19 thoughts on “Happy Friday the 13th!

  1. Dear Jill,

    The top EUROPE cartoon paints an accurate picture of how much they can count on the USA, anymore.
    He has behaved so badly at NATO, and then at his visit with the UK, he’ll be meeting his buddy President Putin on Monday, who is smart enough to lavishly indulge President Trump with so much praise and flattery for his performances of the past week. Heaven knows what will happen from that point.

    I truly enjoy reading the political cartoons. I am a fan.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda! I agree … that first one says it all. And I do love that a picture sometimes speaks louder than a thousand words. I wish I were artistically talented, but an egg is about the extent of my ability to draw!

      Hugs!!!

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  2. For your entertainment and enlightenment, I am going to tell you about the man behind Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Pronounced as para-skev-EE-dek-a-tri-pho-bia. Don’t you just love humongous words? This is the Fear of Friday the 13th and the term was coined by Donald E. Dossey, PhD. He joked that “when you learn to pronounce it, you’re cured.” This should not be confused with Triskaidekaphobia, which is just the fear of the number 13. Dr. Dossey was a behavorial scientist, folklorian historian and media personality. He founded the Stress Management Center & Phobia Institute in California and Asheville, North Carolina for the treatment of anxieties, phobias and stress. At one time, he hosted a radio show called The Fear Buster. He was the author of several books, among them the 1992 “Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun” that I quite enjoyed. He also appeared on numerous TV shows, including Oprah. Sadly, Dr. Dossey died July 31, 2016 at 82 years young. He is still greatly missed every Friday the 13th! Hope you were happily entertained! Thank-you, love the cartoons!

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    • I was indeed happily entertained, and I am not going to tell you how many times I have tried to pronounce that word!!! After accidentally biting my tongue, I set it aside! But thank you! I have learned something new tonight!!! 😀 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! Have a great weekend … there’s an adorable baby polar bear video at the end of Saturday Surprise for Benjamin next week!

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      • I am delighted that you were happily entertained by my small effort! Here is another valid reason that I am not a blogger…I need a proofreader and Benjamin is a bit too young for the job. No wonder that you could not pronounce it. Thank-you, rawgod, for finding the missing “a”!

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        • Ha ha … I actually have an editor, but he edits after-the-fact, so some of my typos still slip through. I proofread at least twice, but once you’ve looked at something so long, you tend to see what you think is there, rather than what is actually there. And I am terrible with commas and apostrophes … I put them where they don’t belong and skip them where they were needed. But even with the missing ‘a’, I still would have struggled to pronounce … 😀

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          • Me too, me too! Spelling remains a pretty good strength for me. Punctuation…I put commas and apostrophes and quotation marks and hyphens and whatever wherever the mood strikes, with absolutely no regard for where they most likely should be. My favorites and greatly overused are … and ! I had considered adding the correction thingy onto the computer and decided against it. The pronunciation will become easy if you sound each syllable slowly several times, then pick up speed until it flows flawlessly from your lips…don’t forget rawgods “a”!!!

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            • Spelling is NOT my strongsuit, either, but those little red, squiggly lines let me know it is all wrong, and then a right-click of the mouse tells me the right way! Without spell-check, I would be DOOMED! We are, indeed, soul sisters, for my two most overused things are also the ellipses (…) and exclamation point (!) … I do it all the time! Herb lets those slide, though, as he says they are part of my style. I shall continue to work on the pronunciation tomorrow … for tonight, it is nigh on 3:00 a.m. and I still have much to accomplish. Where do the hours GO???

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    • Thanks John!!! Happy Weekend to you and Anne, too! It’s going to be too hot … back into the 90s for the next few days … to get out and do much, so we’ll probably have a quiet, air-conditioned weekend. Daughter Chris will be up in your country next weekend for a band competition! Have a good one … 😊

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