C.J. TAKES HER HOLIDAY SERIOUSLY

by Janet Blue on May 31, 2016

In 1996 No Greater Love, an humanitarian organization based in Washington, D.C., established the National Moment of Remembrance. After questioning school children about the meaning of Memorial Day and finding they were totally unaware of it’s purpose, No Greater Love hoped to raise public awareness of America’s heroes and their valor. The idea clicked with President Bill Clinton and Congress. Since 1997, it has become a standard American tradition. National Moment of Remembrance requires everybody to be silent for a minute, exactly at 3.00 pm (local time), and reflect on the glory of those who have died in service to our country.

Calista Jo, after spending her holiday watching birdie T.V. on the catio, decided to extend her minute of silence into an afternoon snooze in a sunpuddle. Her paw and the base of the catio’s cat condo/tree became her pillow.

 

C.J. Takes National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day holiday seriously.

 

How ever you spent your holiday yesterday, we pray that you took a moment to remember and honor those Americans who gave their lives to ensure our freedom.

We pray for and thank all of those currently serving our country.


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A POEM FOR MEMORIAL DAY

by Janet Blue on May 30, 2016

Today our country celebrates Memorial Day. This federal holiday originated as Decoration Day. It was established in the United States to remember those who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Decoration Day was established after the American Civil War in 1868. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, set aside this day as a time for the nation to decorate graves of Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions (celebrated on different days) had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

Memorial Day 2016

Lucy Gilmer Breckinridge Bassett

In honor of Memorial Day, I am sharing a poem I wrote in 1984 after reading, Lucy Breckinridge of Grove Hill: The Journal of a Virginia Girl, 1862-1864. 

Lucy Breckinridge was a nineteen-year-old girl who grew up very close to where I have lived since 1976. Three of her brothers and her first fiancé lost their lives in the Civil War. Lucy married Thomas Jefferson Bassett on January 28, 1865. She died just six-months later from typhoid fever.

 Paper Soldier

Driving past Fincastle sepia-
toned visions of Lucy Breckinridge,
like confederate soldiers, infiltrate
my thoughts. Her spirit forever
where Grove Hill once stood.
Civil War—idle days spent
writing letters, praying,
visiting the Bridge, Bonsack,
Buchanan, always waiting
for news of the wounded,
dead, battles lost and won.

A woman born to the wrong
Century, longing, yet
conditioned to reject
desire, to take up a pistol,
join with her brothers—
“Shoot some Yankees,”
or drench Virginia soil
with her blood—no more
precious than any man’s.
Silent yearnings secreted
100 years in her journal,
like a squirrel’s forgotton
winter nuts, now blaze
in my mind like cannon fire.

© Janet Buickerood Blue, 1984
Published originally in Wind Literary Journal
Volume 14 – Number 51

I suspect those who established this holiday had no idea how many American lives would be lost in subsequent wars and military conflicts. According to PBS News Hour that number is now in excess of 1.1 million. The enormity of that number truly saddens me. Today, all those who have lost their lives, as well as those who have lost loved ones and friends, are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

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ASTRID’S SELFIE FOR FIANCÉ SAMPSON

May 29, 2016

Sunday Selfies: Week #94   In just a little more than three weeks I will be marrying my fiancé and the love of my life, Sampson Hall. (I call him Sampy.) Anyway, I asked Mom if I could do the selfie this week as I haven’t done one in over two months…March 20 to be […]

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GIULIETTA’S BLUE PERIOD

May 28, 2016

Being one of the Kitties Blue, I am obviously always blue. Even though only part of me is blue in today’s art, Mom couldn’t think of a more imaginative title. Sorry! So here’s my submission for Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art Blog Hop.     Mom created this for me using Picasa. If […]

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AN EASY DIY PROJECT: CREATE A CAT CAVE

May 27, 2016

The internet abounds with DIY projects to create cool things for your cat. If you’re anything like me and the project requires a saw, drill, screws or nails you are never even going to attempt it. Today, I have a project for you that you can complete in just a few minutes without any special […]

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HEY GANG, LUNCH IS HERE!

May 25, 2016

         

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BROTHERS MAKE THE BEST PILLOWS

May 24, 2016

Tuxie/Toesy Doozy of a Snoozy Tuesday     Five of the seven girls love their brother, Mau. Lily Olivia is not a fan; though, she has been caught snuggling when she doesn’t realize it’s him. The kitty who likes him least is his actual sister, Misty May. But then, Misty May doesn’t really like anyone […]

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KITTIES BLUE JOIN DRESS UP FOR WHITLEY DAY

May 23, 2016

  Today we join the many friends of Whitley Westie by pawticipating in a special day to honor and remember this spunky, little woofie angel. Whitley earned her wings on May 5, but she remains with all of us in our hearts. Whitley was known for her fashion sense and the gorgeous dresses her momma made […]

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GLAMOROUS GIULIETTA HOSTS SELFIES

May 22, 2016

Sunday Selfies: Week #93 My sweet sisfur asked me to host Sunday Selfies today. I could not turn her down. She is my very best friend, and I love her so much.     When our mom adopted me, she had only planned on adding one new kitty to the family. But she took one […]

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FROWNING FELINE FIONA

May 21, 2016

    Yes, I do look as if I am frowning in my photo, but I was just concentrating. I had my eyes trained on the bird feeder just outside the catio. Every perch was filled, and birdies were waiting in the nearby tree for their turn at the seed. I didn’t even want to […]

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