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These Muskogee ducks live at a pond near the shelter and come by for stale cat food to be thrown out the back door. (Because we have a small managed feral colony and feed the outdoor cats, we have to throw food to the ducks to keep them from chasing the cats away and eating all the food.) These two watched as i got out of my car.
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. Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is on a blog semi-break and her poetry is sorely missed, we hope she comes back soon. Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too. Anyone else is welcome to join in the fun, just let Diane know!
This week the theme is DNA.
Most of us know the story
Of the scientists working away
To figure out the mystery
Of our body's code, DNA.
Our DNA tells us lots of
Things that about us are true,
Like whether we have big feet,
Or whether our eyes are blue.
But deeper than a double helix,
Beyond that tight-woven strand,
Is how we choose to express ourselves,
It's beyond just genetic demand.
Our DNA tells us do everything
We have to just to survive,
Our free will tells us it takes
More than that to truly thrive.
When instinct does instruct us
To look out for number one,
We can instead put others first,
Show the world how good is done.
When given a choice, choose kindness.
When given a choice, choose love.
Because instinct itself will never
Lead us to the heavens above.
Being human has to be more than
Just our genetic base,
Let's live the Golden Rule,
And bask in G-d's good grace!
Car Keys and Small Change Day -- ???
Dia de Andaluca -- Andalucia, Spain
DNA Day -- day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA
Februalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)
Floral Design Day -- a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School
Kalevala Day -- Finland (Finnish Culture Day)
Lailat al Miraj -- Islam (observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; began at sundown yesterday, local customs and dates may vary)
Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday
Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)
Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)
Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)
National Chocolate Souffle' Day
National Science Day -- India
National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask
Nylon Day -- the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935
Peace Memorial Day -- Taiwan
Public Sleeping Day -- this one even has a wikiHow page
Rare Disease Day -- International
St. Hedwig of Poland's Day (Patron of queens)
St. Romanus' Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)
Teacher's Day -- Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787
Birthdays Today (followed by Feb. 29 Birthdays)
Ali Larter, 1976
Robert Sean Leonard, 1969
John Tuturro, 1957
Gilbert Gottfried, 1955
Bernadette, Peters, 1948
Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, 1945
Brian Jones, 1942
Mario Andretti, 1940
Tommy Tune, 1939
Gavin MacLeod, 1930
Frank Gehry, 1929
Svetiana Allilueva, 1926
Charles Durning, 1923
Zero Mostel, 1915
Earl Scheib, 1907
Milton Caniff, 1907
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1906
Vincente Minnelli, 1903
Linus Pauling, 1901
Ben Heckt, 1894
Charles Blondin, 1824
John Tenniel, 1820
Mary Lyon, 1797
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533
Antonio Sabato, Jr., 1972
Tony Robbins, 1960
Gretchen Christopher, 1940
Jack Lousma, 1936
Dinah Shore, 1916
Jimmy Dorsey, 1904
William Wellman, 1896
Herman Hollerith, 1860
"On Golden Pond"(Play), 1979
"La Reine de Saba"(Opera), 1862
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling(Publication date), 1749
Today in History:
Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China, BC202
The first edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" is published, 1749
John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784
The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838
Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849
The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885
The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893
Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897
Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922
DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935
Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940
In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947
James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953
The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954
The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972
Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980
GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998
Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007
Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut's grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010
Scientists announce they've been able to connect the brains of two rats so that they share information, 2013
The Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607), lost for many years and rediscovered in an attic in Toulouse in 2014, is finally brought to auction, selling for to $171 million, 2019