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While catsitting this past week, i got to see the last 3 remaining ferals of the outdoor clowder being sweet with each other. They really are good friends, rubbing against each other and purring while waiting to be fed, all about 11-14 years old.
Sparks is the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, who wanted us to post something positive and uplifting at the start of the week. While she no longer blogs, i like to post 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 poetry 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 Turtles.
(First, a haiku. The spacing is so you will read it at the correct pace, slowly.)
(With apologies in advance, i couldn't help myself, nor did i want to.)
Sam the Clam and Tom Turtle were
the very best of friends,
though they were very different
and they came to different ends.
They spent much time together,
Tom was slow and Sam was quick,
that really didn't matter to these
friends through thin and thick.
One day, well it happened
before anything he could do,
Sam was run over by a dune buggy,
poor Tom left alone and blue.
A turtle's life is long, you know
but even their life goes by,
and one day old Tom woke up
with the Pearly Gates right nigh.
He got up to the portal just
as quickly as he could go,
and yelled to St. Pete, "Where's
my friend Sam!" with nary a hello.
St. Peter looked at Tom and
with sadness in his eyes,
said, "Tom, I hate to tell you this,
though it should be no surprise.
"Your best friend Sam was a fast one
in all ways, both good and bad,
he didn't make it up here,
it makes all of us sad."
Tom stood there quietly as
he got halo, harp and wings,
then St. Peter told him news
to make his heart just sing.
"Tom there's an elevator
that goes from here down there,
you can go and visit, but
you really must beware.
"The last elevator back here
starts up exactly at five,
don't get caught down there at night,
to be prompt you must strive!"
Tom turned to the elevator and
without any hesitation
tried his wings and bumped around
getting used to the gyrations.
He practiced a bit of flying while
in the elevator going down,
he didn't become an expert but he
didn't feel like such a clown.
Once he got to the nether world,
he garnered plenty of looks,
but he was determined to find
his friend no matter what it took.
He asked a group there standing,
"Is my friend Sam the Clam around here?"
They began to snicker and then to laugh,
they guffawed and started to cheer.
"Just fly down that road there,"
one said when he was able,
Tom simply flew they way they said,
their other words uninterpretable.
As he went he asked others,
"Do you know where Sam I can find?"
They all just laughed, pointing down the road,
Tom so intent, their laughs he didn't mind.
Then suddenly around a curve he came,
he couldn't believe what he saw,
a huge sign on big building,
"Sam Clam's Disco!" the place's biggest draw!
Tom flew right in as fast as
those wings could him now carry,
he called, "Is my friend Sam in here?"
despite the doorkeepers scary.
An office door burst open,
Sam came out in a stew,
"Who's making all that racket?"
Then, "Tom! Is it really you?"
The friends they hugged a good while,
then sat down to a meal and a chat,
Tom told what happened since
Sam had gone, tales of this and that.
They'd been having such a good time
reminiscing, catching up, it was great
then Sam suddenly looked at the clock
and said, "Tom, you're gonna be late!"
Tom jumped up from the table,
Sam said, "Come visit tomorrow,
but don't you get caught here at night,
or it will be to your sorrow!"
Tom went flying back down
the road as quick as he could,
got through the door right before it closed,
just like they said he should.
When he got back up, the doors opened
and he saw St. Peter waiting there,
The saint breathed a huge sigh,
"Tom, you gave me quite a scare!
"I thought you'd lost track of time
and wouldn't be there for five sharp.
It's great to see you made it, but
Tom, where is your harp?"
Tom looked dazed for a moment,
then he burst into song,
and if you know the tune then
you all can sing along:
I Left My Harp In Sam Clam's Disco!
Ancient Roman Festivities today:
Festival for Vulcan -- god of fire, volcanos, and smiths
Rosalia -- rose festival
Tubilustrium -- ceremony to purify the trumpet used in sacred rituals
Bluebell Day -- Fairy Calendar
Declaration of the Bab -- Baha'i
Go For A Walk in Your Swim Fins Day -- no, i don't know who comes up with this stuff, and i don't want to
Linnaeus Day -- Stenbrohult, Sweden (birth anniversary of Carolus Linnaeus on the OS calendar)
Lucky Penny Day -- just a fun one, see if you find a penny today
National Labour Day -- Jamaica
National Taffy Day
Sacrifices to Leto, Pythian Apollon, Zeus, Hermes and the Dioscuri in the deme of Erchia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk's Day (Patron of Belarus)
Students' Day -- Mexico
St. William of Rochester's Day (Patron of adopted children)
Victoria Day -- Canada
World Crohn's and Colitis Day
World Turtle Day -- sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue
South Carolina becomes the 8th US state, 1788
Kelly Monaco, 1976
Ken Jennings, 1974
Mitch Albom, 1958
Drew Carey, 1958
“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, 1954
Charles Kimbrough, 1936
Robert Moog, 1934
Joan Collins, 1933
Barbara Barrie, 1931
Rosemary Clooney, 1928
Helen O'Connell, 1920
Scatman Crothers, 1910
Artie Shaw, 1910
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 1883
Belle Aurelia Babb Mansfield, 1846
Margaret Fuller, 1810
Franz Mesmer, 1734
Carolus Linnaeus, 1707
Emperor Qinzong of China, 1100
"Shuffle Along"(Musical comedy revue), 1921
"Il bugiardo / The Liar"(Comedy), 1750
Today in History:
Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne, 1430
The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void, 1533
The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain, 1568
The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War, 1618
After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, 1701
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals, 1785
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy, 1805
South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, 1813
The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism (the Baha'i Faith), 1844
Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, 1863
The Canadian Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1873
The fist transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC, 1887
The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released, 1929
American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana, 1934
Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China, 1951
Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured, 1960
The first version of the Java programming language is released, 1995
The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes, 1998
The fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure, 2005
Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts, 2006
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute, 2008
Fifteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Egypt by a revolution, voters go to the polls for a presidential election, 2012
Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, in Shaanxi province from about 3400 BC to 2900 BC, 2016
Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads, 2018
The prototype of new high-speed train that will float above the track is unveiled by Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation in Qingdao, 2019