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2024, as everyone knows, is a leap year. Also an Olympic year as Paris welcomes the summer games. And probably another Ozempic  year.

 

Leap Day, February 29, is the day when a lady may propose to a gentleman, thanks, as the story goes, to St. Bridget (Bridgid of Kildare) in Ireland  who complained to St. Patrick that she missed having snakes around. No, actually she complained that women could not propose to men. So this quadrennial loophole was devised. Not to be confused with the similar Sadie Hawkins Day which occurs annually on November 26.

 

The first leap year was 45 B.C. Hence, Julius Caesar is known as “the father of the leap year.” Pope Gregory XIII might be referred to as the Uncle Greg of the leap year for his contributions to correcting the calendar’s deficiencies. Since the time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun is 365.242199 days, a fix had to be made to keep the extra few hours from accumulating. Thus, the extra day every four years with a few minor tweaks, such as removing leap days every hundred years unless that year is divisible by 400 (for example, 2000 had a leap year, but 1700, 1800, and 1900 did not).

Leap seconds have existed since 1967 in order to reconcile occasional differences between International Atomic Time and Universal Time. But leap seconds will be discontinued in 2035. Adding the second every so often creates problems for IT systems. In the words of the General Conference on Weights and Measures resolution, leap seconds "create discontinuities that risk causing serious malfunctions in critical digital infrastructure including the Global Navigation Satellite Systems, telecommunications, and energy transmission systems”. 

As little orphan Annie might say: Leapin' Lizards!

It turns out that adding an extra second periodically may no longer be needed as the earth’s rotation has unexpectedly sped up in recent years.

 

See! It’s not just your imagination!

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

construction, protection, life safety fundamentals, brainstorming and creativity concept.

HARD  KNOCKS
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UFO, an alien plate hovering over the field, hovering motionless in the air. Unidentified

PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO SEE

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MISSING

Antique Shop

JUNK, READY TO BUY

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right
How To Manage Your Money
How To Stay Healthy
The Fall Of Squirrel
Cake Walk
Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too
Of Peas and Queues
Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil
News Item
The Visitor
Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue
The Point System
Elements Of Success 
She Spits to Conquer
The Tree Remembers
Christmas Time Is Here 
The Sodfather
What MLK Day Means To Me 
Thanks, Mussolini 
The Cure 
Tarzan In Decline 
Side Effects 
Greatest Of All Time 
The Last Hundred Days

Plight Of the Humble Bee

Books

AWARDS AND HONORS

               

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination from Hawaii Pacific Review for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

                2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

2020    First Place Essay Streetlight Magazine 

2020  Top ten finalist for The Opossum Prize

2020  Honorable Mention Stories That Need To Be Told Anthology

2020  First place  Flash Fiction category  in Seven Hills contest

2021   Second place Streetlight Magazine's Flash fiction contest

2021   Second place Seven Hills contest for flash fiction

2021    Second place Seven Hills contest for essay/memoir

2021     Third place Seven Hills contest for non-fiction

 2022     First Place Seven Hills contest for flash fiction

Writing on Computer

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Old Book

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Shy by Mary Rodgers

Pile Of Books

Acknowledgments: Photos of Stonehenge courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our trip to England in 2015. Photos of ball pit courtesy of Amelia C. Key from our trip to NYC in 2019.

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