Monday, October 9, 2017

Awww Monday and Sparks!

Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.

Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

rEcess was fun on Friday.  We had:

A Princess who got out of her chair for lots of fun building a castle with blocks.

Batgirl making the world a better place with arts and crafts.


The wonderful Annie of McGuffy's Reader is hosting Sparks, an inspirational and  positive thought for the week link-up, every Monday.  
"The negative energy in the world has become thick and oppressive. Social media has become a part of this dark, negative storm. There is an obvious universal need for more positive energy. And, we can all be part of this affirmative change." ~ McGuffy Ann Morris

My "Spark" for the day is the "Pledge of Respect" from the BRRespect Movement:

As a citizen of Baton Rouge, I commit myself to help create a better community by upholding these standards of respect.
To treat others the way I want to be treated.
To practice kindness.
To return disrespect with respect.
To be slow to anger and quick to forgive.
To honor others before myself.
To give to someone who cannot give in return.
To serve without thought of recognition or personal gain.
To be my best and give my best every day.
To see beyong the past and look toward the future for the good of our community, so that together we can "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

Today is:

Abolition Day -- Saint Barthelemy

Ana-hachimangu Yabusame -- Toyama Park, Tokyo, Japan (demonstration of the ancient art of horseback archery)

Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Nautilus Night -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate all of the lesser-known extant cephalopods

Columbus Day/Discovery Day/Two Worlds Day/Anti-Columbus Day/Native Americans Day/Pan America Day -- observed, several countries
    American Indian Heritage Day -- AL, US
    Columbus Day (obs.) -- Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
    Dia del Respet a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina
    Fraternal Day -- AL, US
    Native Americans' Day -- much of the US formally; almost everywhere informally (a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans)

Commonwealth Culture Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Community Day -- Valencia, Spain

Curious Events Holiday -- Fairy Calendar

Establishment of the Samitinget in Norway -- Sami People's Parliament

Feast of Abraham the Patriarch -- Christian

Festival for Fausta Felicitas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of good luck and joy)

Festival for Venus -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Fitness Day / Health-Sports Day -- Japan

Give Peace a Chance Day / Instant Karma Day -- in honor of the birth aniversary of John Lennon

Guayaquil Independence Day -- Ecuador

Independence Day -- Uganda(1962)

Korean Alphabet Day -- Korea (Hangul Nal)

Leif Erickson Day -- Iceland; Norway; Minnesota and Wisconsin, US

Lotu-a-Tamaiti -- Samoa; Tokelau (Day after White Sunday)

Messenger Appreciation Day -- 10/9 in radio talk is a request to repeat information

Moldy Cheese Day (sorry, but i do not like the stinky, moldy cheeses, at least not the heavier ones; if you enjoy them, then by all means you may have my share!)

Mop Fair -- Tewkesbury, England (through tomorrow; festival dating back to the 12th century, originally a fair in which prospective employers came to find laborers, now two days of fun, fairgrounds rides, traditional games and sideshows, and more)

Naha Tug-of-War Festival -- Okinawa, Japan (tug-of-war involving a 27 ton rope)

National Chess Day -- US (declared by President Ford in 1976) 

National Day of Honor -- Peru (sometimes translated as Day of Dignity; commemorates the nationalization of the country's oil fields)

National Kick-Butt Day -- a day to kick yourself in the rump, jump start yourself to doing something you've been wanting to do and making excuses for not doing; begun by Sylvia Henderson 

National Metric Week -- US (yes, it's no fun to switch; get over it and learn, it's good for your brain!)  

National Submarine/Grinder/Hoagie/Hero/PoBoy/Pierogi Day -- each of these has its own special day, but today you get to pick which one you want

Norfolk Island Agricultural Show Day -- Norfolk Island, Australia

St. Denis' Day (Patron of possessed people; France; Paris, France; against frenzy, headaches, rabies, and strife)

St. Dionysius the Areopagite's Day (considered the first Bishop of Athens, mentioned in Acts 17; Patron of Zakynthos Island, Greece; against headaches and the devil)

St. Louis Bertrand's Day (Patron of Caribbean vicariates; Columbia; Dominican novices)

Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival -- Takayama, Japan (ancient, elaborate floats parade through the old city; through tomorrow)

Thanksgiving -- Canada (Interfaith)

Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico Friendship Day

World Post Day / Universal Postal Union Day -- UN

World Rainforest Week begins -- International 

Ziua Nationala de Comemorare a Holocaustului -- Romania (National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust)

Anniversaries Today:

Mission San Francisco de Asis, the oldest building in the city of San Francisco and now called Mission Delores, is founded, 1776
King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII of England, 1514

Birthdays Today:

Zachary Ty Bryan, 1981
Brandon Routh, 1979
Eddie Guerrero, 1967
David Cameron, 1966
Michael Pare, 1959
Mike Singletary, 1958
Tony Shalhoub, 1953
Scott Bakula, 1954
Sharon Osbourne, 1952
Robert Wuhl, 1951
Jackson Browne, 1948
John Entwistle, 1944
Brian Lamb, 1941
Joe Pepitone, 1940
John Lennon, 1940
Russell Myers, 1938
Donald Sinden, 1923
Jacques Tati, 1908
Bruce, Catton, 1899
Alfred Dreyfus, 1859
Camille Saint-Saens, 1835
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, 1823 (with her husband, the first black newspaper publishers in the US)
Robert de Sorbon, 1201 (founded Sorbonne University, Paris)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"High Button Shoes"(Musical), 1949
"The Iceman Cometh"(Play), 1946
"June Moon"(Play), 1929

Today in History:

Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (somewhere in New England or Nova Scotia, possibly?), 1000
Leif Ericson lands in L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada, a definitive European landing in the "New World", 1003
The Korean Hangual alphabet is devised, 1446
Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land, 1635
Collegiate School of CT (Yale University) is chartered in New Haven, 1701
Father Francisco Palou founds Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California, 1776
City of Hobart, Tasmania, founded, 1804
Official opening of the University of Ghent, 1817
Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor, 1855
Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass., patents the first Calliope, 1855
The first US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, 1865
Aaron Montgomery starts the mail order business that will later become Montgomery Ward, 1872
The Universal Postal Union is created as part of the Treaty of Berne, 1874
The first 2-way telephone conversation over outdoor wires occurs, 1876
Washington Monument opens to the public, 1888
Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to attend a World Series Game, 1915
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) forms, 1926
Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to L.A., 1936
A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia, 1967
The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia, 1970
Abolition of capital punishment in France, 1981
A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu, 1992
North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device, 2006
The first lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts occur as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, 2009


  1. It is heart warming to see the little ones playing together. You are doing a beautiful job. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Shots about children playing are always so touching, thank you for sharing them, darling Mimi, and thank you for hosting, as well !

    Wishing you a wonderful Monday and new week ahead

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. Mimi,

    This pledge is one all communities across the country should uphold. Just imagine the difference we would see in our neighbors if we all lived by these worlds?! I just thought of a song (Pass It On by Kurt Kaiser)that mentions the power of a "spark" and I just added it to my post. Thanks for the inspiration & have a sparkstastical week, my friend!

  4. Mimi, THANK YOU. I love this. It actually made me teary. All communities should take a cue from Baton Rouge. We all need to do that.
    I love the Princess and BatGirl, too. Sweet kids! HUGS.

  5. I love your Spark. And I love the idea of REcess and that you volunteer at it. If the world were filled with people like you, we would have peace. XO

  6. Wow! Lots of uplifting words, photos, and interesting information. I go with pierogi all the way! Yum. Be well!

  7. Recess is fun any day. If only our world would make every day "Give Peace a Chance Day".

  8. I love the Pledge of Respect. Throughout my teaching ( 31 year ). I always told my students that they didn't have to like me but they had to respect me because I would respect them all. Guess what Mimi? Some hated me but they still respected me for who I was even though I tried to teach them. I believed in discipline with respect & love and to this day, my students still love and respect me I'm so happy.
    See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. I know how much you love rEcess. You do so many wonderful things.

    I love, love, love your pledge. Wow, if everyone would do this it would be wonderful.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. ☺

  10. thumbs up for rEcess and the Pledge! Have a wonderful week!

  11. What a nice post :-)

    Have an awwtastic day :-)

  12. I try to never miss your Monday posts and today was even better than puppies and kitties.

  13. Great post. Such cute kids. Have a great week.

  14. Great post! Lots of positive shares here. I try very hard to live by the Golden Rule yet it is difficult with all the negativity going around. I choose kindness, always will. Our youngest Hannah works with young children so I enjoy hearing stories. Kids do and say some pretty cute things. Have a great week! HUGS