Monday, April 5, 2021

Dansig (Awwww Monday), Discipline (Inspiring Quote of the Week), and Poetry Monday, an A to Z Post


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Dansig is #2 Son's cat, technically speaking.  Of course, all of our children left home and the cats stayed, so there you are.  Like all orange tabbies, Dansig loves attention and petting.

His favorite place is by the window.

It's always fascinating out there.

This is his second favorite place, by the water hole.


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.   Charlotte/Mother Owl always participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.  Spike's Best Mate often leaves a wonderful poem in the comments on one of our blogs.

This week the theme is Read a Roadmap Day.          


We learned to read a roadmap

Because we had no choice.

We didn't have a box to talk

With a little, tinny voice.

Before you'd start a trip

You'd set the map on the table,

And from that figure out your route

As best as you were able.

If you belonged to TripleA

They'd help you plan your trip

By giving you a TripTik book

Into a pocket to slip.

If you were getting lost

And didn't know your way,

You stopped at a gas station

To ask and follow what they say.

Then they'd sell you a map

That you could never refold quite flat

But it would help you follow the roads

And get you where you need to be at.

When my kids were littles,

We had map reading class

Taught them north from south

As i'd learned when a lass.

They learned highways and major streets

And how to find their way

For three of them it worked out well

That's what i have to say.

For Bigger Girl however

It's a good thing her Garmin rocks,

To quote my eldest daughter,

"I get lost in a shoe box!"


Today is:

Babu Jagivan Ram's Birthday -- Andhra Pradesh, India

Bell Bottoms Day -- remember those? apparently so did someone who wanted to celebrate the fact

Easter Island Day -- anniversary of the "discovery" of the Island in 1722, on Easter Sunday of that year

Easter Monday -- Christian; related observances

     Dyngus Day

     Egg Races -- Rural Northwestern Switzerland (traditional Easter Monday races with competitors carrying large numbers of eggs from village to village)

     Emaishen -- Luxembourg (traditional market)

     Family Day -- South Africa

     Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking -- Hallaton, Leicestershire, England (traditional celebrations dating back at least 600 years)

     Memorial Day -- Republic of Georgia

     Seu Harvest Parade -- Curacao

     Sham el-Nessim -- Egypt (Smell the Breezes Day, a spring celebration for all religions; celebrated by getting outside, greeting neighbors, enjoying spring, and eating salty raw fish)

Fringe Fairies Welcome Party -- Fairy Calendar

Go for Broke Day -- take a risk, and make it count!  step out and do something extraordinary; anniversary of the day in 1945 that a US Army unit made up of almost all Japanese-Americans, the 442nd Regimental, went for broke and managed to break through the Nazi Gothic line in Italy in one day

Lady Luck Day -- in honor of the Roman festival of Fortune held each year on this date

National Arts Advocacy Day and National Arts Action Summit    

National Caramel Day

National Deep Dish Pizza Day -- anniversary of the day in 1979 that Uno Chicago Grill, originator of the deep dish pizza, first opened a restaurant outside the Chicago area

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

Nones of April -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Fortuna Publica -- festival of Fortune in her role as the Luck of the People

Saint Vincent Ferrer's Day (Patron of brick makers, builders, construction workers, pavement workers, plumbers, tile makers; of Calamonaci, Italy; Casteltermini, Agrigento, Italy; Leganes, Philippines)

Sikmogil -- South Korea (Arbor Day)

Anniversary Today:

John Rolfe marries Pocahontas, 1614

Birthdays Today:

Mitch Pileggi, 1952

Agnetha Faltskog, 1950

Max Gail, 1943

Michael Moriarty, 1942

Judith A. Resnik, 1949

Colin Powell, 1937

Frank Gorshin, 1934

Roger Corman, 1926

Gale Storm, 1921

Gregory Peck, 1916

Bette Davis, 1908

Spencer Tracy, 1900

Booker T. Washington, 1856

Joseph Lister, 1827

Elihu Yale, 1649

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Secret Garden"(Musical), 1991

"Married . . . with Children"(TV), 1987

"Secret Agent"(TV), 1961

"Fireside Theatre"(TV), 1949

"Pavane pour une infante défunte"(Ravel piano solo, Pavane for a Dead Princess), 1902

"Die Fledermaus"(Operetta), 1874

The Symphony No. 2 in D major(Beethoven Op. 36), 1803

Today in History:

St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop, 456

Two hundred Dutch noblemen petition to have the Spanish Inquisition suspended in the Netherlands, 1566

The Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa, 1609

The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, marries Englishman John Rolfe, 1614

Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island, 1722

The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil, 1804

Helen Keller learns her first word, "water," from Anne Sullivan, 1887

The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire, 1897

Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, 1900

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires, 1923

In an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt, 1930

In the Dominion of Newfoundland, 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government, 1932

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage, 1951

Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the UK because of failing health, 1955

Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time, 1958

In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshu, the largest suspension bridge in the world, opens, 1998

North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, 2009

SkyNews admits it illegally hacked emails that belonged to members of the public on two separate occasions, 2012

San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave, 2016


  1. I am glad we do not have to depend on road maps any more. The navigation apps makes travelling a breeze these days. You write good poems.

  2. Dansig is such a beauty.
    I grew up with road maps (and could even refold them). I trust them more than I do the voice from the box too.

  3. Whilst my Garmin comes in useful, you can't beat a proper map! Love the poem Mimi.

  4. Another really nice motivational quote! Mom left her cat with her parents too when she left home. I guess that is what children usually do. He is a nice looking kitty.

  5. Oh how I love this poem. I still use a map when I go on a trip. I like to know the names of roads and stopping off asking where I'm at. These machines that they have today still makes mistakes.

    " They learned highways and major streets

    And how to find their way "

    That I loved.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Cats are so smart ~ sweet kitty photos ~ Xo
    Great spark too ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Dansig is a handsome mancat.

    Yes on leaving their babies when they leave home. Not a bad thing either. They get better care that way.

    Love your Spark and love your poem. It made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  8. Dansig is such a cutie. Nice spark and great poem. I blame being left- handed for being bad with directions. :)

  9. Dansig looks exactly like my own Jinx from my childhood. Oh the memories!
    Excellent work on that poem. And isn't it amazing how some of our children 'get it' and some just don't when it comes to navigation? Two of my six know where they are in the universe at any given time. The other four? It's iffy. My youngest, when he started to drive, was tasked with picking me up at the church--a place we've driven to a dozen times a week since he was born. He couldn't find it and had to call me for directions. Yikes.

  10. Aww! Dansig LQQKING soo content there :-)

    Have a gingertastic safe day 👍😷😷😷

  11. Sweet Dansig sure has it made! That was a good story, road maps sure were popular.

  12. Dansig #2 is a sweetie! We LOVE Marmalade cats! Your spark on Motivation is going on my affirmation wall and your poem ROCKS! Mimi, you ROCK! May you and yours have a marvellously happy day!

  13. Dansig is a glorious colour. A neighbour here has an orange tabby, but short haired, about 15-18 months old now and he sure does love attention.

  14. Dansig reminds me so much of my first (ginger) cat - Sandy. He was as soft as butter and had the loudest purrrr. Happy days!
    We had to learn map reading in my Geography lessons in first year of Secondary school (around 11 yrs old). In one of our classes we had to draw a map from our class (2nd Floor, New Building) to the Gym (Ground Floor, Old Building), so we had to include stairs and a tunnel. We then had to exchange maps and read the map we were given in order to navigate our way to the Gym. About 12 out of a class of 30 made it. I think there is a search party still out for the others! Sorry, no poem from me today, I'm still trying to find my way out of the Cookery Room! (Actually, I'm suffering from exhaustion and brain fog this week - hope to be back to normal by next Monday.)

  15. I never got the hang of reading road maps but boy could I refold them perfectly. :-)
    Love all the kitty photos and those babies from the previous post. HaHaHa. Oneday my daughter said her grandgirl, who I call, the Mean Mugging Girl, was crawling on the floor, found a breadstick and was chomping away. Her parents are not the best housekeepers but at least they don't leave dangerous things lying around. Shea Shea is a very smart 11 month old girl. LOL HUGS to you


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