Doxacon Seattle weekly digest (May 26 – June 1)

Blessings to you and your loved ones as we celebrate Memorial Day today! We hope you have a wonderful time with family & friends as we remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. May they rest in peace, and may the Lord bring peace to all nations & peoples.

Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008

May 26 – Here in the United States, today is the federal holiday of Memorial Day. Initially established as Decoration Day, it commemorates US Military personnel who have died while serving. Read more at the United States National Archives. May we honor them in our celebrations today, praying for them and their loved ones.

Spines of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels - Pan paperback editions

May 28 – Today is the 116th birthday of Ian Fleming (1908), famously known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Prior to taking up writing the series, he worked for Britains Naval Intelligence Division during World War II – experiences that helped inform the stories he wrote. Read his ‘How To Write A Thriller’ essay on Lit Hub.

A spoon containing breakfast cereal flakes, part of a strawberry, and milk is held in midair against a blue background

May 31 – Today is the anniversary of Dr. Kellogg patenting ‘flaked cereal’ (1884). For many of us, Kellogg’s corn flakes were a breakfast staple – whether fondly or not-so-fondly partaken of! But the invention of this meal has a surprising history – it was an accidental discovery made in the course of trying to create a healthier morning diet! Read more about its modest beginnings at SciHi blog.

A photo of a glass of scotch set on a wooden table

June 1 – If yesterday was celebrating healthy diets, today’s celebration is of the anniversary of a somewhat less healthy (though perhaps more appreciated) food: Scotch whisky! June 1, 1495 is the date of the first known written referene to a batch of Scotch whiskey. Recorded in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland is an entry that reads (from the Latin) “To Brother John Cor, by order of the King, to make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt”. Happily, scotch whiskey is not reserved to royalty and is widely enjoyed by many. Read about the history of Scotch whisky at the Master of Malt website.

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