Monday, May 31, 2021

Climbing the "Curtains" (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Blessed Memorial Day (Poetry Monday)

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This kitten thinks she's part monkey and keeps trying to climb her cage.











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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 Alberta/Montana Border Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is on a blog break and is sorely missed.   Charlotte/Mother Owl 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 Memorial Day, and i wrote this as free verse.                         


My friends, i cannot wish you

A "happy" day today,

Instead, i wish you blessings,

The blessing of the memories

Of those who fought to keep us free

And never came home.

The memories hurt, but

They are a blessing because

It would hurt more if we forgot.

To all those who know first hand

The pain of an empty place at the table,

Who have a folded flag on the mantle,

Today know that i am humbled by

Their sacrifice and yours.




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Today is:


Bicycle Race Day -- anniversary of what is supposed to have been the first bicycle race ever, at the Parc de Saint-Cloud, Paris, in 1868


Dia de Castilla-La Mancha -- Castile-La Mancha, Spain


Doha Document for Peace in Darfur Commemoration -- Sudan


Feast of the Visitation of Mary -- Christianity (Mary's visit of her cousin Elizabeth, chronicled in Luke 1:39-56)


"Make My Day" Day -- birth anniversary of Clint Eastwood


Memorial Day -- US and Territories (obs.)

     Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day -- US (on observed Memorial Day, an interfaith encouragement to pray and work for permanent peace in the world)


National Heroes' Day -- Turks and Caicos Islands (a/k/a James Alexander George Smith "Jags" McCartney Day)


National Macaroon Day


Royal Brunei Malay Regiment Day / Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day -- Brunei


Save Your Hearing Day -- because once it is gone, you will regret it; on the anniversary of the concert by The Who which set a Guiness World Record for loudest rock concert in 1976


Speak in Complete Sentences Day -- be a good example!


Spring Bank Holiday -- UK

     Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling and Wake -- Cooper’s Hill, England (ancient tradition -- pre-Roman -- of rolling a large wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill; winner of the races to catch it wins the cheese, and the rolling is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)

     Tetbury Woolsack Races -- Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, England (this formerly important wool producing town still holds races up and down the hill, from the Royal Oak Pub up to the Crown Pub and back; part of traditional Whitsuntide folklore customs, which is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)


St. Petronilla's Day (Patron of mountain travellers; against fever)


Take This Job and Shove It Day -- birth anniversary of Johnny Paycheck


This Day (again) -- Fairy Calendar


What You Think Upon Grows Day -- Stephanie West Allen wants you to remember the power of positive thinking


World No Tobacco Day -- WHO 


World Parrot Day



Birthdays Today:


Jonathan Tucker, 1982

Colin Farrell, 1976

Phil Keoghan, 1967

Brooke Shields, 1965

Lea Thompson, 1961

Chris Elliot, 1960

Roma Maffia, 1958

Kyle Secor, 1958

Gregory Harrison, 1950

Tom Berenger, 1950

John Bonham, 1948

Sharon Gless, 1943

Joe Namath, 1943

Johnny Paycheck, 1941

Terry Waite, 1939

Peter Yarrow, 1938

Clint Eastwood, 1930

Patricia Roberts Harris, 1924

Prince Rainier of Monaco, 1923

Denholm Elliott, 1922

Don Ameche, 1908

Norman Vincent Peale, 1898

Fred Allen, 1894

Walt Whitman, 1819



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"Survivor"(TV), 2000

"Seinfeld"(TV), 1990

"Beatlemania"(Musical), 1977



Today in History:


Rameses II (The Great) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, BC1279

A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000, 526

Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans, 1223

Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary, 1669

The Godiva procession through Coventry begins, 1678

The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions, 1759

In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains, 1813

In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O'Neill leads 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the United Kingdom. Canadian militia and British regulars repulse the invaders in over the next three days, 1866

Dr James Moore of the UK wins the first recorded bicycle race, a 2k velocipede race at Parc de St Cloud, Paris, 1868

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents corn flakes, 1884

Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria, 1884

Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1889

The Union of South Africa (predecessor of the Republic of South Africa) is created, 1910

The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles, 1927

A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan, 1931

The Republic of South Africa is created, 1961

The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide  that buries the town of Yungay, Peru, 1970

In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30, 1971

The Muppet Movie, Jim Henson's Muppets' first foray into the world of feature length motion pictures, is released, 1979

The burning of Jaffna Library, Sri Lanka, is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century, 1981

Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead, 1985

Athena 98.4 FM, the first legal private radio station in Greece, starts broadcasting, 1987

Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat, 2005

Asteroid 1998 QE2, an asteroid measuring nearly 1.7 miles across, and its moon, pass within 3.6 million miles of the earth, 2013

The Danish government bans garments that cover the face, including the niqab and burqa, 2018

14 comments:

  1. That little monkey is looking for a way out :)

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  2. The kitten is cute. Thank you for your moving poem.

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  3. That is a hyperactive kitten. Nice poem in tribute to those who fought the war.

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  4. Part monkey kitten heheh!

    Happy Memorial Day to you 👍

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  5. That kitten wants out and a nice home where it can play to its heart's content! Enjoy your Memorial Day.

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  6. Some kitties can climb very well. Cute.

    Love the poem. Spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

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  7. Oh my that kitty wants OUT! Great poem- you are so talented! Have a lovely day.

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  8. What a beautiful quote from Lincoln, I've never heard that one.

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  9. Love that monkey kitten! Wonderful Spark and a beautiful poem. We will always remember our heroes, always.

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  10. Such a cute kitten. Beautiful spark and poem. XO

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  11. Beautiful poem, Mimi! I, too, am humbled.

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  12. That kitty just wants out of the cage. Poor little thing! I hope it gets a forever home soon. I love your Memorial Day poem - beautiful! We owe so much to those who served our country so bravely and we can't even thank or offer enough kind words to the family members who lost so much.

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  13. Oh such a sweet climbing kitty ~ Xo ~ Lovely poetry too ~

    Living moment by momen,

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    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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