IT BETTER BE SPRING! April 2014

March 31st, 2014

I am working on my Home Page on a day when there is leftover snow from another small snowfall. So, the title comes from a conversation with my friend, Jerry Henkin, who is also going to California, as we are. By the time I return from visiting my kids in California, I told him Spring will be here and he said, It better be Spring! So, thanx, Jerry.

Thus, the flowers on the Home Page, courtesy of my friend Jo’s wonderful photos taken in Florida and made into greeting cards, is featured to prepare you for the lovely season of Spring, which is inching its way slowly up the east coast, I hope.

 

The Internet has a list of Bizarre and Unique Holidays (www.holidayinsights.com). Here it is:

  • National Humor Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Lawn and Garden Month (See photo>>)
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Welding Month
  • Records and Information Management Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The site also notes that April has several week holidays, such as Library Week* and Garden Week, as well as single days, such as National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, National Walk to Work Day, and World Health Day (7th).  So there is a lot to choose from, and you are free to celebrate the ones that you like in your own fashion. *Celebrate National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014) with the theme
Lives change @ your library, Honorary Chair: Judy Blume

But this site missed an important holiday: National Volunteer Month, which has been so named since 1974, under Pres. Nixon. I will have an article I wrote about my experience at MANNA, a non-profit organization that feeds chronically ill people whose nutrition is very compromised 21 meals each week for free.

 

What is also missing in the list is Earth Day 2014, which this year falls on April 22nd, so my focus this month will be on clean & green for the month of April to help you establish habits that are good for you & good for the planet. I would like to print a hint every day as part of Earth Day, Every Day, perhaps tacking it onto whatever posting will be that day and by itself when there is no regular posting.


 

Since I am going to be away from the end of March until April 7th, I don’t have anything definite planned, except perhaps to post-date some poems and petitions related to Earth Day to keep my blog updated while I am away. Also, during National Library Week I plan to post a book review, but haven’t chosen one yet. I will probably read one while I am away & review it when I return. So April is open-ended, which makes me anxious and excited at the same time, but I think I am up for the challenge.

Think Spring!

Right before leaving for our trip to California, my classmate, Mary Lou Meyers sent me this lovely poem, to which I am placing another of my friend Jo’s flowers that she photographs in Florida, where Spring has already arrived:


 

Spring in the North Woods
by Mary Lou Meyers

The cloudy sky, the bare outline of trees,
the snow still clinging to crevices and hollows below.
The first pale illumination of daffodils
barely breaks the monotone here in the North Woods.
It’s only when I arrange sprays of lilacs on my bay window
cut from bushes with abandon beauty
and watch the sharp relief:
the peeping sun ripples through the diamond facets
of the old cut glass vase turning lilacs into tinted hues
that repair the winter damage,
shattering the cold world into a bright testimony of Spring.

P.S. This is from the Phila. Inq. Cryptoquote of March 21st, perfect for the Home Page:

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood

Is it Spring Yet? March 2014

February 28th, 2014

Winter has been a doozie here in Philadelphia and elsewhere across the country. This was the worse winter I have experienced since moving to Philadelphia 11 years ago. In fact, this one was more like the winters in State College, which I thought I had left behind. I am looking forward to Spring more than ever. The photo below was taken a couple years ago when it was spring in California. Here’s wishing…..




Let’s turn to some other topics for March and forget about the weather for now. March is National Nutrition Month, so I plan to focus on some interesting food topics, such as “Sugar & Cancer” as a follow up to the topic I covered in February on the link between sugar and heart disease. Because diabetes runs in my family, I am more concerned about sugar in all its forms than most people.



March 8th is a special day for women. It is International Women’s Day, not highly celebrated around here, but I plan to celebrate it by focusing on three organizations for women or organized by women. One is Footprints; the second is Women for Women International, and the third are two organizations (www.airfound.org and mavuunogreenhouses.com) started by Wanjiru Kamau, an old friend I met in State College when she was earning her Ph.D. comparing menopause in Africans living in America, as she was, and women in Kenya from her village in Africa.  More on that during the month.

Google International Women’s Day for more information.

 

 

 

 

Because I am reading in several books at the same time, I have not decided which ones I will review in Nobody Eats Like Me category, or perhaps I will do some mini-reviews that I posted on Amazon.com or the Barnes & Noble website. Here is one title.







March is also the Philadelphia Flower Show with the them “Articulture,” combining art with the flowers. Should be very interesting.  I plan on taking photos of this annual event & sharing them here.

 

 

 

 

If you have been following my blog-turned-website, you will know I love laundry pictures & last June I had an exhibit of 27 of my 75 photos from Italy.  I guess lots of folks love laundry as art, so there will be an art exhibit solely on laundry in Philadelphia at The Painted Bride Art Center and three of my photos will be shown.  Here is one of them, which I call Windswept Laundry.  The premiere is Friday, March 7th.  All that laundry!!!!

 

 

 

 

Let’s not forget that March is also St. Patrick’s Day, as well as the first day of Spring, so I will feature some green foods in Kitchen Nutrition, which will dovetail nicely with National Nutrition Month. And that brings me full circle. I will probably make a dish that includes sprouts and maybe one with pesto, which I am calling Pasta Pesto Primavera. It’s still in the planning stage, so this photo of micro-greens will be a stand in for now.

March is a busy month, so I better get going if I am going to deliver what I have posted here. Happy Spring!

P.N. (My abbrev. for Personal Note): March is also a personal anniversary for me: I began posting in March of 2006, so this is Menupause’s 8th anniversary. I still want to post, so so long as you are reading, I’m writing!

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