A to Z: Night Guard (Awww Monday) and Nice (Sparks!)

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of 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!
Little Girl, who is in the Army National Guard, had a training weekend, so she spent her nights here.  She brought Coda the German shepherd, and the dog slept on the cot with her.  When i had to sneak down in the middle of the night, Coda jumped up in protection mode, a faithful night guard: 
Halt!  Who goes there?




The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
My “Spark” for the day


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Today is:
Boston Marathon — Boston, MA, US (121st running)
Day of Mushroom Encouragement — Fairy Calendar
Dronningens Fodselsdag — Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)
Emancipation Day — Washington, D.C., US
Holiday of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Jim Thorpe Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)
Jose de Diego’s Birthday — Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)
National Eggs Benedict Day
National Healthcare Decision Week begins — US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; “It always seems to early, until it’s too late.”)    
Offering to Demeter Khloe — Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)
Patriot’s Day — US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War)
Sechselauten — Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symolic destruction of the Boog – Old Man Winter – in the form of a snowman)
St. Bernadette of Lourdes’ Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)
St. Padarn’s Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint’s day)
World Entrepreneurship Day
World Voice Day — if you’ve ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice    
Anniversaries Today:
Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910
Birthdays Today:
Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Brown Sugar”(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
“Fibber McGee and Molly”(Radio), 1935
“Mazeppa”(Symphonic poem, Liszt’ S 100), 1854
“The Contrast”(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)
Today in History:
Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction, 2012
The Vatican ends a five-year investigation into a key organization of U.S. nuns two years ahead of schedule and recommends no major changes; the group was under scrutiny for practices considered out of line with Catholic Church teaching, 2015



Little Girl’s Boy(friend) and His Dog (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by Delores of Mumblings.   

Here are this weeks prompt words:

engine, thunder, rolling, blast, ancient, boulder
misstep, ponder, volume, crib, split and brilliant.

“BRILLIANT!” she muttered to herself as she heard the first stirrings of sounds from the CRIB through the baby monitor at her side.

She was at a critical point in rebuilding the ENGINE, a place where one MISSTEP would make much of her previous work need to be redone. As she took a moment to PONDER her next step, hoping the sound from the child was just a bit of a dream and not a true awakening, the VOLUME began to rise like the ROLLING of THUNDER added to the BLAST of a BOULDER crashing down the mountain from which it has just been SPLIT, the ANCIENT sound of child in need screaming louder and louder for help to come now!

Heaving a sigh that came from her toes, she grabbed a wrench and propped it where she hoped it would prevent a total collapse back into chaos. Wiping her greasy hands on an almost equally greasy rag, she bounded into the nursery where her entrance cut the noises short and brought a sunshiny smile from the boy, who grinned and raised his arms and snuggled in as soon as she lifted him up.

Her previous irritation melted at the joy of this reunion and she changed his diaper, then they headed through the kitchen to grab a box and she took him with her out to the garage. Plopping him in the old high chair she kept there, she poured the oat circle cereal bits onto the tray and went back to her work, telling him the steps she was taking and the names of her tools as she went, while he munched his snack and listened and watched her every move with wide eyes, not yet old enough to know he was watching his destiny.

Today is:
Children’s Picture Book Day — while i can’t find a sponsor for this day, starting kids on a lifelong love of books is as good an excuse for a holiday as any
Commemoration of Sen no Rikyu — Urasenke School of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japan (remembering the influential master in The Way of Tea)
Feast of Artemis — Ancient Greek Calendar (as protector of wild animals, vegetation, and places, begins at sundown; date approximate)
Festival of the Sacrifice at the Tombs — Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor the ancestors)
“Greatest Show on Earth” Day — Barnum and Bailey merged their circuses on this day in 1881
Hot Tub Day — because we all need one!
Invasion of Loaming Shores Beyond the Certain Sea Anniversary — Fairy Calendar
Khordad Sal (Birth of the Prophet Zarathushtra) — Zoroastrianism (Fasli Calendar)
Komamorijinja Reisai — Nakaedo, Kashi-sh, Gifu, Japan (festival of the the Kosazukeishi “child-granting stone”)
National Black Forest Cake Day
Ragnar Lodbrok’s Day — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (remembrance of this Viking’s sack of Paris)
Respect Your Cat Day — anniversary of King Richard II’s edict in 1384 forbidding the consumption of cats
Serfs Emancipation Day — Tibet
Something on a Stick Day — something edible, of course, what were you thinking?  never mind; almost everything tastes better on a stick
St. Guntramnus’ Day (Patron of divorced people, guardians, repentant murderers)
Teachers’ Day — Czech Republic; Slovakia
Weed Appreciation Day — at last, for those of us with black thumbs, since this is all we can grow! “Weeds are flowers once you get to know them!” A.A. Milne
Birthdays Today:
Lady Gaga, 1986
Julia Stiles, 1981
Annie Wersching, 1977
Kate Gosselin, 1975
Scott Mills, 1974
Juliandra Gillen, 1971
Vince Vaughn, 1970
Reba McEntire, 1955
Dianne Wiest, 1948
Ken Howard, 1944
Conchata Ferrell, 1943
Jerry Sloan, 1942
Freddie Bartholomew, 1924
Dirk Bogarde, 1921
Irving “Swifty” Lazar, 1907
August Anheuser Busch, Jr., 1899
Maxim Gorky, 1868
Frederich Pabst, 1836
St. Teresa of Avila, 1515
Fra Bartolomeo, 1472
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Hair”(Rock musical), 1968
“Philadelphia Story”(Play), 1939
Today in History:
Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus, 193
Viking raiders sack Paris, who leave in exchange for a huge ransom, 845
The origin of the Fasli Era in India, 1556
Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco, 1776
Nathaniel Briggs of NH patents a washing machine, 1797
Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man, 1802
The US Salvation Army is officially organized, 1885
Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, 1910
Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities, 1917
Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara, 1930
The McGill français movement protest occurs, the second largest protest in Montreal’s history, 1969
Operators of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania fail to recognize that a relief valve in the primary coolant system has stuck open, leading to a partial meltdown, 1979
In South Africa, Zulus and African National Congress supporters battle in central Johannesburg, resulting in 18 deaths, 1994
The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1965, 2005
At least 1 million union members, students, and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government’s proposed First Employment Contract law, 2006
Australian diplomat Peter Woolcott’s draft for the first-ever treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade is discussed by members of the United Nations, 2013