by Janet Blue on June 18, 2018




Today’s photo was taken by our resident photographer, Dad Tom. It is the Pisgah National Forest shot from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The author of today’s Spark, Sivananda Saraswati [Swami Sivananda] (1887 – 1963), was a Hindu spiritual teacher and proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. Sivananda was born Kuppuswami in Pattamadai, in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. He studied medicine and served as a physician for several years in British Malaya before taking up monasticism. Sivananda was the founder of the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936 and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948. He authored more than 200 books on yoga, Vedanta and a variety of subjects. 

Sparks was established as a blog hop by our friend, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Though Annie is taking a break from blogging and our Sparks post is not part of a hop, we continue to support Annie’s vision (as do many of our friends) when starting the Sparks hop: “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!”

Our Father’s Day Promises Update

Well, we pretty much failed miserably at our promises we made yesterday. In addition to that, our gifts we had expected to give our dad are on backorder, whatever the heck that means. We know one thing for sure: That’s not our fault!

  • Misty May: I will not sneeze in his face. FAILED
  • Sawyer: I will not try to escape out the front door. SUCCEEDED
  • Lisbeth: I will not growl and hiss and snort at my fursibs. FAILED Not only did I do all of these at Sawyer, but I also  engaged in whacky paws with him.
  • Mauricio/Lisbeth/Calista Jo: We will not hork on the bed or anywhere else in the house. FAILED/SUCCEEDED/SUCCEEDED
  • Giulietta: I will come downstairs for breakfast and dinner, so Dad won’t have to hunt me down. FAILED
  • Astrid: I will let Dad Tom hold me if he would like to do so. HE DIDN’T TRY
  • Cooper Murphy: I will not sleep east/west in the humans’ bed. SUCCEEDED

Guess Dad will have to wait until his birthday (eight months from now) for us to attempt this once again.

Purrs and paw-pats, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer


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Dalton/Angel-MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Angel-Minko June 24, 2018 at 1:40 pm

You all must have had your paws crossed when you made those purrmises!! MOL!
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The Florida Furkids June 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

Allie is sorry that her husband FAILED at his promise. Guess what? She did the same thing so maybe it’s a husband/wife thing???

The Florida Furkids with loads of smoochies and love to Mau from Allie (our resident Hork Queen)
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Adorapurr June 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm

What a beautiful photo! Very peaceful to enjoy. I a-pawed evfurryone’s attempt to keep their Father’s Day promises…even those who failed. Sometimes us kitties need time to warm up to the idea of change. Sometimes we just need incentive. Like a new toy, a treat, or for hoomons to get over their high demands on purrfection.

Chiquita and Katie the Mom June 19, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Thank you fur dats good spark to contemplate and purr about… Well we am glad to know dats you had some successes in your purrmices! But dat no slapping and hissing thing – I would fail at that one too!

Purrz from
Chiquita who likes Mom to her self.
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The Menagerie Mom June 19, 2018 at 10:59 am

This is such a profound and inspiring sentiment. And Dad Tom is such a masterful photographer. This image is gorgeous! Purrs to you all!

meowmeowmans June 19, 2018 at 10:44 am

Such a wonderful spark, and Dad Tom’s photo is simply beautiful. Good effort by all the kitties! Concats to all who succeeded, and to those who didn’t, there’s always next time! 🙂

Marv June 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm

What a great photo and quote and thanks for telling us about Swami Sivananda. Mom did remember reading about him a zillion years ago!
And thanks for your Father’s Day update! I am so happy that so many of you succeeded!
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Ellen Pilch June 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

Nice spark and beautiful photos. At least some of you succeeded 🙂 XO

Sherri-Ellen T-D. June 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Mew mew mew youss’ all did yur best…
**nose rubsss** Siddhartha Henry xxxxXxxxx

The Island Cats June 18, 2018 at 5:50 pm

What a beautiful photo! Very fitting for that Spark since it looks like the blue sea. Hey, you guys didn’t do too bad for Father’s Day.
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da tabbies o trout towne June 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

guyz….itz knot weatherz ya succeeded ore failed…itz that ya tried…kinda
like we try ta get R commintz ta post 🙂 !! ♥♥

Comedy Plus June 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Love the photograph and the quote. Awesome.

I think the kitties did pretty good for kitties. Just saying.

Have a fabulous day filled with wonderful Sparks. ♥
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Brian Frum June 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

Yep, it really is the thought that counts gang, but the Spark was darn good!

Eastside Cats June 18, 2018 at 11:17 am

Guess it’s the thought that counts…

Teddy June 18, 2018 at 6:43 am

Well, if at first you don’t succeed try try again so eight months isn’t too long to wait for that right??? Right! We love that photo Dad Tom took – my Mom and Dad love going up in the mountains for a break and the views never fail to please!

Hugs, Teddy
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Charles Huss June 18, 2018 at 6:34 am

In CatWorld, a partial success is a big success. 🙂
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Summer June 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

Hey, I do see some successes here – I mean, how much can you ask for when there are so many kitties in your family?
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