Monday, July 13, 2020

Huggles (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Love of Learning (Poetry Monday)


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This brother and sister are almost always found snuggled:


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 Favorite Teachers.                

My favorite teacher was Mr. Z
He really tried to instill in me
And in every other student he’d see
A deep, deep love of learning.

If we finished our work on time each day
He had a very special way
To reward us for our work, He’d say,
You all are great at learning!

Then would come our favorite part,
He read us The Hobbit from the start,
He really knew how to touch each heart
And keep us loving learning.

He timed the amount of reading he’d do
So the book would finally get through
On the very last day of school, woohoo!
He rewarded a love of learning.


Today is:

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day -- anniversary of the founding of Sweet Adelines International

Beans and Franks Day

Embrace Your Geekness Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, celebrate your love of online dungeon games, comic books, or dressing up like a vampire

Feast of Kalimat (Words) -- Baha'i Faith

Fool's Paradise Day -- a day to figure out how a fool can achieve paradise?  or how it can be paradise if it is full of fools?

Go West Day -- commemorates Horace Greeley's "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country."

Gruntled Workers Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; those of us who are gruntled, as opposed to the disgruntled, should unite and pass along some "great work" compliments to those doing a good job

International Puzzle Day -- some sites say Jan. 29, but today is Erno Rubik's birthday

International Town Criers Day

La Retraite Aux Flambeaux -- France (night watch, before Bastille Day)

National French Fries Day

Obon (Ulambana) -- Buddhist; Shinto (Festival of the Lanterns, a time of honoring the ancestors, a reunion of them with the living; through the 15th, although Obon festivals are held on various dates in July at temples throughout the world)

Statehood Day -- Montenegro

St. Henry the Emperor's Day (Patron of childless people, disabled people, dukes, handicapped people, kings, people rejected by religious orders, physically challenged people; Bamberg, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Benedictine Oblates; against sterility)

St. Joel the Prophet's Day (Old Testament prophet of the Book of Joel)

Birthdays Today

Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb, 1963
Cameron Crowe, 1957
Jane Hamilton, 1957
Michael Spinks, 1956
Louise Mandrell, 1954
Cheech Marin, 1946
Erno Rubik, 1944
Harrison Ford, 1942
Roger McGuinn, 1942
Robert Forster, 1941
Patrick Stewart, 1940
Jack Kemp, 1935
Wole Soyinka, 1934
David Storey, 1933
Bob Crane, 1928
Dave Garroway, 1913
Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1821
Julius Caesar, BC100

Today in History

Capt James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas, 1772
William Wordsworth, on a walking tour through the Wye Valley, visited the ruins of Tintern Abbey and a few miles further on composed a poem about them, 1798
Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeated Ottoman forces at Thermopylae, 1822
Henry R Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River, 1832
After 9,957 unnumbered patents, the U.S. Patent Office issues Patent No. 1, for locomotive wheels, 1836
Queen Victoria becomes the first British monarch to live at Buckingham Palace in London, 1837
First day of the New York Draft Riots in response to President Abraham Lincoln's Enrolment Act of Conscription, 1863
Horace Greeley publishes his editorial advising young men to "Go West, young man, go west and grow up with the country," 1865
PT Barnum's American Museum was destroyed in one of the most spectacular fires in New York City's history, 1865
Gold was discovered near Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, 1909
The British airship R34 lands in Norfolk, England, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in 182 hours of flight, 1919
Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the Nixon tapes to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break in, 1973
The Live Aid benefit concert, a telecast fundraising concert for famine relief in Ethiopia, was held in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow, 1985
American Thoroughbred racehorse Cigar wins his 16th consecutive top-class race, the first horse to do so since Triple Crown winner Citation, 1996
Researchers reveal two studies showing the antiretroviral drugs prescribed to treat AIDS can also prevent HIV infections, 2011
The Eurozone countries agree to a conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms, 2015
Drought helps to reveal the outline of a previously unknown 5,000 year-old henge at New Grange, Ireland, 2018


  1. Cute pair of cat siblings. If only we have more teachers like Mr.Z. Wishing you a great new week.

  2. Love the snugglers.
    Hooray for Mr Z. The education system needs a whole lot more of him. Cloned perhaps.

  3. Nice poem :) I have never read The Hobbit, nor even seen the movie.

  4. I am committed to being interested in commitment.

    God bless.

  5. The snuggle kitties are so cute. Our kitties never do anything together except for small spats. Have a great week.

  6. Awww on those two cutie pies.

    Love the Spark. So very true.

    Love the poem. Those teachers are so rare and so loved.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  7. Aww! the snuggle family heheh!

    I liked your poem :-)

    Have an odetastic safe day 😷😷😷

  8. Sweet little snuggle-sibs! What a wonderful teacher you had - great teachers are rare and priceless. That is a very strong and motivating spark today, thanks.

  9. Those snuggle kitties are way too cute and we enjoyed your poem!

  10. Hi. I have enetered for the first time.

  11. Your poem reminds me of when my youngest was in first grade, his teacher had me come in and do the reading of a book of her choice to the class. How I loved looking at those kids, sitting still for a change, enthralled in the story.

  12. hay ewe kittehz; yur hammick fotoz total lee rocks !!! N we think beanz N frankz day soundz GRATE ~~ !!! ☺☺♥♥

  13. I hope those 2 cuties get adopted together.Great spark and story. Sounds like Mr. Z was a great teacher.

  14. I am pretty sure that I could put together a 5000 piece puzzle before I am able to solve a Rubik's cube. Have a blessed week.

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  16. The Mr. Z's in our lives! They're priceless! Loved hearing about him. And a teacher that read to you from The Hobbit. As near perfection as they come!
    Happy Barbershop Music Appreciation Day! We're going to listen to some while we eat franks and beans (true story!)

  17. Mr. Z sounds like a wonderful (and smart) man - he knew how to motivate his students and that's a gift not all teachers have.

  18. Oh, a good teacher. And a good poem too, he would be proud, I think.

  19. I really like your rhyming scheme in this poem, Mimi - I must try it! One of my English teachers had a large classroom with a stage at one end, with her desk on it so that she normally looked down at her class. On Friday afternoons, last period, however, she would sit on the edge of the stage, swinging her legs, and would read aloud to us - The Secret Garden. That inspired in me not only a love of ready, but also of story-telling. Happy days!

  20. Sweet kitty photo ~ love it ~ Xox

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  21. Oh! I love the photo of the cats. :)

  22. Here kitty, kitty, kitty!!! We used to have a kitty a long time ago & we named him after the cat on TV called "Morris"! REmember him? hahahaha Thanks for sharing your sweet kitty! hugs