IT BETTER BE SPRING! April 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
  • National Poetry 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

2 Responses to “IT BETTER BE SPRING! April 2014”

  1. Paula Says:

    Have a good and safe trip to CA.
    Paula

  2. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Thanx. It IS Spring in Calif1 I think Earth Day changes each year, because sometimes it is April 21st, but will check it out. thanx, ell ensue

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