Monday, April 16, 2018

A to Z: Night Guard (Awww Monday) and Nice (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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Little Girl, who is in the Army National Guard, had a training weekend, so she spent her nights here.  She brought Coda the German shepherd, and the dog slept on the cot with her.  When i had to sneak down in the middle of the night, Coda jumped up in protection mode, a faithful night guard: 

Halt!  Who goes there?


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


To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.


Today is:

Boston Marathon -- Boston, MA, US (121st running)

Day of Mushroom Encouragement -- Fairy Calendar

Dronningens Fodselsdag -- Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)

Emancipation Day -- Washington, D.C., US

Holiday of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Jim Thorpe Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)

Jose de Diego's Birthday -- Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)

National Eggs Benedict Day

National Healthcare Decision Week begins -- US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; "It always seems to early, until it's too late.")    

Offering to Demeter Khloe -- Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)

Patriot's Day -- US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War)

Sechselauten -- Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symolic destruction of the Boog - Old Man Winter - in the form of a snowman)

St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)

St. Padarn's Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint's day)

World Entrepreneurship Day

World Voice Day -- if you've ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice    

Anniversaries Today:

Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910

Birthdays Today:

Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Brown Sugar"(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
"Fibber McGee and Molly"(Radio), 1935
"Mazeppa"(Symphonic poem, Liszt' S 100), 1854
"The Contrast"(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)

Today in History:

Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction, 2012
The Vatican ends a five-year investigation into a key organization of U.S. nuns two years ahead of schedule and recommends no major changes; the group was under scrutiny for practices considered out of line with Catholic Church teaching, 2015


  1. That is a good and faithful guard dog! Never sleeps on its job!

  2. I grew up with German Shepherds and have a huge soft spot for them.

  3. Lights in this world -yes, a lovely idea.

  4. That's one guard I wouldn't challenge! Thanks for enlightening me as to why I found a fairy talking to my pot of mushroom soup this morning!

  5. Mimi,

    It's good to have a guard dog. I wish we had one outdoors. Maybe, we will someday. DD#2 has an excellent guard dog who would protect her at all cost. I'm so glad she has him and takes him on her solo hikes. Hopefully, she'll never need him in that capacity but if she does the he would die defending her. Today's post is a hodgepodge of posts with 4M, Sparks, A2Z, & BoTB. Have a tunetastic week and happy A2Zing, my friend!

    Curious as a Cathy
    iPad Art Sketch 'N' is for Naptime for Baby

  6. Little Girl now has her own security guard heheh!

    Have a securetastic day :-)

  7. Coda is a cutie and a great guard dog. I always felt safe when we had a dog, but with so many cats now ,it would be tough to find one that I could trust with them. Excellent spark.

  8. I deleted the two extra links. No problem. We all mess then up from time to time.

    Protection mode indeed. So precious. They are a Godsend for so many.

    Love your Spark. Spot on. Nice is far better.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. May you have a blessed day and week. ♥

  9. Sweet photo and lovely spark!

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Coda looks so adorable! I absolutely love German shepherds! <3

  11. Coda is beautiful and, in typical Shepherd fashion, an excellent guard dog. Gentle & loving until you give them a reason not to. I love German Shepherds. I don't think I'll ever stop missing mine.

  12. Fond tho' I am of knowledge, even arcane knowledge, I have to admit that "Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178" just makes me think, "Somebody had way too much time on their hands..."

  13. His leash looks like he is carrying a strap in his mouth -- like he was going to tie up the intruder with it, lol.


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