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The Promise of Spring: April 2017

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Note: Now my  postings two or three times per week are not only in their category listed in the left hand margin, ex. Profiles, Health Flashes, Recipes, etc. but also on my Home Page, thanks to my daughter-in-law Maura’s great editorial advice. The first of the month posting, however, is only on the Home Page.

While Fall is my very favorite season, with its jewel-toned leaves and brisk, autumn air, Spring is a close second. People love Spring because it is about the cycle of nature coming out of “hibernation” with new growth: daffodils, crocuses, forsythia, new buds on the trees and green grass beginning to appear, sustainability, recycling, etc.

Since Earth Day is on April 22nd and seems to reflect everything good about Spring — Mother Nature, trees, renewal, new growth, and awareness of our global home — I plan to post tidbits of information about these topics, maybe added onto an essay,  or a topic by itself.

(Earth Day originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism,”respectively. Later a theta was used because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the peace symbol. Theta is now associated with Earth Day.)

Celebrate Earth Day –     *(See quote from National Geographic about the tree theme at end of  post.)

However, April is also National Poetry Month, and I plan some poems from Mary Lou Meyers as well as some of my own. Another event in April is National Library Week from April 9-15th. I will include at least one book review during that week. The theme from the ALA (American Library Association) is “Libraries Transform.” Go to for details.


(Above is the cover of a tiny book I purchased that has the poems in both Spanish & English. Since it is National Library Week this month and also National Poetry Month, I chose this title to cover both “events.”)

Also, Easter and Passover come in April. Since I celebrate Passover, I will have at least one recipe using matzoh, maybe my husband’s matzoh brei, which is a dish that is popular during Passover, when bread is taboo.

Photo from the Internet. My Matzoh is still in boxes!


*P.S. In searching for photos for this posting, I came across beautiful photos of trees from National Geographic’s site. Here is a quote from the site, the link to their site, and one of the 10 photos featured:

“This year’s Earth Day on April 22 celebrates trees, with the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion—one for every person on the planet—by 2020.”

Friendship Trees, Yoshino Cherry, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

P.P.S. Happy April Fool’s Day! OR maybe, don’t be fooled. Have a Happy Day!

April Love: April 2015

Tuesday, 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 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 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
  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