February, Famous Diner, and Fascinating Fun Facts…

Dear Reader:

I am sure most of us have been introduced to hypothetical thinking… in psychology classes or as simple entertainment at a variety of outings. Example: If you could ask any three people, living or dead, to have dinner with you… who would you ask?

Let me tell you one of my selectees… a person … who was one of the greatest storytellers ever…and one of the wittiest people to ever inhabit our world… Mark Twain.

I cannot imagine enjoying a dinner more than getting the story behind the story of the creation of the immortal Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn characters. And then add conversational wit to that … what a dinner for the ages. Wit that holds wisdom in its truth.

” Travel is fatal to prejudice.”

If books are not good company, where will I find it?”

” A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

Mark Twain ( Samuel Clemens) had an interesting entry and departure to this old world. He best explained it in 1909 when he hypothesized… ” I came in with Hailey’s Comet… it is coming again next year. The Almighty has said, no doubt…” Now there are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.” Twain died on April 21 1910 … the day after the famous comet had reappeared in the skies.” ( Haileys Comet reappears about every 75 yearsTwain’s age when he passed.)

Now this year scientific statistical consultants have revealed an interesting finding for just this month… February 2023!

Look at the calendar and see if you can see an interesting pattern before it is revealed…

Hint: Examine each day of the week and the number of appearances it makes before the month ends.

Every 823 years… before this combination reappears!!!!

So until tomorrow… Doesn’t that make our February feel REALLY SPECIAL? February 2023… an once in a lifetime occurrence! So let’s get out there and spread the love for life and being alive in this heartfelt historical month.

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Life is popping out on my brick wall too!
Hope is alive and brimming in pink!
By this weekend our early bird daffodils and jonquils might be expressing the same sentiment… warm now… but cold wet wintry weekend returning.

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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