…the Fisher-person’s Dance?


What makes you feel like dancing?  I mean, besides music?  Happiness has that effect people…it makes your feet want to move to the happiness that is dancing in  your heart.

Did you know that making a cast while fishing can make you dance, too?  It can, if you are a six year old girl who brings her little fishing pole to her Pop-pop’s house (that’s grandpa’s house) and they walk down to the lake and she practices her casting!  When we got there, she really couldn’t remember how to work the pole at all, and I had to show her a total of 2 times how to throw it out and use the little thumb button.  After that, well, the rest is history!  She was casting like a pro in a matter of minutes!  And, as you can see, she was so excited about how well she was doing that in her happiness, she broke out spontaneously into a dance.  I’m just glad I had my camera in hand to capture the moment and savor her joy!  (Little sis wasn’t quite as excited, but she would tell her big sis, “Nice throw!”)

It warms a grandpa’s heart on such a cold day!

ON THIS DAY IN  HISTORY:  in 1957, infamous killer Edward Gein murdered his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield,Wisconsin. His grave robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism gained national attention, and may have provided  inspiration for the characters of Norman Bates in Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.

Gein was a quiet farmer who lived in rural Wisconsin with an extremely domineering mother. After she died in 1945, he began studying anatomy, and started stealing women’s corpses from local cemeteries. In 1954, Gein shot and killed saloonkeeper Mary Hogan, piled the body onto a sled, and dragged it home.

On November 16, Gein robbed Worden at the local hardware store she owned and killed her. Her son, a deputy, discovered his mother’s body and became suspicious of Gein, who was believed to be somewhat odd. When authorities searched Gein’s farmhouse, they found an unimaginably grisly scene: organs were in the refrigerator, a heart sat on the stove, and heads had been made into soup bowls. Apparently, Gein had kept various organs from his grave digging and murders as keepsakes and for decoration. He had also used human skin to upholster chairs.

Though it is believed that he killed others during this time, Gein only admitted to the murders of Worden and Hogan. In 1958, Gein was declared insane and sent to the Wisconsin State Hospital in Mendota, where he remained until his death in 1984.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Even before the 2010 earthquake, only 54% of Haitians had access to sanitation facilities (toilets, indoor plumbing, sewer systems). Less than half had a regular source of safe drinking water.


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