with the letter A. We know what vowel his dad would have purchased if he’d been a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune.

Back to Ambrose. He left home at the age of 15 to become a printer’s devil. A fancy name for performing all the menial tasks of printing a newspaper. Three years later he enlisted in the Union Army as a drummer boy in the American Civil War. Over the next four years he rose through the ranks to brevet major. Twice wounded, he…

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A Little Weed-Free Spot

Every few years, the weeds in my yard get away from me. The weeds become my white whale and I become Ahab obsessed with their obliteration.

So far the weeds are winning. I spend thirty minutes every day attempting to tame the wild weeds. After filling the yard waste bin twice, this is as far as I’ve gotten.

Success in baby steps. Isn’t it cute. 😉

Finally there is visible progress, only 10,000 more feet of yard to go. Woohoo!

Unlike Ahab, I am earning Popeye arms. Some sacrifices are worth the effort.

Have you ever gotten behind with your gardening? How did you catch up?

 

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Sunset Over the Olympic Mountains, USA

This is one of those lucky shots on my phone. I pulled over to take this photo. The sky does not look like this very often.

Good night sunshine.

Something I missed along the way, a few weeks ago this little blog turned eight years old. Time to celebrate the small moments.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Ciao,

Fannie

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Ghost Riders in the Fog

We ventured to the beach on a sunny weekend in March. A fog bank drifted in from the Pacific extending its reach across the sands. A posse of riders drifted down the beach with it. A lone seagull marking their passage.

Ocean Shores, Washington, USA

Have fun with the unexpected this weekend.

Ciao,

Fannie

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When Your Cat Loves Books as Much as You Do

When a picture is worth a thousand words . . . my cat will sleep on books full of words.

Then for something completely different she’ll sleep on the words.

Words of comfort.

Celebrating the moments of joy, reading by snoozing. Just try and turn the page.

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Watty Piper

Need motivation, or just a reason to smile, meet Watty Piper, editor of “The Little Engine That Could” over at the BoFN.

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“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The words of the Little Engine That Could have inspired young children to reach beyond themselves since the beginning of the last century. The story was originally named The Pony Engine.  The story became famous when renamed and retold by Watty Piper and published by Platt & Munk. Turns out Watty Piper is the pen name of Arnold Munk, one of the owners of Platt & Munk.

Arnold Munk a.k.a. Watty Piper. Photo copyright of Janet Fenton, Mr. Munk’s daughter.

Under the energized name of Watty, Mr. Munk authored many children’s books and edited many of the books published by Platt & Munk during his time with the publishing house. Mr. Munk passed in 1957, but his story lives on inspiring many generations of youngsters to think they can.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom

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The Calm before the Crowd

The streets of Seattle on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun heralding it’s arrival, only a few awake to see it. The city is still sleeping.

Seattle on St. Patrick’s Day 2019.

Enjoy those quiet moments.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Ciao,

Fannie

 

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