Monday, March 11, 2019

Kitten (Awww Monday), Thought Provoking Quote of the Week, and Music (Poetry Monday)

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Just a kitten waiting for her spay surgery so she can go to her new home (she's already been adopted):


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's a Thought Provoking Quote of the Week in her honor.


Delores and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This week's theme is Music.       

When your mom said to you, 
"Don't you do that!"
When the teacher heard whisper,
"You're a dirty rat!"
When your sibling took your candy
And it turned into a spat,
Came a time when you had to 
Face the music.

When your girlfriend caught you
With another date,
When your boyfriend heard you
Partied without him very late,
When you turned in papers at school that the teacher
Said didn't quite rate,
Came a time when you had to
Face the music.

When you and your spouse argued
Late into the night,
When your kids were the ones who
Could do nothing right,
When the bills piled up and darkness
Seemed to have no light,
Came a time when you had to 
Face the music.

When your friends didn't support you
The way you wished they would,
When your health went south because you
Had health habits you knew weren't good,
When it all came crashing in and you
Didn't get through like you thought you should,
Came a time when you had to 
Face the music.

We will all face the music
It will all come up someday,
And I hope you know that there's a Friend
To help you on the way.
When the time comes may He tell you
"I'll help you on your way,
Come with Me and together we'll
Face the music."


Today is:

Australia Celebrations:
    Adelaide Cup Day -- SA
    Labour Day -- VIC
    Canberra Day -- ACT
    Eight Hours Day -- Tas (a/k/a Labour Day)

Brain Awareness Week begins-- the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research    

Bunching of Fairies for the Second Flight -- Fairy Calendar

Charter Day -- Pennsylvania, US

Commonwealth Day -- Commonwealth of Nations (the 54 Countries which today celebrate their ties to one another; Her Majesty the Queen will issue a special message to all Commonwealth Nations citizens through their respective Presidents and Prime Ministers)

Debunking Day -- internet holiday possibly started by someone tired of internet myths

Feast Day of Hercules/Herakles -- Ancient Roman and Greek Calendars

Frankenstein's Birthday -- Mary Shelley's famous tale was published today in 1818

Great Lent begins-- a/k/a Clean Monday, Ash Monday, Pure Monday, Monday of Lent, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, and (in Cypress) Green Monday -- Orthodox Christian

Johnny Appleseed Day / Apple Appreciation Day -- death anniversary of John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman; some say March 18

King Moshoeshoe I's Anniversary -- Lesotho

National Arts Advocacy Day -- US; through tomorrow   

National Heroes and Benefactors Day -- Belize

National No Smoking Day -- UK (for help quitting, go here)   

National Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day

Reestablishment of Independence -- Lithuania (independence from the USSR)

St. Eulogius of Cordova's Day (Patron of carpenters, coppersmiths)

Taranaki Provincial Anniversary Day -- Taranaki, New Zealand

Workplace Napping Day -- on this, the Monday after DST begins, show your boss the studies that highlight the benefit of power naps
   some sites call it National Napping Day; either way, lie down and be counted!

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film -- International

Worship of Tools Day -- begun by someone who knew we would be nowhere without tools

Anniversaries Today:

Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare, 1302
Emperor Napoleon married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise, 1810

Birthdays Today:

Terrance Howard, 1969
Alex Kingston, 1963
Curtis Brown, Jr., 1956
Douglas Adams, 1952
Bobby McFerrin, 1950
Jerry Zucker, 1950
Dominique Sanda, 1948
Charles W. Swan, 1942
Antonin Scalia, 1936
Sam Donaldson, 1934
Rupert Murdoch, 1931
Ralph Abernathy, 1926
Mercer Ellington, 1919
Ezra Jack Keats, 1916
Harold Wilson, 1916
Lawrence Welk, 1903
Robert Treat Paine, 1731
Torquato Tasso, 1544

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Cops"(TV), 1989
"A Raisin in the Sun"(Play), 1959
"Don Carlos"(Opera), 1867
"Rigoletto"(Opera), 1851
"I Capuleti e i Montecchi"(Opera), 1830
"The Daily Courant"(Newspaper; first British daily paper), 1702

Today in History:

Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty),BC1425
Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000, 1669
The first English daily newspaper "Daily Courant," begins publishing, 1702
Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation, 1708
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is published, 1818
Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Maori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand, 1845
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government, 1848
The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield, 1864
The Meiji Japanese government officially annexes the Ryukyu Kingdom into what would become the Okinawa prefecture,1872
The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins, lasting 4 days, 1888
The first confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu are observed at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1918
The Bank of Canada opens, 1935
Reginald Weit became the first African American to play in the US Tennis Open, 1948
Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," the first Broadway play by a black woman, opens, 1959
Mt. Etna in Sicily erupts, 1974
Pakistan successfully conducts a cold test of a nuclear weapon, 1983
Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader, 1985
Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, 1999
Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile, 2006
An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and triggering the second largest nuclear accident in history, 2011
England retains the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 61-21 win over Scotland at Twickenham; this is England's 11th consecutive Six Nations win and equals NZ's record of 18 consecutive international wins, 2017
China's National People's Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, which will allow Xi Jinping to retain the presidency for life, 2018


  1. I love your poem, what a great way to use the MUSIC theme.

  2. Nice poem with a meaning. It reminds me a bit of Lord of the Dance, but still different, and very much you.

  3. I am so down with Napping Day. I hate the spring time change!

  4. Mimi,

    Your poem is furtastic! I so love it and it really speaks volumes to my heart. I think we all can relate to having to face the mewsic. Thankfully, I have God to help me even when I don't want to face the mewsic. At least I know I'm not alone! Have a sparkletastic week. Oh yeah I also love the Bible verse!

  5. What a cute "inmate" behind grids !

  6. Such an adorable little one and a great Spark too!

  7. Awww on the adorable kitty. I'm glad it has a forever home all lined up.

    Face the music is spot on. You always have to face the music at some point.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, my friend. ♥

  8. I am not a "cat" person, but who can look at a kitten and not say "awwww"

  9. Aww! I am sure she will be very happy where she is going :-)

    I enjoyed your poem

    Have a versetastic day ;-)

  10. So cute and tiny. I bet she has sharp claws.

  11. Such a cute kitty and excellent spark. Great writing too, we all do face the music at some point.

  12. That's a great take on the poetry topic, Mimi - I would never have thought of that approach!

    Kittens are guaranteed to produce "awww's", aren't they? :)

  13. Cute kitty! Very nice poem. Yes, it will come a time when we all have to face the music. The only person that we can trust to be with us during that time is our Lord Jesus Christ.