Though our host, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader), of the Sparks Blog Hop is taking a much deserved break from blogging, I have become accustomed to posting a Spark on Monday. I will continue to do so unless I have another post that should take precedent. And I will check with Annie to see if she would like to transfer the hop here until she begins posting again. I so look forward to these Sparks at the beginning of each new week, and I know many of you do as well.




Dad Tom took this photo in our front yard a few days ago.

The author of today’s quote, Ashley Smith, was a troubled teen. She was born on January 29, 1988, in New Brunswick, Canada. Adopted at the age of five days, she had a normal childhood. However, between the ages of 13 to 14, her parents observed behavioral changes. She was in and out of institutions until she died by self-inflicted strangulation on October 19, 2007 while under suicide watch. At the time, she was in the custody of Grand Valley Institution for Women, a women’s federal prison in Kitchener, Ontario. You can read more about Smith here.

I would normally be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy-Plus, but this photo and post don’t quite fit in. Kitties Blue will join that hop again next week.