WELCOME TO MY AUTHOR PORTFOLIO
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!
OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS
How To Eat Right
How To Manage Your Money
How To Stay Healthy
The Fall Of Squirrel
Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too
Of Peas and Queues
Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil
Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue
The Point System
Elements Of Success
She Spits to Conquer
The Tree Remembers
Christmas Time Is Here
What MLK Day Means To Me
Tarzan In Decline
Greatest Of All Time
The Last Hundred Days
Plight Of the Humble Bee
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
"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."
"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
...or just finished
Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Shy by Mary Rodgers