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Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2nd 2017

One hundred and thirteen years ago today, the author/illustrator, Dr. Seuss was born on this day of March the second. I have appreciated many of his writings as well as his illustrations, and I have written about his work here on Blogger, as well as on Facebook, and tumblr. Last year in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, I posted the same clip that is atop today's entry. Within last year's blog post, I also included some cool facts re how Seuss came to the use of rhyme within his works, as well as how he got his first book, And To Think It Saw it On Mulberry Street published. If you'd like to refer to that particular entry, please click here.

According to Holiday Insights (HI), other well known persons born on March 2nd include: Joel Roberts Poinsett (b 1779). (He wa)s an American Ambassador to Mexico brought Poinsettias to America; Desi Arnaz (b 1917). (He was most known as) "Ricky Ricardo" on "I Love Lucy;" Mikhail Gorbachev, (b 1931). (He was the) leader of USSR."  HI points out that Karen Carpenter, the singer, was also born on this day in 1950.

In bygone years I have written about her (here on Blogger) in relation to her song, Rainy Days and Mondays, when I've discussed how the lyrics of it come to my mind when I observe flora and fauna during rainy times in my urban garden. Today, in honor of what would've been her sixty-seventh birthday, I've posted a You Tube Video (directly below) of Ms. Carpenter performing this song.

This year's March 2nd happens to coincide with the day after Ash Wednesday and last evening, I attended a service in NYC to honor the occasion. The mark of ashes that the presider of the service placed on my forehead caused me to think of an image which I've posted below, (from Elegy / Lost City) that I saw on Twitter.

I thought of Elegy / Lost City's "chart" for Ash Wednesday because the traditional cross of ashes placed on my forehead by last night's presider, was a cross (excuse the unintended pun) between The Blob and The Hindu variety as represented in the image above. I thought I was given this mark because I have not attended mass on a regular basis in quite some time, and my last confession was last fall. The only way that last evening's presider would know this is because he requested that those receiving ashes — who had not been to mass or confession on a regular basis — place their arms over their chest; so he would know to a special prayer. I had thought his request to be a nice gesture; but as I made my way home and encountered many folks with cross-shape of ashes on their foreheads, I began to think he had found me undeserving, given that I barely received a smudge of ashes; which came no where near a cross!

Be that as it may, rather I'm worthy or not, I still have to persevere in my life, including my endeavor to raise awareness re the existence of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One.

On another note, I've just learned that this March 2nd coincides with World Book Day, a holiday that occurs on the first Thursday of the month of March, which is today! I hope to use this "holiday" as an opportunity to reach out to more places re Cam's book. As you a know, it is currently only available in digital format on iBooks (where it is also an interactive format) and ePub (Amazon or Kindle).

However, in the not too distant future, the book will be available in soft-cover format. Please stay tuned and/or sign-up on my TLLG's  Facebook Page for updates via Mail Chimp!


The non-hardcover version (or versions)  of volume one within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of volume one, two and three can now be found wherever books are sold.


Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books. Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White CollectionKaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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