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I’ve been running you all over Running P Ranch, but I saved the best for last, the cats.  You already met Margaret Sanger in the first post.

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger

Margaret followed us everywhere.  Not a single person commented on the human Margaret’s contribution to history, so I thought you should know what a rich background from which these cats derived their names.  Margaret Sanger died before I was old enough to be sexually active, but she changed the world of sex for women my age and younger.  Many have argued whether the world is better for the change, but forever changed it is!!

Margaret Sanger

“Sanger’s efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of birth control and has also been criticized for supporting eugenics, but remains an iconic figure in the American reproductive rights movement.”  Wikipedia

Margaret kept tabs on everything!

Margaret kept tabs on everything!

I wouldn't mess with Margaret!!  :)

I wouldn’t mess with Margaret!!  

Sacagawea wasn’t quite so ubiquitous.  She came out when we were almost ready to go home.




Sacagawea is calling for back-up.

Sacagawea is calling for back-up.


Pardon me for always using Wikipedia, but it also is ubiquitous.  “The National American Woman Suffrage Association of the early twentieth century adopted her as a symbol of women’s worth and independence, erecting several statues and plaques in her memory, and doing much to spread the story of her accomplishments.”[1]  As I read excerpts from the diary of Lewis and Clark, I understood how she was so valuable to the party.  “However, her greatest value to the mission may have been simply her presence during the arduous journey, which showed their peaceful intent. While traveling through what is now Franklin County, Washington, Clark noted, “The Indian woman confirmed those people of our friendly intentions, as no woman ever accompanies a war party of Indians in this quarter,” and, “the wife of Shabono our interpeter we find reconsiles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions a woman with a party of men is a token of peace.”[6]Sac. kept her distance, but she beckoned a third friend to the party, Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Rosa was the prim and proper one.  No one would accuse her of sitting meekly in the back of the bus, however.

“On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin nine months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.”  Wikipedia again.

No way, Margaret.  You stay back there.

No way, Margaret. You stay back there.

Rosa the cat didn’t take a back seat to anyone, even Margaret Sanger.



So, do you think the cats were well named?

Who cares?

Who cares?

Scardy Kitty isn’t convinced that cats need uppity historic names.  He’s proud of his name!!  What do you think?

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    • Thanks so much. I can’t take too much credit. They named their cats such interesting names. I think each cat grew into her famous name as well! Amazing. Thanks for being such a wonderful follower and commenter, too!!! 🙂


  1. I didn’t name my kitties, that came to me already named. But oddly enough, their names seem appropriate because I love gardening and flowers and I’m a bit of a hippy…must have been fate. Those are some cute cats they have there, I like the lazy bones at the end….ha life is good!


    • ouch! I’m only at 1,154 unread emails on one account, and 574 in the other. They’re mostly facebook notifications, etc. I never catch up. I worry about the important ones!!! Glad you’re back!!! It sure looked like fun!!! 🙂


  2. I don’t think cats pay much attention to what they are called by humans, as obviously, they don’t think humans clever enough to properly appreciate them. I’m sure they call themselves by their real names in cattish. However, I do love your friends for their choice of cat names – stellar, each one.


    • Cats only notice humans tangentially, for sure. They act like they’re interested in you, then you try to pet them, and they walk away. But if you are digging in the garden….. 🙂 Thanks for the visit – always!!!! 🙂


  3. Hellooooo! I’m back. We once at a cat called Puss. How’s that for inventiveness. She was the nastiest cat ever and her worst habits were biting people and chasing dogs. Every dog in the street was scared of her.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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