Monday, January 21, 2019

Mascot (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and An Attempt At Poetry

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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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Riley, our prayer group dog.


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


Delores of Muted Mumblings has participated in a Monday poetry post, and this week she provided the prompts of "ice and snow."  In a rash moment, i said i would try to see what i could do, so here goes:

Ice and snow
Do not go
With alligators

Cold and bluster
tend to fluster
our hot swamps

We can tell you
Winter comes too
Often for us

We are creatures
All whose features
Love the heat

Don't know if that counts as a poem, but at least it's something.    


Today is:

Anniversary of the Elf Wars -- Fairy Calendar

Blue Monday -- UK (it's gloomy winter, it's after the holidays, it's time to cheer someone up by doing something nice for him/her)

Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan) begins

Errol Barrow Day -- Barbados

Full Wolf Moon -- the wolves howl hungrily during this cold month, sometimes called the Old Moon or the Yule Moon; some of the following celebrations began yesterday evening
    Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
    Mahayana New Year -- Buddhist
    Pyatho Full Moon -- Myanmar (traditionally the time of equestrian festivals)
    Thorrablot/Thurseblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (feast honoring Thor, guardian of Midgard, at the first full moon of the new year)
    Thaipusam/Thaipoosam Cavadee -- Tamil People; Malaysia; Mauritius (Tamil Hindu multi-day celebration of the birth of the god Murugan)

International Bon Jovi Day -- they released their first album this date in 1983

Lady of Altagracia Day -- Dominican Republic

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- US and Territories (obs.)

National Hugging Day™ -- includes the announcements of the Most Huggable People of the Year

New England Clam Chowder Day

Quebec Flag Day -- Quebec, Canada

Squirrel Appreciation Day -- sponsored by Christy Hargrove of the Western North Carolina Nature Center

St. Agnes' Day (Patron of betrothed couples, bodily purity/chastity, crops, gardeners, Girl Scouts, girls, rape victims, virgins; the Colegio Capranica of Rome; Manresa, Spain; Rockville Centre, NY)

St. Meinrad of Einsiedeln's Day (Patron of hospitality; Einsiedeln, Switzerland; Swabia, Germany)

Tu B'Shevat -- Judaism ("New Year of the Trees", began yesterday at sunset, through sunset today)

Wellington Provincial Anniversary Day -- Wellington, New Zealand (obs.; trad. date 22nd)

Anniversary Today:

Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit, 1915

Birthdays Today:

Robby Benson, 1956
Geena Davis, 1956
Billy Ocean, 1960
Jill Eikenberry, 1947
Mac Davis, 1942
Placido Domingo, 1941
Jack Nicklaus, 1940
Wolfman Jack, 1939
Benny Hill, 1925
Telly Savalas, 1924
Benny Hill, 1924
Paul Scofield, 1922
Barney Clark, 1921
Karl Wallenda, 1905
Christian Dior, 1905
Roger Nash Baldwin, 1884
John M. Browning, 1855
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, 1824
Ethan Allen, 1738

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Kid"(Film), 1921
"The Daily News"(first issue, edited by Charles Dickens), 1848
"Power of Sympathy"(publication date of WH Brown's novel, considered the first American novel), 1789

Today in History:

Philip II, Henry II, and Richard the Lionheart initiate the 3rd Crusade, 1189
The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded, 1525
The first American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy," is published, 1789
After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine, 1793
Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination is introduced, 1799
The envelope-folding machine is patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1853
The first US sewage disposal system that is separate from storm drains opens in Memphis, Tennessee, 1880
The first slalom ski race is run in Murren, Switzerland, 1922
The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec, 1948
A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete, 1968
The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts, 1971
Commercial service of Concorde begins with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes, 1976
Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, 1981
NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Eart, 2004
Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14%, 2008
The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies, 2008
LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days, beating Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days, 2010
Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh finally concedes office and leaves Gambia 2 months after losing the presidential election, 2018


  1. It is indeed a poem. Congratulations.

  2. You are good with the prompts. I would be lost!

  3. Aw, Riley is adorable. What a great addition to your prayer group.

    Love the Spark. My mantra.

    Love your poem too. I'm all for the heat too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  4. Since I am allergic to cats I do love dogs!!!

  5. Riley is a cutie ~ neat photo and your poem too ~ It addresses the 'snow and ice' on Cape Ann MA right now!

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  6. Im here for Awww Mondays. Riley is adorable!

  7. Aww! Isn't Riley cute heheh!

    Have a wooftastic week :-)

  8. What a precious little one - Happy Monday Riley!

  9. Riley is a cutie. And that looks like a poem to me, a good one :)

  10. That is DEFINITELY a poem - with a big dash of humour - I love it!

    That's some cute little pup, too (Riley).

  11. Certainly does count as a poem and no I don't imagine ice and snow would go well with alligators. Oh just imagine, you are out in a terrible storm of ice and snow and oh my that an alligator. Yikes.

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