Monthly Archives: April 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017 – National Siblings Day!

Monday, April 10, 2017 – National Siblings Day!

Photo number one is my sibling with the sibling she got for her birthday in 1949. Photo number two is the siblings on the old one’s birthday in 2017. She refused to let me sit in her lap.  So glad she does not have internet at the moment.   Love you, Sibling.

Friday, April 7, 2017 – Pray for Peace

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pray for Peace

And accurate air strikes!

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Over There! The Yanks Are Coming. 100 Years Ago Today

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Over There! The Yanks Are Coming. 100 Years Ago Today

Over there, over there, Send the word, send the word over there – That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming Ev’rywhere. So prepare, say a pray’r, Send the word, send the word to beware. We’ll be over, we’re coming over, And we won’t come back till it’s over Over there.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. Who wrote the most famous United States propaganda song upon the entry into the war in Europe?

At the time, 1917, the fighting was called The Great War. Sometimes it was called The War to End all Wars. Obviously the ending of end of all wars name did not work out.

By the time the United States entered the war, Europe had endured three years of trench war fare. This combination of antiquated Napoleonic military tactics (long parallel lines with soldiers now in trenches) was met with the new mechanized war fare of the machine gun, airplanes, poisonous gas and bombs. The combination left hundreds of thousands on both sides dead in places named The Somme. Verdun, Ypres and all across Europe.

It was the war that destroyed the monarchies of Europe. Governments did away with the kings or reduced the powers of them. It was the war that left the French country side littered with trench cities filled with decaying remains of men and animals.

It was the war that made the United States a global power. It was the war that created waves of nationalism and all of the other “isms” (imperialism, socialism, communism, isolationism, and ethnocentrism) that would eventually take the world to September 1, 1939. “Good job, well-done Neville Chamberlain for bringing us “Peace in our time.” On that date in history, The Great War was renamed World War I as nations aligned to fight World War II.

Upon the eve of Britain’s entry in to WWI on August 3, 1914, the British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey is quoted to have said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

How prophetic. I wonder if it is still true today and includes my life-time.

George M. Cohen wrote Over There.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Cat Karma. Tagged You’re Found!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Cat Karma. Tagged You’re Found!

Cat karma is what I get for posting a poem written by a cat yesterday. I suspect some sort of cat curse was placed on me by my high school friend, Jenny Lee yesterday. It was probably her clowder of cats that placed the curse, but here is the story.

I live in a community where most of the residents have dogs – those short legged, yappy lap dogs. I have never seen a cat in the neighborhood the entire three years I have lived here. Furthermore, I seldom go outside in the front yard in the evening because the neighbors are walking their yappy lap dogs. Or in some cases pushing the dog in a baby carriage.

Yesterday I stepped into the front only to see a cat opposite me sitting on the sidewalk. As I approached the feline she initially ran into the gutter, but immediately came to me. FYI – I was not aware of the gender until later.

Of course it almost 30 minutes before tip-off of the NCAA men’s championship game and I have a squirming cat in my arms and no one claiming her. The cat and I go to my home. I am not missing the game. Obviously, cat is comfortable.

Pets seem to know that even though they are wearing tags with data base and microchip phone numbers and data base and microchip info all of those places are closed at 6:30 in the evening.

A quick trip to the convenience store and I’m back with input and output supplies for the cat. After cat participated in input and output activities, and after a little cat soccer with plastic golf balls, cat is in my lap for the evening.

What luck! Cat is a Tar Heels Fan too!

After a fabulous basketball game – both teams should be very proud – cat beats me to bedroom and takes up middle of bed. I think – you are not Reveille and I am not sleeping on the floor. MOVE!

But alas – an 8:00 am phone call to vet clinic listed on the tag this morning revealed that Tommy belonged to my neighbor Faye – four townhomes away. By 8:15 am Tommy was home with Pet Parent. Poor Faye – said she’d been up three or four times during the night looking for her.

Please ensure your pets are tagged and chipped. I am still pretty sure Jenny Lee had something to do with this cat showing up. Maybe it is Miss. Navasota.

Monday, April, 3, 2017 – Happy Birthday, Doris Day! A Cat Poem to Celebrate It.

Monday, April, 3, 2017 – Happy Birthday, Doris Day! A Cat Poem to Celebrate It.

Happy Birthday Doris Day! Thank you for all of the wonderful movies and for your advocacy for animals.

To celebrate here is a poem from my 2017 Wall Calendar by Fransesco Marciuliano called I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats. Here is the poem for the month of April.

Paw on the Nose

When we’re alone

When I’m on your lap

When you’re telling me about your day

My paw on your nose once means

“I hear what you’re saying.”

My paw on your nose twice means

“I see what you mean.”

My paw on your nose three times means

“I hope this is the off switch.”