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Time to go back to school. We had a fun summer but September is here! We Can't believe another summer came and went. I was a real lucky kitty this summer. Meowmie was home with me all summer. Simba goes out at 9 A.M. and comes home when it is time for bed. Simba is going to be real sad when the cold weather comes. Meowmie is retired and stays home with me for Good! That would be fun for me. Well, it is time for all the real kids to go back to school. Hope you all have a fun time at school this year.


Ode to Kitty Cats in School

Kitty Cats are made as varied as the
flowers of the garden,
Each one unique, fragile and precious.
Their growth is to be watched over and nurtured.
And like the garden, the kitty cat classroom
should be relaxed and vibrant.
Where each kitty cat
--from the slowest learner to the gifted---
does the best he or she can,
Where the challenge of learning
never overpowers the joy of living.



Excerpts from a cat's diary....

Day 659 -- My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.  

Day 662 -- Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair .... must try this on their bed.

Day 669
--Slept all day so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depraving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.  

  Day 681 -- Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good cat I was....hmmm not working according to plan.  

Day 688 -- I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth. 

Day 690 -- There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer." More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to my power of "allergies". Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage. 

Day 699 -- I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and may be snitches. The dog routinely is released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant. He has mastered their frightful tongue (something akin to mole speak) and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time.



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History of Labor day

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday of September. In the year of 2009, Labor Day will be September 7, 2009.

The origins of the American Labor Day can be traced back to the Knights of Labor in the United States and a parade organized by them on September 5, 1882 in New York City. They were inspired by an annual labor parade held in Toronto, Canada. In 1884 another parade was held, and the Knights passed resolutions to make this an annual event. Other labor organizations (and there were many), but notably the affiliates of the International Workingmen's Association favored a May 1 holiday. With the event of Chicago's Haymarket riots in early May of 1886, president Grover Cleveland believed that a May 1 holiday could become an opportunity to commemorate the riots. Thus, fearing that it might strengthen the socialist movement, he quickly moved in 1887 to support the position of the Knights of Labor and their date for Labor Day.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The September date has remained unchanged, even though the government was encouraged to adopt May 1 as Labor Day, the date celebrated by the majority of the world. Moving the holiday, in addition to breaking with tradition, could have been viewed as aligning the U.S. labor movements with internationalist sympathies.

Labor Day is generally regarded simply as a day of rest and, unlike May Day, political demonstrations are rare. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water activities, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer. Some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school. However, of late, schools have begun well before Labor Day, up to the 15th of August in many urban districts, including Nashville and Atlanta.

One of the largest modern traditions of Labor Day in the United States is the annual telethon of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, hosted by Jerry Lewis to fund research and patient support programs for the various diseases grouped as muscular dystrophy. The telethon raises tens of millions of dollars each year. In 2005, despite the recent catastrophe caused by Hurricane Katrina, nearly $55 million was raised over 21 hours.

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