by Janet Blue on April 20, 2020





Most of my life I have not had much patience, but as I’ve aged, I have improved. And if there is a time to cultivate patience and endure, it is now. That is why I chose this Spark for today.

I was not familiar with John Ruskin, the author of today’s Spark, so I suspect you might not be either. John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era (living from 1819 to 1900), as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolorist, prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy.

Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Annie is taking a “break” from blogging, so there is no hop. Many of us still continue to post a Spark on Monday, as we believe in Annie’s vision: “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!”

Awww Mondays


Snoozing pretzel, Calista Jo, is joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. To join her, click on the badge below.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow, our favorite tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be off on another adventure. It will be posted at Friends Furever, and I really hope you will visit and support this fun-loving duo.


Emma and Buster April 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Calista Jo, you surely got the pretzel down pat. We don’t mean to bother your nap so we’ll go.
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Brian Frum April 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm

That is a wonderful Spark! Calista Jo, that’s so comfy cute!
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Ellen Pilch April 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Caista Jo is a beauty. Great spark. I lack patience too 🙂

The Island Cats April 20, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Calista Jo, we know some humans would think that isn’t a comfortable sleeping position, but us cats know otherwise.
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Raven April 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Calista Jo has herself all twisted up. Patience is a virtue we try to cultivate, especially now.

Lola The Rescued Cat April 20, 2020 at 4:19 pm

That’s a beautiful spark. And Calista Jo, you look very cozy.
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Catscue Catmom April 20, 2020 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful spark today, endurance! Enjoy your nap sweetie!
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Kathe W. April 20, 2020 at 1:57 pm

darling photos! Take care and be healthy.
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The Florida Furkids April 20, 2020 at 11:17 am

Mom says we are all learning patience now.

CJ looks so comfy!!! Mom wishes she could sleep as soundly as we do.

The Florida Furkids with smoochies and love to Mau from Allie and paw pats and headbonks to Sawyer from Noelle
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Sandee April 20, 2020 at 10:53 am

Love your Spark. So very true.

Awww on CJ. She’s adorable and they can twist themselves into to such positions and sleep just fine.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. My best to your siblings (especially Sawyer) and a big hug to the mom. ♥
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Eastside Cats April 20, 2020 at 10:06 am

Calista Jo, you and The PO’M have the same bare spot on your tummy!
Actually, his has peachfuzz now, but I cannot figure out what to do about it…since he lives outside!
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Katie Isabella April 20, 2020 at 8:18 am

Boy, ,mom said it took her till, like, NOW to form the necessary patience she needs day to day.

Linda Arthur Tejera April 20, 2020 at 7:08 am

An excellent quote and an adorable picture of Calista Jo! Wishing all is well in the coming week!
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Memories of Eric and Flynn April 20, 2020 at 6:21 am

We must all learn patience in these times.
I have heard of John Ruskin. In junior school I was in Ruskin house. There were four “houses” and I can’t for the life of me remember the other three. I will be trying to remember all day now!
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Teddy April 20, 2020 at 5:18 am

Perfect SPARK for the times………..Mom always says “patience is a virtue” and I didn’t get that until this virus became part of our lives. CJ has the right idea – sleep through it!

Hugs, Teddy
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