News of Very Narrow Interest

Avast, ye Mateys!

For the record, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This conjures up an image of a guy with a peg leg, eye patch and parrot on his shoulder, men like Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. But like most things these days, pirates are not that easily defined. They can be foppish, like Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” or murderous hijackers, like the Somali pirates who took Tom Hanks hostage in “Captain Phillips.”

Thinking of you

Although no one knows what tomorrow will bring, a small ray of certainty recently brightened the summer holiday season. I’m referring to Aug. 20, Thinking of You Day. While browsing through birthday cards at the Papyrus store in Boston’s Prudential Center I was confronted with an entire section of cards devoted to this special day.