Monday, January 23, 2023

Brotherly Love (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

Ollie and Benji really love each other.


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 Clocks.                        

When i was a young child

the clock was a mystery

and someone had to teach

the hours and hands to me.

By the time my kids came along,

analog was passé,

the digital clock itself told you

what was the time of day.

Of course, the abstract clock

had hands as you'd expect,

but with only 4 dots and no numbers,

oft the time even i can't detect!

To teach my kids the skill set

of reading clocks in our house,

we turned to a good old friend,

and we let in a Mouse!


Today is:

Bounty Day -- Pitcairn Island (celebrates the burning of the HMS Bounty in 1790

Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day

Clean Out Your Email Inbox Week -- cure your email e-ddiction, get rid of the old stuff clogging up your inbox; see InboxDetox for details 


Cold, Cold, Cold Day -- coldest temp ever recorded in the US, -79.8°F (-62.11°C), this day in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska

Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Elementary School Teacher Day

Lenaia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three-day Dionysian festival to arouse the sleeping vegetation and bring spring; date approximate)

Measure Your Feet Day -- one can only ask...."Why!?!"

National Activity Professionals Week begins -- celebrating the contributions of Activities Professionals in all senior living communities   

National Pie Day -- US, sponsored by the American Pie Council  

National Handwriting Day -- US, on the birth anniversary of John Hancock, to encourage the dying art of legible handwriting by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association 

National Heroes' Day -- Cayman Islands

National Rhubarb Pie Day

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti -- TR and WB, India (birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose)

Ragwort Dance -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies only)

Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; plow drivers, see how far you can make those rural mailboxes go!

St. John the Almoner's Day (Patron of Knights Hospitaller; known for his generosity to the poor, "If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.")

Wellington Provincial Anniversary Day -- Wellington, New Zealand (obs.; trad. date 22nd)

Women in Medicine Day -- Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman awarded the degree of Medical Doctor in 1849

Anniversaries Today:

The founding of Georgetown University, the first US Catholic college, 1789

Birthdays Today:

Tito Ortiz, 1975

Tiffani Thiessen, 1974

Mariska Hargitay, 1964

Gail O'Grady, 1963

Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957

Antonio Villaraigosa, 1953

Pat Haden, 1953

Richard Dean Anderson, 1950

Rutger Hauer, 1944

Gil Gerard, 1943

Chita Rivera, 1933

Jeanne Moreau, 1928

Ernie Kovacs, 1919

John M. Browning, 1855

Edouard Manet, 1832

Stendhal(Marie-Henri Beyle), 1783

John Hancock, 1737

Joseph Hewes, 1730

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The A-Team"(TV), 1983

"Roots"(TV miniseries), 1977

"Barney Miller"(TV), 1975

"King Family Show"(TV), 1965

"After the Fall"(Miller's Play), 1964

"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"(Film), 1948

Today in History:

Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga (Hindu Iron Age of the Gods), BC3102

In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops, 971

The first printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul, 1490

The first printing of the Pentateuch, 1492

The second version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England, 1552

What is probably the most deadly earthquake in history kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China, 1556

Queen Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange in London, 1571

Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales, 1656

Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament on his affirmation, 1833

Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female physician in the US, 1849

The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1855

Alesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Alesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless an one person dead, 1904

Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American US senator, 1907

Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of the Polish government in exile, 1940

Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time, 1943

The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet) in the Pacific Ocean, 1960

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, 1986

Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10, 2003

Six Venezuelan cable television channels are taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after refusing to transmit government messages, 2010

Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep, 2018

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel, 2020


  1. Definitely an aww moment.
    I had trouble learning to tell the time as a child,but do prefer the 'look' of analog clocks..

  2. Hope those kittens find a home together! Love that spark, great advice.

  3. I like yout poem. Clocks with only dots, or dashes, are not so good. I'd like one with numbers and hands, just like the mouse one ;) (Mine has Donald Duck on it) And now I commited the faux pas of reading your poem before writing one myself. Bad idea!

  4. The kitties are cute. I loved your poem on clocks - very cute! We got each analog wrist watches when they got to the age of us to teach them. Digital watches/clocks don't teach anything. It's good to revert to old school learning. I think every teenager should first learn how to drive a manual transmission before upgrading to an automatic. Have an awwwesom Monday, my friend!

  5. They are soooooo cute heheh!
    I liked that clock have a ticktastic Monday 👍

  6. How lovely that there's a Poetry Monday. Great way to start the week.

  7. Oh those kitties are so adorable ~ sweet photos ~ and great spark ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Awww on the adorable kitties that love each other. It shows too.

    Love the Spark and love your poem. Well done.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. Dearest Mimi,
    I heartily thank you both for hosting and for leaving me always in awe with the lovely images you share and everything you write!
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  10. So lovely.

  11. I hope those sweet kitties get a together forever home. That is a good Spark and a great poem. It's sad that lots of youngsters can't read a clock face these days.

  12. My Remy and and sister...loved each other. They never fought. Shama still misses her Remy.

  13. Ollie and Benji are totally Awwwsome! And the spark is purrfect. Mom has 4 Micky Mouse watches, but the clock on the wall has a train that chugs around the whole clock every hour. And Mom LOVES bubble wrap! I can hear her popping now!! Keep being awesome Mimi! Purrs Marv

  14. It's so sweet when kittens cuddle up together. I like your poem. I prefer analog clocks to digital. I don't remember learning to tell the time, I seem to have just always known it.

  15. Those sweet fur babies are cozy. Aw..... I LOVE them. I am so grateful I had to learn to write in cursive, read the hands on a clock and read the Dick & Jane books. That mouse was a great helper wasn't he? Love your poem! Have a blessed day.

  16. All cuddled and comfortable!
    Great poem! And I love that MM clock!


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