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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day ~ My Dad ~ Brian/Sami/Tucker ~ Aaron/Maddie ~  Bruiser ~ Picture of the Day ~ California Condor ~ Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole ~ Jeanette Laporte ~ White Feathers ~ Father's Day History

                   Moon phase... June 16 waxing gibbous  99%
Good 48º clear sunny morning. 
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dads out there!
My Dad and I (playhouse in background he built!)
Son Brian with his Sami and Tucker
Step-son Aaron with his Maddie
Yesterday I went to the So Oregon Emergency Veterinary Hospital to pick up Bruiser. He had this cone on him and NOT HAPPY!

I let him out of the carrier in the house and all he did is run into everything! Now I have to give him pills for a couple days. That will be interesting. Shove a pill down a cat's throat??? OMG. Took off the cone, and he's happier now.  His foot where the abscess was is looking fine. 
Picture of the Day ... old gas station. Uniforms were worn by the attendees to pump gas, check oil, and wash windows!
Interesting about the California Condor...
The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has since been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus Gymnogyps. The species is listed by the IUCN as critically endangered.

The plumage is black with patches of white on the underside of the wings; the head is largely bald, with skin color ranging from gray on young birds to yellow and bright orange on breeding adults. Its 9.8 ft wingspan is the widest of any North American bird, and its weight of up to 26 lb nearly equals that of the trumpeter swan, the heaviest among native North American bird species. The condor is a scavenger and eats large amounts of carrion. It is one of the world's longest-living birds, with a lifespan of up to 60 years

Condor numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poachinglead poisoning, and habitat destruction. A conservation plan was put in place by the United States government that led to the capture of all the remaining wild condors which was completed in 1987, with a total population of 27 individuals. These surviving birds were bred at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors were reintroduced into the wild. Since then, its population has grown, but the California condor remains one of the world's rarest bird species: as of 2017 there are 463 California condors living wild or in captivity.
The condor is a significant bird to many Californian Native American groups and plays an important role in several of their traditional myths.

At the time of human settlement of the Americas, the California condor was widespread across North America; condor bones from the late Pleistocene have been found at the Cutler Fossil Site in southern Florida. However, at the end of the last glacial period came the extinction of the megafauna that led to a subsequent reduction in range and population. Five hundred years ago, the California condor roamed across the American Southwest and West Coast. Faunal remains of condors have been found documented in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. The Lewis and Clark Expedition of the early 19th century reported on their sighting and shooting of California condors near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Condor bones have been found in Native American graves, as have condor feather headdressesCave paintings of condors have also been discovered. Some tribes ritually killed condors to make ceremonial clothing out of their feathers. Shamans then danced while wearing these to reach the upper and lower spiritual worlds. Whenever a shaman died, his clothes were said to be cursed,[90] so new clothing had to be made for his successor. Some scientists, such as Noel Snyder, believe that this process of making ceremonial clothing contributed to the condor's decline.
 Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole from Kevin the Closet Cook...
A light, healthy and tasty summer breakfast casserole with asparagus, artichokes and plenty of cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  1. Mix everything and place in a greased 9×9 inch baking pan and bake in a preheated 375º oven until the eggs have set and the top is a light golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Special birthday today, Jeanette Laporte wife of René Laporte
(LASD ret. He worked with my darling and Jerry always called him "La-port-tay").
                               HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE!
Historically this date..........
1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.

1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.

And births this date include...
1829 – Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)

1890 – Stan Laurel, English actor and comedian (d. 1965)

1970 – Phil Mickelson, American golfer
On Thursday June 13 I wrote about peacock feathers and white feathers.... Here is more about the spiritual meaning of white feathers..
I got a note from a friend who said:
Re your article on peacock feathers and the significance of a white feather: "White feathers signify either a guardian angel or a loving message from a loved one who is not alive. If you are gifted with a white feather you should save it and keep it close"
I was working a homicide one Saturday morning behind the Pico Rivera library in the mid-1990's. The body of a 17yr old was found there. He had typically cut through the parking lot as a shortcut on his way home from work at night at a Jack-in-The Box when he was confronted by some gang-bangers and shot when he had the wrong answers to their questions. As I was stooping over his body a fluffy white feather slowly flew down and landed on his chest. Looking up there wasn't a bird flying over or even a tree where the feather might have come from. It seemed very significant at the time, but I never told anyone of the incident. You're the first.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Father's Day. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


Father’s Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in June.  This day is set aside to honor the role that fathers play in the family structure and society.
After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observances began to appear.  The road to this national observance was not easy.
  • The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December 1907.  Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb a day honoring all those fathers.  On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
  • In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city.  The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June) as many clergymen needed more time to prepare.
  • Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915.  Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday.  The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.”  Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.
  • After a visit to Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observance would become too commercialized.
  • President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924
  • Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observance.  In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observance.  Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.
  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June.
  • President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.