Monday, June 1, 2020

Cute Guy (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and What Rhymes With...? (Poetry Monday)


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Was sent a cute, if a little blurry, picture of Little Lee the other day:

He’s 2 1/2 and all boy.


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.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Bridges.                

Now how do i write a
poem about bridges?
After all, it only really
Rhymes with ridges,
And, of course, also
With midges,
And who wants to write about bugs!

Perhaps it could be about
An actor names Bridges,
A great, handsome man,
Let him fight on the ridges
Of a great chain of mountains
With giant alien midges,
Write a story to give our hearts tugs!

Well, i’m sorry, folks,
If this poem burns my bridges,
Or has me outcast
To mountainous ridges,
But please do not have me
Dealing with midges,
Unless you want to hear numerous ughs! 


Today is:

Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir -- Switzerland

Dia da Crianca -- Cape Verde (Youth Day)

Dia de la Marina -- Mexico (Day of the Navy)

Early Bird Day -- an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

Famadihana -- Madagascar (from now until November, various areas celebrate the Malagasay culture's "turning the bones," a fascinating reburial of the dead ceremony)

Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)

Festival of Non-Linearity -- another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!

Festival of the Oak Nymph -- Celtic/Pagan (around this time of year, the Celts took a day to honor all hamadryads, the female nature spirits who inhabit oak trees)

Flip a Coin Day -- as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)

Gawai Dayak -- Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)

Global Day of Parents -- UN

Go Barefoot Day -- originally sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none; while i cannot find if they are sponsoring a day or week this year, it's a good reminder not to let your old shoes end up in a landfill     

Hari Lahir Pancasila -- Indonesia (Pancasila Day)

Heimlich Maneuver Day -- Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with "subdiaphragmatic pressure" on this day in 1974

Helen Keller Day -- sponsored by the Lions Clubs

Hen-Peeler's Holiday -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day/National Day -- Samoa

International Children's Day

International Tabletop Day -- encouraging people to play games on a table, not online, face to face; sponsored by Geek and Sundry   

Kalends of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
    Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
    Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality, and also of doors and locks, which were to be repaired today)

Madaraka Day -- Kenya (National Day or self-rule/responsibility day)

Mint Julip Day -- Oxford University, England (the drink was introduced there this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)

Mothers' and Children's Day -- Mongolia

National Hazelnut Cake Day

National Tree Planting Day -- Cambodia

Oscar the Grouch Day -- according to the Sesame Workshop, today is his birthday

President's Day -- Palau

Queen's Birthday -- New Zealand; Niue

Say Something Nice Day -- as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time

Sovereign's Birthday -- Cook Islands

Stand for Children Day -- held a rally on this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school

St. Theobald Roggeri's Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)

Summer Library Book club Season begins -- anywhere that school is out, check your local library for a summer book club for children or adults; you never know what world you will discover when you read

Superman Day -- publication of the first Superman comic was this day in 1938

Victory Day -- Tunisia (anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959)

Wear It. Beat It -- UK (formerly Rock Up in Red Day, raising awareness of heart health and educating people about heart disease through the month of June) 

Western Australia Day -- Western Australia (formerly called Foundation Day)

Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday
    Dicing for Bibles -- All Saints Church, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (a ceremny dating back to a bequest in 1675 that provides Bibles for poor children of the parish; they play a dice game, in which they try to win one of the 6 Bibles provided)

Yobuko Otsunahiki -- Higashi Matsuura, Saga prefecture, Japan (two day Big Tug-of-War Festival, with one team representing the land and the other the sea; victory for the land means good crops, for the sea means good catches)

Anniversaries Today:

Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, 1934
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen Consort of England, 1533

Birthdays Today:

Justine Henin, 1982
Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Mark Curry, 1964
Lisa Hartman Black, 1956
Ron Wood, 1947
Jonathan Pryce, 1947
Frederica von Stade, 1945
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Cleavon Little, 1939
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
James Hadley Billington, 1929
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801
Jacques Marquette (Père Marquette), 1637

Debuting/Premiering Today:

FX(TV channel), 1994
Gremlins(Film), 1984
Cable News Network/CNN(TV network), 1980
"Live and Let Die"(Song release), 1973
"The Prisoner"(TV), 1968
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"(Album release), 1967

Today in History:

Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: "Don't give up the ship!" 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand's first official television broadcast commences at 7:30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
The Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, 1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in 600 years, 1991
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Russia enacts a country-wide smoking ban, going into effect in most public places, 2013
Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is completed - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn, 2016


  1. I find any poetry impossible to write, Bridges would defeat me for sure. Although I do like walking over them.

  2. Smiling broadly. I like the way you handled a difficult prompt. I cheat. On the rare occasions I write poetry I go to free verse where rhymes are not required.

  3. I wonder how much unseen integrity there is in the world.

    God bless.

  4. We could use more people with integrity around here right now. The rioting in our cities is so terrible, and has us really worn down. It does nothing but destroy the lives of innocent people for no reason. Integrity would be nice if all would have some.

  5. It's great to see a fellow contributor struggling with the set theme. The only rhyme I could come up with for bridges was ridges - not even a single midge! A good fun poem - and it's nice to use a bit of humour to get us out of a scrape.

  6. My how time flies. Two and a half already? Wow. He's handsome. A huge awww.

    I love your Spark. It's spot on.

    Love your poem on bridges. It made me chuckle.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  7. Little Lee is such a cutie and your poem made me laugh. :)

  8. Little Lee is such a cute little fellow!

    I like how you dealt with a difficult theme - my mind always, always goes to words that rhyme with the topic, also - and this week's was HARD!

  9. Midges, ugh! Never heard the word before, but boy do I know them. Thank you for funny poem and enlightening lists. Today lots of things to celebrate.

  10. What an adorable photo! And the poem made me laugh.

  11. Little Lee is so adorable. Cute poem and excellent spark.

  12. I'm more of a linear thinker - but with a lot of erratic leaps thrown in to keep people on their toes!

  13. Love that Little Lee look! Great Spark too!!!

  14. That's not a photo of me!!!!! :)

    Keep taking good care, messymimi :)

  15. Midges! Gahhhh!
    Happy Mother’s and Children’s Day!

  16. I sure like your poetry. You are quiet good at it. Have a wonderful week. Stay safe and take care. HUGS

  17. Lee is one adorable boy ~ great photo ~ lovely poetry too ~

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Mimi,

    The little fella is a cutie and I love your Sparks quote. If only everyone did do just that but unfortunately there are those who do not.


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