by Janet Blue on March 19, 2018

Sparks: Week #24


Sparks of Hope


Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and government reformer. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called “the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism,” and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight. (Wikipedia)

Angel Fiona and I are joining Annie at McGufffy’s Reader for her Sparks blog hop. In establishing the hop, she wrote, “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!” This is what makes Sparks so special and why I look forward to participating each week.

If you’d like to join the hop, click on the Sparks badge.

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Thank you from Giulietta

Giulietta and I are grateful to everyone who joined the Sunday Selfies blog hop yesterday and left birthday wishes for her and our precious angel, Fiona. As Fiona is unable to say, “thank you,” personally, it seemed appropriate for her to deliver today’s Spark. Fiona was already ill when this photo was taken, as you most likely can see from how thin she is. In spite of that, she still was able to enjoy a sunpuddle and the warmth of the sun on her face.


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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko March 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Angel Fiona is just so full of bliss inher sun puddle! And that is a wonderful spark to go with it:)
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suresh lukhi March 21, 2018 at 2:58 am

hey lovely dear..
your post are so wonderful,and really this is so helpful for me,I’m so happy for that.thanks dear for awesome sharing..



mommakatandherbearcat March 20, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Happy belated birthday to your two gorgeous gray girls! We love that picture of Sawyer in the sun – he looks so happy and content!
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Marv March 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

What a great photo of you Angel Fiona! And your SPARK is purrfect! Thanks for sharing and I shall now go and see if I can find the sun puddle in the spare room and cast MY shadow behind me!
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Darla M Sands March 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

What a precious picture. Thank you for sharing that wonderful quote, as well. Take care!
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Ellen Pilch March 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Great spark and I love the photo of Angel Fiona. Self-Help sounds like it would be a good read now too with the minimalist movement. XO


Jackie Avery March 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm

That is a good quote. Angel Fiona looks so content in her sun puddle.


The Island Cats March 19, 2018 at 5:38 pm

Mr. Smiles made us smile. His quote is right on!
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LP March 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

That is a lovey photo of Fiona. She looks very happy surrounded by and covered in, sun!

the critters in the cottage xo


Kathe W. March 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

I would have loved meeting this Smiles guy! We could have had a snappy chat!
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Jeanne Foguth March 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Love the Samuel Smiles quote. Have a great week!


The Florida Furkids March 19, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Beautiful sunny Sparks post. Angel Fiona was so beautiful.

The Florida Furkids with tons of smoochies and love to Mau from Allie
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Margie March 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm

That is such a great spark. Fiona’s face looks happy in the sun. Good to see her again. You all have a great day.
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Josie Two Shoes March 19, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Yes, hope is like that, and hope is essential to life. Leave the shadows behind us and embrace the light! 🙂
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Driller's Place March 19, 2018 at 12:22 pm

When the sun shines in, the eyes close. That’s a good day for any pet.
Have a blessed week.
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The Menagerie Mom March 19, 2018 at 11:25 am

Your sweet Angel Fiona and this sentiment are such a beautiful pairing. Purrs and hugs to all of you.


Comedy Plus March 19, 2018 at 11:19 am

What a lovely Spark. So simple yet so many of don’t see the simplicity.

Love the kitty. I linked this post to Awww Mondays.

Have a fabulous day filled with wonderful Sparks. ♥
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Emma and Buster March 19, 2018 at 10:50 am

Oh how wonderful to see Fiona again and what a lovely picture of her too.
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Roby Sweet March 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

Wonderful photo of Fiona enjoying that warm sun.


Katie Isabella March 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

I love seeing Angel Fiona and the quote she has for us today is absolutely perfect. I did not know of this gentleman, Mr. Smiles. The quote is spot on and what I believe. The quote invites us to turn inward in study and contemplation.


Linda Arthur Tejera March 19, 2018 at 7:28 am

Such a beautiful and precious picture of Fiona. She certainly was enjoying that sunshine! And that quote is true and perfect! 😀 <3
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Teddy March 19, 2018 at 6:08 am

That look of pure enjoyment while Angel Fiona enjoyed the warm sun says so much. Warm and wrapped in the glow of the sun enjoying those moments even when she wasn’t well…..we cats go on and on until our time comes. I know Giulietta and Fiona spent some time together in some fashion yesterday as they celebrated their special day. Also Mom and I love your SPARK today………it was a perfect accompaniment to the photo too……….HOPE.

Love, Teddy (and Mom)
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Lone Star Cats March 19, 2018 at 3:31 am

It’s always good to see Angel Fiona.
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Summer March 19, 2018 at 12:19 am

It’s nice to see Fiona again.
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