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A Merry Drabble: #2

I woke to a radio report that the Zeppelins were on the move again. Bewildered, I rose to look outside. My breath caught at seeing shadows move across the grass.

“Get dressed,” my wife ordered. “They’re leaving.”

I did and then we ran down restless streets. I caught dreadful glimpses of them between buildings until the sky opened up and there they were, hovering with terrible efficiency.

“Zeppelins were never supposed to be used again.” I turned to my wife in confusion. “Why didn’t they tell us?”

Her expression pushed me back.

“How could they have been any more obvious?”

A Merry Drabble: #1

There had been countless days and nights of flinging himself against the arguments of futility. Finally, this thing born in the hollow spaces of his mind had become fact. Now, just in time, at the right time, he could agree that spending so much time in the grip of the abyss had been worth it. He led the mechanism into the King’s presence. Within his gestures of presentation was the careful push of a secret lever. The mechanism’s first startled, and then delighted, the court.
“Well done,” said the King, “on winning the day. I may yet spare your life.”

Italian Philosopher-Martyr

The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

February 17 is the anniversary of the burning in Rome, in 1600, of the Italian philosopher, Giordano Bruno. He was subjected to continual and terrible persecution for seven years prior to his death, in the hope that he would recant. In 1889 a monument was erected to him under papal protest at the place where he perished at the stake.

Poor Picker

The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

They were discussing the raising of children at the chamber of commerce show recently and Dr. Maude Wiley, in charge of the Welfare league, told an amusing story. Seems the little girl had been spanked by her father for disobeying. With tears running down her cheeks she ran to her mother, crying, “I think papa’s perfectly horrid. Was he the only man you could get?”

You Win!

The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

The man who is riding sixty miles per hour in a big machine is no happier than the man who is riding thirty miles per hour in the flivver, because the man in the flivver thinks he is going sixty. – Cincinnati Enquirer

Happy Hunting Ground

The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

Sign on farm in Kansas – “Hunters Take Notice: Hunt all you durn please, and when you hear the horn blow come to the house for dinner. If the quail are scarce kill a chicken or two, and if you can’t get any squirrels kill a hog.” – Boston Transcript

Ancient Needlework

The Mediator

Omaha, Nebraska, August 22, 1919

The early Britons were expert in needlework, and the earliest (British) Church of England before the fifth century won fame from its “handmaids of the church,” who made linens and altar frontals for numberless churches in Europe. Tapestry, the work of queens like Matilda and noble ladies in olden times was largely needlework.