You Sing A Spell Chequer On A Poem

John Robinson runs a new blog since he retired his Daily Graff one which he calls The After Graff (an amalgamation of GRoan and lAFF). He now only posts on a Saturday with words of wisdom, a photo and a few words he wanted to share.

This week, his words focused on the misspelling of tomorrow. When I looked for words I commonly misspelled (with misspell being one of them) I found a poem that was posted in the comments.

This poem does not belong to me. I did not write it. I am copying what someone shared four years ago. 

Eye have a spelling chequer,
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss Steaks I can knot sea.

Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write oar wrong
It tells me straight a weigh.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your shore real glad two no.
Its vary polished in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.

Translation:

I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC
It plainly marks for my review
Mistakes I cannot see

I strike the keys and type a word
And wait for it to say
Whether I am right or wrong
It tells me straight away

I ran this poem through it
You’re sure real glad to know
It’s very polished in its way
My checker told me so

A Rare Repost – An Ulterior Motive (The Daily Graff)

It is very rare for me to do a repost or reblog, but I thought I would make an exception. John Robinson (the blogger, not the pilgrim) wrote a book of letters over a ten year period. I have reviewed this book before here, so I thought I would link to his post.

Click on the image below to go to John’s post.

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What Is Thanksgiving?

I always thought that Thanksgiving was just a day to celebrate how thankful people are for their friends, their loved ones and just being alive. When I was asked by John Robinson (the blogger, not the Pilgrim – visit his blog, he will crack you up – link opens in a new tab or window) if we have something similar over here, I looked up just what Thanksgiving celebrates.

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It turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong according to a couple of the websites I visited. This is a condensed version.

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In the late 1500s to early 1600s, a group of people separated from the Church of England and became Separatists. They would meet in a manor in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire and were forced to relocate to Holland following persecution by the English authorities.

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In 1618, they decide that they are going to head to America. They obtain a land permit and in 1620, the Mayflower and Speedwell start the journey across the sea. The Speedwell is forced to abandon the journey though due to the ship taking on water. Many of the passengers give up on the idea, but others join the Mayflower which becomes overcrowded with 102 passengers.

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In December 1620, New Plymouth is founded by the people who would later become known as the Pilgrim Fathers. It is a bad winter  and inadequate shelter along with disease claims the lives of 45 of the new arrivals.mayflower-harbor

In 1621, the Pilgrims meet with Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag Tribe and pledge peace with them. In exchange, the local tribe teaches them how to grow “The Sisters” – corn, beans, and squash.

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November 1621, and only 53 of the original Pilgrims, of which only four were women, survive to celebrate the first Thanksgiving which was to give thanks for the new colonists and a good harvest.pres-med-rec

Jump forward 243 years to October 20th 1864, and Abraham Lincoln issues a proclamation that sets aside the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and for all shops to close so everyone can celebrate it.

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Three-quarters of a century later in 1939, and Franklin D Roosevelt changes the date to the fourth Thursday in November due to some months having five repetitions of the weekday. In 1941 Congress approves the change, and Thanksgiving Day is fully set.

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Information comes from:

Thanksgiving: What’s the history of the holiday and why does the United States celebrate with a turkey dinner?site

Pilgrim Fatherssite

The Amercian Presidency Project: Abraham Lincolnsite