Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy Mr. Manners (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday

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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.

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!

Mr. Manners, a/k/a Bear, is always happy:


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 and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Shoes.       

Shoes off,

Open toes,

Shoes on,

Paint on those.

More shoes than i
Care to count,
It's those with no shoes
That i worry about!


Today is:

Adhesive Postage Stamp Day -- the first adhesive postage stamps went on sale on this date in 1840 in Great Britain

Army Day/St. George's Day -- Bulgaria

Beverage Day -- an internet holiday that encourages you to try a beverage you've never had before

Carnival Day -- Sint Maarten

Childhood Depression Awareness Day / National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day -- US (sometimes also called Green Ribbon Day, SAMHSA's "Caring for Every Child's Mental Health" public awareness event)    

Festival of Min -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (a four day festival celebrating male fertility; date approximate)

International No Diet Day -- for reasons not to diet, but focus on health instead, click here     

Joseph Brackett Day -- birth anniversary of Shaker author of the song "Simple Gifts"

Martyrs' Day -- Syria

Melanoma Monday -- learn how to check yourself for skin cancer, and how to get someone else to check your back, the most common spot for melanoma   

Mounikhia / Munichia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis, date approximate)

National Crepe Suzette Day

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2019 -- US (you are only obligated to celebrate this if you love meetings, love to plan meetings, or have a meeting planner in your organization to humor)

National Nurses Day -- US, start of National Nurses Week

National Tourist Appreciation Day -- during US National Travel and Tourism Week

No Homework Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays (celebrated on Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Pastele Blajinilor -- Moldova (Memory/Parent's Day)

Ramadan begins -- Islam (at sunset, through the evening of June 4)

Remembrance for Eyvind Kelve -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (pagan martyr)

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day -- US

St. George's Day -- Eastern Orthodox Churches (the day to visit graves and decorate, leave special food, and provide entertainment for the dearly departed) related observance:
    Shepherd's and Herdsman's Day -- Bulgaria

St. Gerard of Lunel's Day (Patron of epileptics and Montesanto, Italy; against epilepsy and headaches)

Yale Lock Day -- the Yale lock was patented this day in 1861

Anniversaries Today:

David Duchovny marries Tia Leone, 1997
Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (the first televised royal wedding), 1960

Birthdays Today:

Gabourey Sidibe, 1983
Leslie Hope, 1965
Roma Downey, 1964
George Clooney, 1961
Tom Bergeron, 1955
Tony Blair, 1953
Lynn Whitfield, 1953
Alan Dale, 1947
Ben Masters, 1947
Bob Seger, 1945
Willie Mays, 1931
Orson Welles, 1915 
Stewart Granger, 1913
Rudolph Valentino, 1895
Gaston Leroux, 1868
Rabindranath Tagore, 1861
Sigmund Freud, 1856
Robert E. Peary, 1856
Maximilian Robespierre, 1758

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Entertaining Mr. Sloan"(Play), 1964 

Today in History:

Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, which many consider the end of the Renaissance, 1527
Mongol emperor Babur defeats the Afghans and Bengals, 1529
Henry VIII orders that English Bibles be placed in every church, 1536
Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles, 1682
The first African-American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston, 1787
John Deere produces the first steel plow, 1833
James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald, 1835
The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens, 1844
Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine", 1851
Linus Yale patents the Yale lock, 1851
Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska, 1877
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1889
George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII, 1910
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, slams his first home run, against the New York Yankees, 1915 
The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed, 1937
John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath, 1940
Bob Hope performs his first USO show, 1941
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, 1954
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel, 1994
Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people, 2008
The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs, 2010
Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list, 2013
84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria, 2017
France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory, 2017


  1. Mr Manners is a cutie.
    I really like your well-shod poem too (and join you in worrying about those who are shoeless through no choice of their own).

  2. I like your shoes poem, I worry about those without shoes too, especially little kids I see being dragged around town barefoot in winter and even the parents only wearing thongs (flip flops), but both smoking and out here smokes cost a lot more than a cheap pair of K-Mart sneakers for kids.

  3. It is fun to see from you "dates" list, that ice for amusement - ice rinks - came before refrigerators.

  4. Cute Mr Manners. I too feel sorry for those without shoes. Happy new week!

  5. I had a doggy just like Mr M - mine was called Henry, can't remember why!

  6. What an interesting approach to poetry. Beautiful and succinct, but I do think Bear is mis-named. Sir Bear might be more appropriate.

  7. Looks like he's taking time to stop and smell the flowers. Something more people need to learn to do more often.

  8. That pup sure does look happy with the flowers at least.

  9. Bear is one dapper looking dog :) The shoe pictures were really interesting. I might just have to paint my toes today!

  10. I'm pretty sure that I celebrate National No Diet Day almost every day, but I could still stand to focus a little more on my health in general.

  11. Nice to see you Bear! I told Simon that toes are not toys!

  12. Mr. Manners is a handsome mandog. Yes he is.

    Love your Spark. So very true.

    Oh the shoes. I've too many shoes and I'm not into shoes. I never throw them away.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥

  13. Bear is very awww worthy. That was a fun poem. Excellent spark too.

  14. Sweet doggie and great spark ~

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

  15. I like your poem with pictures! And yes, I worry about those who go without shoes, too. Or other necessary articles of clothing.

  16. Pretty puppy, and lots of cute shoes too. Love the warmth to wear the open toes.


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