Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends!
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Our rEcess program is blessed with volunteers from the local children's hospital. Residents (doctors in training) come to spend time with patients outside the clinical setting, it's good for them and the special children they will see later in their careers.
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 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 Octopus, or something squishy (in honor of Cephalopod Awareness Week). \
A wonderful creature, the octopus,
when you see one, don't you be a picklepuss,
he can squirt you with ink,
so you'd best stop and think,
before you call him names like sourpuss!
What two special animals
that don't live on the lands
will say hello sixteen times?
Two octopi shaking hands.
When an octopus wants to be a knight
and impress a girl with his charms,
what kind of armor will he wear?
Or course, a coat of arms.
Octopus mom said to the children,
go off to bed, now scoots!
I'll get your dad to read a story,
Octopus in boots!
Two octopus kids were swimming home
when they saw fishers setting out trappers,
we gotta get out of here quick, said one,
these guys are just squidnappers!
The squid, a local sheriff, said,
I need help, there is trouble!
An outlaw octopus got away,
form an octoposse, on the double!
Now I've come to the end of my silly jokes
about the cephalopods squishy,
I really enjoy all these strange sea folk,
I don't find them at all fishy!
Alex Kivi Day a/k/a Kivi Day -- Finland (The Day of Finnish Literature)
Arbor Day -- Poland
Bonza Bottler Day
Boun Suang Heua -- on the Mekong River near Vientiane, Laos (second day of the Ok Phansa festival, the Boat Racing Festival)
Cephalopod Awareness Days: Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate the tentacular species
Columbus Day/Discovery Day/Two Worlds Day/Anti-Columbus Day/Native Americans Day/Pan America Day -- observed, several countries
American Indian Heritage Day -- AL, US
Columbus Day (obs.) -- Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
Dia del Respet a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina
Fraternal Day -- AL, US
Native Americans' Day -- much of the US formally; almost everywhere informally (a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans)
Commonwealth Culture Day -- Northern Mariana Islands
Constitution Day -- Sint Maarten
Curacao Day -- Curacao
Double Tenth Day/National Day -- China; Taiwan (In remembrance of the revolution against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty.)
Festival for Juno Moneta -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of money)
Fitness Day / Health-Sports Day -- Japan
Independence Day / Deed of Cession Day -- Fiji(1970)
Journee Nationale de la Femme Marocaine -- Morocco (National Women's Day)
Kruger Day -- South Africa
KWP Foundation Day -- North Korea (1945)
Lotu-a-Tamaiti -- Samoa; Tokelau (Day after White Sunday)
Maroons Day -- Suriname (celebration of indigenous peoples)
Moi Day -- Kenya
National Angel Food Cake Day
National Cake Decorating Day -- some websites say today, some say the 17th
National Handbag Day -- started by www.PurseBlog.com
National Heroes Day -- Bahamas
National Kick-Butt Day -- a day to kick yourself in the rump, jump start yourself to doing something you've been wanting to do and making excuses for not doing; begun by Sylvia Henderson
Naval Academy Day -- US
Norfolk Island Agricultural Show Day -- Norfolk Island, Australia
St. Francis Borgia's Day (Patron of Portugal; Rota, Marianas; against earthquakes)
St. Paulinus of York's Day (Patron of Rochester, England)
Sukkot -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through sundown Oct. 17)
Tag der Volksabstimmung -- Austria (Referendum Day)
Takata-no-Baba Yabusame -- Toyama Park, Tokyo, Japan (demonstration of the ancient art of horseback archery)
Thanksgiving -- Canada (Interfaith)
Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico Friendship Day
War of Independence Anniversary -- Cuba
World Day Against the Death Penalty -- International
World Homeless Day -- no one should be homeless
World Mental Health Day -- International
World Porridge Day -- celebrating Scotland's traditional national dish
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., marries Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman, 1993
Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1975 (second time)
The United States Naval Academy opened with 50 midshipmen and 7 professors, 1845
Adrian Grenier, 1976
Bob Burnquist, 1976
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1974
Mario Lopez, 1973
Brett Favre, 1969
Daniel Pearl, 1963
Tanya Tucker, 1958
David Lee Roth, 1955
Nora Roberts, 1950
Jessica Harper, 1949
Charles Dance, 1946
Ben Vereen, 1946
Harold Pinter, 1930
Richard Jaeckel, 1926
Thelonious Monk, 1917
Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1924
Helen Hayes, 1900
Giuseppe Verdi, 1813
Henry Cavendish, 1731 (discovered hydrogen)
"Upstairs, Downstairs"(TV), 1971
"The Bob Newhart Show"(TV), 1962
"Milk and Honey"(Musical), 1961
"Porgy and Bess"(Folk opera), 1935
"Die Chinesische Mauer/The Great Wall of China"(Play), 1946
The Tuxedo, 1886 (introduced at The Tuxedo Club in New York)
Today in History:
The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Carribean, 1780
The first non-Native American settlement is founded in Oklahoma, 1802
William Lassell discovers Neptune's moon Triton, 1846
The first "Dinner Jacket" is worn to the Autumn Ball at Tuxedo Park, NY, 1886
President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal, 1913
Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French pull out of the city, 1954
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant, 1957
The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world's first major nuclear accident, 1957
The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite, 1964
The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force, 1967
In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1971
After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI adds Arabic to the languages in which the weekly Vatican address is broadcast, 2012
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in advocating children's rights; 17-year-old Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban in retaliation for her activism, is the youngest recipient in history, 2014
For the first time since the Islamic revolution, 3,500 women in Iran are allowed to attend a football match for a World Cup qualifier in Tehran, 2019