Monday, April 30, 2018

A to Z: Zillions (Awww Monday) and Zeal (Sparks!)

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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!

Z is for Zillions, because that's how much we love our Little Girl.  She is 20 today, our little baby, our soldier.







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The wonderful Annie of McGuffy's Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris

My "Spark" for the day





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Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Georgia

Birthday of the King / Konungens födelsedag -- Sweden (HM King Carl XVI Gustav; an official flag day)

Bugs Bunny Day -- while some consider his debut to have been in "A Wild Hare," released in July two years later, other say that Bugs was the rabbit in "Porky's Hare Hunt," relased this date in 1938

Camarón Day -- French Foreign Legion

Carnival Day -- Sint Maarten

Consumer Protection Day -- Thailand

Díá De Los Niños/Díá De Los Libros -- American Library Association (Children Day/Book Day; a celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds)

Dia de Rincon -- Rincon, Bonaire

El Dia del Nino -- Mexico (Children's Day)

Fairy Queen's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

Faeriae Latinae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Feast of the Latin League, a festival to honor Jupiter)

International Jazz Day -- UNESCO (originated with the New Jersey Jazz Society and sanctioned by the United Nations Jazz Society, the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society) 

Lailat al-Bara'ah (Shab Barat) -- Islam (Night of Forgiveness, a preparation for Ramadan; begins at sunset, local custom dates may vary)

Liberation/Reunification Day -- Vietnam

May Eve -- eve of the first day of summer in many traditions, including
    Beltane/Samhain Eve -- Pagan traditions
    Carodejnice -- Czech Republic; Slovakia
    Maitag Vorabend -- Switzerland 
    Mange les Morts -- Haiti (festival of the dead)
    Salus -- Portugal; Spain (festival of the dead)
    Valborgsmässoafton -- Sweden
    Walpurgis Night -- Ancient Celtic/Nordic Calendars

Mr. Potato Head Day -- the classic toy went on sale this day in 1952, and you used your own potato

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day -- US (can't find a sponsoring organization, but it's not a bad idea)

National Honesty Day -- including Honest Abe Awards (Abies) and dishonorable mentions for those who have been particularly publicly egregious; celebrated today because we began the month with April Fooling and lies, so today is to celebrate the opposite*

National Raisin Day

St. Adjutor of Vernon's Day (Patron of drowning victims, sailors, swimmers, yatchsmen; Vernon, France; against drowning)

St. James the Great's Day -- Orthodox Christian

Teacher's Day -- Paraguay

Theravadin New Year -- Buddhist (through tomorrow; dates and length of celebration can vary locally)

*to nominate someone for an Abie or a dishonorable mention, contact M. Hirsh Goldberg, founder and author of The Book of Lies, mhgoldberg@comcast.net)



Anniversaries Today:

Pele marries Assiria Seixas Lemos, 1994
The Organization of American States is founded, 1948
Louisiana becomes the 18th US state, 1812


Birthdays Today:

Dianna Agron, 1986
Kirsten Dunst, 1982
Johnny Galecki, 1975
Jeff Timmons, 1973
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, 1971
Adrian Pasdar, 1965
Michael Waltrip, 1963
Isiah Thomas, 1961
Stuart Mathis, 1960
Stephen Harper, 1959
Jane Campion, 1954
Perry King, 1948
Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, 1946
Michael J. Smith, 1945
Jill Clayburgh, 1944
Burt Young, 1940
Gary Collins, 1938
Willie Nelson, 1933
Cloris Leachman, 1926
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, 1909
Eve Arden, 1908
Ellis Wilson, 1899
Louise Dilworth Beatty Homer, 1871


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barnum"(Musical), 1980
"The Dresser"(Play), 1980
"Inside U.S.A."(Musical revue), 1948
"Arthur Godfrey Time"(Radio), 1945
"Pelleas et Melisande"(Opera), 1902
"Dmitri Donskoi"(Opera), 1852
"Love for Love"(Play), 1695


Today in History:

Supernova  SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation  Lupus, 1006
Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503, 1483
Columbus is given a royal commission to equip his fleet, 1492
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States, 1789
The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France, 1803
Nicaragua  declares independence from the Central American Federation, 1838
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to 
make up time on the Cannonball Express, 1900
Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city, 1907
Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty, 1920
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, 1927
The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny, 1938
In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established, 1948
The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom, 1963
Communist forces gain control of Saigon and the Vietnam War formally ends, 1975
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1980
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free, 1993
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 1999
Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters, 2008
Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China, 2010
Born without a trachea, a 2-year-old Korean-Canadian child is the youngest patient in history to receive a bioengineered organ made from stem cells; she received the transplanted organ at the Children's Hospital of Illinois, 2013

14 comments:

  1. A very happy birthday to your Little Girl. With many more to come.

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  2. You lit up my morning! A delightful end to the challenge.


    A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

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  3. We had one of the original Mr. Potato Heads. You got a lot more variations of personality out of those, depending upon the potato used.
    (I say "had" but I still have the majority of the pieces in a cupboard somewhere...)

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  4. whoops!
    P.S. ... We Made It!!
    Good job. (*nod, nod*)

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  5. I guess I should have had my Crunchy Raisin Bran for breakfast to celebrate "Raisin Day". Maybe I'll have a baked potato tonight to celebrate Mr. Potato Head Day. Have a blessed week.

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  6. Congratulations to your baby girl ( 20 year old baby girl ). You must be proud. Of course you are.
    Have a great day Mimi.


    Cruisin Paul

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  7. Wonderful Confucius quote. Love the pictures of your daughter as a child and now all grown up.

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  8. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Little Girl,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    Love your Spark. It's ever so true.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and a wonderful week. ♥

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  9. Mimi,

    Excellent 'Sparks' quote. I think I do more for others than for myself, sometimes my efforts are appreciated and other times not but regardless of how it's received I feel good about going the extra distance for those I love. Thanks for sharing and congrats for finishing the A to Z Challenge, my friend! :)

    PS: I'm running a bit behind since I was absent through the weekend and then today...BAM, I got hit some big things to do. Calgone, take me away! :D

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch 'Z' for Zinnias

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  10. It's fun watching our kids grow up. Happy birthday to your baby girl.

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  11. Great quote! And what a lovely Z post. Very nice. Be well!

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  12. You must be exploding with pride for all your "Little Girl" has accomplished! Please extend my thanks and gratitude for her service. Love your Spark for today. It would be wonderful if everyone adopted that mindset.

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  13. Happy Birthday to your 'little girl' ~ and great spark!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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