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Awakenings: Titanic – Day 5: Tragedy Strikes

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The unthinkable happened. The unimaginable occurred. At 2:20 am (2 hrs 40 mins after striking the iceberg), the ocean vessel once deemed unsinkable leaves around 1,517 souls in the depths of her final wake. The water in the area in which Titanic sank was lethally cold, a temperature of 28 °F (−2 °C). A human body will perish in fifteen minutes or less in such water, even for people young and physically fit.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Thus, the end of the Titanic but not the end of her story.

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Embrace the Silence


How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.

— Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”

Within the hustle and bustle of daily life, we cherish the quiet moments. We embrace the silence. We seek places of solitude to ponder the events that govern our very being. We long for the silent moments in life…moments during which time we can turn off, unplug, power down and need not pay attention to social media nor other noise confusing our minds. We long to…

Embrace the Silence

Open a door or window.
Turn an ear toward the sky.
Take a deep breath.
Look a bird right in the eye.

Sit in rare silence.
Hold a loved one’s hand.
Stare at one another.
Simply understand.

Speak not above a whisper.
Sing a silent song of heart.
Think absolutely nothing.
Tell mental noise to depart.

Go for a walk.
Leave the phone at home.
Be watchful, listen.
Enjoy time alone.

Step softly, gently.
Read the faces of nature.
Stand in the pouring rain.
Smile with quiet pleasure.

Pick a few flowers.
Stretch out upon green, green grass.
Stare up at the clouds.
Embrace the silence, first class!

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Sharla Lee Shults

What do you do to embrace the silence?



Awakenings: Brothers & Sisters

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Do you have a brother or sister? Are your memories laced with sibling rivalry? Well, today put aside all the times of fussing, fighting, arguing and take time to focus on the extra special bond that is shared between siblings. This bond is even stronger when one has a life-long illness or a disability. Why today? Because…

Today is…

National Sibling Day

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

If you did not know about this celebration until now, it is too late to mail a card or possibly send flowers, but it is never to late to let them know you care. Leave the computer, forget the email. Make it personal. Visit them if they live nearby. Call them, if they live far away.

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Awakenings: For the Love of Animals

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They breathe. They have a heart. They have a soul. They know hunger. They feel pain. They love and know when they are loved. They do have a voice, just not of words. These are our animals. Some provide us with milk, eggs & meat for food, others offer wool & furs for warmth, many give us entertainment. All provide moments of joy. Those we are closest to become our pets…we pamper and adore. But, all are not so lucky…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Within our society live humans who indulge, not in actions of love, but obtain pleasure in inflicting needless cruelty. Animals are starved and beaten with no remorse. Some survive remaining maimed for life. Too many die. Join the fight to end animal cruelty!

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Something to Smile About

SmileDo you always NEED something to smile about or does a smile come naturally, just happen without a great deal of thought or reason behind it? Perhaps you wake up in the morning and smile even before your feet hit the floor. Ever ask yourself “Why?”

When someone smiles at you, how does it make you feel? Flirtatious? Warm? Do you wonder why that person is smiling? All kinds of thoughts can possibly fleet through your mind often depending on your mood at the time. If a smile is taken for the right intent, it can surely make a cloudy day full of sunshine.

The beauty of a smile: blazes, amazes, teases, pleases, warms, never harms, satisfies, gratifies, an ever burning flame of love, hope, desire! That’s something to smile about!


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The Cat vs. The Dog

At Awakenings today we are celebrating Li’l Woofer Day,
aka National Puppy Day!

Puppy_FaceEven though catnip leans toward the cat, of course, whether a cat lover or dog lover, who could not love that face! Dogs have been labeled ‘man’s best friend’ but that is a matter of opinion. Whether teeny, tiny or great big overgrown sweeties, they do know when they are loved. We hug, they slobber!

So, on ‘Woofer Day’ here is a bit of trivia, Dog vs. Cat: [Dog is first only because today is his/her day!]

Living area preferences

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.

  • Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.

Animal rescue leanings

  • Dog people are 67 percent more likely to call animal control if they find stray kittens.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to rescue the stray kittens.


  • Dog people are 36 percent more likely to use a popular song as a ringtone.

  • Cat people are 11 percent more likely to have contacts in both their cellphone and a physical address book.


  • Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.

  • Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.

Favorite Beatle (NOT Beagle)?

  • Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.

  • Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.

What makes you laugh

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns.

Random facts

  • Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.

  • Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.

Source: Mother Nature Network

For all the woofer lovers,


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Spring is HERE!

To all my family, friends, followers and visitors, wishing you a glorious SPRING! Here is a bouquet of Spring flowers for everyone to enjoy and share if you like!


Visit catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for What’s happenin’! on this day…

What were your first signs of Spring?


Awkward Cat Moments

No way catnip can celebrate National Awkward Moments Day without mention of Cat Moments! ENJOY!

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National Awkward Moments Day is a day, that was created to find the ability to laugh at ourselves AND our pets, see the humor in the moment and have fun within the awkwardness!


Awakenings: Awkward Moments

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Have you ever found yourself in a totally awkward, meaning AWKWARD!, moment—that moment when ‘you wished you could wish‘ yourself back in time?  Wiggle your nose and vanish to a new location, new place in time? Blink your eyes and the entire event simply disappear in a flash? Such moments happen all the time usually when completely unexpected to some folks, of course, more than others.

Today you get to celebrate all of those moments you once wished at the time the ground would simply open up and swallow them to oblivion. Why? Because…

Today is…National Awkward Moments Day

Sharla Shults‘s insight:
Dare to share? There IS a comment section! What is your most awkward moment?

For me, it has to be when I was still a classroom teacher. It was on a day, of course, when the Assistant Principal entered my room for an unannounced observation. He quietly took a seat and almost fell out of the chair when I calmly instructed the students to take out their ‘workshits!’ OOPS! I meant to say worksheets! AW-w-w-wKWARD! 

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Don’t forget your GREEN!

Today is…


Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
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A few words to the wise from Maxine!

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Recipe of the Day: 
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Lime Cupcakes 


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