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Saturday, April 5, 2014


The face of Gandhi in old age—smiling, wearing glasses, and with a white sash over his right shoulder
Born as Mohandas Karamchand
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
- Mahatma Ghandi

We ride both bitter and sweet Outlaw Trails today:

Think of today when you believe you are having it tough --

On this day in 1887 --

Helen Keller had her breakthrough with the manual alphabet:

 Anne Sullivan had been attempting to get Keller to make the connection between objects and words for about a month 

before she had her breakthrough associating the word "water" with water running across her hand. 

Keller progressed rapidly after that, and is said to have exhausted Sullivan by running around asking the names of everything she could reach.

On this date in 1242 --

The Battle of the Ice took place on the border of Russia and Estonia. 

The battle took place between the Novgorod Republic, a medieval Russian state, and a group of crusaders. 

It was fought almost entirely on top of a large frozen lake 

and only ended when the ice collapsed under several thousand soldiers.

Today in 1792 --

George Washington exercised the first presidential veto.  

Washington vetoed a measure that would have provided more seats in the House of Representatives for northern states than for southern states. 

He only exercised his veto one other time while in office:

that was to prevent a reduction in the number of cavalry units in the army.

On this date in 1930,

Mahatma Ghandi reaches the end of his 300 mile march across India in protest against the Salt Law which imposed tax on the production of salt.

In 1939, Glen Miller records the wildly popular "Moonlight Serenade." It becomes a standard throughout the big band era and beyond.   

In 1964, The Beatles hold an unprecedented record of twelve positions on Billboard Hot 100.

1918,  On this date one of the most costly battles in modern wartime is fought near the Somme Region

and over 2 years when this small area of countryside saw the deaths of over 1 million men from both sides of the war.   

Fellow outlaws, let's say E stands for Janet EVANOVICH --

She began her career writing short contemporary romance novels under the pen name, Steffie Hall.

But gained fame authoring a series of contemporary mysteries featuring Stephanie Plum, a lingerie buyer from Trenton, New Jersey,

who becomes a bounty hunter to make ends meet after losing her job. The novels in this series have been on the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists:

“Is that a bulletproof vest? See, now that's insulting. That's like saying I'm not smart enough to shoot you in the head."
― Janet Evanovich, Seven Up

“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly.

I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.”
― Janet Evanovich

Also on this date in 1930, American humorist, Will Rogers, begins cracking jokes over CBS radio as THE WILL ROGERS PROGRAM makes its debut.

You can read of his ghost riding the Aurora Borealis on this post of mine:

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

 “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

  “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ― Will Rogers


  1. I will happily go where the dogs or the cats go - if they will let me in.
    The Battle of the Ice was new to me - a chilling variation of those who live by the sword die by it.
    I am thoroughly enjoying adding to my eclectic knowledge base as I come along the Outlaw Trails. Thank you.

  2. Never miss a good chance to shut up! My motto, only I didn't know it till now. Thank you!

  3. Lots of interesting milestones. I'd never heard about the ice war. Yikes. I bet that was a sight. There's a good story there. And I love the Rogers'quotes, especially the last.

  4. Fascinating facts. I wonder if the Beatles' record still stands?

  5. Wow. So much happened on this date.

    I think the two vetos that Washington exercised said a great deal about how the forefathers wanted this country to be run. And also shows how far off the original mark we've fallen. ::sigh::

    The battle ended when they fell through the ice. Can we say SHOW STOPPER???

    And Janet Evanovich... I love love love the Stephanie Plum novels. My mom turned me onto them and they now rank my All-Time Favorites. She is hilarious and writes a galloping good romp of a story.

  6. Hi Roland - that ice battle is pretty amazing isn't it .. and what a way to die - then Gandhi's walk .. I'd forgotten it was against the Salt Tax ...

    I think I would have enjoyed the Evanovich stories .. and I love that quote . "when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth" .. doesn't it just ...

    I've never heard of Janet Evanovich .. well now I have .. cheers Hilary

  7. Elephant's Child:
    I think Gypsy will put in a good word for me. ;-)

    The Battle on the Ice, as Yvonne wrote, would make a good movie, wouldn't it?

    Thanks for enjoying my Outlaw Trail.

    Will's quote is a variation of McCord's "I never got into trouble for something I didn't say!"

    Yes, Will's last quote is my favorite, too.

    It just might still stand. The Beatles were magic. Still are, in fact. :-)

    A lot did happen on this day, didn't it?

    I'm like you: Washington's veto indicates how far we have slipped from what the Founding Fathers bled to give us.

    The Battle on the Ice was a living lesson that war is self-destructive! Show Stopper, indeed!

    Janet Evanovich's quote on the bullet proof vest tickled me. I'm glad you liked my choice of authors today. :-)

  8. Hilary:
    Don't feel bad -- there are so many good authors that I don't know about as well.

    The peanut butter of life does, indeed, get stuck on the roofs of our mouths at times!!

    I can only imagine the look on the faces of the warriors on that ice!

    Thanks for always stopping by. It means a lot. :-)

  9. I love Glenn Miller's music.

  10. Thanks Roland. I was hoping for some Glen Miller at the end of your post. The movie The Glen Miller Story with Jimmy Stewart is a great classic. The big band sound of Glen miller will live forever. Great post as usual!

  11. Shelly:
    I especially like Moonlight Seranade. Thanks for visiting and talking awhile. :-)

  12. Siv:
    I really enjoyed that movie, too. Jimmy is one of my favorite actors - as great a man off screen as he was on it. Poor man, Marlene Dietrich made a play for him, too!! She was such a flirt she even made a play for Sam in HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS!

  13. A battle on the ice? Someone needs to make a movie of that! :)

  14. Great post! I love the Will Rogers quote here. I have a post waiting for April 21 on my Chihuahua blog for the A-Z about pets and heaven! :)

  15. David:
    It would make a grand movie. All these reboots irritate. Hollywood should knock on my door -- I would give them story lines from history and not ask any credit -- only an entertaining movie. :-)

    I love that Will Rogers quote, too. Check down my sidebar for a picture of my cat, Gypsy, and the link to the post I wrote of the life lessons she taught me with her life and death. Only happy words -- I promise. :-)

  16. I don't read Evanovitch. Just doesn't appeal to me. I don't think she ever will. Perhaps she's a good beach read.

    Will Rogers was pragmatic, and reminds me a bit of Mark Twain. Him, I like. I would rather go where all the felines go when they go to heaven. (must be the Sekhmet connection)

    BTW -sent email.

  17. Helen Keller is an inspiration. As is Gandhi. I didn't know April 5th marked their triumphs.

    I love the Janet Evanovich books. Of course, I haven't read them all. I am actually on book nine right now. :)

  18. D.G.:
    Sorry for the mental blip on your blog.

    When I first started working for this blood center, I told my supervisor/friend Freddie: "Humans make mistakes. I'm human. So I'm gonna make mistakes."

    To which he said, "Roland, I have no problem with you being human before work or being human after work -- you just can't be human during work!"

    D.G., I was human. :-( Sorry.

    I haven't read Evanovitch, but so many of my friends like her so I decided to include her -- and I liked her quotes. :-)

    I prefer Robert P. Parker's Spenser series of crime dramas -- especially the works 11 or so.

    Will Rogers is like Mark Twain to me, too. In fact, I have the two of them in the post to which I provided a link.

    If Will Rogers hadn't died in that air crash, John Ford's film career would have been quite different.

    I'm a dog and cat person -- I always had the two together when I had a house and yard!

    I stand in amazement and awe of Helen Keller and Gandhi both. Interesting how great lives are tied together.

    Book Nine? You must like her. Many of my friends do. We could all do with more laughter and adventure in our lives -- at least laughter! :-)

  19. Last year at Dollar Tree I saw hardback copies of one of Evanovich's novels for $1. I probably should have bought it to add to my collection of books I still need to read someday. Actually they probably still have copies of that book there since few people around here probably read English. For that matter I'm not sure that many people around here can read period.

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  20. Evanovich's quote about a bulletproof vest got to me. Will Rogers' quotes made me chuckle even more. Growing up in So Cal, we sometimes went to the Will Rogers state park, toured one of his ranch homes and lounged on the grassy lawns. It's really nice. I didn't know he had such a quick wit.

    Be well, Roland.

  21. Point taken, Roland. You're still human for the time being. . .but with all those ghosts hanging around, especially Marlene, the Sultry, IDK. The blip was funny.

  22. Arlee:
    That is sad about not reading. A culture that doesn't read soon loses its roots. :-(

    Will Rogers was also a newspaper man. His delivery would be considered too slow in today's microwave culture. I envy you looking at the state park and at one of his ranch homes. :-)

    I am still working -- on first call this whole weekend -- no solid sleep for me. Whew! Thanks for understanding about the blip. :-)

  23. I want to go to where the dogs are too and, hopefully, meet up with Will Rogers there as well.