Monday, March 14, 2022

Little Climber (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Genius (Poetry Monday)


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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This kitten likes to imitate a monkey.


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 Genius Day.                       

Everyone's a genius,

or that's what i've been told.

When i stop and think about it,

that's a statement very bold.

But when you look at this world

and the many things we need

it would be a good thing

if it were true indeed.

We need geniuses at raising

the crops to feed us all,

geniuses at teaching reading

so we'll all be on the ball.

Geniuses to make all of

the stuff we use each day,

and genius mathematicians

so computers don't go away.

Geniuses at cooking

our taste buds they can tickle,

and geniuses at law so that

we don't get in a pickle.

Everyone's a genius

at something in some way,

if we all contribute our genius

the world will see a better day.



Today is:

Australia Celebrations:

     Adelaide Cup Day -- SA

     Labour Day -- VIC

     Canberra Day -- ACT

     Eight Hours Day -- Tas (a/k/a Labour Day)

Brain Awareness Week begins-- the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research    

Commonwealth Day -- Commonwealth of Nations (the 54 Countries which today celebrate their ties to one another; Her Majesty the Queen will issue a special message to all Commonwealth Nations citizens through their respective Presidents and Prime Ministers)

Constitution Day -- Andorra

Dita e Veres -- Albania (Summer Day)

Festival of Veturius Mamurius -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of armor makers)

Genius Day -- for Einstein, of course

International Ask A Question Day -- because that's what geniuses do

Learn about Butterflies Day -- if you go looking for who started this holiday, you will find out lots about butterflies and nothing about him/her, which i guess makes it a success

Moth-er Day -- for all individuals and museums that have moth collections; some websites have this listed as the day before Mother's Day

Mother Tongue Day -- Estonia

National Heroes and Benefactors Day -- Belize

National Heroes Day -- Saint Vincent and Grenadines

National Potato Chip Day

National Pi Day - Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.

Runic Half Month Beorc (Birch) begins

Shopping Cart Day -- patent filed today in 1938 by Sylvan Goldman

St. Matilda, Queen of Germany's Day (Patron of dying children, disappointing children, falsely accused people, large families, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, widows)

Taranaki Provincial Anniversary Day -- Taranaki, New Zealand

Ten Most Wanted Day -- the FBI started its list this day in 1950

Wellderly Day -- and the start of Wellderly Week, focusing on the health of the elderly

White Day -- China; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan (One month after Valentine's Day, which is the day women give gifts to men; today, the men return the favor.)

Workplace Napping Day -- on this, the Monday after DST begins, show your boss the studies that highlight the benefit of power naps

    some sites call it National Napping Day; either way, lie down and be counted!

Birthdays Today:

Justin Bieber, 1994

Colby O'Donis, 1989

Taylor Hanson, 1983

Grace Park, 1974

Kirby Puckett, 1961

Tamara Tunie, 1959

Rick Dees, 1951

Pam Ayres, 1947

Billy Crystal, 1947

Rita Tushingham, 1942

Michael Caine, 1933

Quincy Jones, 1933

Frank Borman, 1928

S. Truet Cathy, 1921

Hank Ketcham, 1920

Horton Foote, 1916

Les Brown, 1912

Albert Einstein, 1879

Casey Jones, 1864

Lucy Hobbs Taylor, 1833

Johann Strauss, Sr., 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"10 Most Wanted"(FBI list), 1950

"The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu"(Comic Opera), 1885

"MacBeth"(Opera), 1847

Today in History:

The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice, 1489

England grants a patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island), 1644

Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as king & queen, 1689

Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin, 1794

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded in New York, 1821

Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado premiers in London, 1885

During the Great Blizzard of 1888, New York receives its second largest snowfall on record, 21", 1888

The United States goes on the gold standard, 1900

Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics, 1900

The first theater for rear movie projection is built, in NYC, 1931

A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy, 1964

Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released, 1994

Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle, 1995

The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality, 1997

Over a million Lebanese people take to the streets of Beirut to protest against Syrian military presence, in what comes to be called the Cedar Revolution, 2005

After measuring its spin and parity, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announce they firmly believe the particle discovered in July 2012 is a Higgs boson, 2013

President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria, 2016

NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average, 2016

The European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, 2017

The world's oldest golf club, Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members after 273 years, 2017

The NASA twin study finds that astronaut Scott Kelly is no longer identical to his twin brother after one year in space, 7% of his genes altered, 2018

The World Happiness Report names Finland as world's happiest country and Burundi the unhappiest, 2018

Angela Merkel is sworn in for her fourth term as German Chancellor, 2018

Google announces its employee Emma Haruka Iwao has broken the world record for calculating pi, to 31.4 trillion digits, on pi day using Google Cloud, 2019


  1. My Angel used to climb too. I like your poem and sometimes wish I was a genius, or at least smarter.

  2. What a lovely kitten. Wonderful.

    God bless.

  3. Sadly, that quote is so true! Mom really can't deal with negative people. She is a very positive person and by nature avoids negative people. That kitten is awesome. Love its furs and it would be ideal for a pet to provide some fun and laughs!

  4. Some kitties are climbers. Adorable little monkey.

    Love your Spark. Annie doesn't have a website anymore and her email address doesn't work either. I miss her.

    Love your poem and it's ever so true.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  5. The poem is correct. I feel that I'm a genius in some manner. My wife is a genius and so are my children. Everyone within our life are geniuses. The only ones that are not a genius are the ones like Putin, or China's Xi and any tyrant or want to tyrant.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Oh what a smart kitty ~ she wants out and a forever home soon ~ Xo

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Much knowledge in many heads make us all geniusses. Only don't let me do the math!

  8. Look at that little monkey-kitten, awwww! I love that quote and the poem is spot on.

  9. wee small dood ewe iz total lee fizhez in findin yur for everz home ♥♥♥♥☺☺☺☺

    anda happee pizza PI day two all :) !!!

  10. Aww! how cute do they LQQK heheh!

    Have an adorabletastic day 👍

  11. That kitten is adorable. Great poem and spark. XO

  12. That monkey kitty is so cute! That was a very smart genius poem too. Hey, our State voted to keep DST several years ago, sadly it required Congressional approval before it can happen, yep, nothing but crickets.

  13. Albert was a genius for sure! That kitty is amazing- how does he/she get down? And as always your poetry is spot on- so clever you are!

  14. Awww. How cute! And genius day is ... genius!

  15. I think your poem proved your point! Genius!

  16. We had Bandit the climbing cat. She was a daring darling. Love that photo of the kitten. Sweetness.

    Lots of goodness here.

    Take care. xo


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