Photo fo a squirrel on his hind legs with front paws folded in from of him with the quote, "Remembering what you've been through and how that has strengthened your mindset can lift you out of a negative brain loop and help you bypass those weak, one-second impulses to give in. Even if you're feeling low and beat down by life right now, I guarantee you can think of a time or two when you overcame odds and tasted success," by David Goggins.


You are probably wondering why I chose this photo of a squirrel taken by Dad Tom for today’s Spark. To me it looks as if he is pleading with us to take the advice of David Goggins. I think it is a message all of us need to take to heart.

I was unfamiliar with David Goggins, so suspect you may be as well. He is a 48-year-old retired United States Navy SEAL who served in the Iraq War. He’s also an ultramarathoner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete, public speaker and author. His first memoir, Can’t Hurt Me, was released in 2018. A sequel, Never Finished, was published in 2022.

Sparks badgeSparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “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

I think you’ll agree that our squirrel friend is awwwdorable and deserves to participate in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to join him on the hop, click on the Awww badge below.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Those two fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, skipped their adventure last week to be with Mom Sharon (Friends Furever) following the passing of Raz, Periwinkle’s real cat brofur. So, after a week’s hiatus, they’ll be adventuring tomorrow. Stinky has not shared what he has planned, so you’ll definitely need to return here tomorrow to see what they get up to and into. They always have more fun when you join them.