by Janet Blue on September 26, 2022


I have a simple but powerful spark today. And I believe it is one that cannot be disputed. I had to find a photo that could carry it and think I did pretty well.


smiley, tongue-out Spark with a ginger kitten sitting on catio railing


Only a truly hard-hearted person cannot smile at a cute kitten, especially one with it’s tongue out!

The author of today’s Spark, Douglas Horton (1891-1968), was an American Protestant clergyman and academic leader. He was recognized for his work in ecumenical relations among major Protestant bodies of his day.

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

Raleigh will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by Comedy Plus. You can do the same by clicking on the Awww badge.

Comment-a-thon Donation Recipient

The Lone Star Cats have selected the recipient for our comment-a-thon donation of $40. Travis and Angelique have chosen Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance. It is in Richardson, Texas, and Travis and Angelique were adopted from there. Feral Friends’ web-site states, “The group was founded to provide assistance to forgotten cats that are rarely seen or thought of and yet need our help just as much as any creature in need.” I am delighted to have the opportunity to support this group.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Your two favorite, cartoon cats will be right here tomorrow sharing their next adventure. Both of them agree that Tuesday is their favorite day of the week, as they get to share that adventure with each other and all of you. Please join Periwinkle and Stinky. They really have lots of fun and often learn new things as well



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Loulou September 28, 2022 at 2:43 am

Perfect perfect spark for every day and every moment of doubt if possible😻
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katie Isabella September 27, 2022 at 7:36 am

I sure have a smile here.


Kathe W. September 26, 2022 at 10:16 pm

awww wishing all the best!
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Brian Frum September 26, 2022 at 6:40 pm

A purrfect Spark and a purrfect sweet Raleigh!
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Anne Robinson September 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

Wonderful Sparks and the perfect photo to match! Thank you for sharing and encouraging each one of us today. Have a great week.


The Island Cats September 26, 2022 at 4:35 pm

A most excellent Spark…and a most excellent smile, Raleigh!
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The Florida Furkids September 26, 2022 at 3:26 pm

So adorable!!!! Nothing cuter than a kitten with it’s tongue out! Purrfect Spark.

The Florida Furkids with love and whisker kisses to Sawyer from Noelle
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Lucy and Xena September 26, 2022 at 3:14 pm

Yep, we were all grinning at Raleigh’s big smile! XOXOX Xena, Lucy, Chia and Riley (so was Mom)


Ellen J Pilch September 26, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Perfect photo and spark. XO
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Andree September 26, 2022 at 11:41 am

I was thinking…why don’t you make a hop for Sparks? Just asking. I don’t know how one goes about these things.
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BellaDharma an BellaSita Mum September 26, 2022 at 11:35 am

Sheer purrfection!!!!
Purrfect smile with a purrfect quote Aunty Janet!
**purrss** BellaDharma an ((hugss)) BellaSita Mum
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Andree September 26, 2022 at 11:13 am

You are absolutely right about kittens, and the importance of smiles. I especially liked the bio of Horton, as I’m interested in American Protestant history. I’ve never heard of him, though. 🙁 But now I do!
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Sandee September 26, 2022 at 9:38 am

Awww, I smile seeing kitties all the time and that Spark is purrfect.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches all around, a smooch to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and a big hug to mom. ♥
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Teddy September 26, 2022 at 4:54 am

Good job on the selfie Raleigh! You look purrrfectly happy out on that wonderful catio you all have. Smiling is the BEST medicine!

Hugs, Teddy
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs September 26, 2022 at 2:42 am

Yes, I did smile..and it felt good, after a hectic and sometimes disheartening shift at my nursing home….
Raleigh is super sweet!
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Leah September 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

That kitten is just adorable!
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Marjorie Dawson September 26, 2022 at 12:36 am

INSPIRED and a gorgeous photo!!!


Meows, purrs, hugs and MOLs are greatly appreciated. Please no hissing, spitting or scratching unless you want one of us to whap you!

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