May Flowers: A Welcome Sight! May 2015

May 1st, 2015

Since I will be away from April 18th- May 5th, I am not posting much on the May Home Page. I post-dated a group of articles for the end of April, but ran out of time for this page. I am reposting two asparagus recipes for May 2nd.

However, while I am in California and Nevada, I hope to take pictures of flowers that bloom in Spring out West. If I have access to a computer, I can post them while I am there. If not, then I will do so when I return. Here are some May highlights:

May Day is May 1st, today.

May 10this Mother’s Day.

May 12th is both Kite Day & Limerick Day

May 13this Daffodil Day

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day

May 25th is Memorial Day and also National Tap Dance Day

May 29th is the birthday of Pres. John F. Kennedy, born in 1917

More importantly, for me, is that May is National Mental Health Month, and since depression seems to be prominent in my family, I have a special interest in the topic. While making plans to go to California in mid-April, I came across an article in the Jewish Exponent entitled The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of Speech by Rabbi Yosef Goldman from Center City Philadelphia. Rather than wait until I return from my trip, I am posting the link on the HomePage so you can read it and perhaps benefit from it by having a greater understanding mental health. Here is the blurb from Google:

  1. First Person: The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of …

    www.jewishexponent.com/…/first-person-the-stigmThe Jewish Exponent

    “… First Person: The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of Speech … ” The stigma around mental illness and suicide in our society is entrenched. …

Hope to be back online in a few days.  Happy May Day!

April Love: April 2015

March 31st, 2015

Pat Boone sang the song April Love in a movie by the same name in 1957. He sings about young love, but I think it could also be interpreted about being in love with April flowers/plants that bloom early—forsythia, azaleas, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth, dogwood, etc.—and the photo above was taken where flowers are already in bloom. Thanx to my brother Harry; more to come.

 

A lovely window box filled with flowers which my brother Harry took on a recent trip to Colombia, S. Am.


April is National Poetry Month and this is what Google has to say: National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources to teachers for classroom celebrations, and commissions an annual festival poster.

This month I hope to post several poems by Mary Lou Meyers, my classmate and unofficial “poet-ink-residence” for menopause, as well as some other poems from book son my shelf.  From poets.org I also found this list:

30 ways to celebrate national poetry month

  1. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  2. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  3. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poetproject.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Write a letter to a poet thanking them for their work.
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stampscelebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book, The Life of Poetry.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths‘ latest Poets on Poetry video.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Watch a poetry movie.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.
  30. Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.

Earth Day is April 18th this year & I plan to do whatI did last year, that is, post something throughout the month with the idea of Earth Day Every Day, as a reminder to keep the concept going all year.


As part of Earth Day I plan to review a book from University of California Press entitled: Dodging Extinction by Anthony Barnosky.

The subtitle is: “power,food, money, and the future of life on earth.” I am eager to share it with you. Thanks to my daughter-in-law Maura, an editor @ U of C Press, for the review copy.

 

I ran out of March last month, so I never posted my recipe for Sprouted Lentil Salad as part of my yearly return to the importance of sprouting. So that will be posted soon. Yum!

 

April also hosts Easter & Passover, and they almost coincide, so Jews and Christians alike will be feasting and celebrating. I hope to post a recipe from a book by Nava Atlas on holidays and include both an Easter & a Passover recipe.


<<<<<<<Matzah is a symbol of Passover and dyed eggs are a symbol of Easter >>>>>>




Since I will be away in April visiting family on the West Coast, I hope I can fit all this in and come back with lovely photos of flowers in California.

Enjoy the special days of this month. I think you are going to love April!

Another photo from my brother Harry’s S. Am.trip with wife Karen









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