Space Alien Gazette

Saturday, November 20, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING, 2021

The Space Alien invited guests for Thanksgiving!

But as in earlier years when the Space Alien had extended this invitation, Tom Turkey ran away!          

                                                                                



  

"I'm sorry!" exclaimed Tom Turkey. "I seem to have another appointment!  Gotta go!" 

And the Pilgrim Turkey likewise seemed to be otherwise occupied! 


                           

What to do?  Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without guests!

But the resourceful Space Alien was determined to make the day special, and carefully prepared fall vegetables with plenty of lovely orange and yellow!   



Then the Space Alien baked a beautiful apple pie!  


It would be a lonely Thanksgiving without these friends, thought the Space Alien, but still a thankful one.  Publishing a newspaper read by so many Loyal Readers was surely something to be thankful for!  

But just as the Space Alien sat down to enjoy a beautiful meal, there was a knock at the door!

Why, it was Tom Turkey and the Pilgrim Turkey!  

"Could we join you for your Thanksgiving feast?" they asked.

"Of course," said the Space Alien -- "Please come in and sit down!  I'm so thankful to have friends like you!"

"And we are thankful for you!" replied Tom Turkey and the Pilgrim Turkey.

And they all enjoyed their lovely meal together!  

All of us here in the busy editorial offices of the Space Alien Gazette wish our Loyal Readers -- whether together or separately -- a peaceful Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN ENJOYS A GALA BRUNCH

It was time for a bit of celebration.  The COVID19 pandemic seemed to be under somewhat better control, and people might soon be out on the town!

In anticipation of this, the Space Alien decided to enjoy a fabulous brunch in the exquisite lobby of Chicago’s famous Peninsula Hotel, before the expected crowds arrived.


The chef was thrilled to learn that the Space Alien would soon enjoy some of his delicious creations!


The Space Alien, in turn, was thrilled to greet the chef and his staff and to enjoy an unparalleled view of Chicago's world famous "Magnificent Mile!"

The decisions facing the Space Alien were difficult:  


The Smoked Salmon Benedict looked delicious and the Space Alien considered it carefully, with its English Muffin topped with two poached farm eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, chives and lemon!  


The price was no problem as the Space Alien was always the welcome guest of a delighted management!



 

But the health conscious Space Alien also considered the  Peninsula Spa Breakfast, with organic low-fat yogurt, seasonal berries, a healthful muffin, and an egg white fritatta with spinach, asparagus, kale and avocado. 



At last the Space Alien opted for the Buffet, with so many wonderfully delicious and healthful choices!   



It was a lovely morning for the Space Alien!  

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN OBSERVES GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY

The Space Alien, always concerned for the health and well-being of human friends, has decided that the best "special day" to feature this October would be Global Handwashing Day on October 15.  

You can read more about Global Handwashing Day here:   

https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/community-forum/

Here is some information about this special day:

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

This year’s theme, “Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together,” calls for collective action. This community forum serves as a conversational space that curates, collects, and maintains resources, blogs, and content for Global Handwashing Day.

Global Handwashing Day is sponsored by UNICEF,  USAID, and, not surprisingly, by major soap manufacturers as well.  Learn more about supporters of this special day at: https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/supporters/

At this precarious time, the Space Alien gently reminds Loyal Readers: Wash Your Hands!                                      

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Friday, September 3, 2021

A NEW YEAR FOR THE SPACE ALIEN

Beginning at sundown on Monday, September 6, 2021, through nightfall on Wednesday, September 8, the Space Alien will observe Rosh Hashanah, the Birthday of the World, for the year 5782!

The Space Alien resolves to work hard in the coming year to relieve suffering everywhere, and to preserve and enhance this wonderful creation.

The Space Alien and Your Editor wish our Loyal Readers a good, sweet and healthy year!  






Learn more about this holiday at:

Read more about the Space Alien's activities on this day at: 



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Thursday, August 12, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN ENJOYS A DAY OF SAILING

As summer drew to a close, the Space Alien decided to go sailing and invited Your Editor aboard.   

The Space Alien, an expert skipper, was at the helm and Your Editor was thrilled to perform minor crew duties!  


We hope our Loyal Readers are enjoying these last beautiful days of summer!
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Friday, July 2, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN OBSERVES INDEPENDENCE DAY

Instead of wild carousing on the Fourth of July this year, the Space Alien is visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia to consider the meaning of this day in our Nation's history!                        


We hope that as Loyal Readers enjoy this historic holiday they will also take some time to think about how these words might best inform our lives today!    

Here is a link to an article from the National Archives that the Space Alien will continue to study!  It has lots of history and other information about the important document that we celebrate each year on Independence Day, July 4th!  You might like to look at it too!

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

And enjoy the Space Alien Gazette online at https://www.spacealiengazette.com

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN REVELS ON MIDSUMMER NIGHT

Each year the Space Alien revels on Midsummer Night, an evening observed with festivities in many lands around the time of the summer solstice which in 2021 falls on June 20.  


In years past, the Space Alien delighted summer theatre audiences by playing the role of Puck in performances of Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.   



Once again we are pleased to share these exclusive pictures of the Space Alien in the role of Puck, dressed in traditional rustic garb.




And in the same role in another production the Space Alien wears an exquisite Elizabethan costume! 

Unfortunately COVID-19 may put a damper on these events where the Space Alien once played to huge and wildly appreciative audiences. 

If you are not familiar with this play, there are many online information sources and even productions.  The Space Alien hopes you will will use this extra daylight to examine them!  
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June 8, 1625 was the birthday of Giovanni Domenico Cassini, the famous astronomer who, among many other things, discovered the satellites and rings of Saturn.   

The Space Alien Gazette dedicated an issue to this genius and the spacecraft named for him at: https://www.spacealiengazette.com/2017/09/the-space-alien-says-arrivederci-cassini.html   

Giovanni Domenico Cassini
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On June 19th the Space Alien will mark Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union Soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the Civil War and slavery.  The Space Alien will study these websites and other sources and consider the meaning of this day.

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 This month marks the Fifth Anniversary
 of the Space Alien Gazette, on the Internet since June, 2016.  
The Space Alien invites you to review back issues at www.SpaceAlienGazette.com.
 Thank you, Loyal Readers, for your interest in the 
Space Alien Gazette
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

THE SPACE ALIEN CELEBRATES A SPECIAL DAY IN MAY

Today is Limerick Day! 

Limerick Day is observed on the birthday of the great limerick writer Edward Lear, born on May 12, 1812, who encouraged everyone to write limericks!  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Edward_Lear

The Space Alien decided to observe Limerick Day by writing some limericks, including one in honor of Your Editor!   

Here is some of the Space Alien's original work:

1. To My Editor:

I'm lucky to have a great Editor,
Who checks every comma and let-ti-ter!
Despite my bad spelling,
She never starts yelling,
She just tries to make it all bet-ti-ter! 

2. To our Loyal Readers:

We feel an immense sense of gratitude, 
If the S.A.G. brightens your attitude, 
We work year after year,
Without favor or fear,
And we print neither triteness nor platitude!

Inspired by the Space Alien's efforts, this is what Your Editor wrote for the Space Alien: 

Your home is in Space, that I know,
But you've lived here since ages ago,
Please remain at this station, 
You're our inspiration, 
Although your job pays little dough! 
 
We encourage each of our Loyal Readers to join the Space Alien in writing limericks!   
                                                   
And now Your Editor and the Space Alien will sit down together to enjoy the Space Alien's very special cake!  
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Loyal Readers desiring more information about this important day and the poetic form it honors are directed to the following websites:  

1.  https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/limerick-day

2.  https://nationaltoday.com/national-limerick-day/

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lear

And please note:  The SAG Earth Day Edition posted April 22 was not mailed to subscribers, but is posted at: http://www.spacealiengazette.com/2021/04/the-space-alien-observes-earth-day.html

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     The Space Alien is thrilled that a Talented Team of Loyal Readers took up this challenge and immediately responded with the following excellent Limericks!

We look forward to the Gazette with such glee

And all the fine news we shall see 

It’s a welcome respite

When your day goes to &%*$

Now where are my crumpets and tea


The readers of every fine issue,

Whether humorous or requiring a tissue,

Send warm greetings this day

And take a moment to say

We love you so much and we miss you


And for the Space Alien themself


The Space Alien’s a very fine friend

One’s sprits they lift and they mend

At tachyonic speeds

Attending to needs

From sunup until the days end



Your adoring readers.