Monday, October 16, 2017

Friends (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!

Last week while Buff was here, he and Dumpling made friends.

Size and species doesn't have to matter in friendship.


McGuffy's Reader

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

Today is:

Boss's Day -- either celebrate, or roll your eyes, both are acceptable responses (begun by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958 in honor of her boss, who was also her father; this date was his birthday) 

Chrysanthemum Festival -- Japan ("The Festival of Happiness", various shrines; through Nov. 15)

Clean Your Bug Zapper Day -- internet generated, and we're getting a bit overboard here, aren't we?

Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day -- actually a good idea

Day of Pope John Paul II -- Poland

Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina

Dictionary Day / Learn a Word Day -- Noah Webster's birth anniversary

Dress Like A Dork Day -- does someone have it out for us with these?

Elephantine Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (several such celebrations of elephants were held around this time of year in Egypt)

Ether Day (first demonstrated use, see History)

Feast of 'Ilm (Knowledge) -- Baha'i

International Adjust Your Chair Day -- because you need to check at least once a year to make sure your chair has you in an ergonomically correct position 

National Heroes Day -- Jamaica

National Liqueur Day

Niihama Drum Festival -- Niihama, Japan (three day festival with two ton drum floats)

Sennin Musha Gyoretsu -- Tochigi, Japan (procession of 1,000 warriors; through tomorrow)

St. Hedwig's Day (Patron of brides, duchesses, difficult marriages, widows; Bavaria; Berlin, Germany; Gorlitz, Germany; Silesia; against the death of children, jealousy)

Teachers' Day -- Chile

World Food Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

The first birth control clinic in the US is opened, 1916
Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah, 1875
Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England's first residential college for women, 1869
Zion's Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, America's first department store, opens, 1868
The Collegiate School is established(forerunner of Yale University), 1701, Old Style Date

Birthdays Today:

John Mayer, 1977
Kellie Martin, 1975
Flea, 1962
Tim Robbins, 1958
Melissa Louise Belote, 1956
Barry Corbin, 1940
Bob Weir, 1947
Suzanne Somers, 1946
Gunter Grass, 1927
Angela Lansbury, 1925
William Orville Douglas, 1898
Eugene O'Neill, 1888
David Ben-Gurion, 1886
Oscar Wilde, 1854
Noah Webster, 1758

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Red Mill"(Musical), 1945
"The Man Who Came too Dinner"(Play), 1939
"Billy the Kid"(Ballet), 1938
Jane Eyre(Publication date), 1847

Today in History:

Jadwiga (yes, a she) is crowned King of Poland, 1384
Olivier van Noorts' ships reach the Philippines, 1600
George Washington takes Yorktown, 1781
Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined, 1793
Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers, 1843
Dentist William T. Morton demonstrates the effectiveness of ether, 1846
Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" is published, 1847
John Brown leads a raid on Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, 1859
The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered", 1869
John Harwood takes out a patent on a self-winding watch, 1923
The Disney Company is founded, 1923
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army, 1940
Fidel Castro is sentenced in Havana to 15 years in prison, 1953
The People's Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1964
In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act, 1970
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1973
Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave, 1978
Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1978
Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1984
Reinhold Messner becomes the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders, 1986
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated, 2002
A 1,255lb. portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor is recovered by divers in Russia, 2013


  1. Dearest Friend,
    I heartily thank you for hosting and for sharing another stunning post of yours!

    Wishing you a most lovely Monday,
    I’m sending blessings of joy on your new week

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

  2. <3 <3 <3 this. size and species dont matter <3

  3. That is a sweet photo. I love your spark for the week, that is so true. Have a great week!

  4. Mimi,

    Very true with your quote! It's sad to see how some seemingly upstanding church models are not so upstanding in the secular community. I think we should always live by the golden rule, treat others as you'd like to be treated. If everyone followed this simple truth then we wouldn't be in the mess that we are today. Thanks for the spark of inspiration!

  5. I love the friendship that you shared. I agree. Friendship is much deeper than the packaging shows. And, your Spark is very true, as well. I love that Father reminds us to Go in Peace. We are supposed to carry that to share with others. between Masses. Thank you, Mimi. Hugs!

  6. Sweet aw photo of 'Big and Little' making friends ~ friends are precious in all worlds ~ Happy Week to you ~

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Yep, size doesn't matter in friendship. Awww. They are both adorable.

    Love your Sparks. I'm met those Sunday Christians.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. ☺

  8. Oh a precious photo share. We should all get along like these furry friends. Love all the extra info here and the fact that you care so much to post it all. I sure enjoy my visits. Thank you and many HUGS for a fantastic week.

  9. Adorable photo of Dumpling and Buff!

  10. Nice friendship, though I would worry a little bit for the dog...he better play nice.

  11. I try and put out as much positive energy as possible.

  12. The dog and kitty are purrfect examples of how we should be every day! Not just on Sunday! Thumbs up!

  13. love the photo- size does not matter when it comes to friends!

  14. Differences are what make friendship wonderful. The quote needs to be on the door of churches so folks see it on their way out.

  15. That is a lovely ah moment. And you're right about social media adding to the negativity.