Monday, April 2, 2018

A to Z: Baby! (Awww Monday) and Believe (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.

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Baby Lee came for a visit, and his daddy, Red-headed Alec, tried to help him take a selfie.


Trying again.

He's ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille!


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:


Today is

Easter Monday -- Christian; related observances
    Dyngus Day
    Egg Races -- Rural Northwestern Switzerland (traditional Easter Monday races with competitors carrying large numbers of eggs from village to village)
    Emaishen -- Luxembourg (traditional market)
    Family Day -- South Africa
    Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking -- Hallaton, Leicestershire, England (traditional celebrations dating back at least 600 years)
    Memorial Day -- Republic of Georgia
    Seu Harvest Parade -- Curacao
    Sham el-Nessim -- Egypt (Smell the Breezes Day, a spring celebration for all religions; celebrated by getting outside, greeting neighbors, enjoying spring, and eating salty raw fish)

Feast of Acan -- Ancient Mayan Calendar (god of wine, whose name means either "belch" or "groan", depending on your source -- although both seem apt, one during the celebration, the other after; date approximate)

Great Lovers Day -- you don't have to be a Cassanova to celebrate the great lovers in your life!

International Children's Book Day -- on the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, sponsored this year by the USA division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People); this year's theme is "The Small is Big in a Book"

Malvinas Day -- Argentina (honors veterans of the Falklands War)

Mule Day Celebrations -- Columbia, TN, US (the "mule capital of the world" has mule shows, entertainment, dancing and music, food, and fun; through Sunday)

National Ferret Day -- US (The American Ferret Association)  

National Love Your Produce Manager Day -- with its own Facebook page   

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Reconciliation Day -- as recommended by columnist Ann Landers, use today to reach out and mend a broken relationship

Sizdehbedar -- Iran (Nature Day)

Spring Fever and Medical Aid Appeal -- Fairy Calendar

St. Francis of Paloa's Day (Patron of boatmen, mariners, naval officers, sailors, travellers, watermen; Amato, Italy; Calbria, Italy; Fossato Serraita, Italy; Sant'Agata di Esaro, Italy; against fire, plague, and sterility)

St. Urban of Langres' Day (Patron of barrel makers/coopers, gardeners, vine dressers/vine growers/vintners; Dijon, France; Langres, France; against alcoholism, blight, fainting, frost, storms)

Taily Day, Scotland (engage in pranks related to your tail end, a second day of April fooling)

Thai Heritage Conservation Day -- Thailand

Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day -- Belarus

World Autism Awareness Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

Napoleon Bonaparte marries the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, 1810

Birthdays Today:

Bethany Joy Galeotti, 1981
Christopher Meloni, 1961
Pamela Reed, 1953
Ron "Horshack" Palillo, 1949
Camille Paglia, 1947
Emmylou Harris, 1947
Linda Hunt, 1945
Leon Russell, 1942
Dr. Demento, 1941
Marvin Gaye, 1939
Jack Webb, 1920
Charles White, 1918
Alec Guinness, 1914
Buddy Ebsen, 1908
Max Ernst, 1891
Walter Chrysler, 1875
Emile Zola, 1840
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, 1834
Hans Christian Anderson, 1805
Giovanni Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, 1725
Charlemagne, 742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Nickelodeon(TV Cable Channel), 1979
"Dallas"(TV), 1978
"2001: A Space Odyssey"(Film), 1968
"As the World Turns"(TV), 1956
"The Edge of Night"(TV), 1956
Symphony No. 1 in C major(Beethoven Op. 21), 1800

Today in History:

Mehmed II begins his siege of Istanbul/Constantinople, 1453
Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot in Florida, 1513
"American Farmer," the first successful agricultural journal, begins publication, 1819
Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for president of the US, 1870
The first Easter egg roll is held on the White House lawn, 1877
Puerto Rico is given limited self rule by the US Congress, 1900
The first full time movie theater, the "Electric Theater," opens in Los Angeles, 1902
The Titanic undergoes sea trials under her own power, 1912
President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany, 1917
Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia, 1930
Charles Lindbergh turns over the $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son, 1932
The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London, 1962
Argentine forces sieze the Falkland Islands, beginning the Falklands War, 1982
Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province (British Columbia), 1991
Israeli forces surround and besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated, 2002
Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each, 2012
The Arms Trade Treaty, the first-ever bill to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, is passed by the U.N. General Assembly, 2013


Elephant's Child said...

Selfies never looked so good.

Gosia said...

A great baby love From Europe

Cruisin Paul said...

What a cute baby. Have a wonderful Monday Mimi. See ya.

Cruisin Paul

stevebethere said...

Awwww! how very cute he got a pose in in the end heheh!

Have a posetastic week :-)

The Cynical Sailor said...

Those are super cute selfies :-)

pilch92 said...

Awwww..he is adorable. Great spark too.

joeh said...

Better check his cheeks, he's hiding something in them.

carol l mckenna said...

Lee is such a cutie! What a blessing! ~

Great post and spark ~

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

Darla M Sands said...

This made me grin. Thank you for sharing this great spark. Be well!

DrillerAA09 said...

Handsome young man. He will have that selfie thing down soon enough.
I was all excited about Breezes Day right up until the "eating salty raw fish part".

Sandee said...

Oh he's more than adorable. Being around babies is such fun. They are ever so entertaining.

Love your Sparks. Life is indeed what you think it is. You can thing positive or negative. I'm going to be positive.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

oh my what a cutie patootey!!! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

Peabea Scribbles said...

Great selfie...adorable. Also like the inspiring Spark. :)

Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

Cathy Kennedy said...


Now, that's the cutest selfie ever! :) Yes, believing life is worth living, a common mistake we all make from time to time. Don't stop believing! Thanks for visiting yesterday's A2Z iPad Art Sketches Through the Alphabet contribution. Have a good day, my friend!

Jan said...

It's easy to forget how adorable human babies are, thanks for reminding us.