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Today is the birthday of Mickey the Giant, a showman of considerable skill. It is the Feast Day of St. Olivia, and in the garden, there are fewer beans.
Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.
Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.
Today is August 26th, 2015.
It is the birthday of the legendary sideshow entertainer, Mickey the Giant, the so-called “Tallest Man on Earth.” He appeared for nearly forty years, rising through the ranks to eventually own his own sideshow, which toured with various carnivals over the years. He always appeared in a tent where his head brushed the ceiling, had a charming line of patter and a large albino python that he wore around his neck, and raked in a small personal fortune. Papers photographed him standing astride horses, which looked like dogs, and carrying his daughters on his shoulders, where they perched like birds.
Upon his death, his body was donated to medical science, which determined that Mickey was 5’9. His family concurred with this measurement, saying that Mickey had simply been one helluva showman.
It is the Feast Day of Saint Olivia, patron of sugar, sugar cane, and the sugar harvest. It is said that she walked in snake-infested cane fields, and when they saw her holiness, they were struck dumb and closed their mouths rather than bite her. She bound the snakes in red thread and led them away. The story is unclear where she led them to. She is portrayed as a dark-skinned woman, holding a mongoose, standing atop a bound serpent.
In the garden, we are harvesting dried beans. The warm nights have affected productivity, as few beans are at their best when evenings stay above 65 degrees, but a few varieties nevertheless continue to bear. We have the best yields from the Echo Harbor Speckled, but the vines eventually begin to snatch small birds out of the air and bury them at the roots for fertilizer, which is both grisly and ecologically unsustainable. One cannot really put out birdbaths with a clean conscience.
Aquila Yellow is a solid bush bean, but bush beans are rarely worth the space in a small garden. Old Spotty-pod is a reliable pole bean, which requires less space than many others, but as it comes from the highlands, it suffers in high heat.
Pine needles are beginning to drop in the wind, along with occasional yellow leaves. Fall is on the doorstep, and lifts its hand to knock.
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That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 26th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.
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The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.