Monday, February 3, 2020

Kitten (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and The Truth About Water (Poetry Monday)

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



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Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Border She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week.   Charlotte/Mother Owl and Merry Mae almost always participate, too.  This weeks theme is Water.                    

As Bigger Girl says
Water itself is not wet
It just makes things wet


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Today is:

Constitution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan

Four Chaplains Day -- US (by act of Congress, honoring the four chaplains of the Dorchester who gave their life jackets to others and went down with the ship on Feb. 3, 1943)

Fukuju no mai (Jimai) -- Sensouji Temple, Japan (dance of the seven gods of fortune)

Halfway Point of Winter/Summer -- which it is depends, of course, on your hemisphere; enjoy that cold weather will warm soon, or that cooler temps will relieve your hot spells

Heroes' Day -- Mozambique

Hurling the Silver Ball -- St. Ives, Cornwall, England (keeping up the over 1,000 year old tradition of an early form of rugby, the person who returns the silver ball to the Mayor on the steps of St. Ives Guildhall at midday gets a silver coin; pennies are thrown to the children in the afternoon)

Just Say No to Powerpoint® Week begins -- please, use something else, like communicating with your audience! begun by Nancy Stern

Love a Mensch Week begins -- because mensches are decent and responsible men and women, and we should appreciate how they enhance our lives; info from Robin Gorman Newman

Magnolia and Fish Jubilee -- Fairy Calendar

Martyr's Day -- Sao Tome and Principe

National Carrot Cake Day

Nelson Provincial Anniversary Day -- Nelson, New Zealand

Nuestra Señora de Suyapa -- Honduras (Festival of the Virgin of Suyapa, Patroness of Honduras)

Setsubun-sai (Bean-Throwing Festival) -- Japan/Shinto (many fests throughout Japan) 

St. Anskar's Day (patron of Denmark, Scandinavia, Sweden; Bremen, Germany; Hamburg, Germany)

St. Blaise's Day/Blessing of Throats Day (Patron of animals, builders, carvers, healthy throats, stonecutters, veterinarians, wool-combers, wool weavers; Dalmatia; Anguillara Sabazia, Italy; Bovolone, Italy; Camastra, Sicily, Italy; Cassano allo Ionio, Italy; Castellania, Italy; Doues, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Militello, Sicily, Italy; Montecatini Val di Cecina, Italy; Palombara Sabina, Italy; Pietrasanta, Italy; Revello, Italy; Sacrofano, Italy; against coughs, goiters, throat diseases, whooping cough, wild beasts)

Takisanji Oni Matsuri -- Takisan-ji Temple, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

The Day the Music Died -- anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Rickie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson)

Veterans' Day -- Thailand


Anniversaries Today:

Jean-Claude van Damme weds Darcy Lapier, 1994
Wake Forest University is established, 1834


Birthdays Today:

Isla Fisher, 1976
Maura Tierney, 1965
Keith Gordon, 1961
Thomas Calabro, 1959
Nathan Lane, 1956
Morgan Fairchild, 1950
Dave Davies, 1947
Blythe Danner, 1943
Fran Tarkenton, 1940
Shelley Berman, 1926
Joey Bishop, 1918
Simone Weil, 1909
James Michener, 1907
Norman Rockwell, 1894
Gertrude Stein, 1874
Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821
Horace Greeley, 1811


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Victor Borge Show"(TV), 1951
"The Three Caballeros"(Cartoon Film; US debut), 1945 
"Face the Music"(Musical), 1932
"Le carnaval romain"(Berlioz, Op. 9), 1844
"Semiramide"(Opera, Rossini), 1823


Today in History

Bartolomeu Dias of Portugal lands in Mossel Bay after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, becoming the first known European to travel so far south, 1488
The first paper money in America is issued by the colony of Massachusetts, 1690
Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants, 1743
The Dutch States-General forbid the export of windmills, 1752
Spain recognizes US independence, 1783
The world's first commercial cheese factory is established in Switzerland, 1815
The sovereignty of Greece is confirmed in a London Protocol, 1830
The Wisconsin Supreme Court declares the US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional,1855
Emperor Meiji becomes the 122nd emperor of Japan, 1867
The 15th Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing Black suffrage, is passed, 1870
Albert Spalding, with only $800, starts a sporting goods company, which eventually manufactured the first official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football (American style football), 1876
Circus owner P.T. Barnum buys Jumbo the elephant, 1882
The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, the income tax, is ratified, 1913
Canada's original Parliament building, in Ottowa, burns down, 1916
Percival Prattis becomes the first African-American news correspondent allowed in the United States House of Representatives and Senate press galleries, 1947
A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died, 1959
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the "a wind of change" of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation, 1960
The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon, 1966
In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress, 1969
New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn and survives to later testify against police corruption, 1971
John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth, 1984
Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, 1995
The New York Giants defeated the heavily favored and previously undefeated 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, in what is known to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 2008
Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attoney General, 2009
Moscow has its heaviest snowfall in a day on record, killing one and bringing down 2,000 trees, 2018
Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the first ever papal visit to the Arabian peninsula, 2019

20 comments:

  1. Love the kitteh in the hammock.
    Bigger Girl has made me look at water differently - thank you both.

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  2. Aww indeed :)
    I could argue that water indeed IS wet because if it wasn't, it couldn't make other things wet.

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  3. Interesting post today. Recovering from my ear infection and wondering why it takes so long for swelling to go down...is it have something to do with wet?

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  4. It's a day for short poems about water, it seems. Well if water is not wet, how come it makes otherthings wet? It seems like one of those riddles without solution ;)

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  5. Aww! what a comfy cutie heheh!

    I liked the quote

    Have a comfytastic day :-)

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  6. I'm nodding madly at Saying No to Powerpoint...
    (*nod, nod*)

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  7. Now that is a kitty we like. Maybe if Mom ever gets a cat again, she will look for one with furs like that. Great quote on life too.

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  8. Cute kitty knows how to relax. Big Girl is right. Water only makes things wet.

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  9. Awww on that precious kitty. I hope it finds a forever home and soon. Love the coloring.

    Love your Spark. Spot on.

    Yes on water.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

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  10. The Bob Marley statement is beautiful. I'm back to reading your blog Mimi. I've started my blog about my cruise. I can't wait until you read it again. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

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  11. Aww is right ~ dear kitty, you are so adorable!

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

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  12. what a cutie,chillin out!! 🤣❤️

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  13. We love that sweet hammick kitten too. Hey Bigger Girl, water ya gonna say next?

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  14. Now, that is a very interesting observation about water from Bigger Girl!

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  15. Such a cute kitten. Great spark too! XO

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  16. Mimi,

    Running behind this week. Nice quote and the kitty...what's not to like? What a sweetie!

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  17. Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

    I don't know where that originated but it came to mind.

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