Monday, November 18, 2019

Just Kittens (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and My Neighbors (Poetry Monday)


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Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

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Just a couple of sweet kittens at the shelter:

If this kitten could talk, he'd say he doesn't really look this goofy, the lady just doesn't take good pictures!


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


Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week. Mother Owl  and Merry Mae almost alway participate, too.  This weeks theme is Neighbors.           
Your neighbors don't look like you,  
Some unobservant people might say.
My response would be that they
Are bipeds with brains, just as we are.

Each has two eyes, one nose, one mouth,
Two ears, hair, arms, legs, they look just like us.

But, they might argue, the ones over there
Have much darker skin.

And, they might add, the ones on the other side
Are a different religion than most of us.

Also, there are the ones a few doors down
That speak another language as well as English!

My response would be, so what?
It just so happens that i like them that way.

We all get along.  We all have jobs.
We all have kids and lives and loves.

Our kids grew up playing together,
Were on the same neighborhood swim team.

We all have cars that break down,
And we have given each other rides.

All of us have had good times and bad times 
and shared them, graduations and weddings and funerals.

And we are neighbors who like each other and if you don't like it,
Then please don't move here.  Thank you.


Today is:

Constitution Day -- South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)

Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars -- Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)

Dia de la Soberania Nacional -- Argentina (Sovereignty Day)

European Antibiotic Awareness Day -- ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance)   

Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirį -- Maracaibo, Venezuela

Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)

Lhabab Duechen -- Buddhism (Descending Day of Lord Buddha)
     a public holiday in Bhutan, although the exact day off may vary

Married to a Scorpio Support Day -- remembering those married to Scorpios (like me!) and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Day -- Oman (trad.; will be observed Nov. 28)

National French Vichyssoise Day

Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day -- internet generated, but enjoy!  i know i will

Proclamation of the Republic -- Latvia (1918)

Push-Button Phone Day -- launched this day in 1963

Revolution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

St. Odo of Cluny's Day (Patron of needed rain)

Total Disregard for Taste Day -- marking the debut of Howard Stern's radio show on this day in 1985

Vertieres Day -- Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)

William Tell Day -- the famed apple-off-his-son's-head-shot was today in 1307

Birthdays Today:

Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Sinbad, 1956
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
"See It Now"(TV), 1951
"Skin of Our Teeth"(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn't legally mandated until 1918)

Today in History:

Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son's head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers", is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America, 1805
Mark Twain's story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2012
NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars, 2013


  1. I love your poem about neighbours. Hooray for diversity I say, We're all different but we're all people. Live together.

  2. Neighbourhoods with variation are the best. Nice poem ... and cute kitties.

  3. I think that cute kitty is posing for your camera. Neighbours are like us and we should treat neighbours just like how we like them to treat us.

  4. Adorable kittens! We agree, the mind is a very powerful thing. Be positive, and look for the good and your life will be all that much better.

  5. Mr Rogers -- "A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood" should be required singing the minute one gets out of bed. And I really do mean singing it...not just mouthing the words. :;)

    Yes, I like Poetry Monday.

  6. Awww on the kitties. So precious.

    Love the Spark. Spot on.

    Love your poem too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Such cuties. Great spark and poem. So true.

  8. I LOVE your poem - so much truth there, Mimi. We are all people, all with hopes and dreams and problems and talents. It's disheartening to see folks divided over superficial differences, but lovely to hear from people like you who see past them.

  9. Such sweet kittens, that one looks like Seal when she was little. We liked your Spark too.

  10. Mimi,

    I liked how you weaved your prompt creating a great poem about neighbors. Nicely done! :)

  11. Sweet kitties ~ love them! Great quote ^_^

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


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