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don_socalApril 1, 2012

April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. ~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee,

And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

~Robert Frost, "Cluster of Faith," 1962

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~Japanese Proverb

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected. ~Will Rogers

Even the gods love jokes. ~Plato

This day in history...

Apr 1, 1621:

The Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty

At the Plymouth settlement in present-day Massachusetts, the leaders of the Plymouth colonists, acting on behalf of King James I, make a defensive alliance with Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags. The agreement, in which both parties promised to not "doe hurt" to one another, was the first treaty between a Native American tribe and a group of American colonists. According to the treaty, if a Wampanoag broke the peace, he would be sent to Plymouth for punishment; if a colonist broke the law, he would likewise be sent to the Wampanoags.

In November 1620, the Mayflower arrived in the New World, carrying 101 English settlers, commonly known as the pilgrims. The majority of the pilgrims were Puritan Separatists, who traveled to America to escape the jurisdiction of the Church of England, which they believed violated the biblical precepts of true Christians. After coming to anchor in what is today Provincetown harbor in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts, a party of armed men under the command of Captain Myles Standish was sent to explore the immediate area and find a location suitable for settlement. In December, the explorers went ashore in Plymouth, where they found cleared fields and plentiful running water; a few days later the Mayflower came to anchor in Plymouth harbor, and settlement began.

The first direct contact with a Native American was made in March 1621, and soon after, Chief Massasoit paid a visit to the settlement. After an exchange of greetings and gifts, the two peoples signed a peace treaty that lasted for more than 50 years.

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lilosophie

Good morning
March went out like a maniac, with thunder and lightning and hail - will April come in as a joke? Still too dark to tell

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:12AM
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anneliese_32(6)

I hope it comes in with a joke. 49 degr. and a thunderstorm first thing this morning and supposed to get in the mid-eighties. The plants don't know if they are coming or going, have this morning some crocuses blooming after the daffodils were finished.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:40AM
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