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This site is the online repository for all things related to Scott Bradford: fiction, opinion, news, music, and more. It was started in 1995 and is now at version 25.1 (25.1.34/5.3.27). Don’t forget to try and find the Easter Egg, and let me know if you do!

The site is managed using WordPress, a PHP and MySQL-based blogging and content management system, and makes use of common web standards. More information about the technologies used to make this site can be found on the Technology page.

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Additional Information

2020 Recognized Holidays

These holidays will be marked with a special image and brief message on Off on a Tangent this year, in accordance with the Tangent Style Guide. All holiday images are from public domain or royalty free sources.


January 1, 2020: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Celebrating Mary, mother of Jesus Christ and, therefore, mother of God. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


January 5, 2020: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Celebrating the visit of the Magi and the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


January 20, 2020: Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. King and the ideal of racial equality. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


January 22, 2020: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Celebrating the dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


January 25, 2020: Chinese Lunar New Year (農曆新年)

Celebrating the new Chinese zodiac year. 恭喜發財! More info.
Category: Other, Cultural Holidays


February 1, 2020: National Freedom Day

Celebrating the 13th Amendment and the end of slavery in the United States. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


February 17, 2020: Washington’s Birthday

Celebrating George Washington, founder and first President of the United States. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


February 26, 2020: Ash Wednesday

The beginning the forty-day penitential & prayerful season of Lent. More info.
Category: Catholic, Days of Fasting and Abstinence


March 19, 2020: Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrating Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary and stepfather of Jesus Christ. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


March 25, 2020: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Celebrating the annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the Angel Gabriel. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Remembering Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


April 9, 2020: Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday)

Remembering Jesus’s last supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


April 10, 2020: Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

Remembering Jesus Christ’s suffering and death in remittance of our sins. More info.
Category: Catholic, Days of Fasting and Abstinence


April 11, 2020: Holy Saturday

Remembering Jesus Christ in the tomb . . . crucified, but not yet resurrected. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


April 12, 2020: Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter)

Celebrating Christ’s resurrection and triumph over death and sin. More info.
Category: Catholic, Principal Celebrations


April 13, 2020: Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

Celebrating Jefferson, founder and author of the Declaration of Independence. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


May 3, 2020: Polish Constitution Day

Celebrating the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791, and Polish culture and history. More info.
Category: Other, Cultural Holidays


May 7, 2020: National Day of Prayer

Today we turn to God in prayer, fasting, and meditation for our country. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


May 15, 2020: Peace Officers Memorial Day

Honoring law enforcement officers killed or injured in the line of duty. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


May 24, 2020: Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Celebrating Jesus Christ’s ascent, body and soul, to the Father’s side in heaven. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


May 25, 2020: Memorial Day

Remembering all those who died in United States military service. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


May 28, 2020: Wedding Anniversary

Remembering our marriage, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. More info.
Category: Other, Personal Holidays


May 31, 2020: Solemnity of Pentecost

Commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit; the birthday of the Christian Church. More info.
Category: Catholic, Principal Celebrations


June 7, 2020: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Celebrating the Most Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


June 14, 2020: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Celebrating the body and blood of Jesus Christ, shed for our sins. More info.
Category: Catholic, Principal Celebrations


June 19, 2020: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Celebrating Christ’s love for all of God’s people. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


June 24, 2020: Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Celebrating the birth of John the Baptist, the precursor of Jesus Christ. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


June 29, 2020: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Celebrating Saint Peter (the first pope) and Saint Paul (the early apostle). More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


July 4, 2020: Independence Day

Celebrating U.S. independence from England, as declared July 4, 1776. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


August 14, 2020: Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Remembering the life of Maximilian Kolbe, who offered up his life for a stranger. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


August 15, 2020: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrating Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


September 7, 2020: Labor Day

Celebrating the contributions of the American worker to our nation’s prosperity. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


September 11, 2020: Patriot Day

Remembering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and victims of terrorism. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


September 16, 2020: Mayflower Day

Remembering the arrival of the Mayflower pilgrims in Massachusetts. More info.
Category: Other, Cultural Holidays


September 17, 2020: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Celebrating the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


October 2, 2020: Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節)

Celebrating the mid-autumn, a time of gathering, thanksgiving, and prayer. More info.
Category: Other, Cultural Holidays


October 9, 2020: Leif Erikson Day

Honoring Leif Erikson, the first known European to set foot in the Americas. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


October 12, 2020: Columbus Day

Honoring Christopher Columbus and the European discovery of the Americas. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


October 19, 2020: Yorktown Day

Celebrating the U.S. victory over the U.K. at the Battle of Yorktown. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


October 28, 2020: Feast of Saint Jude Thaddeus

Remembering the apostle and patron saint of lost causes and impossible situations. More info.
Category: Catholic, Other Observances


November 1, 2020: Solemnity of All Saints

Honoring all saints, known and unknown, who have gone before us into glory. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


November 3, 2020: Election Day

Go vote (if you are eligible). It’s election day in the United States. More info.
Category: Government, Virginia Holidays


November 11, 2020: Veterans Day

Celebrating all those who served honorably in the United States armed forces. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


November 22, 2020: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Celebrating Jesus Christ’s dominion over the universe and everything in it. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


November 26, 2020: Thanksgiving Day

Giving thanks to God for our family, friends, health, possessions, and more. More info.
Category: Government, U.S. Federal Holidays


November 27, 2020: Day After Thanksgiving

Continuing the Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends. More info.
Category: Government, Virginia Holidays


November 29, 2020: First Sunday of Advent

Beginning a season of penance and prayer in preparation for the coming of Christ. More info.
Category: Catholic, Solemnities


December 7, 2020: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Remembering the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


December 8, 2020: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrating God’s preservation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from original sin. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


December 15, 2020: Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating limited government and the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. More info.
Category: Government, Other Observances


December 20, 2020: Baptism Day

Remembering my receipt of the Sacrament of Baptism. More info.
Category: Other, Personal Holidays


December 24, 2020: Christmas Eve

Celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in Bethlehem. More info.
Category: Government, Virginia Holidays


December 25, 2020: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, in Bethlehem. More info.
Category: Catholic, Holy Days of Obligation


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